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Firefighter remembers his search for survivors TARA KULASH Daily Egyptian

In an interview with the DAILY EGYPTIAN, Captain Bill Matzker said he still remembers the scene of debris and death at the World Trade Center like it was yesterday. Matzker was a rescue technician for the Missouri Task Force 1 FEMA team in Columbia, Mo., when the planes hit the twin towers Sept. 11, 2001. He said his team was commanded to fly out to New York that morning to help. Matzker’s team spent two weeks cleaning up and searching for survivors at the twin towers. He said he battled with depression for at least four years after as he struggled to answer the question, ‘“Why am I still alive when so many others had to die?’� “We didn’t know what to expect,� Matzker said. “They told us to fill a will out, and as time went on, our tensions got higher.� Matzker said because planes were grounded that day, his team was one of the only in the country given permission to take flight. Please see FIREFIGHTER | 2

Kelsey Schmidt, a sophomore from Carbondale studying English, fills out a thank you card Friday at the Faner Hall breezeway. The Office of Service Learning and Volunteerism set up a table for students and faculty to


make thank you cards for service members. The cards will be sent to local police and fire stations, the SIUC Veterans Center and the Marion Veteran Affairs Medical Center. Please see page 7 for the story.

Country, campus changed by terrorist attacks 10 years later Community reflects on where they were Sept. 11, 2001 SARAH SCHNEIDER Daily Egyptian

During the days after the Sept. 11 terror attacks on the United States, Brett Gaffney said her family chose to pay minimal attention to the event’s news coverage. Gaffney, a graduate student in creative writing from Houston, said emergency personnel from the Houston area were sent to New York to help after the attacks on the World Trade Center. Her dad, a Houston firefighter, could have potentially been sent. “I would come home and watch maybe a little bit (of the news coverage), but then I would turn it off,� she said. “Emotionally, it was really hard to cope with.� A coordinated series of four suicide airplane attacks by the Islamic militant group al-Qaida resulted in nearly 3,000 deaths between the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 11, 2011. Gaffney said the attacks changed the country and the day-to-day lives of Americans.




was getting ready for work and watching the “Todayâ€? show. One of the newscasters showed a picture of the first tower being hit ‌ I just had a sinking feeling immediately that it wasn’t an accident. My family had visited the towers 18 months before, and all I could think of was standing on top of the second tower ‌ It was an extremely frightening time on campus ‌ It’s something I’m sure I’ll never get over. Meera Komarraju, an associate professor in applied psychology, said as an immigrant from India she has seen a change during the past 10 years in how people perceive others who are not originally from the United States. “I don’t think anyone has gotten over it completely,â€? she said. “There is some loss of trust and not knowing who to trust and who to not trust. That sense of welcoming is gone.â€? Marie Vicher, an instructor for workforce education and development, said the overall impact of the attacks will affect the US for years to come. “You knew that it was one of those things that you were going to think about forever because the human toll was so great,â€? said Vicher, a graduate student from Murphysboro in workforce education. “They would interview families and the kids of people who were killed in the attacks, and it is just horrific because this hurt will go on forever.â€?

She said her daughter was 14 years old at the time of the attacks and didn’t understand what happened. “She was at that self-absorbed age that she didn’t understand why people wanted to talk about it at school,� she said. “I just wanted to kind of grab her and tell her that this is important and this is about a much larger problem in terms of international relations and Americans understanding other people.� Charlie Groves, a storekeeper for the department of zoology, said he was in the mail room in the College of Engineering when he heard news that the first plane hit the towers. He said most people in the college watched the news coverage on and off throughout the day, yet continued to work to keep themselves busy. “I sat there watching the screen for about an hour,� he said. “At that time we were just dumbfounded and didn’t know what to do or where to go or what to say.� Please see AFTERMATH | 2


I was a police officer at the time. I was at home

during my day off. I got a call from my mother, who lived in Chicago, and she asked if I was watching the news, so I turned on the TV. I felt terrible for the people on the planes and in the towers.




y history teacher at the time said, ‘Remember this moment because it’s going to involve you in some way. This isn’t the end.’ Go figure, 10 years later we are still in Afghanistan.




was in New York a couple weeks ago and went to Ground Zero. Despite how many years have passed by, you still have that feeling like a hole in your chest or stomach. I’m not even American but I feel for what happened.




was getting my children ready for school. My father called me and said, ‘Turn on the TV! Turn on the TV! Turn on the TV!’ ‌ And when we turned the TV on we saw the twin towers going down. I was in Chicago at the time ... the entire city was shut down.


