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remembrance Bruins memorialize the victims of 9/11 on Sunday, and take time to reflect on the events that shaped the past decade in America BY DEVIN KELLY AND KYLIE REYNOLDS Bruin senior staff dkelly@media.ucla.edu, kreynolds@media.ucla.edu Bells atop Powell Library chimed out “America the Beautiful,” and the UCLA campus fell quiet around noon on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. At the base of Janss Steps, fourth-year history student and Bruin Republicans issues director Lydia Mazuryk gently placed small American flags into the ground in Wilson Plaza – 2,977 total. The non-partisan display serves as UCLA’s ow n quiet memorial for the events that altered the landscape of American society and politics. “We want to make sure UCLA has a proper memorial for the victims of 9/11,” said Samantha Schutte, president of Bruin Republicans and a third-year political science and economics student. It took seven people about two hours to set one flag for each person killed in the attacks. “The visual makes it more tangible to understand the significance of 3,000 deaths,” Mazuryk said. Wearing a “United We Stand” shirt, campus visitor Paul Tappan stopped to

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take a picture of the flags. He looked appreciatively at the field of flags, waving in a light breeze. “It’s an appropriate time to reflect,” Tappan said. The UC Santa Barbara alumnus added that he was glad a memorial had been set up on campus. His wife, Sonja Tappan, who was also walking with him, is a UCLA alumna. Paul Tappan was on-duty as a firefighter in Northern California’s Alameda County the morning the towers were hit. He was supposed to go off-duty in the morning. He stayed on duty another 24 hours in case further emergency services were required in the aftermath of the attacks. When Schutte came over to introduce herself, he and Sonja Tappan thanked her. Outside Gate 5 at the Rose Bowl on Saturday night, Bruin Republicans set up a similar memorial for attendees of the UCLA versus San Jose State football game. David Melby, a fourth-year business economics student, said the absence of memorials on campus brought the group out over the weekend. “It’s been 10 years – we have to draw attention to that,” Melby said.

Ten years since 9/11 The attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon have shaped the world a generation of Americans has grown up in. The spread on pages 2-3 compiles various student responses, embodying both the remembrance of the day and the paths we have taken since. To view interviews, tweets regarding 9/11 and PDFs of the Daily Bruin from then and now, please visit dailybruin.com/911

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Fourth-year business economics student David Melby plants flags in the grass in Wilson Plaza as part of the Bruin Republicans’ efforts to honor the 10-year anniversary of 9/11.

Keeping higher ed funded Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom has convened a working group to explore new ways to preserve California’s universities BY NAHEED RAJWANI Bruin contributor nrajwani@media.ucla.edu Public and private sector state leaders will come together this week to begin a search for solutions to funding issues across the educational system in California. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the creation of a working group to address funding for higher education on Sept. 2. This follows Newsom’s Economic Growth and Competitiveness Agenda for California, which was published in August and stated the need for a working group to address funding adequacy to figure out longterm funding solutions. Within the University of California, a 9.6 percent tuition increase approved by the UC Board of Regents in July represented the latest in a series of hikes. July’s action followed a $650 million cut handed down by the state to the UC this year. “The state has some real financial challenges; we are at the bottom end of a 20-year slide in state funding for higher education,” said UC spokesman Steve Montiel. The Future of Higher Education working group will be comprised of individuals from the private sector and from three higher education institutions. Representatives of the public sector, including University of California President Mark Yudof, Chancellor Charles Reed from California State University and Chancellor Jack Scott from the California Community Colleges system, will be joined by individuals from a communications company and a law firm. However, the panel is fielding criticism for a lack of student representation. The group currently includes only one student voice – UC Berkeley fourth-year political economy student

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Jeremy Pilaar. Greater student involvement is necessary to make sure students’ needs and issues are addressed, said Gilberto Soria, a fourth-year political science student and UCLA’s legislative liaison for the UC Student Association. “We need more student representation in order to bring out the student voice in case the group becomes influential in the future,” he said. Pilaar said that, although he wouldn’t mind representing all higher education students in California, he would prefer to see at least one student from each of the other higher education

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The events of 9/11 shaped the outlook of a generation. “Where were you the morning of Sept. 11, 2001?” This is the question we put to UCLA students, many of whom were in elementary school when the towers fell. Listen to their responses at dailybruin.com/slideshow

Car burglaries double in Village The number of thefts from vehicles in Westwood has increased 250 percent over the last two years, while on-campus thefts have fallen BY LOIC HOSTETTER Bruin senior staff lhostetter@media.ucla.edu

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Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, pictured in this Daily Bruin file photo, announced the creation of a working group on Sept. 2 to address higher education funding issues.

