Police seek link between burglary, fight

By Holly Schubert

University Programming and Activities is investigating a fight between two fraternities at a mixer in the Holmes Student Center Diversions Saturday shortly after midnight.

Van Amos, program coordinator for the Center of Black Studies and a chaperone at the mixer, said the argument “basically began as a difference of opinion.”

Student center monitors notified University Police of the fight, but it was over by the time police responded. UP reports said a group remained in the Martin Luther King Memorial Commons area for a while and then moved to parking lot 17, adjacent to the Founders Memorial Library. No suspects, victims, or witnesses came forward to UPs, according to police reports.

Mike Pattrick, president of Phi Beta Sigma, said the fight began after a member of Omega Psi Phi kicked a member of Phi Beta Sigma at the mixer.

Pattrick said there were about 30 people involved in the fight, but only five members of Phi Beta Sigma were present. Two Phi Beta Sigma members received injuries and were taken to Kishwaukee Community Hospital. One received eight stitches to the lip, and another received a tetanus shot for a bite.

Pattrick said there will be a joint meeting between the two fraternities with UP&A Director Michelle Emmett and UP&A Activities Adviser Jeff Cufaude this week.

Elbert Purdy, president of Omega Psi Phi fraternity, said he did not wish to comment on Friday’s incident.

Purdy’s roommate reported to DeKalb Police that someone burglarized and vandalized their apartment sometime between 7 p.m. Saturday and 5:10 a.m. Sunday, causing $966 damage, according to reports.

Detective Bill Feithen of the DeKalb Police Department said that although they have no suspects, the department is looking into the possibility that there is a connection between the burglary and vandalism at Purdy’s apartment and Friday’s fight.

A doorknob, a plastic table and fan, two woofer speakers, a lamp shade, two venetian blinds, a black and white television, a picture, and a VHS videotape were damaged in the burglary, according to police reports. Entry was gained by using force against the door. Police said the deadbolt lock had been activated and the force exerted splintered the doorjamb and frame.