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There were 124 members with 62 people per team, he said. The team consisted of logistics members, rescue technicians, engineers and more. Matzker said the team was in New York several days before it was allowed to start the job. “When we walked into the square it was just utter devastation, just silence for 15 to 20 minutes,” Matzker said. “We didn’t know where to start.” He described the foul odor in an interview with National Public Radio that ran Friday. “You had fuel burning, all the dust in the air, you could taste the concrete and mortar in your mouth,” he said. While his team was there for about two weeks, Matzker said it took almost a year to clear all of the debris away. He said the hardest part was not finding any live victims. “We were running through a gauntlet of people showing us pictures of their loved ones, asking



Groves said he didn’t feel scared or threatened at the time, but is now more cautious and aware of global affairs. “We are always looking over our shoulder now,” he said. Ben Rodriquez, associate professor of clinical psychology, said things have changed in the psychology field since the 2001 attacks. Not only are people affected by the attack trying to cope, veterans returning from

Monday, September 12, 2011 ‘Have you found this one?’” Matzker said. He said he couldn’t even look at them by the sixth or seventh day because he knew they wouldn’t find the family members. “That’s what haunts me the most,” he said. “There was so much death there. We couldn’t help anybody.” Matzker found numerous victims, though. He said the scene was a constant threat. There were leaning buildings that were in danger of collapsing. He said beams just barely hung onto buildings and debris would fall from time to time. The debris gave many of the team members “the New York Cough.” Matzker said he never smoked in his life, but after the trip his lung functions decreased by 30 percent for about six months. He said going home felt like an oxymoron. The streets were lined with people, flags and fire trucks. Everyone was cheering for the team, and they had a ceremony where they gave the members medals. “We appreciated it, but it didn’t sit well with us,” Matzker said. “Because we didn’t do anything. We

didn’t perform any rescues.” He said it was still a great feeling, though, to see America coming together like that. For about four years after, Matzker battled with depression. “It was a blur. I couldn’t concentrate on anything. I didn’t have any energy,” he said. Matzker said the incident made him appreciate life more, but at the same time he felt guilty because so many others died. “The things that were important years ago, like chasing money and getting ahead, just aren’t what’s important anymore,” he said. “Family, friends, health, freedom here in America — that’s the important things.” He said he’s incredibly proud of the seven members of the Maryland Heights Fire District who went with him to New York. While it’s still hard for him to think about the two weeks he spent there, Matzker said it does help to talk about it.

war are, too. “With veterans having posttraumatic stress disorder and issues from combat, those do not go away. We are going to be dealing with the aftermath for a long time to come,” he said. Veterans of the war on terror have dealt with different issues than those of previous wars because of multiple deployments and roadside bombs, Rodriquez said. Gaffney said she thinks the war on terror was a result of the attacks. She said after the

attacks, and in the following weeks, people came together and were patriotic, but that patriotism soon led to a cycle of looking for someone to blame. “I saw my classmates (in high school) already getting angry,” she said. “We won’t forget this happened, but I hope and pray our involvement overseas is done. We just need to come home.”

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International students reflect on 9/11 impact KARL BULLOCK Daily Egyptian When the Sept. 11, 2011 terror attacks occurred, Asef Mohammed Mehry was in Herat, Afghanistan unable to watch. “I first heard the news via radio and I was amazed,” Mehry, a graduate student from Afghanistan in curriculum studies, said, “I remember going up and down to the international non-government organizations working in Afghanistan to get a newspaper to see the images of the incident.” Mehry said the Taliban regime — an Islamic militant group — had banned satellite and TVs. There were many changes as a result of the terror attacks, for both Americans and Muslims. Mehry said an important change was in

Americans' perception of Muslim societies. He said he believed western media played an influential role, and sometimes that role was biased. “It made it seem like Islam was associated with violence, killing and brutality when the nature of the religion is peace,” he said. Prasanth Mandalapu, a graduate student from India in computer science, said he did not hear about the attacks immediately because it was late at night in India. He said he awoke the next day to the news. “I took the newspaper and opened it and the whole page was filled with news of the attacks,” he said. “I switched on the TV and was really shocked to see these tall, massive buildings blown up by airplanes.” Mandalapu said because of the

attacks, there were restrictions in parts of India. “We do have issues with Pakistan and we got some terrorist attacks, too,” he said. “It created strong security rules in Parliament.” Muhammed Asadi, a graduate student from Lahore, Pakistan in sociology, said events of such magnitude caused people to be “otherized,” a term that means to make a group separate and to cast them out as distinctive individuals. Asadi said this minimizes interaction between the groups that fall into opposite camps. He said the people who are “otherized” are feared, viewed as criminal, treated as inferior and are outcast which interferes with how they view themselves. “It’s a pyschologically painful experience,” he said. “What they

try to do is separate themselves from those people that view them in such ways and interact only with each other.” Asadi also said it is difficult to dispute these stereotypes because the message received from the mainstream media minimizes the interaction between the two groups. After the attacks, the United States tightened airport security as precaution to prevent incidents from happening in the future. Mandalapu said the process for immigrants to acquire a visa changed. He said students who travel to the U.S. from other countries had to undergo an entire background check prior to their entrance into the country. Although it was a long process, Mandalapu said he did not think

the it was too extensive because the impact of the attacks were massive. Mandalapu said as an Arab and an international student, he personally never faced different treatment. Mandalapu said his childhood friend is Muslim and had a difficult time when he tried to acquire his visa. He said his friend applied four times for a visa and was rejected and now takes care of his dad's business in India. Mehryl said he never faced any discrimination for being a Muslim and the process to acquire his visa was not excessive. "I think it was mostly for the safekeeping of the country, especially with airports," he said.

