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October 2001
 


NEWS

Students unite to form one voice of hope

WAC gives audience better understanding

IMPRESSIONS

Editorial: We need to set higher standards

Letters to the editor:

Da playas gonna play

Men are from the "O" and women are from "Starbucks"

Court approves peaceful minute

SPECIAL FEATURE

Americans face their toughest challenge

Proud beyond words to be an American

Rude awakening just the beginning

People wait for shock to settle

Students react to attacks

FEATURE

Finding the sweetest pad in Pittsburgh

ENTERTAINMENT

Review of Slaughterhouse by Gail A. Eisnitz

Street musician is on prowl in Pittsburgh

EXPRESSIONS

Evangelistic dorm talk with Thomas B. Grosh IV regarding the events of September 11,01

October online edition
SPECIAL FEATURE


Rude awakening just the beginning

Rachel K. Reilly
Pittsburgh Standard

It is about 8:45 a.m. Tuesday morning, Sept 11, and I am just sitting at my desk doing my math homework.  The Today Show is on in the background, and I have now been up since 6:15 a.m. due to the rude awakening of a blaring fire alarm in my dorm room.  It has been a long day already, but I have no clue what is about to come.

Matt Lauer diverges from his interview saying something: ďbreaking news....we will be back with more...."  Of course this simple statement immediately grabs my attention. I wonder about it, asking what it means. I wish my question were never answered because in the following moments I was  witnessing the horrific image of a plane crashing into the World Trade Center in New York City. Wow! I think in utter amazement.  This is terrible What is this all about?  Again, I wish my question were never answered because minutes later I feel as though I have a front row seat for the latest action movie as I watch an enormous plane appear on the television screen and crash into Building Two of the World Trade Center.  However, this is not Die Hard, this is today-the real world.

Shock, confusion, anxiousness: I feel all of these emotions, and I begin to just watch and try to listen to all the information being spewed out by the news anchors who are obviously feeling the same way I am.  And then shortly after all of this, the wreckage of the Pentagon is shown on the screen, yet the horror of this Tuesday morning is not over.  The plane crash outside of Somerset is just announced on the news. 
            All of these events seem so surreal as I sit and try to digest all that is going on, but I have no idea what to make of it.  My day began in the early morning hours and by the time all of these tragic events take place, I feel as if I have been awake not since 6:15 a.m., but for days. 
            The day is coming to its close.  My clock reads 12:15 a.m. and the news is still on in the background regurgitating the tragic, horrific, mind-boggling news.  All I can do is account for the day's events, but I cannot assess them.  Maybe it is because my mind has been saturated time and time again throughout the never-ending day with thoughts about these events.  But I have a feeling I just do not have the energy to make sense out of this mass confusion. 

        Tomorrow a new day will begin.  The sun will rise; classes will resume. Will it be normal or will we awake to more tragedy?  Whatever the answer, I suppose only time will tell.

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People wait for the shock to settle

Frank J. Flemming
Pittsburgh Standard

            September 11, 2001.  It wonít sink in for days.  When things change this quickly, it will take a good amount of time for the mind to catch up.  But, when the dust settles, our world will be forever changed.

            Our first priority is to recover.  There are thousands injured, and it is up to everyone to do their part, to donate blood, money, or whatever is needed.  We need to restore as much normalcy as we can as quickly as possible.  Our enemies are gloating at the disarray they caused, so we to show strength by simply getting back to our business unhindered.  But, make no mistake: it will not be business as usual.  Not now.

            Once shock subsides, anger is sure to replace it.  Itís not an emotion well suited for decision-making, but it is unavoidable at this time.  Efforts to submerge it will be futile, but it can be directed.

            Iíve already heard plenty of people decrying the abilities of our intelligence community, how they should have seen this coming.  Intelligence probably does need improving, but this should in no way be the main focus.  No matter how good we make our intelligence, we canít always prevent something like this.  The only way is to discourage future acts of terror.

            It seems hard to reason with people who would do something like this.  They poke a tiger with a sharp stick and somehow expect some good to come of it.  But, our actions can put this in simple unmistakable terms.  Our response to this must convince all those who witness it that acts of terror will do nothing but herald the perpetrators destruction.  To simply apprehend and arrest those involved is not enough at this point.  Those who hijacked the planes were not the only terrorists who committed suicide with todayís actions.

            Itís a terrible thing to call for vengeance, but if our response falls even slightly short, we will only encourage more acts like this.  We must take the terror to the terrorists, hunting down all we can find and punishing anyone who would harbor them to the point that a country would fear even the possibility of terrorists resting in their borders.

            It will be easy to overdo our response, to add to the evil, but it is war.  We will have to make decisions of life and death that lie beyond the wisdom of man.  We just have to pray to God to lead us in our action to as good a solution as exists.  It was a dark day today, and it will be dark for some time to come.

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Students react to attacks

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