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Alumni react to the attacks:
Read their first-person accounts

 

Dawn Goodlove

 

 

Students, faculty, and staff gather near the flagpole outside King Chapel at noon Sept. 14 for Cornell's observance of a national day of prayer and remembrance. President Les Garner spoke, chaplain Catherine Quehl-Engel '89 led prayers, and the group sayng "America the Beatuiful."
Art professor Doug Hanson (right) anoints the hand of a student at the campus observance Sept. 14. Anointing is used in services of healing.

In the weeks after the terrorist attacks, normality started to resurface.
Go back to your routines, counselors urged. Stay informed, but don’t give in to potential stereotypes and fears, urged first-year director of counseling Brenda Lovstuen ’92. Guest speakers, including Cornell trustee Bill Aossey ’63, a Muslim from Cedar Rapids, educated the campus community on Islam, Central Asia, and the many cultural and political issues of the day. A “field trip” was arranged to the Islamic mosque in Cedar Rapids.

“My generation and those currently in college have never experienced U.S. involvement in a prolonged military conflict, and so the realities of such an occurrence are difficult to grasp,” said Lovstuen, who was a junior when U.S.troops were fighting in the Persian Gulf. “With the Gulf War, its brevity and occurrence on foreign soil with relatively few American casualties probably kept many of us from experiencing the
level of emotional arousal that is currently being experienced by some at Cornell and around the world.”

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