21, No. 6, Sept. 20, 2001
Trustees discuss campus efforts
in attacks aftermath
UIC News Bureau
The UI system last
week honored the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack and looked
to each other to find comfort and understanding. All three campuses
hosted vigils and remembrances, and students, faculty and staff members
donated blood, money and time. The UI Board of Trustees began its first
meeting of the year with a moment of silence for the victims and their
families. The trustees, who met one day after the attacks in New York
and Washington, D.C., scaled back their two-day meeting and took time
to hear what each campus was doing to cope with the tragedy.
"Let us have a minute of silence to reflect on the sorrow everyone
must be feeling," trustee chairman Gerald OShea said.
UIC Chancellor Sylvia Manning left Thursdays meeting early to
attend a campus vigil. The UIC Counseling Center has been open for students
who want to talk, she said. Members of the UIC community stood in long
lines, waiting to donate blood. A team of doctors from the UIC Hospital
is on standby to relieve physicians in New York if needed. Student organizations
are collecting donations.
"The campus has really come together," Manning said. Classes
were canceled at the UIC campus the afternoon and evening of the attack.
At the Springfield campus, a Web page with information about what the
campus was doing in the wake of the attacks was posted. This is the
first year freshman and sophomore students have been on campus, so it
was necessary to post the page on the Web because worried parents were
calling, said UIS Chancellor Richard Ringeisen. There was a lot of interest
in blood donation on the campus, too, he said. "We were especially
concerned about our international students," Ringeisen said. "We
contacted all of them to find out how they were."