Eve Carson used to say that she had friends, and she had friends that she had not yet met.
Today, on the fifth anniversary of her murder, I’d like for us to consider ourselves part of the latter.
In passing conversations about futures, jobs and post-graduation plans, five years can seem enormous and unending. In reality, five years can pass in the blink of an eye.
Since that March 5 that so suddenly and violently ripped this community apart, Eve’s love for our University has shone like a beacon of hope through the darkest of days.
It has connected us — the students who came to know her through conversations about the Carolina Way and the scholarships and events now held in her honor — to Eve, UNC’s bright and beautiful 2007-08 student body president.
Yes, there are still days like today, when the loss of Eve weighs like an anchor on your heart — that such a bright spot in this world could so suddenly, so permanently disappear.
But then there are happier memories.
Eve in a Carolina blue prom dress, cheering in the student section of the Carolina-Duke game.
Eve, sitting in the front room of the Undergraduate Library, catching up with friends and forgetting the hours of work she still had ahead of her.