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Student hospitalized for alcohol poisoning [updated]

Comments (38)
  1. Tom Tukker says:

    Let’s hope for the chapter’s closure.

  2. Tom Tukker says:

    Let’s hope for the chapter’s closure.

  3. L Jones says:

    This whole event is tragic. Not only for the student who was hospitalized but also for the members and leadership of Phi Delta Theta.

    Hopefully, these events will spark some conversation and serve as a learning experience for all involved.

    Until society as a whole addresses the larger problem — the acceptability of excessive drinking in our culture — this won’t be the last time something like this happens.

    It could have just as easily been another one of the fraternities or sororities on campus facing this issue, so I would be careful not to cast the first stone.

  4. L Jones says:

    This whole event is tragic. Not only for the student who was hospitalized but also for the members and leadership of Phi Delta Theta.

    Hopefully, these events will spark some conversation and serve as a learning experience for all involved.

    Until society as a whole addresses the larger problem — the acceptability of excessive drinking in our culture — this won’t be the last time something like this happens.

    It could have just as easily been another one of the fraternities or sororities on campus facing this issue, so I would be careful not to cast the first stone.

  5. Student says:

    Let’s hope that a few bad apples doesn’t mean the rest of the chapter has to pay for it. Thank god that kid is ok. My support is with the men of Phi Delt as they go through this tragedy and I’m sure the appropriate people will be punished. 34th street is a community.

  6. Student says:

    Let’s hope that a few bad apples doesn’t mean the rest of the chapter has to pay for it. Thank god that kid is ok. My support is with the men of Phi Delt as they go through this tragedy and I’m sure the appropriate people will be punished. 34th street is a community.

  7. Sheila Joyce says:

    Gee, do ya think our Government’s should finally listen to our 10,000+ requests for HEALTH WARNING LABELS ON ALL LIQUOR CONTAINERS ???
    Like what they did a while back to Cigarette Packages ??
    Hhmmm ?

    May God help us all…

  8. Sheila Joyce says:

    Gee, do ya think our Government’s should finally listen to our 10,000+ requests for HEALTH WARNING LABELS ON ALL LIQUOR CONTAINERS ???
    Like what they did a while back to Cigarette Packages ??
    Hhmmm ?

    May God help us all…

  9. Justin says:

    Close the Chapter for good, if not then you are supporting this behavior period. Save the “few bad apples” excuse.

  10. Justin says:

    Close the Chapter for good, if not then you are supporting this behavior period. Save the “few bad apples” excuse.

  11. texas says:

    Phi Delta Theta was on of the first chapters (nationally) to ban alcohol in offical Fraternity Houses or Lodges. The national chapter is doing everything they can to keep the kids safe. This matter will be looked into with prying eyes and the guilty parties will be dealt with.

    By NO MEANS, should they punish the entire chapter. Thankfully the kid is ok. I will be anxious to see if the parents press charges.

  12. texas says:

    Phi Delta Theta was on of the first chapters (nationally) to ban alcohol in offical Fraternity Houses or Lodges. The national chapter is doing everything they can to keep the kids safe. This matter will be looked into with prying eyes and the guilty parties will be dealt with.

    By NO MEANS, should they punish the entire chapter. Thankfully the kid is ok. I will be anxious to see if the parents press charges.

  13. Aaron Harrison says:

    If those students are not expelled, it will be a sign of Drake’s weakness. They don’t deserve to be in a fraternity or at Drake.

  14. Aaron Harrison says:

    If those students are not expelled, it will be a sign of Drake’s weakness. They don’t deserve to be in a fraternity or at Drake.

  15. AnonyMouse says:

    get real here. phi delt is the shadiest and the worst on campus. theyre all like that. and the carter is so they dont get caught drinking in the frat house, although they smoke illegal drugs in there. get real drake! get rid of the chapter and let drake get rid of a lazy, bad frat.

