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    Adam Oakes (19) allegedly died after heavy drinking with Delta Chi fraternity at Virginia Commonwealth University

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/vcu-stu...ity-suspended/

    Richmond police said on Sunday they're investigating the death of a Virginia Commonwealth University student in off-campus housing this weekend. Adam Oakes, 19, was found unresponsive by officers called to the residence about 9:15 a.m. Saturday. He was declared dead at the scene, according to a police news release.

    Oakes' family told CBS affiliate WTVR-TV that he had just received a bid to join the Delta Chi fraternity. The family said heavy drinking was involved in the death and that at one point Oakes was blindfolded.

    "I'm sorry, he just couldn't. I don't think he could handle it," said Courtney White, Oakes' cousin. "He ended up falling into a tree, hitting his head on a tree. We don't know if he passed out or was unconscious. We're not sure how he ended up on the couch."

    VCU police also were assisting with the investigation. The medical examiner will determine how Oakes died, Richmond police said.

    "This is a tragic loss for Adam's family and members of our community," VCU said in a statement on Sunday.

    In that same social media statement, VCU said it had suspended Delta Chi fraternity. The fraternity's national office also announced it had suspended the VCU chapter, media outlets reported.

    A school spokesman declined to comment on whether Oakes, who is from Loudoun County, was a member of the fraternity. Alec Cardullo-Munoz, identified by WRIC-TV as Oakes' roommate, said Oakes received a bid from the fraternity.

    "He was such a good kid," Oakes' father Eric Oakes told WTVR. "He only wanted to be accepted and he wanted to be friends with people."
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    One of these days kids will learn that alcohol and fraternity pledges are not exactly a good idea. See, no one is responsible in situations like that to say "yo, that's enough", and that's pathetic and stupid on all of their parts.

    And kids fall for this "I can drink you under the table" bullshit, because they just want to fit in.

    Then, they go and do stupid shit and try to defy the laws of physics, only to find out that the laws of physics play by an established and unflinching set of rules.


    Now a 19 year old's family is left to wonder "why"...forever. Now a good kid is gone, for no good reason. A kid who just wanted to fit in.

    Shame on you guys. The ability and responsibility of giving a shit is a hallmark of fraternity. Guess you're just too fucking cool to understand that.
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    https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/02/us/vi...ded/index.html

    Virginia Commonwealth University has suspended a fraternity after a student was found dead at an off-campus house on Saturday.

    The VCU chapter of the Delta Chi fraternity was also suspended by the national Delta Chi organization.

    The suspensions follow the death of VCU student Adam Oakes. Statements from the university, the national fraternity and the Richmond police did not mention any cause of death, although police are investigating.

    Oakes' family told CNN affiliate WWBT that the student -- who was an only child -- had been offered a bid to join the Delta Chi fraternity and had gone to a party Friday night to begin the initiation process.

    "He had already tried to get into other fraternities and had been turned down, but he saw the camaraderie. He'd see the brotherhood and just loved the actual acceptance," his father, Eric Oakes, told WWBT.

    "At 9 p.m., he texts his dad and just said, 'I'm going in. Love you.' and he went in," Oakes' cousin Courtney White told the affiliate. "He wasn't just a good kid or good person to us, he was to everybody," White said.

    CNN has reached out to Oakes' family for comment but has not yet heard back.

    Oakes' cause of death has not yet been determined by the Medical Examiner, said Tammie Smith, spokesperson for Virginia Department of Health.

    In a statement Sunday, the university said it mourned Oakes' death. "This is a tragic loss for Adam's family and members of our community," it said.

    According to a statement from the Richmond Police Department (RPD), officers responded "for the report of a person down" around 9:16 a.m. Saturday. "Officers arrived and found Oakes down and unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at the scene," it said.

    Detectives from RPD and the VCU Police Department are investigating, the department said.

    The VCU Delta Chi house is about a mile from where Oakes was found unresponsive. Neither the university nor the police gave any information about whether the house where Oakes was found was linked to the fraternity.

    "The health and safety of our chapter communities is always a top priority for The Delta Chi Fraternity, which suspended the VCU chapter after learning of the incident late Saturday afternoon," the national fraternity statement said.

    By Monday, social media accounts, websites and university pages associated with VCU chapter of Delta Chi had been taken down.