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A generation defined, but not explained ERIC GINNARD Daily Egyptian

Some generations are defined by traumatic events in a nation’s history. The Great Depression, World War II, John F. Kennedy’s assassination, Watergate and the Iranian hostage situation are some examples. Ten years ago, my generation was defined as I sat in a classroom at St. Louis Catholic School in Nokmis. As Mrs. Walcher, my sixth grade teacher, finished leading us in the Lord’s Prayer and the pledge of allegiance, we sat down to begin the day. Five minutes later, Mrs. Compton, the school’s secretary, walked into the classroom and asked to speak with Mrs. Walcher in the hallway. When she came back into the room, she stood in the frame of the door for what seemed like an awkwardly long amount of time. I look back on that moment now and have a vague understanding of what she must have been thinking: “How do I tell these 11- and 12-year-old kids a

building in New York has been attacked? How do I translate into simple words ‘America is under attack?’� After what seemed like 30 minutes, she looked up from the floor and said, “A plane has flown into the World Trade Center, and we’re going to go into the eighth-grade room to watch it on the television.� Red flags, alarm bells and gun shots went off in my head. I was old enough to understand a plane crash resulted in death, and death equaled panic. In fear for my life, my hand shot up and I asked, “Is the World Trade Center close to here?� I can remember my heart beating as though I had just gotten in serious trouble, as if I wasn’t safe. “No,� she said. “It’s in New York.� An immediate wave of relief came over me. I remember thinking New York was so far away, and the implications of anything that happened there had little or no impact on 11-year-old me. It had no impact on the towns surrounded


remember thinking New York was so far away, and the implications of anything that happened there had little or no impact on 11-year-old me. It had no impact on the towns surrounded by corn in central Illinois. I couldn't comprehend the thousands of people dying in a beige-colored cloud of death. by corn in central Illinois. I couldn’t comprehend the thousands of people who died in a beige-colored cloud of death. I took my seat in front of an ancient television set and began to watch what looked like an action movie. There were people running, screaming, crying and lying on the street. There were men in business suits with blood on their faces being carried by co-workers, firefighters running, cops waving their arms to direct people, ambulances, sirens flashing lights and the smoke. A camera finally panned out to show the very iconic cityscape of New York and the Statue of Liberty engulfed by a chalky cloud. In that moment, I was confused by the color because I always thought the smoke would

be black. After all, that’s how it happens in action movies. It was all so entertaining. It was a spectacle. The closest thing I compared the experience to, in my young mind, were the images of wartorn Third World countries on the evening newsA All I could think was that America had become that Third World country. My eyes were transfixed when the second plane hit; I couldn’t help but stare when the red explosion erupted out the side of the falling structure. I knew I was supposed to be sad because the teachers who gathered in the room whispered exclamations like “oh my God,� to one another. After all I was taught in that school, I thought God would in some mysterious

way intervene in this whole situation because this was America, and these things didn’t happen to Americans. The rest of the day was a blur. Between watching the panic unfold from a classroom’s safety and milling around the hallways, the day was completely somber. It was all over the news and every other channel when I made it home. The reality never hit. Several years later, when I was a freshman in high school, I sat in another classroom watching another television set as the footage of the falling towers played. Then it hit me. In some weird quasi sense, I felt violated, like my childhood came tumbling down with those two pillars. Yet the world was still there — moving, changing, evolving, healing and being defined.

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9/11 and Pearl Harbor: A fleeting day of infamy

JON WIENER McClatchy-Tribune

If you Google “Pearl Harbor and 9/11,� you get more than 4 million hits. In George W. Bush's 9/11 interview on the National Geographic Channel, he said Sept. 11, 2001 eventually will be marked on calendars like Pearl Harbor Day: A day never to be forgotten by the people who lived through it. But on the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, it’s instructive to consider the way Pearl Harbor Day was remembered on its 10th anniversary. In fact, on Dec. 7, 1951, Pearl Harbor wasn’t remembered, at least not prominently in the major newspapers and magazines. There was a reason the Japanese attack in 1941 received so little commemoration on its 10th anniversary: In 1951, the U.S. was fighting a new war on the Korean peninsula and had just signed a security treaty with Japan, which made it a crucial ally and staging base for the Korean War. Remembering Pearl Harbor could interfere with the nation's new mission.

