James Madison University

September 11, 2010 by staff 

James Madison University, A woman who used a personal tragedy as motivation to change your life, I received a routine notice of public safety that is required by the Clery amendment, a law that emerged from the tragedy.

Lehigh University freshman Jeanne Clery was murdered on campus in 1986. After his tragic death, Howard and Connie Clery, Jeanne’s parents, it was decided to change college. He defended the “Jeanne Clery Act, which requires universities to make timely public announcements about campus crimes and warn students of the impending dangers. The bill was enacted in 1990.

The juxtaposition of the history of the Clery Elizabeth made me think of the tragedy and change – how tragedy always changes people and how such a change, sometimes exceeding them all. Speaking of his own triumph, Elizabeth said: “I put the power of my sadness in the creation of some kind of new life.” The Clerys did the same.

Currently, the campus of JMU – and the campus of each university and the American College of others – is safer because Jeanne Clery’s parents took the tragedy and used it to change the world. The tragedy is a part of life. What we do in the aftermath of the tragedy makes all the difference.

Today, on the anniversary of September 11 somber, a day that always shapes our nation, often reminds me that out of tragedy comes good. All of us, as Elizabeth Burns, can become stronger, and all, as the Clerys have the opportunity to let the sadness motivation to improve the world – to create a new life with the energy of sadness.

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