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Gathering planned to remember Virginia Tech victims, April 17

A gathering in remembrance of those who lost their lives during Monday's tragedy at Virginia Tech is being planned for 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall.

"The news of these terrible events has filled all of us with sorrow and heartbreak, and the Princeton community extends its deepest sympathies to our peers and colleagues at Virginia Tech," said Provost Christopher Eisgruber, who is scheduled to speak at the community gathering.

The event, open to all members of the Princeton University community, is being coordinated by the Undergraduate Student Government (USG), class governments, the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students and the Office of Religious Life.

"I hope that you will join us as we offer our thoughts and prayers for the students and their families," junior Rob Biederman, president of the USG, wrote in an e-mail announcing the gathering, which also is intended to support the survivors of the tragedy.

Responding to requests about Princeton's emergency preparedness, Director of Public Safety Steven Healy said while Princeton's campus is safe it is natural for people to seek reassurances.

"What happened in Virginia is horrible, and it will take leadership and courage to focus on how we can prevent such violence in our society," Healy said. "At Princeton, we're reviewing our procedures and talking with our partners in the borough and township to review response protocols. The safety of the Princeton University community remains our top priority."

Those affected by the tragedy have been encouraged to contact Princeton's Counseling and Psychological Services at (609) 258-3285. Pastoral counseling also is available through the Office of Religious Life.

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