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  SMU freshman found dead in dorm room-5/3/07 Article
Jordan Crist, 19 Hinsdale native dies in SMU residence hall-5/4/07 Article
May 3, 2007 Teen found in dorm had five times legal limit in his system-5/23/07 Article

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Student’s death caused by alcohol-5/24/07 Article
SMU Campus addressing issues 2nd area man's death at SMU tied to alcohol-5/25/07 Article

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SMU freshman found dead in dorm room                   

 06:20 AM CDT on Thursday, May 3, 2007              Top of  page              Article

By HOLLY K. HACKER / The Dallas Morning News

 A freshman at Southern Methodist University died Wednesday for unknown reasons, campus officials said Wednesday.

Jordan Crist, 19, was pronounced dead at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas at 11:05 a.m., two hours after a student found him unresponsive in a friend's dorm room on campus, according to SMU spokeswoman Patti LaSalle. The cause of death is unknown, but foul play is not suspected, she said.

Mr. Crist, who is from Hinsdale, Ill., was a pre-business major in Dedman College, SMU's liberal arts college.

Ms. LaSalle said that SMU police and University Park paramedics tried to resuscitate Mr. Crist before he was taken to Presbyterian Hospital. The Dallas County medical examiner is investigating the cause of death.

This is the second time an SMU student has died on campus this school year. In December, Jacob Stiles was found dead in his room at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house on campus. The medical examiner later determined that Mr. Stiles, a sophomore from Naperville, Ill., had accidentally overdosed on a mixture of cocaine, alcohol and the synthetic opiate fentanyl.

Published in the Chicago Tribune on 5/4/2007.                                   

 

 Hinsdale native dies in SMU residence hall                            

Campus police find no indication of foul play in freshman’s death

By Amy Boerema
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Posted Friday, May 04, 2007

A Hinsdale native and freshman at Southern Methodist University in Dallas was found dead Wednesday in a campus residence hall, authorities say.

A fellow student found Jordan Crist, 19, a graduate of Hinsdale Central High School, unresponsive on Wednesday morning, school authorities said in a news release.

Crist was pronounced dead at Dallas’ Presbyterian Hospital after resuscitation efforts by campus police and University Park paramedics, school authorities said.

A preliminary investigation by campus police indicates no foul play, authorities said.

The cause of death is unknown and pending test results from an autopsy done Wednesday, a spokeswoman from the Dallas County medical examiner’s office said Thursday.

It could take from eight to 12 weeks for them to come in, she said.

“This is a huge loss for our family,” said Crist’s brother, Seth Crist, when reached at home Thursday. “We are shocked and devastated.”

In a statement, SMU leaders said the entire community is “diminished by this loss.”

“SMU extends its deepest sympathy and prayers to Mr. Crist’s family and friends,” it said.

A Web page titled “RIP Jordan Crist” had been created on the popular networking site Facebook, which by Thursday was filled with messages from his friends.

“Jordan, you gave such positive energy, your smile was so warm, you had such a big heart,” wrote a poster who identified himself as Randy Daniels from DuPage. “You will be truly missed man. You were so, so nice and compassionate it blew me away.”

Another message, posted by someone who identified himself as Jason Maxwell of Marquette, read:

“Jordan, you are the only guy I know who could instantly make friends with anyone. If the whole world was made out of people like you, then we would have a perfect world.”

Crist is the second SMU student — and the second from Chicago’s Western suburbs — to die on campus this year.

Sophomore Jacob Stiles of Naperville was found dead in his fraternity house in December. The medical examiner determined he had overdosed on a combination of drugs and alcohol.

A wake will be held for Crist from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Gibbons Elliston Funeral Home, 60 S. Grant St., in Hinsdale.

The college held its own memorial service for Crist on Thursday.

 

Student’s death caused by alcohol                    Top of  page


 

Jordan Crist, a Hinsdale Central High School graduate who was found dead earlier this month at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, died from alcohol poisoning.

