Following the allegations of hazing against the Sigma Pi international fraternity in last week’s issue of the Temple News, the paper has reported to Temple Police their belief that the fraternity, in an act of revenge, removed the issue from the stands and threw them out.
The fraternity stopped answering questions Tuesday in regards to their position and current actions on the hazing allegations and actual questions regarding the actions they have taken following the printing of the issue.
Sigma Pi, who knew of the nature of the article prior to its printing, had threatened a lawsuit against the Temple News. The News reacted by taking the article to communications law and libel professor Tom Eveslage who approved the article.
The Temple News first filed a complaint last Thursday when the issue was found in trash cans across campus. Detective Lowell said that the investigation has stalled because no body has come forward saying they saw the issues being thrown out.
By Friday, the News staff had received an e-mail from another fraternity attacking the “bias against the Greek system.”
That Saturday, Mickey Minnick, who wrote the original article, was allegedly threatened by Sigma Pi president, Paris Arnold. The confrontation took place in the Johnson and Hardwick breezeway and was immediately followed by Minnick phoning campus police to get the incident on file.
The confrontational nature between both parties has since died down. Some copies of the paper were available across campus, most notably in Paley where the Temple News stand sits off to the side of the exit.