Friday, October 9, 2015

Yesterday: IVC remembers Umpqua Community College: a moment of silence and more

Yesterday in the Irvine Valley College A-Quad, students, staff and faculty gathered at 10:27 to mark the one week anniversary of the Umpqua Community College shootings.

"Nine Chairs, Ten Candles" is transformed as onlookers add their words.
At that time and throughout the day, people wrote wishes, prayers and hopes and hung them on the installation.

Rebel Girl was  particularly pleased to talk with one student who mentioned  how proud she was that her school, IVC, had created a response to this tragic event.  The student explained that she had talked her friend who goes to another Orange County college and that school, she said with some disdain, "hadn't done nothing."

It was the student's first semester here at IVC and she clearly sees us as school that does "something."

Late afternoon scene.



Anonymous said...

Nice how the piece changed throughout the week.

Anonymous said...

Excellent tribute!

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Anonymous said...

I share the spirit in the last photo: "If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten we belong to each other."

More campus events like this please.

Anonymous said...

You know how sometimes people say we have as student newspaper at IVC because we occasionally get copies of the Lariat? the Lariat describes itself as "The Lariat is the official student-run newspaper for Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, Calif." The Lariat can barely cover Saddleback let alone IVC.

IVC does NOT have as student newspaper which is why it is so hard for students to communicate with each other about anything because it is all controlled by whoever it is that posts on the college FB page once every century or two and sends out press releases and official photos like we were some kind of banana republic. Without a student newspaper, without students publication it is as if there are no real students just photo ops for the administrators. Students come and go but administrators are forever. You have erased us and our experiences from the official history of the college. Students don't exist except in images to make the admin look good. You don't allow our words to stay anywhere.

Shame on you.

Quiet night

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