|Subject: McGill & Concordia --- Regarding Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech Tragedy
April 17, 2007
On behalf of all faculty, staff and students in the McGill community, Principal and Vice-Chancellor Heather Munroe-Blum has expressed her deepest sorrow and concern at the news of the shootings at Virginia Tech.
?Our hearts go out to the families of all those killed in this unconscionable act of violence, and to the Virginia Tech community,? said Prof. Munroe-Blum. ?Those of us who spend our days at universities and colleges share the fact of having chosen environments that espouse an ideal of both unfettered intellectual freedom and physical refuge. When that ideal is senselessly shattered at one institution of higher learning, we, all of us, feel it. It is our fervent hope that from this pain will come greater knowledge and a deeper understanding of human suffering.?
Letter to the President of Virginia Tech
April 17, 2007 |
Dear President Steger,
The Concordia community was shocked to learn of the carnage that took place on the campus of Virginia Tech. We would like to express our solidarity and offer any support we can during this difficult period for your institution.
We have known our share of tragedy at Concordia and so have other sister institutions in Montreal. We also know how important it is to continue the academic mission and dedication to students in times of turmoil. You have done this admirably, and we salute your courage and commitment to maintaining the integrity of your institution.
On a personal level, I want to extend my most sincere condolences to the family and friends of the deceased and those injured. If there is anything that faculty, staff or students at Concordia can do to help, please feel free to contact me.
On behalf of all of us at Concordia, our thoughts are with you and we wish you strength in the aftermath of this senseless and tragic event.
President, Concordia University
Montreal, Quebec, Canada