InterVarsity staff and students on the campus of the University of California Santa Barbara (USCB) participated in the Day of Mourning and Reflection on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, declared by UCSB Chancellor Henry Yang, following the tragic violence that shook the campus community four days earlier.
A Santa Barbara City College student living in the Isla Vista community adjacent to UCSB went on a rampage killing six UCSB students before taking his life. Classes were cancelled for the day on Tuesday and a memorial service organized by faculty, staff and students was held at 4pm in Harder stadium on campus.
Prayer Service on Campus
The InterVarsity chapter helped coordinate a joint campus Christian fellowship service of prayer and worship that was held at 7pm on Tuesday. Melissa Nguyen, InterVarsity’s team leader at UCSB, said that chapter members also went into the streets of Isla Vista to pray with students who were open to prayer.