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Students memorialize Jake Scanlan

| Monday, November 14, 2016

Despite temperatures dropping into the low 40s, more than 100 people filed into the Grotto late Friday night for a remembrance of Jake Scanlan, a member of the class of 2017 who died last year.

“One year ago, someone came up to me and asked how we were going to get through this,” senior Lucas Joseph said at the service. “I told him, ‘One week at a time. We’re going to get through one week at a time.’”

Scanlan, a resident of Siegfried Hall, died suddenly in his room Nov. 11, 2015 of natural causes.

Joseph said he woke up Friday morning, exactly a year from Jake’s death, and ran into a friend outside his room.

“[My friend] said, ‘There’s a lot to smile about today. Because there’s 20 years of good things to smile about today,’” Joseph said.

Friends of Scanlan placed candles spelling out “Jake!” in the Grotto and held a quiet reflection following remarks from Joseph.

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Rachel O'Grady is a senior Political Science major living in Ryan Hall. She most recently served as Assistant Managing Editor. Hailing from Chicago (actual Chicago, not the suburbs) she's been a Cubs fan since birth.

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