April 7, 1978
Three students disguised in ski masks and hats entered an open forum of the
Board of Trustees last night, threw pies at the trustees and fled.
One student, senior Mark E. Kirby, was accosted near the King Building and
later charged with disorderly conduct and assault. Another student was tackled
outside the meeting but escaped.
At his arraignment this morning, Kirby entered a plea of not guilty on both
counts. He is free on $1100 bond. The two other students were still at large as
of noon today.
None of the trustees was struck directly by the coconut cream pies, though
one was splattered, college officials report.
Positive identification of two or three assailants was made by Dean of
Students George Langeler. Langeler asked bystanding students to confirm the
names of the attackers by identifying photographs taken from the files in the
Dean’s office. Neither police nor college officials would release any of
the names except Kirby’s.
Langeler indicated that the students would be subject to both municipal
prosecution and College disciplinary action.
A communique found at the scene of the pie-throwing identifies the group
responsible as the Leon Czologosz Commando Squad of the Oberlin section of the
Direct Action Bridge.
The paper states that the “essential nature of our action is symbolic;
its attempt bring to the forefront the issue of student powerlessness.”
While several of the Trustees were visibly shaken by the incident, the
discussion, which centered primarily on South African corporate divestment, and
the Long Range Plan, resumed almost immediately.
The Trustees viewed the disruption as the work of just a few individuals,
according to Robert Haslun, assistant to the president for external and student
affairs. Because of this, Haslun did not see the incident as jeopardizing future