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A year after Ellis’ death, his family, and Texas State, are still trying to move on

A year after Ellis’ death, his family, and Texas State, are still trying to move on

Sandra Sadek

November 16, 2018


Filed under Greek Suspension, Latest, News

Back home, Ellis' memory is well kept by family and friends Matt Ellis looked forward to coming to Texas State and joining a fraternity when he transferred from a junior college. But as soon as he found a family with Phi Kappa Psi, tragedy struck. On the morning of Nov. 14, 2017, friends found E...

Fraternity leaves campus after new policies are instated

Fraternity leaves campus after new policies are instated

Triston Giesie

June 28, 2018


Filed under Featured, Greek Suspension, News, University

A Texas State fraternity chapter has opted not to return to the Interfraternity Council after reviewing the administration's tightened rules. Following the November 2017 death of Phi Kappa Psi pledge Matthew Ellis, President Denise Trauth announced the immediate suspension of Greek organizations on ...

Greek life chapters face stronger polices and regulations

Greek life chapters face stronger polices and regulations

Jakob Rodriguez

February 28, 2018


Filed under Greek Suspension, Headlines - featured, News, University

Greek life will be facing new regulations concerning social events, recruitment and more on its return. No registered social events with alcohol will be allowed for fraternities or sororities not already on social probation until Sept. 1, 2018, according to the Fraternity and Sorority Recommitment ...

Greek life expected to return in March

Greek life expected to return in March

Sandra Sadek

February 20, 2018


Filed under Greek Suspension, Latest, News, University

Texas State Greek life organizations are expected to fully return to campus March 1, following a four-month-long suspension. The Division of Student Affairs confirmed the rumors, claiming the organizations are free to return to full status and engage in regular activities as early as March 1, or by...

Task force forms to review Greek Affairs governance

Task force forms to review Greek Affairs governance

Shayan Faradineh

January 23, 2018


Filed under Greek Suspension, Headlines - featured, News, University

A committee consisting of 31 faculty, staff, advisors, alumni and students have formed to conduct the review of Greek Affairs governance, following the death of a student Nov. 13. Matt Ellis passed away in his sleep Nov. 13 off campus, following a social event hosted his fraternity, Phi Kappa Psi....

Interfraternity Council issues statement on Greek suspsension

Interfraternity Council issues statement on Greek suspsension

Shayan Faradineh

November 17, 2017


Filed under Greek Suspension, News, University

Following the suspension of Greek Affairs, the Texas State Interfraternity Council issued the following statement on the death of Matt Ellis and President Trauth’s suspension, Tuesday. IFC is the governing body for 14 fraternities. The IFC’s principle responsibilities are coordinating the formal ...

Matt Ellis: The person not just the headline

Matt Ellis: The person not just the headline

Shayan Faradineh

November 16, 2017


Filed under Greek Suspension, News, University

Matt Ellis made national news from The New York Times to the Dallas Morning News following the suspension of all Greek Affairs at Texas State. His friends and loved ones weighed in on who Ellis was. Matthew McKinley Ellis is more than just a headline. Ellis was a dog-loving tennis enthusiast who cherishe...

President Trauth suspends Greek Affairs

President Trauth suspends Greek Affairs

Shayan Faradineh

November 16, 2017


Filed under Greek Suspension, News, University

Following reports of a student death being investigated by the San Marcos Police Department, President Denise Trauth issued the following email Tuesday to faculty, staff and students, suspended Greek Affairs. Dear Bobcat Community: As president of Texas State University, I am deeply saddened by th...

Texas State joins other universities in Greek suspensions

Texas State joins other universities in Greek suspensions

Shayan Faradineh

November 16, 2017


Filed under Greek Suspension, News, University

Texas State is the fourth university to suspended Greek Affairs due to student deaths. Some of those universities have legal battles being fought with local chapters. On Wednesday, San Marcos Police Chief Chase Staap, told reporters that a criminal case could be likely. Kristi Stark, interim communications...

A unified student body mourns the death of Matthew McKinley Ellis

A unified student body mourns the death of Matthew McKinley Ellis

Shayan Faradineh

November 16, 2017


Filed under Greek Suspension, News, University

Known for his love and support of all things tennis, and his light-hearted personality, students attended a candle lit vigil to remember Matthew McKinley Ellis, Wednesday in the Quad. Only two days after the death of a Phi Kappa Psi member, students prayed, worshiped and remembered their favorite...

Student death under investigation

Student death under investigation

Shayan Faradineh

November 14, 2017


Filed under Breaking, Greek Suspension, Latest, News, San Marcos, University

Update: April 24, 11:19 p.m. A Hays County grand jury has indicted a Texas State student in the alcohol-related death of a fraternity pledge whose blood alcohol limit was four times the legal limit. According to the April 11 indictment, Austin Rice, a Phi Kappa Psi recruitment captain and soph...

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