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Part of The Circle: Vol. 55 No. 1 - September 20, 2001


on a local scale
Marist College reacts quickly to tragedy
Staff Writer
Over 500 candles illuminated
the otherwise darkened grotto,
as 370 people congregated in
song and prayer to commemo-
rate the guiltless lives lost dur-
ing Tuesday's tragedy.
The cathartic event, spon-
sored by Campus Ministry and
Student Affairs, was one of sev-
eral programs that have brought
the Marist Community together
in significant numbers.
G~_eus Minis!~
reacted im-
prov1dmg the first
formal gathering on campus. A
prayer and song vigil was held
in Our Lady Seat of Wisdom
Chapel during the mid-after-
noon on September 11. Father
Lamorte gave a formal mass that
Alexis Kaleida, a member of
the Campus Advisory Board,
said the most memorable event
thus far was the vigil in the
"It was absolutely inspiring to
see how many care," Kaleida
said. "The music and trumpet
version of 'Taps' touched ev-
eryone present.
was an un-
forgettable evening."
Throughout the ensuing days
Campus Ministry continued to
offer spiritual outlets for stu-
dents and faculty in regards to
the national devastation.
Similarly, The Housing and
Residential- Life staff has been
engaged in keeping the campus
united and optimistic. A bag-
pipe rendition of "Amazing
Grace" echoed throughout the
Gartland Commons on Septem-
ber 13, as 115 Marist students
gathered in the rain and light-
ning at a candlelit memorial ser-
vice. Gartland RA Derrick Jones
II coordinated the memorial ser-
Jones said he felt it was nec-
essary to hold the impromptu
ceremony and also said he was
pleased by the receptiveness of
all those whom attended it.
"I think it was necessary the
Marist community, not only as
students, but also as citizens of
this great nation, to come to-
gether to heal, to remember, and
to get ready for the struggles
ahead," Jones said.
All RAs were instructed to cir-
culate in their areas, offering
assistance, and guiding their
residents to the appropriate
places where they could deal
with the myriad of emotions that
they might be experiencing.
Sarah English, the Director of
Housing, said all the resident
assistants and resident direc-
tors cannot be thanked enough
for their work over the past
"They have really been the
frontline in campus wide com-
munication," said English. "Our
Res-life staff has put aside per-
sonal matters to go door to door,
speaking to students and fol-
lowing up with them regularly.
These actions are often more
important than any fund raiser
or program."
A collection of monetary do-
nations for the New York City
Fire and Rescue Squad has also
been started. All students and
faculty are encouraged to
pledge a dollar to the fund. Per-
sons with questions or con-
cerns can contact Heather
Marriott, the RD of the Gartland
Commons, or any RA.
Student Activities in associa-
tion with other campus organi-
zations generated support for
the Hudson Valley Blood Ser-
vices, recruiting an incalculable
number of blood donors. Stu-
dent Activities claimed it could
not keep up on the great quan-
tity of those signing up. The
office also said many people
boarded the shuttles without
signing up.
Campus Ministry and the Up-
ward Bound program each pro-
vided a van to shuttle donors
to and from the Mid-Hudson
Civic Center, where the dona-
tion headquarters was located.
Director of Student Activities,
Bob Lynch, said that Marist
wanted to help the drive in any
possible way.
"The college was more than
willing to offer campus facilities
for the blood drive," Lynch said.
"We were overwhelmed by the
community and student re-
sponse. There were too many
people without enough doc-
The response was so over-
whelming, that officials at the
Mid-Hudson Civic Center
turned at least 100 students
away, accepting only those stu-
dents with blood type 0.
Jordan Eible is a junior
with a Communications
major. She is also an RA
in Gartland.
PHOTO CREDIT/ Jaclyn Jacobsen
A stranger helps man climb over rows of candles at a makeshift memorial in Union Square.
Local hospitals prepa_red for worst
Features Editor
As the country paused to re-
flect and grieve over the horror
that occurred on September 11,
the dedicated doctors and
nurses at local hospitals worked
While the terror unfolded be-
fore the United States, Vassar
Brothers Hospital and Saint
Francis Hospital prepared their
facilities for any of the thou-
sands affected by the terrorist
George Prisco, the Director of
Development at Saint Francis
Hospital said the state was well
aware of the hospital's availabil-
ity to help in the emergency situ-
ation because of its constant
contact with the hospital.
"We have to call in our bed
availability to the New York
State Department on a regular
basis," he said. "We were pre-
pared just in case they needed
to call on us to put people in
these beds."
Jeanine Agnolet, the Director
of Public Relations at Vassar
Brother's Hospital said the hos-
pital prepared all of the 315 un-
used beds on first word of the
trauma in case there was a need
for assistance.
"We went into disaster mode,
preparing beds and supplies,"
she said. "We used whatever
beds were empty."
Prisco said that while Saint
Francis has not been sent any-
one in need of serious medical
attention, local residents who
work in New York City have
come to the hospital for exami-:
"As a hospital, we did help
some people," he said. "We' ve
had a couple of people who
work there come in for minor
smoke inhalation."
No victims of the incident are
being treated at Vassar Broth-
ers Hospital currently. How-
ever, as more bodies are recov-
ered and lives saved, both hos-
pitals remain in standby mode.
"We are prepared to make ac-
commodations for them," said
Prisco said that Saint Francis
hospital is providing mental
support to those in need.
"One of the major things we
are doing at this point is mental
help," he said. "As time goes
on we're expecting more people
come for it."
While the hospital remains in
mode, its assistance
does not stop there. Saint
Francis hospital worked
throughout the community at
local blood drives, mainly the
drive at the Mid-Hudson Civic
Prisco said that Saint Francis
hospital is ready to help New
York City in any capacity nec-
"At this point we are offering
our services and if people know
See ...

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September 20, 2001
Page 2
Question of the Week
Where were
when the attack began?
class, and a friend
came in to let me know."
Jose Diaz
"I was at my friend's
Frank Addeo
"I was in class."
Michelle McNally
World News Briefs
talks pro-
JERUSALEM - Calls for a
cease-fire provided hope on
Wednesday that Israel and the
Palestinians were setting the
stage for talks to end nearly one
year of bloodshed. Periodic
gunfire in parts of the West
Bank and Gaza Strip after new
cease-fire orders on Tuesday,
however, foreshadowed the
challenges ahead to bring about
a permanent truce for the con-
flict in which more than 700
people have been killed. Inter-
national pressure has mounted
on Israel and the Palestinians to
stop their one-year-old conflict,
now widely seen as an obstacle
to U.S. efforts to forge an anti-
terrorist alliance after last
week's attacks on New York and
planes last week, CNN reported
on Tuesday. United said it
would not confirm the report,
noting it just held a memorial
service for employees lost in the
crash of two of its planes, one
into the World Trade Center and
one into rural Pennsylvania.
Bin Laden sus-
pect in stock
TOKYO - The Tokyo Stock.Ex-
change is investigating whether
Osama bin Laden, the sus-
pected mastermind of the terror-
ist attacks in the U.S., profited
from stock trading during the
chaos of last week's tragedy.
Bin Laden and his organization
could have made a fortune by
selling "short" shares of com-
panies they expected would lose
value afterward, reports interna-
u •
tional media. Selling short is a
way of profiting from falling
20 000
share prices. Investors borrow
securities, selling them at one
CHICAGO - United Airlines price and buying them back at a
will lay off 20,000 employees or cheaper price. The short-seller
20 percent of its workforce as a then returns the securities and
result of reduced travel demand pockets the difference between
after the crash of four hijacked the sale and the purchase as
in the works
HOLLYWOOD-- In this time of
national mourning, CBS, ABC,
NBC and Fox are reportedly
planning to air an unprec-
edented industry-wide telethon
Friday night to raise money for
relief and recovery efforts fol-
lowing last week's terrorist at-
tacks in New York and Wash-
ington, D.C. There's still no of-
ficial word that the telethon is
happening, but publicists for
both Jim Carrey and George
Clooney confirmed to E
! Online
Monday that the actors will take
part in the benefit. After net-
works postponed their pre-
miere-week schedules due to the
attack, sources told the Asso-
ciated Press Monday that plans
were forming for a two-hour
prime-time telethon, with the
goal being to air it simulta-
neously on as many broadcast
and cable networks as possible.
The event is being produced by
Joel Gallen, who's best known
for his work on the MTV Movie
Photo Credit/Adam Kowalski
Jaclyn Jacobsen
Ed Williams
Managing Editor
Katherine Slauta
Features Editor
Jimbo .Maritato
Chris Knudtsen
Brendan McGurk
News Editor
Benjamin Brenkert
Opinion Editor
Peter Palmieri
Sports Editor
G. Modele Clarke,
Faculty Advisor
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Campus Corner
Come skate the night away. Sign
up for the roller skating trip at
College Activities. Buses will
leave on Friday October 5 at 7: 30
pm. The return time is set for
11 :30 pm. Admission is
a valid Marist ID, roller skates
are free, but roller blades are an
additional $4. There will be an
additional trip on October 26.
