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WVU President calls for change following death of Williamsville native

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The death of a Williamsville native at West Virginia University earlier this month has the lead the institution's president to call for some changes at the college.

In a letter on the West Virginia University website, President Gordon Gee states "Nolan Burch was an 18-year-old freshman full of energy and enthusiasm. Those who knew him well spoke of his love for life, his positive attitude and his passion for West Virginia University."

Burch was found unconscious and unresponsive at a fraternity house earlier this month. He died two days later. He had graduated from Canisius High School earlier this year.

Gee's letter goes on to say that Nolan's father indicated "three people are alive today due to Nolan. His organs were donated through Ruby Memorial Hospital to patients in need."

The letter also states the university must address the issues of "alcohol and the irresponsible and reckless behaviors that often follow," noting it's a culture that needs to be changed. Gee is calling on students, parents, families, faculty, staff, alumni and community leaders to work with the University to work toward that change.

On a related note, WVU had planned on providing buses to students attending Burch's funeral last Thursday but had to cancel those plans due to the snow storm. Instead, the University will hold a bell-ringing ceremony in remembrance of Burch when students return from Thanksgiving Recess.

To read the President Gordon Gee's Letter in full click here.