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March 15, 2011
Responding to Events in Japan
To: The Baruch College Community
As we all know from the news accounts over the past few days, Japan has suffered an almost unimaginable tragedy, due to the combined impact of one of the strongest earthquakes in recorded history, which was followed by an enormous tsunami that obliterated large sections of its eastern coast. And the tragic events are still unfolding, given that three nuclear power reactors are now in various stages of malfunction — and quite possibly, partial melt-down — resulting in the release of radiation. It is frustrating at times like these because we feel deeply for those affected, yet we are so far away and able to do so relatively little. Yet, we also know that many Baruch students, faculty, staff and alumni trace their ancestry to Japan and some continue to have family members, friends and colleagues in the affected areas. So act we must.