Angry. Frustrated. Exasperated. Deeply, deeply sad. My
reactions to the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College.
I was an undergraduate when a wonderful and brave food
service manager for whom I liked working was gunned down on campus. Gordon Beaumont
was trying to protect one of his employees, a woman whose estranged husband was
intent on doing her harm.
It happened on the steps leading down to the room in the
student union where I played ping pong and pinball with friends and faculty
members. Access to the spot was cut off
for quite a while, first for the forensic investigation, then for the cleanup.