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Rolling Stone Pays $1.65M to Settle Rape Story Lawsuit

UVa frat plans to make donation to sex assault prevention

(Newser) - Rolling Stone magazine has agreed to pay $1.65 million to settle a defamation lawsuit filed by a University of Virginia fraternity over a debunked story about a gang-rape, the fraternity said Tuesday. The settlement closes the final chapter of a lengthy legal saga sparked by the 2014 story "... More »

Cop Says Body of Pledge 'Like a Corpse' Before Frat Called 911

Details of Tim Piazza's death at Penn State frat emerge in court hearing

(Newser) - A detective testifying at a hearing for 18 Penn State fraternity brothers accused in the death of a 19-year-old pledge said Monday the student looked like a corpse in surveillance video from the frat house. "He looked dead, he looked like a corpse," said State College Police Detective... More »

Frat Members Blamed for Trees Felled in National Forest

It allegedly happened during Pi Kappa Alpha initiation ceremony

(Newser) - Fraternity members from the California State University's Chico campus are facing federal criminal charges after they allegedly cut down dozens of trees in Lassen National Forest during a camping trip as part of a pledge-initiation ritual, CBS San Francisco reports. Per the Los Angeles Times , at least 32 trees... More »

Frat Pledge Who Died Was Treated Like 'Roadkill,' Say Parents

Jim and Evelyn Piazza speak out on son's death

(Newser) - A fraternity pledge who was ordered to guzzle alcohol during a hazing ritual and twice fell down a flight of stairs before his death was treated like "roadkill," his father said Monday, days after criminal charges were filed against 18 of his son's Penn State fraternity brothers.... More »

'Sickening' Details of Fraternity Pledge's Final Hours Revealed

Eighteen frat members charged in death of Timothy Piazza

(Newser) - Eighteen fraternity members have been charged—eight of them with manslaughter—after a 19-year-old died during a pledging party in February at Penn State, the Washington Post reports. Video from security cameras inside the Beta Theta Pi frat helped authorities piece together the final hours of Timothy Piazza's life.... More »

Frat Member Faces Jail Over Peanut Butter Stunt

Police charge him with hazing at Central Michigan University

(Newser) - A Central Michigan University student accused of spreading peanut butter on the face of a passed out teen with a peanut allergy faces jail time over the stunt. Dale Merza, 20, has been charged with misdemeanor hazing and faces up to 93 days in jail and a $1,000 fine... More »

Frat Pledge Sent Chilling Text Before Death

'They're going to get me f----- up,' wrote Tim Piazza at Penn State

(Newser) - Penn State sophomore Tim Piazza sent a final text to his girlfriend the night he took a fatal fall at a fraternity house: "They're going to get me f----- up." Piazza's parents tell the Philadelphia Inquirer their 19-year-old son sent the message shortly before he headed... More »

Parents Livid Over Frat's Peanut Butter 'Joke' on Son

Incident at Central Michigan University under investigation

(Newser) - A student who smeared peanut butter on an unconscious freshman's face calls it "a joke." The freshman's parents call it hazing that could have turned deadly because the 19-year-old has a severe allergy to peanuts. The pictures Teresa Seely posted on Facebook Tuesday show her son... More »

He Fell During a Frat Party; 12 Hours Later, a Call for Help

Cops investigating death of Penn State student Timothy Piazza

(Newser) - Timothy Piazza fell down a set of stairs at his Penn State fraternity around 11pm Thursday in the midst of a party. A call for help came 12 hours later. Paramedics found Piazza, 19, unresponsive when they arrived at the Beta Theta Pi fraternity Friday morning. He was pronounced dead... More »

Frat Initiation Allegedly Includes Drugging, Raping Women

Mizzou frat reportedly gave drugs to pledges to use on women

(Newser) - A University of Missouri fraternity with a track record of problem behavior has been accused of telling new members to drug women and sexually assault them as part of their initiation, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. According to the Columbia Daily Tribune , multiple people informed the school in August that... More »

