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04-13-2011, 12:29 PM
"Sophmore killed in kiln explosion? Oh My God...she was going to make a pot for me!"


NEW HAVEN, Conn. Ė A Yale University student nearing graduation was killed inside a school lab when her hair was pulled into a piece of machine-shop equipment, an official said Wednesday.

Michele Dufault, a senior majoring in astronomy, died Tuesday night "in what appears to have been a terrible accident involving a piece of equipment," school officials said. The school said the accident took place inside a chemistry lab machine shop but didn't say what the equipment was.

"By all reports, Michele was an exceptional young woman, an outstanding student and young scientist, a dear friend and a vibrant member of this community," Yale Vice President Linda Lorimer wrote in a message to Yale students and faculty. "We will find ways in the next day to gather to celebrate her life and grieve her loss."

The university told the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration that Dufault was operating the machinery for a senior project when she was killed, according to Kang Yi, an assistant area director for OSHA in Bridgeport, Conn. New Haven authorities received a 911 call about the accident at around 2:30 a.m., police spokesman Joe Avery said.

OSHA was reviewing jurisdiction in the case and evaluating whether it would conduct an inspection, said Ted Fitzgerald, an agency spokesman in Boston.

In a Facebook profile picture, Dufault is shown with long brown hair that fell below her shoulders.

Dufault was from Scituate, Mass., and was graduating in a month, said her grandfather Robert Dufault. She studied constantly and loved sports, he said.

"She was a living saint," the grandfather said. "She was a good, smart girl."

An uncle called her brilliant.

"She's a wonderful, wonderful kid and that should be celebrated. There's nothing but good things to say about her," said Frederick Dufault, of Holliston, Mass.

At the Noble and Greenough School in Dedham, Mass., where Dufault graduated in 2007, Head of School Robert Henderson Jr. said those who knew her were drawn to her personal strength, modesty, good humor and perseverance.

"Michele was an extraordinary young woman, one of the most precocious students who her teachers ever encountered," Henderson said. "She was simply brilliant. Her mind, her sense of curiosity, her perceptiveness, her sensitivity, and her enjoyment of what she did were extraordinary. She was a true intellectual. She was also distinctly humble, seemingly unaffected by her prodigious talent and academic attainments."

On its website, Yale's chemistry department says it maintains a state-of-the-art machine shop in which students, faculty and staff can build or modify research instruments. Access is limited to those who have completed a shop course, according to the website.

Yale was offering counseling to students. The lab was closed Wednesday and classes were canceled in the building that houses the lab.

Yale police are leading the investigation, New Haven police spokesman Avery said.

The Pest
04-13-2011, 12:30 PM
Just once I'd like to see something like this happen.....and the people being interviewed say....

"I'm glad that bitch is gone.....what a waste of skin."

04-13-2011, 12:31 PM
I would think that, by default, they would hand out hair nets or something.

Sofa King
04-13-2011, 12:32 PM
Just once I'd like to see something like this happen.....and the people being interviewed say....

"I'm glad that bitch is gone.....what a waste of skin."

Only the good die young.

Rain Man
04-13-2011, 12:43 PM
I'm guessing that wasn't a pleasant way to go. I feel bad for her, even if the "living saint" stuff was a bit melodramatic.

siberian khatru
04-13-2011, 12:48 PM
Road trip to New Haven!

04-13-2011, 12:57 PM
this wouldn't work for me. They'd open the door and if I asked for her, they'd be like "you must be her.....father?"

04-13-2011, 12:59 PM
Well further proof that going to an ivy league school really does help you get ahead in life.

siberian khatru
04-13-2011, 01:00 PM
Hair today, gone tomorrow.

04-13-2011, 01:07 PM
Which is it? Explosion or hair pulled. Or hairpulled then explosion? Last year I yanked a good chunk out of some dudes hair at parkville from a tackle. It didn't kill him. I would of said fucker deserved it to the media. Lil bastard had small man complex, nice friendly tackle game, no cheap hits. Well little man starts to stiff arm people with his fist in peoples mouths. Did it to me, next I got the chance I fucked his ass up. Literally horse collar like tackle from behind, but with just his hair.

He is a much friendlier person now. I think two other people had busted lips from him that game.

Back on topic. Sucks. Must of been a lottttttttt of pain before death.
Maybe jigsaw set it up.

04-13-2011, 01:08 PM
I wonder what killed hair?

04-13-2011, 01:14 PM
I don't think I should be alone tonight. And could you find 3 dates for my friends? :huh:

siberian khatru
04-13-2011, 01:16 PM
I don't think I should be alone tonight. And could you find 3 dates for my friends? :huh:

"I used to touch Michele that way."

"I know. She told me."

"She did?"

04-13-2011, 01:17 PM
I love long hair on a woman. But yeah, sometimes that shit gets in the way.

Like when you're trying to do it and she's all like, "AHHH! YOU'RE ON MY HAIR!"


04-13-2011, 02:25 PM
Scalping is probably not a pleasant way to die. On the other hand, if you have long hair and work around machinery that could grab your long hair and scalp you... :shrug: I work with a machine that rotates an approximately 3' chunk of metal 3 times per second. Hence the reason I don't wear a watch or have any jewelry hanging down, or a tie, or let my ponytail (mullet, if my wife is asked) escape. Because I'm smart enough to know that scalping is probably not a pleasant way to die.

04-13-2011, 02:32 PM
I don't think I should be alone tonight. And could you find 3 dates for my friends? :huh:

you've had that name all this time, just waiting for the opportunity to make a post that hit on all the levels, didn't you?

"But you can't hold a whole fraternity responsible for the behavior of a few, sick twisted individuals. For if you do, then shouldn't we blame the whole fraternity system? And if the whole fraternity system is guilty, then isn't this an indictment of our educational institutions in general? I put it to you, Greg - isn't this an indictment of our entire American society? Well, you can do whatever you want to us, but we're not going to sit here and listen to you badmouth the United States of America. Gentlemen!"

04-13-2011, 02:56 PM
Hopefully she died getting her neck snapped versus the only other way I could imagine someone dying from their hair being pulled into a machine.

Radar Chief
04-13-2011, 03:57 PM
I would think that, by default, they would hand out hair nets or something.

No shit, or at least tie it up.
Donít know how this will work since its Yale but a professional machine shop would be shut down until OSHA finished their investigation and considering there is a death involve heavy, business crippling fines would more than likely be handed out, if they were even allowed to do business again.

04-13-2011, 04:21 PM
another reason not to have long hair.RIP.