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Phanta 'Jack' Phoummarath, 18 -- Alcohol Poisoning

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The University has temporarily suspended the Lambda Phi Epsilon fraternity's activities pending an investigation into the death of Phanta "Jack" Phoummarath, an 18-year-old business freshman and Lambda who was found dead at the fraternity house Saturday afternoon.

"UT is conducting an administrative investigation into the circumstances around Jack's death," Dean of Students Teresa Brett said Tuesday. "Pending the results of that investigation, Lambda must cease their activities as an organization."

Brett said that if Lambda is found to have violated the rules and policies of the University, the penalties could range from probation to cancellation of their student organization status. If specific individuals are found to be responsible, Brett said they would be referred to student judiciary services.

Phoummarath had been a full-fledged member of the fraternity for about a week before he died. Lambda officers and members refused to comment.

In an effort to give Phoummarath's friends a chance to grieve, Jester Center staff members displayed a large banner in the dorm's common area yesterday titled "We Remember Jack," which was filled with dozens of student signatures and messages of support, many of which were streaked with tears.

"It's a difficult time of the year for everyone, with the stress of the holidays and final exams," said Jester Housing Coordinator Christa Sandelier, who was in charge of the banner Tuesday. "I just hope that the message of Jack's death isn't forgotten when everyone comes back in January."

Phoummarath's brother, John, said his family is coping with the loss as best they can.

"We're hanging in there," he said.



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