April 11, 1978
With a warrant out for his arrest, Andre Mesarovic — allegedly one of
the three student pie-throwers in a trustee meeting last week — planned to
turn himself in to city police today, according to Dean of Students George
Langeler. Student Mark Kirby was the first suspect arrested; the police said
they are unable to identify the third student.
Both men will be charged with assault and disorderly conduct, police said.
Although he has remained at large, police say, no additional charges face
Mesarovic. The maximum penalty for assault is six months in county jail and a
$1000 fine while disorderly conduct carries a $100 fine and no prison sentence.
Kirby, who refused to comment on the reason for the pie-throwing incident
because of charges pending, explained why he urged Mesarovic to turn himself in.
“According to my friends, most of the trustees thought it was pretty funny
and would recommend that charges be dropped.”
The Trustees briefly discussed the possible fate of the pie-throwers and came
to no agreement. Some felt that the misdemeanor charges should be kept; others,
that the punishment should be strictly left to the College; and still others
that the matter would be best settled by having the students do some clean up
around campus to compensate for the mess they made in Wilder.
Langeler intends to bring the issue before Oberlin’s Community Board...
The severest penalty they may impose is expulsion from the College.
It is the responsibility of the College, not of the trustees...to testify
against the students. Nevertheless, because College Security called Oberlin
Police to assist in the students’ apprehension, the prosecutor may still
legally press charges even if the College decides otherwise.