Last Friday, our campus was struck with the devastating news that a female student had passed away. She was in a sorority that happened to be right down the street from our frat castle. Although I didn’t personally know her, a bunch of the other guys in my house knew her quite well.
It was truly remarkable how well the Greek community rallied around this one house. Cards were signed, flowers were bought, and signs showing support were hung from windows and roofs.
Friends and foes came together as one to celebrate and remember the life of a girl who was truly beautiful inside and out. A candlelight vigil held on Sunday night had a tremendous showing, with people from every fraternity and sorority in attendance. There had to have been over 1000 people there, giving their respects and supporting the family, friends, and sisters of the girl who passed.
It made me real proud to be a part of this Greek community.
It was an awesome testament to how Greek life is like one big family.
Sure, there’s the fraternity rivalries and some girls in one house might despise those in another. But in times of need, everyone bands together for the betterment of each other. It’s an awesome feeling knowing that you have a mafia of brothers and sisters who care about you, even if they can’t put a name to your face. I leave you with a quote that is a favorite of mine, an accurate depiction of how we will remember our friend. Rest In Peace.
“Perhaps they are not the stars, but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.” – Anonymous
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