STANDING IN SOLIDARITY

By Andrew Thompson Landerghini, social media manager, University of Utah Communications

The tragic death of Lauren McCluskey on Oct. 22 has impacted many here at the U—regardless of whether people knew Lauren.

But the support and solace from those across the country, and right here in the state of Utah, has provided rays of light.

Moments of silence at LaVell Edwards Stadium and Merlin Olsen Field at the BYU and Utah State football games, respectively, spoke volumes about the U’s neighbors and partners in times of tragedy.

The solidarity expressed by students and staff who donned crimson red from Ogden and Orem to Cedar City and St. George lifted the spirits of students and staff here on the hill.

And, the messages of sorrow and condolences from track teams, athletic programs and universities from across the country helped alleviate some of the hurt felt by U student-athletes.

So while the pain remains, the cascade of heartfelt compassion has brought some comfort to a campus community that sorely needs it—and most definitely appreciates it.