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UAH shooting begins to fade as students head back to class ^ | 2/22/10 | Lee Roop

Posted on 02/23/2010 5:54:51 PM PST by TomServo

HUNTSVILLE, AL - UAH students go back to class today across campus and in the Shelby Center for Science and Technology , but they won't be anywhere near where a biology professor killed three professors and wounded three other people 10 days ago.

The small hallway leading to offices and the conference room where the shootings occurred is closed, and UAH officials told a gathering of students Sunday night that the biology laboratories in the third-floor area will not reopen for several days.

Otherwise, it's back to class and all campus activities with an army of volunteer counselors, teachers and even therapy dogs on hand for support, administrators told about 50 students at the University Center.

"Classes will be the same but different in ways we won't know until tomorrow," UAH President Dr. David Williams said.

"Hopefully, you will not have a test tomorrow," Provost Dr. Vistasp Karbhari said to laughter. Kharbari said professors have been asked to ease the transition back.

Karbhari said UAH will handle the past week's shutdown by making the spring term one week longer and sliding classes and finals into what was a break between finals and graduation. If that conflicts with students' plans for such things as summer study abroad, Karbhari said they will find the faculty cooperative.

Dr. Amy Bishop's attack during a Friday afternoon faculty meeting Feb. 12 left the UAH biology department seriously understaffed.

Retired UAH biology chairman Dr. Sam Campbell is returning to head the department temporarily, and volunteers from the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology and the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa will also teach classes.

Faculty members who survived the shooting will also be back at work, Williams said. Students said Sunday night they are eager to get back to class, although none of a half-dozen who spoke to a reporter wished to be identified.

There were other signs Sunday of a return to normalcy. Students were out enjoying the warm sunshine across the campus, walking and riding bicycles.

Williams said last week there is no hurry to decide what to do with the conference room.

"There is no need for immediate action, because classrooms were not affected," Williams said, "but in due course we need to find a way to work appropriately so that, again, that does not define what is an absolutely magnificent teaching and research building."

TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Alabama
KEYWORDS: amybishop; schoolshooting; uahuntsville
Candle Light Vigils, Moments of Silence, Crisis Counselors and Therapy dogs.

God help us - Wimp Nation.

1 posted on 02/23/2010 5:54:51 PM PST by TomServo
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To: TomServo
Oh, please...

Bishop's little fit is so yesterday.

Man up and get back to business. The sooner the better.

2 posted on 02/23/2010 6:04:25 PM PST by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: billorites

“Bishop’s little fit is so yesterday.”


Oh, never mind, I see your point. No big loss.

3 posted on 02/23/2010 6:23:22 PM PST by BobL
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To: BobL
I share your outrage completely.

Every bit.

4 posted on 02/23/2010 7:11:02 PM PST by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: TomServo

Still no mention that this crazy beeyotch is a left-wing kook (of course her profession is mentioned, which would be a redundancy).

5 posted on 02/23/2010 7:12:49 PM PST by elkfersupper (Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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