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Coroner: Alcohol played role
in fatal falls from dormitory

Months later: Coroner report shows alcohol level over legal limit;
metal bars will be installed on the windows in all South Campus dorms

By Andrea Uhde


The two men who fell to their death
from the third floor of Kirwan Tower
last May were intoxicated. the Fayette
County Coroner‘s report says.

The incident. which happened the
morning of May 3. prompted L'K offi-
cials to evaluate the safety of the win

Jeffrey Pfetzer. a lQ-year-old UK
freshman, and Mathew Rzepka. a 22-
year~old from Bowling Green who had a
brother in the dorm. had more than two
times the legal limit of .08 blood-alcohol

level. said Miles C. White II. the chief

deputy coroner.

The two fell through a window at
about 2:30 am. They had been drinkitig
and wrestling around. and when they
hit the glass. it broke. UK officials said.

Alcohol was found at the scene. but
at the time there was no way to tell if
the boys had been drunk.

Pfetzer. from Villa Hills and a Kap-
pa Sigma member. had a .198 blood-alco-
hol level: Rzepka. a former UK student
who transferred to Western Kentucky
University. had a .225 level.

"It probably impaired their judge-
ment." White said. “I wouldn't say it
was a total cause of accident. but it was
a contributing factor."

The auarter-inchrthick window
pane that broke had been installed iit

1966 when the dorm was built. In 1973.
federal codes called for windows to be
tempered glass. which is stronger. The
owner of a commercial glass company
speculated the tempered glass would
not have broken as easily

UK hired a consultant from Austin.
Texas who specializes in windows in
high-rise buildings to find ways to make
the windows safer The consultant sim-
ulated what he thought happened that
night. along with other scenarios. said
Ben Crutchei‘. the associate vice presi-
dent for auxiliary services.

"The solution he's proposed is a bar
that will go across the window area in
somewhat of a “"-U shape. so the bar
will sort of follow the dimensions of
the window.“ Crutcher said.

See DEATHS on 2


Are a
there”: yet?

In the Singletary Cen-
ter. UK students walt-
ed for tickets to the
upcoming Ben Folds
concert, which went on
sale Monday. Although
tickets were not sold
until II a.m., students
started forming the
line at 6:30 in the
morning. Tickets are
$25 with a student ID.
The ticket office opens
at II a.m. Call the
office at 257-4929 for
more Information.

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Morriss gets
five additional
years at UK

No more worry: Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart,
players want Head Coach Guy Morriss to stay

By Melanie Curtsinger

No more wondering. No more questions l'lx' .\thletics
Director Mitch Barnhart has his man.

At Monday's weekly football news conference. Barn
hart announced a contract extension for football ('oach
Guy Morriss. While the financial stipulations will remain
the saute as in his current contract. the new contract guar
antees that Morriss will remain at the helm of the football
program through 2007.

"We wanted to begin a special week of preparation tor
our football team with a very special annount ement." Barn
hart said. “1 think we‘ve determined
it through conversation with (Presi-
dent Lee) Todd and through our staff.
and we‘re going to move ahead and
extend an offer fora multicyear guar-
anteed contract to (‘oach Morriss."

Barnhart said his decision to
extend Coach Morriss' contract was
based upon him wanting “to stabi
lize where we want to go with this
football program and what we want
to get done."

After UK's it) start this year. the
first time since 1981. the (‘ats won
their first four games. llarnbart
wanted to make it clear he was b.-
hind Morriss and his team .\i
though talks of the extension began
about a week and a half ago. Barn-
hart knew before the four w ins that
Morriss needed to stay at Kentucky.

“A lot of things have happened
in the last two months to this toot
ball program." Barithart said. “llut
no one has held the course and been
more rock steady through all of that
than Guy Morriss."

The announcement couldn't
have come at a better time. Not only
is UK undefeated and getting nation '
al recognition heading into perhaps Guy
its toughest game of the year. but it , ,-
is also a crucial time for recruiting. M01 1 133-
Now. Morriss said. opposing coach "
es and teams will no longer be able
to hold his job security against lTK.

“We can really recruit now”
Morriss said. "There are no nega
tives out there that people can use
against us. People can't fabricate
anything about us or my contract and use that against its

Morriss. who has been head coach since taking over
for Hal Mumme in l't‘bl‘zuiry shot. is o o in his two years
Morriss has been at Kentucky since hit-«T. sery llILl
tant head coach and offensive line coach thri ztgi‘. “Jet 1c He
began his coaching career with the New England i‘rl'i'l‘li\
in 1988 as offensive line coach

Now Morris has the security ot
enabled Mumme to leave l'K with $l lmilh on h r. t d .\loi
riss would still be due his yearly solar y. Sloaooo. hiough
2007. But Barn‘nart said the buyout was a vote of
dence. and Morriss salary will be re-evaluated at the cud
of each season.

”As we prepare for a nationally telet ised opportun'ty
against Florida this weekend. i wanted the ;)l;l\t‘l‘s to know
we were in ftill support of their head coach and coat hing

No one
has held
and been
all of
that than

- Mitch Barnhart.
athletic directOr

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2,460 miles and going: Jim McCord plans to end his run in M.
to lobby the president to support more federal funding for diabetes

By Paul Leightty


Jim McCord will run a long way for
diabetes research and for his daugh
ter Maggie. who has diabetes. He's jog-
ging a mile every 10 minutes to the tune
of about 3.000 miles to raise awareness
for diabetes and build support for
stronger research efforts.

The 45-year~old from Fort Thomas.
Ky. stopped on campus Monday to sup
port a diabetes rally here with Maggie
and another daughter. Molly. who is an
undeclared freshman at UK.

