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Baylor Honors Virginia Tech Victims With Rare Display

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(April 23, 2007)—Baylor University’s Pat Neff Tower, which is ordinarily bathed in green light, will glow maroon and orange Monday and Tuesday nights in memory of the victims of the Virginia Tech campus shooting.

The gesture comes one week after a 23-year-old Virginia Tech senior shot 32 students and professors to death before killing himself.

Classes resumed Monday at Virginia Tech for the first time since the rampage.

University officials say attendance averaged about 75 percent Monday.

Administrators say that they're seeing a range of emotions in students.

Two hundred counselors were on campus Monday to help the students adjust to their first day back in class.

A counselor was assigned to each class that lost a student or professor to the violence.

No classes were held in Norris Hall, where most of the deaths occurred.

The day started with a moment of silence, during which a bell was rung 32 times and 32 white balloons were released, to honor the dead.

Administrators have given students the option of accepting grades for the semester based on their GPA in course work thus far or withdrawing from classes without penalty.

Baylor has seldom lit the tower in any other color, the university said.

On Feb. 4, 2005, however, the tower was illuminated in red light to mark the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” campaign.

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