Sep 122004
 
Authors: Sara Bahnson

CSU honored the third anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001,

terrorist attacks amid screeching cars and a pickup basketball

game.

A group of about 60 CSU students gathered in the Corbett Hall

courtyard for a silent candlelight vigil Saturday night.

The vigil was organized to allow students from across campus to

remember the events of Sept. 11.

“I just wanted to pay my respects to all of the people that lost

their lives,” said Amanda Kalesperis, a freshman sociology

major.

Resident Assistants at Corbett Hall planned the silent vigil as

part of Program Palooza, an RA training program. They provided

participants with candles for the event.

“We wanted to do something to respect everything that happened

(on Sept. 11),” said Mark Lawrence, a Corbett Hall director.

The vigil started at 10 p.m. Saturday and the group assembled in

the courtyard to silently pay their respects to the victims of

Sept. 11. However, the sound of crying students often broke the

silence.

“We wanted to connect the whole campus together,” said Mick

Anzman, a Corbett Hall RA and a senior business management major.

“This is still a major event in our lives.”

Peter Dearth, a Corbett Hall RA and a sophomore theater major,

felt the event was important for students who were affected

personally by the tragedies of Sept. 11, to have a place to go on

campus.

Another small group of students gathered outside Summit Hall to

remember Sept. 11. Many students watched footage of the terrorist

attacks on television during the day.

“It’s important to remember what happened – not in a negative

way, but to see the positive stuff,” said Jamaal Curry, a Corbett

RA and a junior psychology major, who watched clips of the attacks

during the day and attended the candlelight vigil at night.

“It’s important to remember the firefighters and others who

saved people … It’s in our textbooks,” Curry said. “It’s part of

our history now.”

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