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Virginia Tech's Newspaper Photographers, Reporters Work Through the Pain
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The paper is printed Tuesday through Friday and temporarily expanded its circulation for the week to accommodate an increase in readers. The newsroom is tucked away on the third floor of the Squires Student Center.

Everyone walking through the building's front doors passed underneath a black and white banner which read "04-16-07." Fliers printed with a similar message proclaimed, "Together we mourn."

"This has been hard because these are our peers, friends," Steele said. "But we'll stay balanced and report the news. We have to rein in our emotions."

Ombac found out yesterday one of her favorite French teachers, Jocelyne Couture-Nowak, had been killed. When "Amazing Grace" was played during the university convocation, she cried.

"Then I was like `Annabelle you have to dust off your shoulder and wipe away the tears, you have a job to do,'" said Ombac, who graduates in May.

Senior and loyal "CT" readers Cathy DiToro, 22, of Centreville, Va., woke up yesterday morning, grabbed a local newspaper and turned on FOX News. What she really wanted was a copy of the school paper but they all had been snapped up.

"Having a school newspaper brings things close to home," said DiToro. "They may not be the most experienced reporters, but emotionally they can relate to their fellow students. They are part of us."



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