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Eve Marie Carson

6 March 2010

Words cannot really explain who Eve Carson was to me, or to the Carolina community, because she has become so much more than she ever could have been as a single person while alive. She has merged with the soul of this University and is becoming its representative. The Old Well and Davie Poplar represent our history; the Dean Dome and Victory Bell, our sports; Wilson Library and Polk Place, our academics; the Pit and Franklin Street, our social lives. But what of our heart?

Eve talked a great deal about what made us a great University. But what she cared about was not rankings, but impact. What made us, more importantly, a good University, latching onto Chancellor Emeritus Moeser’s words. We have undergone a lot of changes as a University in terms of where we see our place in the world, always responding to whatever the need may be. This was William Richardson Davie’s vision; a public university responds to the needs of the people, of the world. Our vision over the past few years has set us in response to a world that is increasingly hurting, yet is empowered through the positive side of the global perspective; a world that suffers under the tyranny of the few, yet searches for a rebirth of community; a world that is losing faith, yet is searching for inspiration, despite everything. This is where Eve’s vision of Dean Smith’s “Carolina Way” comes into play:

In her own words:

Study hard, and work hard
Play hard
Keep an open mind
Take pride in yourself
–in your school
–in what you produce and the ways you help others.
If you make mistakes, make sure you learn from them.
And never give up—stay strong to the finish.

Those of us privileged enough to know Eve will always have a hard time coping with March 5th, and rightly so. I am okay with not being okay on this day. But at the same time, we now have our inspiration immortalized for us in our memory of who Eve has become for those who never knew her.

Learn from every single being, experience and moment. What joy it is to search for lessons and goodness and enthusiasm in others.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. 5154ever permalink
    5 March 2012 01:21

    I just came across your blog, and I read your 2011 and 2010 posts on Eve. They’re beautiful and helpful. So, thank you for that.

    C/O 2008 grad


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