Thursday, February 14, 2008


So, no doubt many of you have already heard of the shooting at Northern Illinois University this afternoon. These things scare me a lot. I think it's the senselessness of it all. I just can't understand it.

On a personal note: I interviewed with this school at one time. I sort of know the person who got the job (we met once at a conference, and she's a friend of several people I know better). I'm 99% sure she's okay -- it's a big school after all, and the shooting happened in a class in another discipline. But I still worry. [UPDATE: heard from her last night; she's fine.]

I don't have any trenchant analysis on this point. I'm just in shock, and kind of venting.

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