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10A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 12, 2002


United we stand

Sept. 114
By Christopher Johnson
Daily Staff Reporter
Medical professionals paused yes-
terday for a courtyard service at the
University Hospital to remember the
victims of last year's attacks and the
heroes who emerged.
"To be human is to remember and
to be healed is to remember," Staff
Chaplain Tom Burdette said during
the ceremony. "We remember by
name those who are not now here.
God of all creation, let these tough
moments be our incentive for a
higher end."
Several physicians remembered
the attacks in excruciating detail.
"I was in my white cloak as I am
now in the clinic," said Lloyd Jacobs,
senior associate hospital director.
"Nurses and physicians and patients
all gathered together in front of the
"If we can remember giving our-
selves, then they will not have died
in vain," he added.
Lazar Greenfield, interim execu-
tive vice president for medical
affairs, also expressed the need for
Americans to form closer communi-
ties because of the events, citing

esjOin in
President Bush's recommendation
that September be a month of good
will among citizens.
"We accept that challenge and
extend it indefinitely," Greenfield
said, pointing to the work of the
medical faculty to alleviate the suf-
fering of their patients.
Many of those who came to the
service admitted they still feel sor-
row a year after the events.
"I was supposed to go to New
York before the attacks," Ultrasound
technician Kim Newton said. "I'm
sad that I could never see the Twin
Several participants expressed
similar beliefs that Americans have
become more compassionate to each
other after the attacks.
"People are generally more consci-
entious," Newton said. "There's more
of a feeling of togetherness instead
of everyone for themselves."
Allison Houghtaling, also an
ultrasound technician, agreed with
"It really opened people's eyes to
things that are going on around the
world in general and people are more
willing to go out of their way for oth-
ers," she said.


.ANNY .ILU-t1U / Dily
University President Mary Sue Coleman speaks at last night's vigil on the Diag, commemorating the first anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Plaque dedicated to

'U' victims

By Jennifer Zissou
For the Daily
Once joined together by their pas-
sion for learning, the 18 University
alumni who perished in last year's
terrorist attacks are now forever unit-
ed by one of the most tragic events in
our nation's history.
In their honor, the University yes-
terday, along with the Alumni Asso-
ciation, dedicated a plaque to hang in
the lobby of the Alumni Center,
engraved with the names of the "U of
M 18," as the group is now known.
"I will always remember my son as
a man of grace, intelligence, whimsy,
warmth and curiosity,"'said Marilyn
Rosenthal, a professor at the Univer-
sity's Dearborn campus who lost her
son in the attacks.
Rosenthal also represented the rel-
atives of the alumni at yesterday's
Rosenthal said that while these 18

individuals were once brought
together by intellectual curiosity,
their lives have again crossed "in a
profound act of political violence."
She spoke of the stunning view
from her son's floor in the World
Trade Center's South Tower and how
equally spectacular it was to view the
famous skyline of the Big Apple,
contrasting the view with the way the
terrorists saw the towers.
"To them, the towers represented
America's overwhelming global
domination and the dark side of
American culture," Rosenthal said.
William McManinch, a close
friend to Rosenthal and her son
Joshua, described what type of per-
son Joshua was and how his mother
coped during the past year.
"Marilyn is writing a book about
her son. She spent the last year inter-
viewing his friends around here and
his coworkers who worked on the
floor with him," he said.

"(To the terrorists) the towers
represented America's overwhelming
global domination global domination and
the dark side of American culture."
- Marilyn Rosenthal
University of Michigan-Dearborn professor

School of Public
Health discusses
federal assistance


"I think it's helped to fill a void."
Rosenthal said she will never
understand why her son did not leave
the building while he still had a
He sent an elevator of people
down to safety and returned to the
office to see if anyone else needed
Alumni Association President Saul
Green opened the ceremony praising
the University's commitment and

support. "We must not forget our
deep emotional commitments to
Michigan and the life long friend-
ships we have made here."
University President Mary Sue
Coleman emphasized the importance
of the bonds students build through-
out their academic careers.
"U of M will not fall silent. It will
go on nourishing all its children
with vital, worldly knowledge,"
Coleman said.

By Tomislav Ladika
Daily StaffReporter
Public health services received a bil-
lion dollars in federal funding in the
wake of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11
to improve infrastructure and avert
potential bioterrorism threats.
In addition to improving public health
facilities' responsiveness in case of
future attacks, hospitals and medical
clinics are using the infrastructure
improvements to combat the outbreak of
diseases like the West Nile virus.
At a lecture held yesterday in the
School of Public Health, epidemiology
Prof. Matthew Boulton spoke about
terrorism and public health concerns.
He said public health facilities last
September were not prepared to react
to the terrorist attacks and their conse-
The funds granted by the government
- $31 million of which were allocated
to the state of Michigan - are being
used to train public health employees in
preparing and planning for terrorist
threats and in communicating the risks
of such attacks, Boulton said. The funds
are also being used by public health
facilities forsepidemiology, surveillance
and laboratory research, he said.
Some of the projects, such as a real-
time data stream that notifies a thou-
sand hospitals in Michigan the
moment a bioterror threat is identified,
are also helping public health facilities
communicate threats from the West
Nile virus and chemical spills.
"The systems we're trying to build
will assist us, no matter what the agent
or vehicle of attack;" Boulton said.
Though every targeted area of public

health infrastructure has been improved,
the sector still has much room for
improvement, Boulton said.
Public Health student Gal Frenkel
said she believes government funds
should be used to continue developing
communication systems between public
health facilities, security agencies and
government officials.
She added that hospitals must not
forget other health ailments while
preparing for terrorist threats and
that clinics should use some of the
funds to help patients suffering
from more common diseases and
health problems.
Public Health Prof. Harold Pollack
said in addition to improving security,
public health facilities must also-realize
that "deterrence and force will never be
enough" to eliminate terrorism. He said
facilities should lobby the federal gov-
ernment to seek constructive relations
with other countries and warring parties
to respect international laws and not
attack innocent people.
Building codes and evacuation plans
of large buildings must also be re-evalu-
ated, he said.
One year after the World Trade Center
attacks, it is difficult for public health
facilities to foresee which types of
attacks signify the greatest threat, Boul-
ton said. But he pointed to small pox as
dangerous because it is very contagious
and carries a high mortality rate, as well
as the possibility of nuclear attacks or
Pollack added that low-tech threats,
such as the Oklahoma City bombing
carried out by Timothy McVeigh, can
pose a considerable threat to the Unit-
ed States.



Symposium focuses on
next steps for country,
alternative perspective


By Matt Randall
Daily Staff Reporter

For LSA senior Chris Kramer, the
anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001
brought more than personal reflec-
tion - it offered a chance to discuss
the aftermath.
"September 11 changed our world
and refocused international issues. I
think dialogue will continue past today,"
said Kramer, who attended a sympo-
sium yesterday sponsored by the Inter-
national Institute at the Michigan Union
Ballroom. "I hope some things might be
brought up that people haven't thought
of before. We're still at a point where
dialogue is very important."
Presenters at the symposium, titled

has achieved some of its goals, the
root causes of terrorism in the Middle
East have not been resolved. "None of
(the) goals remain completed,"he said.
Political science Prof. Ashutosh
Varshney said the United States
needs to remain engaged in nation-
building "to make sure order is
restored." He added the country
needs to remain committed for the
long haul, Varshney said.
Visiting Prof. Javed Nazir said that
while U.S. engagement is necessary,
the "American political and economic
commitment is already dipping off."
"The United States is failing to
engage in a war of ideas that is nec-
essary to beat the extremists," Nazir
said, adding that the country needs to

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