[On Sept. 11, 2001], I met Debbie Erickson on the way to our first Hebrew class of the year at Regent College. We were both biking down University Drive at about 7:30 am PST. â€œHave you heard?â€ Debbie asked me. By that time, both towers have come down. Because I had not turned on a TV or radio that morning, this is the first time Iâ€™ve heard about anything. We continue on to class.
That Tuesday was the first â€œrealâ€ day of class that semester. Tuesdays are the day for chapel and the massive communal meal simply called â€œSoup,â€ when about 300 members of the Regent community sing, pray, and worship together, then enjoy military-size pots of soup. That Tuesday was also the first official day of my role as editor of the school newspaper.
The day before, I had made my first trip to Copies Plus on West Broadway to drop off the PDF of the Regent College student newspaper, theÂ Et Cetera. Over the summer, I had met with John Stackhouse, Maxine Hancock, the previous editor Won Jang, and my assistant editor Leland Ferguson to plan the coming year. I had also spent several hours in the Regent library reading student newspapers dating to the 1970s. Editing the Et Cetera fit perfectly with an idea I had been developing for my masters thesis â€” writing for a specific community. How could I have known that writing for the Regent community would have become so important that year? [Read more…] about Sorrow, Joy, and Academic Community on 9/11