Deborah Haliczer, Director of Employee Relations for NIU, tells husband Stephen Haliczer of her perception of the media's overwhelming presence on campus and how disturbing it was to have notoriety resulting from tragedy.
The Regional History Center/University Archives at NIU has the mission of preserving and documenting the history of the university, including those as incomprehensive as the tragic event that occurred on campus on Thursday, February 14, 2008.
One way our community helped each other was by writing messages of support on the Memorial Panels that were placed in the Martin Luther King Commons. When the A-frame boards were dismantled, the Message Panels were brought to the Regional History Center/University Archives for permanent preservation. Then the panels were layered in archival tissue, wrapped around archival tubes, and covered with muslin cloth and ties for permanent preservation in the Archives.
Originally there were eight panels placed in the Martin Luther King Commons. Due to the weather, two of the panels were removed on March 19, 2008 and blank canvass were installed so additional messages of support could be added.
Items included in care package are as follows:
Item #1: School newspaper - Courier - from February 22, 2008. The headline on the paper reads: NIU grief counseling provided to students. Inside the paper on page 3 is an announcement of the upcoming NIU Day of Remembrance on February 25th, 2008.
Item #2: School newspaper - Courier - from February 29, 2008. The headline on the paper reads: Monday's standing room only memorial allows students, employees time to grieve NIU's loss. Inside paper on page 3 is an article about the DuPage Ribbon & Button Project for NIU Remembrance.
Item #3: Black marble paperweight with gray etching with DuPage logo reading: College of DuPage Foundation.
Item #4: Shiny, dark gray ball-point pen with DuPage logo reading on cap: College of DuPage.
Item #5: White button with crying huskie dog logo reading in black and red: Today we are all Huskies: College of DuPage. Attached to pin is a small black ribbon. Size: 2.25" diameter.
Item #6: Leather journal with feather pen on cover and gold-trim pages. Inside are messages and signatures from the community of the College of DuPage. About half of the pages are filled with hundreds of messages. First page has a poem by William Wordsworth entitled "Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood." Size: 7" wide by 9.25" tall.
Item #7: Photographs from the College of DuPage's Day of Remembrance for NIU. Two print-outs of photographs, the rest of which are included in their original size on a CD-R.
Item #8: Program / Transcription of the proceedings of the NIU Day of Remembrance held at the College of DuPage on February 25, 2008. Program is bound together with black ribbon and has a crying huskie dog logo at the top of the front page. Size: 8.5" wide by 11" tall.
Large white vinyl banner with navy blue border and gold rings for hanging. Various signatures, messages of support and drawings in blue. Banner's main graphic in center is a black ribbon with red and black Huskies logo and blue and gray Columbine Rebels logo. Left side reads in blue and gray: Columbine High School. Right side reads in red and black: Northern Illinois University. Bottom reads in black: You'll always have a special place in our hearts. Size: 47.5" by 120".