You can sign up now at College
Activities for the Bowling Trip
that is scheduled for Saturday
October 6 from 2:00-4:00 pm.
The cost is $3 with a valid
Marist ID and includes trans-
portation, 2 games of bowling
and shoe rental. You are en-
couraged to form your own
teams for the event. Future
bowling trips have also been
planned if you cannot attend
this one.
Take a trip to the City to see 42nd
Street on Saturday, September
23. Tickets are $25
a valid
Marist ID. The bus will leave
the Midrise Parking Lot at 10:00
am. Tickets are limited so visit
College Activities now to secure
your spot.
Come see the Grammy Award
Winning Karla Bonoff with
Kenny Edwards on September
27 at 8:00 pm in the Nelly Galetti
Theatre. Tickets are free with a
valid Marist ID. Call College
Activities for more information.
It's that time, once again, for the
Wellness Fair. The fourth an-
nual rendition of this event will
take place on Friday. You can
pick up information on such top-
ics as yoga, self-defense and
hypnotherapy. You can also get
a free massage and try a power
boosting drink. The event runs
from noon-4:00 pm and is located
in the McCann Center.
Support the Marist College Ra-
dio Station and listen to WMCR
88.1 FM. Listen
day for a wide
array of music shows as well as
news and sports shows. Call
extension 2132 for requests or
The Marist Center for Career
Services is providing students
with a variety of wrokshops to
help them plan for the future.
They will be having a Job Place-
ment Orientation workshop
from 11 :00-12:00 at an undeter-
mined location and a workshop
on resume writing from 11 :30-
12:30 in Library room 339 on
Wed., Sept. 26. They will also
hold a workshop on interview
skills from 5:00-6:00 in Library
room 332 and a workshop on
graduate school planning at the
same time in Library room 339
on Thurs., Sept. 27.
College Activities is sponsoring
a Table Tennis Tournament that
will begin on Monday, Sept. 24.
Sign up by Friday to be eligible
to win a variety of prizes in this
double elimination tournament. is back again
this year, and it's better
ever. Log on to the unofficial
Marist College website at for cam-
pus news, polls and the brand
new forums where you can
voice your opinions on current
campus happenings.

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September 20, 2001
Hospital ..
Fram 1
of anybody who needs any-
thing, we'll give it to them," he
Vassar Brothers Hospital is also
working with the public. They
had a blood drive after the at-
tack. Agnolet said the drive
was extremely successful.
"In just under one and a half
days we collected just about 150
pints of blood," she said.
Agnolet also said that because
of the amount of blood re-
ceived, they had to end the
"For the time being, it has.
been temporarily discontinued,"
she said. "We had to stop the
blood drive because blood only
lasts for so long."
While blood may be in abun-
dance now, Agnolet said blood
donations in the weeks to come
will be imperative.
"Donating blood in the up-
coming weeks is going to be im-
portant i"l
Qear future," she
should go to war ...
we are going to need blood for
our own people."
Vassar Brothers Hospital and
Saint Francis Hospital continue
to help the community. Both
have worked to gather food and
clothing to help those victims
in need. Currently however,
there are more than enough do-
The preparation of Vassar
Brothers Hospital is a tribute to
the incredible staff.
Prisco said the staff at Saint
Francis Hospital, as a trauma
center, is prepared for crisis situ-
ations, whether they are the re-
cent attacks or emergencies to
"We are a trauma center, so ev-
ery year our staff are trained to
handle local emergencies, ev-
erything from bombs to biologi-
cal things," he said. "Our staff
is ready and able to work in a
has been particularly
ready for this."
Agnolet said those working
feel the sense ofloss, and there-
fore the hospital is working to
help its staff to compose and re-
cuperate from this disaster.
"We have staff who lost
people," she said. "They work
to heal people physically and
emotionally. We really have to
help our staff."
She also said that while many
companies have the ability to be
more flexible in this time of suf-
fering, a hospital cannot do so.
"They [the staff] cannot stop
working because they are up-
set," she said.
Page 3
Katherine Slauta is a
junior, Communications
major. She is also the
President of the Gaelic
Images from Hoboken
The first World Trade Cen-
ter building burning before
it's collapse, left. Above, a
giant smoke cloud spreads
across New York. Both
pictures were taken during
the early afternoon of Sep-
tember 11 from a rooftop in
Hoboken, New Jersey. For
more images taken from the
same day you can check
http://dreamwater. com/
areal 4/wtc/
Adam Kowalski is an
alumni of Marist College.
He graduated last spring
with a Bachelors degree in
Communications. He cur-
rently resides in Hoboken,
New Jersey. He described
the incident as "the worst
thing to happen since
we've been alive."
Open forum held by.President Murray
an be sent to
11 opinions are welcome. Club announce-
.ents, advertis,ements, and press releases
lean be delivered to
The Circle mailbox in
.he Student Center.
You can
also reach
The Circle at .x.2429
Layout Manager
. Approximately 150 people
crowded into the Cabaret on
Friday, September 14 for the
Marist Community Forum initi-
ated by President Dennis
Murray. The mixed gathering of
students, faculty, and adminis-
tration held an open conference
to discuss a number of issues
facing both the Marist commu-
nity and the world at large after
the terrorist attack on the World
Trade Center on September 11.
Several themes prevailed
throughout the forum, ranging
from expressing sorrow, prais-
ing the Marist and local com-
munity response, and discuss-
ing future options to prevent
another such incident. Presi-
dent Murray said that the forum
was meant to be a stepping
stone for the future.
"We should use this forum as
a means to find positive ways
to help in any way," he said.
A distinction was made early
in the forum between members
of any particular religion and ex-
tremists. Murray, along with
several others that spoke dur-
ing the hour and a half, said that
extremists represent a small mi-
nority of any group and should
not be held as proper represen-
tatives of an entire culture.
After a few comments were
made praising the Marist and
community response to aiding
the victims of the tragedy Pro-
fessor Shawn Shieh of the Po-
litical Science department
warned those in attendance that
a wider scope should be used
when analyzing this issue.
"Patriotism and support are all
well and good things," he said,
"but this is not just about
America, this is about the rest
of the world and our relations
with it."
Shieh continued by saying
that people, particularly stu-
dents, should invest time and
money into researching other
cultures to avoid further trag-
edies such as this one.
"Take advantage of your pri vi-
leges to reflect on this as schol-
ars," he said. "We need more
than just a military. response, but
a political and social response
as well."

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·September 20, 2001
Page 4
reflects on tragedy
"I have
feelings. It
has really
united the
but this
could lead
toa war of
tions - much different than WWI
or WWII. This could lead to
germ or biological warfare, and
that could wipe out an entire
country. It really scares me to
think about it." -Courtney
Sutphen, Junior, Communica-
tions·RadiotrV /Film
"I think
from now
erything is
going to
be a lot
We could
be on the brink of WWIII." -
Amy Trits_chler, Sophomore,
Communications-Public Rela-
"I think
change a
t .
1 1
be beefed
as far as
transportation is concerned.
People won't be able to go as
freely; but I think people will be
more accepting and willing to do
so. I think that people will be a
lot tougher on people of Middle
Eastern descent, and that's too
bad - it'll create a prejudice. I
see it in the way people treat
certain gas stations now that
are run by Middle Easterners.
But I also think that people will·
become a lot less petty and more
giving." -Keiona Faulkner, -
Junior, Psychology.
INYC memorial service
honors fallen firefighters
Sunday, Sept.
23, a memorial
service is being held on the
Sunday, Sept.
23, a memorial
service is being held on the
Great Lawn
Central Park at 3
pm. OveramillionNewYork-
ers and other mourners are ex-
pected to attend the service,
which will commemorate the
fallen firefighters who sacri-
ficed their lives to aid in the
rescue of others.
The service is being orga-
scary. It's
going to
go on -
this won't
be over in
a week.
Some -
thing has
to be done, I'm not sure what.
This might lead to war, and that's
sad to say. It's scary because I
have a lot of friends in the ...
[Armed Services]." -Stefanie
Luciello, Junior, Fashion Mer-
"It'll bring back American
patriotism. Everyone will pull
together again. We'll stop
taking things for granted." -
Administrative Secretary, Cen-
ter for Career Services.
"[When I
e a r
o u
events] I
was going
friend told
me. She had just heard from
another friend on Long Island.
