On Friday, April 20, dozens of Case Western Reserve University students and other members of the campus community became honorary "Hokies" in spirit. They wore maroon and orange—the Virginia Tech school colors—in a show of solidarity and support.
To remember and honor fellow students, faculty, staff and administrators who lost their lives or were injured at Virginia Tech earlier this week, several of Case Western Reserve's student organizations joined together to create a large "card" and a campus photo.
All members of the university community were invited to sign the card, offering heartfelt prayers and words of healing and remembrance to their peers in Blacksburg, Va. In addition to the card, a photographer stood atop Kelvin Smith Library to take a photo of Case Western Reserve community members wearing maroon and orange—forming the letters VT—on Freiberger Field.
Both the card and the photo will be sent to the Virginia Tech Student Union with hope that it will be displayed there.
Students also redesigned—overnight—the university's large "graffiti" wall behind Thwing Center, the university's own student union. The wall now features a large VT and the words "You are in our thoughts," signed with a university logo.
Organizations involved in creating these efforts included: Undergraduate Student Government, University Program Board, Class Officers Collective, Interfraternity Congress, Panhellenic Council, Residence Hall Association and Media Board.
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