Penn State students demonstrated their commitment to clean air and the environment on Wednesday, April 12, by volunteering to pick up trash and cigarette butts at the University Park campus. A poster showcasing the impact that littering has on the environment will be displayed in front of Palmer Art Museum on Wednesday, April 19.
The University continues to cooperate with the State College Police Department in its criminal investigation of the tragic death of Timothy Piazza at the Penn State chapter of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. At the same time, the Office of Student Conduct is conducting its own inquiry, focusing on issues related to the University's Code of Student Conduct and behavioral expectations for the fraternities the University recognizes. Based on information gained through its inquiry thus far, the University has decided to withdraw immediately recognition of Beta Theta Pi fraternity.
The Penn State Panhellenic and Interfraternity councils will hold their annual Spring Carnival from 2:30 to 5 p.m. April 10 on Old Main Lawn. The carnival, which is free and open to all ages, is designed to provide entertainment for students and the State College community alike.
Pennsylvania State University service leaders on the Council of LionHearts in partnership with the Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Council have coordinated a day of service on March 1 to provide students with a free alternative to drinking and to make a positive contribution within the surrounding community.
The Penn State Interfraternity Council voted Dec. 10 to ban social functions during the 2014 State Patty’s Day weekend slated for Saturday, March 1. State Patty's Day is a student-organized drinking event that town and University officials have been trying to curb since its creation in 2007.
Within the first year of his arrival at University Park, Pa., and after more than 30 years in leadership positions in higher education, Penn State President Graham Spanier said he believed that excessive alcohol consumption was the most pressing issue in higher education. Since that time, Penn State has added considerably to student-centered initiatives that aim to educate students about the risks and impact of dangerous drinking behaviors, and remains focused on those efforts.
In an unprecedented effort to discourage high-risk drinking and incidents at social events, Penn State's Interfraternity Council (IFC) has adopted a new policy for fraternity socials. The policy is designed to combat excessive alcohol consumption, underage drinking, uninvited guests and other problems that sometimes occur at large events.