"We want to act before people revert to the cycle of anger, op-eds, silence, and begin again," the organizers said in their opinion piece.
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The three organizers, calling themselves "Penn Students Stand Against Gun Violence," authored a DP guest column on Feb. 20th, calling on the community to take a stand. "Change is possible, but only if we do not forget," they wrote.
At 12:15 p.m., organizers announced that the eight-minute, 17-second moment of silence would begin. The time – 497 seconds – was chosen in order to represent the number of people who had died from mass shootings since Jan. 1, 2017.
Reynold Bonner III, a 14-year-old boy, died after being shot in the chest in Birmingham, Alabama on Dec. 23, 2017.
Penn women's swimming senior Virginia Burns will look to win the 500-yard free for the fourth time at the upcoming Ivy League championships.