Campus / Campus Safety / Greek Life / News / January 28, 2010

Police bust up Beta party

Just before 1 a.m. Sunday morning, the Galesburg Police Department was called to 745 South West Street, where a female Knox student was intoxicated and had fallen ill. She was later sent to Cottage Hospital.

The student said she fell ill while at a party at Beta Theta Pi. Police then proceeded to the fraternity house. There they found several instances of underage drinking and made an arrest and gave a citation to one student.

Senior Kyle Gordon, Vice President of Beta Theta Pi, was arrested for contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The Galesburg Police Report stated, “Gordon informed this officer that the president of the house was not present and that he would be next in charge.”

Freshman Kin Vong, a pledge for the fraternity, was issued a citation for illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor. Gordon was taken to Knox County Jail, processed, and released later that night. Vong was taken to Cottage Hospital due to his toxicity level and later taken back to his campus residence.

There have been speculations around campus as to whether or not the fraternity will be allowed to have parties throughout the rest of the year.

As far as repercussions for the fraternity, nothing has happened yet.

“There will have to be a full investigation,” said Dean of Students Xavier Romano. “There’s not any standard set of consequences. We’ll have to find out what the facts are and then go from there.”

The president of Beta Theta Pi senior Mike Wipper said, “We take all such incidents seriously. We are investigating the allegations. As far as anything else we have no further comment.” The fraternity will be consulting with the Dean of Students, its national organization, and its faculty advisors.

Annie Zak

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