The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 30, 1986 · Page 15
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 15

Salina, Kansas
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Thursday, January 30, 1986
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The Salina Journal Thursday, January 30,1986 Page 15 Salina students try to deal with death By DAVID CLOUSTON Staff Writer On the 125th anniversary of Kansas's birth, Susy Campion's sixth-grade class came to grips with death. Campion's class, along with other students at Coronado Elementary School, participated in a Kansas Day Celebration Wednesday afternoon, one day after the deaths of seven astronauts aboard the space shuttle Challenger. The events might have seemed unrelated. But as the students sat on the floor of the school's multipurpose room they learned of a connection between the shuttle's destruction and the birth of their state. "Who can tell me what is written at the top of the Kansas seal?" Principal Helen Hooper asked the students. "Ad Astra per Aspera. And what does it mean? To the stars through difficulty. Does that describe what happened yesterday? " Students in Campion's class were asked to put their own feelings about the tragedy into words Wednesday morning, following a day spent viewing newscasts of the explosion and destruction of the shuttle. "I gave them the option of doing an A nation grieves for its fallen By The Associated Press "Why did all these good people have to die? Why now? Why them?" The unanswerable questions of a 10-year-old Minneapolis schoolgirl reflected the anguish of a nation Wednesday as families, friends and admirers grieved for the seven victims aboard the shuttle Challenger. Wall Street tickers briefly halted and flags fluttered at half staff. Radio stations, schools and legislatures observed moments of silence. At the White House, President Reagan pledged to continue the space program, then turned to the sad task of telephoning families of the victims to offer his condolences. Counselors tried to help children cope with the trauma after classes across the country turned on television sets Tuesday to watch teacher Christa McAuliffe become the first private citizen in space — and instead saw the world's worst space disaster. Fifth- and sixth-graders at Barton Open School in Minneapolis had listened to the launch over the classroom loudspeakers, and heard the horrified reaction of spectators at Kennedy Space Center. "I couldn't believe it. It seemed unreal," recalled 10- year-old Liza Moscovice. "I could hear the screams of agony over the loudspeaker, the crying and moaning ... I could feel what they must have been feeling. It was terrible. "Why did all these good people have to die? Why now? Why them? It was like a nightmare come true." Residents of Illinois and Evansville, Ind., were urged to turn on their porch lights for 12 hours starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday to honor the Challenger crew. The porch-light vigil originally was intended to honor McAuliffe as part of a nationwide effort promoted by state school superintendents. It was to have taken place on the eve of McAuliffe's lessons from space, to symbolize the illumination of teaching and learning. On Wall Street, trading stopped, tickers froze and the shouts of traders faded away when a bell clanged twice at 11 a.m. signaling a minute of silence. Similar observances were held at the American Stock Exchange, the New York Commodity Exchange, the New York and Chicago Mercantile exchanges and the Chicago Board Options Exchange. Craig Chandler Susy Campion (left) listens as Allison Tripp explains her essay. essay. I had written mine last night and then worked on it this morning," Campion said. "We were going to write a class poem but the emotions got so high I left the options up to them. "Some wrote letters, some wrote poems, some drew pictures — just whatever they felt in their heart they wanted to do," Campion said. Sixth-grader Allison Tripp said watching the shuttle explode was like a bad dream. "I thought of it just as "This is what happens and nothing can go wrong.' But yesterday it really showed me that it can,'' Tripp said. Tripp's essay, titled "If I Could," put her emotions into perspective: If I could make the world a little brighter, I would pass around a big eraser and erase the tragic from our minds. If I could be the one who ruled the world, I would tell those who grieve of more tragic moments. If I were the ruler, these are the words I would say. "Those who are gone from our world are not gone, but only coming more alive in our hearts. For the Lord never leaves one to grieve alone, but the world must grieve with him. For we have our lives to live and to lead, but when we also leave this world we cannot think that there is no one to grieve for us, wishing we were back, and hoping that all this was only a terrible mistake." I just wish I could comfort those in sorrow and grief for the loved ones they have lost—I just wish! Tripp said she feels sorry for the 6- and 9-year-old children of Christa McAuliffe, who was to have become the first teacher in space. "It must be pretty hard to lose your mother," she said. Campion said her class had been preparing to view the lessons McAuliffe was to have broadcast from the shuttle. "I had them (lessons) all mapped out," she said. Teachers, students at McAuliffe's school struggle to accept tragedy We're Moving To CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Adults and children in the city where Christa McAuliffe taught school cried openly Wednesday as they confronted their anger, sadness and disbelief over the death of their colleague and teacher. "The teachers seem to be more upset than the students," said John Reinhardt, coordinator of school psychology and guidance programs for the Concord school district. "They are closer to her, her colleagues and personal friends. The kids for the most part seem to be handling it well." Twenty-five psychologists, guidance counselors and therapists went into the public schools to help the 4,500 students deal with their grief over the death of the hometown space