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College Community Stands United Behind Hokies

by Anthony Della Calce
Executive Editor
April 20, 2007

Out of every tragedy, there is the hope for something good to be learned - something that will make us stronger, closer and better as people.

In the wake of the shootings here at Virginia Tech, Hokie Nation has indeed learned such a lesson. We have learned that we are not alone. And it’s a comforting feeling.

A maroon and orange bond has always run through the tight-knit community of Virginia Tech, which extends beyond Blacksburg, Va. to alumni, former faculty, former staff and anyone around the world with a Hokie connection. Not surprisingly, it is a bond that has been strengthened by the tragic events of April 16.

But, as unified Hokies lean on each other for support, Virginia Tech has discovered that colleges and universities nationwide have come together to offer their shoulders to lean on. The support has been nothing short of overwhelming - Virginia Tech’s website lists over 200 colleges who have sent their condolences.

Virginia Tech’s longtime rival, the University of Virginia, quickly rallied to show its support.

“Immediately upon hearing the news of the tragedy, it seems the grounds of UVA have transformed into unclear territory,” said Jodi Boradwater, a junior history major at Virginia, which is located in Charlottesville, Va. “What I mean is that by walking around the grounds, it’s unclear by appearance to tell where UVA’s loyalties lie. Our famous Beta Bridge, normally coated with thousands of layers of paint detailing upcoming events, was immediately painted maroon and orange with the words ‘Hoos for Hokies.’ The large Z painted on the steps of our amphitheatre, representing the famous secret society’s reign here on our grounds, is now painted half maroon, half orange.”

The University Mary Washington, located in Fredericksburg, Va., has also found unique ways to show its support for Virginia Tech.

“On Monday night, two different girls organized two different vigils,” said Joe Buonannata, a freshman double major in international affairs and Italian at Mary Washington. Buonannata said he went to both vigils, which each had about 100 people in attendance.

“I went to (one vigil),” he said, “and after about 10 minutes we were walking over to the fountain and we saw these other about 100 kids (at the other vigil). And it was amazing to see everyone come together - we wrapped around the entire Palmieri Plaza (the center point of campus). People were crying and singing and had their heads down, and after a moment of silence we took turns passing around an orange Gatorade mix and we got the fountain orange.”

UVA and Mary Washington are just two of several colleges in Virginia to unite behind fellow, in-state school Virginia Tech. In fact, on Thursday night colleges and universities throughout Virginia participated in a statewide candlelight vigil at 9 p.m. as a sign of solidarity with Virginia Tech. Also, in memory of the victims, Friday has been declared a day of mourning in Virginia.

“On Friday at noon, as part of the statewide day of mourning, (Mary Washington is) having a silent human chain all the way down campus walk, which is the main brick path down campus,” said Buonannata.

But, the support has extended far beyond the borders of Virginia. It flows, like a maroon and orange river, from coast to coast and everywhere in between.

It flows through California:

“Our President, Paul Locatelli, S.J. sent a letter of condolence to the president of Virginia Tech and the campus community on April 17th,” said Heather Hilton, a senior accounting major at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, Calif. “Prayers of remembrance for the victims were given at the noon mass on the 17th and a prayer vigil will be taking place on April 22nd. A journal sharing thoughts and prayers for everyone affected will be sent to (Virginia Tech) the first week of May.”

It flows through Massachusetts:

“There’s been a great deal of support,” said Sam DeGiovanni, a sophomore economics major at Boston College. “We had an ecumenical prayer service eat 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday. There have been various resources available to students - ranging from peer ministry, counseling, and church services - and a mass Tuesday night at 7 p.m. where about 900 members of the BC community took part in the ACC-wide candlelight vigil.” The photo above is from that vigil.

It flows through the mountains:

“I know there was a candelight vigil (Wednesday) night and conversation gathering on campus,” said Lauren Bauer, a junior molecular, cellular and developmental biology major at Colorado University in Boulder, Colo.

It flows through the city:

“NYU is having a Vigil: A Time of Reflection and Solidarity,” said Justine Burr, a senior applied psychology major at New Yory University in New York City. NYU held its vigil on Thursday, April 19. Before it was held, Burr said, “The vigil will involve songs by student groups, prayer by our four religious clergy leaders, and time to silently reflect on the tragedy at Virginia Tech. At our campus, we will also be giving out white ribbons in remembrance.”

