Penn State is creating a center to study Greek life

January 25, 2019

Pennsylvania State University is creating a center to study Greek life, named in memory of a student who died after a fraternity event.

Tim Piazza was a sophomore when he joined Beta Theta Pi at Penn State in February 2017. He died after a pledging event at the chapter house. Police said his friends failed to call for help when he fell multiple times after consuming toxic amounts of alcohol. His death reverberated nationally, one of several fatal incidents in recent years that brought renewed attention to the dangers of alcohol and hazing at fraternities — and intensified demand for change.

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