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Mom Sues Amazon, UPenn Over Daughter's Suicide

Family says she killed herself with cyanide bought online

(Newser) - A nursing student's suicide has led to a two-pronged lawsuit by her family against both her school and Amazon. Arya Singh, a 20-year-old nursing student at the University of Pennsylvania, killed herself in 2013 by ingesting cyanide crystals she bought from the online retailer, says the lawsuit cited by... More »

Male Penn Grad Sues Frat After Alleged Rape

Says he was assaulted after party by another recruit

(Newser) - Another case involving a frat and allegations of sexual assault is making headlines, this one involving two male students. University of Pennsylvania graduate Reginald Stewart says he attended a rush party for Phi Kappa Psi when he was a sophomore and was raped afterward by another recruit, reports the Philadelphia ... More »

Beyonce Sex Doll Sinks Ivy League Frat

UPenn's Phi Delta Theta suspended pending an investigation

(Newser) - A University of Pennsylvania fraternity has been suspended pending an investigation into a holiday card showing the mostly white group posing with what it says was a Beyonce sex doll. Phi Delta Theta's national leadership halted its Penn chapter this week amid concerns the image—criticized as racist and... More »

'Wasting Time on Internet' Now an Ivy League Class

You get an A! And you get an A!

(Newser) - If "checking social media, watching cat videos, chatting, and shopping" sounds like how you spend your time when the Man's back is turned, well, leave it to the Ivy League to figure out how to make it a chore. As Yahoo reports, the University of Pennsylvania is now... More »

New Treatment Kills Cancer Like It's a Cold

T-cells are infused with genes to kill off cancer

(Newser) - What if people's immune cells could battle cancer like they fight off the common cold? Researchers at three US cancer centers are testing just such an idea by reprogramming the T-cells of cancer patients to destroy cancer cells—and it's working remarkably well, CNN reports. "This is... More »

The Schools Most Likely to Produce Rich People

US dominates the list

(Newser) - Most of the world's richest people have something in common: They went to school in the US. Wealth-X has compiled a report on which universities worldwide boast the most "ultra high net worth" alumni—defined here as those with $30 million or more—and US universities dominate the... More »

Researchers Find a Clue to Baldness

Could pave way to new hair growth treatments

(Newser) - Researchers have tracked down a protein that appears to be a culprit in male baldness—thus identifying what they call a "target" for new treatments. University of Pennsylvania scientists found that the protein's levels are boosted in bald areas of the scalp. When they bred mice with high... More »

Pro Eaters' Stomachs Work Differently

Researcher scans digestive tracts in action

(Newser) - Competitive eaters aren't just good at stuffing their faces: Their digestive systems actually function differently from everyone else's. A researcher at the University of Pennsylvania compared the eating habits of a leading competitive eater and a man who weighed 45 pounds more than the champion did. He scanned... More »

Students Revolt Against Big Bank Recruiting

Protests spread across Ivy League campuses

(Newser) - Half of those surveyed in Harvard's class of 2010 went into finance or consulting; at the University of Pennsylvania, the figure was even higher—and some students are fed up with the "brain drain." Inspired in part by the Occupy movement, students have launched protests against recruiting... More »

Brain Injury Eyed in Penn Player's Suicide

Concussion-related brain disease found in Owen Thomas, 21

(Newser) - Doctors have discovered signs of a trauma-related brain disease in a University of Pennsylvania football player who killed himself earlier this year. The doctor who conducted the autopsy on Owen Thomas says that while chronic traumatic encephalopathy—CTE—shouldn't be considered the main cause of the 21-year-old athlete's suicide, the... More »

Colleges That Pay Off

These schools offer a good return on investment

(Newser) - Which colleges pay off? PayScale crunched the numbers to compute the best returns on investment—by comparing the cost of a degree against what its students earn upon graduation—and Huffington Post rounds up the best of the bunch:
  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: annual ROI: 12.6%; 30-year ROI: $1.
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Ranking America's Most Stressful Schools

These colleges might just drive you to suicide

(Newser) - This month, lots of high school overachievers will be anxiously awaiting acceptances from the halls of Ivy—even as concerns mount that these schools might not be great for your mental health. Cornell University, for example, had two suicides in as many days last month. So the Daily Beast decided... More »

Cornell Shocks Wisconsin, Gains Sweet 16

Big Red will face Kentucky; Ohio State outlasts Ga. Tech

(Newser) - Louis Dale scored 26 points, Ryan Wittman added 24, and No. 12 seed Cornell upset fourth-seeded Wisconsin, 87-69, today in Jacksonville, becoming the first Ivy League team since Penn in 1979 to advance to the round of 16.The Big Red (27-8) will play top-seeded Kentucky in the East Regional... More »

U. Penn Adds 'Gay' Box on Application, But ...

... there are better ways to serve LGBT students

(Newser) - That the University of Pennsylvania is adding a box on its application form students can use to indicate sexual orientation—and has asked the makers of the widely used “common application” to do the same—is nice, Gabriel Arana writes, but perhaps misguided. Schools and students alike would be... More »

Johns Hopkins Tops Hospital Rankings

Mayo Clinic, UCLA follow in US News rankings

(Newser) - Johns Hopkins has been named America’s best hospital for the 19th year in a row, the Baltimore Sun reports. The closely followed US News & World Report rankings placed Hopkins first in rheumatology, urology, and ear, nose and throat; it was second in neurology and neurosurgery, geriatrics, gynecology, ophthalmology,... More »

MRIs Hold Promise of Early Alzheimer's Detection

Brain plaque spotted in rabbits

(Newser) - Researchers are a step closer to early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease using conventional MRI scanners. Plaque associated with Alzheimer's has been detected in rabbits by a team in Canada using MRI equipment, Reuters reports. Currently, the disease is diagnosed based on a series of tests, but a diagnosis can only... More »

Best Alma Maters for Billionaires

Yeah, Harvard's the place to be

(Newser) - Bill Gates and Carl Icahn may be college dropouts (Harvard and NYU, respectively), but most billionaires carry a sheepskin diploma with them. These top-tier universities have educated the most billionaires:
  1. Harvard: with 50, including Steve Ballmer, Michael Bloomberg, and Sumner Redstone.
  1. Stanford: was founded by a billionaire and counts 30
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Changes in Lauder Dynasty Hardly Cosmetic

Incoming prez and CEO-apparent is first from outside family

(Newser) - Estée Lauder might be a massive, publicly owned company, but it’s also a family business, tightly controlled by the Lauder clan—until now. On Monday, it will welcome new president Fabrizio Freda, who will likely eventually replace CEO William Lauder—and become the first outsider to run the... More »

For Sale: My Seat in Class

Wharton's auction system among solutions to overenrollment in popular courses

(Newser) - It beats sleeping overnight outside a professor's office—as some do at Stanford—but should students buy their way into popular classes? The University of Chicago thought not, removing one student's ad hawking a slot in Freakonomics author Steven Levitt's course. Penn's Wharton School has a more capitalistic view, the... More »

Colleges Give It the Old Foreign Campus Try

Top US schools opening full-degree programs across globe

(Newser) - With overseas demand for an American education skyrocketing, US universities are racing to go global, reports the New York Times. Many schools are building foreign branch campuses, where students, especially in the Middle East, can skip over to Abu Dhabi and return home with an NYU degree—without mastering culture... More »

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