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Two roommates in the 1950s study in their Duke University dormitory. The school has decided to bring back largely random roommate pairings. Duke University Archives hide caption

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Why Duke University Won't Honor Freshman Roommate Requests This Fall

Duke University has decided to stop honoring roommate requests made by incoming freshmen — returning the procedure largely to chance. Vice President for Student Affairs Larry Moneta tells NPR why.

Russian journalist Maxim Borodin, who died from a fall from a fifth-floor balcony, had written about crime and political corruption the local Novy Den website. Novy Den/AP hide caption

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Why Do Russian Journalists Keep Falling?

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Two roommates in the 1950s study in their Duke University dormitory. The school has decided to bring back largely random roommate pairings. Duke University Archives hide caption

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Why Duke University Won't Honor Freshman Roommate Requests This Fall

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Columbine High School teacher Paula Reed is overcome with grief after signing Rachel Scott's casket during funeral services on April 24, 1999. Rick Wilking/Reuters hide caption

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April Is A Cruel Month For This Columbine Teacher And Survivor

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Ballerinas of the New York City Ballet perform Serenade by George Balanchine at the Mariinsky theatre in St.Petersburg, July 30, 2003. AFP/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Shall We Dance: Balanchine Sets Tchaikovsky In Motion

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