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									                                           10 things                                                                                                                Pros pay tribute
                                                       A salute to the                                                                                                             NFL, NASCAR and
                                                       greatest country in                                                                                                         MLB have events
                                                                                                                                                                                   planned to honor
                                                       the world
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                                                                                                                                                                                   victims of 9/11

September 7, 2011
                                               the                                              Independent voice of the University of Tennessee at Martin
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Volume 84
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Issue 3

      Gone but not forgotten
           Number lost in Towers

         Number lost in Pentagon

      Number of NYPD, FDNY
     and NY Port Authority lost

         Passengers and crew lost

             Passengers and crew
            lost aboard Flight 93

    $500 million
    Amount of money raised for
       funds dedicated to NYPD
          and FDNY families

    $1.4 billion
              Amount donated to
               9/11 charities                                       Waterfalls empty into a massive reflecting pool at the National September 11 Memorial in New York. Ten years after terrorists
                                                                    destroyed the World Trade Center, the new World Trade Center is rising from Ground Zero. The memorial is scheduled to open to the
                                                                    public on Sept. 12, 2011. The skyscraper formerly known as the Freedom Tower is growing by a story a week and now pokes above the
              Data courtesy of nymag.com                            skyline as the tallest building in lower Manhattan. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

   10th anniversary of 9/11 marks opening of memorial
           Trevor Smith                their lives in both the attacks on the                                                                            Visitors will come to understand        The exhibition will then show
          Managing Editor              World Trade Center along with the                                                                               the sense of shock that overcame        visitors a “Before 9/11” and “After
                                       victims of Flight 93 and those of the                                                                           the citizens of America, to feel        9/11” section that will chronicle the
  Ten years have passed since the      attack on the Pentagon.                                                                                         their disbelief and to realize the      events leading up to the attacks,
terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001,      The names will be inscribed in                                                                               horror of the day through the use       such as the evolution of the terrorist
and now the World Trade Center         bronze panels that follow the edges                                                                             of artifacts, imagery, video, first-    network responsible for the attacks,
Foundation and the Port Authority      of the twin reflecting pools, which                                                                             person testimony and real-time          and then show a post-9/11 America
of New York and New Jersey are         are each nearly an acre in size. The                                                                            audio from Sept. 11.                    and how the fallout and aftermath of
ready to take you inside that day of   memorial also showcases the largest                                                                               The exhibition will provide           the event affected the country. The
infamy with the 9/11 Memorial and      manmade waterfalls in North                                                                                     insight into the human drama            Memorial Exhibit will showcase the
Museum, which is built on the site     America.                                                                                                        inside the hijacked planes, the Twin    victims of the attacks via interactive
of the World Trade Center’s Twin          The museum, set to open sometime                                                                             Towers and the Pentagon as well         tables, walls featuring the victims’
Towers.                                in 2012, will hold three exhibits. The                                                                          as the accounts and experiences of      faces and artifact cases.
  The memorial will feature the        first, the Historical Exhibit, will take                                                                        the first emergency responders and
names of all the people who lost       you inside the events of Sept. 11.                                                                              civilians at the scene of the attack.                  see 9/11 page 5
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  EDITORIAL                            Featured Cartoonist: Gary Varvel
   Gone but not forgotten.
   Our headline from the cover
page says it all.
   What we mean is that all
the victims of the 9/11 attacks
lost their lives that day, but
they still carry on in the hearts
and minds of their families
and loved ones. That’s not all,
   Obviously, the people to
whom they were important
won’t forget them. However,
even for those of us who lost
no family or friends that day, it
is also important to remember
how and why all those people
   We lost more than just
American citizens on 9/11; we
also lost some of our country’s

                                     Stomaching 9/11: once is
   We cannot go back to a
day or live in alternate reality
where the Twin Towers still
stand at the World Trade

