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Princeton Alumna Susan Patton Urges Women to Snag Husband on Campus Before Graduating

ABC News(PRINCETON, N.J.) -- Princeton University alumna Susan Patton, who is a member of the class of 1977, is sharing some wisdom with female students, but not everyone is taking kindly to it.

“Here’s what nobody is telling you: Find a husband on campus before you graduate,” Patton wrote in an open letter to the Daily Princetonian that has since gone viral.

Patton was one of the first women to graduate from the Ivy League school, which her son currently attends, but her open letter has drawn scathing headlines, including one: “Princeton Grad Warns Undergraduates to Find Their Husbands Now, Because the Rest of the World Is Too Dumb.”

“It was just intended to suggest to these women who are on campus today, again, keep an open mind. Look around you. These are the best guys,” Patton said. “If the women’s movement has done what it has supposed to do, it should enable all women to make whatever choices are appropriate for them, even if their choices are seemingly retrogressive.”

In the letter, Patton also says although “men regularly marry women who are younger and less intelligent…ultimately it will frustrate you to be with a man who just isn’t as smart as you.”

The letter was met with mixed reactions by students, some of whom felt Patton did have a point.

“I don’t think her entire point is completely wrong. Girls do want to date guys who are as smart or smarter than them, but in practicality, we are all way too young to be getting married now,” one female student told ABC News.

Although the advice may sound like something mothers told their daughters in past generations, Karin Ruskin, a marriage and family therapist, said Patton may be on to something.

“If you have similar value systems and you both are intellectuals, is it going to increase the chance that you’ll have a successful relationship?” she said. “Of course. That’s a given.”

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Promising Princeton Student Kills Self Over Rapes

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(PRINCETON, N.J.) -- A promising Princeton graduate student who had been haunted by childhood rapes killed himself this week, leaving a 4,000-word suicide note disclosing the "darkness" that stalked him.

Bill Zeller, 27 and a "brilliant programmer," died Wednesday after suffering brain damage due to oxygen deprivation from a suicide attempt, according to the Daily Princetonian newspaper.

He was found by the university's public safety officers on Sunday and was brought to Princeton Medical Center, where he remained in a coma for three days before he was removed from life support.

Zeller was pursuing a doctorate in computer science.

His suicide note shocked family and friends with an exhaustive description of repeated rapes as a young child. He did not name his abuser, but referred to a male.

That letter was published on the Princetonian website.

In his suicide note, Zeller described an "inconsolable rage," and said programming had been an appealing career because "I was able to keep the darkness at bay for a few hours at a time."

"My first memories as a child are of being raped, repeatedly," he wrote. "This has affected every aspect of my life."

He said the abuse had destroyed his career, his ability to function and even his relationships with women.

"This darkness, which is the only way I can describe it, has followed me like a fog, but at times intensified and overwhelmed me," he wrote.

The suicide note appeared on his personal website; he also e-mailed it to friend before attempting to take his life, according to the newspaper.

Zeller said in his suicide note that he had never revealed the childhood abuse to anyone until now. He wrote he had been kicked out of his home and financially cut off at age 19. But he also said that he called his family and knew that his mother loved him.

One friend, Amy Barackman, told her mother she had seen his depression and estrangement from family coming and tried to reach out to him Christmas week.  Zeller, who was from Middletown, Conn., and attended Trinity College as an undergraduate, was a talented programmer. He created such applications as Graph Your Inbox, which visualizes Gmail use over time, and myTunes, which enables users to download others' iTunes music.

Zeller was active in the graduate student government program at Princeton and wrote for an influential technology blog, among other activities.

"The university has lost a very promising computer science student and an individual with many close friends within his research group and across campus," said William Russel, dean of Princeton's graduate school, in a press release on the university's website.

"We in the graduate school and others from university offices offer sincere condolences and continuing support to Bill's family and his friends on campus and across the country," it said. "We are planning a memorial service to provide students and members of the Princeton family an opportunity to honor his memory."

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'Kiplinger's' Names Best Values in Private Colleges List 

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Thursday announced its annual rankings of the best values in private institutions, listing private liberal arts colleges and universities that deliver a high-quality education at an affordable price. Swarthmore College returns to the top of the liberal-arts list after a two-year hiatus, and Princeton University heads the private university list, nudging out the California Institute of Technology, which held the title for the past four years.

The annual Kiplinger 100 rankings appear in the December 2010 issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine -- on newsstands November 9. Additionally, for the first time, Kiplinger ranks an additional 100 private institutions on its website. Added online features include a closer look at the top 10 schools in each category in a slideshow, tables that can be dynamically sorted by readers according to category of interest, and the most frequently asked questions about our annual rankings.

The average cost of one year at a four-year private school has lately been about $36,000, according to the College Board, with the increase for 2010-11 a relatively modest 4.5 percent. However, the net price -- the cost after financial aid -- puts the total out-of-pocket cost, on average, closer to $22,000.

“What’s more, some of the colleges on the Kiplinger rankings offer a net price below $20,000, making some of the best institutions in the world a downright bargain,” says Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger’s.

Leading the private university list, Princeton was the first university, in 2001, to eliminate student loans from its financial-aid package. Instead, the school offers grants. No matter what their family income, students who qualify for aid benefit from Princeton’s no-loan policy. In this year’s entering class, families with incomes of $160,000 to $180,000 qualified for an average grant of $26,450. Since 2001, the average debt upon graduation has dropped to less than $5,000, the lowest on the Kiplinger rankings.  

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