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Student Columnist Creates Storm By Suggesting MU Plane Crash Ceremony "Devoid of Meaning"
Reported by: Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Nov. 15, 2012 3:57 PM EST
Updated: Nov. 15, 2012 7:55 PM EST
Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia
A columnist for The Parthenon, Marshall University’s student newspaper, has touched off a storm of controversy by maintaining that the school needs to move beyond its annual remembrance of the 1970 plane crash that killed 75 people, including the university’s football team.
The column by Henry Culvyhouse on Thursday in the school’s newspaper has drawn angry comments on Facebook and came one day after the university marked the 42nd anniversary of the plane crash with a ceremony on campus.
In the column, Culvyhouse said the ceremony had become “devoid of meaning.”
“The point I’m trying to get to is this: why must the Herd constantly be cast in the shadow of reaction? Our campus rhetoric indicates that we are constantly battling this tragedy. Instead, let’s just call a spade a spade and acknowledge our student body has nothing to be reacting to here, just for the simple fact that we were not around,” Culvyhouse wrote.
“Let’s instead look toward the future of this university, not in with the lenses of grief, but with the optimism of an institution that is looking for bountiful success. We are Marshall because we want to be Marshall. The phoenix rises from the ashes new and after flying through blue skies, stops looking at the fire he came from.”
One Facebook comment was from Randy Burnside who said, “Kid, you just do not get it. The crash does not define Marshall. Marshall's response to the crash is what defines Marshall. You have missed the entire point. When we remember, we not only honor them, but we celebrate an incredible community that serves as a living testimonial to all that is good about human resilience and the healing power of love that makes us who we are.”
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