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U-I Says Fraternity Members Involved In Incident In Wisconsin

May 5, 1988 GMT

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) _ Nineteen University of Illinois students have been accused of disrupting classes at the University of Wisconsin by such doing things as jumping on a professor’s back and lighting a stink bomb.

An investigation conducted by officials at the Illinois school found members of the Acacia fraternity disrupted five classes April 8, William Riley, the Illinois school’s dean of students, said Thursday.

Results of the investigation have been forwarded to the University of Illinois’ Board of Fraternity Affairs for a decision on any disciplinary action.


″We could cause them to no longer exist as a student organization,″ said Riley. ″It’s almost endless, the number of things that are possible.″

At the Wisconsin campus in Madison, Professor Harold Scheub, who teaches an African language and literature class, said there was shouting while he tried to give a test and later someone jumped on his back.

Professor Linda Hunter said someone set off a stink bomb in her African language and literature class, and then tried to provoke a fight with one of her students.

Riley said one Acacia member stole a fire extinguisher and a papier-mache bear that was part of an art class.

Other classes affected included math, advertising and Scandinavian literature. A few University of Wisconsin students were also involved.

At least one fraternity member made a racial comment to a student the following day, Riley said.

Mike Rutkowski, president of the Acacia chapter at the University of Illinois, said the actions at Madison were not racially motivated, the campus newspaper, the Daily Illini reported. He said he could not comment on specifics.