Beta Theta Pi brothers’ connections to hazing
Centre County, Pa. Twelve new Beta Theta Pi brothers have been charged from events in regards to a hazing a event at the house and some in connection with the death of pledge Timothy Piazza.
According to an affidavit of probable cause, the hazing activity included two lineups in which pledges had to drink vodka fast three times and then chug a beer.
Details from Beta Theta Pi video footage
Pledges were also in an obstacle course, also referred to as the “gauntlet,” where pledges would go through several drinking stations. This entailed drinking vodka fast, shotgunning a beer, chugging from a bag of wine, and then drinking a cup of beer if they missed getting a ping pong ball into a cup.
According to court paperwork,
brothers would take alcohol up to pledges and have them drink it in a short amount of time.
Monday, Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller announced new charges after the FBI was able to recover surveillance video from the basement showing some of these events. 6308 (1 count)
According to an affidavit of probable cause, Kanzler was 18 years old at the time of the incident. Police said Kanzler involvement was “a continuation of hazing activity that night that included two lineups in which pledges had to drink vodka fast 3 times and chug a can of beet in two separate lineups.”
Police said Kanzler was part of the obstacle of drinking stations an at the “beer shotgun station.” According to court paperwork, police believe that Kanzler had knowledge of the hazing and alcohol events of the night. They also believe the alcohol from a wine bag held up to Piazza and had him drink from contributed to the fall that lead to his death. 4 493 (8 counts)
According to court paperwork, Kurczewski was part of the obstacle course and at the beer pong station. In surveillance video he was seen giving several pledges a can of beer, including Piazza, in which they had to do a shotgun chug.
Police also say that Kurczewski was a newly initiated brother and became part of the fraternity during the previous semester, and would have gone through the same hazing/furnishing activity.
According to the affidavit,
police believe the alcohol Kurczewski gave Piazza contributed to his fall.