A&M Reacts to Va. Tech Tragedy

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COLLEGE STATION, April 16, 2007 – A group of Texas A&M University students, reacting to the news of at least 30 people having been killed on the campus of Virginia Tech, has arranged for the Texas A&M community to send condolences to those affected by the tragedy.

Student Body President Nick Taunton, and others in the Student Government Association, will set up tables from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Memorial Student Center, Tuesday through Friday (April 20).

The students organizing the effort will have cards and stationery on hand for those who want to express their condolences to the friends and families of those killed, or for those who wish simply to send notes of support to the university.

A special Echo Taps was held Monday at 10:30 p.m. in the Quad area near the Corps of Cadets residence halls. Unlike Silver Taps, the special ceremony held to commemorate the death of a currently enrolled Texas A&M student, Echo Taps is a memorial in times of great loss of life such as 9-11. Organizers say members of the Corps of Cadets lined the area from Duncan Dining Hall to the arches. The Ross Volunteers marched out just as they do during Silver Taps, and taps was played.

For more information about the condolence tables, call the Student Government Office at (979) 845-3051.