Pi Beta Phi Sorority Says Allegations of Bad Behavior Are Exaggerated

May 25th, 2010 - 11:12 pm ICT by Angela Kaye Mason  

May 25 (THAINDIAN NEWS) A national sorority, which was suspended for misconduct at Miami University, now has it’s Ohio chapter under scrutiny for destruction of property at a formal event. But the Ohio University’s chapter of the Pi Beta Phi sorority stated that the gallery of West Virgina which hosted the events is making claims which are “grossly exaggerated.”

An attorney for the Parkersburg Art Center, where the event was held, says that the OU chapter of the Phi Beta Phi sorority caused over 46,000 dollars in damage to the location during the event which was held on March 6. With food fights, drinks being poured out onto carpet deliberately, a bathroom sink being ripped from the wall as a couple attempted to have sexual relations on top of it, and other vandalism charges being made, the sorority’s actions were said to have resembled closely scenes from the movie ‘Animal House’, the attorney, Richard A. Hayhurst stated.

Dwayne Hartley, who is an employee of the Parksburg Art Center filed a report on April 1 with the Parkersburg Police about the winter formal, which was held March 6. Hartley told the police that he would not be returning the 1200 dollar deposit which Phi Beta Phi had paid prior to the event, when the center was rented. Phi Beta Phi issued a statement which defended the OU chapter, however, and said that the claims made against them were exaggerated. “The chapter believes the claims of damage made by the Art Center have been grossly exaggerated, and the Art Center has failed to provide documentation for why it should keep the $1,200 deposit and receive the more than $46,000 it is seeking. We expect that our chapters and their members will conduct themselves in compliance with our rules and the law. We also respect their right to defend against unfair and undocumented claims.” The allegations are being investigated by Ohio University.

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