Car burglaries have doubled since this time last year in Westwood’s North Village, but on-campus structures have seen a decrease in car burglaries this summer, according to university police records. In a recent string of car thefts, three cars were broken into on Veteran and Weyburn avenues on Sept. 4. Another three were bro-

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ken into on Gayley and upper Landfair avenues on the same day. In each of the burglaries, the passengerside windows were smashed to gain entry to the car. The suspects did not enter the car, but rather reached into the car from the outside, searching the glove compartment and any compartments in the center console, said UCPD detective Gene Gorostiza. University police are investigating the

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DEFINING A GENERATION The Daily Bruin collected student submissions to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. We asked students to tell us in 400 words how the events of 9/11 have defined a generation of college students. The following is a submission from first-year physiological science student Sanna Alas. More written pieces can be read online at dailybruin.com/911

O! say can you see by the dawn’s early light, What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?

How easy it is for things to fall apart, to succumb to chaos. As I looked around my third grade class, all I saw was confusion. We did not understand. All we could gather was the fear in the faces of our teachers, parents, news reporters – and this is what we could trust. As we saw the fall of the towers played over and over again, we learned to hate and fear those bearded men who dared cause such devastation. And we also learned that the only way to defend our country against such evil people was to wage war on our attackers. The war on terrorism had begun. Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight, O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?

I think this as I stand at attention with the rest of my class. And like countless before me, I wait for the moment of silence. But alas, silence can only be kept for so long. I came to realize that in those many moments of silence there were thoughts, which eventually flowed out in a deluge of fearful, stinging words and actions. Do you know that you are advocating terrorism? How could you support murderers? Do you hate America? These are the questions I was asked. No, just because I am Muslim does not mean I hate America. America is my home.

And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there. I could not help but wonder if a home really was a home if no one else thinks you belong. On the day of Sept. 11, I learned pain. That stubborn blindness which many clung to over the years was the result of a painful ignorance, of living in a world in which evil people and evil doings went unpunished. America was a wounded nation. Nevertheless, I learned courage. As time passed, we rose from the ashes of chaos and opened our eyes to a world where ignorance and pain are but lessons to be learned from. This is Sept. 11.

O! say does that star-spangled banner yet wave, O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

-Sanna Alas

Turning America toward a better future The events of 9/11 could allow the U.S. to move past religious and cultural ignorance, intolerance BY JAMES BARRAGAN

