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NEWS| PAGE 8 SPORTS| PAGE 7 Weekend recap of SMU vs. UTEP Centennial Quad dedicated Friday VOLUME 97, ISSUE 12 FIRST COPY FREE, ADDITIONAL COPIES 50 CENTS SMUDAILYCAMPUS.COM campus Weather MONDAY High 101, Low 75 TUESDAY High 105, Low 77 A SIDE OF NEWS Israeli embassy attacked Egyptian protesters broke into the Israeli Embassy in Cario on Saturday, forcing the diplomats to flee back to Israel. The protesters also attacked six Israeli security guards. This marks the lowest point for Israeli-Egyptian relations since Israeli troops killed five Egyptian policemen last month following a deadly attack. “It is in the interests of both the Israeli and Egyptian sides to restore relations between the two countries to normal, even if that is not simple,” Israel’s Home Front Defense Minister Matan Vilnai told Israeli Army Radio on Sunday. Governor apologizes On Saturday, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley apologized for calling a reporter a “little girl.” Renee Dudley of the Charleston Post and Courier wrote an article criticizing Haley and state officials for irresponsibly spending $127,000 in taxpayer money on a trip to Europe. State officials claim that the trip was aimed at bringing jobs to South Carolina. While on Laura Ingraham’s radio show, Haley said, “God bless that little girl at the Post and Courier.” Later, Haley issued an apology, saying, “my ‘little girl’ comment was inappropriate and I regret that.” University ceremony remembers victims By ASHLEY WITHERS Editor-in-Chief The sounds of “God Bless America” floated over the Dallas Hall lawn Sunday evening as students and community members lit candles in remembrance of the victims of 9/11. “So tonight we gather to remember, to honor, to pray and to promise,” Chaplain Stephen Rankin said. “We promise here at SMU to practice what we desire, for all the world to prevail in peace.” The SMU Service of Remembering also honored a group of veterans who now attend SMU, as well Christina Rancke, an SMU student who lost her father in the World Trade Center on 9/11. University President R. Gerald Turner spoke at the memorial service and shared with the audience his account of 9/11 on SMU’s campus ten years ago. Turner said SMU was the first place in Dallas to respond to the attacks and he felt like it was important for the students and the university community to have somewhere they could go and feel supported. “It was the university community at its educational and supportive best,” Turner said. Turner went on to recap the week’s events as the service marked the end of the Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility “9/11 Remembered” event series. “For some the images and stories only make us relive the heartache that this day has brought us,” Turner said. The Muslim Student Association was invited to volunteer at the event. They helped light and pass out candles to participants during the Memorial Candle Lighting near the end of the service. “Standing by fellow Americans and showing your support is crucial,” Muslim Student Association president Khurram Taufiq said. “We needed to be there and stand side-by-side.” SMU students attended the event to participate in the university’s tribute to the fallen. “I’m here to honor those who SPENCER J EGGERS/The Daily Campus Junior Kiran Jaura, Vice President of the Muslim Student Association, brings a lit candle to junior Natalie Clark and senior Kellie Teague during a brass rendition of “God Bless America,” part of the SMU Service of Remembering. On the steps of Dallas Hall, Sunday evening’s event commemorated the 10th anniversary of 9/11. died and here for the families of the firemen and servicemen who gave their lives,” first-year Grant Ryden said. Celebrated Academy Awardwinning actor Cliff Robertson passed away at the age of 88 in Stony Brook University Medical Center on Long Island, NY. Robertson’s family reported that the actor died from natural causes. Robertson worked in the film industry for 50 years, appeared in roughly 60 films, and won an Oscar for his role in the film “Charley.” In recent years, Robertson appeared as Uncle Ben in the “Spiderman” films. Suicide bomb in Afghanistan A suicide truck bomber injured 80 U.S. soldiers and killed two Afghan civilians on Saturday. The bomber rammed into a military base in the eastern province of Wardak, Afghanistan. NATO reported that none of the injuries are life-threatening. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the assault. Want more news? Visit us online at Contact Us Newsroom: 214.768.4555 Classified: 214.768.4554 Online: Index . . . . . 1, . . . . . . . . 4, 5, . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 3 7 6 2 First-year Sal Saroni came to the memorial service because of his familial ties to 9/11. “I came out to pay tribute to our great nation,” Sal Saroni said. “I have family in the military, those that have served abroad. This is for them too.” feature ‘American Dream’ shattered: life of an Arab man post 9/11 Cliff Robertson dies News . . . . . . . . . . . . . Arts & Entertainment. . Sports. . . . . . . . . . . . . Opinion . . . . . . . . . . . Politics. . . . . . . . . . . . MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2011 Photo Courtesy of Brandon Thibodeaux Rais Bhuiyan has spent the last several years recovering from a gunshot wound that left him without vision in one eye after an attack by Mark Stroman. Stroman attacked Bhuiyan and two other men in what he saw as retaliation against Muslims for the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Stroman has only 50 days before he is executed. By BRIDGET BENNETT News Director Rais Bhuiyan was an air force officer at home in Bangladesh, but quit his job and moved to New York City to further his education and experience the “American Dream.” After only a short period in NYC, Bhuiyan moved to Dallas with family in mind. His fiancé was still in Bangledesh waiting for her visa while they saved for their wedding and the opportunity to start a family in America. Bhuiyan’s dream was