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Arizona Daily Star
March 8, 2009

U. Arizona Phi Kappa Psi member found dead in chapter house
Posted by: “Doug Case” doug.case@sdsu.edu   dougcasesdsu
Sun Mar 8, 2009 2:41 pm (PDT)
Arizona Daily Star
March 8, 2009
http://www.azstarnet.com/metro/283384

UA student who was found dead is ID’d

By Rob O’Dell

The University of Arizona fraternity member found dead at his fraternity
house Friday afternoon was Andrew J. Segal, a 19-year-old sophomore,
university officials said Saturday.

Segal was a member of Phi Kappa Psi, and was a theater production major in
the UA’s college of fine arts, UA spokesman Johnny Cruz said Saturday.

Cruz did not know Segal’s hometown, although a page on the social
networking Web site Facebook said he was from the San Jose, Calif. area.

The cause of Segal’s death is still unknown, said Sgt. Juan Alvarez, a UA
Police Department spokesman.

Alvarez said UA police do not know the cause or the time of death and won’t
until an autopsy is completed.

Segal graduated from Monta Vista High School in the Bay Area in 2007 before
moving to Tucson to attend the UA, according to information on his Facebook
page.

His friends set up a separate Facebook page in his memory and many lauded
Segal as a good friend and a talented actor with a big smile, a kind heart
and a keen sense of humor.

High school and college friends posted stories and memories, and many asked
each other what had happened to their friend.

One parent recalled watching Segal perform in many plays with her son while
they were in the drama program at his high school.

His friends and family are to hold a memorial service today in Tucson,
followed by a funeral Friday in California.

Tucson police responded to the fraternity house at 1011 N. Tyndall Ave. at
about 2 p.m. after receiving a medical call.

When police arrived, they found a man dead.

Once Tucson police determined that Phi Kappa Psi was a fraternity
recognized by the university, Alvarez said Tucson police turned the case
over to the university police.

Alvarez said police are still trying to determine what happened. He said he
had no other information to release.

Shawn Collinsworth, the fraternity’s national executive director, said the
chapter is working with police and campus officials and he didn’t know if
the fraternity was having a party or a social function.

Collinsworth said Saturday that UA counseling personnel have met with some
fraternity brothers to find out how they can help them through the grieving
process.

Members of the fraternity declined comment Saturday and family members
could not be reached for comment.

By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of 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 new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

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