By April Lacy
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Friday, September 10, 2004
Three years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, students have different ideas about how the day should be commemorated.
For the first time since the attacks, the UA does not plan to hold any commemorative events for the anniversary, Saturday.
"In past years, 9/11 ceremonies have been student-driven. This year no one came forward with any ideas," said Sharon Kha, UA spokeswoman. "It may be an indication that students are starting to heal."
Some students say a large commemorative event is no longer necessary after so much time has passed.
"It's possibly better that we are not doing much to commemorate 9/11. We should remember the losses, but focus more on the present," said Laura Yablon, a wildlife sciences senior.
Yablon said she is going on a field trip to the mountains with her ecology class Saturday.
"I hadn't even thought of doing anything different for 9/11," Yablon said.
Jie Bai, a business senior, said people should try their hardest to move on.
"I haven't heard of anything going on this year. Having a ceremony would bring back all the bad memories," Bai said.
Jolene Foucault, an anthropology senior, said the way in which students commemorate the anniversary should be a personal choice.
"We can always do a little something for 9/11, but not a whole big thing about it," Foucault said. "It should be left up to the individual."
On the contrary, some students feel the UA should have remembrance ceremonies.
"I think we should be reminded of it because of what's going on in Iraq today," said Charlene Parrish, a public health and nursing senior.
Parrish says the tragic events three years ago sparked the decision to go to war with Iraq, and that the Sept. 11 anniversary makes her more interested in world politics.
"It makes me want to know more about what's going on in the world," Parrish said.
Jessa Reichling, a business senior, agreed.
"The anniversary of Sept. 11 is so relative to the war on terror today," Reichling said.
Reichling said she thinks the UA should bring back the Wall of Expression as a way to commemorate the anniversary.
"It would bring unity back to the campus if everyone could express themselves, even if it's just for a week," Reichling said.
The Wall of Expression, which is now in storage, was set up on campus after the terrorist attacks three years ago, and students were able to publicly display their feelings by writing on its blank panels.
The Pride of Arizona marching band, which consists of about 250 students, will perform a special patriotic halftime show at Saturday's football game.
"We will play 'Battle Hymn of the Republic' and 'America the Beautiful,'" said Ramon Sepulveda, a junior in music education and a trombone player in the band.
Sepulveda said he is excited to participate in the tribute.
"I think what we are doing is good. It's how I would like it to be commemorated," he said.
"It's something that unites us all," said Barbara Vona, a microbiology junior and band member. "You can't forget something like that. You should always reflect on it."