I didn't understand the
severity of it until I got back to
the dorms and turned on the
news - I saw the collapse of the
second tower live. I didn't know
what to say. The news was on
in every room. You could hear
it echo down the hall." -Chris
Communications-TV /Radio/
"This is
a tragedy
to every
and has
together. It's not about religion
nized by former New York City
mayors David Dinkins and Ed
Koch as well as a committee of
Catholic, Protestant, Jewish and
Muslim clergy.
Online charities raise
money for rescue etTorts
As of midnight, Tuesday,
$57 ,696442 has been raised
online for charities aiding the
families of victims and the res-
cue effort of the Pentagon and
World Trade Center Tragedy.
To contribute, please visit
or beliefs - it's about unity and
brotherhood on a global level.
It's made people stronger and
able to work together." -Bob
Wood, Senior, Communications-
RadiotrV /Film
ing it is
very scary
a n
a l most
T h
part is
the families. Everyone knows
everyone." -Kelly Mccraig,
Sophomore, Spanish
"It's the ripple effect. We have
to take it on a day to day basis -
one thing after another - the
stock market today and so forth.
We could be looking at asbes-
tos in the air and then cancer
down the road with the
workers." -Pam Maurer,
Administrative Secretary, Cen-
ter for Career Services.
"I don't
think it'll
change or
the na-
tion, but
will be
c er n e d
and sen-
sitive to learning in the rest of
the world, rather than crisis to
crisis. People will come together
and place an emphasis on val-
ues we don't talk much about."
-Artin Arslanian, Academic
Vice President
the Twin
the finan-
cial build-
ings, I
forsee the
going into
Missing count rises
The number of dead and miss-
ing from Tuesday's terrorist at-
tacks has quickly risen to
From the World Trade Center,
210 have been confirmed dead;
188 have been confirmed dead
from the Pentagon.
SUNY tuition waiver for
victim's families
Governor Pataki ailnounced
Tuesday that family members of
victims from Tuesday's attacks
can attend college tuition-free
at any New York State Univer-
a slump. It'll put everything on
hold for a while. It's like we're
close to war - that seems to be
the word going around. It's up
in the air right now, but I think
we'll see retaliation on both
sides." -Russ Ficara, Sopho-
more, Computer Science

:. ,.
but it'll
prevail in
the future
to be the
same and
e v e n
With other countries behind us,
international relations will be a
lot better." -Dominic Lockhart,
Freshman, Political Science .
"It'll in-
u n
among the
The mo-
people will
go up and
we'll see more nationalism." -
Erik Feineis, Senior, Computer
seen a lot
of secu-
rity in-
People are
for secu-
rity. Espe-
cially in
any public building - that's the
main focus. People take things
for granted, that will definetly
change, like telling your family
you love them every time you
see them." -Andrew Berner,
Sophomore, Communications-
RadiotrV /Film
Airline layoffs to come
American airline companies
are expecting
to lay off 74,000
workers in the coming weeks.
Continental, United, US Air-
lines, and Boeing have already
announced cutbacks.
According to Transportation
Secretary Norman Y. Mineta, the
airline industry was suffering fi-
nancially before last week's
the past week, the
airline industry has lost hun-
dreds of millions of dollars a day.
Consumers are, now·more than
wary of airline travel. Midw
makes me
think of
t '
very scary.
I can imag-
ine how
my grand-
parents felt hearing about Pearl
Harbor. I like to think we live
a peaceful country - nothing will
be the same after nine-eleven-
oh-one. Hopefully things will
only get better." -Morgan
Chase, Junior, Pschology/Spe-
cial Education
T h
way we
travel, ·
feel, and react - everything. Un-
fortunately, I think it's going to
turn into a huge conflict.
affects everything and
eryone." -Elena Genovese,
Senior, Advertising
of the
is the
This is
not a
i -
gious issue. The Koran, the
Torah, and the Bible all teach
love, peace, and treating one
another kindly. This is an issue
of people being jealous of
American superiority in finance
and power. Whoever was
involved ... should be taken care
of. Terrorism does not belong
in any society." -Atif Khan,
Junior, Computer Science
McGurk, News Editor
way Airlines, which filed for
11 bankruptcy Aug.
4, has discontinued service.
bin Laden extradition tol
be decided
Leaders of Afghanistan's
Taliban government have yet
to decide if they will concede
to international pressure and
extradite Osama bin Laden,
terrorist financier, suspected
mastermind and the FBJ's
prime suspect in last week's
terrorist attacks, to the United
States to stand trial

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September 20, 2001
Page 5
An Ainerican
through the eyes of the media
Staff Writer
In a matter.of minutes the lives
of thousands of Americans were
changed forever. On the morn-
ing of September 11, 2001, two
hijacked commercial planes were
flown into the World Trade Cen-
ter. Minutes later there were
more attacks that took place in
Washington, DC and western
Pennsylvania. Panic shook the
United States when citizens
were unable to get in touch with
family and friends. Citizens
heard about the attacks via ra-
dio, television, telephone or
searching on the Internet for
updated news.
There is a group of individu-
als who have been at the scene
since the·beginning conveying
each occurance to Americans:
the media. School of Communi-
cations Professor Carol Pauli
said she is impressed by the
media's ability to cover the at-
tack. Pauli also made a point to
let her classes know that open
discussion was welcomed.
"The mainstream media has
done a really good job at not
saying more than they know,"
said Pauli. "I've been especially
impressed with WCBS and their
ability to cover the World Trade
Towers. The New York Times
had a double banner headline,
which is rare for them too."
Local television stations
throughout New York have been
at the scene in the city around
the clock since the tragedy.
Journalists have risked their
own safety to make certain that
the news and pertinent informa-
tion reaches those at home who
may have lost someone, is miss-
ing someone, or concerned
about the situation in the city.
At times like this it may seem
impossible to keep emotions out
of their work, but journalists
must group and push aside their
emotions to carryout their job
as a reporter.
Sophomore Colleen
Younghans commented that re-
porters' emotions seemed under
"The media has handled the
event very well. Their emotions
have been in check and have not
gotten too emotionally in-
volved," said Younghans. She
said that she did hear an anchor
begin to cry and the network
had to stop the broadcast at one
Sophomore Christophe
Fontaine opposed Younghans'
comment and said the media has
pointed fingers through their
"The media is spreading the
hate by pointing fingers and
saying 'these people are the
enemy' when Palestinians are
The Inental
of a terrorist attack
M.."fist community provides solace in a time of sorrow
4',' •. ···
Staff Writer
11, 2001,
a day that
go down in the history
1ks for years
come, but
remembered forever by those
·ho lived through and experi-
nced the horrible acts ofter-
·orism on US soil.
As we watch the endless news
1roadcasts of men and women
igging through what was once
he beautiful and well known
:win towers we get that feeling
n the pit our stomach, racking
1ur brains for answers. Evezy
erson in that building was
omeone's father, mother,
1rother, sister. Some one in that
1uilding was about to get mar-
'ed or become a parent. The
oint is whether you were per-
onally related to someone in
hat building or had a close
'riend who worked nearby, you
·ere affected. Just watching the
umerous recaps of the planes
olliding with the buildings is
nough to turn anyone's stom-
The actual physical affects of
.e explosions will eventually be
leaned up, and memorials
built. The city will once again
,rive and the horns of angry
ew Yorkers will once again
·lare. However, the mental im-
ges and pain of this incident
remain forever. That is some-
·ng that can not be recovered
For those that are suffering
nd for those who are in a state
mental anguish there are so
any ways in which to ease the
There are numerous ways,
pecifically for Marist students
n campus that were so
evastatingly affected by last
'uesdays' catastrophic events.
This past Friday a candle vigil
as held throughout the coun-
but more specifically here at
Marist, where the student popu-
lation gathered outside at 7 p.m.
to light a candle for the victims
and all affected. There have
been several prayer services,
including one that was held the
night of Tuesday, September 11,
2001. The campus offers many
ways in which students can re-
ceive counseling and also help
in some way (whether it's money
donations, food, etc) for the vic-
tims and their families.
More nationally, Friday was
declared a day of prayer by Presi-
dent George W. Bush. Together
as a nation people have been
prayers, parades,
and decorating their vehicles
with American paraphernalia.
Perhaps the most crucial way
to get through the after math of
Tuesday's events is to come to-
gether as one nation and forget
all the pettiness of everyday life.
is important that thQse who
need to talk to someone seek out
professional help, whether it is
one our Marist "brothers," an
or a close friend. It does
not matter who it is, but as long
as it is someone you can talk to
and trust. Get your feelings out
and find someone to put you
ease, because chances are ther1
are others feeling the same way.
