Beta Theta Pi House
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Beta Theta Pi members can keep using the shuttered house on Burrowes Street and drinking in the basement bar where Timothy Piazza sustained a fatal brain injury and internal bleeding. For now. On November 20th, Centre County Judge Katherine Oliver denied a motion for injunction from Donald Abbey against the Alpha Upsilon chapter of Beta Theta Pi. Abbey is a Penn State and Beta Theta Pi alumnus who is suing the fraternity for money he says needs to be returned to him for breach of contract. Abbey's attorneys said the house was not zoned for that use and it potentially damaged his case, as the house is the fraternity's only real asset. Fraternity attorneys said the use was legal. State College borough, however cited the fraternity for violations. According to the motion, the two sides participated in two months of back and forth on the issues, culminating in a November 22nd request from the housing corporation for a protective order with respect to all discovery in this matter, saying it was probably a good idea for both of our respective clients. Abbey refused, and says the housing corporation then indicated it would not allow discovery without it.