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Former Penn State Beta Theta Pi pledge sends unpleasant message to brother who tried to intervene

News from the PSU Collegian

Beta Theta Pi corporation was charged with one count of Involuntary Manslaughter, 50 counts of Hazing and 48 counts of Furnishing Alcohol to Minors and Unlawful Acts Relative to Liquor. No bail was set against the fraternity. Involuntary Manslaughter carries a maximum penalty of five years.

Michael Angelo Schiavone, the Vice president of Risk Management was charged with 14 counts of recklessly endangering another person and 14 counts of hazing. He also received 12 counts of furnishing alcohol to minors and 12 counts of unlawful acts relative to liquor.

Lars Kenyon received 14 counts of recklessly endangering another person and 14 counts of hazing. He also received 12 counts of furnishing alcohol to minors and 12 counts of unlawful acts relative to liquor.

Kordel Davis, who was dismissed by fellow brothers after telling them to call 911 the night of Piazza’s fall, appeared on Good Morning America Monday recounting the night’s events.

Kenyon texted Davis that “No one likes him,” according to Parks Miller, who asked that behavior end now.

Lars Kenyon, who received 14 counts of recklessly endangering another person, 14 counts of hazing among other charges, leaves the courthouse

Ryan McCann, Lucas Rockwell, Braxton Becker, Ryan Foster and Fraternity Vice President Ed Gilmartin, all received individual tampering with evidence charges.

Each received charges for cleaning up after the Feb. 2 party, deleting text messages or attempting to dress Piazza.

Tampering with evidence carries a two year maximum penalty.

Joseph Ems received one count of recklessly endangering another person.

His lawyer, William J. Brennan: “He’s presumed innocent.”

Joseph Ems received a reckless engagement charge for allegedly striking Piazza in the abdomen, possibly injuring his spleen further, according to court documents.

 

By Hank Nuwer

Journalist Hank Nuwer is the Alaska author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His current book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer is a former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird and former managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Alaska.
Nuwer was named the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists columnist of the year in 2021 for his “After Darke” column in the Early Bird. He also won third place for the column in 2022 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife Gosia, recently of Union City, Ind., have owned 20 acres in Alaska for many years. “The move is a sort-of coming home for us,” said Nuwer. As a journalist, he’s written about the Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race and other Alaska topics. Read his musings in his blog at Real Alaska Daily--http://realalaskadaily.com and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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