Physically this act of terroris
has taken its toll on the nation
but more importantly is
mental impact it has had on s
many thousands of people
There is nothing that can b
said or done to take away th
pain, only time. And in time w
rise again as a nation, bu
as President Bush stated we wil
never again return to a time be
fore September
11, 2001.
TOP: Hundreds gather at Square Union in New York City to mourn the thousands of people either killed or still
llost in the September 11th terrorist attack.
BOTIOM: Mourners cast shadows on one
many sman memorials constructed around New York City.
dancing in the street," said
The emotions have been run-
ning high on the Mari st campus
since this past Tuesday. Many
students have been walking
around with cell phones or sit-
ting at home trying to get
through to family.
A Marist professor pointed
out that the classroom has been
a place for students to place
their anger and confusion in af-
ter the recent turn in events.
The professor noted that the
United States has joined other
cultures in learning about what
it is like to be vulnerable.
Amidst the feelings of fear,
vulnerability, and sorrow the
tragedy has only made report-
ers in the local area at the
Poughkeepsie Journal work
harder. Executive Editor Meg
Downey said that they have
several reporters she is proud
of for the hard work and endur-
ance over the past week.
"We'vehad arotating staff24-
hours a day so that we can scru-
tinize and aim the information re-
sponsibly at the local public.
There were two extra editions
put out last week to help keep
people informed. We've tried
to combine national and local
levels of the attack in the paper
because people need to know
what is going on in both areas,"
said Downey.
Downey said that the
Poughkeepsie Journal has re-
ceived an outpouring of emails
and letters in response to the
attack. She welcomes students
to call, write or email about
events or stories that they feel
should be covered around the
local area. The Poughkeepsie
Journal can be reached on the
or call (845)454-2000.
School of Communications
Professor and Reverend
Modele Clarke said publications
such as the Poughkeepsie Jour-
nal have done well showing the
public the international ramifi-
cations of the attack.
"The media is in shock and
disbelief but has been sensitive
and has filtered the news more
than adequately by putting a
local spin on the news when
possible," said Clarke.
The local radio stations and
television networks have slowly
begun to return to their sched-
uled program after a week of
continual news coverage.
Slowly people will return to their
routines and support those who
are facing grief from the tragedy.
The media will continue to be
the stronghold that informs the
public how the nation is pro-
gressing politically and socially .
as United States citizens unite,
help each other, and responds
to the disaster with valor.

_______ THE CIRCLE ______ _
September 20, 2001
Congress shall pass no law ... abridging the freedom of speech or of the press.
A call for multiculturalsim in time of uncertainty
Opinion Editor
On Tuesday, September 11,
America was rocked to its ideo-
logical foundations. The real-
ization: Some find American
Democracy threatening. The
manifestation of terrorism so
early in the 21st Century causes
great concern for what is yet to
come. The realization: Some
find American Democracy per-
verse. The notion that war has
been declared on terrorists and
those nations that harbor terror-
ists is not pejorative but fath-
omable. America saw evil.
America will respond accord-
ingly. America will be resilient.
As America mobilizes its forces
and prepares for a long and ar-
duous assault on terrorism its
citizenry must work to unify so-
ciety through the sharing of
cultural identity and tradition.
• Michael Kulla wrote in the
Poughkeepsie Journal, "if the
world is ever going to show re-
spect and concern for its fellow
man, a gargantuan understand-
ing must begin where ideas, val-
ues and needs are exchanged."
Though America will not be
held hostage by terrorists, any
response or action must be car-
ried out justly and virtuously.
In wake ofthe calamity phrases
like keep the light of freedom
burning and we shall overcome
have dominated newscasts and
editorial sections of newspa-
pers. In a sense, America's ide-
als: Freedom, democracy and
egalitarianism have been tested.
Our resolve must be the convic-
tion to lead the free world be-
yond evil, beyond vicious and
unprovoked attacks.
Yet, Jew, Muslim and Christian
must be sensitive in this time of
uncertainty. Clearly, there are
men and women whose position
is antithetical to the American
Dream. While Americans unite
in their opposition to these
groups we must be mindful that
not every Muslim is a follower
of Osama Bin Laden. While
pride may undo anger and con-
We shall overcome
On the Metro North train to
Grand Central, a bright adver-
tisement caught my attention.
"Ordinary People, Extraordinary
Adventure" it bellowed, as if
acting the narrator to this
strange teledrama known as
September 2001.
From Poughkeepsie to
Peekskill, it seemed the perfect
late-summer day - the sun
brightened the sky, the Hudson
River glittered, and boats and
jet skis skipped carelessly over
th.e waves. The world pre-
tended to be at peace.
Yonkers. Almostimmediately,
the mood shifted. All conver-
sation ceased as the train made
its way through the Bronx, to
Manhattan. A grim moroseness
seeped under the doors, watch-
ing, waiting. Waiting for New
York to suddenly fold in on it-
self, and disappear into the East
Grand Central was equally mo-
rose. This old giant, who had
seen two world wars, a major re-
construction, and an army of
rats, now seemed to buckle un-
der this huge weight.
Onto 42nd Street, I expected
the usual rush of energy and life
to come rushing towards me, to
feel the joy of stepping on Man-
hattan sidewalk. I was disap-
pointed, and I was alone. Alone,
in New York City. No cars were
visible. Spying down Fifth Av-
enue, an unreal sight gripped
me: Fifth Avenue, the much-sto-
ried boulevard, was empty.
world-famous lions guarding
the New York Public Library
could have rolled over and gone
to sleep: the library, too, was
closed, but it didn't matter. No
one was there to go in.
I ran to Times Square to es-
cape the silence. I arrived, and
desperately wanted to flee.
There were no noisy vehicles,
no sounds of construction, and
no happy chatter of passers-by.
Instead, flags at half-mast domi-
nated the scene. On the scaf-
folding of the unfinished Toys
R Us building waved five Ameri-
can flags, along with homemade
signs asking God to save New
York's firefighters. ABC News
repeatedly scrolled the words to
"We Shall Overcome," and vis-
iting tourists boisterously sang
the national anthem.
I hailed a cab, and flew down-
town. My heart sank as street
after street passed; I knew I was
getting closer to that awful spot
where two large buildings are
supposed to stand. I finally
reached my destination: Union
Square. This mecca for the
weary of heart, this meeting hall
for the shell-shocked, was a
sprawling, floral testimony to the
spirit of New York. Even on the
brink of death, 14th Street, they
played music. They sang songs.
They placed candles, and they
See ...
stemation over these tumultu-
ous acts, the truth is: We must
be willing to share ideas and
values internationally and do-
mestically. Cultural exchange
will bridge the gaps between rich
and poor countries as the inter-
national community builds in its
understanding of human integ-
While bombings and war may
prove to stop the current threat
of Osama Bin Laden and his
mercenaries, the greater task is
to establish the common bond
of humanity and to create the
beloved community. This week
the American economy will re-
sume its normal, everyday op-
erations. The dust has started
to settle and cleanup crews
have brought symbols of unity
and resiliency to urban areas
where landmarks, like the World
Trade Center, once showcased
America's ambition, drive and
These vicious attacks must not
stand. America's citizenry has,
at an insurmountable cost,
learned that in a highly materi-
alistic society the philosophical
notion of God must never wane.
As a nation founded as a the-
ocracy, America must rebuild it-
self by incorporating the mun-
dane and the temporal into a
capitalistic economy. In this
time of crisis we must call the
world community to stand at
America's side. During this
time of uncertainty the world
must embrace the principles of
multiculturalism. As I close, I
offer a poem by Thomas Paine
entitled The Liberty Tree. Let
us pray for the victims of this
tragedy, and for America's re-
solve to keep the light of free-
dom burning.
In a chariot of light from the
region of day
The Goddess of liberty came.
Ten thousand celestials
directed the way
And hither conducted the
A fair budding branch from
the gardens above,
Where millions with millions
She brought in her hand as a
pledge of her love,
And the plant she named the
Liberty Tree.
From the east to the west blew
the trumpet to arms!
Through the land let the
sound of it flee;
Let the far and the near all
unite, with a cheer,
In defense of our Liberty Tree.
-Thomas Paine
United we stand, divided we fall
Staff Writer
War on America. I never
thought that in my career as the
Political columnist for Marist
College I would have to write
about it. None of us ever
thought that four planes could
be hijacked, the United States
Pentagon attacked and the
World Trade Center destroyed
in the same day. Well, wake up
America because it has. We
must unite and stand with the
leadership of this great country.
Freedom and democracy has
been molested by terrorists who
are smart, sophisticated and will-
ing to die in their campaign
against America.
