Students weigh in on Greek life changes at Penn State

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Penn State’s student body has mixed feelings about the sudden changes coming to Greek life. 

Vice President of Student Affairs Damon Sims announced the permanent banning of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. 

The death of 19-year-old Timothy Piazza at the house in February 2017 is part of the reason for the robust changes. A criminal investigation continues. 

All 82 Greek organizations will be affected. 

Brian Davis, a Penn State upperclassman, commends the university for what he considers a progressive step in the right direction. 

“This was a perfect example on how we can restrict more hazing on campus and restricting sexual assaults that occur on campus as well,” Davis said. 

Other students said the university came down too harsh on other Greek organizations. 

Freshman student Andrew Han sad It’s one frat’s stupid decision and everybody’s getting affected by it.” 

Junior Jennifer Wilson expressed similar reaction, saying ‘it’s not fair’ for the other organizations that stay out of trouble. 

WTAJ made several attempts to speak with dozens of students involved in Greek life. These students ignored WTAJ’s questions. 

According to a statement sent from the Interfraternity Council (IFC) president, students involved in Greek life said the university usually gives a heads-up before making robust changes. 

Some of the upcoming changes include cancelling fall recruitment, limiting the amount of parties organizations can hold each year, and creating a zero-tolerance policy on hazing and underage drinking. 

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