It flows through private universities:

“The day after the tragedy occurred, we held masses in our chapel in honor of the victims,” said Dina Gryk, a freshman nursing major at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn. “Many classes were cancelled so that the students and teachers could attend. Everyone was talking about what happened and you could feel sadness and confusion in the environment. All of Sacred Heart’s thoughts and prayers are with VT, the victims, and their families.”

In an e-mail to his students, Rev. Peter M. Donohue, president of Villanova University, located in Philadelphia, said: “The Villanova University community is shocked and saddened by the monumental tragedy at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. We extend our deepest and most heartfelt condolences to everyone who was affected. Our thoughts and prayers are with them and the entire Virginia Tech community. On Tuesday, April 17, a mass was offered in memory of the victims and in solidarity with their family, friends, and members of the Virginia Tech community, all of whom have suffered greatly as a result of this tragedy.” This information comes courtesy of recent Villanova alumna Carrie Symnington.

It flows through public universities:

“(On Wednesday) night, WVU held a candlelight vigil in honor of the Va. Tech students who lost their lives,” said Ricky Beamer, a senior double major in aerospace and mechanical engineering at West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.Va. “(Wednesday) night they said that they are collecting notes and signatures to send to Tech.”

“Understandably, all of us up here at UConn have been touched by the tragedy that occured at Virgina Tech.” said Kim Orsulak, a senior double major in international relations and economics at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Conn. “... Campus officials have sent out numerous e-mails detailing opportunities to watch the memorial service, relaying information about a moment of silence, candlelight vigils, addressing the tragedy and extending counseling services to anyone in need. In gatherings over the week, students have continued to express their support, and rarely a moment has gone by where it has not been on our minds. Students have organized via Facebook to sell maroon/orange ribbons and wristbands as well as creating posters and cards to send to our fellow students at V. Tech.”

It even flows through university sporting events:

“Penn State is passing out shirts to form a VT zone at our (spring) football game this weekend,” said Anna Valvo, a senior neuroscience psycholgoy major at Penn State University in University Park, Pa. “This zone usually forms a giant S for State. The game is this Saturday and it starts at 2 p.m. There will also be a moment of silence at the beginning and I've heard things here and there about the band planning on doing something for VT as well.”

And it flows beyond U.S. borders, too:

“Our president has issued a statement of condolence on behalf of the faculty, staff and students,” said Amanda Cannarella, a senior double major in psychology and French language at McGill Univesity in Montreal. Directing her comments at the Virginia Tech community, Cannarella said, “Although the university itself has not scheduled a specific event to show support for your community, the students are certainly grieving with you. Please know you are all in our thoughts and we are sending you our sincerest best wishes in hopes of giving you more strength to cope with this tragedy.”

Many students have expressed sentiments similair to Cannarella’s on signed banners sent to Virginia Tech. Several colleges - Virginia Commonwealth University, Southern Illinois University, Eastern Carolina University and more - have already sent student-signed banners to Virginia Tech filled with supportive messages. Other colleges, some mentioned above and some mentioned below, have similar plans to send symbols of support.

“They’ve made a banner that many SU students have signed and will soon send to VT.” said Alica Landserg, a freshman at Syracuse University in Syracuse, N.Y.

An e-mail sent to students at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth said: “In honor of a nation-wide ‘Today We Are All Hokies’ tribute, maroon and orange ribbons will be available and a condolences banner will be located in the Campus Center for signing throughout the day and will be mailed to our Virginia Tech friends and colleagues.” This information was provided by Whitnery Guttmann, a senior graphic design major at UMass Dartmouth.

“(Sacred Heart) will be wearing maroon and orange on Friday and at 11:30 a.m. we will take a group picture to symbolize our support,” said Gryk. Sacred Heart’s website says the picture will be sent to Virginia Tech “in memory of Monday’s events and in support of the families and friends of those who were lost.”

Moreover, Sacred Heart’s plans for students to wear maroon and orange on Friday are part of a nationwide “Orange and Maroon Effect Day.” The Virginia Tech community has invited everyone - not just college students - to join Hokies everywhere in wearing orange and maroon on Friday, April 20, as a symbol of unity in the wake of Monday’s tragedy.

Through promotion on Facebook, a social-networking site primarily used by college students, it seems this event has really caught on.

