SJU Magazine, Spring 2013

Author: Kristen A. Graham

Page: 12

The nation reeled when a gunman stormed into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., killing 26 people, including 20 children, on Dec. 14, 2012. Mobilized by grief, anger and sadness, Americans launched into a spirited discussion of gun control, of mental illness, of how to prevent such events in the future. But Maria Kefalas, Ph.D., saw the Connecticut tragedy in another way, calling the violence “a rare form of cancer — as opposed to a more common form of the disease we have in urban areas.”

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In This Issue

  • Author: Kristen A. Graham

    Page: 18

    As a boy growing up in Philadelphia’s Fern Rock section, Richard J. Ross Jr. ’04 (M.S.) never dreamed of a career in law enforcement.

  • Author: David King '08

    Page: 20

    It’s a scene that plays out every day: A customer enters a store, examines a product and maybe even asks a salesperson a few questions about it.

    A sale looks imminent.

  • Author: Annette John-Hall

    Page: 22

    The sight of a young child in Africa drinking from a tainted puddle propelled one professor and his students to seek a remedy.

    The moral imperative to do something came, literally, out of the water.


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