Editorial Board: | Eman Sahloul | Editor-in-Chief | Sarah Jaber| Scene Editor

On Thursday, January 17 students and other members of the community gathered in the quad to remember and commemorate the lives of more than one hundred students who had died on January 15th in Aleppo University, Syria. On this day, the University of Aleppo was ferociously shelled by the Syrian regime as the students were taking their first round of final exams. Bodies are still being retrieved from underneath the rubble, but so far the death count has reached ninety six. Ninety six innocent university students and staff. The vigil that took place by Benedictine University students was held to stand in solidarity with these innocent students, who set out to gain knowledge and were given death by their own government because it opposes the idea of freedom and liberation.

Similarly, this past month, yet another shooting took place in a Connecticut elementary school where 26 people, including 20 innocent children, were killed. The children at the kindergarten-through-fourth-grade school were told to close their eyes as they were led from the building so that they wouldn’t see their dead classmates, blood and broken glass – a situation none of us would ever imagine having to live through.

These students in Syria and Connecticut were ordinary students like any of us. Often times we find ourselves complaining about having to return to school or having too much school work, but the unfortunate reality is that there are people across the world who dream to have some of the things that we simply take for granted. With this in mind, the Candor would like to remind you to truly approach school and your education with a genuine desire to learn and make something of yourself in the future. Whatever your career choice may be and for whatever intentions you have for choosing that path, always remember that education is a luxury not many people have the opportunity to enjoy. The Candor encourages you to not only embrace the idea of graduating and moving on to graduate school, but also to plan on utilizing the education received for the greater good. Business, medicine, law, art, journalism all can somehow be creatively molded into ways that can provide for children the possibility of attending school. Of course, we can’t control events like the tragedy in Connecticut, but we can ensure that controllable situations like poverty or famine, don’t impede a child’s potential to receive an education and make something of him or herself. It’s a domino effect and you’re the first push to a long-term chain of change.