- The Washington Times - Saturday, February 9, 2002


A University of Maryland student was in critical condition yesterday after being found unconscious at a fraternity house.

The 19-year-old male was not identified by police.

Mark Brady of the Prince George's County Fire Department said the student was in cardiac arrest when paramedics arrived at the Phi Sigma Kappa house at 4 a.m. yesterday. They administered CPR, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, on the way to Washington Adventist Hospital, where emergency physicians continued to give CPR.

There are no signs of foul play, said University of Maryland police Capt. Paul. M. Dillon. Prince George's County police, as well as University police, questioned members of the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity.

Students said Thursday night was known as rush week's "bid night" the night when students trying to get into a fraternity are offered membership.

The incident comes five months after another student, 20-year-old Alexander Klochkoff, was found unconscious on the porch of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon house, just doors away on the campus' fraternity row.

Medical examiners found that the illegal drug GHB, or gamma hydroxybutyrate, intoxication contributed to his death. GHB use was widespread in the 1980s because of its supposed ability to release a growth hormone and stimulate muscle growth.

It was not immediately known whether the unconscious male was a member of the fraternity.

The red brick, white-columned fraternity house was locked yesterday, as only plainclothed police officers came and went. They carried two sealed boxes out of the house.

Junior Sean McDonald, a member of Phi Sigma Kappa, walked past reporters to try to get into the house but found the doors locked. He left to find his fellow members.

"They're good kids. We're not like any stereotype," he said.

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