Tara Riesner, School of Arts Student, Passes Away

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Very sad news tonight: Tara Riesner, a third-year MFA student in the School of Arts Writing Program, passed away last night, according to an email sent to School of Arts students by the SOA administration. The cause of her death was not revealed. Emails sent to SOA students indicate that Tara passed away in a Columbia residence. We send our deepest condolences to Tara’s family and friends, and we all mourn this loss to the Columbia community. We’ll provide updates and information about a memorial service as we learn more.

Update, 9/9: Spec is reporting that the death was a suicide. We’ll update as we learn more.



  1. Class of 2010

    Bwog, did you watch out this time, not to send out this info before it was supposed to be published? Last time you really shat the bet with something similar.

  2. Anonymous

    That was Spectrum that got a little carried away I thought?

    My sincerest condolences, I'll have to see how the MFA students are handling it.

  3. bb

    Love you Tara. Rest in peace

  4. Tessa

    So sad:( She seemed so happy. Condolences to her family.

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