T-shirts honoring deceased Dickinson State students sell out
As the sun set on the Dickinson State University campus Wednesday night, peace was in the air as students and faculty members arrived to show their support for each other and for the families of their departed friends.
In a joint effort by DSU organizations, student senate, Campus Activities Board and the Office of Student Development, T-shirts were sold for $3 a piece in honor of Kyrstin Gemar, Ashley Neufeld and Afton Williamson. All 300 shirts sold out.
The T-shirts had one unifying statement written across the front: "Birds of a feather flock together."
Students and faculty waited their turn to make a purchase.
"The shirts are to show that we are a Blue Hawk family, and to help in the remembrance of our lost friends and teammates," said Jermaine Christie, Campus Activities Board president.
It was evident what a simple white T-shirt can do for a community as people bought multiple shirts -- some for themselves, others for friends who could not be there.
"The shirts will help show support and it will show the students on a unified front," said Eli Turnbough, DSU student body president, who was among students selling the shirts.
The 300 available T-shirts sold in roughly 20 minutes, and organizers placed another order of 400 in hopes they will be ready today.
"The shirts were paid for by student senate, CAB and student ambassadors, so we wanted to set a price that all students could afford, to make sure we could got as many out there as possible," Turnbough said. "It also plays into the D3 on the shirts."
The T-shirt sales from Wednesday night reached $1,089, well above the projected $900.
"This shows the families just how much support there is in the DSU community," Turnbough said.