Officials at Virginia Tech are changing the way they commemorate the 2007 mass shootings in which 32 students and faculty were killed.
This year will be the first time the April 16 anniversary falls on a Saturday. Classes had always been cancelled, but Provost Mark McNamee tells The Roanoke Times that classes will go on as scheduled from now on.
President Charles Steger also informed families and survivors that after this year they must pay for their own lodging to participate in anniversary events. He said a $3 million federal grant that funded victim support services has ended, and state budget cuts have made it impossible for the university to cover the annual $10,000 cost.
Key events, including the 3.2-mile Run for Remembrance and the candlelight vigil, will continue indefinitely.
Information from: The Roanoke Times