a 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. job, a wife, kids and a home in the suburbs. That was before 9/11. Bhuiyan worked at a convenience store in Dallas at the time. When he heard about the terrorist attack, his reaction was similar to many. “I couldn’t believe that these things were happening in reality—I thought it was some sort of Hollywood movie or something,” he said. After the reality set in, Bhuiyan, along with many members of the Muslim community, worried there might be some backlash and discrimination toward Muslims or Arabs living in the U.S. “But I never imagined myself that I might be one of them,” he said. In the days following 9/11, Texas native Mark Stroman went on a killing spree against anyone who appeared to be of Arab decent. On Sept. 21, 2001, he came into the convenience store where Bhuiyan worked and pointed a shotgun at his head asking, “Where are you from?” Before Bhuiyan could answer, Stomen shot him in the face from just four feet away. More than 35 pellets were embedded in the right side of Bhuiyan’s face. Despite several years of surgery, medical treatments and eye surgeries, doctors could not save the vision in his right eye. The 35 pellets remain embedded in his face, as doctors said it would be more dangerous to attempt to remove them. military Managing Editor Growing up in El Paso, Texas on a military base, Wesley Lavender knew he wanted to join the army from a young age. He recognized that there was a chance he would go to war, but he had always imagined fighting in a small conflict, similar to the situation in Panama. However, in the months following 9/11, Lavender realized that he would probably have to fight in a war. “Before [9/11] it was like another job that I was going into — just a career,” he said. “Now, there is more of a commitment, it’s more serious and I had to consider it [enlisting] a little more.” Lavender began training for the army through the ROTC program at SMU in 2008. He will be commissioned in two years. “It’s one of those things, I don’t want to go to war but I’m willing to go,” Lavender said. Within the last 10 years, more than 5 million Americans have worn a military uniform, making the war in Afghanistan, called the Operation Enduring Freedom, the longest war in U.S. history. With such an increase in military involvement, President Obama refers to this period as the “9/11 Generation.” For many soldiers and military families, that is true. After the attacks on 9/11, Nick Brown, a current student in the Cox School of Business, decided he wanted to join the Marine Corps Infantry. “Nobody in my family has ever been in the military, but I have always had a strong sense of duty to serve my country,” Brown said. “The attacks on Sept. 11 only deepened those feelings.” He began training when he was 19 and completed training in 2003. “I specifically enlisted in the infantry because I knew it would give me the best opportunity Go to: for Video See BHUIYAN page 5 politics Americans feel called to serve By SARAH KRAMER Bhuiyan was able to work through the physical ramifications of that day, but the pain caused by the attack was not over. Bhuiyan had a trip to Bangledesh scheduled for October 2001, where he was going to marry his fiancé and file for a permanent Visa to the U.S. The trip was postponed again and again as the surgeries continued. “I told her maybe in three to four months I would be cured and I would come home. But then I had another surgery in 2002, so again doctors said no, another six months you cannot fly,” he said. By the time Bhuiyan was well enough to travel, his savings account was completely drained and his engagement was over. “She was under tremendous pressure from her own family to to deploy in a combat zone,” he said. Lavender, whose father was in the army, believes he would still join the army despite his father’s enlisting. Since 9/11, soldiers have found themselves returning to war several times. And, Brown is one of them. From 2003 to 2007, Brown returned to Iraq two times. On his first deployment, he was in Iraq for 10 months. When he returned the second time, he was forced to leave early after being injured in a roadside bomb explosion. Upon his return home, Brown was awarded the Purple Heart, which is a U.S. military award honored by the president for those who have been wounded or killed in battle. “After being awarded the Purple Heart I had the opportunity to have lunch with President Bush, so I guess there was a silver lining in the end,” See SOLDIER page 5 National security threat still feared By JESSICA HUSEMAN Politics Editor Ten years after 9/11 domestic security spending has more than quadrupled, full body scanners have arrived at airports and phones can be tapped without warrants. And even given these new security measures, Gallup indicates 38 percent of Americans believe a terror attack is a likely possibility in the coming weeks. “The fact is that we don’t know if we are more secure,” said Seyom Brown, SMU professor of political science and the author of “The Illusion of Control: Force and Foreign Policy in the 21st Century.” Brown said it was difficult to ascertain our level of security because we are largely unaware of the number of threats we face. Thirty-eight percent is some of the lowest numbers Gallup has seen since conducting the poll 10 years ago, when numbers were as high as 85 percent, the same poll shows a weak sense of confidence in the U.S. government. The percentage saying they have “a great deal of confidence” is now at 22 percent — down from 41 percent immediately after 9/11. And while lowering numbers seem to indicate less confidence in the Obama administration than the Bush administration, Brown said Obama is doing very little differently that the former president. “I think that it is too easy to get into a political slug fest on this. Saying that one or another of the administrations made a mess of it,” Brown said. “The truth is that once Obama got into office he began to embrace his national See SAFETY page 2


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