                                     enough for graphic gore
Center, but we will not turn
away from that idea. We will
continue to persevere and pay
our respects to the fallen year
in and year out.
   That is what America stands               Regina Emery               on the past and in turn, lose          their deaths does not instill         will benefit me. Videos                  This does not mean I am
for, after all, perseverance and            Viewpoints Editor           sight of your future — and in          a wrath in me — rather,               capturing the collapse and             not a patriot. This does not
the continuation of hope.                                               the most dramatic of cases             a physical and emotional              the casualties have earned             mean I will ever forget.
   So, we want to talk about
                                        Journalism 101 (or rather       — even your present.                   sickness. I don’t feel a surge        millions of views on Youtube             My parents served in the
it. We want you to talk with
                                      Communications 320 as                Now I trod delicately               of pride when I glimpse at            (as of yesterday, 23, 147, 038         Army, as did theirs and as my
us, more specifically. We have
                                      it is taught here at UTM)         forward to my point: Sept.             the television just in time to        was the highest count of a             younger sister will do soon.
had conversations in our office
about what was going on in
                                      teaches writers to use event      11, 2001.                              see the second plane crash —          9/11 video). I cannot help             My older sister serves in the
our lives that day, and, because      anniversaries as a go-to             As     the                                                                         but ask, why?                 Air Force, as do many other
we ourselves vary in age and          subject when brainstorming        10-year                                                                                 Unless merely your          members of my family and
where we were brought up,             sessions are more like            anniversary                                                                           youth at the time             my close friends. My best
our stories are different. Some       drizzles.                         draws closer,                                                                         spared you from               friend is a firefighter and an
of us were in school, some in           And who doesn’t enjoy a         we are again               “I’ve been ensnared in a                                   recalling the attacks,        EMT. Through them, I know
                                      good look back? The VH1           reminded of                                                                           how could anyone              what it means to serve your
bed and some at work.
   It is not easy to talk about,      network found huge success        the horrors            well-intended web of patriotic                                 forget? Who needs             community and your country.
and it is not any fun to              with the “I Love the ’80s” &
                                      “’90s” series, and everyone
                                                                        our nation
                                                                                              propaganda forcing me (literally)                               to be reminded? I
                                                                                                                                                              cannot speak for
                                                                                                                                                                                              The Holocaust survivors
                                                                                                                                                                                            need not be reminded of their
remember, but we have to.
Out of respect for those who          knows the best part of using      that Tuesday          to remember, and never forget.”                                 anyone but myself,            injustice. World War Two
lost their lives that day in          a daily planner is to see the     morning.                                                                              but the imagery is            soldiers were not bombarded
New York, Washington, D.C.            “Today in history ...” daily      F r o m                                                                               embedded in my                with Pearl Harbor news reels
and Pennsylvania, we have to          factoids. Further, take a look    fliers     to                                                                         memory clearer than           each and every day just in
remember.                             at Suzie Q’s Facebook page        footage and commercials                rather, I feel a sadness and          the day I graduated from               case they needed a reminder
   So tell us your stories. Either    featuring 348 photo albums        to conventions, I’ve been              sense of helplessness.                high school.                           as to why they were fighting.
in letters to the editor or in        so wittily named after song       ensnared in a well-intended              These images are being re-            I assure you, like most                To the media, I implore
the comments section below            lyrics. We’re obsessed with       web of patriotic propaganda            visited again and again for a         Americans I thirsted for               you: I do not need to be
this post on www.utmpacer.            our pasts and are nostalgic by    forcing me (literally) to              reason, and I know why. So            vindication. I still wear my           reminded.
com, we would like you to             our very nature.                  remember, and never forget.            I won’t forget, so I’ll always        flag ribbon.                             It happened, and it hurt. A
post your own experiences               And there is nothing               But what if I wanted to?            remember.                               I do not, however, subject           lot. We need not rehash the
from that day.                        wrong with that.                     Maybe I cringe looking at             But I personally cannot             myself to reliving that day.           wound. Even fully healed,
   Tell us how it has affected          But there does come a time      the footage. Watching men              fathom how watching the               I choose instead to look at            America will forever have
you, and we’ll do the same.           when you can focus too much       and women plunge to                    tragedy unfold incessantly            today and hope for the future.         the scars. Reminder enough.

