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Students still
unite, pray for

peace

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not en masse
Vigil attendance decreases from
previous two years as some students
move past tragedy
By Mona Rafeeq
and Evan McGarvey
Daily Staff Reporters

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As candles flickered across the Diag, members of the
campus community bowed their heads to commemorate-
the second anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. *
"The September 11 vigil was a place for all members;
of the University community to come together, to'
remember and to reflect on these tragic events," said
MSA President Angela Galardi.
The vigil was sponsored by the Michigan Student
Assembly.
Although last year's program did not include music,
Music School senior Darnell Ishmel sang the national:
anthem at last night's vigil.
LSA freshman Theresa Bomer said, "(The national:
anthem) is very important because it's not just the cam-
pus coming together, it's the entire nation."
The decision to sing the national anthem was contr&
versial, said Courtney Skiles, MSA communicatiolt
chair.
But "the committee felt that it was expected to be
sung tonight," Skiles said.
LSA junior Deborah Kim, a member of the vigil-
planning committee, said the anthem should be includ-
ed. "Even though it talks about war, the song
symbolizes freedom," Kim said.
The vigil began with an introduction from Galardi
followed by remarks from University President Mary
Sue Coleman.
"Some moments in our lives are too deep for words,"
Coleman said, adding that she believes that being in the
company of others is a great comfort.
Following Coleman, Ann Arbor Police Chief Daniel
SETH LOWER/Daily Oates took the podium. Oates, a former member of the
's vigil. See VIGIL, Page 7
attacks remembered
buildings is buried under the that work remained to be done in the war
against terrorism.
rly important to us because "This battle that we are fighting along
my own included, had no with our American friends is not yet won -A
d to us," Jim Cudmore, who neither in Afghanistan nor anywhere else in:
-old son, Neil Cudmore, in the world," Schroeder said at the Frankfurt
of the garden. International Auto Show.
ncellor Gerhard Schroeder U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan,
.cks "cowardly" and warned See WORLD, Page 7A

Ann Arbor resident Patrick Mendis bows his head after placing a candle in the middle of the Diag during last night'

Around the world,
LONDON (AP) - World leaders and rel- campaign against te
atives of victims joined others around the United States, withs
globe in paying tribute yesterday to the larities between the st
thousands of victims of the Sept. 11 attacks Washington and act
with services that included a tree-planting own countries.
ceremony in Australia and the opening of a In London, Prince
memorial garden in London. den of remembrance:
Governments marked the second anniver- dedicated to the 67 1
sary of the attacks by pledging to pursue the the World Trade Ce
A2 vigils honor
victims, heroes
of 9/11 attacks
By Aman Ansari
and Victoria Edwards
Daily Staff Reporters

tragedy of
rrorism alongside the girder from the 1
some suggesting simi- garden.
trikes on New York and "It's particula
s of violence in their many families,
remains returne
ss Anne opened a gar- lost his 39-year
near the U.S. Embassy the attacks, said
British people killed at German Cha
nter. A twisted metal branded the atta

America may never completely get over the effects of Sept.
11. The heartache, the shock and surprise upset a whole coun-
try. Two years later there are different groups with different
Sept. 11 commemorative events to help University students
deal with the loss and pain of that fateful day.
Young Americans for Freedom, a conservative group on
campus, rallied yesterday afternoon carrying homemade
posters in the Diag with flags, commemorating the events of
Sept. 11.
About 20 YAF members participated in the event. YAF Co-
chairman Bobby Raham said the group held the rally not only
to mourn those lives lost on Sept. 11 but also "to remember to
support troops that remain in Afghanistan and Iraq."
Following the singing of the National Anthem, the rally pro-
gressed to personal recollections of the events that occurred on
Sept. 11.
"Everybody in Ann Arbor felt pain that day. At the rally,
everybody was supporting each other. This showed the good
side of the school (and) the city - that's what I'll always
remember," Ann Arbor resident Patrick Mendis said.
YAF member Slava Goldstein said he remembers accurately
where he was two years ago yesterday.
"When the first plane hit I was in bed. When the second
plane hit, I was in the shower. When I got to Angel Hall, there
was a horde of people gathered around a TV screen. In a big,
jolly voice I asked 'What is all the commotion about?' People
were ready to nunch me for that statement." Goldstein. an LSA

SHUBRA OHRI/Daily
Students walk past one of several anti-iberal messages found written on the Diag
yesterday.
Students react to
politically-charged

chalkings
By Carmen Johnson
Daily Staff Reporter

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on Diag
sages. Another one was, "Liberal-
ism aids Terrorism."
The chalkings were drawn on the
anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.
LSA junior Bobby Raham, a Col-
lege Republican member and Young
Americans for Freedom co-chair -
two well-known conservative stu-
dent groups on campus - said nei-

The colorful chalkings students
walk over every day are drawn for
one purpose: to get attention. Yes-
terday, anonymous chalkings on the
Diag did just that - and stirred
emotions.

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