GSB president lived at apartment Stebens visited the night of fall

James Heggen

Government of the Student Body President Daniel Fischer was a roommate of Joseph Baye, who was cited for failure to prevent consumption in the Kaleb Stebens case. Fischer has since moved out of the apartment.

Stebens, freshman in open option-Liberal Arts and Sciences, fell from the third floor of FarmHouse Fraternity in the early morning hours of Sept. 7. He has since been released from the hospital and is recovering in his hometown of Davenport.

Baye, junior in mechanical engineering and member of FarmHouse, was given a municipal citation for a prevention of consumption infraction because there was underage alcohol consumption at the party. According to the law, anyone living at a residence who knows of a party can be held liable for the infraction.

Fischer, who is also a member of FarmHouse, was at the apartment during the gathering and said he had no knowledge of the party because he was asleep. He said he has been cooperative with the police since incident occured and they know he lived at the apartment.

Fischer said he had three other roommates at the apartment. Only Baye has been cited.

On the Saturday of the party, Fischer said after the football game he went back to FarmHouse to get some food and do some laundry. He then went home to his apartment, where his roommate, Baye, was watching TV with a couple of friends.

“One of my roommates, and a couple of his friends, were watching SportsCenter,” he said. “… It wasn’t like there was anything going on, and so after that I really don’t know what was going on because I was asleep.”

Fischer said he went to bed at about 10:45 p.m.

The next morning Fischer heard that Stebens had fallen. He had a GSB commitment that he was unable to attend because he went to see Stebens in the hospital. He called a number of GSB officers to inform them about the incident.

That week, there were a number of meetings involving GSB officers and advisers. Jonathan Turk, GSB speaker and junior in political science, asked Fischer to resign if his involvement was more than he had admitted.

“That was what was stressed to him: If you know this to be true, and you are not being forthcoming with us, we would strongly encourage a proactive resignation,” Turk said. “My personal belief is that would be better for GSB, as a whole.”

However, Fischer, who maintains he did nothing wrong, declined to step down.