BU community honors Va. Tech

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<b>Students reach out with support to VT campus</b>
By: Clarissa Bottesini and Angela Marie Latona
Posted: 4/24/07

After last week&#39;s deadly shootings at Virginia Tech, many Boston University students have joined efforts to offer their physical and emotional support.

The BU community is still in the early stages of organizing how to best aid those directly affected by the shootings, though Dean of Students Kenneth Elmore said many students have approached him about how they can reach out to the Virginia Tech community.

"It&#39;s a tough one, because people are thinking, &#39;What does the community need?&#39;" he said. "People are trying to figure out how best to be effective and what can be done to reach out."

Marsh Chapel and the Office of Residence Life are in the process of sending support letters to Virginia Tech. A candlelight vigil held last night at Marsh Plaza marked the second time the BU community came together to reflect on students affected by the shootings, in which 32 people were killed by a Virginia Tech senior who then shot himself.

Elmore said students have also discussed ways to help hospitalized victims and offer assistance to fire department and police officials.

In an email sent to students April 20, President Robert Brown expressed his condolences to the Virginia Tech community and announced efforts to improve campus safety and communications procedures.

"Our hearts go out to the students, parents, faculty, staff and families impacted by these senseless killings," Brown said in the letter. "Many members of our community are grieving."

Response has also reached the Internet, with some BU students changing their Facebook.com profile photos to Virginia Tech tributes that read, "Today, we are all Hokies."

Some groups, including Champions, a College of Communication community service organization, are taking small steps to help Virginia Tech by planning to compose support letters at its upcoming meeting Monday. However, members have not decided whom the letters will be addressed, said Champions President Grace Cho, a COM sophomore.

On a national scale, students have started online memorial pages and message boards. CircleBracelets.com is selling Virginia Tech bracelets to help the school establish the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund in honor of the victims, according to the website.

School of Management sophomore Von Bryan Suresca said students have shown their support by wearing maroon and orange colors to represent Hokie pride, adding Facebook dedications have demonstrated BU students&#39; condolences in the wake of the shootings.

College of Engineering freshman Steven Lee, of Virginia, said last Monday&#39;s events teach people not to take anything for granted.

"[BU is] doing the vigils, and some student counseling programs [are] going on," Lee said. "I think it&#39;s pretty adequate for the situation.

"I have a lot of friends who go to Virginia Tech, and I also feel real bad about the situation and really take it to my heart," he added.

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2007-08-13

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Clarissa Bottesini and Angela Marie Latona, "BU community honors Va. Tech," in The April 16 Archive, Item #1033, http://www.april16archive.org/items/show/1033 (accessed September 16, 2014).