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Rutgers student dies from fall after drinking
New Brunswick, N. J. (U-Wire) - A
20-year-old university student was pro
nounced clinically dead Sunday from
head injuries sustained after a Thursday
night fall down the basement stairs of
his fraternity house.
College of Engineering junior
Jason Greco, a resident of Theta Chi
Fraternity, and several friends are
believed to have spent Thursday
evening at the Olde Queens Tavern on
Easton Avenue, where he was served
Greco was kept on life support
Sunday at Robert Wood Johnson
University Medical Center to keep his
organs viable for donation.
Middlesex County Prosecutor
Glenn Berman said Greco is believed to
have had beer and may have had other
alcoholic beverages at the tavern. He
said there is no evidence Greco had
taken any other intoxicating sub
Leslie Fehrenbach, associate vice
president for administration and public
safety, said it was not yet clear how
Greco - who is under the legal drinking
age - obtained alcohol at the tavern, but
she said Greco was not known to have
been carrying false identification.
Representatives from the tavern
refused to comment about the incident
Fehrenbach said the hospital would
not release specific details about the
death or Greco’s blood alcohol level,
but she said the death was most likely
because of severe trauma to the head.
“The family has requested that their
privacy be respected,” she said.
She said the death is not suspected
to have been because of suicide or foul
“There is no evidence ... that this
was anything but an accident,” she said
Fehrenbach said Greco’s death
illustrates the need for comprehensive
“Jason’s death was a tragic acci
dent, and it’s essential that Rutgers
involve as many people as possible in
our alcohol education programs so that
we can do everything in our power to
make sure that this type of tragedy does
not happen again,” she said.
In January, University President
Francis L. Lawrence formed a commit
tee charged with the task of changing
the culture of college drinking at
Rutgers. That committee is expected to
report its analysis of current alcohol
education programs and make recom
mendations for improvements by Nov.
“The issue of hazardous drinking
has been a concern for college presi
dents nationally, and it’s one for which
we as a nation do not have a perfect
solution,” Fehrenbach said. “Jason s
mother said that she hopes young peo
ple will learn from this tragedy, and we
hope they will too.”
Hoppner speaks at youth rally
■ The candidate focused
on leadership and education
at the student-sponsored
event in the union.
By Todd Anderson
Senior staff writer
With less than three weeks left
before November’s gubernatorial
election, Democratic candidate Bill
Hoppner enlisted the help of a new
student organization Monday night.
Students for Hoppner, a statewide
conglomeration of more than 100
high school and university student
groups, kicked off its first rally
Monday night in front of more than
150 people in the Centennial
Ballroom in the Nebraska Union.
Rick Grady, University of
Nebraska-Lincoln senior English
major, said the group supported
Hoppner because of his commitment
to excellence in education and leader
“The governor’s office is not sim
ply about less government,” Grady
said. “It’s about better government.”
Hoppner himself spoke at the rally
sponsored by UNL Young Democrats,
Lincoln High School Young
Democrats and Students Against the
Lid, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln
student group opposed to a proposed
constitutional amendment to limit
state revenue and spending.
He said he is campaigning to be
the state’s first 20th century governor
for the opportunity to build a better
future for Nebraska.
“We need the kind of political
leadership that’s going to put them
selves on the line,” Hoppner said.
He criticized his Republican
opponent, Lincoln Mayor Mike
Johanns, for sacrificing the needs of
Nebraskans to the interests of power
ful business leaders in initially sup
porting Initiative 413 and then reiter
ating his opposition to the proposed
“I’m not going to let that thing
pass unless it’s over my dead political
body,” he said.
He also said Johanns failed to pro
pose a plan to help out state farmers
“When (they) needed a leader to
stand with them, I was there, and Mike
Johanns took a walk,” Hoppner said.
Hoppner promised to make
affordable, quality education a priori
ty if elected governor.
He said Nebraskans must make
sure future generations have the
means to acquire the skills they need
to grow and prosper.
Hoppner also said he would make
sure Nebraskans from all groups were
involved in state decision-making at
“We need to ask ourselves what
issues are out there in society,”
“Then we want to come together
as a society to decide what to do about
Aaron Hilligas, a senior political
science major, said Hoppner’s
remarks sounded like usual campaign
But, he said, he supports Hoppner
and thought he was sincere about sup
port for Nebraska’s farm and ranch
Sophomore political science
majors Tom Green and Scott Lindberg
said Hoppner’s critiques of Johanns
were not negative campaigning
because he wasn’t attacking his oppo
nent’s personal life.
Green said he had been skeptical
about some of Hoppner’s promises
during the primary election.
But after hearing him speak twice,
Green said he felt more confident
about Hoppner’s leadership capabili
Lindberg said he will vote for
Hoppner in November because the
candidate understands the situation of
“(Hoppner) truly hopes and feels
about all Nebraskans and not just the
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