U of A Students Respond to Shooting

News Staff - Fri Jun 15, 2012

U of A Students Respond to Shooting

The University of Alberta Students’ Union (SU) and Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) responded with sadness today to the robbery-shooting that took place early Friday morning.

“We’re shocked at the violence and saddened by the news that these individuals lost their lives,” said SU President Colten Yamagishi and GSA President Ashlyn Bernier. “Our thoughts go out to the families of the victims.”

“It is in these tragic moments that we must stand strong as a community, and we offer our support to the Dean of Students’ office and the University of Alberta community.”

SU Vice President (Academic) Dustin Chelen expressed his gratitude for the University’s display of compassion, allowing students the option to defer final exams scheduled today.

Students have been touched by the messages of support and the condolences that have been flowing into the U of A from across various social media platforms.

“This has been a difficult morning for our students, and especially for those who live on campus,” added GSA Vice President (Student Life) Huimin Zhong and SU Vice President (Student Life) Saadiq Sumar.

“In light of these tragic events, we’re just thankful that our students in the affected residence were unharmed.”

The SU and the GSA encourage any students who have been affected by the shooting to make use of the counseling services that the University is providing at Lister Hall.

For more information, please contact:
Simon Yackulic
External Communications & Media Advisor
University of Alberta Students’ Union
P: 780.492.4236

Ashlyn Bernier
President – Graduate Students’ Association

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