April 27, 2005

I.C. Student Found Dead

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An Ithaca College sophomore died yesterday after apparently falling from the window of his eighth floor room. Morgan Potter, 20, was pronounced dead at the scene shortly before 3:00 a.m., according to a statement released by Ithaca College.

The computer science major from Montrose, Penn., was described by classmates as a lonely individual who was always willing to help out. Prof. Mridula Mascarenhas, speech communication, Ithaca College, said that she taught Potter for a semester in a business and professional communications class.

“He was really well versed with technology,” she said, adding that he was always helpful and “very quiet.”

A classmate of Potter, who did a group project with him, said that he was a really nice, helpful person.

“He liked to feel needed,” she said. “He only had a very few friends.” “This is a shock to us all, and a terrible tragedy for Morgan’s family, friends and classmates,” said Ithaca College President Peggy R. Williams in a statement. “On behalf of the entire college community, I extend our deepest sympathies along with our thoughts and prayers.”

An autopsy is being performed to determine the exact cause of death. The Tompkins County Sheriff’s Department is assisting with the investigation, according to the college’s statement. Students in need of support are urged to call the Ithaca College Counseling Center at 274-3136 or Cornell’s Empathy, Assistance and Referral Service (EARS) at 255-3277.

Archived article by Michael Morisy
Sun News Editor