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"It was very emotional at Union" the day after the tornado, said Josh Clarke, immediate past president of the Student Government Association.
"There were hugs, prayers, and tears everywhere as students were coming back to campus and roommates were seeing each other for the first time since last night. There were tears of joy for surviving."
The daylight also revealed the full extent of the destruction wrought by the February 5 tornado throughout the Baptist-affiliated campus in Jackson, Tennessee.
An estimated 40 percent of the campus dormitories were destroyed, and another 40 percent were severely damaged, along with several of Union's academic buildings.
Clarke, now Union's pharmacy admissions coordinator, was buoyed by the outpouring of concern acros...