In response to President George W. Bush’s decree that today be a national day of prayer and remembrance for the victims of the recent terrorist attacks, University President Hunter R. Rawlings III has canceled all Friday classes falling between the hours of 11:15 a.m. and 1:25 p.m.
A University-wide memorial convocation will be held today on the Arts Quad instead, as part of Bush’s request that Americans mark the national tragedy with “a noontime service, the ringing of bells at that hour and evening candlelight remembrance vigils.”
The memorial will be part of the University’s ongoing efforts to provide support to the community in the wake of the attacks on the two World Trade Center towers in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington D.C. on Tuesday. The administration had invited Cornellians via a campus-wide e-mail to join a candlelight vigil on Tuesday “to mourn the loss of life and injuries that have occurred in [the] tragedies and to provide each other with mutual support.”
The vigil was followed by a non-denominational service Wednesday night, where various campus religious groups, administrators and members of the faculty and staff came together to reflect on the week’s events in a religious setting.
“It was symbolically important to have individuals from different religious groups speaking