I have heard a lot in these last
few days on how to prevent
something like this from hap-
pening. Educate policy-makers,
know what is going on around
the world, and be aware that
America is not the center of the
universe. Well, I agree with
these opinions, however they
will not stop a terrorist attack
There is only one thing that will
help stop something like this
from happening. That is in-
intelligence and
readiness. There are also those
that state the US
should not cause more loss of
innocent life in a retaliatory
strike and that this should not
turn into an eye-for-an-eye
battle. It should be the job of
our Federal government to to-
tally annihilate those terrorist
and any others responsible for
the attacks on the Pentagon and
the World Trade Center. WE
must show the world that for any
attack on US soil, those attack-
ers will suffer 10 times the car-
nage that was inflicted on the
What do we do now? We as will strike the final blow; you can
Americans must support our bum our flag, but in the end our
federal, state, and local govern- flag will bum you. God bless
ments. Local and state will co- America. God also better bless
ordinate cleanup and recon- those that did this to our great
struction operations. Federal country because we are going
will take care of retaliation. to strike back with everything
America is at war now. This is .,....w.,.e._'v.._e ...
go..,t ...
! ______
for real. The next 8 to 10 years
will be like nothing that we have
every seen in our young lives.
While we must prevent any-
thing like this from ever happen-
ing again, we must be aware that
it can. Terrorists h;ive declared
war on America and have struck
the first blow. It is time for us to
strike back with the fires of hell
in our hearts and God's grace
on our backs.
Those that died at the Penta-
gon, the World Trade Center and
on the hijacked planes died as
heroes. They started out their
day like we do. Those killed
thought it was going to be an-
other regular workday. All
thought they would return home
to their families. The men and
women murdered lived on the
principles of freedom, democ-
racy, and the American way. We
must realize what principles they
died for. They died for the way
they lived. They died for free-
dom, democracy, for the Ameri-
can way. We must not forget
that and we must not forget to
honor those that have fallen.
Our way of life was attacked
on Sept 11, 2001. But the prin-
ciple that this great country
stands for will never bend or
break. As Americans we will
always be steadfast and show
our resolve. We must show the
world that we are and will always
be the leader of freedom, democ-
racy and hope. We can be at-
tacked but we will attack back;
you can strike a blow to democ-
racy, but in the end democracy
.. *The
Way of New York!
and''the ·~
York Community'
t;.iit to
help the victims
of the
and their families.
Donations should
2·Pa1*Ave, NYC,
or call ·
Cross, cash do.
*NYC hOtline for family and
friends of victims: 212-560-
*NYC Police Department
*New YorkFtre
cue efforts: 718-999-2541
*Port Authority employee infor-
*SL Vmcent's Hospital asks for
hotlin,es al}d
For information

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September 20, 2001
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The views £resented are not necessarily those of The Circle
Dread and Repulsion: Let's start a war?
Layout Manager
you believe in God, start
praying now. Don't forget to
say a few for those who don't.
Desert Storm seems like a Sat-
urday Night Live skit compared
to what happened on Septem-
ber 11. Hear that sound? That's
war coming with God knows
what else chasing behind it.
If you're waiting for a swift mili-
battle or even if you' re plac-
ing faith in an international
movement against terrorism to
solve all of these problems then
prepare to be disappointed.
"Terrorism is the weapon of the
you've probably heard
al lea.St three or seven times
over the last week but it's also a
weapon that cannot be stopped
through conventional means.
Increased security at airports,
strict immigration policies, and
CIA black operations will not
solve this problem.
The United States was struck
by this Hollywood-esque attack
but a wider perspective shows
us that this was an attack on the
West. We just happen to be the
biggest target. There are rea-
sons why we are being attacked
(although reasons are not ex-
cuses, nor should they be
treated as such) and without
facing these reasons with a sub-
stantial attempt to change them,
September 11, 2001 will be the
first of many tragic dates.
Over the past week I have
seen, on the news and in per-
son, people bind together to
help the victims of the attack on
the WTC. Hospitals are turn-
ing down donors because they
are full of blood or because there
are not enough doctors,
fundraising and other aid drives
are running full steam, and
smart investors that invested in
flag fi!aking companies are mak-
ing thousands of dollars. This
is the beautiful thing about hu-
manity. Unfortunately it won't
last very long and many people
will slowly fade into pre-attack
normality without putting much
thought into the future.
The future is grim regardless
of whether we catch the party
or parties responsible for this at-
we don't catch the cul-
prits then they are able to at-
tack again.
we do catch the
culprits then more will quickly
fill their footsteps and continue
this war. Arrest a thousand
people, launch a few dozen
tomahawk missiles, and place an
economic embargo on an entire
nation and what do you think
will happen? We'll be training
another entire generation to re-
sent us with such a passion that
September 11 will seem like a
Osama Bin Laden, Sadaam
Hussein, and Slobodan
Milosevic all have similarities in
the ways they built massive
support for causes that seem
absurd in our eyes. Our politi-
cians resort to typical textbook
procedures when leaders like
these cross paths with the
United States by placing eco-
nomic embargos on the nation
or by trying to carpet bomb ar-
eas that we believe are holding
their troops. Not many people
in the United States realize what
happens when we do this.
ready impoverished areas be-
come progressively more so.
More children die of starvation
and more people suffer. Then
our enemies address their na-
tion with a brilliant PR spin and
tell the people that they are
starving because of the United
States, that their children are
dying because of the United
States, and that the world would
be greatly benefited with our
complete and utter demise.
Remember that rage you felt
watching CNN showing the
Trade Center crumble, crushing
hundreds or possibly thou-
sands of people? That sense of
complete shock and disgust as
you watched the horrendous
images of people diving out the
Our politicians resort to typical
textbook procedures when leaders like
these cross paths with the United States
by placing economic embargos on the
nation or by trying to carpet bomb areas
that we believe are holding their troops.
Embargos and economic sanc-
tions do not hurt people like
Hussein or Milosevic; they are
rich and powerful, with enough
loot stolen from their people to
last them for years. Instead, al-
Now think about every report
or news story you've ever heard
about some military strike or
bombing we did and think about
the numbers that were read off
so nonchalantly. X number
dead, Y number innocent casu-
alties (or collateral damage is the
more common term); "that's
war," someone would comment
and then the next news story
would start. Those callously
mentioned numbers, specifi-
cally Y, were real people that
suffered real horrible deaths just
like those on September 11.
you think I'm saying this be-
cause I don't care or if you're
reading this while mouthing the
words "pinko" while cursing
how unpatriotic you think this
is then do us
all a favor and jump
into some oncoming traffic on
Route 9. This is not about be-
ing an American anymore. This
is about being a citizen of the
world and not wanting this to
happen to anyone else, includ-
ing and specifically, ourselves.
It may be uncomfortable to ac-
knowledge that much of this
world resents us, sometimes
with fairly good reasons, but if
you really want to make this
world a better place then think
about what we, as a nation,
could do to make this world
safer. It's not as easy as buying
a flag for your car and it takes a
lot more work than putting on a
ribbon but at least it may save
lives. Ever get the feeling
you've been cheated?
We shall ..
. Quotes of the Week
mourned. They did all this, un-
derneath the mocking, brutal
sun, who impudently gleamed
on this darkest of days.
I descended into the subway
terminal, passing endless pic-
tures of the missing and the
dead. The .subway cars rattled
and echoed into the empty ter-
minal, playing the part of
doomed traveler to an unholy,
uncharted land. Silently, I
stepped in, intending to return
to 42nd Street. A stronger force
took me to Wall Street.
The subway cars were surpris-
ingly packed. Every missing
person on the street had re-
treated to the underground. The
underground was safe, and it re-
lieved some of the collective
survivor guilt. The victims will
never see light again. By with-
drawing to the subways, the liv-
ing could remove themselves
from the world.
We painfully hobbled over the
track underneath Wall Street.
Morbid yards of black tape and
ribbon harshly declared its clo-
sure. The subway car filled with
pints of invisible tears, and
roared with silent cries. The
people of New York remained
pinned to their seats, secretly
wishing to forever stay below.
But they will emerge. One day,
New Yorkers will not curse the
sun for shining. One day, they
will not sob and cough as they
look to the south. New York will
again reclaim its glory, without
its towers. Let the towers lay.
Their spirits have led this city
to new heights - to an unparal-
leled loftiness of grace,
strength, and courage.
New York is a helluva town.
"It's not a war. You can't just use words like that. There needs to be a "mobiliza-
against terrorism."
-LOUIS MICHEL, Belgian fpreign minister
"The face of terror is not the true faith of Isalm. Islam is peace."
-GEORGE BUSH, President
"Like the Cold War, this is a realigning war, by which I mean that the United
States is dividing the world into us versus them. "
-PETER FEA VER, Duke University
The Circle would like to send ourbest
wishesto all th<?se affected
September 11.
and heaftfeltcondolences
all.those touched
devastating event.

