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By Alicia A. Caldwell
Arizona Daily Wildcat
November 13, 1997

Sliced student can't recall getting cut

A 21-year-old student found with a 14-inch cut above his lip in the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house courtyard Saturday said yesterday he does not remember what happened to him.

University of Arizona Police Department Officers found finance junior Robert Lawson at 3:30 a.m. at the Pike house, 1340 E. First St., after fraternity members called police about him, police reports stated.

House members told officers they did not know who Lawson was or how he got there.

Lawson, whose left eye was nearly swollen shut, said, "What ever happened, it made me lose my memory."

UAPD Chief Harry Hueston said Lawson was so intoxicated officers had to take him to University Medical Center.

Tests at UMC determined Lawson had a blood alcohol content of 0.35, police reports stated. The legal definition for drunkenness is a 0.1 content.

According to police reports, Lawson received four stitches to the cut above his lip.

Lawson said he recalls being at The Shanty Cafe, 401 N. Ninth St., for most of the night. He added he remembers going to the fraternity house at about 2 a.m. to visit some friends.

Pi Kappa Alpha president Doug Lipsky said Sunday that Lawson was found in the courtyard at 3:30 a.m. and had no relation to any member of the house.

Lawson said he did not think he was assaulted and was not planning to press criminal charges.

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