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This edition of the Wooster Voice focuses on a lawsuit that was taken against the college and students attending the college. On January 13, 2000, a former Kappa Chi pledge, Chris Babis, filed a civil suit against the College of Wooster, the Head Baseball Coach Tim Pettorini, the Kappa Chi fraternity, and 26 former members of Kappa Chi. Twelve of the 26 former members who were named, remained at Wooster during the lawsuit. Babis, through the lawsuit, asked for for $50,000 from each of the 31 defendants. This civil suit stemmed from incidents that occurred on January 20, 1999, when Babis contends that he was kicked, urinated on, and had baseball bats swung at his head while pledging the fraternity. Charges of hazing, which is a fourth-degree misdemeanor, were brought against the four "Hellmasters" for the 1999 Kappa Chi pledge class. All four of the Hellmasters accepted a plea bargain for a reduced charge of disorderly conduct.
The Seton Hall fire in New Jersey is a wake up call for the college especially since it coincided with a small fire in Compton Hall. A remodeling crew has been brought to campus to asses what buildings are in need of renovations. Athletic updates for the past week are highlighted on pages ten to twelve.
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hazing, Greek life, fraternity, Kappa Chi, lawsuit, civil suit, legal action, lawyers, plea-bargin, disorderly conduct, Seton Hall, fire, Boland Hall Fire, remodeling
Hazing; Fraternities; College fraternity members; Class actions (Civil procedure); Actions and defenses; Citizen suits (Civil procedure); Lawyers; Disorderly conduct; Remodeling
Editors, Wooster Voice, "The Wooster Voice (Wooster, OH), 2000-02-03" (2000). The Voice: 1991-2000. 240.