Today We Are All Hokies
In colleges across America, students are using Facebook to rally around Virginia Tech, in a show of uniform solidarity not seen since September 11th. The message is clear: No matter what campus you may call home, your heart goes out to those victims and their families in Blacksburg, Virginia.
A description of the group "Hoos Supporting the Hokies?" -- a group started by a graduate of Virginia Tech's archrival, the University of Virginia, summarizes the sentiment felt by just about everyone who has learned about this tragedy: "I know we Hoos may have some issues with our southwestern neighbors, but today we all grieve together. This group is solely to show our support for everyone at Virginia Tech as they struggle to deal with this enormous tragedy. Please join to show our concern for our fellow Virginians and Virginia state students. Even if you aren't a Virginian or didn't go to either of these schools, share your sympathy with those who have suffered. Feel free to invite anyone else who might be concerned to the group."
Students at other longtime sports rivals such as the universities of North Carolina, Florida, LSU, JMU and Michigan have also put aside intercollegiate competition which somehow seem irrelevant in the wake of America's worst school shooting ever. Together they have constructed banners and created groups on Facebook which proudly proclaim that "Today We Are All Hokies".
By Emil Steiner |
April 17, 2007; 3:18 PM ET
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