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Students gather on short notice to remember the Gunnison Memorial Chapel. Photo: Zach Hirsch
Students gather on short notice to remember the Gunnison Memorial Chapel. Photo: Zach Hirsch

Students hold impromptu service at Gunnison

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St. Lawrence University held a formal gathering last evening honoring Gunnison Chapel and its carillon- damaged in a fire early Sunday. There were speeches, and choral groups sang.

But Tuesday was too long to wait for some. The university's Outing Club organized an impromptu gathering Monday at 5, just when the bells would have begun their daily concert.

Students gathered near the chapel. In the background, a recorded version of the bells played from the burnt spire. In the foreground: cowbells.

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Zach Hirsch
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Eric Sievert: This noise is, every freshman at St. Lawrence is given a little red bell. Now everyone’s come out with their little bells and they’re all ringing around. Usually save them for the hockey games, but, I guess there’s more than one purpose now.

Tommy Costello: My name is Tommy Costello. I’m a senior and president of the Outing Club. The bells right now are out of commission for a while. So we gotta do some improv. Eric’s actually the bell ringer.

ES: My name’s Eric Sievert, I’m a senior and bell ringer at St. Lawrence. A lot of people come up and think it’s like a recording all the time. But we’re up there, playing ourselves, so. But there’s nothing really to play right now, so I’m out of work for a little bit. 

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