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Great news overshadowed by tragedy Inside N&E

The Nov. 15 issue of News & Events features lots of fascinating news. Our lead story is the inauguration of Bill Destler as RIT’s ninth president. It’s followed by news of a groundbreaking study by RIT professor James Winebrake about worldwide deaths caused by marine emissions. And, there are two great “human interest” stories in this issue—one involving Wallace Library staff and RIT student-athletes volunteering weekly at one of Rochester’s inner-city schools, and a feature about Zack Butler, the RIT professor/master puzzle solver. All excellent reads.

However, as most of you know by now, President Destler’s inauguration day was overshadowed by the news of the deaths of two RIT students in a tragic house fire. A moment of silence was observed during the inauguration ceremony and Destler spoke briefly about the tragedy. Since this tragedy had a tremendous impact on the RIT community and a RIT history-making event, it seemed appropriate that we run a brief mention of the student deaths in News & Events. While we didn’t re-write the news story, we felt that it was worthy of more than just an obituary announcement.

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Seth and Ali.

  1. Ralph Whitbeck
    Nov 14

    hey vienna, was curious was there any consideration to rescheduling the inauguration? Very sad to hear about the loss.

  2. Paul Stella
    Nov 14

    Ralph, if I may address your question, it certainly crossed many of our minds. But I think in the end, it was determined that the RIT community should still take the opportunity to commemorate this important milestone in our history, particularly with many people coming in from out of town for the occasion. Certainly though, thoughts never strayed too far from Seth, Ali, and their family and friends.

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