This week on campus, Syracuse University is remembering the tragic event of the Pan Am 103 flight terrorist attack. On December 21st, 1988, the plane exploded due to a bomb in the luggage compartment. 35 Syracuse students, returning from studying abroad, were killed on this flight. As a way to remember the students, 35 Syracuse students are chosen to represent the 35 that were killed and in addition to a scholarship of $5,000 they must inform others about the event and plan a week of remembrance events.
So far, I have seen chairs set up on the quad in the formation of where the students were sitting on the plane. Each chair contains writing or decorations that are specific to each individual person.
I think that tradition emphasizes the beauty and power of writing. The chairs are set up with little explanation, but through the writing on them and word of mouth, even a freshman student like myself is completely aware of what they stand for.
Sometimes terrible disasters have the ability to bring the whole community together.