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Penn State tragedy: John “Jack” Schoenig

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Penn State issued an interim suspension to a fraternity Tuesday until more information is known about the death of a 17-year-old visitor in a West College Avenue house. (Autopsy results will be in six weeks: Moderator)

State College police and Centre LifeLink EMS were called to 522 W. College Ave. about 9:30 p.m. Saturday, police said, and found John “Jack” Schoenig in full cardiac arrest.

Resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful and the senior Cathedral Preparatory School hockey player from Erie was pronounced dead at the scene. There were no signs of trauma and several others were present when he had become unconscious, police said.

The university does not yet know how many fraternity members were present, or in what manner they may have been involved, Vice President for Student Affairs Damon Sims said.

“Penn State offers deepest sympathies to the family and friends of this young man,” the university said Tuesday in a news release.

The off-campus house was “allegedly” occupied by members of the Alpha Delta chapter of the Chi Phi fraternity, the university said in a news release. The building is not the fraternity’s official house.

“We don’t yet know what the arrangement was in this instance. The investigation should reveal more,” Sims said. “However, fraternity members who choose not to live in a chapter’s official house do, at times, choose to live together in other houses or apartments. The ongoing investigation should reveal if that was the case here.”

The decision to issue the interim suspension was made by the student conduct office, which consulted with the university’s fraternity and sorority life office and Sims. The discussions were thoughtful, fair, urgent and “informed by the seriousness of a young man’s tragic death,” Sims said.

By Hank Nuwer

Journalist Hank Nuwer is the Alaska author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His current book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer is a former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird and former managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Alaska.
Nuwer was named the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists columnist of the year in 2021 for his “After Darke” column in the Early Bird. He also won third place for the column in 2022 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife Gosia, recently of Union City, Ind., have owned 20 acres in Alaska for many years. “The move is a sort-of coming home for us,” said Nuwer. As a journalist, he’s written about the Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race and other Alaska topics. Read his musings in his blog at Real Alaska Daily-- and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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