December 7, 2016 The Signal page 7
Nation & W rld
Eleven injured in Ohio State University attack
The attack remains an ongoing investigation.
By Ashton Leber Staff Writer
At least 11 people were injured on the morning of Monday, Nov. 28, at Ohio State University (OSU) after a student ran over pedestrians with a car and then stabbed passersby with a butcher knife, according to The New York Times. A campus police officer then shot
and killed the man suspected of committing the violent acts, OSU Public Safety Director Monica Moll said at a press conference on Monday. Campus police officer Alan Horujko responded to the call less than a minute after the dispatch at 9:52 a.m. and shot the suspect seconds after he exited his vehicle, according to Moll. “We believe the threat was ended when the officer engaged the suspect,” Moll said. “We’re very fortunate that an OSU (police department) officer was there and took action and we believe that injuries were minimized as a result of that.” Abdul Razak Ali Artan, 18, was a logistics management major of Somali descent at the university. According to The New York Times, he graduated cum laude with an associate of arts degree and was on the Columbus State Community College’s Dean’s List before transferring to OSU. The victims’ identities have not yet been released, but they remain in the hospital with injuries while one is in critical condition, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Andrew Thomas said at the press conference. OSU Police Chief Craig Stone said the incident is still an ongoing investigation, but was definitely not an accident. “To go over the curb and strike pedestrians and then get out and start striking with the knife — that was on purpose,” Stone stated during the press conference.
Student Jacob Bower told CNN he saw the attacker on campus by Watts Hall where the incident took place. “He pulled a large knife and started chasing people around, trying to attack them,” Bower said. According to CNN, the university sent an emergency alert out to students at 9:56 a.m.: “Buckeye Alert: Active Shooter on Campus. Run Hide Fight. Watts Hall. 19th and College.” Students ran for shelter at numerous locations throughout the campus. Student Cydney Ireland spoke about the incident to WBNS-TV from a restroom. “I’m a little shaken up at first,” Ireland told WBNS. “I do feel safe based off the room I’m in.” Fox News reported the alert was lifted at approximately 11:30 a.m. According to the same news outlet, authorities said the FBI is currently investigating whether or not the attack was related to terrorism and are searching for others who may have been linked to the incident. The university is one of the largest in the nation with approximately 60,000 students currently enrolled at the main campus in Columbus, Ohio, according to CBS. OSU President Michael Drake announced at the press conference that he plans to visit those who were injured in the attack. “I want to give our thoughts and prayers and hopes and wishes for speedy recovery to all those who were injured,” Drake said.
Castro dies at age 90 after 10 years of poor health By Sarah Pawlowski Staff Writer Cuban revolutionary and dictator Fidel Castro passed away on Friday, Nov. 25, at the age of 90. His brother, Raúl, reported his death to the Cuban people on the morning of Saturday, Nov. 26. “With profound pain I come here to inform our people, our friends of America and the world, that today — 25 Nov., 2016, at 10:29 p.m. — died the chief commander of the Cuban revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz,” Raúl Castro said. The Cuban government declared a nineday period of mourning after the news of Castro’s death broke, calling the period “Duelo Nacional,” which translates to “national mourning,” according to The New York Times. The same news source reported that flags will be flown at half-staff and public activities will be suspended during this time. Those who benefitted from Castro’s early political reforms are mourning his death while those who were born into the period
of Castro’s later, more restrictive rule do not share the same allegiance to him, according to The New York Times. The same news outlet reported that Castro appealed greatly to the lower, laboring classes in Cuba by promising them better working conditions. Castro was also responsible for giving property to poorer citizens and decreasing unemployment through government spending, according to the The New York Times. Despite his popular social programs, Castro lost favor among his people through the Cuban Missile Crisis and United States embargo, The New York Times reported. The same news source reported that as Castro struggled to keep the island nation from American influence, his policies turned authoritarian. A plethora of world leaders have released statements in response to Castro’s death. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wrote on his official website that Castro held “tremendous dedication and love for the Cuban people” and Castro was a “remarkable leader.” Despite America’s historically tense relations with Cuba, President Barack Obama offered his condolences in the wake of Castro’s
The Cuban people have mixed reactions after Castro’s death.
death, according to USA Today. “Today, we offer condolences to Fidel Castro’s family, and our thoughts and prayers are with the Cuban people,” Obama said. “For nearly six decades, the relationship between the U.S. and Cuba was marked by discord and profound political disagreements. During my presidency, we have worked hard to put the past behind us, pursuing a future in which the relationship between our two countries is defined not by our differences but by the many things that
we share as neighbors and friends.” There was a two-day memorial ceremony held for Castro on Monday, Nov. 28, and Tuesday, Nov. 29, in Cuba’s Plaza de la Revolución, according to The New York Times. A public memorial mass in Havana occurred at the Jose Marti Revolution Square on Tuesday evening, CNN reported. Castro’s remains were cremated and transported on the reverse route Castro used when taking control of the island in 1959, according to CNN.
New Orleans shooting kills one and injures nine French Quarter on Bourbon Street. Bourbon Street was especially crowded on Saturday night due to the Bayou Classic College football game, which had ended a few hours prior and a few miles from where the shooting took place, according to NBC News. The cause of the shooting that occurred around 1:30 a.m. is unclear. According to NBC News, the most plausible theory is that an argument between two men in the street became so violent that it escalated into AP Photo a shooting. People mourn Toliver’s death. The victims of the shooting were By Danielle Silvia 10 people were shot in New Or- two women and eight men, ranging Staff Writer leans on Sunday, Nov. 27. from 20 to 37 years old. The one faAccording to ABC News, tality, 25-year-old Demontris ToliThere was a casualty after the shooting happened in the ver, was a resident of Lafayette, La.
Toliver was an aspiring tattoo artist who lived a “promising life,” New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said, according to CNN. The 40 police officers who responded to the shooting and tended to the victims were already in the area for the football game, NBC News reported. “Shots rang out, we responded,” said Michael Harrison, Superintendent of the New Orleans Police Department. He did not know the cause of the shooting, according to NBC News. The police officers are still working on tracking down the perpetrators, however, CNN reported that law enforcement has been making progress on who they believe is responsible for the event.
At the scene of the incident, police officers arrested two men for illegally carrying weapons, including firearms. Additionally, 11 people were arrested over the weekend in New Orleans for carrying illegal items like guns. According to CNN, Harrison said despite the shooting, police officers in the area were “vigilant and prepared” throughout the weekend. Landrieu believes this shooting speaks to a larger issue throughout the country. “Totally unacceptable. The violence continues to spin out of control with people brandishing weapons whenever they think they can. It’s really unfortunate,” Landrieu said, according to NBC News.
The 12/7/16 issue of The Signal, The College of New Jersey’s student newspaper