The Latest: University investigating mess at California lake

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Posted: May 25, 2016 10:38 PM
The Latest: University investigating mess at California lake

REDDING, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on trash left behind at a California lake after an annual trip by fraternity and sorority members (all times local):

5:15 p.m.

University of Oregon officials say they are investigating whether other campus fraternities and sororities were responsible for a trash-strewn mess at a California lake after one fraternity was suspended.

Vice President for Student Life Robin Holmes said in a statement that the national fraternity, Lambda Chi Alpha, has suspended all the activities of its University of Oregon chapter.

Holmes said the mess left at Slaughterhouse Island in Lake Shasta over the weekend was disgraceful. University spokesman Tobin Klinger said the task of determining whether other University of Oregon fraternities and sororities were involved won't be easy given the size of the weekend outing and the possibility that groups from multiple schools participated.

The university's chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha said in a statement that it is cooperating with the university's investigation and will hold the people involved accountable.

The National Forest Service says workers spent hours cleaning up a half-mile-wide swath of trash left behind by the roughly 1,000 campers.

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The National Forest Service says workers have cleaned up a half-mile-wide swath of trash left behind by about 1,000 campers after an annual trip to a California lake by fraternity and sorority members.

Shasta-Trinity National Forest spokeswoman Phyllis Swanson says it took about 25 workers five hours to clean up the weekend mess on Slaughterhouse Island in Lake Shasta on Tuesday.

Pictures on social media show some of the mess, including several items branded with University of Oregon logos and a cooler with the Greek letters Lambda Chi Alpha.

The university says it doesn't condone or sponsor the annual trip and has launched an investigation.

The school's chapter of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity says it has suspended activities while an investigation is completed.