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Medical Examiner’s Office: Medication overdose cause of student’s death

An overdose of the active ingredients in Benadryl and Tylenol caused a student's death in January, according to toxicology results from the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office's released this week.

The Medical Examiner's Office Web site listed junior nursing major Amanda Bebout's manner of death as suicide and listed the official cause of death as "acute diphenhydramine and acetaminophen intoxication."



Bebout was found unresponsive in her off-campus residence Jan. 18.

Amanda Bebout scholarship exceeded endowment level quickly

While it would not be unusual to take more than two years for a scholarship to reach the endowed level, it took two months for the scholarship established in memory of a student who died in January to exceed the required amount.

The scholarship, created in Amanda Bebout's name, had reached $56,098.50 by March 17, which exceeded the $50,000 necessary for a scholarship to become endowed.

The overqualified dominates the job market

When we graduate, we will face stiff competition from more than just our peers.

According to a New York Times article, university graduates will also face competition from experienced professionals now willing to work for lower salaries. Because of the dramatic rise in the unemployment rate, overqualified individuals now fill many jobs that might traditionally be filled by recent college graduates.

Students use Wikipedia for first source of information

More than 80 percent of college students use Wikipedia as a research tool, according to a report released by the University of Washington.

The report detailed a survey of more than 2,300 students, many of whom said they used Wikipedia as a starting point for course-related research papers. According to the study, nearly 90 percent of the students polled said they also use the online encyclopedia for non-course-related research.

Magazine showcases entrepreneurial students

Brent Skoda said he was only 20 years old when he went to the treasurer of CBS to ask for $3 million to start his business, collegefitness.com.

Although Skoda did not get the funds from CBS, he did raise that money by contacting other investors. Skoda, a junior general studies major, said the treasurer told him he liked the idea, but he could not give him the money because no audience for Skoda's product had been determined.

Suspension of veteran’s money unfair to those depending on it

As if military spouses didn't have enough to worry about already, now they will have to worry about how they will pay for college.

Though the government only began giving grant money to military spouses last year, many would have already begun to count on that money to get them a promotion or a new job.



The problem here is that the government promised these husbands or wives money that it cannot deliver. Some were already approved to receive up to $6,000 in grant money before the program was suspended in February.

Improving patient care topic of Harris College speaker

A senior adviser for nursing at the nationally known health care philanthropy Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will explain the eight areas that need improvement in order to improve future patient care at a lecture at the Kelly Alumni Center tonight.

Susan Hassmiller's lecture, "The Future of Nursing and Healthcare," is sponsored by The Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences and will focus on the future of nursing.

Philosophy professor to discuss abortion and the existence of God

A distinguished philosophy professor will share his views and challenge student and community member opinions with discussions about abortion and the existence of God tonight and Friday afternoon.

Michael Tooley, a philosophy professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder, said he hopes to encourage attendees to examine the arguments made by those on both sides of each argument and encourage debate based on logic. He said he wants to challenge students' and community members' views on abortion and what is good and evil.

University moves up rank of top-selling sports merchandising

The Collegiate Licensing Company has ranked the university No. 55 out of 75 top-selling institutions for collegiate merchandise for the first quarter of the 2009-2010 year. The university moved up four positions from the fiscal year ranking for 2008-2009.

University bookstore general manager Llisa Lewis said she thought the university would be ranked higher by the end of the 2009-2010 year.

Official: Kappa Sigma not involved in branding, still investigating individuals

The university has determined that the TCU chapter of Kappa Sigma fraternity was not involved in a Jan. 9 branding incident that reportedly occurred in Colorado, but individual students are still being investigated, a university official said Wednesday.

"The university has completed its investigation and found that the fraternity was not involved," said Don Mills, vice chancellor for Student Affairs said.

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