Feeling excluded from Monday’s tragedy in Blacksburg, Ivy kids? Lost, adrift, don’t know what to think, how to feel … because this story doesn’t somehow involve you? Well, you can breathe a big entitled sigh of relief, because the Daily Princetonian is here to tell you that Virginia Tech gunman Cho Seung-Hui’s sister has a connection to the school.
Well, sort of. The woman was a member of the class of ’04. Somehow that makes for lead-story news at the Prince, which believes that readers need to know that “Cho wrote her senior thesis on ‘ethnic enclave[s] and wage earning’ among Korean immigrants in California.” Tragically, the article notes, the killer’s sister’s former thesis advisor could not be reached for comment; what a blow to students searching for meaning. Reporter Michael Juel-Larsen did reach Cho herself on her cell phone (an earlier version of the story described her as “palpably upset”; that’s some phone), but alas she declined comment. History shall never know what window her time on Prospect Street might have provided into a massacre.
Prince EIC Kavita Saini ’08 emails: “The shooting at Virginia Tech was the worst in U.S. history and everyone’s trying to understand as much about the gunman and his background as possible. The fact that his sister went to Princeton was one aspect of our coverage of the shooting, and considering the amount of national interest in his family, we felt that it was the role of the school’s student newspaper to report what we knew about her.”