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Exhibit Focuses on Danger of College Suicides; NC State Plans to Support Other Schools After Tornado

A campus exhibit of 1,100 backpacks focused on the dangers of college suicides Tuesday. The University of Vermont (UVM) chapter of Active Minds, a mental health awareness group, was the ninth sponsor for the traveling exhibit, called Send Silence Packing. “This should be something we’re trying to work toward stopping,” said Abby Levinsohn, the co-president of UVM’s Active Minds chapter. “You can’t work on preventing something if it’s hushed, or stigmatized.” [The Boston Globe]

North Carolina State University students met Monday to discuss ways to support the Raleigh area, which was affected by tornadoes Saturday. The initiative, Universities United: Supporting Our State, will provide aid to North Carolina residents and other universities in the area through fundraising and volunteering efforts. “Because it’s so close to home, a lot of students are looking to support the community,” said Ethan Harrelson, the president of the university’s student senate. [The Daily Tar Heel]

Increasing numbers of gays and lesbians have been coming out at Christian colleges and universities. Some have fought unsuccessfully for campus recognition of clubs to discuss sexuality, such as at Baylor University, while others have succeeded in forming gay student groups, such as one at Belmont University. “It’s like an unstoppable force meeting an immovable object,” said Adam Short, an openly gay freshman at Baylor. [The New York Times]

The University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill will begin adding context to its transcripts next year. With the normal list of grades, the school will add median class grades for each course, class rankings, and an average overall GPA of similar students. “It’s great for employers to be able to look at transcripts and know what that grade really means,” said McKay Coble, the chairwoman of the university’s faculty council. [The Washington Post]

Aliya Karim is an online communications intern for Campus Progress.

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