BU Fraternity Ousted For Accepting Negro

The Boston University chapter of Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity said last night it had been suspended by the national board of officers for accepting a Negro student into membership.

Carter Van Waes of Cambridge, retiring president of the University's Mu Triton chapter, and incoming president Robert D. Shanley of Boston said in a joint statement the chapter had been suspended for accepting Robert Thomas of Atlanta, Ga., a liberal arts sophomore.

Van Waes and Shanley said that regional officers of the national fraternity notified the chapter it would be suspended for "just cause" if Thomas was "elected to brotherhood." The chapter went ahead and initiated Thomas last Saturday.

The chapter said that messages of support have been received from Phi Sigma Kappa chapters at Dartmouth, the University of Massachusetts, and Bartwick College, Oneonta, N.Y.