Tuesday, September 19, 2006


Calvin sat on the left side of the classroom, about two thirds of the way back, same chair, for both my intro class last semester and my reasoning class this semester. As a teacher, you see such a narrow slice of a student's life. All last semester he sat next to a woman named Chloë, chatting pleasantly. I have no idea if they were good friends, or merely acquaintances who could share conversation before the work of the day began. I do know that he seemed to genuinely like philosophy, and for that reason I genuinely liked him. I was hit unexpectedly hard by the news that he was found dead in his dorm room from an apparent suicide. My condolences to his friends and family.

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