GREENVILLE, PA. College drops frat, its walk
The money the frat raised at a Steelers football game will go to the Pittsburgh hospital.
By LAURI GALENTINE
GREENVILLE, Pa. -- The annual Phi Theta Phi walk-a-thon, originally set for this weekend, was canceled because the fraternity no longer exists, a statement from the Thiel College administration says.
"Thiel College is aware of the Phi Theta Phi fraternity's involvement in several violations of the Student Code of Conduct, therefore, the group is no longer recognized by Thiel College," says the administration statement.
"The group is restricted from involvement in any community activity and-or project that identifies Thiel College directly or identifies Phi Theta Phi and by inference association with Thiel College, such as the annual Phi Theta Phi Walk-a-thon for Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh," the statement continued.
The statement did not elaborate on how the fraternity violated the student conduct code.
Adam Kmetz, the student who had been coordinating this year's walk before the cancellation was announced, said Wednesday that it was canceled because of "differences with the administration." He wouldn't elaborate on what those differences might be.
Was getting ready
Kmetz said the fraternity had been making preparations for its 35th annual walk to benefit Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh when the eleventh-hour cancellation was announced Wednesday afternoon.
Traditionally, the 100-mile walk from Greenville to Pittsburgh took place on the first weekend in December.
Walkers collected money from motorists as they made the two-day trek to the hospital to turn over the proceeds.
This year's goal was set at $50,000, and the fraternity already had collected $8,000 at a Pittsburgh Steelers football game about three weeks ago, Kmetz said.
The school's administration and Kmetz have all said the money will be turned over to the hospital.
Kmetz said his group is looking at the possibility of sponsoring the walk under another name sometime next semester.
College officials are encouraging the public to continue to support Children's Hospital by sending a direct donation to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, c/o Gerri Giles, 3705 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh 15213.