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Students, Faculty and Staff Form Huge Chain, Pray for Victims of Attacks

September 11, 2001

September 11, 2001, Greencastle, Ind. - "Why God?” asked dean of the chapel Wes Allen at a noon prayer vigil on East College lawn, a little more than four hours after a plane crashed into one of the towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, the first in a chain of attacks that have paralyzed the nation today.

Several hundred DePauw University students, faculty an staff joined hands and formed a human chain as Allen and a number of students offered prayer and other thoughts over 45 minutes. Rev. Allen called the group, Video Link [DOWNLOAD VIDEO: "Something Bigger" 325KB] Audio Link[DOWNLOAD AUDIO: "Something Bigger" 96KB] "people who cross the lines of race, gender and creed; joining hands together, looking for something bigger than this moment of pain."

"I don't know what to pray for, and how to be happy now," offered one student, who added, "I just hope this brings people closer to you, Lord, that in this time of confusion, questioning and doubting that people will end that you do have the answer to what's' going on."

Reverend Allen reported to the crowd that all DePauw students who were in New York City today have been accounted for and are fine. Audio Link[DOWNLOAD AUDIO: "Students NYC" 128KB] He also reminded people that, "even in the midst of this tragedy, there's God." The vigil ended with Rev. Allen leading the crowd in "Peace, be with you."

Another vigil will be held at 8 p.m. tonight at Bowman Pond. Everyone is invited to attend.

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