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    • #12750
      JHU84
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      Another tragedy in swimming My heart goes out to the family and team:

      .: Wabash Swimmer Dies in Fall

      Wabash College mourns the loss of Patrick Michael Woehnker, 19, of Kendallville, Indiana. Patrick died early Sunday morning from injuries sustained after falling from the rooftop of Goodrich Hall. The accident happened hours after helping the Little Giants beat visiting Carthage College. Woehnker competed in the 100 breaststroke and 200 IM.
      “Three months ago we welcomed Patrick and his classmates in the Class of 2011 to our band of brothers here at Wabash,” said Wabash President Patrick White. “We’ve lost a brother and it’s a very sad time for our entire community, but especially his classmates, fraternity brothers, and teammates.”

      Woehnker was a freshman student at Wabash and an honors graduate of East Noble High School. He was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and the Wabash College swimming and diving team.

      The College has very little information at this time, but believes it to be a tragic accident.

      The Crawfordsville Police Department is investigating the accident. The Wabash Dean of Students Office is also looking into what might have happened.

      “Our immediate concern is for Patrick’s family, his fraternity brothers, and his teammates on the Wabash swimming and diving team,” said College spokesman Jim Amidon. “Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this terribly difficult time.”

      Arrangements are pending.

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      Wabash College
      Crawfordsville, IN , October 29th, 2007

    • #39820
      Djinntsai
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      And in case anyone wants to write this student off as “some frat boy doing something stupid”, let it be known that Lambda was the first fraternity to eliminate pledging, and is known for fighting against hazing and alcohol abuse. A stand-up fraternity. My thoughts and prayers are with Wabash

    • #39821
      aquaholic
      Member

      @Djinntsai wrote:

      And in case anyone wants to write this student off as “some frat boy doing something stupid”, let it be known that Lambda was the first fraternity to eliminate pledging, and is known for fighting against hazing and alcohol abuse. A stand-up fraternity.

      From The Indianapolis Star:
      Preliminary tests showed that Woehnker had a blood-alcohol content of 0.04 percent, he said. Final toxicology results will likely take four to six weeks.

      Adeministrators believe the men used underground tunnels to get inside the building. Once they reached the rooftop observation deck, officials suspect Woehnker climbed over safety railings to get to the east side of the roof, where he slipped.”

      http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071030/LOCAL/710300418

    • #39822
      babwik
      Member

      This story is so sad. How many times as a teenage guy did I do something stupid and dangerous with my friends? Tons. This sounds like something I easily would have been talked into if I wasn’t the one suggesting it.

      I feel so sorry for his family and his team.

    • #39823
      HOOSIER77
      Member

      Obviously everyone mourns with this poor boy’s family and team, but the unanswered questions remain–who bought him the alcohol and why were they on the roof?

    • #39824
      The Treat
      Member

      @HOOSIER77 wrote:

      Obviously everyone mourns with this poor boy’s family and team, but the unanswered questions remain–who bought him the alcohol and why were they on the roof?

      those questions dont need to be answered. it’s college. it happens. doesnt matter who bought it b/c they would have gotten it one way or another.

    • #39825
      Djinntsai
      Member

      And if his BAC was .04, it would still have been legal for him to drive. .04 is something around 1 beer, depending on his weight

    • #39826

      @Djinntsai wrote:

      And if his BAC was .04, it would still have been legal for him to drive. .04 is something around 1 beer, depending on his weight

      What does this have to do with driving? He was a freshman, as I recall, the age limit for drinking is 18, I’m guessing he wasn’t a 21 year old freshman. But you know what, I don’t care. It is a terribly sad thing, and I totally agree with earlier posters – I did tons of dangerous, arguably stupid stuff when I was in college. It is simply a tragic accident. I was known for climbing buildings and sneaking into locked places in college, I thank God that I never hurt myself badly.

    • #39827
      caveman12
      Member

      I think what Djinntsai was trying to say is that if you are coherent enough to drive at .04, then the alcohol had very little to do with the accident.

    • #39828

      @HOOSIER77 wrote:

      Obviously everyone mourns with this poor boy’s family and team, but the unanswered questions remain–who bought him the alcohol and why were they on the roof?

      I think you’re the only person pondering those questions right now. Have a heart man…

    • #39829

      @RhymeAndReason wrote:

      … as I recall, the age limit for drinking is 18 …

      Not anywhere in the US that I can think of. I’m pretty sure it’s a standard 21 across the board as far as the books are concerned.

    • #39830

      @Rustie Gustie wrote:

      @RhymeAndReason wrote:

      … as I recall, the age limit for drinking is 18 …

      Not anywhere in the US that I can think of. I’m pretty sure it’s a standard 21 across the board as far as the books are concerned.

      It was supposed to say isn’t.

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