Adrian Students Reflect on Shooting Close to Home

As many are aware, Michigan State University endured a terrible tragedy last week. An active shooter stormed their campus, leaving three dead, a few injured, and thousands traumatized. The Adrian College community sends our thoughts out to all parties involved. To show our support, the Men and Women’s basketball team dedicated their games last Wednesday to going green. The players wore green t-shirts over their jerseys that symbolize how we stand with MSU. Then any guests who came to the games were highly encouraged to wear green as well.

The Student Government Association (SGA) and Campus Activities Network (CAN) also put together an event to show support for the MSU students. Monday night, there was a candlelight vigil held outside of the Commencement Plaza. This was done in memory of those who lost their lives and those who were on MSU’s campus last week. People lit candles and placed signs up by the stage of the commencement plaza. Various students led prayers for those involved with the tragic event. 

Student, Taylor Yount, shared on behalf of SGA how she is proud of the student body for coming together for the event. She urged people to continue to be loud in their opinions on the things they wish to see changed. Sam Bird, senior, also spoke at the vigil on behalf of the Lansing community where she was raised. She shared how she was proud of the community for coming together as they did after and reminded people to always be aware of their surroundings. 

Another AC student shared his experience with the shootings on MSU’s campus. Andrew Kolf spoke about his friend, Alexandria Verner, who lost her life in the shooting. “One really good thing about the situation is the community and how everyone is rallying behind MSU and its victims. It’s just amazing seeing everyone here today. It is an honor talking about [Alexandria Verner]; she was a wonderful friend and human being.”


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