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Love for a broken mind

Movie | Words on Bathroom Walls gives a realistic portrayal of mental illness
by Sarah Schweinsberg
Posted 8/13/20, 03:37 pm

Words on Bathroom Walls, a new film based on the book by Julia Walton, takes viewers inside the mind of a teenager diagnosed with arguably the least understood and most stigmatized mental illness: schizophrenia. 

Adam Petrazelli (Charlie Plummer) is a high-school senior when he has his first psychotic episode. It occurs in a classroom, the worst place possible for a teen trying to maintain his popularity. 

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Tribes battle pandemic with little help

Compassion | Some of the worst hot spots in the country are also the last to get relief
by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 7/01/20, 04:16 pm

When Arvin Trujillo’s father died of COVID-19, the funeral lasted just 10 minutes. About 20 family members gathered at the burial site for a half-hour or so, but they didn’t hug or shake hands. There was no meal afterward where they could share memories or comfort one another. Several of Trujillo’s family members have died since the coronavirus outbreak began on the Navajo Nation reservation. One of the hardest parts, he said, is the lack of community and closure as they grieved.

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Open but different

Education | Colleges and universities piece together pandemic plans for the fall
by Laura Edghill & Ali Booth
Posted 6/03/20, 05:57 pm

West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee said the only way to guarantee college students do not get the coronavirus at school is to “keep everything shut down until we have a vaccine and until it’s working.” But that’s not economically or educationally feasible for the liberal arts school nestled between the winding Monongahela River and Cheat Lake just south of the Pennsylvania border in Morgantown. Instead, Gee expects to see the school’s nearly 30,000 students face to face again this fall.

“We will open, but it will be different,” Gee said.

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