The vigil’s organizers — Black Students United, Haven, TANGO and Mosaic — came together “not only mourn, but to begin an ongoing conversation about ways to actively advocate for and support members of our communities affected by these multiple forms of oppression,” said the Facebook page.
Eighteen people — 16 students, one member of the Asian American Society and an Ithaca native — lit candles to honor Kuchibhotla in Anabel Taylor Hall and shared their thoughts and fears regarding the new presidential administration.
The vigil — organized by five Cornell students and Brian Patchcoski, the director of Cornell’s LBGTQ+ Resource Center — included an open dialogue where attendees could speak about their reactions to the attack, followed by a performance by the glee club and chorus members.
On May 16, members of the Cornell community including President David Skorton gathered in Sage Chapel for an evening of remembrance honoring those who died in China after a powerful earthquake occurred in the Sichuan province. The 7.9-magnitude earthquake that took place on May 12 has since left 51,000 people dead, nearly 300,000 injured and over 29,000 missing. According to the Associated Press, the disaster also left 5 million people homeless and destroyed more than 80 percent of the buildings in some remote towns and villages.