Friday, April 20, 2007

Today We Are All Hokies

I recently met a new Internet friend, a young girl from Amsterdam, who sent this message to me after receiving it from her friend who was on the Virginia Tech campus Monday morning. These are her words.

Hi All,

This is from my friend Sandy who was just here visiting last month. She was on campus on Monday during the shootings. It is a small way to be supportive … but it means a lot. She is physically safe … but it has been a hard week for her emotionally … as it has been for everyone who witnessed it.


I know these are not always the prettiest colors together, but in lieu of the tragedy on our campus this week, we hope you will help us begin to heal across the nation.
Virginia Tech family members across the country have united to declare this Friday, April 20th, an “Orange and Maroon Effect” day to honor those killed in the tragic events on campus Monday, and to show support for Virginia Tech students, faculty, administrators, staff, alumni and friends. “Orange and Maroon Effect” was born several years ago as an invitation to Tech fans to wear orange and maroon to Virginia Tech athletic events. We invite everyone from all over the country to be a part of the Virginia Tech family this Friday, to wear orange and maroon to support the families of those who were lost, and to support the school and community we all love so much.


Sandy Wirt

Student Programs Director
YMCA at Virginia Tech

312 Squires Student
Center (0546)
, VA 24061
Office (540)231-3734

Fax (540)231-9625

"Building community through learning, leadership and service."

In August, I wrote a post honoring the victims of the shooting at the University of Texas (UT), my school, forty years ago. Charles Whitman gunned down 30 people from the tower, killing 14. UT understands.

The tower was darkened for two nights this week in remembrance of the Virginia Tech students. A vigil is scheduled for Monday, and the tower will again be darkened. Orange and maroon will probably be plentiful on campus today. UT understands.

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