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USC Student Found Dead At Apartment; Cause Yet To Be Determined

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(FOX 11 / CNS) A person found dead at his apartment was identified as a sophomore student from Singapore at USC's Marshall School of Business, a campus news website reported today.

Business school Dean James G. Ellis told Neon Tommy the student was Thu Yain "Roy'' Kyaw. He has an older brother who is graduating from the business school this year, Ellis said.

Neon Tommy is the digital publication of the Annenberg Center for Communication and Journalism.

The decedent was found at the apartment complex where he lived at 1314 W. 29th St., near Vermont Avenue, according to Los Angeles police Officer Rosie Herrera, who could not confirm his name.

The dead man was found unconscious and not breathing at 9:30 p.m. Saturday. The cause of death will be determined by the coroner's office, Herrera said.

Neon Tommy reported that one student said Kyaw had just returned home from a party.

From Hal Eisner:

At 8pm tonight a number of students at USC will gather in a ballroom to talk about the spate of problems on their campus dealing with alcohol consumption. The town hall is sponsored by USC Undergraduate Student Government. The goal to talk about all that has gone in the last few weeks and come up with recommendations on how to fix it.

From the website: "USC has experienced a growing number of students and visitors transported to the hospital for excessive consumption of alcohol. As a result, the Division of Student Affairs and members of student leadership released supporting statements to strictly enforce existing social event policies. However, we know policy enforcement is not the only means available to foster an environment of wellness, safety and fun for students. We also need innovative ideas in education and environmental strategies to make USC a better place for all students. The Undergraduate Student Government, Inter fraternity Council, Panhellenic Council and the Division of Student Affairs invites all students to an open-forum to discuss ideas about how we can make USC a safer campus for all students to study and enjoy an active social life. Come prepared to share concerns, ask questions, offer educational ideas, share stories and develop innovative solutions. A few days after the forum, a committee of students working in collaboration with administrators will discuss ideas collected and work to formulate solutions."

Back on Oct. 12th a Loyola Marymount student fell off a table during a fraternity party and suffered what were described as life threatening injuries. That weekend there were reports of 7 people who were taken to hospitals with alcohol related problems. The school administration cracked down by putting one fraternity on probation and banning weekend parties. Then there were more hospitalizations. six more just this past weekend. USC's online news website Neon Tommy reports that records show over 40 alcohol related incidents occurred on campus since September. Just under half were near fraternity and sorority houses.

Last Thursday 20 year old business student Thu Yain Kyaw went to a party. Sunday night he was found dead on the floor of his apartment. The LA Coroners office is investigating.

Now, in light of the death and hospitalizations, students prepare for a meeting tonight to try and figure out how to deal with something college students have faced for years -- getting too drunk.

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