The spirit of Pearl Harbor’s 10th anniversary was best expressed by the Washington Post in its lead editorial that day, which discussed the importance of Japan as an ally in the struggle against communism in Asia. Because of that struggle, “the Japanese American alliance ought to be maintained in harmony,� the editorial concluded. “It is to this future rather than to the past that thoughts should be directed on this anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day.� In other words, don’t remember Pearl Harbor. Think about the communists in Korea instead. The L.A. Times front page on Dec. 7, 1951, made no reference to the anniversary. The lead stories reported on new "atomic artillery" that could be used in the Korean War, and heavy snow on the ridge route. The second section did have a column on the Pearl Harbor anniversary, which opened, “This is the day on which innumerable Americans ... will be tempted to go about boring other Americans to death with their reminiscences of where they were and exactly how they heard the news� a decade

earlier. Of course this form of boredom could be avoided — by not reminiscing about Pearl Harbor. The New York Times had nothing about the anniversary on its front page Dec. 7, 1951. The news there was of a possible truce in Korea, and street fighting in Tehran between thousands of communists and “anti-Red civilians.� It did run an editorial. The meaning of Pearl Harbor, the editors wrote, was that, since Dec. 7, 1941, “it has not been possible for us to deny our historic mission in modern history� — resisting “aggression.� In 1951, that meant fighting the communists: “Over vast areas where hundreds of millions of people live, the human spirit is still enslaved ... and the aggressors are as furious as ever Hitler was.� But of course Hitler didn’t attack Pearl Harbor. The country that did attack is barely mentioned in the editorial. As for 10th anniversary commemorations in Hawaii at Pearl Harbor itself, an Associated Press story was headlined “War Noises Again Mar Peace of Pearl Harbor� and reported “the sprawling naval base

supplies men, ships and ammunition to today's area of combat in Korea.� Life magazine's cover story that week was “Harry Truman's wardrobe,� a ninepage photo essay. Time magazine’s cover story was about the rise of the Reader’s Digest. Life did not run a story on the anniversary, but Time did. It reported that “for the foreseeable future, Japan is solidly encamped with the free world,� and “the U.S. must recognize that full and equal partnership is the only basis for mutual, long-term friendship in the face of a common enemy.� Thus on the 10th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, Americans were told it was time to forget about what happened Dec. 7, 1941, because we needed Japan’s help to fight communism in Asia. As UC Irvine historian Emily Rosenberg explained it in her book “A Date Which Will Live,� historical memory is not fixed. Lessons that seem crucial at one point can be ignored at another. Memory, even of the most unforgettable events, is unstable and can be transformed by new circumstances.



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Explosion rocks Murphysboro


Firefighters extinguish a fire Saturday at the 400 block of S. 15th Street in Murphysboro. Jeff Bock, Murphysboro ELI MILEUR Daily Egyptian Three Murphysboro houses were destroyed in a fire Saturday. At about 6 p.m. a house in the 400 block of S. 15th Street exploded and set the two adjacent houses on fire, said Jeffrey Bock, Murphysboro chief of police. There were only minor injuries reported, he said. The house was vacant. Police are looking at it as an accidental gas-leak, but due to circumstances a criminal investigation will be conducted, if only to confirm it was an accident, Bock said. Only a smoking pile of rubble and debris strewn in the street remained of the house that exploded, and the two next door were gutted by fire. Onlookers crowded around the scene as firefighters put the fire out. The blast knocked out windows two blocks away, Bock said. John Gojkovich, of Murphysboro, said he and others were on the sidewalk

police chief, said they are investigating the explosion of one house, which caused two others to burn.


t was a real sharp explosion, and it actually moved me in my chair, the concussion, and I turned and looked. The trees kind of bowed over a bit then sprung back. — John Gojkovich Murphysboro resident

several blocks away when the explosion happened. “It was a real sharp explosion, and it actually moved me in my chair, the concussion, and I turned and looked,” he said. “The trees kind of bowed over a bit then sprung back.” He said burnt debris from the explosion landed in the street around him. “There was all kinds of debris flying up in the air, had to be a good couple hundred feet,” he said. Fire departments from Murphysboro, Carbondale, Gorham, Herrin and others assisted in fighting the fire, Bock said. Police from towns

such as Ava and De Soto assisted local officers with crowd control, but there hadn’t been any problems, Bock said. “Everybody’s listening and paying attention,” he said. Murphysboro Animal Control was also involved in the scene. Animal control officer Mark Tincher said he caught a pig in the forest near the scene. He said the owners had thought it had died in the fire. “I think we made a little girl happy,” he said.

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U of Ill. puts law school dean on leave over data U R BA NA — An assistant dean at the University of Illinois College of Law has been placed on administrative leave after the university received complaints that grade and standardized test data for the incoming class had been inflated on university literature, officials said Sunday. The data — grade point averages and median Law School Admissions Test, or LSAT, scores — had been exaggerated on the university’s website and promotional publications for the class of 2014, according to a news release Sunday. The university’s ethics office received a warning last month. The reported inaccuracies were discovered Friday, and alumni were informed over the weekend. “This matter is being taken very seriously by the highest levels of the university, the campus and the College of Law, and a thorough inquiry into the facts has been initiated,” university officials said in a statement Sunday.