                                                                                                               “Can you reca
                     Campus                                                                                     you heard the
                                                                                                                              ll when

                                                                                                                on Sept. 11, 20
                                Quotes                                                                                          01?”
                                                                                                                                                                               “I was in 6th grade, in Mrs. Nix’s
                                                                                                                                                                                   algebra class. Once the teachers
  “I was in 3rd grade, coming back to my classroom                                                                                                                             told us what was happening, they
                                                                    “I was in Mrs. Christy’s 5th
                                                                                                                     “Someone                                                    turned the TV on just in time to
 from lunch. ... Back then I didn’t understand how                 grade class. I remember being
                                                                                                                     ran down the hall screaming to                                  see the second tower get hit.”
 a person could do that to so many innocent people.”                 scared because my teacher
                                                                                                                   turn to Channel One. People started
                                                                    was so worked up about it.”
                                                                                                                      crying and they let school out. ” 

              Brittney Smith                                       Abby Smith                                                  Ashley Nichols                                         Terran Qualls
     Natural Resources Mgmt. Freshman                       Elementary Education Junior                                        Biology Senior                                      Graphic Design Senior

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    Tanner talks foreign policy, role of U.S. alliance
         Bruce Harbin                                                   talking about NATO’s original       identifiable force.                allies “from the standpoint of      it and try to work things out.”
          News Editor                                                   mission during the Cold War.          “We realized after the 9/11      how world opinion views the            Tanner served as a United
                                                                        NATO’s mission was to thwart        incident that no longer was our    United States.”                     States Congressman from
                                                                        possible aggression from the        military might the best and          If the U.S. acts unilaterally,    the 8th Congressional District
  Former U.S. Congressman
                                                                        Soviet Union.                       only defense against an attack     Tanner said that America’s          from 1989 to 2011. He served
John Tanner was on campus
                                                                          During that time, the world       on our homeland,” Tanner said.     enemies can use that as             in the United States Navy and
Tuesday, August 31, to deliver a
                                                                        was split along two alliances,      “Today, our best, if not our       propaganda       against     the    the Army National Guard.
lecture in Watkins Auditorium.
                                                                        either as friends of the U.S.       only, defense against an attack    actions. However, acting as an         Tanner said that in his long
  Tanner’s lecture was open to
                                                                        or of the Soviet Union “in          here in America is accurate,       international force the actions     cooperation with UTM, his
anyone who wanted to come;
                                                                        no small measure, dependent         timely intelligence.”              are viewed in a much different      favorite part has been his
however, his reason for coming
                                                                        upon how much foreign aid             He posed the question of         light.                              personal interaction with
was that he was invited to
                                                                        and military assistance they        how to maximize networks of          Tanner said that NATO             students and faculty.
deliver a guest lecture for
                                                                        could get . . . ,” Tanner said.     allies throughout the world.       is today the only true                 Betty Ann Tanner, Rep.
POSC 490, Introduction to
                                                                          “Our military might . . . was     He said that during the Cold       international organization with     Tanner’s wife and a member of
International Security Studies,
                                                                        primarily our only defense”         War, maximizing defense            the ability to go where there is    the UT Board of Trustees for
taught by Dr. Malcolm Koch.
                                                                        during the Cold War, Tanner         was as easy as building more       need, such as Libya, and back       the past three years, says she has
  The topic of his lecture was
                                              John Tanner               said. The concept of Mutually       equipment, such as submarines,     up the mission militarily.          the best of both worlds living
the North Atlantic Treaty
                                                                        Assured Destruction was             aircraft carries and the like.       Tanner acknowledges the           in both Washington, D.C. and
Organization (NATO). But             importance of how the world        a doctrine that worked for            His answer was to build a        importance of the United            Tennessee. She enjoys the
he also discussed some history       has changed since the Cold         50-plus years, as both sides        network of allies and friends      Nation’s contribution, as well.     museums of Washington, D.C.
of foreign policy, current           War ended. He cited the Arab       refrained from attacking.           throughout the world. In             “If we did not have a U.N.        and meeting with national
events, the role of NATO in a        Spring, the situation in Libya,      However, after the collapse       addition to the importance of      we’d have to invent one. There      leaders, but says living in rural
modern world and his views on        and the wars in Afghanistan        of the Soviet Union and the         allies for security purposes, he   has to be a place somewhere on      West Tennessee is the “best life
foreign policy.                      and Iraq as examples.              end of the Cold War, there          said that it was also important    the earth where people can go       in the world.”
  He also wanted to stress the         He opened his lecture by         is no longer a threat from an       for the United States to have      and let off steam and talk about

