USC Student Who Fell From Dorm Had Been Partying At Rave

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The USC freshman critically injured in a six-story fall from his dorm room window was reportedly partying at the two-day “Hard Haunted Mansion” rave over Halloween weekend.

The 18-year-old student fell from the Birnkrant Residential College early Monday, according to USC Department of Public Safety Sgt. Robert Posslenzny. The student, identified in an email sent to some of the dorm’s residents as Jackson Roddy, remains hospitalized with multiple broken bones and internal injuries.

Roddy spent two nights at a Los Angeles rave over the Halloween weekend, according to the Los Angeles Times. The “Hard Haunted Mansion 2010” was held at the Shrine Auditiorium and Expo Hall.

Roddy was transferred Monday to California Hospital, where doctors stabilized him and assessed his injuries, according to USC Vice President for Student Affairs Michael L. Jackson.

According to the Times, authorities said it appeared Roddy consumed alcohol marijuana and Ecstasy over the two-day electronic music festival.

Roddy’s roommate told police he was asleep when he heard a window screen being removed in the dorm room, then awoke to discover his roommate had fallen out.

Officials say they have not determined a direct connection between the rave and the student’s fall.

Electronic music festivals in the Southland have been under scrutiny since June, when a 15-year-old girl died of an overdose of Ecstasy at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Roddy was pledging to Sigma Nu fraternity, the Daily Trojan reported. Brian Huefner, the president of Sigma Nu, said he was working to ensure other fraternity members receive counseling and support.

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  • Pooky

    Am I supposed to feel sorry for him, or for the Fraternity?

    • Mister S


    • Sandra

      Too bad, but like an old saying goes, “If you want to play, you’ve got to pay.”

      This young man is obviously not street smart and should be offered a class on acting like a grown-up when away from mommy & daddy.

      Hopefully, spoiled children that are playing with adult toys, etc. will learn a lesson.
      The junk you take a these Raves does not mean you are going to have a good time.
      A good time can be had without indulging in drugs or alcohol. Plain water (take your own and don’t leave it unattended) is just as good to party with and keep yourself hydrated.

  • BRD

    Counseling and support??? Put your “man pants on”. We are creating a nation of wusses.

    • Mister S

      So True!!

  • Gina Mosely

    It’s time for this young man to grow up and assume responsibility for his actions. And why does the fraternity need counseling and support. Give me a break……

  • anonymous

    I agree that Jackson acted very irresponsibly, but people make mistakes and he is suffering horribly for it. That doesn’t change the fact that he is a great guy who has lots of people who love and care about him. It also doesn’t make the situation any less tragic to those who know him, which would explain the need for counseling. Praying all the time for you and your family Jackson… fight on.

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