January 28, 2002

Fraternity President Arrest Sparks Anger

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The arrest of a fraternity president early yesterday brought a standing-room only audience to the Robert Purcell Community Center Auditorium to show support for the student, who claims he was discriminated against by police.

Herbert Cortez ’02, the president of Lambda Upsilon Lambda, gave an account of the incident, arrest and subsequent release yesterday. Cortez was arrested and charged with two misdemeanors and a violation after an incident at the fraternity house.

The meeting was an extension of the weekly Ujamaa Unity Hour, and was moved to RPCC to accommodate the crowd.

Cortez was charged with disorderly conduct and obstructing government administration and disorderly conduct after “becoming belligerent” and attempting to “barricade the door” of the house, according to Linda-Grace Kobas, director of the Cornell News Service.