A Message from Dr. Karen Pennington, Vice President of Student Development and Campus Life (2/22/01):
I regret to inform you that Eby Ohamadike, a 19-year-old freshman Biology major was pronounced dead at Mountainside Hospital in Montclair at approximately 10:40 a.m. today, following an incident at a University sponsored pool party at MSU's Panzer Gymnasium last night. The cause of death is unknown at present.
Eby was attending a campus fraternity and sorority party at the pool at Panzer Gymnasium. Approximately 25 to 35 students were in attendance. Four lifeguards were on duty, above the University's requirement of one lifeguard for every 15 swimmers.
At approximately 9:50 p.m., Eby was observed jumping into the pool, feet first, from the pool's edge. He was pulled from the pool by students and a faculty member and two lifeguards immediately began administering CPR. Both lifeguards are fully trained in CPR, which is a University requirement to hold that position. Emergency Medical Services (EMS) was called and the Montclair Volunteer Ambulance Unit (MVAU) responded in five minutes. Eby was transported to Mountainside Hospital where he was in the Coronary Intensive Care Unit when he was pronounced dead by attending physicians this morning.
Eby's father, mother, brother and sister were with him at the hospital.
Faculty and staff members who notice students experiencing difficulty with this tragic event are asked to encourage them to contact personnel in the University's Counseling and Psychological Services (Gilbreth House, ext. 5211). Counseling staff will hold an on-campus counseling session at 4:00 p.m. today in the Student Government Association Office, and will be available as needed to students and other members of the campus community.
A memorial service for Eby will be held in Richardson Hall Room 120 on Monday, February 26, 2001 at 9 p.m.
We ask faculty members to please announce the memorial service and the availability of counseling services to students in their classes. In addition, we ask that you give extra consideration to students who may be affected by this tragedy.
The University expresses its sincere sympathy to Eby's family and his many friends. He was a well respected member of the campus community and he will be missed.