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Worker dies at Armstrong site
A construction worker died Feb. 8 after he was struck by several plywood and steel panels that fell from an overhead crane at the site of the Armstrong Hall theater addition.

Jeffrey Martz, 39, was a supervisor at McComas-Lacina Construction. He was a Navy veteran, collected and rode Harley-Davidson motorcycles, was an expert woodworker, and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

The Occupational Safety and Health Bureau of the Iowa Division of Labor Services fined McComas-Lacina $12,000 for alleged safety violations related to the accident. The construction company is appealing the fines.

Food and football
For a year, Gary Paul Nabhan '73 ate only foods he could hunt, gather, or grow within a 250-mile radius of his home west of Tucson, Ariz. He turned that forage into his recent book, Coming Home to Eat: The Pleasures and Politics of Local Foods, which he spoke about during a campus lecture in March.

One of the biggest challenges came when he traveled. He requested his hosts arrange for meals consisting of local foods; instead of airplane food, he took his own-including a bag of fried grasshoppers.

Nabhan, the recipient of a "genius award" from the MacArthur Foundation, is director of the Center for Sustainable Environments at Northern Arizona University.

Jerry M. Lewis '59, emeritus professor of sociology at Kent State University, also returned to the Hilltop in March to teach "Gatherings, Crowds and Sports Riots" and lecture on a riot that erupted last year at a Cleveland Browns football game.

Lewis, an international authority on sports-fan violence in the United States and Europe, said the best way to deal with this behavior is for team management to take it seriously, and for athletes to teach people how to be fans.

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