Sewanee was struck by a tragedy earlier this month when news came of Harry McMurrey’s death. I did not know Harry well, but I have learned over the course of the past few weeks that Harry’s impact on campus and beyond was bright, selfless, and ceaselessly compassionate. It is with a heavy heart that we at The Sewanee Purple publish this semester’s final issue with the story of Harry’s death. Yet in gathering stories and interviews for the story, we were inspirited by the legacy that Harry’s life leaves on the Mountain. Sewanee is a thin place, and the lives that Harry touched will continue to enliven the school and community that he so deeply cared for—this much I am sure of. As a student body, we would do ourselves a great service to try and emulate those qualities which Harry embodied every day. We will miss him dearly.
As the semester draws to a close, we here at The Purple have been working eagerly to publish news-worthy material consistently, accurately, and in a timely manner. In the coming Advent semester, we will continue to spread our online presence and bolster our investigative team. I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished this semester, but we have much growing to do. We look forward to what the future will bring and we hope that you keep reading.
Robert Beeland ’18