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In Memoriam

Bwog’s heart is with those that were affected by the 9/11 attacks on this solemn ninth anniversary of the tragedy. While Columbia’s American flag flies at half-mast today, there are no events or memorials planned to take place on campus.

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  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous isn’t there usually someone reading names on the sundial in the morning? or am i confusing it with the holocaust remembrance?

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  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous as someone personally affected by this tragedy, i know i would have appreciated some sort of commemorative service here.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous We’re saving it for next year’s memorialpalooza. 10 days of remembrance, followed by a parade on the 11th day, and on the 12th day, we start forgetting.

      1. Also anonymous says:

        @Also anonymous we should never forget

      2. hmm says:

        @hmm Is this smug remark supposed to qualify as humor? What exactly is the point– do you too, as seems to be the current fashion, think that all of this mourning is an “overreaction” or some kind of contrived performance to be mocked? And what is your intention in delivering that message to someone who was personally affected by the events of that day– do you think such a person is an appropriate recipient of your derision? I just don’t understand you.

        1. hmm says:

          @hmm (I was responding to the second “anonymous,” not “also anonymous.”)

    2. CC'11 says:

      @CC'11 I agree. I attended memorial services downtown today with several members of a Columbia political group, but a service on campus would have been appreciated.

      There is no one group on campus tasked with holding such services. So, if this is a day of grief for you, reach out to the College Republicans and Democrats (gop@columbia.edu, dems@columbia.edu) and other community groups on campus before the next anniversary.

      Reach out to the Columbia community, and we will without question join you on this difficult day. We are a community, and we grieve together.

      1. alum says:

        @alum “Reach out to the Columbia community, and we will without question join you on this difficult day. We are a community, and we grieve together.”

        Actually, that has never been my experience. The Columbia community is extremely partisan, and does not believe in reaching out to those who do not share their core beliefs – especially if they are not left-of-center.

        1. Anonymous says:

          @Anonymous Columbia’s community is balkanized – once you’ve found your little group, whether it’s a student club, sport, major classes, your floor, etc, you tend to stay in that group. Hopefully, you expand the number of “groups” as you’re here. What binds all these groups together are the cross-pollinators, our stupid silly traditions (find the owl!), bitching about the man, and the fact that we’re all trudging along in a shared common Columbia experience.
          Sure, we’re full of liberals, but most of us (I hope) aren’t assholes about it. If you define your view of Columbia solely from a political standpoint, then I can see why you’d think that way. But when you’re with friends finishing that problem set, or practicing in your a-capella group (oh god a-capella) or trudging up the 100 or so blocks to Baker Field, you’re not caring about politics. Sharing of common interests -> establishing friendships -> peace and understanding yada yada yada. And with the cross-pollinators and the generic common experience, some sense of togetherness .
          In conclusion, we’re not all indifferent assholes. Start a connection, we’ll do our best to keep it and grow it.

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