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hits entertainment industry hard
Managing Editor
Even over a week after its oc-
currence it is still almost impos-
sible to put into words how
much the cowardly terrorist at-
tacks on this great country have
affected life as we know it.
Many are saying that we must
move on with our lives as nor-
mal as possible to send these
villains the message that noth-
ing they can do will stop the
daily flow of American life, but
that is a utopian view. The world
as we know it has changed for-
ever in every aspect and may
never be the same. One of these
aspects is the entertainment in-
dustry. At a time like this, some-
thing like entertainment almost
seems trivial and unimportant,
but it is an industry that makes
billions. of dollars, and the way
that it operates may have been
-';{ altered forever.
._ '::l -.,,
First of all, the industry lost
some valuable talents in the
plane crashes. David Angell,
54, from Pasadena, California
died in the American Airlines
Flight 11 that crashed into the
first World Trade Center tower.
Angell was the executive pro-
ducer of the hit comedy Frasier.
Thomas Pecorelli, 31, from Los
Angeles died in the same plane
crash and was a camera man for
Fox Sports and the E Entertain-
ment Channel. TV Commenta-
tor and lawyer, Barbara Olson,
45, met her untimely death in the
American Airlines Flight 77 that
crashed into the Pentagon.
These valuable contributors to
the entertainment industry will
be sorely missed.
In addition to human losses,
the entertainment industry has
been affected in other ways as
well. The Emmy Awards, for ex-
ample, have been postponed
until October
This is the first
time in Emmy history that the
show has been put off. Even in
1980 in the midst of an actor
strike where all of the actors no-
showed, the show went on. The
presentation of the show has
also been changed around as
host Ellen DeGeneres' opening
monologue has been scrapped
as well as a skit involving ac-
tors from Saturday Night Live
poking fun at President George
Bush and Al Gore. There is
also a planned moment of silence
for all of the victims of the trag-
edy as well as a tribute to
This is believed to be the long-
est delay in awards show his-
tory. The Oscars were put off
for two days in 1968 following
the assassination of Martin
Luther King Jr., and they were
delayed for one day following
the attempted assassination of
President Ronald Reagan in
1981. The Latin Grammy
Awards have taken a different
approach and have canceled
their show outright.
Perhaps one of the aspects of
the entertainment industry hit
the hardest is the film industry.
This is an industry that displays
similar acts of terrorism in its film
releases on a consistent yet fic-
tional basis. One example of a
film being affected by this trag-
edy was Warenr's soon-to-be
released Collateral Damage star-
ring Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The terrorist-themed film was
set to be released on October 5,
but release date has been put
off indefinitely, its Website has
been shut down and all promo-
tional materials have been re-
Disney has taken similar ac-
tion with one of its films, Big
Trouble. The Tim Allen led en-
semble comedy was to be re-
leased on September
Disney canceled the upcoming
press junket and has pushed
back the release date until some
time next year. The film origi-
nally ended with a nuclear bomb
being smuggled into an airport.
The television industry has
been affected as well. The start
of the fall season has been
pushed back a week so that
more focus could be put on cov-
erage of this tragedy. Specific
shows such as the new 24 and a
special Law and Order
miniseries are being retooled
due to content dealing with
bombings and hijackings. CBS's
new show The Agency in-
cluded references to Osama bin
Laden as the man behind a ter-
rorist attempt to blow up
Harrod's in London. CBS has
pulled promos for the show and
most likely will not air the origi-
nal pilot. Instead, the current
plan is to air the second episode
with minor changes to account
for continuity that would be lost
without the pilot.
Television stations have been
airing uninterrupted news cov-
erage of this shocking event,
and it is hitting them hard in their
wallets. The New York Times
reports that some stations are
losing up to $100 million a day
due to not airing commercials.
Also hit hard has been the mu-
sic industry. Some major con-
certs have been canceled includ-
ing shows by Janet Jackson,
Tool, the Black Crowes,
Godsmack, Maxwell and Ben
Broadway had closed its the-
aters on Tuesday and Wednes-
day, but were open once again
on Thursday. Some of the ac-
tors were still shaken by the in-
cident and were hesitant to go
on with the shows, but after
being urged from officials to
carry on as normal to give the
people of New York something
to do to get their minds off the
national tragedy.
Even some computer games
have been put on hold in wake
of the terrorist attacks. Elec-
tronic Arts has suspended play
on its new interactive online
conspiracy game, Majestic, in
the wake of Tuesday's tragedy.
The game revolves around a
government conspiracy that
leads to the destruction of a
software company.
Not as naughty
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First there was the Bacon
Brothers, then there was
Naughty by Nature; Fox Fest,
SPC's now annual year opener,
is definitely headed in the right
direction. Naughty by Nature
played to a crowd possibly
suited better for a Dave
Mathews Band show on Sun-
day, September 9. The show
went off smoothly though, open-
ing around 2:30 on the campus
green and lasted for about an
hour and a half.
Entering popular music in 1991
with the now classic "O.P.P.",
Naughty by Nature has put out
four albums the likes of "19
Naughty III" with a fairly con-
sistent following to the present
The show kicked off with the
band's biggest hit, "O.P.P.", in
the middle of Marist campus
while the sun beat down on
about seven hundred people
(whom we can't necessarily call
fans, after all, there were a lot of
people at the Bacon Brothers
show as well). Regardless, the
set ranged from old songs dat-
ing back to early nineties hip
hop to some of their more re-
cent work with an occasional
break to fool with the crowd.
Following tradition, Naughty
by Nature brought a few mem-
bers of the crowd onstage be-
tween songs for a quick
freestyle session, the results of
which were relatively sub par
until one or two rap-pledges
surprised the crowd with a fairly
smooth run.
With a few exceptions, the
majority of the crowd stuck
around for the entirety of the
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Nature raised the proverbial roof on the campus green in front of several hundred Marist
show whether they were in the
crowd pressed against the
stage, or spaced across the hill
in front of the Cannavino Li-
Foxfest went off rather well as
a whole, unfortunately Naughty
by Nature did not realize that
there is a difference between the
words "veterans" and "has
beens". Their material wasn't
especially tight or spectacular
and their routine was more co-
medic than anything else.
Luckily there's more to any
show or event other than the
main entertainment. There's
rarely evh a gathering ofMarist
students in such large numbers
at any one place so the event
was a success in rounding the
folks up for a day.
Naughty by Nature is cur-
rently working on a new album
due out by the end of 2001.
Check their website for lyrics
and other information at
Chris Knudtsen is a senior
with a major in Commu-
nications. He firmly be-
lieves that Naughty by
Nature was the most en-
tertaining event of his,col-
legiate career at Marist

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September 20, 2001
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NYC's Wetlands as dry and barren as the Sahara
the stage above them basked in seemed to be a common thread and the Wetlands will be turned heard so badly that they took
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environmentally friendly spot- among music fans; practically into office space. It is kind of the lives of thousands of
my short yet inspiring time
as a punk rock enthusiast I have
watched several of New York
City's great small venues close
up shop as they were offered
up as a sacrifice to the onslaught
of a "Disneyized" Manhattan
(well, with the exception of cur-
rent events, I suppose.) Coney
Island High, a club that made
its home on St. Mark's Place in
the Village, was the first to go
after allegedly being shut down
for an abundance of fire code
and alcohol violations. Tramps
was next. I got to see a single
show at the venue's 19th Street
location before it too became
merely a memory. The club that
outlasted both of these main-
stays of underground music
was always the one I thought
would be converted into some
of commercial megastore
first. The Wetlands Preserve
would have always been first on
my list to bite the dust due to
it's location - on the outskirts of
Manhattan's financial district
and just barely outside the
mouth of the Holland Tunnel.
Wetlands opened in 1989 as a
meeting place for environmen-
tal activists. When one looks
back upon the club's history it
is easy to imagine a group of
neo-hippies sitting in the base-
ment discussing current events
and ways to protect the envi-
ronment while then unknown
jam bands such as Blues Trav-
eler and (I hate admitting this)
Dave Matthews Band played on
lights. Wetlands also played everyone I know has either ironic when you consider that a people. When you consider the
host to educational sessions heard of or been there at one club that was founded on pro- blatant attack on big business
every Tuesday night in an ef- point or another. Wetlands tecting the environment from and capitalism that occurred
fort to help promote awareness seemed to be the most accept- exploitation by big business when both 1 and 2 World Trade
of environmental problems. ing of clubs. Regardless of who should lose its home to busi- Center came crashing down like
However, it is not the you were you were pretty much ness-based progress.
Legos after a toddler's fit and
hippie-esque past of Wetlands welcome at Wetlands.
The last week for the Wetlands the motivation of mariy of those
that brings me fond memories.
