Campus Remembers Sept. 11 In a Myriad of Ways





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An hour before sunrise, a day of memorials will begin today across campus.

At 5:45 a.m., a year after the first crash into the World Trade Center, the Campanile will toll for five minutes.

Thus begins the day's events commemorating the tragedy of Sept. 11.

At noon, the campus will hush for a moment of silence. On the steps of Sproul Hall, 12 randomly selected students will take a microphone for two minutes and offer their thoughts on last year's events.

The International House, which houses 600 UC Berkeley students from 85 countries, plans to celebrate the importance of a global community through universal symbols of peace.

At 10 a.m., 50 doves will be released on the front steps of the International House.

Participants will be asked to say the word "peace" in their native languages simultaneously.

"It's really important for the International House to have a program for 9/11 because it shows the importance of cross-cultural reflection," said Sara Norrman, a third-year student and resident of the house.

Numerous student groups, many working together, have planned events independent of the university.

Alliance for Humanitarianism in Modern South Asia has teamed up with Sikh Students Association, Asian Pacific Council and Muslim Students Association to present a night of reflection on 9/11 and its impact on South Asian America.

The event, which will feature a documentary entitled "Raising Our Voices," will begin at 7 p.m. at 2060 Valley Life Sciences Building.

At the same time Sproul Plaza is filled with student voices, Hertz Hall will be filled with students finding peace in another way-through music.

"Sproul is for student voices in a spoken reflection," said Marika Kuzma, associate professor of music and director of the University and Chamber Chorus. "This is students' voices in a musical reflection."

Kuzma is the director of a free noontime concert that will present contemplative music from various cultures to commemorate Sept. 11.

The University Chorus, Chamber Chorus, members of the UC Symphony and student and faculty soloists will perform music from a variety of cultures and will perform a series of Palestinian and Israeli children's poetry to music.

"We thought we would provide for different people's needs," Kuzma said.

Another campus organization will honor the victims of Sept. 11 through a 24-hour long recitation. UC Berkeley's ROTC will read off the names of the nearly 3,000 victims, starting at 5 a.m. today, in front of the Campanile.

Each volunteer will read names for a 10-minute period, said cadet Alexis Epps. After each name is read, a candle will be lit.

The engineering department plans to take a more pragmatic approach to memorializing.

At noon in the Sibley Auditorium at Bechtel Hall, civil and environmental engineering Professor Abolhassan Astaneh-Asl will present a lecture on the engineering aspects of the collapse of the Twin Towers and how the accident can prevent further massive loss of life.

From 6 to 8 p.m., there will be an open mic on the steps of Sproul Hall, followed by a candlelight vigil on Sproul Plaza at 9 p.m.

In spite of the numerous campus events commemorating the anniversary, some students said they would prefer to remember last year's events alone.

"It's important to remember how 9/11 changed Americans on an individual and societal level," said UC Berkeley senior Blaire Fisher. "But I'll probably remember 9/11 in my own way."

UC police Capt. Bill Cooper said he does not expect problems today but still plans to strategically place additional officers throughout campus because "we realize that it is a significant anniversary."

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