Soybean festival under way through Sunday                                                                                                        UTM plants trees
        Hannah Stewart
         Pacer Writer                                                                                                                             to fill the void,
  It’s time again for Martin to
kick off the annual Soybean
                                                                                                                                                 stay arboretum
Festival.                                                                                                                                              Mary Jean Hall
  The festival, in its 18th year,                                                                                                                       Pacer Writer
brings people from all over for 9
days of fun and entertainment                                                                                                                    The UTM Grounds Crew
for all ages. The festival began                                                                                                               has been planting several new
Saturday, September 3 and will                                                                                                                 trees on campus over the past
end Sunday, September 11.                                                                                                                      few months, and expects to
  The festival’s first activity                                                                                                                plant more this fall, in order to
was the 7th annual Little Miss                                                                                                                 sustain UTM’s qualifications
Soybean Festival Pageant. The                                                                                                                  to be an arboretum, which is
pageant was Saturday at 10:00                                                                                                                  essentially a botanical garden
am in the UT Martin Student                                                                                                                    devoted to trees.
Life Center.                                                                                                                                     Last winter, UTM faced
  On Monday, the 7th annual          UTM students help set up the main stage for the annual Soybean Festival in Martin.
                                                                                                                                               many severe snowstorms
Soybean       Festival    Talent     and was in the Festival Park on    beginning at 5:45 p.m.              will begin their performance at    that caused quite a few of
contest was held. Three age          the Main Stage.                      Thursday’s events begin with      9 p.m. at Festival Park.           the older, larger trees on
groups performed to show who                                                                                                                                                       UTM is continuing to plant new
                                       Today’s events started with      the Soybean Festival’s Farmers’       Beginning Saturday at 6:30       campus to become weak.              trees across campus. The trees
was the most talented. The age       the Soybean Festival Prayer        Breakfast at 6:30 a.m., located     a.m. until 10:30 a.m. is the       Most of these trees had to be       replace those lost through age
groups that competed were            Breakfast at 6:45 a.m., located    at the Tennessee Tractor.           American Legion Ladies’            cut down in order to prevent        or severe weather. The new
9-12 years, 13-21 years, and         at Central Baptist Church.         The City-Wide Merchant              Auxiliary Pancake Breakfast at     any students or faculty from        trees will help UTM keep its
22 and older. Also on Monday         Following the breakfast was        Sidewalk Sale starts today as       the American Legion Post 55.       becoming injured if the trees       arboretum status.
was the Bicycle Rodeo. Events        the continuation of the Senior     well and will end on Saturday.      The cost of this breakfast is $5   were to fall.
began and 3 p.m. at the Martin       Adult Rook Tournament.             The Soybean Festival Rotary         for ages 7 and up, $ 3 for ages      This created a void that          a senate meeting. The
Recreation Complex.                  From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the        Gold Tournament’s first flight      6 and under.                       needed to be filled with more       SGA members voiced their
  Tuesday’s events started           Literary Reading is being held     begins today at 8 a.m. At 12          The Soybean Festival 5K          trees. The Grounds crew             opinions on the issue, which
