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Study cites ties between religion and repsonse to stress

College students who believe in a higher power showed less signs of post-traumatic stress disorder following the Sept. 11 attacks, according to a study release last week by the Psychology Department at the University of Minnesota.

The study focused on 188 students, 8 percent of which were found to be suffering from post-traumatic stress in the wake of last year’s terrorists’ attacks in New York and Washington. Psychology Professor Patricia Frazier, who conducted the study, reported strong ties between students who believe that some type of higher power is in control and a healthier response to the attacks.

While only 8 percent were diagnosed with the stress disorder, 90 percent of those surveyed demonstrated one or more symptoms.

Duke named as most diverse campus

Duke University is the most racially integrated campus among America’s top-tier schools, according to a survey released last week by The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education.

The survey used 13 factors, including the number of black tenured professors, in order to rank the top 28 universities in America. The report showed that Duke had the highest five-year gain in percentage of black students in the freshman class, about 8 percent to 11 percent, last year. Despite the favorable ranking, which was attributed mainly to University President Nan Keohane, the JBHE warned that a noticeable racial tension still exists on the North Carolina campus.

The top five was rounded out by Emory University, Princeton University, Washington University and Vanderbilt University. The least racially integrated campuses of those surveyed were the University of Chicago, the California Institute of Technology and The Johns Hopkins University.

Scientist fired from LSU

Louisiana State University fired Steven Hatfill, who has been named as a “person of interest” in the FBI’s investigation into last year’s anthrax attacks, last week. The attacks left five people dead and hundreds more exposed to the deadly bacteria.

University Chancellor Mark Emmert made the announcement last week, saying that the ongoing FBI investigation had no influence on the University’s decision. In a public statement, Emmert said that Hatfill’s termination is “in the best in interest of the University.”

Hatfill denied any involvement in the attacks and the FBI stated the former scientist that once worked at the U.S. Army’s Medical Institute of Infectious Diseases in Fort Deterick, Md. is not a suspect.

Two separate searches of Hatfill’s apartment have found no evidence of wrongdoing.

Suspect charged in murder of University of Minnesota football player

Minneapolis authorities charged Jermaine Octavious Stansberry with the murder of University of Minnesota football player Brandon Hall last week. If convicted, Stansberry could serve up to 40 years in prison.

Stansberry was arrested within 90 seconds after he allegedly shot Hall at point blank range after Hall and a group of Minnesota football players were called to the aid of a teammate Stansberry had mugged and beaten just hours before.

The Hennepin County District Attorney’s Office charged Stansberry with second-degree murder, aggravated robbery and felony possession of a firearm as well as assault on Hall’s teammate, Damian Haye.

He is being held on $1 million bail.

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