Alcohol poisoning a 'reward' gone awr...

Alcohol poisoning a 'reward' gone awry, teen's family says

There are 6 comments on the Salt Lake Tribune story from Nov 27, 2008, titled Alcohol poisoning a 'reward' gone awry, teen's family says. In it, Salt Lake Tribune reports that:

Michael Starks was the most desired pledge this fall among members of Sigma Nu fraternity chapter at Utah State University.

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Defiance, OH

#1 Nov 27, 2008
For those of you who have who have written nasty things concerning this event you should know this: To be greek at Utah State University is to be a sister or brother; to be family. When one house fraternity or sorority struggles then we all do... And now as mourners we are all united once again. So, as a caution remember this: It's better if you have only heard the story to say nothing in comment as you could appear ignorent. Utah State's greeks are active in a magority of the college's organizations, they are leaders within ASUSU, the Sigma Nu's Sub For Santa every year. Pi Kappa Alpha and Kappa Delta, Theta Nu Xi and Psi Sigma Phi clean up your roads and host student events like Star Search and The Step Show. Those purple ribbons you see on the trees every year, Thats Alpha Chi Omega, and they put those there as part of a campaign against dometic violence. Greeks have manditory study hours, and all participate in philiantropic (service oriented) projects every year. No matter what happens remember that the greek legacy on Utah States campus has existed there long before you were a thought and will rebuild and stand strong again and again. A skull and crossbone, a boney hand, a dagger or a cross. You have no idea what they mean unless you have been chosen. Those who have been chosen were chosen for a reason. Reasons like honor, integrity, compassion and leadership. I know no group stronger and more able to overcome trials than your Utah State Greeks. Why hold all accountable for the decisions made by few?

United States

#2 Dec 3, 2008
Your comments are not only unnecessary, but hypicritical. You say not to comment if you've only heard about the incident, but yet you rush to defend the Fraternity in question based on what? Your love for the Greek Community? Michael Starks was loved by friends and family, and his life and that of his family is far more important than a stupid group of people that from time to time may do something good. What happened was awful, there are lessons to be learned here. Explained to me how chosen men and women are rewarded by being forced to do things against their will? Pressured into going through with it, if they want to be part of this so called great Greek organization? You don't know Michael, you don't know what happened so take your own advice and keep your mouth shut

United States

#3 Jan 5, 2009
Ironic, My son called me moments ago to tell me he packed his things and left his fraternity initiation week after one night because in his heart he did not feel it was right that his brothers to be were asking him to do things he would not normally do or that the activities were interferring with his first week back at school. I came on line to investigate current day initiation week and I found this sad article. I am thanking God my son found wisdom this morning. And this comes from a mom that was in a sorority and loved everybit of the rituals and fun. Somehow they've upped the anti two decades later though from what we did.
Sigma Nu Epsilon Upsilon

Caldwell, ID

#4 Jan 5, 2009
Katie, You are my hero, you are one of the few people actually defending the Greek system. As for Liz you are correct on the point that he was loved by his family, but do you not think that his brothers loved him, I know your prob reading this thinking what you thought about katie's comments. FYI Micheal was my pledge brother, we went through initiation together, I cared for him as well as all my pledge brohters. You say he was forced to drink which is not true, that is you going off of what the media had to say. Unless you are in the greek system you dont know the kind of bonds it builds with people. You said that we occasionally do something good, we do more good then you know and will ever know. Utah State's big award ceremony was started by a Sigma Nu from my Chapter, we were awarded the Organization of the Year in 2008, so untill you have been a part of the greek system you will never understand
Past Greek

United States

#5 Apr 15, 2009
there are other ways to build camaraderie...

Fredericksburg, VA

#6 Aug 16, 2009
Epsilon Upsilon:
Hang in there bro. Hearthelt condolences to Mr. Starks' family, and to his fraternity family. I know the bonds created as part of the fraternity system.
Liz's post above is bluster, it like Liz, wi;l pass away into nothing. Fraternal bonds can and will remain strong.
Remember, just beacuse he is no longer with us, doesn't mean he wont be in our hearts and prayers.
Be strong.
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