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The quiet sounds of mourning could be heard throughout the Heyn Memorial Chapel as the Bethune-Cookman College community gathered to remember two students.
"We mourn today but we must celebrate how we've been touched by each student," said President Trudie Kibbe Reed at the Jan. 31 memorial.
The service honored Shantrice Noel, a junior accounting major from Ft. Lauderdale, who died in a tragic car accident on Dec. 9 on her way home for Christmas break.
Noel was an active member of the Marching Wildcats in the tuba section and the Theta Rho chapter of Tau Beta Sigma, the national honorary band sorority.
It was also a tribute to Gregory James Long, Jr., a freshman from New Port Richey, Fla., who died less than two weeks into his career at the college.
The criminology major suffered heart failure and collapsed on Jan. 12 while playing basketball at Joseph Charles Harris Park on McLeod Avenue bordering the college's campus.
Courtney Bennett, president of the Student Government Association, gave tribute, reading the poem: "Reason, Season, and Lifetime."
The SGA presented a Student Memorial Plaque honoring all students who died during their matriculation at the college, from 2001 to present.
The pictures and names of each student adorn a wood and gold plaque to be hung in the Wildcat Retreat, formerly the President's Dining Hall.
"Your presence dwells here in the notes of your fellow band members... in the minds of your friends, and in the hearts of us all," wrote Cherise Brown, Noel's close friend, on her Facebook wall.

The Voice of the Wildcats - News
Issue: 2/18/06


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