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community responds to terrorist attacks with reflection, compassion,
By Katherine Hedland, '88
screens that usually remain black drew groups of stunned students
and staff Sept. 11 as the campus tried to cope with and comprehend
the worst act of terrorism in American history.
Students and faculty participate in a moment of silence
on a Friday gathering after the September 11 attacks.
recognized immediately that though the acts occurred on the other
side of the country, students and staff would be greatly affected.
The offices of Campus Ministry and Counseling and Testing provided
refuge and help for students who were in fear and pain. Student
Life and Residential Life reached out to those who needed assistance
and helped students contact family members and friends, especially
those with connections on the East Coast.
of International Programs immediately made contact with each international
student at PLU and every one who is studying abroad to ensure
their safety. Three students from the United Arab Emirates chose
to return to their home country, while all other students on campus
and abroad chose to continue their studies as planned.
classes-which began just a day before the attacks-took a different
tone in many ways, as professors found ways to integrate current
events into their curriculum and students grasped for understanding
of all that occurred.
In the following
days, an ASPLU teach-in drew hundreds to the Chris Knutzen Hall
to hear five professors share their thoughts-professionally and
personally-to the attacks and America's reaction to it. The Young
Democrats and the Advocates for Social Justice sponsored a forum
to encourage understanding of Islam.
caused people to pay attention to issues that they haven't even
had on their radar screens before," said Ann Kelleher, a political
science professor who is an expert in Mideast relations.
to teach a J-Term course on terrorism for freshmen in the International
Core program. She offered the course once years ago, but it wasn't
on the schedule until after the recent terrorist attacks. Now the
curriculum will include the recent events, as well as terrorism
that has struck other countries throughout history.
one of several professors who have been interviewed, spoken at campus
or community events or written commentaries in the wake of the Sept.
J. Anderson and Provost Paul Menzel encouraged all faculty and students
to open their minds to the views and beliefs of Muslims and those
of Mideast descent-in order to foster the understanding on campus
that is needed throughout the world in order to achieve peace.