Tuesday, November 6, 2007

This just shows that you can't control when it is your time to go.

As you know, the UWLS is on lockdown due to undefined "security threats." Personally, I believe the apprehension most students are feeling is due to the lack of meaningful information provided about the threat - or what we should do about it - from campus police (although the Dean is really doing his best to provide info to us). The mood around the school is two-headed: (1) refusing to give into someone's threats a/k/a life as normal; and (2) wishing the campus police would do more until the threat is more defined. Some of us are experiencing both - it is not an either/or situation.

However, as much as we want campus police to tailor their response to the actual threat and provide us meaningful instructions on what to do in the event of violence (which they still haven't done), an article in the paper illustrates the little control we human beings really have:

Falling cow smashes van near Manson

MANSON, Wash. -- A Chelan County fire chief says a couple were lucky they weren't killed by a cow that fell off a cliff and smashed their minivan.

District 5 Chief Arnold Baker says they missed being killed by a matter of inches Sunday as they drove on Highway 150 near Manson.

The 600-pound cow fell about 200 feet and landed on the hood of the minivan carrying Charles Everson Jr. and his wife Linda of Westland, Mich., who were in the area celebrating their one-year wedding anniversary. They were checked at Lake Chelan Community Hospital as a precaution.

The van was heavily damaged, including a broken windshield.

Charles Everson says he kept repeating, "I don't believe this. I don't believe this."

The year-old cow had been reported missing by a breeder. It was euthanized at the scene.

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