Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2001-09-141
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i i B E Y O N DY;; - ,,-T V " E H E XI SIGNPOST WEBER STATE UN IVER SITY (EffliroaOD DBgjDTjQ pD nirospir psitlFDCDtiDSDin Tanna Barry editor in chief Hundreds of candles glowed beneath the Bell Tower Thursday night as many teary-eyed people gathered to remember and honor those who died. Three days have passed since the attacks in New York and Washington, D.C. In that time, community members have rallied to donate blood and money to support each other. Thursday's Candle Light Vigil was meant to be another forum for support. Each university in the state sponsored a similar Candle Light Vigil at 8 p.m. "We need to be united at this time," said Weber State University President Paul H. Thompson. "We will get through this." Even after the last remarks were spoken, hundreds of people remained singing such songs as "Amazing Grace" and 'The Star-Spangled Banner." The crowd didn't start breaking apart until the Bell Tower tolled at 9 p.m. "It was much more moving than 1 expected." said Ashley Roe, an Ogden resident. "I felt the spirit of patriotism when we all sang. I really felt like we were one." Jennifer Francis, a WSU sophomore, felt like the night was symbolic. "It shows that America is not going down," she said. "We have come together and shown our support for each other. We are more united than anyone realized."In his speech, Ogden Mayor Matthew Godfrey confirmed this. "My office received an outpouring from the community," he said. "I had people calling to ask if they could send back their tax refund to help out." He encouraged attendants to further their efforts by uniting more, praying for the victims and their families and flying an American flag wherever they could. "We cannot allow this attack to damage our community," Godfrey said. "As the most diverse city in the state, we need to lead the way by banding together."Many people felt like that's exactly what happened Thursday night. Representatives from many religions sat on the steps leading to the Bell Tower while WSU 1 X fcv : i . . s i j V.A AnnaJane Arroyo and Jacquie Martinez comfort each other at Thursday night's Candle Light Vigil. students, staff and faculty, as well as local community members, filled the breezeway. It was a night when many became one in spirit. "You sit there and think, 'I'm so far away. What can I do?' " said JoAnne Parker, an Ogden resident. 'This is just a great way to express what we are all feeling: solidarity and grief." As different campus and community leaders spoke to the crowd, many wiped at their eyes while sitting quietly. Anand Dyal-Chand, vice president of student affairs, reminded people to support each other. "This is a way for us to express our sorrow and profound grief," he said. 'This is a time to hold each others' hands and . support each other." That's exactly what many said the Candle Light Vigil did. "It feels good to address the whole thing," said Rachel Hinchcliff, a WSU student. 'This whole week we've been trying to go on with our lives. It's like we've been ignoring what's going on." For Hinchcliff, Thursday was a night to mourn the tragedy. Holly Bowden, Hinchcliffs friend, agreed. "In order for me to feel better, I need to show pain over what has happened," she said. "This is the place to do that." Jackie Kofoed, a WSU student, wanted her kids to remember Tuesday's events because of their historical importance and impact on the country. That's why she brought Sierra, her 7 year old, and Dustin, her 12 year old, to Thursday's Candle Light Vigil. "I want to make my kids know what's going on in the world," she said. "We need to pay attention to these things. So many people seem oblivious to what happens." However, she said that tragedy seems to have evoked patriotism. On both the national and community level, people come together. President George W. Bush dedicated today as one for national prayer and remembrance. In honor of this, WSU will host a moment of silence at noon that will last just two minutes as a way to remember the victims. Directly following the moment of silence at 12:10 p.m., WSU professor Brian Davis and WSUSA student body president Steve Starks will lead an open forum where students can express their feelings. You can reach reporter Tanna Barry by calling 626-71 21. Few donations trickling in for WSUSA's fundraiser lose Carvajal managing editor Weber State University Student Association is trying to do its part to help the families of victims of this week's tragedies in New York and Washington, D.C, by holding a drive for donations. As the events unfolded Tuesday. WSUSA was busy setting up two drives: a joint effort with the Red Cross to hold a blood drive on campus and a drive for donations, such as money, blankets and clothing. As of Thursday, the blood drive was canceled, and it appeared that few other donations were coming in. "They canceled the blood drive because they don't need anymore blood," said WSUSA Executive Vice President Doug Rose. 'They were afraid they would not be able to store it." Local Red Cross offices are experiencing large turnouts, and the need for blood is reducing. As for the other drive, a jug outside the WSUSA offices niled half-way with mostly one dollar bills and change. And a few items, including three stuffed bears, sat on a couch in adviser Mandy Medina's office. "It's starting to come in," she said. The drive will go on throughmid-November, when WSUSA officers will head to the East Coast for a leadership conference in Boston. They will make an excursion to Manhattan and hope to leave the donations with somebody there. WSUSA President Steve Starks plans to give the donations to a fire department in New York that has been affected by this week's events. He says that it's our duty to do this. "We need to help our nation." ,,. Starks also feels that WSU might not be able to make that big of an impact, but anything will help. "We're not gonna compare with companies who have donated $10 million," he said. "Our end result may barely be enough to build a house, but it will be tremendous for- this student body." For now, while it seems that donations are barely trickling in, Starks isn't complaining."We haven't counted the money," he said. "But it's going well." You can reach reporter Jose Carvajal by calling 626-76 4.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2001-09-14, Vol. 64, No. 16|
|Creator||Weber State University|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber State University|
|Description||Weber's current student newspaper, the Signpost, first appeared on September 29, 1937. For two years prior to that time, campus news was disseminated via announcements posted on a bulletin board known as the "Signpost". As a result, the masthead of the first issue of the paper itself featured a rudimentary wooden sign with the title spelled out in rustic-looking letters. Over the years the paper has been published continuously, though the look, size and style has changed several times.|
|Subject||College student newspapers and periodicals; Weber State University|
|Publisher Digital||Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Source||University Archives LD5893.W55 S5, Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Rights Management||Public Domain. Courtesy of University Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University.|