According to her hometown newspaper online, the Juneau (Alaska) Empire, Victoria “Torie” Powers, who just graduated from WIU with a degree in nursing, had “just settled into the Plaza Apartments after her graduation with honors from Western Illinois University’s School of Nursing” when the F5 tornado hit, in what is being called the worst tornado in the U.S. in 50 years.
“It came right for us,” Torie said. “We were on the northern edge of the vortex. One minute, I was talking to my dad and then I was screaming for God to save me in the bathroom.”
Dave Walker, a 2003 graduate of Western Illinois University, is now a blogger for bleacherreport.com. If you follow college football–or just want to see what one of Western’s many successful broadcasting graduates are up to–be sure to check out his post about the handling of the news of a tragedy.
In a recent local story on reaction to news of the death of Osama bin Laden:
Christopher Mansour, who will graduate this spring, said Macomb and WIU have been a peaceful community for him and other Muslims.
“As a Muslim, you’re relieved the man who was this crazy mastermind is out of the way, because we don’t want this man representing Islam.”
Find out why Gregory Thede, a 2009 WIU business-finance graduate who now works for John Deere, made the news recently. Hint: you could set your clock by him.