ASUN to host Virginia Tech candlelight vigil


ASUN to host Virginia Tech candlelight vigil


By: Chris Rosacker
Posted: 4/18/07
Students will gather tonight in remembrance of the school shooting that shocked the nation on Monday.

A candlelight vigil will be held tonight at 8:30 p.m. at the Nebraska Union Plaza to honor the victims and survivors of the Virginia Tech University shooting that took the lives of 33 people, including the gunman.

The ceremony is being hosted by the Association of Students of the University of Nebraska at no charge to students.

It is going to be open to anyone in the community, not just University of Nebraska-Lincoln students, staff and faculty members.

"We won't be exclusive - anyone who wants to come and show support for Virginia Tech is more than welcome," said Greg Gifford, a human sciences graduate student and ASUN senator. "We'll have candles for everyone who comes."

Speakers at the vigil will include ASUN president David Solheim and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Juan Franco. Will Velander, chairman of the chemical and biomolecular engineering department and a former faculty member at Virginia Tech, will also speak about the impact on the community of Blacksburg, Va., as well as Lincoln, Gifford said.

"Students have to do what they think is the right way (to pay their respects), and we're providing one outlet in a simple and straightforward way," said Solheim, a senior economics major. "The idea is to provide a way to express how they (students) feel and connect with their peers in Blacksburg."

Gifford said he expects about 200 people to attend the vigil, but didn't want to guess the magnitude of response the community could have.

"We can point fingers in the weeks to come," Solheim said. "But this is about the students and how their lives are now affecting our lives."


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