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A Trip To Tech

I quickly discovered that I was not the only alumnus of Virginia Tech drawn to campus yesterday. After updating this site yesterday morning and watching the early press conference from Tech, I decided to head to campus.

I arrived around noon. I walked around the campus for a time, meeting several other alums, one from Richmond, another from Roanoke, doing the same. We talked of the events and how this could have happened at the place we remembered so fondly. None of us seem to have any answers.

I walked past Norris Hall, which was bordered by yellow police tape. Several crime scene vehicles were parked in front and uniformed officers were coming and going. Students laid flowers on the steps in front, at the edge of the tape.

I walked across the Drill Field among a number of students and others. All were heading toward Cassell Coliseum. It had quickly become apparent to Tech that the numbers of people desiring to attend the Convocation were far greater than Cassell’s 10k capacity. Lane Stadium was opened.

I wandered around the Cassell parking lot, which was full to the brim with media vehicles. I saw satellite trucks identified with television stations from New Jersey, Maryland, North and South Carolina and Georgia. Telemundo was there. So was the BBC; an earnest guy with a pronounced British accent requested an interview. I gave it, but he seemed to quickly lose interest when I steadfastly refused to condemn the actions taken by Dr. Steger. That did not seem to be what he wanted to hear. A better interview was held with WRVA radio in Richmond. Their guy did not seem all that concerned with assigning blame.

I ran into my favorite Russian. We watched the presidential motorcade head into Cassell, then went into Lane. There were at least twenty thousand inside by my estimate, both in the stands, luxury boxes and on the field. We watched the Convocation, at least part of it, from the field.

It was a very good trip to Tech. Walking the campus and talking with students both past and present seemed to have a cathartic effect. It was a very good place to be.

What was out of place amid the bucolic setting was the heavy presence of both various police agencies and the crush of media. Television camera crews were everywhere. As I drove in on 460, one had been set up at the dairy farm and was filming the cows.

The media was out of place and some seemed aware of it. An attractive young thing, other than the ¾ inch of makeup she was wearing, was chattering into a cell phone while being trailed by a camera guy whose jacket bore the letters ‘CNN.’ I heard her telling her phone that “I am at the edge of the world here.” I’m sure she blamed Dr. Steger.

Spending time strolling the campus also provided the great relief of not watching the television news. I have just about had enough of the media jackals. This morning they are back at it. The revelation at Tech’s morning press conference that the madman Cho had a history of mental problems brought forth a flurry of questions such as “Did Virginia Tech fail this young man?” Give me a break. It seems to me that he failed Virginia Tech much more. Cho was not a victim; he was a mass murderer.

This Web site is read mostly by Hokies, but also numbered among the readers are fans of many other schools. I have received expressions of sympathy from Tar Heels, Wolfpackers, Georgia Dawgs, Noles and Clemson Tigers. All are greatly appreciated.

Some are also aware that my computer problems continue. This is being written on a secondary computer while I attempt to get my primary one running again, or at least recover the data and programs. Among them is my Web editor, which should explain the appearance of this page these days. Hopefully, things will be back to normal fairly soon.

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