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World Wide Web Edition September 2002 Special Edition

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Welcome to a special edition of LeagueConnections,
in remembrance of the events of September 11, 2001.


 

COURAGEOUS RESPONSES

Firefighters, police officers, construction workers, paramedics, clergy, soldiers, and even bystanders showed true courage in the face of 9/11. One year after the horrific events of that day, League CEO Mark David Milliron shares a perspective on other courageous responses to this terrorism, particularly those that educators are called to champion. Click here to read the Courageous Responses article.

 


Clearly Quotable

“I am an American citizen, born of Indian parents, and a Hindu. But in the eyes of many Americans, I am of dark skin, with dark hair, and a close enough semblance to a terrorist to spark fear. New Jersey Attorney General John J. Farmer Jr. said that those who may be the recipient of increased scrutiny because of their ethnicity should be understanding. That is not acceptable. I understand the fear of the American people, because I am the American people.”
Amol Modi, Vol. III, Issue 1, Trinity College (CT) The Other Voice, October, 2001

 

“I think that he [bin Laden] should spend a day with all the families who lost people in the tragedy. I mean a day with each family. That’s a lot of people.”
Kawika Ridep, The Challenge, Tacoma Community College (WA), October 25, 2001

“What is happening in our country right now is true lunacy. This is a "full moon" and many people in our nation are feeling the effects.”
Abby Weinzer, Editor, Puma Press Paradise Valley Community College, October 2001

“I have seen parts of my college community become infected with the kind of hatred that could only make terrorists everywhere smile.”
Eric Egger, The College Dispatch, student-run online editorial and opinion journal, September 26, 2001
“We decided in a half-hour and went.”
Jim Meyer, Kirkwood Community College (IA) student who drove through the night of 9/11 with fellow student Jim Christensen to Ground Zero to help in the recovery effort
“I am really proud of America, to see everyone come together and help out as much as they can.”
Jim Christensen, Jim Meyer’s fellow Kirkwood student

 


 


Monroe Students Partner with Community to Build
9/11 Memorial

Deborah LaRoche Ramsaur graduated with the Class of 1976 at Monroe Community College (NY). She went on to Washington D.C., where she worked as a civilian secretary for the deputy chief of personnel of the Army. She was at her desk at the Pentagon on Tuesday, September 11, 2001—one of many victims of the 9/11 tragedy who had ties to Rochester.

Soon, thanks to a strong partnership between MCC’s student government and the Rochester business community, there will be a place to go and reflect quietly about Ramsaur and the effects of 9/11. The Student Government Association, led by its former president Jessica L. Brown, received approval to construct a Remembrance Walkway dedicated to the victims of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Designed by the Rochester office of Sear-Brown, the memorial will be built on MCC’s Brighton Campus and dedicated on September 11, 2002.

A public place for reflection and healing, the walkway commemorates how the effects of the terrorist attacks touched people throughout the country and on the MCC campus. “Who, to this day,” says Brown, “does not feel the impact that the attacks on September 11 made on our country? The students and faculty here will never forget the moment when those planes tore through our hearts and souls.”

MCC leaders and the MCC Foundation have given full support to the memorial effort. R. Thomas Flynn, MCC President, says that the initial support the Student Government Association received from local businesses and individuals “shows the importance to our community of having a place to remember the tragic events of September 11.”

In March, Brown and Student Association members began to generate support for the project within the local business community—an important component of gaining the College’s approval for the project. Sear-Brown agreed to donate design and construction management services to the project, and an eight-person volunteer group of architects, landscape architects, engineers, and construction professionals initiated the project, headed by lead architectural designer Mark Maddalina.

The memorial will consist of a concrete and steel walkway and a monument reflecting the New York City skyline. Two voids within the monument, representing the World Trade Center Towers, will align with the sun at 8:45 a.m. each September 11, casting a vision of the towers along the walkway. A plaque within the monument will speak to all the events and lives touched during the attacks.

“The ability to participate in this unique project has had a deep personal meaning to the employees involved,” says Malinda Gaskamp, senior landscape architect and team leader. “It has also provided us with a way to reach out to the many people in our community touched by these events.”



 

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