Fostering understanding Ten years after the events of 9/11, Akbar jbarragan@media.ucla.edu said he feels there is still a fear or hate of Islam – an “Islamophobia” – by some parts Hana Khan’s parents dropped her off at of the population who don’t truly underher Islamic school in Santa Clara on Sept. stand the religion. 11, 2001. They were told to return home “Before 9/11, America didn’t know what because classes had been cancelled for it was like to be Muslim, and saw Islam as a the day. foreign attack,” Akbar said. After a plane crashed into the World That day was a turning point for his life Trade Center, there had been bomb threats and for his generation, he said. to the school. “For older Muslims, they understand Returning home, Khan’s family immedi- what it meant to be Muslim before and after ately turned on the television and watched 9/11,” Akbar said. “For us, this defined how the rest of the day’s events unfold. The imag- we’re supposed to live.” es were terrifying, Khan said. Muslim stereotypes, such as portrayals That same day in Fort Collins, Colo., as plane hijackers in movies, were present Naseem Golestani came home from school in American society before but were heightto a grim warning from her mother, who had ened by 9/11, said Jihad Saafir, a 30-year-old been glued to the television all day: “Brace imam who sometimes leads Friday prayers yourself. Things are going to get really, for the Muslim Student Association. really bad for Muslims in America.” But 9/11 also sparked a revitalization Ten years later, Golestani and Khan are in some Muslims’ faith, Akbar and Saastudents at UCLA, majoring in political fir said. The younger generations became science and geography and more involved in activism and environmental science, respecteaching others about Islam, tively. said Khan. But as Golestani’s mother preSaafir, who works with interThat’s what dicted, they – and other Muslim was in the air, faith groups, said the support students – have had to live with and communication between the effects of the attacks that the fear of not Muslims, Jews and Christians day 10 years ago. knowing what was has increased in the last 10 going to happen. years. Islamic religious leaders Changing perceptions have begun incorporating the Neyamatullah Akbar religion into mainstream AmeriAfter 9/11, some schoolmates Second-year biology can society and preaching a began to tease Golestani, who is student more multicultural and inclusive of Iranian descent, by calling her “Saddam Hussein’s daughter.” message, he added. These comments were especially hurtThe hidden wisdom of 9/11 was that it ful – the Iranian neighborhood Golestani’s brought people together and made them mother lived in had been the target of air understand each other better, Saafir said. bombings conducted by Hussein’s forces in While there have been episodes of hate, the 1980s. Muslims have also received strength and Being Muslim in post-9 /11 A merica support from fellow Americans, Akbar said, became increasingly difficult, Khan said. Her patriotism and loyalty to the country A better future were always questioned by other AmeriIn post-9/11 America, a generation of cans. Muslim students compare their hardships “I felt alienated. Not by any comment or to the struggles of other minority groups, action, but just by what was going on,” Khan like blacks, Catholics and the Irish. They said. “I always had to defend myself and see a better future for the next generation prove that I’m with America.” of American Muslims. In public places, some Muslim students But students like Akbar and Khan said began to feel a sudden change in the way they will never forget the events of that day they were treated. when their country was attacked and so “People would always look at us passing many people died. by, our non-Muslim friends started looking “We mourn the citizens of this country at us differently, and we lost some of them,” who died that day, our brothers and sisters said Bayan Abusneineh, a third-year politi- in humanity,” said Akbar, who immigrated cal science student. to the U.S. from Bangladesh when he was Neyamatullah Akbar, a second-year biol- five. “The people that died that day shouldn’t ogy student, said his sister’s Islamic school have died. Muslims died that day too.” had to be shut down. He feared he would be Khan said she’ll never forget the pain and put in an internment camp because of his fear she got from watching people jump out religion, he said. of the towers – an image that still leaves her “That’s what was in the air, that fear of speechless 10 years later. not knowing what’s going to happen in the “On that day, I was attacked as an Amerifuture,” Akbar said. can as well.”

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On that morning I was in my second week of Basic Military Training on a bus heading out to the field for combat training exercises. The bus was pulled over and we were all told the news. I was in a complete stage of disbelief at first, thinking it was only part of the exercise that we were about to undergo. However once the bus was turned around and we saw the faces of our drill instructors, we knew something was terribly wrong. For the rest of the day we sat in a room on lock down and tuned in to the news like most others across the world did. At the time, I was just an 18-year-old boy from Indiana who joined the Air Force so I could serve my country and one day attend college. Ten years later to the day, here I am about to fulfill the second part of that dream. I start UCLA in less than two weeks, and while it may have taken me some time to get here, it makes it all the more worth it. Tyler Stegemoller, first-year geography/environmental studies student

@dailybruin #dbsept11: sitting in class in 4th grade in (New York). Under our desks, lights off, curtain closed. Had no idea what was happening Harris Tucker, second-year political science and economy student

#dbsept11 I was in the 3rd grade getting ready for school as my mom was frozen watching the news Ashley Pulido, 2011 UCLA alumna

@dailybruin Rieber dorm (with) golf teammates #dbsept11 John Poucher, 2006 UCLA alumnus

@dailybruin I was in my third grade class and had no idea what had happened or what was going on. (Now) I look back and it’s so sad. #dbsept11 Omar Valencia, first-year physiological science student

@dailybruin 8th grade – we thought pilot accidentally/stupidly ran into building. Learned words “terrorism,” “Bin Laden” same day #dbsept11 Elizabeth Shirey, first-year law student

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On the morning of Sept. 11, I was scheduled to visit UCLA for the first time and attend a financial aid meeting. I woke up to family members yelling that a plane had hit a building in New York. I had been so excited about seeing the campus, but now most of my memories about that day include the quiet and eerily empty freeway drive over to campus. The speaker at the meeting shared with us that she was very worried about family and friends, who lived in New York City. It was a very somber experience and the fear I felt being away from home was something incredibly new for me.

