Volume 94, Issue 94

Tuesday, March 20, 2001


Huron student dies in highway tragedy

Heartbreak in Halifax

CASA delegates meet with Ottawa

New board ready to take over

Snowy day tough on campus drivers


Corroded Disorder

Huron student dies in highway tragedy

By Wes Brown
Gazette Staff

Tragedy has struck Huron University College with the death of second-year history student Jordan Propas in a fatal car accident this past weekend.

"He's going to be greatly missed by a lot of people," said Erin Atteslander, a second-year Huron psychology student who also attended high school with Propas in North York, Ontario. "He was an amazing guy; always happy, always smiling. He had a lot of passion for life," she said.

Cambridge Ontario Provincial Police Staff Sgt., Peter Scandlan, said Propas' blue Chevrolet Cavalier was travelling westbound on Highway 401 around 11:30 a.m. when the accident occurred.

"There was a light to moderate snow fall and independent witnesses stated the car was travelling too fast for the conditions," he said. "The driver came upon a slower moving vehicle and upon hitting the brakes, began to fishtail and swerved into the ditch and flipped several times. The individual was pronounced dead at the scene," Scandlan said.

Jacqueline Fraser, assistant to Huron principal David Bevan, said Bevan has not been able to contact Propas' family to ask what their wishes are, but said the school hopes to do something to pay its respect.

"We are going to have a memorial service, but want to wait and see what the family would like us to do. This is a very sensitive issue and we do not want to rush anything without the Propas family's permission," she said.

Huron University College Students' Council president, Harris Krofchick, said the Propas family held a funeral on Sunday in Toronto, noting many Huron students attended the services.

"We're hoping early next week we'll have a memorial service and any donations can be made to Huron University College," he said, adding himself and HUCSC president-elect Christie Love will be offering their time to any students who would like to talk about the tragedy.

Huron Chaplain Elisabeth Geerpsma said she is still in the process of sorting out counselling services, but students have been in contact with her. These situations allow students to band together to support one another, she added.

Geerpsma said these unfortunate events tend to fall under her jurisdiction. "Part of what I do is be here for the students. I will be working in setting up the memorial fund and I know that the planned fashion show he was to be a part of will be dedicated to his memory and [will] honour the person he was," she said.

Jeff Glickman, a fourth-year film student and member of Western's Jewish Students' Union, said he and a lot of the members have been shaken up by the news of his friend's death.

Propas was one of the individuals who took part in the annual trip to Israel and Glickman said that is where he first got to know him. "He was a sensational guy," he said. "[Jordan] didn't stand out in a crowd but stood out as being someone who really got to know you on an individual level," he said.

The Propas family could not be reached for comment.

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