  16. AnonyMouse says:

    get real here. phi delt is the shadiest and the worst on campus. theyre all like that. and the carter is so they dont get caught drinking in the frat house, although they smoke illegal drugs in there. get real drake! get rid of the chapter and let drake get rid of a lazy, bad frat.

  17. AnonyMouse says:

    who is this kid talking to the reporter outside “tha carter”

    http://www.kcci.com/video/21570367/index.html

  18. AnonyMouse says:

    who is this kid talking to the reporter outside “tha carter”

    http://www.kcci.com/video/21570367/index.html

  19. Holly says:

    With all due respect Aaron, you don’t know the students.
    Why don’t we let Drake, the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, Phi Delta Theta International and the Dean of Students decide what to do with two men who, make no mistake, did a really stupid thing last weekend but who, for all you know, are otherwise good students and upstanding citizens.

  20. Holly says:

    With all due respect Aaron, you don’t know the students.
    Why don’t we let Drake, the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, Phi Delta Theta International and the Dean of Students decide what to do with two men who, make no mistake, did a really stupid thing last weekend but who, for all you know, are otherwise good students and upstanding citizens.

  21. Drew-B says:

    If they were good students you’d think they would have realized how amazingly idiotic and irresponsible it was to encourage a pledge to drink full cups of Everclear. I mean, seriously? Full cups of Everclear? It’s incredibly lucky this kid is not dead. Good students my ass.

  22. Drew-B says:

    If they were good students you’d think they would have realized how amazingly idiotic and irresponsible it was to encourage a pledge to drink full cups of Everclear. I mean, seriously? Full cups of Everclear? It’s incredibly lucky this kid is not dead. Good students my ass.

  23. Student says:

    “get real here. phi delt is the shadiest and the worst on campus. theyre all like that. and the carter is so they dont get caught drinking in the frat house, although they smoke illegal drugs in there. get real drake! get rid of the chapter and let drake get rid of a lazy, bad frat.”

    This generalization is completely biased and unfair to the men of Phi Delta Theta. You cannot judge all members based on the actions of a few. These types of behaviors may or may not only happen within this particular house – this incident could he facing any house. Let us all learn from it and let the proper administrations make the best possible decision.

  24. Student says:

    “get real here. phi delt is the shadiest and the worst on campus. theyre all like that. and the carter is so they dont get caught drinking in the frat house, although they smoke illegal drugs in there. get real drake! get rid of the chapter and let drake get rid of a lazy, bad frat.”

    This generalization is completely biased and unfair to the men of Phi Delta Theta. You cannot judge all members based on the actions of a few. These types of behaviors may or may not only happen within this particular house – this incident could he facing any house. Let us all learn from it and let the proper administrations make the best possible decision.

  25. Marcus says:

    “get real here. phi delt is the shadiest and the worst on campus. theyre all like that. and the carter is so they dont get caught drinking in the frat house, although they smoke illegal drugs in there. get real drake! get rid of the chapter and let drake get rid of a lazy, bad frat.

    This generalization is completely biased and unfair to the men of Phi Delta Theta. You cannot judge all members based on the actions of a few. These types of behaviors may or may not only happen within this particular house – this incident could he facing any house. Let us all learn from it and let the proper administrations make the best possible decision.”

    No, but we can judge them by their chosen representatives. Look who they have for a President. Nate Pastorik has been accused of a wide variety of shady activity. He was picked up on a public intox this past year and is currently on probation for a criminal mischief charge.
    (see Iowa Courts Online)
    So, he’s the President of this frat. The Phi Delts chose him to represent their house. Should we be surprised by the events that have transpired?

  26. Marcus says:

    “get real here. phi delt is the shadiest and the worst on campus. theyre all like that. and the carter is so they dont get caught drinking in the frat house, although they smoke illegal drugs in there. get real drake! get rid of the chapter and let drake get rid of a lazy, bad frat.

    This generalization is completely biased and unfair to the men of Phi Delta Theta. You cannot judge all members based on the actions of a few. These types of behaviors may or may not only happen within this particular house – this incident could he facing any house. Let us all learn from it and let the proper administrations make the best possible decision.”

