In World Religions, Dr. Hyde (the Old Man) announces that they will continue to study the religious traditions, but that what they study will probably have more meaning given the death that has marked the community.
He posts Alaska's semester final on the board. Her question was "How will we ever get out of this labyrinth of suffering" (8after.9).
Then Dr. Hyde sits and asks the class how they're doing.
When people who didn't know her "extolled her virtues and professed to be devastated" (8after.12), Miles and the Colonel become irate. Well, mostly the Colonel becomes irate.