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May 5, 2012

Message from President Weiss: Death of Everett Glenn ’15

President Daniel H. Weiss sent the following message to the campus community and parents this evening:

To: Lafayette Campus Community

From: Daniel H. Weiss, President

I am deeply saddened to inform you of the death of Everett Glenn, a student in the Class of 2015.

Everett was pronounced dead at Easton Hospital this afternoon. He had been transported there from his campus residence hall room by ambulance after the Northampton County Dispatch Center (911) and the College’s Office of Public Safety had been alerted about a possible medical emergency. The cause of death is being investigated by the Northampton County Coroner’s Office and the Easton Police Department, assisted by the Office of Public Safety. Investigators have indicated that as of this point in the investigation, there is no sign of foul play involved.

My thoughts are with Everett’s parents and other family members at this extremely difficult time. I extend to them my heartfelt condolences. My thoughts are also with our students and all members of our community who share in this tragic loss.

There will be an opportunity for prayer with Everett’s family and friends at 10 p.m. this evening in Colton Chapel.

Counselors will continue to be available at the Counseling Center this evening and in the days to come. The phone number is x5005.

Additional information will be shared with the campus community as it becomes available.

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5 Comments

  1. This is a sad and unfortunate story.

    says Chris Thiagarajah
    May 21, 2013 at 7:32 am
  2. I am very distraught over the senseless loss of a fine young student due to alcohol drinking. In 2001, a freshman who had been drinking fell out of a dorm-room window to his death. Now this. I am a parent in Minnesota that constantly prayed over 4 years that my phone would never ring to be told my child died from an alcohol overdose or in a car crash.

    I do not understand how a 19 year-old was able to have access to heavy drinking? We as parents do expect the school to police our kids. If the students are allowed to act irresponsibly in college, why would they act any differently out of college?

    I saw the newspaper pictures of all the beer cans scattered on the campus lawn. That’s disgusting! Would we allow our own lawns to be disrespectfully littered like this? And who cleaned up after them? The students or a cleaning crew?

    says Barbara Pyle
    May 7, 2012 at 2:23 am
    • Dear Ms. Pyle,
      I share your frustration over the death of a beautiful young life ended too soon. Everett Glenn was obviously an outgoing and very caring individual as evidenced by the many comments and pictures of those who really knew him. I know from my daughter’s time at Lafayette a couple of years ago that Lafayette College takes student drinking very seriously and works proactively to support students’ making positive choices. In today’s culture, it is a daunting task, and if one university had the formula for preventing this, I’m sure that all schools would be trying to use it. Yet, here is another tragedy that pains Everett’s family, his friends, the communities that he was involved in, and parents like you and me. I believe that many parents believe that it is a college’s job to “police” the students, yet how do you police a person all the time and protect them from everything in the world? We can’t. What we can do is raise our children to be wonderful people like Everett who obviously filled his life making many life-affirming decisions. We must also be grateful for the time we have with them on this Earth. Having lost a family member myself to a sudden tragedy, I realize that we are not entitled to our children’s lives, we are blessed by them. My heart goes out to Everett’s family and many friends.

      says Jeannine Archibald
      May 8, 2012 at 11:52 am
  3. [...] Lafayette College President Daniel Weiss issued a statement saying,  “My thoughts are with Everett’s parents and other family members at this extremely difficult time. I extend to them my heartfelt condolences. My thoughts are also with our students and all members of our community who share in this tragic loss.” [...]

  4. [...] a message to the campus community, Lafayette President Daniel H. Weiss said, “My thoughts are with Everett’s parents and other [...]

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