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Volume 71, Issue 18, Thursday, September 15, 2005


Student commits suicide, official says

Funeral service to be held today; CAPS offers counseling workshops

By David Tong
The Daily Cougar

A Sigma Pi fraternity member committed suicide Sunday evening, said Zack Coapland, director of Campus Activities.

The death of Jose Cisneros, who was a political science junior, was reported on Monday to Campus Activities, Coapland said.

A funeral service will be held for him today at 10 a.m. at the St. Martha Church, 3702 Woodland Hills Drive in Kingwood.

The Sigma Phi fraternity, which has a house in Bayou Oaks, lost a member Sunday when Jose Cisneros committed suicide.
Blake Whitaker/The Daily Cougar

"It's a tragic loss," Clarissa Murphy, communications senior and Kappa Delta Chi sorority member, said. "I remember Jose always being friendly.

"I hope each organization within the Greek community will even be more aware of its members and strive further to take care of its brothers and sisters," Murphy said.

Cisneros' fraternity brothers and friends have created an impromptu memorial site with photos and personal effects inside the Sigma Pi house at Bayou Oaks, the near-campus student housing complex.

This is the fourth Sigma Pi member who has died in the last year. A car accident in October 2004 resulted in the death of three fraternity members.

Cecilia Sun, assistant director of training for Counseling and Psychological Services, said some of Cisneros' friends may be in a state of shock while attempting to continue with their normal routines.

Coapland said he has a close relationship with Sigma Pi members. He expressed his sympathy and concerns to Cisneros' fraternity brothers.

Sun said she and Coapland met with the fraternity during its general meeting to inform the members of counseling services available through CAPS.

In this situation, students may experience withdrawal and an overwhelming amount of distress, Coapland said.

Students experiencing difficulties are encouraged to contact CAPS at (713) 743-5454.

Workshops addressing campus issues such as depression, distress, grief and loss are also available, Sun said. For more information, visit

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