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Candlelight Vigil at Ohio Wesleyan Tonight will Honor Virginia Tech Victims

May 3, 2007

Ohio Wesleyan University will hold a candlelight vigil on its campus at 9 p.m. today in remembrance of the Virginia Tech shooting victims. Candles will be lit on the brick walkway in front of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave. Afterward, 32 white flags — one for each victim — will be placed in front of University Hall, 61 S. Sandusky St.

“This student-led gathering will be very informal, and is designed to be a simple gesture to close out our school year remaining mindful of the campus community at Virginia Tech, and in memory of the victims, their families, and their friends,” says John Delaney, Ed.D., the university’s dean of students.

Ohio Wesleyan also held a noon prayer vigil on April 17, one day following the tragedy at Virginia Tech. Additionally, the university community took part in “Orange and Maroon Effect” day on April 20, in which participants wore Hokie colors in support of Virginia Tech.

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, dedicated to preparing students for a lifetime of learning, service, and leadership. Located in Delaware, Ohio, 20 miles north of the state capital, Ohio Wesleyan is a coeducational, residential, privately supported undergraduate institution. The university is ranked consistently by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s top 100 liberal arts colleges and is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives.” The faculty includes more than 135 educators, all of whom actively teach and hold either doctoral degrees or the highest recognized professional degrees in their fields. Approximately 1,850 students representing 44 states and 45 countries attend Ohio Wesleyan. More information is available at www.owu.edu.