    No, but we can judge them by their chosen representatives. Look who they have for a President. Nate Pastorik has been accused of a wide variety of shady activity. He was picked up on a public intox this past year and is currently on probation for a criminal mischief charge.
    (see Iowa Courts Online)
    So, he’s the President of this frat. The Phi Delts chose him to represent their house. Should we be surprised by the events that have transpired?

  27. Holly says:

    Drew-B, this could have been ANY student–Greek or not–on this campus, or any campus across America. We also don’t know the kind of student or person the victim in this situation is, and we’re all quick to pass judgment that falls in his favor over Otto and Hatchett.
    The entire situation was idiotic. People do stupid things. People make mistakes. They’re in COLLEGE. It’s not an excuse, it’s the truth. But that makes them no less human, no less deserving of a fair chance to live the rest of their lives normally or, god forbid, just finish their education.

    So let’s just say again that yes, thank god no one died, and let the administration and proper authorities handle this in whatever way they see fit.

  28. Holly says:

    Drew-B, this could have been ANY student–Greek or not–on this campus, or any campus across America. We also don’t know the kind of student or person the victim in this situation is, and we’re all quick to pass judgment that falls in his favor over Otto and Hatchett.
    The entire situation was idiotic. People do stupid things. People make mistakes. They’re in COLLEGE. It’s not an excuse, it’s the truth. But that makes them no less human, no less deserving of a fair chance to live the rest of their lives normally or, god forbid, just finish their education.

    So let’s just say again that yes, thank god no one died, and let the administration and proper authorities handle this in whatever way they see fit.

  29. Anonymous says:

    It may not be an excuse, it may be the truth but you’re belittling the fact that they broke state, university, and fraternal policies and laws. The reason we pass judgeship on Otto and Hatchett is because they were supposed to be the responsible adults. They may be in college, but they are adults, they are held accountable for their actions. I don’t have a problem with either of them, they are nice guys, but they do deserve to be punished and judged, they put it on themselves. And whether or not this could happen on any campus with any student (which it does), is irrelevant. It happened here, and they knew what they were doing prior to doing it. They knew the risks involved, and they knew the consequences. This is college Holly, and whether you like it or not, it’s the adult world, and in the real world when you mess up, you don’t get to walk away from it free, and they shouldn’t.

  30. Anonymous says:

    It may not be an excuse, it may be the truth but you’re belittling the fact that they broke state, university, and fraternal policies and laws. The reason we pass judgeship on Otto and Hatchett is because they were supposed to be the responsible adults. They may be in college, but they are adults, they are held accountable for their actions. I don’t have a problem with either of them, they are nice guys, but they do deserve to be punished and judged, they put it on themselves. And whether or not this could happen on any campus with any student (which it does), is irrelevant. It happened here, and they knew what they were doing prior to doing it. They knew the risks involved, and they knew the consequences. This is college Holly, and whether you like it or not, it’s the adult world, and in the real world when you mess up, you don’t get to walk away from it free, and they shouldn’t.

  31. YITB says:

    “get real here. phi delt is the shadiest and the worst on campus. theyre all like that. and the carter is so they dont get caught drinking in the frat house, although they smoke illegal drugs in there. get real drake! get rid of the chapter and let drake get rid of a lazy, bad frat.”

    This makes me sick. Clearly you have no involvement or familiarity with what the greek systems stands for. You pass judgement based solely on your “frat stereotypes”. Is drinking part of the greek system. Unfortunately in many cases yes. I can argue that the collegiate experience in general, greek or non-greek, involves drinking and risky activities. We all make choices, good or bad.

    It is a time in life where you are faced with mounting pressures and decisions. A period of growth and developing maturity. I do not see the point of degrading the greek system, specifically Phi Delta Theta, for the mistakes which were made here. Punishment to those involved and fair judgment are in order. Believe me when I say the national fraternity will come down on the chapter very hard, with possible charter revocation. Hopefully it will not come to that, but Phi Delt will no doubt be under the microscope for quite some time due to these unfortunate events.