Borders seller gives Chicago schools 8,000 books A N N A R B OR , M IC H .


A liquidation company participating in Borders Group’s’ going-out-of-business sales has donated about 8,000 books to the Chicago Public Schools. The Ann Arbor, Mich.-based book store chain is closing its remaining 399 stores. Northbrook, Il.-based Hilco Trading LLC said Saturday that it has donated “academic quality books” worth about $130,000 to Chicago’s schools. Hilco tells ( that it selected the books from those it bought from Borders. Hilco chief executive Jeffrey Hecktman says his company believes that “education, above all other factors, is the foundation of

Translator costs up for N. Ill. courts RO C K F OR D ³Winnebago County is spending more money this year on courthouse translators to accommodate those who speak Asian, Middle Eastern and European languages and communicate via sign language. Interpreters are called into courtrooms thousands of times each year, mostly for defendants who speak Spanish. This year, however, about 25 percent of court interpreters have been called to help those using sign language or other foreign languages, including Burmese, Arabic, Laotian, Russian, French, Vietnamese and Mandarin. “It reflects the more diverse society we live in,” said Todd Schroeder, trial court administrator. Any reason for the increase beyond that would be speculation, he said.


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Event questions 9/11 ELI MILEUR Daily Egyptian The Shawnee Green Party hosted a “9/11 Truth Conference” at the Gaia House Interfaith Center during the weekend. About 20 people participated in the event Saturday. The theme questioned the official explanation of what happened during the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Instead of targeting official speakers, the event emphasized group discussions and the viewing of films. Organizer Rich Whitney, a former Green Party gubernatorial candidate and Carbondale attorney, said the event looked at 9/11 from a different angle than most commemoration events. “The mainstream reaction is about commemorating those who have died,” he said. “We’re all in support of that, but there’s another dimension that’s been ignored, and that dimension is that there are a lot of very serious defects with the official explanation of what caused those buildings to fall.” A number of questions and theories were raised in the discussions and films, mostly dealing with the way in which the World Trade Center towers collapsed. One of the central ideas discussed was that the towers had to have been professionally demolished.

One central goal of the 9/11 Truth Movement is to get another investigation of the attacks, Whitney said. “This is part of a broad, national and even international movement to have a genuine, independent, open-minded and powerful investigation,” he said. Curt Wilson, of Carbondale, said he started to look deeper into 9/11 several years ago and became suspicious of the official explanation, which glossed over many important points. He said he thinks the issue needs to be approached scientifically to cut through the emotions surrounding it and get to the answer. Wilson said he was deeply affected by the event himself. “I wept a lot after that,” he said. “It’s something I’m still sad about. It’s a horrible tragedy and I want to see justice.” Padraig O’Hara, visiting from Chicago, said he was affected by 9/11 because he had spent time in the buildings and met people who lived near them. For the rest of the story, please visit

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Len Williams, of Carbondale, watches “9/11: Explosive Evidence” Saturday during a 9/11 Truth symposium at the Gaia House Interfaith Center. Rich Whitney, who helped organize the two-day event, said it was an opportunity for people to come together and discuss the alternative theories presented by the 9/11 Truth Movement. The



movement’s aim is to inspire a re-examination of Sept. 11, 2001 in hopes of answering questions presented by independent scientists, such as how all three buildings could fall at free-fall speeds. Whitney said despite pressures felt to suppress their beliefs, it is important that members of the movement still make their voices heard.

Students reach out through thank yous JACQULINE MUHAMMAD Daily Egyptian A service project gave students in a Saluki First Year course the opportunity to thank veterans and first responders of the Sept. 11 , 2001 terror attacks with personalized thank you cards. “I wanted my class to understand the effort these people made. It’s relevant to all of us as Americans,” said Sandra Charlson, a lecturer in art history and instructor for the Saluki First Year class. “If we as students and faculty on campus show that we care about what happened, we can say thanks to the people who were out there and put their lives on the line.”

Tables were set up from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the Faner Hall breezeway for community members to create cards for veterans and first responders of the terror attacks. Mythili Rundblad, coordinator of Service Learning and Volunteerism, said her office decided to host the service project so individuals can continually show appreciation. Charlson said while she encouraged her class to participate in the event, it was at the students’ discretion whether or not they would make cards. The cards went to local police, firefighters, the SIUC Veterans Center and were forwarded to veterans at the Marion Veteran Affairs Medical

Center. “It was tragic beyond belief for the families who lost loved ones, and traumatic for the entire country,” Rundblad said. “The service project is one way to express the hope, resilience and strength of our country.” Charlson said she was pleased that almost every student in her class decided to participate. “Most of these students were in third grade when this happened. They have been hearing about it all their lives, and now they can volunteer and get involved,” Charlson said. Rundblad said the tragedy affected the entire country, and as coordinator tries her best to organize meaningful civic and service projects.

