Carnegie Mellon holds town hall over stress

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Carnegie Mellon University is holding a town hall meeting for students and faculty to discuss concerns over the high-pressure culture at the school that emerged after a student committed suicide last month.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (http://bit.ly/111q4Zh ) reports that the school will hold the meeting Monday evening. Carnegie Mellon is known for world-class robotics, engineering, computer and drama programs, but also a highly competitive culture.

The suicide prompted a commentary in the student newspaper that was widely discussed on campus. Another student committed suicide at the school in 2009.

Carnegie Mellon says in a statement that after the commentary many students, faculty, and staff spoke up about stress and pressure. The school says the town hall meeting aims to explore the Carnegie Mellon culture and community well-being.

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