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The Michigan Daily - Friday, September 14, 2001-- 5

Muslim students hold meeting
to discuss fears, harassment

By Jacquelyn Nixon
Daily Staff Reporter
Reports of verbal harassment and threats of
violence moved leaders of the Muslim Student
Association to arrange an emergency meeting
yesterday evening.
Engineering sophomore Irfan Shuttari said
the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center
Tuesday morning had a direct impact on mem-
hers of the MSA.
"A guy who graduated from the University
was a member of MSA" he said. "He was on
the 61st floor of the Trade Center ... When the
second plane hit, he collapsed on the floor from
the impact."
MSA president Asad Tarsin said many mem-
AP PHOTO bers of the organization, since they are Ameri-
cans but have been associated with these
crimes, feel they are dealing with multiple

tragedies. "This is doubly charring," he said.
"The type of harassment we've received is not
from the most rational people.
"We have become a support system for one
another. ... With such a huge tragedy, this is
reassuring to a lot of the Muslims,' Tarsin said.
Tarsin said he began feeling campus support
beginning at Tuesday night's vigil. "There was
a shift in the mood of the crowd," he said.
LSA junior Brenda Abdelall, external rela-
tions chair of the Arab Student Association,
said although many campus groups have shown
their support and people are making the distinc-
tion between the perpetrators of the crime and
Arab-Americans, many Muslim students do not
feel comfortable or proud when walking down
the street. "As long as that one person is there
shouting at us ... there is still negativity, she
said. "My biggest fear is that if the men who
did this turn out to be Arab or Arab-Muslims,

the fire will be ignited again."
Tarsin said the visibility of the head scarves
is the main.reason why many Muslims women
have been targets. At the meeting, some Mus-
lim women briefly debated the significance and
benefits of potentially removing the scarves,
with its religious and cultural connotations.
Medical sophomore Sarah Mohiuddin said
her brother, a student at Troy High School,
reported Muslim girls wearing the scarves at
school were harassed by fellow students.
"They said 'We're going to kill you and your
family,"' Mohiuddin said.
Some Muslim students have chosen to stay at
home to study, rather than making the trek to
the library. Others have walked around in
groups for protection. Abdellal said Muslims
have created a sense of group security.
"We feel isolated, but by getting together, we
don't feel so isolated anymore, Abdellal said.

In Battle Creek, Harper Creek High School students write messages to the victims of Tuesday's
attacks on a sign in the school's cafeteria.

Local analysts
missing in blasts

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DETROIT (AP) - Two young ana-
lysts from Michigan who worked for an
investment management company
based in the World Trade Center are
missing, the company says.
Terence E. Adderley Jr. of Bloom-
field Hills, and Brad Hoorn of Richland,
worked for Fred Alger Management
Inc., which had offices on the 93rd floor
of the north tower that toppled Tuesday
after a terrorist attack.
Hoorn, who graduated from Yale in
May, and Adderley had just started with
the company, said Hoorn's father, Den-
nis Hoorn. "It was just last week that he
had told me how happy he was taking
that job," he said.
Dennis Hoorn said he was not opti-
* recount
stories of
loved ones
The Associated Press
As word spread that a jet had
slammed into the World Trade Center,
East Grand Rapids High School grad-
uate Kathleen Olin, who lives in New
York, feared for her husband; his
office was in the building.
She was at her Manhattan office 10
blocks away, talking on the telephone
to her mother in East Grand Rapids,
when through her window she saw a
reflection of the second jet smashing
into the center's second tower. Then
Oher phone went dead, apparently
knocked out by the crash. She was
unable to call her husband.
"I just needed to hear, his voice,"
Olin told The Grand Rapids Press.
Hours would pass before she learned
her husband was safe.
"I went up to St. Stephen's and I got
down on my knees and I gave thanks,
and I prayed for those people who
l weren't so fortunate."
Meredith Lynn Whalen, 23, had
landed her dream job as an analyst for
a Wall Street company, working in the
World Trade Center. Now her half
brother Steve Whalen waits in Sault
Ste. Marie to learn if she is dead or
His sister worked on one of the
floors hit by a jet in Tuesday's terrorist
attack, he told The Evening News of
Sault Ste. Marie.
"This was her dream: to get on Wall
Street and get involved in the financial
markets," Whalen said.
He's "hoping for a miracle but
expecting the worst."
Joe Ganci is mourning the death of
his cousin, New York City Fire Chief
Peter Ganci.
"It's very devastating," Joe Ganci's
wife, Mary Ganci, told the Livingston
County Daily Press & Argus, of How-
ell. When the second building col-
lapsed, he was underneath it.
Ganci said his death has been espe-
cially hard for her sons, who are 13,
11 and 10. She said her husband and
their boys recently returned from a
visit with their relatives in New York
"My boys are just distraught,"
Ganci said. "I just would like people
to pray for Joe, Peter and his family."
Berneda Fredericks-Brown has

mistic about hearing from his son, who
he knows went to work Tuesday morn-
"If you get down 93 flights of stairs,
then you probably should have been
able to call by now," Hoorn said.
Adderley is the son of Ielly Services
Inc. president and chief executive Ter-
ence E. Adderley. He was working his
first job after graduating from Vander-
bilt University in May with a bachelor's
degree in economics.
The younger Adderley had sent e-
mail messages from his office that
morning, said Carl Camden, executive
vice president and chief operating offi-
cer of Kelly, a temporary employment

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