Meghann Buehner, a graduate student in early childhood development from Chicago, worked at the table and helped Rundblad plan the event. She said it was a way for people to personalize their messages and make a connection with veterans. “A lot of people have relatives and friends who are in the military, police officers or firefighters, and this is a way for them to connect and express their gratitude,” Buehner said. As some students walked by and casually glanced at the table outside of Faner, Samantha Lonergan, a sophomore from Rock Island studying special education, said she received an e-mail about the service

project. When she saw the table, she felt compelled to participate. “My heart goes out to their families. I can’t imagine being in their shoes,” Lonergan said. Although this is not the first time Rundblad has planned activities to remember 9/11, she said she thinks people paid more attention because it was the 10th anniversary. Buehner said she hopes 9/11 events and discussions will continue, as it was a significant part of American history.

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Community reflects through art

Stacye Saunders conducts members of the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Choir Sunday during a Sept. 11 commemoration program at the Varsity Center of the Arts. In addition to musical numbers, several individuals, including BRENDAN SMITH Daily Egyptian The Varsity Center for the Arts began the Eleven Days For Peace with its community commemoration for the 10th memorial of Sept. 11, 2001. Carbondale Community Arts’ president Carolyn Snyder organized the event, which featured a collage of music, photography, studio art and theater in recognition of the terrorism act the country experienced a decade ago. Presenters Susan Patrick Benson, assistant professor of theater, and Assistant Fire Chief Ted Lomax gave firsthand accounts of New York City in the wake of the attacks. “I was young during the Cold War. We lived under this fear of the Solviet Union was going to attack at any moment,” Mayor Joel Fritzler said. “Most have lived their lives in that same perpetual state of war and a constant fear of the unknown.” Fritzler, along with Varsity President Dr. Peter Primann and Lt. Gov. Shelia Simon, delivered welcoming remarks for the commemoration. Stage Company presented its performance of “The Guys,” a play focused on a writer who assists an FDNY captain as he prepares eulogies for firefighters who died in the World Trade Center. The play, which is loosely based on writer Anne Nelson’s personal experience, premiered off Broadway with Sigourney Weaver and Bill Murray carrying out the sole two performances. Director Sarah Dubach said it was the play’s poignancy that grabbed her attention. She said there weren’t many performance rehearsals as the original intention was to do a simple reading, but she changed her mind after casting actors Kim Curlee and Jane Klucker-Boyle.

GENNA ORD | DAILY EGYPTIAN Mayor Joel Fritzler and Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon, spoke to the audience. Other commemorative events included a short play and collection of photographs and other media, all of which targets the tragedy’s10th anniversary. “They were cast thinking they were going to read from scripts,” Dubach said. “We very soon they realized we could really do this as a full production.” Najjar Abdul-Musawwir professor of Art and Design, brought a different perspective with his charcoal portrait entitled “9/11 & Muslim.” He said the drawing was the result of a conversation he had with a friend. She told him about a Muslim woman living in New York who suffered verbal abuse and physical threats from her neighbors. “She was accused of being an Islamic terrorist and having something to do with the 9/11 attack,” Musawwir said. “Actually, the woman, who was a wife and mother, had just lost her husband in the attack. He was an employee at the World Trade Center.” Although she was raised as a Christian, Musawwir has been a practicing Muslim since 1980. Despite the immense amount of pain the Sept. 11 attacks caused, he said it opened the door to inquire about the Islamic faith. “It has benefited the American people, it has benefited Muslim inside and outside this country,” Musawwir said. “People have taken more time to learn about Islam and brought about a real interfaith dialogue.” Dubach said she can relate to students who were brought up in a continuous state of war. She was a senior in high school in 2001 when the attacks occurred and said it’s hard for her to remember a world before 9/11. “We all treaded lighter, spoke a little softer and opened our eyes up to the fact that our world wasn't as safe as we thought it was,” she said. “As a seventeenyear-old, you’re on the brink of adulthood. This event just kind of made it happen a little bit quicker.”

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Aries -- Today is a 8 -- Today is an 8 -- What seems doubtful and distressing this morning gets resolved by afternoon, and then thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no stopping you. Plug a financial leak, and maintain momentum.

Cancer -- Today is an 8-- Stick to the schedule, and profit arrives with new responsibilities. Harvest what you can. When in doubt, look for inspiration in the little things. Keep your word, and things get easy.

Libra -- Today is an 8 -- Today could very well be busier than usual. Get straight about your priorities. Excessive focus on work could dampen personal relationships. Go for balance.

Capricorn -- Today is an 8 -Expect differences of opinion. Respectfully make your own choices. Competition has you pick up the pace. You have the skills required, so turn up the steam.

Taurus -- Today is a 7 -- If you change your mind and direction, let everyone involved know. Follow intuition and a friendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s advice regarding a conflict between home and career. Your heart knows the way.

Leo -- Today is a 7 -- Pay special attention to the details now. The rumors might not match the facts. Avoid useless distractions and unnecessary expenditures. Stick to your priorities.

