WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Like much of the nation, Whitman students and the campus community turned their hearts and minds this week to the victims of Tuesday's terrorist attacks on New York and the nation's capital.
Dr. George Ball, a friend and counselor to generations of Whitman students, met with numerous student groups Tuesday -- a heart-wrenching day that ended with a candlelight vigil that brought several hundred students to Ankeny Field.
By Wednesday, dozens of Whitman students, faculty and staff members were helping overwhelm a Red Cross blood drive taking place near campus. Classroom discussions, calls for meditation and prayer, and fund-raising efforts began and continued throughout the week. A Thursday night forum moderated by Jeanne Morefield, assistant professor of politics, attracted more than 500 students.
By noon Friday, students had collected nearly $1,600 in disaster-relief donations for the Red Cross and were planning to continue collections for another week. A "March for Peace" was held Friday afternoon, starting on the steps of the Memorial Building.
Whitman President Tom Cronin, who began the week by encouraging "our community to keep the victims and their families in our thoughts and prayers," on Friday called for tolerance, understanding and celebration of America's diversity. "This is a time for all of us to put into practice our highest and most cherished ideals of civil rights, civil liberties and civility."