However, there is one group was to be a time for those who who founded the Wetlands Pre-
etlands was one of the starting venues for many jazz ban
erformers such as John Popper of Blues Traveler
Wetlands was a meeting that I believe most who tre-
ground for so many different quented the club considered
people of varying musical and unwelcome: big business. The
social circles. While jam bands Wetlands was to have its last
and reggae were popular at show this past Saturday night
Wetlands, so were hardcore, but thanks to the purchase of
metal, punk, ska ap.d even the building it is now part of a
techno. If you name a style, residential development com-
someone has probably played pany. The building itself will be
it at Wetlands. The club has converted into loft apartments
made the venue what it is to- serve to protect the environ-
day: The big names who got ment from big business, it cre-
their start there were supposed ates an odd juxtaposition. Does
to come back for one last hur- this mean that the perpetrators
rah. However, all of that ended of Tuesday's attack and the
at 8:45 Tuesday morning along founders of Wetlands had the
with thousands of Ii ves and two same goals and ideas? Certainly
monuments of New York. Wet- not- one was out to destroy life,
lands is located roughly three the other to protect it. But it is a
blocks away from the epicenter strange twist of fate nonethe-
of last week's tragedy at 161 less.
Hudson St. According to a
Wetlands will return else-
statement on their website, the where. The statement released
club was evacuated around on their website Friday talks of
noon Tuesday afternoon and their plans to rebuild the club at
stayed that way throughout the a new location in the future.
rest of the week. There would More important though was the
be no final week of shows, no talk of a fundraising concert for
last hurrah.
the American Red Cross to ben-
Before I cor,tinue, I do not
mean to skew the severity oflast
week's tragedy, so please do not
misinterpret what I will say. It
was after many hours of pon-
dering the effects that the attack
on our nation had on people that
I arrived at the thoughts I
present to you all.
is rather ironic that a club
that was for 13 years a forum
where people of any race, color,
creed, or gender could gather to
speak their minds and listen to
good music had it's final mo-
ments ended by a group of
people who felt the need to be
efit the efforts that continue
around the area of the World
Trade Center. The club without
a home wants to help ... kind of
funny when you think about it.
However, it instills a warm feel-
ing in me that Wetlands will re-
build just as New York and the
rest of the nation will rebuild.
For whatever reason, some-
times it takes looking at the
smaller picture to fully realize the
larger one. I'm out.
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sports scene
And then, suddenly, none of
it mattered. Not the NFL and
the start of its season. Not
Barry Bonds and his chase for
seventy. Not even Michael Jor-
dan and his intention to return
to the game that has made him a
legend. Suddenly, sports dis-
The September 11 terrorist at-
tacks on New York City and the
Pentagon left the country in a
state of mourning and shock.
The sports world was no differ-
sports. We need them because
life has to be about more than
death and taxes, terrorists and
murder, mortgage payments and
traffic jams. We need them be-
cause there has to be some level
of enjoyment in our lives. There
has to be something that brings
a smile to our faces and makes
us forget about our troubles.
For many, the sight of Mike Pi-
azza belting a homerun or the
sight of Derek Jeter scoring from
first on a Bernie Williams double
provides that enjoyment. It
brings that smile to our faces.
makes us forget about those
leagues may still be alive?
Who can possibly care
whether a quarterback finds his
receivers in the end zone -when
thousands of wives are wonder-
ing if they will find their hus-
bands dead?
The reality of the situation at
the Pentagon and especially the
situation in lower Manhattan is
well beyond the comprehension
of anyone living in the shel-
tered environment provided by
Marist College.
The pictures are too surreal to
believe, and the death toll fig-
ures do not truly do justice to
the despair caused by these at-
tacks. Yet when we turned on
our televisions last Saturday
and did not see Notre Dame
football, Yankee baseball, or
ESPN Sports Center, we knew
something was wrong.
served as a grim reminder of
just how devastating the attacks
on America were. It also served
as a reminder of just how preva-
lent sports are in this country, a
country that weighs the signifi-
cance of a terrorist attack in
terms of how many sporting
events were canceled as much
as it does how many lives were
Yet there are certain instances,
rare as they may be, when even
the most avid sports fans and
even the most enthusiastic ath-
letes must step back and ac-
knowledge the fact that sports,
in the face of the stuff in life that
really matters, our loved ones,
are truly insignificant. This is
one of those instances.
Without question, there will
a day and time when sports will
return to the forefront of our
culture, and once again provide
Americans with the outlet for
enjoyment we have come to de-
pend on.
Without question, that day is
not today. That time is not now.
Therefore, with the wall of in-
vincibility placed around ath-
letes in this country crumbled,
and with the human side of the
people involved in sports ex-
posed, most major professional
and collegiate sporting events
for the better part of a week fol-
Some troubles, however, are
not so easily forgotten. Some
troubles, even sports cannot
erase. Such is the case with last
Tuesday's attack on America.
make changes
the attacks were can-
" -ce1ed. And rightfully so.
The NFL decided that week
number two was not important
given the scope of things. And
rightfully so.
Major League Baseball de-
cided that the pennant chase,
customary to mid-September
America, was also not important.
And rightfully so.
The NCAA decided that home
openers and showdowns with
archrivals were not important
either. And rightfully so.
For while the institution of
sports is an enormous part of
many lives in this country and
throughout the world, the trag-
edy of last Tuesday served as a
dose of reality when it comes to
measuring the true significance
of sports. Because, in reality, in
terms of the things that matter,
sports carry little meaning.
It is not that sports are not
important to our society. They
are. In fact, sports are a vital
part of our lives. Actually, the
cowardice attacks on America
underscore just why we need
Sports may be able to make us
forget a tough day at work, but
they cannot make us forget the
value of human life.
They may be able to make us
forget the strains of the daily
commute, but they cannot make
us forget the strains of those
who risked, and in some cases,
lost their lives in the rescue ef-
forts in New York City and
Washington, D.C.
They may be able to help us
get over the loss of our job, but
they are powerless in helping us
get over the loss of a loved one.
The cancellation of this past
weekend's sporting events was
absolutely the right thing to do.
After all, who can possibly
care whether they stay alive in
their NFL survivor pool or not
when families all over the coun-
try are wondering if their loved
ones are surviving at all?
Who can possibly care
whether the Mets creep back
into the pennant race or not
when firefighters and police of-
ficers are creeping through
rubble to see if one of their col-
Sports Editor
As a result of the cancellation
f games for six days, Major
ague Baseball will extend its
eason for another week, thus
elaying the playoffs too.
More important than the
:hange of dates, there is also a
.ew look for each team as play
urned on Monday. Each team
as a unifonn with an American
onto the back of its
erseys and the side of its caps.
New York Mets even wore
FDNY caps to show
:eir support of the firefighters
.nd police officers who risked
:eir lives and who are helping
n the rescue efforts.
Also, be-
ides the traditional "Take Me
to the Ballgame," fans will
so be asked
to sing "God Bless
ierica." All this in an effort
o raise patriotism and support
or the country.
When baseball resumed on
onday, it was obvious that
atriotism and support was al-
Philosophy of
Last Tuesday, the twin tow-
ers weren't the only things to
come crashing down. The very
fabric of this society took a se-
rious blow as well.
The tragedy of last week's
cowardly terrorist attack on our
nation destroyed lives, and cer-
tainly altered the lives of every
American citizen as well. The
American culture was badly
shaken. A big part of American
culture, especially of the past
one hundred years, has been
sports. Virtually all sports were
cancelled cir postponed last
week. The magnitude of last
week's tragedy put sports not
only on the backbumer, but in
my opinion, completely out of
our hearts and minds.
I, for one, can care less about
any sporting event, player, or
anything even remotely related
to sports. Sports are something
we play and watch for recre-
ational purposes. While our
leaders' sentiments that we try
our best to return to our normal
lives are recognized, I still find
it very difficult to even think
about sports right now, let alone
watch and play them. In the
coming weeks and months,
sports will begin to integrate it-
self back into American culture.
For some, things will begin to
go back to normal in a sense,
and while we will always remem-
ber the events of September 11,
sports will again find their places
in people's lives.
We cannot dwell on last
week's tragedy forever. It's go-
ing to take time. Time really is
the only thing that will heal
America's w1;mnds. And unfor-
tunately, the accomplishments
made by the hardworking ath-
letes, coaches, and teams will
forever tainted because they
will have occurred within the
same timeframe as this tragedy.
I can't think of a sport that is
more affected by this than base-
ball. Traditionally, baseball is
at its best in September, when
the divisional and wild card
races are coming right down to
the wire.
The baseball
postseason is right around the
comer and the "Fall Classic" it-
self is at the end of next month.
ready on the minds of baseball
fans. As stadiums opened for
the first time in nearly a week,
fans filled the seats and showed
their support for America.
