Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Auburn Freshman Injured in Fight at Sig Ep House

Auburn student in ICU after fight at fraternity
Associated Press

AUBURN - An 18-year-old Auburn University student injured during a fight in the parking lot of a fraternity house remained in intensive care in Columbus, Ga., officials said Tuesday.

Auburn police and university officials have not released the student's name, but friends say Taylor Jones of Montgomery was injured in the fight between 1 and 2:30 a.m. Sunday.

Police Capt. Tom Stofer said the victim was involved in a fight at the Sigma Phi Epsilon house and no weapon other than fists was used. Stofer said the incident is under investigation.

University spokesman Deedie Dowdle said Tuesday that the student is improving and his recovery is their "first and foremost" concern.

A spokeswoman at The Medical Center confirmed an 18-year-old man named Taylor Jones was in "unsatisfactory condition" at the hospital.

A message left with spokeswoman Marion Scott later Tuesday was not immediately returned.

Hunter Robinson, a childhood friend of Jones, said the fight took place after the AU freshman tried to attend a party at the fraternity house.

Jones led the protest in support of head football coach Tommy Tuberville in December after the university announced that he had resigned but there's no indication that was related to the weekend fight.

School officials have not commented on the cause of the fight.

The fraternity's faculty adviser, Dr. John Cottier, said the fraternity was also looking into the incident and has met with the university and national organization. He said a member of the fraternity was involved."It's an unfortunate situation," Cottier said.