Before the thoughts of terrorism and war came fear, relief
Just after the second plane struck the World Trade Center (on
the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001), I was sitting at
my desk, wondering what was going on in my favorite city in the
world and checking my e-mail. Thankfully, my brother, who does
occasional work in the city (sometimes in the towers), thought
enough to send an e-mail to let me know that he wasnt working
in the city on that particular morning. This is the same brother
I have hardly talked to in the last two years because of a family
feud, reaching out to let me know that he was safe.
At first, I was relieved. Then, I was ashamed. I had spent the
last two years being upset with him over a petty situation.
I learned two very important lessons
that morning. The first is that life is too short to carry a grudge.
The second is that we never know when we will see someone we love
for the last time.
Therefore, its important to always cherish what we have
and let people know how much they mean to us. I was lucky enough
to escape any regrets I may have had because my brother wasnt
working in the city on that horrible day. Thank God for that.
Jessica L. Shue, director of prospect research
This attack has a much larger
impact than most of us realize. It has affected the
entire world, not just the U.S. Terrorism is an idea and ideas
dont just die with people. Bombing another country and causing
them the same trauma we have suffered will not solve anything.
The world has expressed its sympathies and even taken their own
measures to prevent a similar attack. But my question is, where
is the money, loans, and labor? We have helped so many countries
with their clean up and rebuilding efforts, why do we receive
Christine McGrath 02
Loss of life is never a fun thing to talk about especially
when that loss is caused by views that we Americans do not understand.
I think that as Americans we have lived under the false pretense
that our country is always right. To understand why different
countries feel the way they do we have to separate ourselves from
our country and view Americas presence and affect on the
America makes choices that will prove to benefit itself. World
politics are comparatively like a giant game of survivor. We make
alliances to ensure that we make it the furthest in this game.
If that means that we make our friends our enemies and our enemies
our friends, then so be it. I think that politics is also like
romance: you woo whoever you are courting. However, when we choose
to break someones heart, we have to expect that there may
be repercussions. Does that mean that that country or group has
the right to seek revenge? No! What that means is that if and
when atrocities such as these happen, as a country we must not
automatically retaliate in a violent way.
As Americans, we have an obligation to be a positive role model
to all of our neighbors.
My heart goes out to all of the victims families and friends.
I just hope that we do not choose to inflict the same type of
pain on anyone else.
Hosea Baker 02
I was working in the colleges digital media lab on
a project for video production class when the first images of
the planes hitting the World Trade Center in New York were broadcast
around the world. When the horror and shock of those images finally
became real, I remember praying for the safety of those directly
affected, including a professor from the department who lived
in Manhattan. As an American, I am forever
changed by the chain of events that were set in motion that day.
Events like this present us with a choice. We can choose to respond
with understanding, mercy and tolerance. Or we can decide to respond
in a negative way. This is a choice. We choose good character.
We choose virtues. It is an opportunity that all Americans must
seize if we are to make the world a better place.
Focusing on retribution rather than understanding worries me.
If we focus on the place where hatred pools and devise a solution
to put it to an end, we would not be talking about retribution
only. I hope this will end in the fact that the empowering sense
of togetherness America has shown will include other countries
in the world. The best outcome is not only global policing but
also global responsibility. Unless we find this type of balance,
we are going to always have people who want to destroy us.
Kate Ketter 03
Terror struck me as I thought of my friends who work both
in the Towers and around the immediate area. But as the day progressed
I heard from each one, thankfully saying they were fine; shaken
and in shock, but alive.
As the week progressed and I watched the news casts of the horrific
destruction, I would sit and cry, night after night. Most of it
due to the loss of life and the evil attack that struck our country.
But I have to admit, some of it was guilt. With my wedding only
a little over a week away I thought to myself, How can I
feel happy and excited about my life and upcoming marriage when
so many are suffering the loss of their loved ones? And I felt
selfish, mad at myself for thinking of my own happiness at a time
when the entire country is grieving. But then it struck me.
Life must go on. We cannot let these
evildoers stop us from living, for when we do, that is when they
Jennifer Post Stoudt, associate director of college
relations and editor, The Albright Reporter
Like many faculty, on Sept. 11 I learned about the tragedy
as I was on my way out the door to class. It took all the strength
I had to collect myself to face the students, most of whom were
bewildered and a few of whom knew nothing of what had happened.
In retrospect, I realize how fortunate I was to have my students,
whose young faces staring back at me at that moment gave me the
incentive to focus my energy when I would have rather crumbled.
As fate would have it, in my Yoga: Philosophy and Practice class
we had just begun a discussion of the Bhagavad Gita, the Hindu
Epic that recounts a conversation between Arjuna, the reluctant
warrior and Krishna, the Supreme Lord. As a metaphor for the inner
struggle on the battleground of life, this profound text took
on new significance as the students and I struggled together to
maintain our centeredness in the midst of great emotional turmoil.
The meditational techniques and yogaasanas (positions) that we
use in the class became powerful tools for dealing with trauma
In my other classes as well, the subject matter of religious
studies enables us to focus and reflect upon our ultimate values,
both personal and collective. Perhaps that is why neither attendance
nor academic performance has declined in any of my classes. Despite
the enormous challenges that face us as a country and an institution,
I have not lost hope. My students remind me that it
is not only about me and my generation, but about the generations
to come: I am more determined now than ever not to give in to
fear and intimidation, and to continue to struggle for the higher
Roxanne Gupta, Ph.D., assistant professor of religious
The events of September 11th left an indelible mark in
the minds and hearts of the American people. Sadly, what we experienced
on that day is an all too familiar reality in the lives of others
throughout the word. So I offer my prayers
to them and hope that all of us never experience such horror and
I offer my prayers to those who lost loved ones in the attack
and hope they find the strength to carry on. I offer my prayers
to my Muslim sisters and brothers and hope that they do not become
victims of the same hate that fueled the attacks. I also offer
my prayers to the recovery workers in Pennsylvania, Washington,
D.C., and New York and applaud them for their tenacity. And, finally,
I offer my prayers to those who perished in the attacks and hope
that they have found eternal peace. Peace and Blessings.
Tiffenia Archie 92, director of academic
support, disability support and minority retention