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Posted at 6:33 PM ET, 05/15/2010

GW student dies after fall from dorm

By Terri Rupar

A George Washington University student has died after falling from a dormitory window.

University president Steven Knapp announced the student's death during commencement on Sunday, and graduates observed a moment of silence.

Taylor Hubbard of Lexington Park, Md., fell out of a window at Guthridge Hall, a high-rise building in the 2100 block of F Street NW, around 4 a.m. Saturday. Officials say the 20-year-old sophomore was taken to George Washington University Hospital.

D.C. police described the fall as accidental. A police official said it appeared that the fall was from a fifth-floor window. D.C. police and campus police are investigating.

"He was a promising student and a beloved member of the George Washington community," Knapp said in a statement released after the graduation. "I speak for the entire university when I express our sympathy to Taylor's family."

--Martin Weil and the Associated Press

By Terri Rupar  | May 15, 2010; 6:33 PM ET
 
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College drinking claims another victim and the liquor lobby laughs all the way to the bank!

Posted by: SoCali | May 16, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

@SoCali

I totally agree with you on this one. Would you support increasing the tax on liquour sales in the District? The DC cigarette tax increase was a joke (netting less revenue than pre-tax levels), and I don't think any GW student has ever died after smoking a pack of cigarettes.

Posted by: KwameFan | May 16, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Sorry about that. Alcohol-related, no doubt.

Alcohol-related consequences for college students between the ages of 18-24i:

Death: 1,700 die each year from alcohol-related unintentional injuries, including motor vehicle crashes

Injury: 599,000 are unintentionally injured under the influence of alcohol

Assault: More than 696,000 are assaulted by another student who has been drinking

Sexual Abuse: More than 97,000 are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape

Unsafe Sex: 400,000 have unprotected sex and more than 100,000 report having been too intoxicated to know if they consented to having sex

Academic Problems: About 25 percent of students report academic consequences of their drinking including missing class, falling behind, doing poorly on exams or papers, and receiving lower grades overall

Health Problems/Suicide Attempts: More than 150,000 develop an alcohol-related health problem

Drunk Driving: 2.1 million drive under the influence of alcohol each year

Nearly half (48 percent) of all of the alcohol consumed by students attending 4-year colleges is consumed by underage students.

Over two out of every five of all college students are binge drinkers.

In 2001, approximately 44 percent of college students reported binge drinking, in a college survey. This percentage is almost identical to rates in three previous surveys.

http://www.madd.org/docs/college%20statistics.pdf

Posted by: ObamasGulfResponseIsMuchWorseThanKatrina | May 16, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Too bad the loud street party man fell from the window. Try to drink a little less all you babies. If you can't hold your liquor don't drink it.

Posted by: fudador | May 16, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if this guy was one of those students featured in the recent story about a GT resident trying to get the police to clamp down on loud partying and drinking. He started putting photos of the drunks on a website and the students sued him and denounced him on blogs. Serves 'em right.

Posted by: fudador | May 16, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

This is a bit insensitive, but it is a perfect example of why alcohol is much more dangerous than marijuana. If this student were stoned, baked, high, crushed, whatever, he would have been sleeping safely on a couch somewhere and not anywhere near a window.

Posted by: cash-less | May 16, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

My heart goes out to Taylor's mother, father & brother who loved him dearly. He was a wonderful young man.

Posted by: Msjmi | May 16, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if this guy was one of those students featured in the recent story about a GT resident trying to get the police to clamp down on loud partying and drinking. He started putting photos of the drunks on a website and the students sued him and denounced him on blogs. Serves 'em right.

Posted by: fudador | May 16, 2010 5:55 PM | Report

What do YOU think fudador? Did you read both articles; did you realize that these are two different parts of the city?

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | May 16, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Those 18-20 are also adults. It's unfortunate that Taylor Hubbard fell from a George Washington University dorm window. It's good that a the commencement ceremony, he was not forgotten.

Posted by: LibertyForAll | May 16, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

So, how's that criminalization of under-21 alcohol consumption working out for you, America?

Turning alcohol into the "forbidden fruit", driving its consumption underground, and encouraging a binge drinking culture: all foreseeable consequences of our unenforceable 90s-era roll-back of young adults' rights.

A large number of college presidents are calling for the drinking age to be lowered back to 18. But hey, what do they know about the problem?

Posted by: kcx7 | May 17, 2010 12:01 AM | Report abuse

I'm just going to say, that it is absolutely despicable that any of you are using this student's death as a means to promote your particular ideology. What does that have to do with the death of this student? A youth struck down tragically. I can say, that his death was not related to alcohol. I can also say I myself wondered aloud if his death was a suicide. But what does any of this matter?

You realize that your comments are publicly viewed? Clearly based on your statements. Did you consider family and friends could read this. I have no doubt they have the emotion of the time to contend with, so that might be unlikely. And while I am neither, just a fellow student, I found your comments disturbing.

If you were aware of the facts you would know that alcohol played no part in this. Next time you want to espouse your particular ideology, do it where it is actually applicable and in private. A young man has died, and for whatever reason he passed, he should not be used as a means to a political point. Respect an individual's dignity.

Posted by: gwu2010 | May 20, 2010 1:30 AM | Report abuse

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