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MSU student killed in train accident

A Michigan State University student killed in a train accident last Wednesday was legally intoxicated, according to tests done by the Ingham County medical examiner.

Bernard Gibbons, an MSU Education senior, had a blood alcohol level of .18, said Medical Examiner Dean Sienko. A level of .10 is considered legally intoxicated for driving, according to state law.

Gibbons, who was originally from Howell, was killed after he fell from a moving train car onto the tracks, the State News reported.

He and two friends had driven into Lansing to ride the trains after visiting some East Lansing bars, said Lansing police officer Loren Glasscock.

DePauw sorority faces hazing allegations

Members of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority at DePauw University are facing possible charges from the university, their national organization and the county prosecutor's office stemming from an alleged hazing incident this past Thursday.

DePauw police said they learned in interviews this weekend that sorority members allegedly served three or four pledges hard liquor and branded them on the hip with cigarettes, The DePauw reported.

The university temporarily suspended DePauw's Iota Chapter on Friday from all activities except house meetings.

None of Kappa's pledges has depledged from the sorority since the alleged hazing incident, said Vice President of Student Services James Lincoln.

DePauw's chapter president, senior Leanne Bailey, said the house had "no comment" regarding the incident.

GWU head offers students a deal

George Washington University President Joel Trachtenberg has offered 48 students at a district junior high school a free ride to college when they begin applying in five years.

Trachtenberg spent an hour last month with the seventh and eighth graders at Northwest Washington's Paul Junior High School as part of Teach for America Week, The Hatchet reported.

The students thought he was going to teach a math lesson, but instead he offered them a tuition-free education to George Washington.

But the offer is not without limits. Students must first be accepted to George Washington on the merit of their high school records and test scores.

More than 100 protest Illinois mascot

A crowd of more than 100 marched to the University of Illinois' Memorial Stadium on Saturday, protesting the university's symbol of Chief Illiniwek as the school's mascot.

Following the march, the protesters stood silently in a line in front of the stadium entrances for more than an hour before the opening kickoff.

Protesters said they feel that the Chief Illiniwek mascot is a desecration of sacred Native American culture. It perpetuates racism and a damaging stereotype that hurts Native Americans, the protestors said.

Members of the People Against Racism, the Alumni Against Racist Mascots and the Progressive Resource/Action Cooperative organized the protest.

- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter Megan Exley from the University Wire.

11-12-97

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