Northwestern University student found dead in dorm

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EVANSTON, Ill. — An engineering student at Northwestern University has been found dead in his dormitory on the Evanston campus, authorities said.

Jason Arkin, 20, was discovered Tuesday afternoon in his dorm at 1835 Hinman Avenue, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. An autopsy is scheduled for later Wednesday afternoon.

Arkin was from Overland Park, Kan., and was a third-year student at the university’s School of Engineering, the school said in a statement.

“The cause of his death is unknown,” the statement said. “The university extends our condolences to Jason’s family and friends.”

Northwestern spokesman Bob Rowley said there was no indication of foul play, but declined to release any other details.

The Chicago Tribune contributed to this report.

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    • Jenny

      Knowing Jason’s family personally, I can say with little doubt that drugs or alcohol were the cause. I say “little doubt” because we won’t know with 100% certainty until the toxicology report comes back and there is always the *slight* chance. He was in a highly competitive program and had high expectations placed upon him, but his parents aren’t the type to freak out or disown him should he get a poor grade. I would be devastated to think that he would feel the need to take anything beyond a 5-hour Energy in order to get through Finals. My thoughts and prayers are with the Arkin family and Jason’s friends.