Officials resolve fraternity dispute

By Eric Krol

A fight between two fraternities during the first weekend of the semester has been successfully mediated, an NIU official said.

Greek Affairs Adviser Dawn Sturma said a fight between fraternity members of Pi Kappa Alpha and Delta Upsilon occurred during the last weekend of August. The cause of the fight was unclear, she said, but added that it likely started as a result of a misunderstanding of one individual and escalated from there.

“To my knowledge, no one was hurt in the fight,” Sturma said. DeKalb Police were called but no reports were filed, she added.

DeKalb Police Chief Don Berke said he did not remember the incident specifically and confirmed that no reports were filed.

Sturma said the university met with officials and faculty advisers from both houses and successfully mediated the situation.

The Interfraternity Council judicial board, which mediates fraternity disputes, had not been trained when the fight took place, Sturma said.

Sturma said when the IFC judicial board was trained, they met to discuss the incident and decided not to make sanctions against either of the houses.

Sturma said she called a meeting last week with presidents from fraternity houses, members of the Black Greek Council and NIU administrators to address the issue of fighting.

The meeting went very well,” she said. “We’re in the process of following it up.”

Berke said alcohol is a factor in fights on Greek Row. Sturma said she is currently reviewing NIU’s policy on alcohol.