Shelley

On September 1, the University sent out this email:

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

It is with sadness that I report the death of Mary (Shelley) Goldsmith, a second-year student from Abingdon, Virginia. Ms. Goldsmith passed away yesterday evening in a Washington, D.C., hospital while visiting the area with UVa friends. She was a Jefferson Scholar, and among other activities was a member of Alpha Phi sorority.

Our thoughts are with Shelley’s family, friends and sorority sisters at this difficult time. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.

Not surprisingly, Beta Bridge was promptly painted as memorial for Shelley:

★★★  Shelley  8/31/13  our shooting star  ★★★

★★★
Shelley
8/31/13
our shooting star
★★★

Flowers were laid out in several places:

Flowers for Shelley

Flowers for Shelley

I think this had been up for a couple days and the plastic flowers were definitely holding up better.

I think this memorial had been around for a couple days, so the plastic flowers were definitely holding up better.

There were markers set out too so people could leave messages:

Sharpies left out for message writing.

Sharpies left out for message writing.

To my roommate + best friend,  You were the sister I never had but always wanted.  Your compassion + beauty inside + out  made me want to be a better person.  I will always love you.   xoxo  Carter

To my roommate + best friend,
You were the sister I never had but always wanted. Your compassion + beauty inside + out made me want to be a better person. I will always love you.
xoxo Carter

Shell, your Mommy and Daddy love you

Shell, your Mommy and Daddy love you.

LOVE FOREVER Carol

LOVE FOREVER
Carol

God bless all who know...

God
bless all who know…

?

?

This was only a very small sampling of what’s already there and I expect there are more messages to come.

The other side of the bridge has new paint too, but a study abroad doesn’t seem quite as meaningful in comparison:

STUDY ABROAD FAIRS!   THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5: 11-3  Newcomb Ballroom  & Mini-Fair! Wed, Sep. 11  3-5 CLARK {Explore Experience Engage Excel Go Beyond the Corner! THX Beta

STUDY ABROAD FAIRS!
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5: 11-3
Newcomb Ballroom
&
Mini-Fair! Wed, Sep. 11 3-5 CLARK
{Explore Experience Engage Excel
Go Beyond the Corner!
THX Beta

Update (9/19/13):

The University made a video about Shelley’s death, in which the Executive Director of Student Health explains the risks and dangers associated with taking ecstasy and other drugs:

(The video includes several images of the Beta Bridge painting.)

The painting is still up and more messages are added all the time.

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