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Students at SDSU Homecoming tailgate react to Freshman injured after attending a party

Posted at 6:42 PM, Nov 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-10 09:54:46-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Students said they've seen a steady decline at San Diego State University tailgates over the past three years.

At their Homecoming tailgate Saturday some students were nervous to celebrate after learning a Freshman was gravely injured after a night of drinking.

"We definitely want to respect the family and respect the kid, and everyone who has been impacted by this because obviously this is something super severe," SDSU Senior Emma Marchant said.

The parking lot was dotted with tailgaters, consisting mostly of alumni, a vast difference compared to the throngs of partiers in September 2018's home opener.

"Freshman year this whole area would just be covered with people and now it's kinda just us," Marchant said.

"Mainly undergraduates haven't been here," UCSD Alumna Teigan MacDonald said. Her sister is involved in Greek life at SDSU.

A moratorium was announced October of 2018, requiring any group of 25 or more students to register and agree to a list of rules.

SDSU President Adela de la Torre suspended Interfraternity Council (IFC) activities citing the "severity of the incident" following the alleged fraternity event Wednesday night, a statement from the school read.

"Given the severity of this incident, and as the safety and wellbeing of students is a primary concern of the university, SDSU President Adela de la Torre has suspended the Interfraternity Council (IFC) and all chapter organizations under the council," an SDSU media relations officer said Friday.

"I think a lot of people are shocked, I understand why the university is doing it because we have people's kids' health at stake," MacDonald said.

The University working to balance social life with safety.

"I think education and awareness is a huge step. i don't think punishing people and just suspending will do it because they've suspended again and again and this situation keeps happening again and again," MacDonald said.

"I hope there are measures taken that are intended to protect students but still allow them to be out here you know which is kind of a hard line to walk," Marchant said.