The Sou’wester

A Letter to Drew

October 7, 2021

Dear Drew, This is always how I began my poetry workshop letters to you. I know I never got the chance to tell you how much I meant it, but I did. You were dear to my heart. You were my first real crush out...

‘I was lucky to get to know Drew through music’

Shaliz Barzani October 7, 2021

I was lucky to get to know Drew through music. I remember that, almost every Jazz band rehearsal, Dr. Shotsberger would say, “Hey, where are Drew and Larry?” and moments later they’d both stroll...

‘You and your music will live on forever’

October 7, 2021

I knew Drew primarily through our church, St. Peter’s. He was one of the first people I remember meeting through the church because for one Christmas mass, we did a performance of Little Drummer Boy...

‘To know Drew Rainer is to love him’

Eliza Lieberman October 7, 2021

To know Drew Rainer is to love him. And man, was he loved. Drew and I got to spend a lot of time together doing what we both loved- make music. From our audio engineering class, to time at the curb lodge,...

I will make sure that your legacy lives on forever

‘I will make sure that your legacy lives on forever’

Madelaine O'Toole October 5, 2021

I don’t think I remember a time in my life without Drew Rainer. For as long as I can remember, he and his family would be lined up on a church pew at St. Peters every single Sunday at 8:30 am. We would...

A guy like that is what I drive 6 hours to see

‘A guy like that is what I drive 6 hours to see’

Lawton Walker October 5, 2021

Drew was one of those guys who was selfless and cared for others. The night we lost him, he was organizing rides for his house to get his friends downtown safely. He was the last to leave his house that...

In Memory of Drew

In Memory of Drew

Scott Hale October 5, 2021

Reading the stories that have already been posted, it touches my heart to see how Drew touched the lives of so many others, even if it was in a brief, passing moment. Drew was just that type of guy,...

Drew’s Birthday

October 4, 2021

‘I love you buddy’

Will Pomeroy October 4, 2021

I knew Drew for four years and in many ways, Drew’s presence was a foundational aspect of my time at Rhodes. I saw him everywhere. I’d get meals with him, hang out at his dorm room and house,...

‘He was just a guy that I could rely on to brighten my day’

Jack B October 4, 2021

Drew was a dear friend of mine throughout highschool and the recent news about him has affected me deeply. All throughout my time at CBHS, Drew remained a constant source of jokes, support, and memories...

A Small Anecdote

October 4, 2021

In honor of Drew, I'd like to share the story of one of the few interactions I had with him: While I only met Drew a handful of times, the interactions I did have with him very clearly showed the type...

‘Drew Rainer was a constant in my Rhodes experience’-A Recollection of a Meaningful Routine

Emma Hopper October 4, 2021

Drew Rainer was a constant in my Rhodes experience. I met him when I first got to Rhodes, and over the course of enough Sig Nu parties and Curb Institute work I was happy to call him a friend. This semester...

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