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University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
News Bureau   Schofield Hall 201  Eau Claire, WI 54702
phone: (715) 836-4741
fax: (715) 836-2900
UW-Eau Claire Students Organize Vigil
for Victims of Terrorist Attacks
          EAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire student leaders have organized a candlelight vigil in honor of the victims and families of today’s terrorist attacks, as well as discussions with UW-Eau Claire faculty about today’s events. A faculty-led discussion and the candlelight vigil will follow tonight’s Forum presentation on campus, and a second discussion session is slated for Wednesday night.
          Dr. Helen Caldicott, the world’s leading spokesperson for the anti-nuclear movement, will begin her Forum lecture - titled “George W. Bush and the Threat of Nuclear War” - at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena. The lecture will be followed by a question-and-answer session.
          The student-organized candlelight vigil and discussion will take place on the Central Campus Mall following The Forum event. The discussion will include UW-Eau Claire students, faculty from several campus departments, and religious and spiritual leaders. Caldicott also will participate in the discussions. All members of the campus community, as well as Eau Claire area community members, are welcome to attend the vigil and discussion.
          A second faculty-led discussion will take place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Schofield Auditorium, providing additional opportunities for campus and community members to discuss the terrorist attacks and to offer one another support. Again, all members of the Eau Claire and campus communities are welcome to participate.
          “It’s such a major event that we want students to have opportunities to discuss their feelings,” said Kelly Witkowski, UW-Eau Claire Student Senate vice president. “We want students to have a chance to learn the facts about what is going on, and to offer people support and a way to deal with their feelings.”
          Witkowski said student leaders planned the follow-up discussion for Wednesday evening because they are anticipating that students will have additional questions and concerns as they have time to reflect on the significance of what has happened.
          The candlelight vigil and discussions are sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate, Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship and The Society of Politics, as well as several UW-Eau Claire departments and offices.
          For additional information about the candlelight vigil and discussions, call the Student Senate offices at (715) 836-4646 or the Dean of Students office at (715) 836-5626. For information about tonight’s Forum presentation, contact University Centers and Programs at (715) 836-4419.

UW-Eau Claire Home News Bureau 

Judy Berthiaume
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Schofield 201
(715) 836-4741

Updated: Sept. 11, 2001