A student at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has been the first to die of complications of swine flu in the recent outbreak on Cornell’s campus. Warren Schor ’11 of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity passed away at the Cayuga Medical Center. He was 20 years old.
Although approximately 450 students have presented flu-like symptoms, a representative of the Cornell Flu Line stated in a phone interview yesterday that so far only two students had been conclusively diagnosed with H1N1. Vice President of Communications Tommy Bruce now reports that number at 520. Neighboring Ithaca College has reported at least 18 students are symptomatic.
The Cornell Sun reports that, at the behest of Gannett Health Services, the Inter-Fraternity Council had instated a weeklong moratorium on social events to help prevent the spread of the disease. But, due to a flood of flu-related visits, Gannett also has stopped scheduling routine appointments, so they may just be canceling frat parties to avoid the standard Sunday morning rush for Plan B.
After the jump, the administration’s response: a lesson in hygiene.
UPDATE: Some have questioned whether it’s appropriate to have jokes in the same post that acknowledges a death. No element of this post mocks the deceased or those grieving—in fact, any humor is directed at the administration and their lack of response that precluded the student’s death. However, since we wrote most the post before the death, then updated it afterwards, the tone may now be off. It’s our policy never to take down posts, but as a concession we’ve added a more somber picture and adjusted some language.
Among the University officials in attendance at the IFC’s meeting was Christine Stallman, Cornell’s director of environmental and health safety. She offered the students this advice:
Really the best way to prevent the flu is your own personal hygiene. Make sure your houses have soap.”
Stallmann’s right—you should never take it for granted that a frat house will have soap. In an e-mail excerpted in the Sun, Associate Dean Travis Apgar reached out to the Greek community last Friday, demonstrating his profound knowledge of those crazy kids today with their drinking games:
…keep in mind that some of the more popular ways in which to enjoy a beverage, including games like pong, should be avoided…”
Get well soon, Cornell.