Scorpio -- -- Today is a 7 -- Break some barriers. Take a trip. Today may be the exception to the rule: Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re lucky in love and games, but not necessarily with money. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t gamble.

Aquarius -- Today is a 9 -- Watch out for conflicts between your work and your personal life. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got more than you have. Profit comes from your imaginative creativity.

Gemini -- Today is a 9 -- Love and truth get you past any rough spots. Avoid needlessly antagonizing someone. More moneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coming in, so take swift action when needed. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good time to ask for a raise.

Virgo -- Today is a 8-- Be prepared, so you can move quickly when necessary. Stay objective. Consider the circumstances from a different perspective. Friends are available.

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Pisces -- Today is a 9 --Make changes with confidence. Take advantage of renewed energy. Your optimism helps you stay motivated and in action. Delegate and direct traffic. Others appreciate your leadership.


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“You can see just by watching the match that (Thole) is one of the most consistent players,” junior setter Rachael Brown said. “She can move around, hit different shots, and she can block, pass, get a kill for us. I think she’s the go-to hitter right now.” Brown had 107 assists in the three games SIU played, including 44 in the five-set come-frombehind victory against WisconsinGreen Bay, which ended 20-25, 25-18, 18-25, 25-22 and 15-12. Thole got another double-double with 17 kills and 22 digs, while sophomore outside hitter Jessica Whitehead added 13 kills to the offensive attack.

“We stayed positive throughout the match,” Winkeler said. “They said we were going to get stops on defense and they went out and did it. It’s easier said then done, but that’s what you got to have in your mind.” That defense includes junior Bailey Yeager and sophomore Caitlin Schumacher, who split time at the libero position. Schumacher wore the alternate jersey for the first set against Murray State, but then switched with Yeager for the rest of the tournament. Yeager had 48 digs and five aces in the three matches, while Schumacher had 19 digs as a defensive specialist. “Those two are strong enough and motivated enough to want to play that spot, but right now

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it’s a battle,” assistant coach Peter Chang said. The tournament marked the first volleyball games played at the SIU Arena since 1982, when SIU defeated Illinois 3-1. “I know I was hesitant to come over here and play because Davies (Gymnasium) is small and you can get a lot of people in there and really feel the energy, then we go to this huge arena which our basketball teams struggle to fill,” Brown said. “I think the fans came out and really supported us and it felt like Davies. We had the jumbotron, we had the announcer, we had all the cool video stuff; it was a lot better than I expected.” The invitational was SIU’s last tune-up before conference play starts at Northern Iowa Friday.


Quarterback Paul McIntosh evades a tackle from an Ole Miss defensive player in the first half of Saturday's game at

Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. In this play, McIntosh ran for 39 yards before being tackled at the goal line.

Junior setter Rachael Brown sets the ball Saturday during the Saluki Invitational against Memphis. The Salukis took second in the tournament,

falling short against Memphis. Brown and fellow Saluki, outside hitter Laura Thole, were both named to the AllTournament team.

NFL weekend opener remembers tragedy CORY DOWNER Daily Egyptian

The American flag that spanned the 100-yard field was a common sight across the nation as the NFL shared its opening weekend with the 10th memorial of the Sept. 11 2001 terrorist attacks. In stadiums from coast to coast, players and coaches from both teams held the flag with police officers and military personnel to unite as patriots rather than merely professionals in the football world. Home teams consisted of the Baltimore Ravens, just 80 miles away from Shanksville, Pa., the Washington Redskins, a few miles from our nation’s capital and the New York Jets, located across the


Hudson River from the former location of the World Trade Center buildings. The ceremonies were similar, but each city had its own way of showing repect. Game times were also

coordinated to allow memorial services across the nation to be broadcasted inside the stadiums. In Kansas City’s Arrow Head Stadium, the Chiefs had a fly-by of F-18’s and listed the names of

those who died in the attacks a decade ago. Coaching staffs from across the league wore ribbons on their shirts, while players wore patches stitched on to their jerseys, all in

memory of those who lost their lives. To add to the weekend ceremonies, the NFL and the NFL Players Association will donate $500,000 to the 9/11 memorial and museum in Manhattan, and another $250,000 to be divided between the memorials in Pennsylvania and Washington D.C. The organizations also planned to auction off game-day apparel to raise money for other related charities. The NFL wasn’t the only sport to hold ceremonies for the memorial. In Arthur Ashe Stadium, the US Open painted a 9/11 logo on its court and the Washington Nationals wore the stars and stripes inside its team logo, as well as a logo painted along the foul lines. The soccer world also paid its respects across the globe in England, Scotland and New Zealand. While there was fierce competition in sporting events across the nation and the world, Sunday was a day bigger than just the games. The day represented unity between athletes and fans, and proved how much sports are a part of our lives.



