Kappa Alpha put on social probation

Friday, June 11, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 5:05 a.m. CDT, Monday, July 14, 2008

The MU chapter of the Kappa Alpha Order has been placed on probation after a cannon exploded on the front lawn of the fraternity house in late April.

Christian Basi, assistant director of the MU News Bureau, confirmed Thursday that Kappa Alpha has been placed on social probation. The punishment means the fraternity is not allowed to hold events involving alcohol, Basi said.

Three members of the fraternity face charges in connection with the cannon incident. Chapter President Seth Fagan, Vice President Daniel Dunn and member Nicholas Adkins have been charged with reckless exploding and third-degree assault. All three have pleaded not guilty in Boone County Circuit Court. Fagan’s trial is scheduled for June 18; Dunn’s and Adkins’ trials are scheduled for June 30.

The incident in question occurred at about 8 p.m. on April 29. Police responded to reports of an explosion at the Kappa Alpha house. Fagan and Adkins were arrested on the scene after Fagan admitted to firing the cannon as part of an annual tradition. Dunn was arrested early the next morning after coming forward to police.

The explosion blew out a second-floor window of nearby University Place apartments and sent an 8-inch piece of iron through the building’s roof and fifth floor. No one was hurt.

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