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Hazing/Alcohol Death at Chico State

A student has died in a hazing incident at Chico State University in California. All Greek activities there have been suspended:

Addressing about 250 students at noon in the Bell Memorial Union Auditorium, an angry [Chico State University President Paul] Zingg said fraternity members don’t get a “pass” when they “stand by idly and watch a brother gulp down 21 shots for his 21st birthday and then let him pass out in his own vomit.”

When it’s noticed he’s not responsive and call for help, Zingg said, “you don’t get a pass for calling 9-1-1 in a situation like that.”

The president referred to the case of Mason Sumnicht, who suffered an alcohol overdose Nov. 4 after celebrating his 21st birthday. He died on Thursday.

Chico State spokesman Joe Wills said Sumnicht was pledging Sigma Pi this semester. A website lists him as a member of that fraternity’s flag football, soccer and volleyball teams.

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