“I just joined an online Facebook event that says we will wear maroon and orange (on) Friday the 20th in memory of and support of the Virginia Tech community,” said Guttmann on Thursday afternoon.

Combining the members of two Facebook event groups, “Hokie Hope,” and “Orange & Maroon Effect Day,” so far nearly 37,000 people have signed up to participate in Friday’s tribute.

Facebook itself is participating, as a message posted on the site early Friday morning indicates: “To show our support for the entire Hokies community, we have changed the site colors (to maroon and orange) today for the members of the Virginia Tech network. The Facebook team extends its deepest sympathies to everyone at Virginia Tech.”

Clearly, the maroon and orange spirit has flooded college campuses across the country and in some cases, beyond that. The colors that were once considered colors only a Hokie could love have been embraced by college students everywhere.

“Countless students (at UVA) have donned Tech apparel the past few days,” said Broadwater, “and I find myself so content to be in this state of confusion as to which Virginia university I attend. It is certainly true that here at UVA, we Wahoos have proudly become Hokies.”

Indeed, many members of various college communities have proudly become Hokies. For the Virginia Tech community, it is a touching sign of unity. And in the aftermath of this tragedy, this show of unity reflects the hope that something good has been learned - something that will make us stronger, closer and better as people.

Author's Note: photo of Boston College vigil courtesy of BC website, photo of Mary Washington fountain courtesy of UMW website, photo of West Virginia vigil courtesy of WVU website, other two pictures courtesy of Facebook. The UConn/VT picture is UConn's version of a popular Facebook profile picture that has been created in the aftermath of Monday’s shootings. Students at other schools have been using the same picture but with their college’s logo.


Comments (39)


I am so pleased at all of the support that we have received from so many colleges and universities around the country. To see our bitter rivals - Miami and UVa - forget our past battles on the field and wear the orange and maroon truly puts things into perspective.

Being a Penn State fan my whole life, I think I am most touched by hearing that the Nittany Lions will show their support by wearing orange and maroon and trying to form a "VT" in the student section during their spring football game this Saturday. The "S" that the student section usually forms is one of the most recognizable and sacred traditions in collegiate sports, so to hear that they are scratching that to honor those that we lost just makes me smile and cry at the same time.

WE ARE...

VIRGINIA TECH!!

Dave | April 20, 2007 7:18 AM

I am so heartbroken for all the men and woman that lost their lives. I know they will live on forever in the hearts of their friends and family. Your loss is in my heart and in my prayers. I'm so sorry. We are praying for everyone at VT in West Virginia.

Amie | April 20, 2007 9:38 AM

Andy, your article is amazing. The mere support from everyone EVERYWHERE gives all of us a sense of hope and comfort that despite this tragedy, you can learn something positive about community and family.

I don't want people to think of Virginia Tech and imagine the horrible pictures of the killer. I want Virginia Tech to be known for it's camaraderie, its community atmosphere that has become its staple.

You've addressed an issue that encourages a positive lesson from these horrific events. I applaud your writing.

Tricia | April 20, 2007 11:17 AM

In Boston at Simmons College the president just sent out this message:
"Good Morning. This is President Susan Scrimshaw with a message to the entire Simmons Community.

The events of this week have caused us all to reflect on our communities and collective sense of security. Today at Simmons, we are participating in the national day of mourning for the victims of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute tragedy. Wherever you are at 12:00 noon today, I ask you to pause and reflect on those lives lost and the Virginia Tech community."

After all that is happened I'm still proud to be the sybling of a Hokie! Thankfully, I have acquired a wealth of maroon and orange apparel during the last four years and I wear it proudly today in memory of those who lost their lives to soon.

Jessica Della Calce | April 20, 2007 11:34 AM

Over the past few days, I watched along with the world, as the Virginia Tech family has pulled together to struggle through this extremely sarrowful time. The memorials are a beautiful reminder of those who lost their precious lives. While passing through Charlottesville on the way to a meeting, I felt compelled to drive by the campus of UVA. Now, seeing a lot of orange on the students and visitors in Charlottesville is a pretty common thing. But, today somthing was different. Orange was paired with maroon. Wow! I've been living in the Charlottesville area many years and this something that is not seen! So, I send you this message with my heart full of pride. Your Wahoo rivals are now your Wahoo family. We all need to realize that when it comes to the big picture, we all share this world. Along with all the pains, tears, and triumphs. As a very proud member of the Charlottesville community, I am proudly wearing maroon with my orange today. I know that it is the smallest gesture, but it sends all the prayers and hopes for a bright future. And my personal hope for you and your family, is that you will continue to wrap yourself in friendship and faith and learn to label yourself as a survivor, not a victim of this horrible event. From now to enternity, a piece of my heart will belong to VT.

