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    Possible Suicide Cluster Has Cornell on Edge

    (March 15) — Steep, picturesque gorges cut their way through the heart of Cornell University’s campus in Ithaca, N.Y. Over the years, however, the rocky chasms have proven to be a beacon for students seeking to end their own lives.

    On Friday, Matthew Zika, 21, became the third student in less than a month to be found at the bottom of Fall Creek Gorge. The body of 19-year-old William Sinclair was recovered in the gorge on Thursday, not far from where Bradley Ginsburg, 18, took his own life on Feb. 17. The deaths of Zika and Sinclair are still being investigated.

    “The cumulative effect of this loss of life is palpable in our community,” Vice President for Student and Academic Services Susan Murphy said in a video address to the Cornell community.

    While school officials stress that Cornell’s suicide rate is no higher than the national average at higher learning institutions, the gorges, due to their accessibility and mythology, present an all-too-palpable means. According to school spokeswoman Claudia Wheatley, making the gorges less attractive for suicide may not be so easy.

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