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UA student hospitalized with possible alcohol poisoning

By Bill Bowden

This article was published February 25, 2013 at 10:56 a.m.

A 19-year-old University of Arkansas student was transported to Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville on Saturday with possible alcohol poisoning, said Lt. Gary Crain, a spokesman for the UA Police Department.

Crain said the male student was still in the hospital Monday morning. Police were waiting for more information before deciding whether to begin an investigation.

Crain said members of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity had transported the student to the hospital, but it wasn’t known Monday if he had consumed alcohol at the fraternity house.

Crain said an employee of Washington Regional called UA police at 3:30 p.m. to tell them about the situation.

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Ran2133 says... February 25, 2013 at 12:20 p.m.

Young people can sure make some stupid decisions! I don't know of anyone who likes the taste of any alcoholic beverage when the get their first taste. They drink it for the effect and because of their peers. They think getting drunk is fun. Unfortunately, some never live long enough to see the error of this! I hope this youngster learns from this experience; it's for sure his "frat brothers" will not because it didn't happen to them! Most of them probably will laugh about it! Well, fellows, it is not funny!!

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ads88 says... February 25, 2013 at 12:43 p.m.

this young man's fraternity brothers will not be "laughing" about this. fraternities really do care about their members and their welfare. whether a student is in a fraternity or not has nothing to do with whether he decides to drink. it is a personal decision. the university shouldn't be pushing "no drinking", but safe drinking.

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Jfish says... February 25, 2013 at 12:56 p.m.

Don't think so ads88, if they really cared about members, they would buy a few six packs and promote drinking responsibly rather than buying kegs and consuming mass quantities.

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TMS017 says... February 25, 2013 at 1:51 p.m.

Jfish, you clearly are rather ignorant and are speaking with assumed knowledge, of which you lack. You obviously don't understand fraternities. You see them for their stereotypes and their mistakes. A fraternity is a brotherhood and an organization that focuses its time on building friendships, philanthropy, studies, athletics, and other activities, rather than the party scene that you are associating with it. Do us a favor and take your ignorant comments elsewhere.

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rumrunner says... February 25, 2013 at 1:55 p.m.

How could this happen, I thought it is against the law for someone under 21 years of age to purchase alcoholic beverages? Who bought the beer (or whiskey)? If Arkansas had regulations like the 'Brown Jug Law' in Alaska it would be a lot harder for kids to get stuff to drink, and law enforcement folks would have more resources to go after real criminals.

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NutButter says... February 25, 2013 at 2:37 p.m.

If this was part of frat initiation, I hope the frat is "pulled"!!!
Yeah, totally off-base! When alcohol poisoning is involved, it screams forced funneling or something to that effect.
Frat hazing is just another form of bullying, but they don't call it bullying because it's a fraternity.

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