“I think what my dad‘s doing is
great. It's so heart-touching." Maggie

Maggie. 20. is a speech communica-
tions junior at Northern Kentucky U ni-
versity She was diagnosed with Type I
diabetes 11 years ago.

Starting from San Diego last May.


McCord has run 2.460 miles and worn
out 12 pairs of shoes on the way to his
destination of Washington. DC. He
hopes to meet President Bush or a presi-
dential delegate in the capital on Nov. 1.

Mct‘ord plans to make his case
there for increased federal funding for
diabetes. McCord says diabetes re-
search is sorely underfunded in com-
parison to other illnesses.

Federal funding for AIDS research
per patient is about $2.400 a year. For
breast cancer research the government
spends about $230 a year per patient.
But for diabetes research. the funding is
at $28 a year per patient. he said. In con-
trast. more people in the United States
have diabetes than the number with
AIDS and breast cancer combined.

“It is totally out of whack with oth-
er diseases." said Greg Lawther. Ken‘
tucky Diabetes Network president.
Lawther spoke at the rally about dia-

betes and the disparities in research

McCord said that in the last 15
years deaths from diabetes have in
creased by 40 percent. while diabetes‘
portion of National Institutes of Health
funding has decreased by 20 percent.

The institute controls the bulk of
the federal funds spent on disease re

“Diabetes doesn‘t deserve special
treatment." McCord said. but he‘s lob~
bying for “our fair portion."

While averaging 26 miles a day on
his feet. McCord also maintains his
Web site. www.diabetesinfo.cc. He urges
people to visit the site if they are inter-
ested in passing around petitions or
just in learning more about diabetes.

“It‘s an awesome task for one per-
son to take on." Molly said of her fa-
ther's running.

Molly and Maggie both ran and
rollerbladed with their father while he
was running out west. and Maggie
helped drive the RV that has followed
him the whole way




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Jim McCord takes a break from his nationwide run to participate in
a rally at UK to raise awareness about diabetes.






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After a few more tests. the
aluminum bars will be in
stalled on all Windows in the
dorms on South Campus.
While safety will change.
the university‘s supervision
of the alcohol policy will not.

The incident will not
make the Housing depart
ment rethink their policies
or tighten security. said Pa-
tricia Terrell. the vice presi-
dent for student affairs.

“I don't think we want to
move to a police state. where
the students feel they have no
privacy whatsoever." she
said. "On the other hand. I
think our (resident advisers)
are very vigilant."

I don’t think we want to move

to a police state,

where the

students feel they have no privacy


- Patricia Terrell. Vice preSident for student affairs


Continued from paqe‘.

stiff and the things they
liaye done st) far." liarnhart
said “i limit! think we can
siio\\ any more support than
to extend to this family a
guaranteed eontraet :is we go
forward "

As Rarnhart said. not
only is Morris getting the e.\'
tension because of his ability
to lead the (‘ats on the field.
he is also being recognized
from I‘sarnhart for the i'ela
tionships he has established
with his players oil the field.

"More than :invliody. i
have to say thanks to the
players." Morriss said.
"They've really done an ad
Inii‘able tub. I love these

Last Week. Morriss and
Barnhart told their team
about the N( AA‘s derision to
not accept I'K‘s howl ban apr
peal before telling the media.

However news of

Morris's contract extension
was not shared with the
players first.

Some of the players.
however. did find out before
others Several members of
the team waiting to talk with
the media found out the
news first.

For the seniors onlook-
ing the announcement. the
news came as bittersweet.

“It‘s great. I was sur-
prised and I'm so happy for
him." said fifthyear senior
linebacker Ronnie Riley who
missed all of last season with
a knee injury: “I'm not happy
I got hurt. but I‘m happy I'm
back. I'm happy for him”

But for the players who
still have some time left at
ITK. the announcement was
as good a feeling as being un»

"When the announcement
was made I was grinning from
ear to ear." said wide receiver
Tommy (‘ook. “There is a lot
of pressure on any coach. and
I think (‘oach Morriss has an-
swered any questions people
had about him. He definitely
deserves this.“



speaks at Worsham

Economics: Treasury secretary
hopeful despite corporate fraud

By Rebecca [oil


US. Treasury
O‘Neill said he is optimistic about the
nation's economy. despite public con

"I‘m a great optimist. With good
leadership. everything is possible." he

The country remains strong after the
terrorist attacks and corporate scandals.
O'Neill said during a discussion at the
Worsham Theatre Monday.

"It’s a wonderful testimony to our
people and system to absorb all of that
and still stand strong." he said.

The recent scandals involving Enron.
Adelphia and WorldCom have taught
everyone a lesson in basic economics. he

“Now we know it's not true that a
company can have $10 billion in market
capital with no earnings or sales." he
said. drawing a laugh from the audience.

Several hundred community mem-
bers and students came to listen to
O‘Neill. who was at UK for the discus-
sion as part of a tour of Kentucky and

O'Neill said there is no excuse for
corporate fraud. For example. Tyco
records show ex-CEO Dennis Kozlowski
used unauthorized company loans for
personal expenses. such as a $6.000
shower curtain.

“It never occurred to me that anyone
would be able to do that kind of abuse and
justify it." he said.

O'Neill. who is the former president
of International Paper and chairman of
Alcoa Steel. said it was his idea to have
CEOs personally sign their earnings

The road to economic recovery will be
rough. he said.

“There‘s uncertainty with Saddam
Hussein. the threat of future terrorist at-
tacks. and the markets hate uncertainty."
he said.

He also said the government needs to
work to make programs and regulations
more accessible and efficient.

“The US. tax system is an abomina-
tion period." he said. “It's 9,000 pages of
stuff no one can understand."

He said that while people would
rather have corporations deal with tax in-

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