Student Dies in Pool
The Associated Press
University of California, Santa Cruz

A UC Santa Cruz student died Friday while swimming in the campus pool.

The 26-year-old student, whose name has not been released by the coroner’s office, was discovered motionless at the bottom of the pool by a lifeguard Friday at 7:30 p.m.

He was attempting to swim laps underwater when he died. Three lifeguards were on duty at the time but did not notice the man was in trouble until it was too late, UCSC spokeswoman Elizabeth Irwin told The Associated Press.

“According to everyone I’ve talked with there was apparently nothing out of order in terms of lifeguard response,” Irwin said. “Everyone on scene did everything they could to resuscitate.”

The pool was filled with other swimmers including the UCSC water polo team when the man was discovered.

The cause of death has not yet been decided.

Study Says Youth More Conservative
The Daily Californian
UC Berkeley

Teens and young adults hold more conservative views about abortion and religion than their parents, according to a UC Berkeley study released Sept. 24. The study interviewed 1,000 people nationwide of broad ethnic, age, and gender groups in assessing their opinions on the politically charged topics.

Forty-four percent of youths aged 15 to 22 supported government restrictions on abortion, compared to 34 percent of adults aged 27 to 59. Increased media attention to abortion may be responsible for the difference, said Douglas Strand, the study’s project director.

Youths were also more supportive of school prayer and federal aid to faith-based charities. Sixty-nine percent of youths approved of school prayer at official school activities, 10 percent more than adults. Two-thirds of youths supported federal aid to faith-based charities, compared to just 40 percent of adults.

Although youths outweighed adults in their support for faith-based initiatives, they were less likely to attend religious services regularly or to consider religion a guide in their daily life than adults surveyed.

Student Likely Died of Suicide
The California Aggie
UC Davis

A UC Davis student was found dead Sept. 1 in a parking lot outside a three-story dormitory on the campus, possibly as the result of a fall from the building’s roof. A residence hall employee discovered the body at 8:24 a.m. and called paramedics immediately.

Attempts to revive 20-year-old computer science major Barrett William Klenke of Modesto, Calif. failed and death was confirmed at 8:37 a.m. An autopsy conducted on Tuesday by the Yolo County Coroner’s Office revealed blunt force trauma to the head and chest to be the cause of death.

The autopsy and a note discovered in Klenke’s dormitory room suggest suicide, according to investigators. There is no evidence of foul play, UCD spokesman Paul Pfotenhauer said.

Klenke was one of 24 students staying in Webster Hall for the second summer session.

– Compiled by Cameron Balakhanpour