All local students accounted for, safe

MU has 41 students studying in London.
Friday, July 8, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 1:16 a.m. CST, Tuesday, February 24, 2009


[Note: this story has been modified since its original posting.]


The bombings of three London subway stations and a double-decker bus on Thursday had local colleges checking on whether students studying abroad were safe.


Both MU and Stephens College confirmed none of their students in London were injured in the attacks.


“In a nutshell, all of our students are safe and accounted for,” said MU spokesman Christian Basi of the MU’s 41 students in London.


Basi said the school’s international center made sure that all students were accounted for, whether it was through online contact or via phone. Aside from 20 journalism students, he could not identify the students’ emphasis of study.


Basi said the school should be holding an information session in the next day or two about MU students in London and is trying to provide help if necessary.


“We are working with, and have counselors for, our students in London,” Basi said.


Stephens only had one student in London at the time of the attack; a college spokeswoman said she is a history major.


“We’re trying to get in touch with her to get her permission in order to release her name and e-mail address,” said Sarah Breghorn, a spokeswoman for Stephens College.


The MU School of Journalism said it has 20 students interning in London at various media outlets and taking courses through Imperial College.


Advertising professor Steve Kopcha said three-fourths of the students were interning at advertising or public relation firms.


Kopcha, who returned on July 2 after accompanying the students and teaching a course in London, said they should be able to maintain their resiliency.


“They’re good kids because they’re smart and tough-minded,” Kopcha said Thursday after it was determined all of the students were safe.


“They may or may not be using those various tube stations to get their jobs. Usually, they get on at Earl’s Court, but that may be different now,” Kopcha said.


The Earl’s Court station is just to the west of student housing located near Hyde Park in central London and just to the south of the Edgware Road station, where the third of the four subway explosions took place at 9:17 a.m. London time.

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