Fights break out at parties

by Luis Del Valle And Alexander R. Edlich | 5/2/93 10:00pm

Hanover Police responded to two separate fights at campus fraternities early Saturday morning that left two people hospitalized.

Hanover Police and an ambulance responded to a call from Psi Upsilon fraternity at 1:50 a.m. after a brother allegedly struck Jeffrey Schumacher in the head with an aluminum baseball bat.

Schumacher, 23, who is stationed in Norfolk, Va. with the Navy, was visiting with his hometown friend Eric Bjorkman '93, according to his father Herbert Schumacher who was reached by phone in Moscow, Idaho.

Schumacher's father said his son was hit on the head with a baseball bat while in the fraternity. "All I know was that he was hit with a baseball bat. I really don't know much else," Herbert Schumacher said.

Schumacher was then taken by ambulance to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center where police said he was treated for a serious laceration to his forehead.

Schumacher was on his way back to Norfolk last night and could not be reached for comment.

"I was pretty upset when I heard," Schumacher's father said. He said he is still waiting to hear details about the incident from his son.

Psi U President Thatcher Wine '94 wrote in a statement that he would not comment on the incident because it did not involve the fraternity.

"I did not witness the confrontation and therefore, as an individual, I am unable to relate any details," Wine added.

Several other Psi U brothers also declined to comment.

But some students who were at the fraternity during the confrontation said the Psi U brother was walking around the first floor with the bat in his hand. The witnesses said the brother ran down the stairs to the basement to find Schumacher.

Hanover Police are investigating that incident.

Later that night, police dispersed a 12-person brawl outside Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity about 30 minutes after the baseball bat incident, a police spokesman said.

Michael Gordon '91 was taken to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center bleeding from the nose and mouth, according to a police report. Gordon was an SAE brother while at the College.

Dana Ash '94, SAE's president, said Gordon and a current brother were involved in the fight which police broke up at 2:14 a.m. He said Gordon, the brother and four other students fought with five men who were not Dartmouth students.

Ash said the non-Dartmouth men were "messing around with Dragon [Senior Society]. They were looking to cause trouble."

Ash said he believes the four or five men were "messing with our dogs" when the brawl occurred.

Gordon was released from the hospital with a few stitches, Ash said. Hanover Police are investigating the incident.

In a third unrelated incident, Peter McBride '93 was arrested Saturday morning at 1 a.m. for indecent exposure at the Panarchy undergraduate society. McBride will be arraigned in Hanover District Court.