As I mentioned yesterday, the Record provided substantial coverage on Katie Craig. The picture appeared on the front page of the paper. Here are some excerpts from the articles.

Friends remember exuberant young woman

Talented artist, accomplished skier, nature lover and beloved friend of many, Katie Craig ’08 passed away last Thursday morning. She was 20.

Alice Nelson ’10, one of Craig’s ski teammates, expressed the sentiment of many people when she said later, “What’s so weird about [Katie’s death] is that I can only remember her being happy.”

Craig’s professors also noted her enthusiasm. “It seemed like she was always bouncing into the room – always had so much energy and a big smile,” said Heather Stoll, professor of geosciences, who recently taught Craig in a tutorial on the carbon cycle this spring. “She was so effervescent. She connected with everyone she met. She’d see me with my little son Luke at the ski slopes and offer to babysit him. She was just so eager to know people.” Keep reading…

Craig takes own life after battling Bipolar

Katie Craig ’08 passed away on the property of her Cumberland, Maine, home last Thursday. Craig, who was away from the College on voluntary medical leave, had been diagnosed recently with bipolar disorder. Her death is considered a suicide, the circumstances of which have not been made public.

Wendy Craig, Craig’s mother, said her daughter had been struggling with the illness during the months before her death, with the symptoms intensifying significantly in the weeks before Spring Break. A few days before the break, Craig took a voluntary medical leave from the College, after discussing her condition with Associate Dean Stephen Sneed. She left to pursue intensive treatment. According to her mother, Craig had not been receiving extended treatment or medication from the College’s Health Center.

After spending a short period of time at home, Craig checked in to an inpatient program at Spring Harbor Hospital in Portland, Maine. It was during this stay that she was first diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Keep reading…

A tribute to the passing of friend and classmate Katie Craig ’08

Adaptable and brilliant, she left us with so many different kinds of memories, in so many different parts of our lives. We remember dancing with her as a happy little penguin on Halloween at Sheep Hill. We remember bubble tea in the common room, fondue and backrubs. We remember sledding down mission hill on the ‘boggan. We remember farming in France.

Katie Craig lived to make people happy. And in this, she accomplished more in her short time here than most of us could ever hope to. The word I have heard used most often in connection with Katie’s life is “light,” and I think she would be pleased with that idea, although, in her humility, she would never suggest it. Katie was a light for us all, bringing smiles and laughter equally to those of us who were fortunate enough to know her well and to those who only met her once. She glowed, and she made us all glow.

How many times did we come home to find some fun little treasure taped on our door, with Katie’s curly signature on it? How many times did we chew on a mango with her, savoring every succulent bite, until the juice ran down our chins and stained the carpet outside her doorway? How often did she whisper into our ear, concocting a plan for a secret mission – a journey to the dining hall, or the forest at night, or some forbidden rooftop? Keep reading…

On remembering Katie Craig ’08 in print

To say that the Williams community was shocked at the passing of Katie Craig ’08 would be an understatement in the truest sense of the word. The outpouring of grief, condolences and remembrances shared at vigils, mountaintop services and informal meetings among friends speaks to her death’s impact on this campus. Amidst an almost palpable sense of communal heartache, we as journalists came to a challenging question: how much can, or should, these pages say?

Nothing at all, some may argue, as issues of such gravity call for solemn, private reflection, not the reportings of student journalists. But as both students and journalists we would be remiss in our obligations should we chose this alternative – remiss, because as journalists we’re obliged to provide public record of significant events at the College; and remiss, because as students, we would be doing a tremendous disservice to a fellow classmate and friend in staying silent on her passing.

After careful deliberation we chose to print a news article about the circumstances surrounding Craig’s death, in part because any death of a member of this community is extremely important to the community as a whole. We are part of a close-knit College and, as such, community death naturally resonates. In her Friday e-mail regarding Craig’s passing, Dean Roseman referred to the “Williams family.” As a community newspaper we must acknowledge the death of one of our own. Omitting it would be tantamount to labeling this death un-newsworthy. Keep reading…

All the articles are a good read, all the way through.

Katie Craig sounds like just the kind of person I would have loved to know, spend time with, or just hang out around. I am sorry that I never even met her, and I think that those who did were very fortunate.

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