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University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in the Press

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire UW-Eau Claire students take free ride on new shuttle-9/3/11 “This is a great alternative to staying on campus or staying in your dorm room or since we're on a college campus, to drinking. This is a safer alternative and a lot of fun too,” Winarski said.  Lee said it’s important to know the shuttle does not assist in taking students to and from bars, and there is no alcohol allowed on the bus. “We refuse service to anyone who potentially could cause a disruption on the bus,” Lee said. 
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Column: 'Smiley-face killer' theory losing steam-3/7/10 Student drawings-a pervasive unproven theory, but there are sufficient drawings for it to arise.
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Colleges Renew Discussion About Alcohol Abuse-3/4/10 “Both universities say an important tool to fight alcohol abuse is keeping an open dialogue among students, parents and university staff.”

Recent Alcohol-Related Tragedies involving University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Students

James Liegl, July 5, 2007, UW-Eau Claire How and why? James died when struck by a train just after crashing is car into a cement barrier near the tracks.  James  blood alcohol level was .274 at time of the accident.
Kyle Joswiak, 22, March 17, 2010, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire How and why? Kyle lost his life after falling from an elevated walkway onto a parking lot.  Kyle had a blood-alcohol level of 0.257 percent at the time of activities prior to his fall.
Ricky Gonzales, 22, August 31, 2011, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire How and why? Ricky was with a friend on a Wednesday night drinking at local bars when they were separated.  He was later found drowned in a river.  Test showed is blood alcohol content to be .19.
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