with Senior Appreciation             at the C.E. Weldon Library         p.m. there will be a lunch.         Road Race/1 Mile Fun Walk          began planting new trees over       prompted several changes.
Day and the Grand Opening            on Main Street. Literary goers     Then at 1pm, the second flight      begins at 7:30 a.m. for the kids   the summer in the Quad.               No female Ginkgo trees
of Cane Creek Resource               should bring their own brown       will kick off at the Persimmon      run and 8:15 a.m. is the Adult       Housing also has plans            will be planted, which are the
Center. Breakfast was from           bag lunch.                         Hills in Sharon, Tenn. There is     5K/ 1 Mile Fun Walk at the         to plant several new trees          trees that have the unpleasant
8:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. at           Also at 12 p.m. is the           an entry fee and prizes will also   Martin Recreation Complex.         this fall as part of a campus       smelling fruit. Also, no trees
the HealthSouth Cane Creek.          Crossroads           Luncheon      be rewarded to the winners.         Also at 8 a.m.-9 a.m. is the       beautification project. The         that are bad for sinuses will
Following      the      breakfast    A Celebration of Civic               Also starting at 1 p.m. is How    WLJT 2011 Bikers for Books         funding for this project was        be planted.
was the Senior Adult Rook            Organizations at Virginia          to Research Your Family Tree/       Poker Run. The musical events      set aside from the original           The SGA looks forward to
Tournament. The tournament           Weldon Park. The cost for          Genealogy 101 Workshop.             for Saturday features Diamond      construction budget for the         working with the different
started at 10 a.m. at the            attending is $5 per person. The    Senior Adult Bingo is from          Rio which starts at 9 p.m. at      University Village.                 campus      departments        on
Senior Adult Center on North         Soybean Festival Midway also       1 p.m. to 3 p.m. today at           Festival Park.                        “The planting should begin       projects like this to benefit the
Lindell Street.                      begins tonight at 5 p.m. and       the Senior Adult Center.              Finally, Sunday starts off       over the next few weeks.            student body.
  Next, at 11:30 a.m., was the       lasts until midnight. There will   Thursday’s music events will        with the Sodexho Sunday            However, we may have to               “We are really excited about
Mayor’s Kickoff Luncheon.            be amusement rides and games       have Uncle Kracker beginning        Brunch at 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.     plant later in the fall to give     the upcoming improvements
This event was invitation            located in downtown Martin.        at 9 p.m. for the UTM Student       in the Skyhawk Café. The cost      the trees the best chance of        and beautification of the
only and was held in the UC            There is also an Art Exhibit     Night at Festival Park.             is $9.50 per person. Kids 10       survival,” said Earl Wright,        housing area. This new
Ballroom at UTM. Later on            and Competition from 2               Friday’s events start with        and under is $4.50. After the      Director of Housing. “We            landscape will not only be
Tuesday was the Soybean              p.m. to 5 p.m. This event is       School Children’s Street Fair       brunch is the NFL & Pepsi          don’t want to waste funds by        enjoyed by the students, but
Festival Parade. The parade          held at the Art Co-op on           at 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. located         Punt-Pass-Kick Competition         having to replace dead trees.”      will also make the campus
started at 6:30 p.m. beginning       Lindell Street. There will be      downtown. Friends of the            for ages 6-15 beginning at           Last     semester,      Wright    even more appealing to future
on University Street. Finally,                                                                                                                                                     students,” said Amber Futrell,
the last event of the day was
                                     prizes of $100, $75 and $50.       Library Used Book Sale starts       2pm at the Martin Recreation       presented the project plans
                                     The music events will feature      at 9am at the C.E. Weldon           Complex.                           to the Student Government           SGA Campus Observation
the Soybean Festival Pet Show.                                                                                                                                                     Chairperson.
The show started at 7:30 p.m.
                                     Mark Schultz in Festival Park      Library. Also on Friday, Kansas                                        Association (SGA) during