Wahoo Fan | April 20, 2007 12:00 PM

I did a Save Image As on that VT ribbon image (Donate to memorial fund), to display on my blog with link to fund page.

I am a Follower of blacksburg Twitter.

vaspers the grate aka steven e. streight | April 20, 2007 12:31 PM

the video was so touching it almost mad me ball!!!!!!

we will all miss the people that were taken from ous on 4/16.

that day will be apart of this school for along long time.

James H. | April 20, 2007 2:21 PM

The Science Museum of Western Virginia had about 200 children(k-5th) visiting from Franklin County, Sontag and Moneta on Friday. The museum was filled to the brim with maroon and orange! Right before noon all activity stopped as all personel and all students took a moment to embrace each and every one of you at Tech. Our moment ended with the noon Norfolk Train Whistle crying in the distance.
God Bless you all, you are in our hearts every day.

Kristie | April 20, 2007 2:27 PM

Even at our small community college, Ivy Tech, in Sellersburg, Indiana, we are all Hokies.

Jason Higdon | April 20, 2007 2:47 PM

All week long I have been watching and crying. My heart breaks for all of you touched by this horrible tragedy. May God bless and keep all of you in His graces as you go forward from here. The world is with you. Wishing you all love, light and healing.

From Hartford, CT

tony | April 20, 2007 3:56 PM

i am so sorry for all the families that lost loved ones . just know you are in mine and evyone elses prayers . i was hard when i heard about it and knew that i had a friend there to worry about . luckily she was alright , but thats not to say for the other 32 people . keep your head up in this time of tragedy and know that GOD is watching out for you and has a plan for you all ... so be safe and take care !!!!!! this is for courtney ... <3 ~ stefoni

stefoni miller | April 20, 2007 4:02 PM

My prayers are with everyone who passed on and to those left behind in this time of sadness and sorrow...I do not have any children in college but I can just imagine what is like to loose a child ... May God bless you all.

Rosa Botelho | April 20, 2007 4:27 PM

As a Senior at KSU I wanted all of Virginia Tech to know that we offer to you are heartful hopes for a brighter tomorrow...
Kennesaw State offers condolences to Virginia Tech:

“We express our deepest condolences to our colleagues at Virginia Tech. This is a very sad time in higher education‚ and in our history as a nation‚ because of the tragic loss of life that has been experienced on the Virginia Tech campus. Our hearts and prayers go out to all of those families who have lost their loved ones in this tragedy.”

?? Dr. Daniel S. Papp‚ President
Kennesaw State University

Tracey Brown | April 20, 2007 4:35 PM

It was really heartwarming to read this article about the reactions and acts of love on other campuses around the country and outside it as well. It's good to be a virtual Hokie, even though I've never been on the campus.

Ken Blessinger | April 20, 2007 4:45 PM

Down under here in Australia, we too have followed the tragedy at Virginia Tech. It is with grief that we mourn with you. Nowhere in the world should terrible events like this occur... but if they do, there may be only one truth to take away from them; know life is fragile - live and love every moment you can, and do it in memory, in honour of those lost.

Victoria | April 20, 2007 5:03 PM

I just wanted to send my condolences form all of us at The University Of Akron. I can not imagine feeling the pain that you are going through with such a horendous loss of life. Our thoughts and prayers are with you today tomorrow and forever. God Bless!

Kristin | April 20, 2007 5:14 PM

Andy, thank you so much for writing such a wonderful article. THIS is really what it is about...a nation, and a world uniting in support for a beautiful and resilient community.

Tanya | April 20, 2007 5:17 PM

My heart goes out to the families of the vitims. I hope this event will bring us all closer to our maker. This is such a painful lost.I cry when I heared the story

shara | April 20, 2007 5:17 PM

It would be nice if someone can put together a song and sing in groups in different locations in the city like late afternoon when it's peacfull and quite.

