Frat members admit to stealing Maneaters

Friday, December 2, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 12:23 a.m. CDT, Saturday, July 12, 2008

Seven members of an MU fraternity turned themselves into campus police Thursday for stealing more than 1,500 copies of a student newspaper earlier this week.

MU Police Capt. Scott Richardson said that none of the seven men had been formally arrested.

“I don’t anticipate any arrest at the moment,” Richardson said. “I don’t know what the investigator is doing at the moment other than working with the prosecutor to find a resolution to the case.”

Student staff from the Maneater, MU’s student newspaper, noticed that newspapers were missing from several campus locations between 2 and 3 p.m. Tuesday.

“We did what we thought was the appropriate thing, which was to file a police report and find out what happened,” said Derek Kravitz, the publication’s managing editor.

Kravitz said that the students who took the papers are members of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity and that they contacted Maneater staff to apologize before turning themselves into the police on Wednesday.

“These seven guys came forward and they did contact us first and that was appreciated,” Kravitz said.

Nick Boyan, the president of Phi Kappa Psi, said he did not know what motivated the suspects. On Tuesday, however, The Maneater ran a story about a former president of the fraternity who has been accused of a sexual assault in a lawsuit filed last October.

“I was disappointed that they would do something like this,” Boyan said. “Obviously, the fraternity wouldn’t condone any behavior like this, so I was disappointed.”

Boyan said that the frat members involved in the incident will face disciplinary action from the fraternity.

Mark Lucas, MU’s director of student life, said the university is looking into the matter to determine if the suspects were in violation of the code of conduct.

“We have the names of the individuals that have been identified by the fraternity and we have the ability to tell what, if any, form of discipline will happen as a result of their actions,” Lucas said.

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