The University of Guelph lowers its flags in memory of two students

The University of Guelph lowers its flags in memory of two students


U of G mourns Andrew Bishop and Alana Weichel

The University of Guelph lowered its flags to half-mast today in memory of Andrew Bishop and Alana Weichel. The students’ deaths were unrelated but the flags were lowered on the same day as per their families’ wishes, according to Brenda Whiteside, U of G’s associate vice-president (student affairs).

Bishop, a 21-year-old economics major, went missing from his home in Holland Landing, a village near Newmarket, Ont. on the night of April 30; on May 4, Bishop was found dead in a wooded area near the GO train tracks in Holland Landing, reported CTV News.

Police stated there were “signs of trauma” to Bishop’s body, reported YorkRegion.com. The coroner’s report has yet to determine cause of death.  

Weichel, a 23-year-old from Whitby, Ont. studied political science and French. She recently finished a year studying abroad in Nice, France. Weichel fell ill and died due to a rare form of cancer.  

The University offers the following resources to the U of G community:

  • Student Counselling Services, Ext. 53244
  • Good2Talk Helpline, 1-866-925-5454
  • Employee assistance program for faculty and staff, 1-800-265-8310
  • Multi-Faith Resource Team, Ext. 52392

Photo by Mariah Bridgeman/The Ontarion.