A crack appeared in the already extremely thin-iced fraternity life at Penn State on Wednesday when the university suspended another group after finding a student suspected of drinking with them unconscious in a street.
The Associated Press could not immediately reach the fraternity for comment but according to university spokeswoman Lisa Powers, the Office of Student Council is investigating Delta Tau Delta’s possible involvement.
The frat has been placed on interim suspension during the investigation.
Campus police found the 18-year-old male student unconscious on a street near the school. Fortunately, the student was quickly hospitalized and is making a full recovery, Powers says.
The student’s survival spares Delta Tau Delta the devastating guilt suffered by now-permanently-banned Beta Theta Pi, after the death of New Jersey freshman Timothy Piazza, who fell down the fraternity’s stairs when drunk during a hazing ritual.
Delta Tau Delta is walking a perilously thin line, however, demonstrating an unbelievable lack of awareness by allowing another drinking incident to occur in the wake of such a tragic death.
The Office of Student Conduct is also investigating whether students supplied the minor with the alcohol that led to his condition.
All Penn State fraternities were placed on social ban following Piazza’s death.
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