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Dear Members of the Campus Community,

It is with great sadness that we all have learned of the tragic incidents at Virginia Tech. I know that for some of you, this will represent a very personal sorrow as your friends, classmates, sisters, brothers, cousins may have been involved. For the rest of us, we grieve the loss of fellow students.

In the moments after a violent act such as the one we have read about today, we all wonder about the nature of humankind. We are, however, given a special opportunity to demonstrate strength, caring, compassion and goodness.

I would ask each student to reach out to someone else tonight. If it is appropriate, please call your family and reassure them that you are well. Please call a friend and tell him or her that you are thinking about them. Please do talk with your Residence Assistants and your friends and colleagues to try to find ways we can try to understand the causes of violence. Please join us at the vigil Tuesday at 7 p.m. when we can all pay our respects to the students at Virginia Tech.

This morning a yellow orchid came into bloom in the window of my office. It was beautiful in the rays of the early sun. Yellow is also the color of remembrance. Let us not forget this tragedy. Let us remember the students who lost their lives and their families and friends who are suffering. Let us also recall the beauty of their lives and the sadness of lost possibilities. Let us all try to realize some of their dreams and contribute to the world, personally and together as a community, to make up for some of the potential they represent. Let us each think of the delicate orchid blossom and attempt to show not only our support and caring for others but our determination to do our part to make this world a better, less violent place for future generations.

Sincerely yours,

Roseann Runte

This article was posted on: April 16, 2007

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