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Friends speak about Dru

People following the Dru Sjodin story are learning about her love for life through the stories of friends who miss her."Even if she didn't know you, she'd give you a smile," friend and sorority sister, Randi Canady said.

People following the Dru Sjodin story are learning about her love for life through the stories of friends who miss her."Even if she didn't know you, she'd give you a smile," friend and sorority sister, Randi Canady said.

Friends call Dru bubbly, friendly, energetic, charismatic - the type of person everybody wants to be around.

Her friends are trying to keep a positive attitude, but they sometimes catch themselves slipping. Dru hasn't been heard from since Saturday. Friends on Tuesday caught themselves saying "Dru was," then correcting themselves to say "is."

"None of us will think anything but good thoughts," Dru's UND advisor Lynda Kenney said. "We want her to come back and make us giggle."

Stands out


Audra Van Hoff said Dru stood out among a group when they first met during sorority recruitment a few years ago. Van Hoff was the leader of a group that introduced women to the different sorority houses.

"She's just one of those people," Van Hoff said. "You have quiet and loud. She was just one of the ones you knew was present."

Canady summed up Dru's appearance and her personality: "So pretty that she's one of those girls you want to hate, but you can't because you love her so much."


In classes, Dru was excited about learning, always asking questions of Kenney.

"From a teacher's perspective, she's wonderful," Kenney said. "She actively participates in her own education and has always been fun."

Kenney said she gets everybody in class to giggle.

While she knows how to have fun, Kenney said the graphic design major is interested "in anything and everything she can get her hands on" relating to print production and electronic publishing.


Dru originally planned to graduate in May, but then found out about an opportunity to hone her photography skills. Kenney was taking a photography class to Australia for a few weeks over the summer.

"She decided to postpone her graduation until August."

True Dru

Canady said she was concerned people would think she and her sorority sisters weren't worried about Dru on their way to Fisher on Tuesday morning.

"We were singing on the way here," Canady explained. "But that's what Dru would have wanted us to do, it's what she would have done."

Sorority sister Ivy Arnesen described Dru's ultimate favor for a fellow hockey fan, the time she saved Arnesen a ton of time on a hockey weekend when tickets were hard to get.

"She waited in line for me."

Van Hoff said it often is hard to get people to talk, but that doesn't apply to Dru.


"You could get to know her instantly and talk to her about anything," she said.

UND reacts

UND students, those who knew Dru and many who didn't, turned out in droves Tuesday morning to help out in the search for Sjodin, leaving some empty classroom desks throughout campus.

Sharon Carson, a UND English professor, said students called to say they wouldn't be in class Tuesday. They were searching for Sjodin instead.

"It's very much on the minds of students and faculty," Carson said. "I think it's fair to say that heavy hearts are everywhere today. It's my perception that students are very concerned."

Kenney, too, said she had spoken with students about the upcoming holiday weekend.

"I just said let's hope that Dru comes home for Thanksgiving," she said. "It's both happy and somber, because it's a long weekend, but they want to be here."

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