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UND Student Reaction To Player Suspension

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A feeling of disappointment mixed with support. That's how many University of North Dakota students are reacting after some hockey players got in trouble and suspended for an alcohol-fueled team party on campus.

Those suspended are captain Andrew MacWilliam, and assistant captains Corban Knight, Danny Kristo and Carter Rowney for one game.

Both UND and NDSU players have made headlines recently, and it's causing people to compare the disciplinary actions of the schools. And even though students say it may hurt the team to lose players, many say they support the school taking action.

UND Student, Dylan Reichstadt, says, "Everyone's chanting and screaming and so it's always a good atmosphere."

Reichstadt says he tries to make every school hockey game possible and looks up to the players. So when he found out that the team's captains have been suspended for having a team party on campus, he was shocked.

It's mixed emotions around the UND campus as many students agree something had to be done, they're just unsure the punishment was right.

UND Student, Megan Garfve, says, "I understand it, but I don't know if I totally agree with it."

Garfve says after NDSU failed to suspend players for petition fraud earlier this season, she's wondering why this is happening. Other students have their own guesses and bring out the rivalry.

"Obviously, we're classier than NDSU, that's just a given. Maybe we're trying to one up them," says Riley Stahley.

While the details of exactly what happened have not been released, stories have spread around campus. But most students agree, it won't stop their support for the team and the people on it.

Reichstadt says, "I'll still go to hockey games, I'll still cheer for them. Something like this isn't huge in my mind."

Athletic Director Brian Faison says in addition to the suspension, the UND hockey team will have to go through a mandatory community service program and a weekly alcohol education program. And if they get in trouble again, they could have scholarships cut, be suspended or expelled.

The case is being reviewed by the state for possible misdemeanor charges. If the charges are filed, they will come out within the next few days.

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