By Seth Ufheil

Hinsdale Suburban Life

Thu May 24, 2007, 05:39 PM CDT


Hinsdale, IL -

A Southern Methodist University student from Hinsdale, who was found unresponsive in a friend’s dorm room earlier this month, died of alcohol poisoning.

Jordan Crist, 19, a 2006 Hinsdale Central High School graduate, was ruled by the Dallas County medical examiner’s office to have died from accidental acute ethanol poisoning. The cause of death was released Wednesday.

Crist’s blood alcohol level was 0.40, or five times the legal limit of .08, according to the medical examiner’s office.

0.40
Blood alcohol level of 19-year-old Jordan Crist, a freshman at Southern Methodist University from Hinsdale who died May 2.


A friend found Crist unconscious in an SMU dorm room early in the morning May 2.

Two hours later he was pronounced dead at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas.

Crist, a freshman, was a pre-business major. His family believed his death resulted from complications associated with his diabetes.

The medical examiner’s office, however, said diabetes was not a factor in Crist’s death.

University spokesman Kent Best said campus police had found no evidence to indicate foul play in the matter. He had no information on whether other students had been drinking with Crist or if the drinking had taken place on campus.

“Like most colleges and universities throughout the nation, SMU must face the issue of alcohol and drug abuse among some of its students,” Best said. “We are continually updating and adding programs to educate students about the dangers of substance abuse and offer resources for intervention and assistance.”

Crist is the third SMU student whose death has been connected to alcohol or drugs since December.

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2nd area man's death at SMU tied to alcohol                       

Hinsdale resident died in dormitory

 By Meg McSherry Breslin     Top of  page               Article
Tribune staff reporter

May 25, 2007

A Southern Methodist University freshman from Hinsdale, found dead earlier this month in his dormitory room, died of alcohol poisoning, according to the Dallas County medical examiner's office.

Jordan Crist, 19, is the third SMU student in the last year -- the second from Chicago's western suburbs -- whose death has been linked to alcohol or drugs.

In December, Jacob Stiles, 20, a sophomore from Naperville, died of combination of cocaine, alcohol and fentanyl.

His body was found in his room inside the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house.

A third student, Meaghan Bosch, was found dead this month in a portable toilet at a construction site near Waco.

Texas Rangers police said they are investigating a possible overdose, although the medical examiner's office has not issued a final report.

The Dallas County medical examiner's office would not immediately release Crist's blood-alcohol level, But the Dallas Morning News reported the examiner said the level was 0.4, or five times the .08 legal limit for driving.

Crist's family members believe his death is directly connected to his long-standing battle with diabetes insipidus, or "water" diabetes.

His father, Peter Crist of Hinsdale, said a characteristic of the disease is that a sufferer who fails to take medication can consume large amounts of liquid and not feel hydrated.

Jordan Crist may have consumed a lot of alcohol to quench his thirst, resulting in his body shutting down, Peter Crist said.

Jordan Crist was drinking with three other students the night before he was found dead, his father said, adding that none of those students has reached out to the family to discuss what happened.

Jordan Crist's medical bracelet identifying his condition was not on his body. Family members found it later on his dorm room desk, his father said.

"I accept the fact that he was drinking. I'm not refuting the medical examiner's findings," Peter Crist said. "I just think there's a direct linkage between the diabetes insipidus and this event. ... It is my firm belief that there is some connection there. ... But I'm afraid that with all that's going on in Dallas, that's been lost."

Crist said he didn't want his son's legacy as an outgoing, talented and athletic young man to be marred by one terrible mistake and the intense media coverage over the recent deaths at SMU.

University officials said the three deaths have prompted new programs to educate students about the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse.

In response to Stiles' death, a new program, "Because I Care," was launched in the spring, said John Sanger, director of the SMU Center for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention.

It involves training student leaders in how to intervene when they encounter a friend with a drinking or drug problem. In the fall, SMU plans to expand the program so more students can begin teaching the intervention techniques to peers.