Frat Suspended for 'Grossly Offensive' Email

Richmond punishes Kappa Alphas over party invite

(Newser) - The University of Richmond has suspended a fraternity for what it says was a "grossly offensive" email inviting students to a Kappa Alpha Order party last Friday, CBS News reports. "Tonight's the type of night that makes fathers afraid to send their daughters away to school" and... More »

This Is a National Forest Site After a College Party

UOregon investigating Lake Shasta incident

(Newser) - The University of Oregon is investigating after as many as 1,000 students "trashed the everliving s--- out of Lake Shasta," as Deadspin puts it. Hordes of college students visit Slaughterhouse Island at the California lake during a weekend in May each year. "What was different about... More »

Insane Frat Party Gets Host Up to $275K in Fines

Even the home's air failed a breath test

(Newser) - We hope it was worth it. A 22-year-old student of American University is facing up to $275,000 in fines after what police say was an out-of-control frat party on Jan. 15. Tyler Steinhardt, 22, ended up with 110 citations for allegedly providing alcohol to minors at a Bethesda, Md.... More »

Frat Suing 'Rogue' Group Accused in Hazing Death

Zeta Beta Tau says SUNY Albany men had no authorization to use ZBT name

(Newser) - The seven men accused of the 2014 hazing of a SUNY Albany student that caused his death are already in trouble with the school and the police. Now they've got a new problem on their hands: a lawsuit set to be filed by the fraternity whose name they apparently... More »

Another Frat Hazing Death, Another Wave of Arrests

Trevor Duffy, 19, died during initiation at Zeta Beta Tau

(Newser) - Five members of an "unsanctioned" fraternity at the State University of New York at Albany have been charged in the hazing death of a pledge. Olaf Jablonski, Yuval Sucov, Jonathan Maldonado, Steven Vila, and Keith Rosengarten, 20 to 22, are charged with first-degree hazing after 19-year-old Trevor Duffy died... More »

Graphic Video Gets Indiana University Frat Suspended

Alpha Tao Omega pledge allegedly seen performing sex act on woman

(Newser) - A fraternity has been suspended from Indiana University after a video circulated online showing a pledge performing oral sex on a woman as other members watch, the Indianapolis Star reports. A university rep cited "credible video evidence" that led to its decision, while the Alpha Tao Omega national office... More »

5 Frat Members Face 20 Years in Pledge's Hazing Death

Chun 'Michael' Deng died in 2013 after an outdoor ritual known as 'glass ceiling'

(Newser) - Five members of Baruch College's now-banned Pi Delta Psi fraternity could face up to 20 years in prison over a pledge's death during a hazing ritual almost two years ago in rural Pennsylvania. Following through with recommendations from a grand jury in Monroe County, prosecutors say they will... More »

Signs 'Welcome' Freshman Girls in Worst Way Possible

Old Dominion University president decries 'freshman daughter drop off' banners

(Newser) - Students, college officials, and the public at large are infuriated after banners hung from a private house near Virginia's Old Dominion University "welcomed" this year's freshman class with banners described by WAVY as "upsetting." A photo captured in a screengrab by the Huffington Post (which... More »

Fla. University Suspends Frat Over Rape Rant

Sigma Nu brother caught on recording chanting 'rape,' obscenities

(Newser) - An incident report from the University of Central Florida says the school has suspended a fraternity after a recording surfaced of at least one member chanting offensive statements about rape, per the Orlando Sentinel . "There's a brother yelling obscenities, like 'Let's rape some [expletives], rape some... More »

New Witness Says He Knows How Frat Pledge Died

Tucker Hipps was forced to walk narrow bridge railing, witness says

(Newser) - Almost a year after 19-year-old fraternity pledge Tucker Hipps was found dead in South Carolina's Lake Hartwell, a witness has come forward to say he or she knows how the sophomore got there. According to a new statement, the unidentified witness says the Clemson student was forced to walk... More »

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