CSUB students react to VT tragedy

April 17, 2007
Kathy Miller, 661/654-2456, kmiller26@csub.edu or
Michele Newel, 661/654-2720, mnewell1@csub.edu

Students at California State University, Bakersfield, in response to the tragedy at Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Va., Monday, have put up a giant condolence card in the lobby of the CSUB Student Union for students to sign.

"This is such a terrible tragedy," said Ken Beurmann, CSUB's student body president. "Many of us were affected by what happened, and we wanted to reach out and let the students at Virginia Tech know that even though we're almost 3,000 miles away, that they are in our thoughts and prayers."

The giant card will remain in the Student Union during the week, and will then be mailed to Virginia Tech. Anyone is welcome to sign the card, Beurmann said.

Also, a memorial observation is being scheduled for Friday, involving Associated Students, Inc., CSUB's student government, plus "multiple campus clubs and organizations," Beurmann said. "We're working on where and when. An announcement will be forthcoming once details are finalized."

Should some students feel the need for counseling regarding the tragedy, a group counseling session is scheduled Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon in the CSUB Counseling Center conference room. Individual counseling sessions are also available, according to Janet Millar of the counseling center. To make arrangements to participate in the group session or meet individually with a counselor, please call (661) 654-3366.