The beginning of a new semester here at the University of Michigan provides a wonderful opportunity to appreciate the amazing educational environment we share, surrounded by outstanding faculty members, expert staff and extraordinarily talented students.
Like we do after every other tragedy, every other mass shooting (this past Saturday’s being the 176th mass shooting this year alone, and the most fatal in American history save the mass slaughters of Native Americans), we will first mourn.
My throat was as dry as my feet were sore. I wedged my way upstairs through sweaty dancing bodies and walked into the room of a guy I considered a friend. I was just going to grab water and that’s when he grabbed me.