San Diego State fraternity Phi Kappa Theta shut down after alcohol violation

Matthew Ellis

Texas State's student newspaper, The University Star, reports that the fraternity event was an initiation for new pledges.

In a statement Tuesday, university officials say Matt Ellis was found unresponsive Monday morning at an off-campus apartment.

Tim Piazza, 19, died in February after reportedly drinking at least 18 drinks within 90 minutes and falling down stairs during a pledge event for Penn State University's Beta Theta Pi chapter.

"I am deeply saddened by the tragic death of one of our students", Texas State President Denise Trauth said in a statement.

Ellis, 20, was a sophomore at Texas State studying business administration.

Matthew McKinley Ellis, who was pledging to the university's Phi Kappa Psi chapter, was found at the Millennium Apartments, less than two miles from the Central Texas campus, after 11 a.m. Monday.

"These chapters are prohibited from holding new-member events, chapter meetings, social functions, and philanthropic activities until a thorough review of the Greek Affairs system is completed", she said.

If it is determined that hazing played a role in Ellis' death, charges could range from providing alcohol to a minor to manslaughter, KSAT reported.

The Texas State Fraternity switched its Twitter account to private after Ellis' death. "I think it's super unsafe and these things have happened before, so I think it's definitely the right and the smart move", said Texas State Senior Stephanie Cloyd. "I think that would've been a smart move, but, I don't know, I just don't see all of the Greek life being suspended as a good idea considering the good stuff that has come out of some of them", said Haley Wares who also attends Texas State.

It is imperative that our entire university community develop a culture that places the highest priority on the safety of its students, faculty, and staff.

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