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By Candlelight: Penn State Remembers Tally Sepot

After the tragic loss of Tally Sepot, a student and sister of Alpha Chi Omega, in a car accident returning from canning over the weekend, students amassed in front of Old Main on Wednesday night to pay their respects and honor a fellow Nittany Lion.

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Students remember Tally by candlelight.

The vigil was dedicated to sharing memories of Sepot, with close friends sharing stories and fond moments. And, as Alpha Chi Omega President Nikki Szczepaniak pointed out, “Tally was someone everyone knew” and there were no shortage in memories.

Although not all of Tally’s friends were given the chance to speak, the vigil had cards laid out for people to write their individual memories on. A speaker mentioned that memories with Tally were anything but small, and that she knew the card was not enough, bringing a laugh from the crowd gathered.

Students write down memories they had with Tally Sepot.
Students write down memories they had with Tally Sepot.

The impact of the loss of Sepot was unquestionable, with the lawn filling almost immediately at 8 p.m., when the vigil was scheduled on Facebook. “It’s just been really tough for everyone” remarked Szczepaniak. The vigil and crowd were just one part of the community’s reaction to the incident, with the raised walls of Old Main covered in potted plants, gifts to the sorority. “That’s why we brought all of these flowers” Szczepaniak said, “we wanted people to know they were making our lives a lot easier after Sunday.

Flowers had been sent to the sorority by the dozen, as sympathies poured in.
Flowers had been sent to the sorority by the dozen, as sympathies poured in.

“Tally was an amazing person and we hope that her name continues to stay on campus forever” Szczepaniak said, attempting to summarize the high emotions amongst members of the sorority and Penn State community.

Students gathered by the hundreds to share their respects, condolences.
Students gathered by the hundreds in honor of Tally Sepot.

To view the rest of the pictures from the vigil, visit our Facebook page.

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Jack Lukow

Former Visual Editor, best known for recording Sue Paterno dancing to “Shake it Off”. From Greencastle PA, a town with four traffic lights and a graduating class of 110, Jack’s main life goal is to make sure he never has to return to Greencastle again. A senior in Journalism, you can follow him on twitter (@jackslens), but I wouldn’t. If you think your event deserves video coverage, know someone or something that does, or maybe just want to chat, email him at [email protected] He loves that, and you seem cool.


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