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Other countries see post-9/11 U.S. in a different light For some Europeans, America changed for the worse in its interactions with the rest of the world ELIZABETH CASE

CASE STUDY BERLIN — Today I took four trains to two flea markets, three cafes and an open mic night at a club with upside-down furniture. People were chatty; the few restaurants and shops normally open on Sundays were still open; and newspapers discussed German dissent with the euro and the upcoming local elections. Sept. 11 here is a normal day. There were no A merican flags, no moments of silence, no

parades or barbecues or memorials on the streets. The first time I heard any mention of the anniversary was on the news program my roommate listens to when he cooks dinner, and dinner wasn’t until 7 p.m. But every German, Hungarian and Englishman I’ve talked to remembers the attack vividly. Attila Áron Nagy, a 22-yearold graduate of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, was 12 years old in 2001 and heading to tennis practice when he heard the news. “I remember every second,” he said. “I couldn’t imagine that (the attacks) could happen to

the USA. ... It’s seen here like a superpower.” Kit Naughton, a 20-year-old from England, remembers his mom bursting into tears at the sight of people jumping from the towers. “It scared people ... that because it happened so easily in America, it could happen to Europe too,” said Dalila Berneburg, a 17-year-old student from Berlin. Views on the attack’s aftermath, including the Iraq War and the increase in U.S. security policies, are as varied as they are in America. When the U.S. decided to invade Iraq, Berneburg remembers people being fairly supportive, despite the fact that

Germany decided to stay out of “A lot of people think (the the Middle East. Germans didn’t war) was unnecessary and a think America was at fault or waste of life,” he said. “(The U.S. that innocent people should government) claimed it was to have died, she said. find the (weapons But in Hungary, of mass destr ucNag y sa id people tion), which did not It scared were – and remain – exist ... and now Iraq skeptical about U.S. people. ... Because has been massively intentions. destabilized.” it happened so “Everybody talkAlong the same ed about how the easily in America, l i nes, conspiracy U.S. needed more it could happen in theor ies seem to oil, and that is why Europe too.” be more influential it would attack Iraq,” in Europe than in he said. “When the Dalila Berneburg the United States. U.S. (feels it) has to Popular ones, like Student from Berlin the idea that the make war to get oil, then there will be U.S. gover n ment war, no matter where or how.” was behind the attacks, are Naughton said a majority feel frequently considered and dissimilarly in the United Kingdom. cussed.

R eg a r d le s s of p er s on a l beliefs, everyone I talked to agreed that 9/11 changed the way America interacted with the world – and not for the better. With more restrictive work and travel visas that often take months to process, many students said the U.S. seems to have closed itself off to the rest of the world. Bruin reporter Elizabeth Case is living in Berlin, Germany, reporting on life abroad while taking classes at Humboldt Universität. This biweekly column is a collection of tips and insights from a student traveler. Email Case at ecase@ media.ucla.edu and follow her on Twitter.


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structures. In both 2009 and 2010, there were 29 reported burglaries and thefts from cars on campus from July 1 to Sept. 30. During the same period this year, there have been only six. To prevent thefts, university police recommend students not leave valuable items exposed in the car. Anything that suggests the presence of a GPS, cellphone or similar item of value, such as a charger or a GPS stand, may mark a car as a target, Gorostiza said.

thefts, but Gorostiza said the suspects are currently unknown. There have been 14 car burglaries in the North Village so far this summer, compared to a reported seven burglaries in the period from July 1 to Sept. 30 last year. The burglaries represent a 250 percent increase in car thefts since 2009, when only four occurred. Car burglaries have decreased, however, in onca mpus pa rk i n g lots a nd

