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Asako’s story

by on May 8, 2013

Spencer Buell

A few weeks back, word started trickling in that a memorial housing the ashes of a deceased student was in the way of the upcoming expansion of an academic building – a multimillion dollar project years in the making, and already embroiled in controversy over the resulting loss of dozens of on-campus trees. The plans had already been made, bright orange lines spray-painted along the grass and front-loaders, presumably, ordered to start digging after graduation, when we started getting tips.

School officials, we were hearing , somehow didn’t realize until much too late that a garden in the center of the campus – one fitted with a plaque, a small statue, some plants and a tall cherry tree – had buried in it a tiny metal urn, placed there in 1999 by the father of Asako Mazawa, a Japanese international student killed in a motorcycle accident two years earlier.


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