McDaniel panel suspends one student after November fight


One of two McDaniel College students who were involved in a brawl that had racial overtones last year was suspended for two semesters for violating the college's conduct code that prohibits physical abuse, the college Honor and Conduct Board announced yesterday.

The board's decision comes more than two months after the students were charged in Carroll County District Court with assaulting two sophomores during a fight that broke out in November on the Westminster campus.

The charges against the two students in that court have been dropped, but new charges have been filed in Carroll County Circuit Court.

Both students went before the college Honor and Conduct Board in late November in connection with the incident, but only one was sanctioned by the college. The board made its decision Nov. 24 but released it yesterday after allowing for an appeals process, a college spokeswoman said. She declined to name the suspended student.

The fight broke out early Nov. 6 after a group of McDaniel students returned to campus on a chartered bus from a trip to Baja Beach Club in Baltimore, according to court documents. The trip was not sponsored by the college.

An exchange involving racial slurs began among students on the bus and escalated into a fistfight after they reached campus, the documents stated.

Nicholas G. Alevrogiannis, 22, of Westminster is accused of using racial slurs during the confrontation, documents show.

Alevrogiannis and a second student, Thomas E. "Scoots" Crowell, 24, of Brinklow in Montgomery County, are accused of assaulting two students during the incident.

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