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    https://www.wric.com/news/local-news...an-adam-oakes/

    RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Virginia Commonwealth University President Michael Rao announced in a blog post Tuesday morning that the Division of Student Affairs will be conducting an “independent, comprehensive” review of Greek life following the death of freshman Adam Oakes.

    “No parent should receive a call from a college president offering sympathy for the loss of their child. I’m sickened by what happened and continue to urge anyone who has information to speak up and contact Richmond or VCU Police,” Rao’s statement said.

    Earlier this month, VCU announced they would be launching an investigation as Richmond Police Department determine if the death of Adam Oakes was related to a Delta Chi activity.
    President Rao said the review will examine all major parts of Greek life at VCU including:

    Governance, relationship with university administration and university oversight, including the role of advisors and the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life
    Accountability of members and chapters including incident reporting processes and transparency around outcomes
    Issues related to hazing, alcohol and drug abuse and sexual violence
    Policies and practices related to recruitment and education of new members
    Member experience such as social, educational, philanthropic activities, and academic success; connections and commitment to VCU and the Richmond community; and general practices related to inclusion, safety and well-being
    Alumni involvement
    VCU’s chapter of the Delta Chi fraternity has been suspended following cease-and-desist orders from the fraternity’s national office and VCU.
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    ASHBURN, Va. (WWBT) - Family and friends of Adam Oakes gathered at Christian Fellowship in Ashburn to celebrate his life and lay him to rest.

    Oakes was found dead in an off-campus house on Feb. 27. His family believes he was hazed during a party as part of his initiation into the Delta Chi fraternity.

    The fraternity was suspended by VCU and the national organization. VCU is also conducting an independent review of Greek life in the wake of Adam’s death.

    During the funeral service, several people talked about the memories and stories they shared with Adam.

    Jimmy Norris, one of his friends, talked about the moment they met and how he helped him meet new people.

    “Right when I start talking to him, he treated me like I’ve known him for years and just embraced me with one of his bear hugs,” said Norris. “After he hugged me, it changed my life.”

    Ben Davis, another friend of Adam Oakes, talked about the kindness he shared with strangers.

    “At my high school, there’s a girl crying, sitting on the floor in the hallway. Everyone walked by, just like nothing was going on. No one had the courage to go up to accompany her, but Adam did,” he said. “Adam sat right down next to her and cheered her up.”

    Courtney White, Adam Oakes’ cousin, also talked about the love he shared with his friends and the devastating impact of his loss.

    “The overwhelming earth-shattering sadness is indescribable. I can only hope that no one ever has to feel this type of pain in their lifetime,” White said. “There are so many things he never got to experience in life. Adam will never graduate college, start a career, fall in love, get married, or have a family of his own.”

    [ ‘Adam had a huge, huge heart’: Family believes hazing led to VCU student’s death ]

    A GoFundMe page created by one of Adam’s friends, Max Turner, raised more than $40,000 to help the family cover funeral costs.

    White says the rest of the money will be used to help students in his hometown.

    “We will be honoring Adam by setting up a scholarship fund in his name at Potomac Falls High School for seniors to assist with college expenses,” White said. “Our long-term goal is to start a nonprofit in Adam’s name to further educate kids on the transition to college life, including joining a fraternity or sorority.

    As his loved ones continue to mourn Adam Oakes’ death, they promise to keep his memory alive by living like Adam.


    Us, as a society, need to love and appreciate life the same way Adam did,” said Davis. “We need to look out for the people we love. We need to lift people’s spirits around us through positivity.”

    After the funeral service, Adam Oakes was laid to rest at Chesnut Grove Cemetery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevansvault View Post
    One of these days kids will learn that alcohol and fraternity pledges are not exactly a good idea. See, no one is responsible in situations like that to say "yo, that's enough", and that's pathetic and stupid on all of their parts.

    And kids fall for this "I can drink you under the table" bullshit, because they just want to fit in.

    Then, they go and do stupid shit and try to defy the laws of physics, only to find out that the laws of physics play by an established and unflinching set of rules.


    Now a 19 year old's family is left to wonder "why"...forever. Now a good kid is gone, for no good reason. A kid who just wanted to fit in.

    Shame on you guys. The ability and responsibility of giving a shit is a hallmark of fraternity. Guess you're just too fucking cool to understand that.
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