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Anniversary is a chance for Americans to move beyond anger and mourning ANDREW ZAKI

sisters. Rather, we marvel at the great courage those Christians ept. 11 has always been a had in the face of such evil. day of celebration for me. In the same vein, it is time It has always been a day for America to do the same. Let of rejoicing – never mourning – us move past the hatred of the and will remain that way. Now Muslims; let us move past rhetoric before you jump out that justifies violence; of your seat and label let us move past me unpatriotic, let me mourning and toward Let us explain. rejoicing. move past As a member of Rejoice, rememberthe Coptic Orthodox rhetoric that ing the bravery and Church, I celebrate justifies violence. heroism displayed by the New Year on citizens on that day. Let us move past Rejoice, for the liberties Sept. 11. The Coptic calendar begins in and freedoms that are mourning and the year 284 A.D. toward rejoicing. preserved. Rejoice, for with the beginning of those who died did not Emperor Diocletian’s die in vain. reign (look him up – bad guy who Rejoice, because we were not killed a lot of Christians). It seems overcome but overcame. counterintuitive, but the church does not mourn over those who Email Zaki at were martyred. We do not burn azaki@media.ucla.edu. with hate as we remember what Send general comments to was done to our brothers and opinion@media.ucla.edu.

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Sept. 11 exposed vulnerability of the US, but also its potential for great deeds BRITTANY CHU

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n Sept. 11, 2001, I was sitting in my fifth-grade class when my teacher got a phone call. I didn’t notice what was going on until her face turned stone white as she turned on the TV. The World Trade Center appeared, crumbling in flames. Confused as to what was going on and why class was dismissed out early, I came home and asked my parents what was going on. They informed me that America had been attacked by terrorists and that our country was going through a national crisis. Being only nine at the time, I didn’t understand what was going on or how something like this could happen to the country that I loved so dearly. Ever since that day, I feel as if the sense of urgency surrounding national security and terrorism has greatly increased. Before Sept. 11, I did not even consider the possible affects of terrorism. Sept. 11 proved to the nation that terrorism was a reality and

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What are you most looking forward to in the upcoming school year? Carol Lim First-year, undecided social sciences “I’m going to be a freshman, so I’m really looking forward to joining clubs, meeting new people and finding my way around.”

that America was not invincible. The idea that our nation could be attacked scared many and paranoia increased. Yet, while it is important to increase security, the worst possible thing that could be done is elevate paranoia. Sept. 11 should be remembered as a day when many brave individuals lost their lives and should serve as a reminder that good things can happen to bad people – millions of them. And instead of becoming paranoid for the future, Sept. 11 should be remembered as a day that brought a nation together. Ten years of recuperation should serve as a dedication to those that died – not as a catalyst for angering our country. Sept. 11 will always be remembered as the day America learned she was not invincible, and as a day that a nation would display courage and strength. Sept. 11 is a day that shows Americans will never give up. Email Chu at bchu@media.ucla.edu. Send general comments to opinion@media.ucla.edu.

POLL: UCLA REBEL What's your take on Chris Jeon, a UCLA student who has gained attention for fighting with rebels in Libya against Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s regime?

Michelle Sinness Third-year, global studies and Portuguese “Seeing guest speakers and lectures at the Hammer (Museum). I’m also excited for football games, and I’m taking a really cool class in the fall.”

Andrew Beckerman Fourth-year, business economics

63 percent – He is making light of a very serious situation, reducing the revolution to thrill-seeking. 22 percent – Though I admire his courage, I'd rather fight for the cause off the battlefield.

15 percent – I wish I could join him!

“Hanging out with friends.”

Bob Beltran First-year, molecular, cell and developmental biology “Meeting new people and enjoying college life. I’m premed, but I still plan on having a life.”

Christian Frial Fourth-year, history “I’m looking forward to good professors, new classmates and different places.”

Out of a total of 149 responses.

NEXT WEEK’S POLL: UCLA FOOTBALL How do you think UCLA will fare against Texas in the next football game?

Daily Bruin: Sept. 12, 2011  

An issue of the Daily Bruin published on Sept. 12, 2011 to commemorate the attacks on 9/11.

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