“You look good in maroon and orange.”

TM -- April 20th, 2007

I was among the hundreds that came out to the ceremony at JMU on The Commons today to support and honor those affected by the tragedy at Virginia Tech. It began promptly at noon and with some words by the student member of JMU’s BOV, Stacy Fuller and the moment of silence was observed. Then Stacy introduced JMU President Linwood Rose, who began his remarks with the above quote (I hope I remembered it right) and took the time to voice his support for his alma mater (he started wearing his VT ring again this week) and reassure the students at JMU that they had the support they need now, or would need if a catastrophe were to occur on their campus.

President Rose ended his remarks by reading an e-mail from Bryce Radford, a VT student who has a sibling in his first year at JMU. Bryce was in attendance and took the podium to express thanks on behalf of the VT student body for the support from all at JMU. Specifically when his brother called during Thursday’s vigil so he and his roommates could hear the Dukes doing the Hokie cheer.

After Bryce spoke, three representatives took the podium separately to offer a Muslim prayer, a Jewish prayer and a Christian prayer. Then Annie Barnes led the crowd in “Amazing Grace.”

Following some closing remarks from Stacy Fuller, the microphone was open to anyone who wished to speak. Many took the opportunity to voice their support for those affected by the events at Tech and thank those at JMU that touch them.

There will be a benefit concert on Monday at 9:00 PM at JMU. I hope to find more info about it soon. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Virginia Tech Memorial Fund.

It was a very moving ceremony and great to see the outpouring of support. I apologize if I have any names or the quote above incorrect. It only occurred to me to scribble some notes down after President Rose spoke.

4 Responses to ““You look good in maroon and orange.””

  1. finnegan says:

    Thanks for the post, TM.

    On the issue of campus safety, Corbin had a few posts up about that this week.

  2. Josh says:

    A special thanks to everyone in attendance at the ceremony. Speaking as a VT grad and JMU staff member, it was heartwarming to see, hear and feel all of the support on campus this week. Thank you.

  3. Corbin says:

    Unfortunately I had an exam at 12:20 this afternoon and I couldn’t attend the service. Thanks for summarizing the event for me.

    Va Tech is like a big brother to JMU, and we will do our best to help out VT is this time of need.

  4. I’m proud of my alma mater for putting this on. It was beautiful. I also want to give Crystal and Chris Graham credit and thanks for putting on a wonderful tribute at Waynesboro High School.

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