BETWEEN ISSUES September 12, 2001
A message from President Judith Rodin on coping with
the recent national tragedy.
To the University Community:
As the shock waves of Tuesday's events wash across the nation, around
the world and through our own individual lives and campus community
it is too soon to know the full extent of the horrific death and destruction
that have been wrought or their long-term significance and consequences.
I, my family, and the entire University community extend our arms and
hearts especially to those students, faculty, and staff whose lives
are being directly and tragically touched by these events.
I encourage all members of our Penn family to reach out to one another
and express their feelings and reactions, while always respecting that
we are a complex and diverse community. We urge you to continue to be
supportive and sensitive to one another. For its part, upon hearing
the news yesterday, the University made immediate efforts to ensure
the safety of campus and all who live and work here. We will continue
to extend every possible effort to protect and support our students,
faculty and staff, and to assist local, state, and national officials,
as well as the media, in understanding and responding to these events.
During this difficult time, it is especially important that we help
each other to maintain perspective and hope. In the end, whether or
not we are individually affected, we are all victims and survivors --
of today's events, and we must strengthen each other to meet and overcome
collectively the difficult challenges that lie ahead. Let us hope that
peace, justice, and the security of our ordinary concerns and routines
will be quickly restored.
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