IC Pianogate – Updates From Campus: Whalen Fully Open Again

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Apparently this evening’s vigil was quite rousing, with uplifting speeches and sing-alongs of “Sylvie,” “This Little Light of Mine,” and “Don’t Stop Believing.” I hope to have some video of the event up soon. In the meantime, check out some of the clips that have been posted on the Facebook Event page.

At this time, The Ithaca Journal is now reporting on this story. I expect there will be more media coverage of the vigil yet to come tonight.

In the meantime, here are some email updates the campus has received today from Dr. Keith Kaiser, Chair of the Music Education department and Interim Associate Dean.

The first was sent out at 6:33 PM:

Dear Students and Faculty,

We extend our sincere thank you for your patience today. While the 1st floor of JJWCM remains closed, we are hopeful that we might be able to open the first floor later in the evening. If not, at the latest, it will be open tomorrow morning.

JJWCM is planned to be opened until 2am this evening, regardless of the status of the 1st floor.

Once the 1st floor is open, you will be allowed access to all lockers and to the practice rooms and pianos that have been released by the investigators and piano technicians.

Final exams and juries will continue as planned.

Please continue to check your email. An email will be sent as soon as the 1st floor is reopen.

Again — thank you for patience and understanding. We have no doubt that the individual(s) responsible for this weekend’s act do not reflect that absolutely wonderful School of Music family.

Sincerely,

Keith Kaiser
Chair, Music Education
Interim, Associate Dean
Associate Professor of Music Education
274-3348
kaiser@ithaca.edu

Then, this update was sent at 7:53 PM to students:

Dear School of Music Students,

We are pleased to report that all of JJWCM is now open. The building will be open until 2am this evening, and we ask for your cooperation as everyone prepares for final exams and juries. Please be aware that JJWCM will have heightened security for the near future, and we continue to ask for your assistance regarding the care and security of our wonderful facilities, instruments, and equipment.

Many individuals have spent extensive hours completing the investigation and getting the area and pianos back into a condition where we can reopen the building, including staff, the IC and state police, and our terrific piano technicians. Please note that, although we have managed to reopen most of the spaces and pianos, there is still extensive work and repairs to be completed.

Again, we would like to express our appreciation for your patience and offers of assistance. We wish you the absolute best during the upcoming week of finals and juries.

Sincerely,

Keith Kaiser
Chair, Music Education
Interim, Associate Dean
Associate Professor of Music Education
274-3348
kaiser@ithaca.edu

From what I’ve heard, there are still five practice rooms that are closed off, but the rest are open. It also seems like spirits have picked up since the vigil, though I’m sure there is still much concern among students.

I wish to add my sincere thanks to the many folks who have undoubtedly been working tirelessly to address this awful violation of our community.

Alumni, please take a few moments to share some words of support (here are the guidelines). Morale at the School of Music has been rocked and I’m sure they could use some encouragement from those who have come before. I’ll be posting these messages in the morning.

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