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Fraternity, sorority closed at Utah State

Fraternity, sorority closed at Utah State



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LOGAN, Utah (AP) -- The parent organizations of a sorority and fraternity at Utah State University have shut the chapters down following the death of a freshman pledge last fall.

Michael Starks died on Nov. 21 of alcohol poisoning. The 18-year-old was a pledge to Sigma Nu, which has been closed. The sorority Chi Omega also has been shut down. It allegedly provided Starks with alcohol.

A dozen students have been charged with misdemeanors in the case and the local chapters of Sigma Nu and Chi Omega were charged with felonies.

Sigma Nu Executive Director Brad Beacham said the fraternity's 15 members living in the chapter house will move out over the next 10 days.

"We regret the loss of the chapter very much," said Beacham, who met with fraternity members on Monday.

Laura Lee Jones, a spokeswoman for Chi Omega, said the 19 or so women living in the sorority house will leave soon.

Chi Omega came to Utah State in 1930 and Sigma Nu in 1938.

Utah State spokesman John DeVilbiss said it's possible the two organizations could be reinstated in the future. "That's a question that we may address down the road, but it's pretty far out," DeVilbiss said.

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Information from: The Herald Journal

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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