KSU student dies after passing out at party

Dorian Richard Varcianna, 21, was at an off-campus party Saturday night in Kennesaw where he blacked out.

He never woke up.

Authorities stopped short of attributing Varcianna's death to drinking, saying only that investigators were awaiting a toxicology report.

A memorial service is being held Tuesday night for Varcianna by the members of the Iota Theta chapter of Delta Tau Delta, the fraternity he joined just days before his death.

Around 2:30 a.m., Varcianna's younger brother Fabian left the party, taking the still-unconscious student to their home, according to police reports.

Two other friends tried, unsuccessfully, to help Fabian Varcianna get his brother into the house in the 2100 block of Boyce Circle in Marietta.

The three men placed Dorian Varcianna on a love seat in the garage, and Fabian Varcianna told police he covered his older brother with a blanket and a sleeping bag.

When Fabian Varcianna checked on his brother around 6:30 a.m. Sunday morning, Dorian Varcianna appeared to be sleeping.  But, when the younger brother checked again around 9 a.m., he told police Dorian's "skin was cold and he was not breathing."

KSU spokesman Michael Sanseviro said the party was not a campus-sanctioned event and was not related to the rush initiation activities Varcianna had just completed, although the majority of attendees were Delta Tau Delta brothers.

In addition to providing counseling for students, Sanseviro said campus officials are moving to reinforce students' awareness of the dangers of alcohol.

"We want to make sure that they are educated about the various risks associated with alcohol use," he said.

Both Dorian Varcianna and 20-year-old Fabian moved to Georgia from Westbury, N.Y., when they transferred from Nassau Community College, first to Georgia Perimeter College, then to KSU, Sanseviro said.

A Cobb County police detective is investigating Dorian Varcianna's death.

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