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Suicide epidemic reaches new apex

By Brandon Smith

October 14, 2012

Suicide has surpassed motor vehicle accidents as the leading cause of injury deaths, according to a West Virginia University study published online Sept. 20 by the American Journal of Public Health.Using data from the National Center for Health Statistics, the study found that suicide mortality rates had increased 15 percent from 2000 to 2009, while unintentional motor vehicle accident mortality rates decreased 25 percent....

Penn State: Predator pride

By Samuel Charles

January 30, 2012

Former Penn State University football coach Joe Paterno died of lung cancer Jan. 22, and there’s a good chance you already knew that. His 409 victories, overshadow any other coach in NCAA football history. In the football realm, Paterno is a god. Bobby Bowden may rival his amount of respect within the game, but probably not. “JoePa” is on a different level.That level, though, was taken to sicken- ing new heights in the w...

Graduates’ blog welcomes students

By Lisa Schulz

December 5, 2011

Fourteen current Columbia graduate students are opening doors for new students by sharing their words, vibrant photos and videos of personal experiences through Marginalia, a blog that speaks for 487 other grad students.Marginalia—which is defined as the stray notes scribbled in the margin of a paper—began in September 2011 to convey the Columbia experience to prospective students. Each representative of a graduate pro...

Death brings new life to art

By Brianna Wellen

November 8, 2010

A skeleton sat in a booth inviting curious passersby to spin the wheel. As it slowed, each person’s fate was revealed. One future read “death by Civil War reenactment” and another read “death by scorpion.” A painting across the room depicting the Grim Reaper floating behind a Dunkin’ Donuts coffee cup suggested death would come to someone after their typical morning routine. Images reminiscent of the Mexican ho...

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