What were you doing that day?
NIU Remembers: A Day of Reflection
Sunday February 14, at 3 p.m., a presentation of memorial wreaths will be made at the Forward, Together Forward Memorial Garden. (GET MAP) Gathering begins at 2:30 p.m. in the MLK Commons. A reception follows in the Regency Room of the Holmes Student Center.
At 6 p.m. is a candlelight vigil in the MLK Commons. Gathering starts at 5:30 p.m. A reception will follow in the Regency Room of the Holmes Student Center.
Northern Illinois University asks, “Please join the campus community on February 14, 2010, as we remember those whom we lost, reflect upon the tragedy that affected our campus, and continue the healing of the Huskie community. All are encouraged to attend and participate in the day’s events. A live webcast will be available for those unable to attend.”
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I should have edited my comments a little better.
I posted a couple of pictures from the day after:
I work in NIU's library. We knew something happened very quickly because some of the students who ran from Cole Hall came into the library because it is very close by. I was with a group of co-workers interviewing a person for the position of dean of the library. One person came into the room, said there was a shooting, and that we should close the curtains and leave the lower level, especially a large room with a huge window. Myself and the same co-worker (the same person who took pictures all over DeKalb and Sycamore) were the only ones calm enough to get the curtains closed and I had him turn out the lights. We were not certain what happened so I figured if there was a loose person with a gun, he (or she) would not be able to see inside the room. I thought to first move the group meeting to the top floor of the building, in an large office that had a door and plenty of chairs. Shortly after going to that room, over the loudspeaker (NIU's library has one and it is very useful, especially for storm weather warnings), we heard instructions to evacuate the building and go home. That was about 3:30 p.m.
After some gridlock on Lincoln Highway, I went to my neighbors' house next door. I knew they would have the scanners on, and I was right. My neighbors and I knew how bad things were because we heard the conversations, and we knew at least a couple of people were being airlifted out of Kish Hospital.
Sitting in that very classroom..Forward, Together Forward.
Mac and I were in an appointment with some new clients when Chad came in and told us that there had just been a shooting on campus and many were hurt. We grabbed the video and regular camera and Chad & I headed to campus. We got there 15minutes, at the most, after the shooting.
That day is a blur of memories including many interviews with traumatized students, phone calls from CNN and BBC in London (who were rather persistent and insistent btw), standing in a line of media at the press conference with huge video cameras and feeling rather strange with my tiny camcorder and helicopters, helicopters, helicopters.