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Andrew Sun a sophomore at Harvard College
A Harvard University student died early Monday morning after jumping from an off-campus building Sunday, the university said.
Andrew Sun, a sophomore at Harvard College, jumped from a building that is not on the Harvard campus in downtown Boston early Sunday morning and suffered extremely serious injuries.
Sun had been hospitalized at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he underwent surgery.
In an interview with The Harvard Crimson Pforzheimer Co-House Masters Anne Harrington said that, “Very sadly, from all we understand at this point, this was not an accident.”
Officer Rachel McGuire, of the Boston Police Department, confirmed that the incident occurred at 240 Atlantic Ave. near the New England Aquarium in the Seaport District of Boston, but said the department would not disclose further information.
In a message to students, interim Harvard College Dean Donald Pfister called Sun’s death a “tragic loss” and said “it is important that we all support Andrew’s family and friends, and that we support each other.”
Sun was an economics major in the Class of 2016 originally from New Jersey. The newspaper said on its website that Sun’s parents and aunt were with him when he died.
Two players had been suspended for Providence College team
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Two players suspended from the Providence College men’s basketball team last fall are now being investigated by the Providence Police in connection to a sexual assault complaint made by a student, according to a report from the The Wall Street Journal cited by WPRI.com.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Rodney Bullock and Brandon Austin are the two players implicated in the sexual assault allegations. WPRI.com reported last November that Bullock and Austin had been suspended from the team for “not upholding their responsibilities as student athletes.”
Austin has since left Providence College and now attends the University of Oregon. Bullock’s attorney confirmed to The Wall Street Journal that his client has been accused of sexual assault.
While neither Providence College nor the police officially identified any suspects involved in the investigation, police confirmed that the two suspects were members of the basketball team during the time of the report.
The Friars’ head coach Ed Cooley said in a statement that, “while I cannot talk about this situation further, it is a reminder that the privilege of representing Providence College comes with great responsibility for our student-athletes.”
Providence police told WPRI.com they have not filed any charges and that the investigation is in its early stages.
Jennifer Cook killed in Syracuse crash
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Rhode Island College is offering counseling to students and flying flags at half-staff as it mourns an English professor who was struck and killed by a pickup truck in central New York state.
Forty-three-year-old Jennifer Cook of Providence was walking with her mother Friday afternoon in Syracuse when the truck veered across the road and struck them. Cook died and her mother, 72-year-old Barbara Cook, remains hospitalized. The cause of the accident remains under investigation.
Jennifer Cook was an associate professor of English at the Providence school and taught aspiring teachers. She also was executive director of the college’s Rhode Island Writing Project, which aims to improve reading and writing across Rhode Island.
Rhode Island College President Nancy Carriulo says Cook’s death has shocked and saddened the college community.
College launching gap year program
MEDFORD, Mass. — A new Tufts University program hopes to remove the financial barriers keeping cash-strapped students from taking a year off after high school to travel or volunteer, offering an opportunity to explore different communities before starting college.
This “gap year” program launching this fall will pay for housing, airfare and even visa fees, which can add up to $30,000 or more.
Students selected for Tufts’ 4+1 program can defer their admission for a year while remaining tied to the university through video chat and email. Tufts will work with volunteer organizations to create packages that fit students’ financial needs.
Holly Bull, president of the Center of Interim Programs, says students are able to see the world beyond the bubble they grew up in and get a better perspective of their future.