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University to host vigil for victims of World Trade Center tragedy

A candlelight vigil will be held at 7 p.m. today at New Mexico State University to acknowledge the tragedy this morning at the World Trade Center in New York City, according to Dr. Juan N. Franco, interim vice president for student services.

il, which will be held at the outdoor stage east of Corbett Center, will offer students, faculty and staff as well as community residents a place to gather to express their sorrow for the victims and their families and to comfort one another, Franco said.

Campus and community clergy as well as university President G. Jay Gogue and other campus and community leaders will participate in the vigil. University counselors also will be available at the vigil as well as at the Counseling Center.

"At times like this, it is appropriate for the university to offer a gathering place where people can come together, share their feelings and express their sorrow," Franco said.

Provost William Flores said university classes will continue to be held and offices will remain open. However, Reserved Officer Training Corps classes were cancelled and the building housing ROTC was closed earlier today as part of a nationwide closure.

Vice President for Human and Physical Resources Ben Woods said he has taken steps to heighten campus security awareness. "We don't anticipate anything happening, but we want to assure the campus community that our response plans are in place," he said.

KRWG-FM (90.7) will continue to provide continuous news coverage of today's tragic events in New York and Washington. KRUX-FM (91.5) will carry the KRWG-FM broadcasts as a public service to students on campus.