teacher. Classes were canceled at the high school where McAuliffe taught, but teachers and counselors were available, if students wanted to come in and talk. Reinhardt said that other school Bill introduced to honor teachers WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation to establish a national recognition day for teachers in memory of Christa McAuliffe, the teacher who died in the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger, was introduced Wednesday in Congress. "However painful it is to remember, we must always cherish the pioneering spirit that led Christa McAuliffe and our brave astronauts to break the barriers of the unknown," said Rep. Gary Ackerman, D- N.Y., the bill's sponsor. The legislation would establish National Teacher Recognition Day to be celebrated each year on Jan. 28 in memory of McAuliffe, "a true American hero," said Ackerman. "She was a teacher who would not be restrained by the narrow limits of the classroom, and a courageous human who would not be restricted to the limits of the past," he said. McAuliffe was killed with six other members of Challenger's crew shortly after liftoff Tuesday from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. districts across the nation might be doing the same thing, depending on their students' reaction to seeing the explosion that killed McAuliffe and six astronauts. "It affects every child in the country that saw it," said Reinhardt. "Christa was dynamic, down to earth. She spoke in a language children could understand. The psychologists and other specialists were encouraging the children to talk about their feelings and to accept them, rather than trying to explain them away or think they should feel differently. Challenger's disaster will sharpen argument for unmanned flights SPACE CENTER, Houston (AP) — The disaster of space shuttle Challenger, in contrast to the stunning success of Voyager's fly-by of the planet Uranus, will sharpen the argument that the U.S. should abandon manned missions and instead send robots to explore the universe, scientists said Wednesday. Unmanned space travel costs far less than manned missions and can probe much deeper in space with no risk to humans. Yet it remains the poor stepchild to the high-flying manned space program, experts said. It's a debate that has raged in the scientific community since the first days of exploring the heavens. "Nobody wants to say 'I told you so' the day after seven people have died," said Gordon Pettengill, a planetary astronomy professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "I wouldn't be surprised if this did cause some re-examination. It would be strange to me if it didn't." While experts are hesitant to revive the debate so soon after Tuesday's tragedy in which seven crew members were killed, concerns are surfacing over the impact the Challenger accident will have on unmanned projects. "I don't want to sound callous but one of the things we always worry about in a tragedy like yesterday is the money that it's going to take to correct (the problem) is likely to come out of the hide of unmanned (projects)," said John W. Freeman, a Rice University space physicist. "The thing that strikes me is that this happened four days after the successful Voyager rendezvous with Uranus, a planet we've never even had a photograph of," said Dr. Edward Ney, a University of Minnesota professor of physics and astronomy and a shuttle critic. Data recently radioed back by Voyager 2 have given scientists new photographs of the five major moons of Uranus. The moon Miranda emerged as an icy world unlike any other ever seen in the solar system. In a recent issue of Scientific American magazine, Dr. James Van Allen, a longtime shuttle critic, argued that manned flights were diverting important resources from unmanned probes. "It's been an uphill battle. The public doesn't always appreciate what has been learned from unmanned missions," Freeman said. "As it stands right now, manned space flight is budgeted much greater than unmanned." Many scientists argue that a greater balance should be struck between the use of humans and robots in space. Machines cannot perform all functions an astronaut can, shuttle proponents note. And the future space station program may yield untold benefits, they argue. For Lease Space formerly occupied by the Diet Center in Kraft Manor 211 W. Cloud Phone 827-7O2O REGISTER TONIGHT 5 n.m.-7:30 p.m. 1986 Spring Semester Evening Classes LOOK WO YOMFVTME •Princ. Accounting II •General Psychology •Crime & Delinquency •Princ. of Management •Intermediate BASIC •Office Automation •Intro. Computer Science •Computer Science II •Descriptive Astronomy •Choosing Wellness •Adolescent Literature •The Film •Continuing Spanish •Guitar Class II •Intermediate Microeconomics •Statistics •Intermediate English Comp. •Laboratory Safety & Maintenance Classes begin: Tuesday, February 4,1986 Registration is: January 30, 5:00 pm-7:30 pm KANSAS WESLEYAN For More Information Call: EVENING COLLEGE (913) 827-5541, Ext, 213 It pays to read... The Journal Making Quality Education Available To Everyone. Journal Photo Katie Leikum (right), Super Sleuth winner, accepts a $100 gift certificate Tuesday afternoon from Deanna Cross, owner of The Fashion Shop in Kraft Manor. Tl UaDSiMi T 1 I he Journal Love Is... Telling Your In A Special Way! send A Special Valentine to your sweetheart, mate, parents, sister, brother, boss, secretary, teacher, serviceman, neighbor, friend or anyone you'd like to remember on Valentine's Day in "T^l SffilBmsi T 1 The Journal FRIDAY, Feb. 14th Special Valentine Rate EXAMPLE: PROMISE HER anything But give her £ 4 "OUR PAGE" •> | f> Per Line w (Minimum 3 lines) Ms. Teacher Roses are red Violets are blue wish everyone had a Teacher like You. 4th Grade. LOVE IS... Letting you bring your Kawasaki into the living room. Flaming Star Copy Must Be Received by 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 11th Call of our friendly Ad-takers will help write your Valentine or give you complete information —or mail to Journal P.O. Box 779 Salina, Kansas 67402-0779 823-6363

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