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Salukis lose to Ole Miss, allow 21 points in six minutes

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Week two of the SIUC regular football season brought the team to a .500 record as it lost to the Southeastern Conference powerhouse Mississippi. SIUC (1-1) lost to Ole Miss (11) 42-24 Saturday in Oxford, Miss., despite having more total yards on offense and giving up four turnovers. The defense worked overtime as interceptions plagued the Saluki offense in Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s contest. Coach Dale Lennon said it was a troublesome start for the team, as minimal mistakes were required to win against the SEC team. He said it was a tough loss for him and his players because they think they couldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve come out ahead. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It took a while for us to settle into the type of game we needed to play,â&#x20AC;? Lennon said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To give up 21 points in the first five minutes is a teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worst nightmare.â&#x20AC;? Ole Miss jumped off to an early 21-0 lead after it scored three quick touchdowns to start the game. The Salukis kicked a field goal, then manufactured an 80-yard drive at the end of the second quarter to cut the lead to 28-10 at the half. The drive was capped off by a two-yard touchdown rush by junior running back, Jewel Hampton. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We thought we could take some shots and make some big pass plays down the field,â&#x20AC;? Lennon said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Offensively, I know we have the tools to be successful.â&#x20AC;? The Salukis outscored the Rebels in the final three quarters 24-21 but were unable to come back from the early deficit. Junior quarterback Paul McIntosh cut the Rebels lead to 11 with touchdown passes to sophomore fullback Rik Hicks and senior wide


Junior nose tackle Kayon Swanson, left, and senior safety Mike McElroy, right, tackle a Rebel during the SIU-Ole Miss football game Saturday in Oxford, Miss. After giving up three receiver Cam Fuller. However, the Salukisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; offense was shut down in the final six minutes of the game. Junior running back Steve Strother said the Rebelsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; early lead was tough to overcome and it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the way the team anticipated the game to start. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not the start you want,â&#x20AC;? Strother said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They jumped on us real quick.â&#x20AC;? He said the Salukisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; offensive line

was effective in opening up gaps, which resulted in the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s run game success. Strother finished as the leading rusher with 116 of the Salukisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 197 yards on the ground. McIntosh added 80 rushing yards for the Salukisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; offensive production. SIUC finished with 420 total offensive yards and held the Rebelsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; offense to 315 yards.

touchdowns in the first six minutes, SIU rallied and scored one touchdown in the first half and two in the second. SIU lost the game 42-24. Junior outside linebacker Jayson DiManche said the size of the Rebelsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; offensive line was a factor for the Saluki defense, however it was able to use its speed effectively throughout the game. He said the team also had a lot of missed tackles, an area the team will continue to improve on. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At first we really wanted to stop the run and then we wanted

to get after the (quarterback) like we always do,â&#x20AC;? DiManche said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They were doing a pretty good job blocking us off the edge, but we were doing a lot of pushing up the middle.â&#x20AC;? The Salukis have two weeks of practice before the home opener against Missouri State at 7 p.m. Sept. 24 at Saluki Stadium.

Volleyball places second in Saluki Invitational Thole continues to impress JOE RAGUSA Daily Egyptian The University of Memphis stormed through the 32nd Saluki Invitational Friday and Saturday, winning all nine sets they played en route to the tournament title. SIU could only muster a second-place finish after losing to Memphis in the final game Saturday, with straight sets of 2523, 25-14 and 25-19. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We came out playing very good, but we then struggled in the next couple (of) sets,â&#x20AC;? head coach Brenda Winkeler said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It looked like we were tired from the long match we had earlier today (against WisconsinGreen Bay).â&#x20AC;?

Before the match, Winkeler said containing Memphisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; junior outside hitters Altrese Hawkins and Marija Jovanovic would be the key defensively, but Hawkins led the team with 15 kills and Jovanovic recorded a double-double with 14 kills and 14 digs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were successful early digging (Jovanovic), but then we got a little undisciplined defense-wise and those two, along with (Maja Kostic) were able to control the match,â&#x20AC;? Winkeler said. Offensively, the Salukis could not get any momentum as they struggled for a .112 hitting percentage. Meanwhile, Memphis hit for .293 and had 16 more kills than SIU.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tonight was definitely not a good night, but I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think it was for anybody,â&#x20AC;? junior outside hitter Laura Thole said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard. Whenever one girl seems to play bad, it seems to quickly spread through the team. All of us need to realize that and stay away from negative attitudes.â&#x20AC;? SIU started their tournament on a brighter note and swept Murray State 25-20, 25-22 and 25-22. The games were closer than the box score would indicate, as there were 21 ties and 12 total lead changes in the three sets. Thole recorded a doubledouble on her way to alltournament honors with 17 kills and 13 digs. Please see VOLLEYBALL | 11


Junior middle blocker Alexis Braghini serves the ball during the first set of the Salukis match with Memphis Saturday during the Saluki Invitational. It was the first time the Invitational has been held at the SIU Arena. The Salukis took second in the tournament, with Memphis sweeping them 0-3 in the championship match for the win.

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