I NEVER thought I'd see something like this at one of my alma matters.
In buildings I spent quality time in over my misspent youth.
I don't even know what to link to. Or how to express my sadness.
What I found interesting was how quickly alumni and friends still there started e-mailing each other. Trying to figure out if everyone was ok.
The only person who could get through to the folks in Blacksburg via phone was an alum in Alaska.
Even more interesting - from listening to interviews, more people found out what was going on by word-of-mouth than by texting (from accounts from my friends - the mobile network was maxxed out) or Twitter or any other "new" social technology.
Right now - the major point of contention was how long it took for the administration to notify the students from the point of the first shooting via e-mail. I'll admit I am a little surprised that news hadn't spread between the students faster - from the students at West AJ to their friends outside that dorm as the building was in lockdown. The whole thing is so unreal - I doubt anyone would have believed it on first hearing.
I hope this horrible incident drives the students and faculty to spend their energy figuring out better communication solutions.
Thus far, it seems that everyone I know in Blacksburg is accounted for.
My thoughts and deep condolences are with those affected.