Yet for some faculty on campus, the changes haven't been far-reaching enough.

George Henson, a lecturer in Spanish who had both Stiles and Bosch in his classes, said the university needs to be more aggressive and should start with a campuswide discussion about the incidents.

He also argues there should be more consequences for students involved in the drinking binges that led to the students' deaths.

No information has been released on whether the Stiles' fraternity brothers or the students with Crist were disciplined in any way, he said.

"I want the university to talk about what's going on and have a dialogue across the faculty, student and staff lines," he said. "And the university needs to establish a protocol for faculty. What do we do if we suspect a student has a problem with alcohol? I have students who come to class reeking of alcohol, and I have no idea what to do.

"I don't want to see more people die, and I really don't like the idea that SMU is compromising students' safety for the sake of their reputation."

Dee Siscoe, associate vice president for student affairs at SMU, said she could not violate student privacy by discussing individual discipline matters.

She also would not say whether Stiles' fraternity had been disciplined, but said the university takes an overall educational approach to discipline as well as suspending students in specific cases.

"I think one of the things we do really well here is we try to work with students and we try to provide an opportunity for the individual student to learn something from the situation," she said. "That is why our [discipline] process is educational and not punitive. Police have standard outcomes. Educational institutions provide the opportunity to grow and develop."
mbreslin@tribune.com

Copyright © 2007, Chicago Tribune

 

SMU student's death ruled alcohol poisoning                    

Teen found in dorm had five times legal limit in his system 

08:37 PM CDT on Wednesday, May 23, 2007        Top of  page               Article

By JASON TRAHAN / The Dallas Morning News
jtrahan@dallasnews.com

 A 19-year-old Southern Methodist University student who was found unconscious in a dorm this month died of alcohol poisoning, the Dallas County medical examiner's office said Wednesday.

Jordan Crist's blood alcohol level was 0.4, or five times the .08 legal limit, when he died, according to the medical examiner's office.

He's the third SMU student whose death has been linked to either drugs or alcohol since December.

Kent Best, an SMU spokesman, said the university found out about the medical examiner's ruling in Mr. Crist's death from the campus newspaper's Web site Wednesday afternoon.

"Like most colleges and universities throughout the nation, SMU must face the issue of alcohol and drug abuse among some of its students," Mr. Best said. "We are continually updating and adding programs to educate students about the dangers of substance abuse and offer resources for intervention and assistance."

He said campus police have found no evidence of foul play in Mr. Crist's death. He also said he had no information on whether there were other students drinking with Mr. Crist or how much of the drinking happened on campus.

Mr. Crist was found unconscious in an SMU dorm room May 2. He was pronounced dead two hours later at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas.

Mr. Crist, who was from Hinsdale, Ill., was a pre-business major in Dedman College, SMU's liberal arts college. Mr. Crist's family had said that they believed his diabetes insipidus, or water diabetes, probably caused his death.

Jeffrey Barnard, head of the medical examiner's office, said the investigation determined that Mr. Crist's diabetes insipidus was not a factor in his death. He said Mr. Crist had a bruise on his head "that could be consistent with a fall, but there was no lethal injury."

Dr. Barnard said that "0.4 is a lethal level for anyone. Our review of his medical history indicated that he had not been having recent complications from his diabetes insipidus."

Mr. Crist's family declined to talk about the findings Wednesday evening.

In December, Jacob Stiles was found dead in his room at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house on campus. The medical examiner later determined that Mr. Stiles, a sophomore from Naperville, Ill., had accidentally overdosed on a mixture of cocaine, alcohol and the synthetic opiate fentanyl.

Earlier this month, the body of 21-year-old Meaghan Bosch was found in a portable toilet in Hewitt, about 100 miles south of Dallas. Authorities investigating her death believe drugs may have been involved.

Staff writer Emily Tsao contributed to this report.

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