Mercyhurst College students respond to national tragedy

In the aftermath of the terrorist attack on New York City’s World Trade Building and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 11, the students at Mercyhurst College have planned several events in response to the tragedy.

Started at about 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Mercyhurst Student Government shuttle began running regular routes to the Community Blood Bank, 2646 Peach St. The shuttle is being used to take students to donate blood badly needed on the east coast following the attacks. Cass Shimek, director of the student union, said efforts were underway to bring another organization, such as Red Cross, to campus on Wednesday, Sept. 12, for a campus-wide blood drive.

In addition, student government leaders have organized an open discussion for students and faculty in the Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13. Following an opening prayer for Muslims, Christians and Jews, there were be short speeches by several professors, questions and then a closing prayer. A candlelight vigil will be held at Munson Plaza after the program. That event is open to the public and all are invited.

In an effort to keep the campus community information of the events of the day, television coverage of the tragic events will be shown in the lobbies of the residence halls and in the Carolyn Herrmann Union Counselors will also be on hand.

Prayer services will be held at noon each day around the fountain in Munson Plaza at the back of campus. Nearly 300 students, faculty, staff and administrators attended the prayer service held on Tuesday, Sept. 11, only hours after the news of the terrorist attacks was released.

Also, special Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 4 p.m. in Christ the King Chapel.

Contact: Gennifer Tyson, director of public relations

824-3315 or mobile 449-2676

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