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Student jumps off MacGregor

By Dave Watt

Younes Borki '92, a student in the Department of Mathematics, fell from the 14th-floor (A-Entry) lounge of MacGregor House yesterday at 11:40 am. He was pronounced dead on arrival at Beth-Israel Hospital at around 12:20 pm. Borki left a note, leaving little doubt that his death was a suicide.

Borki, a Moroccan citizen, had many friends in MacGregor. He played several sports avidly, and could sometimes be found in the A-Entry lounge as late as 2 am playing ping pong, said Pavel and Ivka Bystricky, the A-Entry floor tutors. In his role as A-Entry athletic chair, he organized the entry's participation in many intramural sports.

Borki had lived in MacGregor since his freshman year. He was 19 years old.

No explanation has been offered yet for the suicide, said Robert M. Randolph, associate dean for student affairs. "We can't speculate," said Randolph. "We would like to know answers, and sometimes there aren't any," he added.

MacGregor Housemaster Robert S. Kennedy '59 called Borki's death a "contradiction." Borki was "very sound, very outgoing, without being frenetic or compulsive," he said.

His friends in MacGregor also had no explanation for what might have been troubling him. "He's been in really good spirits. No one really knows why [he died]," said Patrick M. Ewing II '92, A-Entry chair. Ewing also said that Borki's suicide note had been characterized as "positive."

The floor tutors saw Borki just a few minutes before his death. He was sitting in the lounge, where she thought he was studying, Ivka said, about five minutes before he jumped.

Borki's death was the second suicide of a MacGregor A-Entry resident in the past three years. Mark R. Kordos '89 jumped to his death from the 13th floor of MacGregor on April 8, 1988.

Floor tutors in MacGregor will be available throughout the week to talk with students.