Three house fellows from Witte Hall resigned under threat of
termination earlier this semester as a result of an outing where
alcohol was served to an underage house fellow, according to
sources close to those involved and confirmed by Witte residents
knowledgeable of the incident.
Under housing guidelines, if a house fellow knowingly consumes
alcohol with a minor, he or she is subject to immediate
Over the winter recess, a group of house fellows went to local
bars before the Witte residents returned for the spring semester.
Upon returning to Witte, at least three house fellows continued to
drink in a room, with at least one of them younger than 21, the
Additionally, another four to seven house fellows from the
residence hall were put on probation as a result of the
Witte house fellow Brad Dolezel said all three vacancies have
been filled since the resignations.
Chrissy Wild, Kevin Otten and Ashley Irvine were said to have
been the house fellows who resigned from their positions.
Otten, who could not be reached for comment, reportedly told his
superiors about the incident without warning the other people
involved; he turned in himself and his colleagues.
The house fellow under 21 went to a bar with her coworkers,
using a fake I.D. to get in and obtain alcohol, according to one of
Wild’s former Witte Hall residents, sophomore Aaron Wiegel.
“[Wild] was 21 at the time,” Wiegel said, adding that his former
house fellow told him she did not know there was an underage person
in their midst. Wiegel added he did not feel her forced resignation
“She didn’t want to resign,” Wiegel said. “But there’s nothing
she could do about it.”
Both Wild and Irvine refused to comment on the issue, though
Wild said she “was not fired” and that the topic is emotional for
her. Irvine said she did not want to talk about it in “any way,
shape or form.”
Wiegel, who said he liked his former house fellow, said Wild was
forced to leave her room in Witte and moved into some friends’
“If she was drinking on the floor and making a disruption and
being a bad role model [I could see dismissing Wild], but students
weren’t even here,” Wiegel said about Wild’s departure.
Wiegel’s roommate, Steve Ruona, agreed, saying Wild was a good
house fellow. He does not agree with the university’s actions in
“I didn’t think [forcing a resignation] was really necessary,”
Kristen Gurney, a house fellow at Kronshage Hall, said drinking
with a minor leads to automatic dismissal, adding it is a house
fellow’s responsibility to know with whom he or she may party.
Gurney, who said she only heard rumors of the Witte Hall
incident, said she does not know any house fellows who would
knowingly drink with minors.
“We have respect for our jobs,” Gurney said.
The house fellows’ superiors, Witte Residence Life Coordinators
and University Housing employees Jenni Adams and Laura Guthrie,
could not be reached for comment before press time.