Student dies on campus from brain aneurysm

Traina, a junior studying sociology, was a resident of Townhouses West.
Traina, a junior studying sociology, was a resident of Townhouses West.

Junior sociology major Paul Traina, 23, passed away at the College on April 10. Students were informed the same day by an email from President R. Barbara Gitenstein sent at approximately 12:30 p.m.

Campus Police responded to an emergency call regarding an unresponsive student Tuesday morning in Townhouses West at 9:40 a.m. and arrived at 9:42 a.m., according to the executive director of College Relations, Stacy Schuster.

An ambulance was called and medical personnel pronounced Traina died prior to their arrival, Schuster said. Traina was from Ramsey, N.J.

According to Casey DeBlasio, a spokeswoman for the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, Traina passed away from a “brain aneurysm.”

DeBlasio said medical examiners released the cause of death following the autopsy last week.

Traina (above), 23, was found unresponsive on the morning of Tuesday, April 10.
Traina (above), 23, was found unresponsive on the morning of Tuesday, April 10.

“Please know that while there is no indication of foul play, we are working with the Mercer County Prosecutor’s office to investigate the circumstances surrounding his death,” Schuster said in a statement on behalf of the College.

Schuster added that College personnel have been in contact with Traina’s family and friends and are providing support.

“The College community is profoundly saddened by Paul’s death, and we extend our deepest sympathies to his family and loved ones,” Schuster said.

Traina is survived by his parents, Paul and Teri, and his siblings Susan, Frank and Jack.

Counseling and Psychological Services are available to members of the community via telephone or in 107 Eickhoff Hall.

Editor’s note: This article’s headline has been revised. Our original headline placed the words “brain aneurysm” in quotation marks to indicate reference to a quote from the prosecutor’s office. Our intention was not to call into question the cause of Traina’s death. We apologize for any misunderstanding.