Beata Hall party gets broken up by Wichita Police

By: Alexis Stallard, Online Editor

A party in Beata Hall on Saturday, Feb. 26, got out of hand and required the assistance of the Wichita Police Department, said Head of Campus Security Morris Floyd.

Floyd said that resident assistants called security after getting several complaints and unsuccessfully attempting to break up the party. Once a security guard arrived, Floyd said, he discovered that students were becoming increasingly upset with the resident assistants who called security, and he called Wichita Police for help.

“Once there, he was able to gauge the large number of students involved and could hear some heated remarks being directed at the RAs by some of the students involved,” Floyd said. “Because of this, he decided to get some assistance in the event things went beyond words.”

Some students who were at the party said alcohol was being consumed.

Director of Resident Life Turner Middendorf said that there was no property damage and that the students responsible for the party, who are athletes, have met with their coaches about the situation. Middendorf said he could not comment on what consequences the students will face because the investigation is still ongoing. He estimated that there were about 50 students at the party.

“It is important to keep in mind that just as any other Newman University staff/faculty member, the Resident Assistants were simply doing the job that they were hired to do,” Middendorf said.

The only dorm hall at Newman where alcohol is permitted is Fugate, and quiet hours must be observed by all residents and guests in the dorms. Quiet hours Sunday through Thursday are 11 p.m. to 8 a.m. For Friday and Saturday, quiet hours are 1 a.m. to 8 a.m.

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