tarnished

april 16, 2007 shall better be known as the day when the world witnessed its most gruesome campus massacre.

but for me, it shall always mark the day when the world lost some of its brilliance, and suddenly shadows descended in portions over the earth.

i was serving week 2, day 1 of my bedrest (more like “bed arrest”) when the news broke across all cable news networks. this was a piece of history i could willingly miss daytime sitcoms for, so i flit from one news network to another, trying to catch all the best details from all possible perspectives. of course, i was more the shocked spectator than the grieving citizen, knowing nobody at all in va. tech and not even typically empathetic when i myself am in physical pain (which i was that particular day).

until it was mentioned that three professors, all experts in their fields, were among those who perished. then i found myself crying like a little bitch. what a waste, what a waste, what a waste, oh god, what a waste…

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket liviu librescu was an internationally respected aeronautics engineer whose various researches have helped make planes more efficient. he was a holocaust survivor (he had survived the horrors of persecution and labor camp, but he dies needlessly in the hands of a madman! oh god, what a waste…). do read more about prof. librescu and his numerous accomplishments: http://www.esm.vt.edu/php/person.php?id=10023, http://www.roanoke.com/vtvictims/wb/113497

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket kevin granata was a biomechanics professor, specialized in studies of how human skeletal systems respond to stress and neurological dysfunction. he is internationally recognized as a leading researcher on cerebral palsy. know more about prof. granata: http://www.esm.vt.edu/php/person.php?id=10012, http://www.roanoke.com/vtvictims/wb/113498

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket g.v. loganathan is an indian-born professor whose works focused on hydrology and hydraulic networks. he was obviously a well-loved teacher, having received several va. tech honors, including the outstanding faculty award, the dean’s award for excellence in teaching, and faculty achievement award for excellence in civil engineering education. read on about prof. granata:  http://www.vwrrc.vt.edu/sdwi/loganathan_profile.asp, http://www.roanoke.com/vtvictims/wb/xp-113458

and when light breaks through the shadows one day, i hope i would be around to see those who would take their places in this world.

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