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Party ban at EIU

CHARLESTON -- No late night parties are allowed this weekend at Eastern Illinois University.
CHARLESTON -- No late night parties are allowed this weekend at Eastern Illinois University. The university president sent a message to all students Friday; all late-night parties on campus have been canceled for now.

It stems from a barn party held by Phi Beta Sigma last Saturday. As many as 400 people were there. Two people were shot and another was beaten.

University leaders say a campus group will review policies and procedures. The goal is to boost safety. Friday night is supposed to be quiet on campus, but students say the party will most likely go on somewhere else.

Josh Douglas said, "I think that you have the right to do something about it and react to it. But at the same time, stopping all late-night parties because they'll just go out and party anyway."

Freshman Austin Pearson said it's understandable to a certain extent.

"You want to ensure everybody's safety. I just think they should have more security around."

Two men were arrested in connection with the shooting. The Phi Beta Sigma fraternity has been suspended until the criminal investigation is complete. The police review could be done by Wednesday and the late night party ban could be lifted by next weekend.
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