October 11, 1999

Middlebury College Chaplain's Office to Sponsor "Stop the Hate" Vigil Sunday, Oct. 17

The Middlebury College chaplain's office is sponsoring a "Stop the Hate Vigil" at 8 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 17 in Mead Chapel on Hepburn Road off College Street (Route 125). The event falls near the one-year anniversary of the kidnapping and assault of homosexual student Matthew Shepard in Wyoming. Shepard died as a result of the attack on Oct. 12, 1998. Two national organizationsĀ¾Fellowship of Reconciliation and The Interfaith AllianceĀ¾have sponsored similar vigils across the country in memory of both Shepard and recent school shootings such as the one at Columbine High School in Littleton, Col. The efforts of these groups inspired Middlebury students to organize an event on their campus.

The event is open to the public.