    There are bad eggs in every fraternity and sorority just like there are bad eggs in every residence hall. Guess what, there are bad eggs in life too. It does not go away when you enter the real world. It is part of life and we learn to deal with them. Ease off on your greek bashing and lets let the proper authorities and those involved sort things out and appropriate punishments dealt.

  32. YITB says:

    “get real here. phi delt is the shadiest and the worst on campus. theyre all like that. and the carter is so they dont get caught drinking in the frat house, although they smoke illegal drugs in there. get real drake! get rid of the chapter and let drake get rid of a lazy, bad frat.”

    This makes me sick. Clearly you have no involvement or familiarity with what the greek systems stands for. You pass judgement based solely on your “frat stereotypes”. Is drinking part of the greek system. Unfortunately in many cases yes. I can argue that the collegiate experience in general, greek or non-greek, involves drinking and risky activities. We all make choices, good or bad.

    It is a time in life where you are faced with mounting pressures and decisions. A period of growth and developing maturity. I do not see the point of degrading the greek system, specifically Phi Delta Theta, for the mistakes which were made here. Punishment to those involved and fair judgment are in order. Believe me when I say the national fraternity will come down on the chapter very hard, with possible charter revocation. Hopefully it will not come to that, but Phi Delt will no doubt be under the microscope for quite some time due to these unfortunate events.

    There are bad eggs in every fraternity and sorority just like there are bad eggs in every residence hall. Guess what, there are bad eggs in life too. It does not go away when you enter the real world. It is part of life and we learn to deal with them. Ease off on your greek bashing and lets let the proper authorities and those involved sort things out and appropriate punishments dealt.

  33. John says:

    Unless the frat members were physically holding this kid’s mouth open and pouring the drinks down, the primary fault here rests with Nate.

    I’m a Drake grad (JO’ 96) and did not join a frat while there. I don’t understand the mentality Nate displayed here, that the need to belong is so strong that he was willing to knowingly put his life in jeopardy. Is the desire to be called a brother really that all-encompassing? Sure, the guys who conducted this little exercise are stupid and partially responsible, but come on… Nate’s big enough to be away at college, he should be big enough to display at least a hint of common sense.

  34. John says:

    Unless the frat members were physically holding this kid’s mouth open and pouring the drinks down, the primary fault here rests with Nate.

    I’m a Drake grad (JO’ 96) and did not join a frat while there. I don’t understand the mentality Nate displayed here, that the need to belong is so strong that he was willing to knowingly put his life in jeopardy. Is the desire to be called a brother really that all-encompassing? Sure, the guys who conducted this little exercise are stupid and partially responsible, but come on… Nate’s big enough to be away at college, he should be big enough to display at least a hint of common sense.

  35. Anonymous says:

    John, I don’t think anybody would argue Nate is partially responsible too, but the primary fault is not in the victim. It is in the fraternity brothers who hazed him, and are supposed to be responsible representatives of the fraternity. And I know you didn’t join a frat because you clearly don’t understand the bond of being a brother. To become a brother is to trust your brothers to keep you safe, and that is what he was doing. He can be held responsible for choosing to drink, but he was told to trust his brothers to keep him safe. While I’m sure they didn’t want it to go this way and didn’t want him to get hurt, they still displayed poor judgment and the brotherly care a frat should display.

  36. Anonymous says:

    John, I don’t think anybody would argue Nate is partially responsible too, but the primary fault is not in the victim. It is in the fraternity brothers who hazed him, and are supposed to be responsible representatives of the fraternity. And I know you didn’t join a frat because you clearly don’t understand the bond of being a brother. To become a brother is to trust your brothers to keep you safe, and that is what he was doing. He can be held responsible for choosing to drink, but he was told to trust his brothers to keep him safe. While I’m sure they didn’t want it to go this way and didn’t want him to get hurt, they still displayed poor judgment and the brotherly care a frat should display.