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MIT holds 5 p.m. gathering for prayer and support following NY, DC attacks

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- MIT Chancellor Phillip L. Clay, responding to the tragic attacks on New York City and Washington, announced MIT will hold a gathering at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday for "reflection, prayer and support."

Clay's letter, sent electronically to the campus, said:

"To all members of the MIT community:

"The attacks this morning on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon have shocked and brought grief to us all. Many of us in the MIT community have loved ones there, and all of us have been touched by these catastrophic events. We need to come together to support each other and cope with this tragedy.

"As we do so, it is important that we not make assumptions about who might be responsible for this morning's events, and that we continue to respect all members of our community, for that is what we are - a community - and we must support each other in these difficult times.

"The Institute will be open tomorrow, but again, anyone who has concerns about the welfare of a family member or friend should be excused from class or work and supported in dealing with those concerns.

"There are a number of ways we can help each other by coming together this afternoon and evening:

  • "This afternoon, at 5:00 on the steps of the Student Center, there will be a gathering for reflection, prayer, and support.
  • "The MIT chapel remains open and the chaplains are available for counseling.
  • "Tonight, Baker Dining Hall, Next House Dining Hall and the Pritchett Lounge will all be open with free snacks and television monitors available until 1:00 am.
  • "Housemasters and graduate resident tutors will be available for advice, counsel and support.

"Another way you can help is to donate blood, which is urgently needed. Wednesday and Thursday, the Red Cross will be accepting blood donations in the Sala de Puerto Rico. Hours will be 12:00 - 6:00 on Wednesday and 10:00 - 4:00 on Thursday, but may be extended.

"Please continue to check the the MIT Homepage, the MIT Information Line (617-253-7669), and MIT cable channel 12 for further information and updates.

"Thank you for your help in this difficult time.

Phillip L. Clay


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