Archive for the ‘Virginia Tech’ Category

Seung Cho’s only social promotion?

April 22, 2007

On campus, Cho had raised some alarms. His professor for a 2005 seminar, renowned poet Nikki Giovanni, found his work disturbingly dark. “He was writing really creepy things,” Giovanni said. Worse, Cho was intimidating other students in the class by snapping pictures with his cell-phone camera. Finally Giovanni decided to ask Cho to complete the course work outside the seminar, in a tutorial with the department head. “I couldn’t allow him to destroy my class,” she said.

At the end of the semester, Giovanni gave him an A- not for talent or effort, but because she feared angering him.

did Seung Cho really try hard to be famous?

April 22, 2007

I heard someone on the radio say that they refused to watch any videos of Seung Cho because “that’s exactly what he wanted”.

But if that’s exactly what he wanted, why would he send the film clips just to NBC and not to more television networks? He could have sent videos to ABC, Fox, CNN and others as well.

Also, he used a slightly wrong address on the package to NBC. If he was so concerned about getting his videos seen, wouldn’t he have used a proper mailing address?

Maybe he used a slightly wrong address on purpose for some reason.
Maybe he choose NBC because he likes or dislikes NBC, or its parent companies General Electric and/or Vivendi.
Maybe the stock market is involved.

failed news research

April 22, 2007

Well, I’ve got no important things to report on this.

but you may be interested in this post:

his name was Seung Cho

April 22, 2007

Should he be called Cho Seung-Hui or Seung-Hui Cho?

I suggest just Seung Cho, as that was the typed named on the front covers of his two crazy and poor quality plays; and also, he had sc in his e-mail address.

I have read that Seung is pronounced “sung” or “song”.

Koreans scared, attacked at schools?

April 22, 2007

Korean students attending Virginia Tech were on edge. “We are hesitating to go to the school’s cafeteria for fear of possible retaliation,” a student said. “We gather in threes or fours when we go out. Some stayed in their dormitory all day long.” Some who came from Korea were thinking about returning to Korea, Lee said. Some 1,000 Korean students, including hundreds from Korea, are enrolled at Virginia Tech, he said.

At Westfield High School in Chantilly, Virginia, the gunman’s old school, tension was evident. Several Korean students reportedly were deliberately hit with backpacks.

In Los Angeles, several Korean students were physically attacked at a junior high school near Koreatown, according to Jenny Kim, a parent of an eighth-grader. The school authority told the parents they were investigating the report, she said.

Seung Cho as killer, not as Korean killer

April 22, 2007

The Asian American Journalists Association has issued a statement calling on the media to avoid references to the race of Cho Seung-Hui, the student who killed 33 people at the Virginia Tech campus yesterday.

“There is no evidence at this early point that the race or ethnicity of the suspected gunman has anything to do with the incident, and to include such mention serves only to unfairly portray an entire people,” the journalists’ group said in a statement. “The effect of mentioning race can be powerfully harmful. It can subject people to unfair treatment based simply on skin color and heritage.”

blazers5505 possibly related books and toys?

April 22, 2007

Seung Cho bought rubber duckies?:

eBay spokesman Hani Durzy

Durzy, the eBay spokesman, said the company has been assisting investigators since the start of the case.

“Within 24 hours, after Cho’s identity was made public, we had reached out to law enforcement to offer our assistance in any investigation,” he said.

What? Whenever a large crime occurs and a suspect is named, eBay employees start searching their records? That seems a little bit weird if that is actually occurring.

*work in progress, books listed were not necessarily bought or sold by Seung Cho
*very fast and sloppy research in this blog post
*blame no author, books are just books, millions or billions are printed and read each year
*The Associated Press is reporting that some of the books listed below were used in the Contemporary Horror class that he was taking. That might seem like a strange class to people that are not involved with the English Department at a college or university, but it seems reasonable to me.
For example, the famous author Stephen King writes horror books, and he is able to financially support himself, his family, and he also donates to charities.
I think that it is appropriate for colleges and universities to offer classes that students can potentially use to help themselves become successful authors.

Sabbath Night In The Church Of The Piranha (Paperback, 2005)
Author: Edward Falco

Hell House (Paperback, 1999)
Author: Richard Matheson

Ten Little Indians (Paperback, 2004)
Author: Sherman Alexie

Men, Women, and Chainsaws (Paperback, 1993)
Author: Carol J. Clover

Best of H.P. Lovecraft (Paperback, 1982)
Author: H. P. Lovecraft

John Donne’s Poetry (Paperback, 1991)
Author: John Donne

Jean-Paul Sartre (Paperback, 2001)
Author: Stephen Priest

The Female Of The Species (Hardcover, 2006)
Author: Joyce Carol Oates

Micro Fiction (Paperback, 1996)

Playwriting (Paperback, 1997)

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‘Headline News’ misleads slightly?

April 19, 2007

I saw on the television channel ‘Headline News’ today the discussion of what the term “Ax Ishmael” means.

Later I was reading that the term is question is actually “Ismail Ax”.

Was Headline News putting out incorrect information?

Also, I am wondering why the channel is now called ‘Headline News’ instead of ‘CNN Headline News’.

UPDATE: now I read somewhere that is was Ishmael
I don’t know now what to believe

Bush’s slightly disgraceful political opportunism

April 17, 2007

I disagree with the choice of President Bush and/or his advisers to go make a speech and push himself and the religion of himself or his speech writer(s) on the audience.

UPDATES: (posted after the two comments below were made)

This is the man who hasn’t attended one serviceman’s funeral, but he certainly uses the living ones as political photo-op fodder at every manufactured event he can think up.

On the day of the massacre he had the colossal nerve to say that he and Laura will pray for the victims and their families as will some Americans.

Tell us, George. Who are the “some” Americans who won’t pray for them. The Catholics? The Jews? The Buddists? The Islamists? Or will the only one sending out prayers be the ones who march to your religious views.

It seemed unbecoming, almost, to see US President George W Bush addressing the memorial service at Virginia Tech by decrying violence; and yet he himself is a proponent of the use of violence as a measure to ’solve issues’. Case in point – the US offer to use ‘a display of might’ on Iran during the recent British hostage crisis.

public statements

April 17, 2007

Statement From the National Rifle Association
Monday, April 16, 2007
The National Rifle Association joins the entire country in expressing our deepest condolences to the families of Virginia Tech University and everyone else affected by this horrible tragedy.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families.

“Iran condemns the killing of Virginia university students and expresses its condolences to the families of victims and the American nation,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini said in a statement, which was faxed to Reuters.


The National Rifle Association joins the entire country in expressing our deepest condolences to the families of Virginia Tech University and everyone else affected by this horrible tragedy.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families.

We will not have further comment until all the facts are known.

Andrew Arulanandam
Director of Public Affairs
National Rifle Association