I had initially had this ready to go in my weekly roundup post scheduled for tomorrow. The news of the lawsuit has bumped it up to today.
Penn/Skulls – The Daily Pennsylvania reports the the National office of Phi Kappa Sigma (aka Skulls) has suspended the Penn chapter’s charter. This is the “Alpha” chapter of Phi Kappa Sigma. The article reports that the National President (PKS Grand Alpha Douglas Opicka) stated in a video message that, “Last week, it finally reached a point that the fraternity’s executive committee felt we could no longer allow Alpha chapter to operate due to the risk that they posed to the entire fraternity.”
The chapter has had a series of incidents over the past year and a half, including the death of a guest at the chapter house on New Year’s Eve 2010.
On Wednesday, the family of the guest who died on New Year’s Day of 2011, filed a civil suit for wrongful death against the University of Pennsylvania, the International Fraternity of Phi Kappa Sigma, and the local housing corporation (owner of the house). The article from The Daily Pennsylvanian gives a synopsis of the events surrounding the death of Matthew Crozier, then a student at John Carroll University.
Skulls Vice President and College junior Chase Lax said there has always been an air of inevitability surrounding the suspension. “The fact that we were open 18 months [after Crozier’s death] is an amazing thing,” he said. “We’ve always been emotionally prepared for this.”
It is not clear from the article if the filing of the lawsuit (or expectation of its filing) was part of the decision announced Monday to close the chapter.