University fails to tribute the 9/11 attacks
Students find lack of acknowledgement surprising
Published: Monday, September 10, 2012
Updated: Monday, September 10, 2012 21:09
As the 11-year anniversary of Sept. 11 approaches, many students expect to pay tribute by doing something to remember the day. Last year, the university held a candle-lit vigil on the Green for students and community members, yet this year, the university has no plans to commemorate the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Even the weekly events email sent to the university failed to address the anniversary today. Furthermore, Michael Gilbert, the vice president of student affairs ,refused to comment on why the university will not commit to a public ceremony or moment of silence.
Although a candle-lit vigil isn’t necessarily essential every year, there’s no denying that the anniversary is on the minds of many students here. As a university that welcomes students from around the areas most affected by 9/11, many students expect some type of acknowledgement to remember those lost and affected by the attacks.
If students are still feeling the effects of the terrorist attacks 11 years later, it is important for the university to recognize it with some sort of event—whether it is a vigil or simply an organized moment of silence. Our generation has a very sensitive relationship to 9/11, since most of us are able to recall where we were in 2001 that day. It is clear that the university needs to make an effort to recognize the day somehow since the occasion is ubiquitous every year.