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Student Dies in Fall

Cambridge, MA--MIT announced today the death of sophomore Melissa Ronge, age 19, from North Syracuse, NY, who apparently fell to her death this morning.

"All of us in the Office for Undergraduate Education and Student Affairs wish to express our overwhelming sense of loss upon the death of Melissa Ronge," said Rosalind Williams, Dean of Undergraduate Education and Student Affairs. "She was a vibrant person who was widely involved in our community and who had a bright future. To have this future cut off so abruptly is a source of great sorrow for us all. We extend our sympathy to her family and to all her friends and colleagues here."

Ronge was found at about 6:20 am outside of her dormitory, MacGregor House. The cause of death has not been determined, pending medical examiner's review. MIT has been in contact with the student's parents.

Ronge was majoring in applied math at MIT. She served as team statistician for the men's and women's soccer and basketball teams, and men's volleyball and lacrosse teams at MIT. She has held numerous positions as a team statistician since high school and described sports statistics as her real love. She served as athletic chair for her living group on campus, played the violin and chess, and liked to read, watch movies and listen to music.

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