REASONS TO COME TOGETHER

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BY AMIT SHILTON

It’s interesting sometimes the things that bring communities together. Both in sadness and mirth.

When I first heard about the candlelight vigil organized in honour of Chris Skinner, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Although hundreds confirmed attendance on Facebook, there was little indication as to how many people were actually going to show up or what their mood would be like. Were people going to be angry or express sorrow?

Walking up Church Street that night, all questions were quickly answered. The sombre mass of nearly a thousand huddled around candles was mesmerizing and, in a way, soothing. A community knitting themselves together and recreating themselves from a tragedy.

Strangers and neighbours introduced themselves, shook hands and shared stories. The words, “It could have been any of us,” were uttered a number of times.

Introductions were also taking place left, right and centre at the Student Campus Centre — but on a lighter, less serious note.

Sightings of a mouse lurking around the building have spurred conversations over the last couple of weeks.

And in a building that houses several community leaders including the RSU and other campus groups, the mouse brought people together.

Given various monikers — including Victor — the mouse was spotted on all floors and through various nooks and crannies around the relatively new building.

The saga came to an end last week. Planting mouse traps around our newsroom, it was only a matter of time before Victor was caught in a mouse trap.

The Eyeopener scrambled its proverbial news chopper only to find the rodent, snagged in a trap by the fridge on Sunday.


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