Nearly 5,000 copies of Rhode Island student newspaper stolen

RHODE ISLAND –Nearly every copy of last Friday’s issue of The Good5 cent Cigar was stolen, andeditors said they suspect an article on a fraternity prompted thetheft.

Stephen Greenwell, editor of the University of RhodeIsland’s student newspaper, said the papers were distributed around 9 a.m.and by that afternoon, most of the 5,000 press run haddisappeared.

”It was a Friday, when classes are half-empty, sothat kind of demand is unprecedented,” Greenwellsaid.

Greenwell said he believes the papers were stolen because of astory that appeared in the paper on the expulsion of the Phi Gamma Deltafraternity, better known as FIJI, from Greek Week festivities due to alcoholviolations.

Phi Gamma Delta President Brian Boucher did not respondto an e-mail seeking comment.

The paper cost around $350 to print andhad $600 worth of advertisements, including classifieds, Greenwell said. He saidhe filed a report with campus police.

Maj. Stephen Baker of thecampus police department confirmed that a report had been filed and said hisoffice is investigating theincident.