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IWU response to student death ramps up

Wed, 07 Mar 2012 16:00:18 CST
By: Charlie Schlenker

A prayer service Monday night. A candle light vigil Wednesday night. A memorial service after spring break at Illinois Wesleyan University. And as much counseling as students say they need to deal with the fraternity drinking party death of 18-year old Brandon Landau of New York. All those things are happening on campus in Bloomington.


IWU Dean of Students Karla Carney-Hall says for many students it's their first experience of death in someone close to them.


Carney-Hall says the fraternity to which Landau belonged has already set up several group counseling sessions following next week's spring break. Winnebago County authorities say Landau was legally drunk when his unresponsive body was pulled from a creek in White Pines State Park on Sunday, nine hours after he was last seen. Five people face underage drinking charges in connection with the party. Carney-Hall says interest in counselling has been high. More than 400 students went to the Monday prayer service in IWU's Evelyn Chapel. Carney-Hall says because students are still waiting on answers from the Winnebago County Coroner's office, it is hard to make sense of things.

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