NIU Memorial

New developments tonight on plans for a permanent memorial at NIU honoring victims of the Valentine's Day shooting. It took only one day for the NIU community to respond to the February 14th shooting with temporary memorials all over campus. On Tuesday night the NIU memorial committee met for the first time to begin the process of building a permanent place to memorialize the victims from that awful day. Over thirty people convened representing constituants ranging from art and financial experts to faculty, students and victims' advocates. Tonight everyone had the chance to put forward criteria they felt was important in deciding what kind of memorial to build. Many advocated a minimalist design and most agreed that this memorial must look to the future, but other than that, the decision is still wide open. Committee Chair Michael Malone said, "You don't know where the great idea is going to come from and if you go into the process thinking that you do you're not going to get the best idea. So we wanted to keep it as wide open as we possibly could at the beginning." Committee member Brian Andrus represents the Dekalb Fire Department Local 1236 and he added, "I think it's a large committee but I think that everyone has some great ideas and I think the important thing here is that nobody is personally motivated. They just want to do what's best for the victims and the families." Some of the goals the committee has include discussing different types of memorials and discussing the merits each type has to offer and deciding on a location for the memorial on campus. Tonight's was the first of three meetings the memorial comittee will hold over the next two months. The committee is expected to send a final report to president Peters by May 30th.

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