Phi Delta Theta loses appeals
UNIVERSITY PARK — A suspended Penn State fraternity has lost its appeals and a bid in Centre County Court for an injunction to prevent its banishment from University Park.
Still, brothers for the former Phi Delta Theta Fraternity are trying for a meeting with Penn State trustees to plead their case: that they are upstanding members of the Greek community and deserve the opportunity remain, according to former fraternity president Kevin Haslam.
“We want to remain Greek,” Haslam said Friday, five days after returning from their parent organization’s convention in Arizona, at which their appeal was rejected. “All we want to do is maintain our fraternity.”
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Phi Delta Theta broke policy by having alcohol inside the fraternity house at Burrowes and Pollock roads. The fraternity was supposed to be dry. A staff member for the national parent organization of Phi Delta Theta spotted an alcohol violation in October, and fraternity members have been fighting to save their chapter ever since.
Haslam said the former fraternity, with about 50 members, has been ordered by Penn State to be out of the house by June 30 since the national organization has refused to reinstate its charter. Members are working to secure housing for next term.
Alleged sexual assault under investigation
State police at Rockview are investigating a possible statutory sexual assault involving a 14-year-old girl and an 18-year-old male suspect.
The assault is reported to have occurred between May 1 and June 15 in locations in Patton and College townships, state police said.
State police did not release the name of the suspect pending the outcome of the investigation.