Nada | April 20, 2007 5:19 PM

I wrote this after attending a vigil Wednesday in Alexandria, and as an adopted Hokie and Penn State alumni, I thought I would post it here for you all, after reading this article.

I Wasn�t Born A Hokie
By Jennifer Bowers,
Penn State Class of 2004
Winchester,VA

I wasn�t born a Hokie, though today I wish I was
I wasn�t born a Hokie, is the echo of most of us.

I wasn�t born a Hokie, though I feel your sorrow and pain.
I wasn�t born a Hokie, as we wait together for the sun to shine through all of this rain.

I wasn�t born a Hokie, as I grieve with you for those lost.
I wasn�t born a Hokie, but I will stand beside you at any cost.

So today I am a Hokie, and so are the rest of us!

Jennifer Bowers | April 20, 2007 5:21 PM

I just wanted to share this song with everyone because it touched me.

http://myspace.com/theseasononline

People can show support in many ways, including music.

Tricia | April 20, 2007 5:27 PM

My heart goes out to the Virginia Tech community. You're in my thoughts and prayers. Stay strong and God bless. Today, not only am I a Buckeye, but I'm also a Hokie. =)

SPC Devon Green, United States Army Reserves
The Ohio State University, Class of 2004

Devon Green | April 20, 2007 5:38 PM

I pray for the families and around the World for Peace. And although there are many millions who continue to suffer each and every day, I pray for all. I wonder what kind of interpersonal relationship the 23 year old young adolescent had with his peers for it must have been painful and unpleasant. And the doctor(s) or psychologist who prescribed the meds to the young man - depressants as to why he did not get better? I wonder about that because I have been studying psychology for several years yet it makes me think critically as to why he didn't recover. And his prognosis assessment was unknown to the parents or the school counselors puzzles me gravely. May be things could have turned out differently.

God Bless everyone.

Kim | April 20, 2007 5:38 PM

I am a Hokie. A former student and cheerleader, Class of 1984. Now in Boston and many years away from Tech but hurting. Thank God for Hokies like Nikki Giovanni for reminding us that we are all Virginia Tech!

Stephen | April 20, 2007 5:45 PM

Just wanted to let all of the Hokie Nation know that even out here in CA, we are thinking of you. My brother is a student at UC Berkeley, and they are in the process of sending a huge, signed poster to VA Tech. GO HOKIES.

T | April 20, 2007 5:47 PM

As timing would have it, I spoke before a large group of community leaders this past Wednesday in Denver, Colorado, my post-graduate home. I tried to give them an idea of what it feels like, by comparing it to maybe a vacation home, summer camp or other place that they return to year after year, experienced a coming-of-age, and that is associated with the most profound memories of joy. And I told a little story of when I was an RA and walking out of Major Bill late one Saturday night in the Spring with a blanket and sleeping on that grassy patch of lawn encircled and secluded by Norris and Holden and waking up covered with dew with the sun shining and birds chirping and the light bouncing off of the hokie stone, and how extraordinary and beautiful it was. That is just one of many memories that I have and reflect upon during these trying times.

There has been a profound loss of life and life's possibilities with the 32 who were killed, but they echo in us, and that echo gets louder with every posting, every call, every e-mail, and every word of support that we hear on the street. Thank you all. Proud to be a Hokie.

Peter | April 20, 2007 5:48 PM

Thank God for Hokies like Nikki Giovanni. How her comments hit the nail on the head...

Stephen | April 20, 2007 5:48 PM

Some of us at GWU made a tribute video for everyone at VT, especially the victims.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTyLJDKfQYM

We won't stop praying.

remember | April 20, 2007 5:50 PM

I have a son who is a senior at VT. He was in class in the other engineering building right next to Norris Hall. But, to those people who have lost loved ones, and to all the injured students at VT, our family grieves from this senseless act of violence. The VT HOKIE'S will be stronger than ever. The LeBlanc family will always be in your thoughts and prayers forever.

Dave LeBlanc | April 20, 2007 5:51 PM

We in Missouri also send our condolences and regret for this tragedy.
But please let's celebrate the lives of those lost,let's unite as a nation!!
and stop giving the gunman SOOO much of the Media glory..and as I say that I want to also say my heart is also with his family,because we can't begin to know thier pain either..God Bless you VT..

