Shine On Casey

From time to time, Beta Bridge is rather somber. Today is one of those occasions, with a memorial to the student who recently died on the east side:

SHINE ON CASEY  WE LOVE YOU  AOE

SHINE ON CASEY WE LOVE YOU AOE

Here’s the UVA news on Casey’s death, and here’s the Semester at Sea post about it.

Celebrate, we will.  Life is short but sweet for certain.

Celebrate, we will. Life is short but sweet for certain.

Her friends wrote personal messages all over the painting:

Casey, Your light will shine through all you have ever touched, forever.  ♡ AOE PB

Casey, Your light will shine through all you have ever touched, forever. ♡ AOE PB

It seems like her personality really resonated with people to give a strong, coherent idea that she was a shining light (hence the main painting with the sun):

You were such a ray of light who shone on everyone.  Kate

You were such a ray of light who shone on everyone. Kate

Additionally, a lot of comments about her smile:

Casey - thank you so much for your smile  ♡ LC

Casey – thank you so much for your smile ♡ LC

Some messages were longer:

My little Casey, Every time I feel the sun shining down on me, I feel your presence & can see your beautiful smiling face.  Thank you for showing me the true meaning of happiness.  May you rest in peace & your soul live on as the angel you always were.  ♡ ale forever, Kasey

My little Casey, Every time I feel the sun shining down on me, I feel your presence & can see your beautiful smiling face. Thank you for showing me the true meaning of happiness. May you rest in peace & your soul live on as the angel you always were. ♡ ale forever, Kasey

And some were short:

you were awesome

you were awesome

There were so many messages I can begin to post them all, this is just a small sampling.  The painters even left materials behind for anyone to write a message:

Writing tools for others.

Writing tools for others.

There were also lots of other decorations, like this:

MAZZ

MAZZ

Despite all the messages about angels and souls living on forever, the west side has a message from atheists in the university community (completely unrelated to the Casey painting):

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE VIRGINIA ATHEISTS + AGNOSTICS!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE VIRGINIA ATHEISTS + AGNOSTICS!

How do atheists celebrate the holidays?  The same as everyone else, with trees and candles and spiked egg drinks — they just enjoy it with friends and family and leave out the part about talking to the clouds.

Also around the university today are some huge black banners put up by the 7 Society.  This one is right next to Beta Bridge:

"No man is an island, Entire of itself.   Each man's death diminishes me, For I am involved in mankind. Therefore, send not to know For whom the bell tolls, It tolls for thee."  7AΩ∞

“No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each man’s death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.”
7AΩ∞

Here’s another one at Alderman Library:

Same banner at Alderman

Same banner at Alderman

Here’s a UVA news story explaining the meaning of the banners, including the letter from the 7 Society.

To end on a lighter note, Poe is getting in the holiday spirit as the atheists advise:

The Poe statue in Alderman Library getting festive.

The Poe statue in Alderman Library getting festive.

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