The Pittsburgh Pirates handed
out "I Love New York" buttons
to the fans, in support of the
victims of the World Trade Cen-
ter attacks.
The Pirates col-
lected almost
in dona-
tions for the New York police
and fire rescue.
In Colorado, the Colorado
Rockies and' die Arizona Dia-
mondbacks participated in
minute pre-game ceremony,
which including
singing of
the national anthem while a
huge American flag was spread
across the infield, held by play-
ers from both -teams. And in
various ballparks, fans showed
"USA ... USA ... "
throughout the game.
The National Football League
will also see some changes dur-
ing the season. The games
scheduled for Week 2 will be
The importance of such an
American tradition will get lost
as a result of the nation's dam-
aged spirit. In our minds, many
important feats will go down in
the history books, with an as-
terisk next to it.
The New York Yankees, who
have the ability to win the World
Series for a fourth straight time,
may have had their team spirit
destroyed by the fact that their
"backyard" was the location of
the most terrible tragedy to ever
occur on American soil. Barry
Bonds, who may break the
homerun record set by Mark
McGuire in 1998, will not have
the same impact if he indeed
succeeds. Cal Ripken, and Tony
Gwinn, scheduled to play the
games of their illustrious
baseball career at the conclu-
sion of this season, will not have
that same magical farewell that
added to the end of the season
on January
As ofTuesda
the league had not decided
whether to keep the playoff for
mat the same, but was toyin:
with the option of keeping th.
playoff dates the same and onl
having one wildcard team pe
league, instead of the usua
three per league.
Major League Soccer canceU
its remaining six games of tlii
season. The league will begi
its eight-team playoffs on Sep
20, as regularly sched
The PGA announced that th
34th Annual Ryder Cup, origi
nally scheduled for Septembe
would be postponed an.
rescheduled in September
The middleweight title bout be
tween Felix Trinidad and Ber
nard Hopkins, originally sched
uled for September 15 was re
scheduled for Septmeber
The event will be held at Madi
son Square Garden as originall
they so much deserve. And that
is really unfortunate.
Despite how unfortunate this
may be for the sports world, it
has to be this way. Our priori-
ties must all change. We must
love our loved ones more than
ever, and befriend each, as best
we can. And if that means the
world of sports gets lost in all
of this, then so be it.
The most important things in
life are not sports, but family, and
should remain this
way. The sporting world has
been respectful of this senti-
ment and the sports leagues
showed great class by putting
life issues before the games.
Once again, the nation will be
symbol of strength and unifica-
tion, possibly more than ever
before, and sports will again
find their rightful places in
our hearts, and in our minds.

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The Red Fox football team will
face Florida Atlantic University on
Saturday in Miami. Marist is
looking for its first win of the
season. Fans can catch all the live
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September 20, 2001
"When you have something of this
magnitude that nobody has ever
seen before, and hopefully will
never see again, you have to have
time to reflect on it." - Tim Murray,
Marist College Athletic Director
Page 12
Professional and college teams take time to reflect
Sports Editor
While most of America shut
down after last Tuesday's ter-
rorist attacks, the sports scene
followed suit and postponed
most of its major events for the
remainder of the week.
The National Football League
(NFL) and Major League Base-
ball (MLB) called off all sched-
uled games for the week, and
nearly every NCAA school post-
poned its contests. Marist Col-
lege and the entire Metro At-
lantic Athletic Conference
(MAAC) also decided that the
week would be better used for
mourning and reflection, rather
than c..ompetition on the play-
TM·MAAC was actually one
of the first leagues to cancel its
games, doing so on Tuesday,
according to Marist College
Athletic Director, Tim Murray.
"The MAAC was a leader in
the decision," said Murray. "I
stood behind the decision, 100
The decision to postpone the
league games was a unanimous
decision, according to Murray.
After several schools voiced
their concerns, the decision was
made to cancel the week in
"When you have something
of this magnitude that nobody
has ever seen before, and hope-
fully will never see again, you
have to have time to reflect on
it," said Murray.
At first, some NCAA Division
I schools made the decision to
play football games on Satur-
day, but later decided it would
not be appropriate. All 58 Divi-
sion I-A games were postponed.
"I was curious to see what the
other leagues would do (after
the MAAC's decision)," said
Murray. "It was appropriate at
that time to not play and to help
those in need."
Marist head football coach
Jim Parady also said that the
decision was the right one.
"After all this, football became
secondary," he said.
Major League Baseball imme-
diately cancelled its entire
Marist athletics
affected by attacks
Staff Writer
Due to the tragic events that
occurred last week, anything
and everything related to sports
was cancelled or postponed,
and the Marist College teams
were no different. It was decided
that regularly scheduled games
could go on with the circum-
stances at hand.
All team practices were can-
celled on Tuesday, but the
teams resumed practices the
next day. But since all sporting
events were cancelled last week,
the practices were cut back.
Also the days following the
catastrophic event, it was still
unsure to many athletes if their
family and friends were safe and
"The mood in practice was
somber to ·say the least," said
football coach Jim Parady. The
team's game against La Salle
was cancelled and has been re-
scheduled for November 21.
The team travels to Miami this
weekend to face Florida Atlan-
tic and as the tragedy still rears
its ugly head, Coach Parady
said he and his squad are not
too worried about flying.
"We know the security will be
tightened to be extra safe," he
said. "We'll just have to adjust
our travel schedule accord-
Adjusting that schedule
means having to leave at 1 am
on Friday morning for a Satur-
day afternoon kickoff. Parady
expects the team to be emotion-
ally charged and pretty much up
to speed for Saturday's game.
The football team is not the
only team that is starting its sea-
son back up after a week of be-
ing idle. Men's soccer resumes
its schedule taking on Oneonta
Saturday night at 7 pm on
Leonidoff Field. The women's
team also faces the Peacocks of
St. Peter's on Wednesday, and
then on Saturday against con-
ference rivals Iona. The volley-
ball team will join the other fall
sports this weekend with a tour-
nament being held at Columbia
Nobody directly related to the
athletic program had family or
friends who were seriously in-
jured in Tuesday's events. And
to help out with the relief efforts
the teams have given blood,
along with taking part in the
candle lit vigil that was held this
past Sunday.
the upcoming
weeks, the football team will be
taking part in other relief efforts.
The team feels that once things
cool down, volunteering to help
out victims may subside and
they don't want to lose sight of
the mournful events of the past
schedule of games for Septem-
ber 11, the day of the attacks.
As the week went on, the league
kept postponing games and ul-
timately decided to postpone all
games until September 17. The
final decision was made by MLB
Commissioner Allan
Selig, two days after the attacks.
"l believe that in the spirit of
national recovery and return to
normalcy, Major League Base-
ball, as a social institution, can
best be helpful by resuming play
at the most appropriate time,"
Selig said in a press release from
the MLB, posted on
believe that time is Monday."
The NFL also made its deci-
sion two days after the tragedy
that struck New York, Washing-
ton, and Pennsylvania. The
NFL decided to play its games
two days after the assassination
of President John
in 1963, but officials were not
about to make the same mistake
this time.
"We should pause and make
this a weekend to support our
neighbors, friends, families,
even strangers," NFL Commis-
sioner Paul Tagliabue said in a
release on "(We need
to) grieve, gather our energies,
become more resolute in what
we do and become stronger as
football players and citizens of
the United States."
According to Murray, the de-
cision from all levels was the
right thing to do.
"The NFL and all the other
leagues made the right deci-
sion," he said. "It's nice to see
how the professionals showed
their support for their country
and all those suffering from this.
We all needed the weekend to
While college athletes do not
have the same responsibility to
the public as professional ath-
letes do, it was still important to
make sure they could deal with
the situation and return to the
playing field in due time. This
was the case for Marist athletes
as well, according to Murray.
"It was important for the teams
to still practice while all this was
going on," he said. "They
needed the relief and needed to
stay together. We have to make
sure that we are sensitive and
in touch with the feelings and
needs of the athletes."
Murray met with the coaches
from each team to communicate
with them what exactly was hap-
pening and what should be done
for the players.
"We have a great group of
coaches who have a great rap-
port with the players," Murray
said. "The players know that
the coaches are approachable
whenever they need anything,
especially in a time like this."
Following the time off, the
school tried to return to some
form of normalcy and began the
task of rescheduling its can-
celled games. The football
game, scheduled for September
15 against La Salle is resched-
. uled for November 21. The
men's soccer ganie scheduled
for September 12 is rescheduled
for November 3 and the men's
tennis match scheduled for Sep-
tember 15 will be made up in
April. The women's soccer
game on September 14 has yet
to be rescheduled.