Deb | April 20, 2007 5:52 PM

This event has affected everyone everywhere. I am a UVA fan-until this past Monday. My son, 14, and my ex-wife both live 4 blocks from the campus at Va. Tech. Neither one are students at Tech, however they are part of the Blacksburg-Christiansburg community. I myself have visited Tech on many occasions and enjoyed the peaceful nature of the the University and the surrounding area. That is what makes it so hard to believe that this has happened here. As a native of Virginia this has been just so unreal to see this beautiful campus turned into a war zone. I extend many wishes to all those at Virginia Tech, not only to the families of the victims, but to anyone associated with Tech in any way shape or form.

Gene | April 20, 2007 5:55 PM

My heart ache's for the mighty VT!!!
you will all be in my prayers always!
my God hold the 32 in his palms in eternal peace. There is always room downstairs for the evil one.

Jason | April 20, 2007 5:59 PM

Excellent article Anthony.

Andrew Mager | April 20, 2007 6:51 PM

I will be a freshman this coming fall and would like to share the message the president of my college, Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA, has posted on our homepage:

Dear Members of the Agnes Scott Community,

All of us have been profoundly shaken and saddened by yesterday�s terrible events at Virginia Tech. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Virginia Tech community and especially with the victims and their families, friends, classmates, colleagues, and loved ones.

We will hold a Convocation of Remembrance tomorrow, Wednesday April 18th at 10 a.m. in Maclean Chapel (2nd floor of Presser). The budget convocation originally scheduled for this time will be rescheduled to a later date. I invite all students, staff, and faculty to gather for reflection, prayer, and an opportunity to share thoughts and feelings. Please post this information for staff who do not have access to email.

In addition, students have created a large sympathy card available for signature in Evans. The card will be delivered in person by a student to the Virginia Tech campus and placed with other memorials and expressions of sympathy at Norris Hall.

A candlelight vigil is also being planned to honor and remember the victims of yesterday�s shooting. We will be in touch with further details about this as soon as they are available.
I join with all of you in grieving for those killed and wounded and in affirming the inestimable value of life, community, and human kindness.

Elizabeth Kiss, president
Agnes Scott College

I've made the VT mourning ribbon my display picture on MySpace and it will stay there for some time.


Virginia Tech used to be that school with the rather clashing school colors and the weird sounding mascot. But now the entire world has been moved by your strength, and the entire nation is proud to be Hokies in maroon and orange.

Never forgotten.

Darcy Hammond | April 20, 2007 7:35 PM

We as a nation are a family of HOKIES today and forever. May God be with you in this very hard week. Today I have never seen so many people wearing maroon and orange, it brought a tear to my eye as I was shopping at the mall today. The nation is praying for Virginia Tech to push through and be better than ever. Katie

Katie Dale | April 21, 2007 12:46 AM

Chaparral College, Tucson, Arizona...Hokies have our hearts.

Rob | April 22, 2007 5:42 PM

I am a Korean father living in Seoul Korea, whose daughter is now in the course of Ph. degree in VT. As I am not fluent in English, so I cannot express myself fully in corret words, but I was shocked at this unspeakable happening at first and moreover, by a senceless Korean-originated student as well. It's some late but I wanna give my deep condolecence to the victims and their families and wish them to be in peaceful world of heaven. Besides them, I feel very sorry about Cho's remaing family who is suffering greatly, I dare to say, innocent against their son's incredible acts.
Anyhow I wish that friendship between two countries to be continued as ever and also VT to be one of the best universities in the world through overcoming this tragedy, kissing on VT medal presented by my loved daugther when she came home two years back.

Go hokies!!

J.K.Kim | April 23, 2007 1:57 AM

Mr. J.K. Kim, my daughter is a sophomore at VT, in the Corps of Cadets and studying engineering. We went to campus on the day of the tragedy and attended the Convocation on Tuesday. Your note touched me deeply, as has each kind act of solidarity by other colleges, particularly the "rivals" of VT. I a non-crier, cannot help but shed tears each time I see one or read such a lovely message of love and hope. It touches me so deeply. The true spirit of love has greatly overwhelmed the evil that spawned this horrible event. As a mother, I am so grateful that the world has shown such tremendous support for VT. I am SO proud to be a Hokie Mom! Thank you to everyone.

Denise Lacy | April 27, 2007 10:46 PM