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A Time to Remember

13 April, 2018 0 comments Leave a comment

As we Hokies know, spring brings about some beautiful traditions and opportunities to uphold Ut Prosim. However, spring also brings some sad memories as well.  

This year marks the eleventh year since we lost 32 lovely Hokies. These 32 individuals deserve to be at the front of our memory this week, next week, and forever. As Hokies, it is our duty to commemorate these souls by showing each other true kindness, participating in altruistic service, and embracing the foundations of our community. We must show love in order to properly love those we so heartbreakingly lost.

As Nikki Giovanni so brilliantly put it, let us never forget that “We are Virginia Tech.” Monday will be a hard day for many families and individuals of our community. It will be a hard day for the Hokie community as we mourn those who lost their lives. It will be a hard day for the faculty and staff that so reluctantly had to experience the tragedy. It will be hard. But, to quote Giovanni once more, “We will prevail.” We will always prevail. We will always hold hope in our Hokie hearts and love in our Hokie souls. We will cherish each other as individuals, cherish each other as a community, cherish each other as friends, and cherish each other as large Hokie family.

We will never forget; but, we will never lose our hope for this nation and our love for this college. We remember.

 

In loving memory of the following lives:

Ross A. Alameddine, Christopher James Bishop, Brian R. Bluhm, Ryan Christopher Clark, Austin Michelle Cloyd, Jocelyne Couture-Nowak, Kevin P. Granata, Matthew Gregory Gwaltney, Caitlin Millar Hammaren, Jeremy Michael Herbstritt, Rachael Elizabeth Hill, Emily Jane Hilscher, Jarrett Lee Lane, Matthew Joseph La Porte, Henry J. Lee (Henh Ly), Liviu Librescu, G.V. Loganathan, Partahi Mamora Halomoan Lumbantoruan, Lauren Ashley McCain, Daniel Patrick O’Neil, Juan Ramon Ortiz-Ortiz, Minal Hiralal Panchal, Daniel Alejandro Perez Cueva, Erin Nicole Peterson, Michael Steven Pohle, Jr., Julia Kathleen Pryde, Mary Karen Read, Reema Joseph Samaha, Waleed Mohamed Shaalan, Leslie Geraldine Sherman, Maxine Shelly Turner, and Nicole Regina White

 

Click on the names above to read each Hokie’s individual biography.

 

With love and endless hope,

 

Dottie.

 

 

           

A Second Chance: Virginia Tech vs. Clemson

25 September, 2017 0 comments Leave a comment

     

     Last year, the Hokies made it to the ACC championship to take on the Clemson Tigers. The game was certainly a nail biter, and the Hokies only trailed the Tigers by a single touchdown. While most believed the Hokies would suffer a devastating loss, the final score was a surprising 42-35. Fans were shocked by the outcome. While the loss hurt overall Hokie pride, Virginia Tech’s determination to win was extremely impressive. Their persistence and perseverance made every Hokie proud.

     This year, the Hokies will prevail.

     On Saturday, September 30, the Clemson Tigers will place their paws on Hokie territory. With a maroon effect in place, the advantage will be ours as a sea of maroon will be roaring with pride. The Tigers will shake with fear as a maroon wave repeatedly crashes over the stands, Enter Sandman blasting in the background. The ground will shake. The echo of triumph will bounce off the metal bleachers, the spirit of the Hokie will be heard in every corner. A mass of orange colored faces will be chanting wholeheartedly, victory on every heart and mind. Hands will fly in the air alongside the most beautifully constructed paper airplanes. Horses will run on treadmills, fans will dance to jukebox tunes.  Cheerleaders will lead the crowd while twirlers toss their batons in the air. Trumpets and drums will stir the crowd further. Cadets will do pushups, alumni will reminisce. Students will produce a boisterous H-O-K-I-E-S as Virginia Tech inches their way to the end zone.

     And then we’ll score.

     The Hokie bird will dance happily, the fans awed by this mascot of school spirit. Dottie will cheer as she watches from the stands; her family will cheer as they watch from home. Inch by inch and yard by yard, our second chance will sparkle before our eyes, fully reachable, fully tangible. The clock will tick down, time will pass. The Hokie Pokie will be played, turkey legs will be gnawed on. Sweat will drip from the team’s brows, determination will line their eyes. The thirst for competition is quenched as the final quarter makes its way around. Tigers tremble. Hokies hurrah. And suddenly, the Hokies are seconds away from tackling victory.

     And we win.

     Don’t miss the opportunity to see the Virginia Tech Hokies seize their second chance. We need your help. Lane needs your presence.

     We are Virginia Tech. We can, and we will, prevail.