Pi Delta Psi
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Another fraternity faces a shutdown at Pennsylvania State University, even though its members haven't been in trouble. In what appears to be an unprecedented legal ruling, a Monroe County judge on Monday banned the Pi Delta Psi fraternity from operating any chapters in Pennsylvania for 10 years. The ban came during the sentencing of the fraternity and four Pi Delta Psi members from Baruch College in New York, who were convicted in the death of a pledge during a hazing ritual on a trip to the Poconos in 2013. Pi Delta Psi, an Asian American fraternity has two chapters in Pennsylvania, one at Penn State and the other at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, although that one appears to be inactive. Penn State officials Tuesday said the chapter is in good standing and they were looking into how to proceed. The chapter has about a dozen members and does not have a fraternity house. A message to the Penn State fraternity chapter's current president was not returned. Carnegie Mellon also did not respond to inquiries about its chapter, including how it became inactive. Monroe County President Judge Margherita Patti Worthington fined the fraternity which was found guilty of aggravated assault and involuntary manslaughter, more than $110,000 and instituted the state ban as a condition of its probation. She underscored the horrific nature of the case calling it the most troubling case to me in 19 years. At a rented Poconos house, Chun Hsien Deng of Queens, was blindfolded and loaded down with a sand filled backpack, then repeatedly shoved and tackled by fraternity members during a ritual known as the "glass ceiling" meant to represent the plight of Asian Americans. Pledges had to pass through a gantlet of fraternity members during the ritual. Deng became unconscious, and no one sought help for at least an hour. In handing down her sentence, Patti Worthington noted the case involving Penn State sophomore Tim Piazza. In February, Piazza drank copious amounts of alcohol during an alleged hazing ritual at the Beta Theta Pi fraternity, fell down the stairs and languished on a couch for nearly 12 hours before anyone called for help. He died the next day. Twenty six fraternity members face a range of charges in his death.