      Disabled vet rides as tribute for others wounded at war
       Associated Press                “You think the worst case                                                                               activity that could keep him        3 Steven B. Redd, 37, of
                                     is that you don’t come home                                                                               in shape and tried out a three-     Lancaster, Calif., was the first
  CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. —               at all,” Linfoot said. “But you                                                                           wheeled hand cycle, which he        person to respond to the crash
Gary Linfoot spent the better        never expect to come home                                                                                 can pedal with his arms. His        that paralyzed Linfoot.
part of the decade since the         severely hurt like this. You                                                                              wife now joins him on her bike         “He was the first friendly
Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks    always knew it was possible                                                                               for long rides in Clarksville       face that I saw,” he said, noting
deployed to war as a pilot for       but you never thought it would                                                                            and the surrounding area.           that Redd accompanied him
an elite Army helicopter unit        happen to you.”                                                                                             The couple decided to             all the way back to the United
based at Fort Campbell, Ky.            Linfoot spent 13 years with                                                                             participate in the memorial         States after his injury.
  But after his legs were            the 160th Special Operations                                                                              ride as a way to raise money           Approximately 350 people
paralyzed in a helicopter crash      Aviation Regiment, called                                                                                 for organizations that help         are participating in the bike
in Iraq in 2008, he turned to        the Nightstalkers because                                                                                 support wounded veterans.           ride over eight days, including
cycling on a modified bike as        their pilots are trained to                                                                               Half of the money they are          wounded veterans, families
an exercise and therapy.             fly in nighttime operations.                                                                              raising through T-shirt sales       of those killed on 9/11 and
  Now, Linfoot and his wife,         During his career, he piloted                                                                             will go to the Huey 091             first responders to the attacks,
Mari, are biking about 530           the AH-6 Little Bird, a small,                                                                            Foundation, which helped            according to organizers.
miles from New York to               armed attack helicopter used       In this Aug. 31, 2011 photo, retired Chief Warrant Officer 5 Gary      provide Linfoot with a special         The riders will start at
Washington, D.C., starting on        extensively in combat to           Linfoot, 42, who was injured in a helicopter crash in Iraq in 2008,    wheelchair called an iBOT           Liberty State Park in view of
Sept. 11 with other wounded          provide air support to units on    shows off his hand cycle at his home in Clarksville, Tenn. (AP         that can go up and down             the World Trade Center site
veterans during the Ride 2           the ground.                        Photo/Kristin M. Hall)                                                 stairs and rise to eye-level        and head west to the United
Recovery 9/11 Challenge.               “For me it was a big             back explode in pain.               dramatic and I thought he          height. The other half will go      93 Memorial in Shanksville,
Linfoot is seeking closure for       adrenaline rush, being in a          He tried to get out, but his      was going to get better,” Mari     to Ride 2 Recovery, which           Pa. They will make stops
his own family and a way to          small aircraft like that. It was   legs wouldn’t move. Hours           Linfoot said.                      benefits mental and physical        at a number of historical
pay tribute to those who have        like driving a race car in the     later at a hospital in Iraq,           He was medically retired        rehabilitation programs for         sites before finishing at the
died in the wars.                    sky,” he said.                     he called his wife back in          last year at the rank of chief     injured veterans.                   Pentagon Memorial.
  “Looking back now, I don’t           He deployed more than 20         Clarksville, with the news that     warrant officer 5 and now            Mari Linfoot said the couple         Linfoot said the trip will be
think we ever would have             times in the years following       he had broken his back.             trains young pilots at Fort        will wear jerseys that include a    a tribute to those who have
imagined that the events of          the 2001 attacks, often doing        At first, she couldn’t even       Campbell on a helicopter           tribute to fallen soldiers from     died, but also a fitting end
that day would have led to           30-90 day rotations four or        speak the word for his              flight simulator. It’s a way, he   her husband’s unit, including       to an important decade that
where we are now,” Linfoot, 42,      five times a year. But on a        condition.                          said, of staying connected to      two pilots killed this month        changed his family’s lives.
said in his home in Clarksville,     routine mission in 2008, his         “I didn’t use the word            his unit and still contributing    during a training accident at          “Going to where it all
just outside the post on the         helicopter had a mechanical        ‘paralyzed’ for days until I        to the military.                   Fort Benning, Ga.                   started, going to those places,
Tennessee-Kentucky           state   failure and lost power. When       heard other people use the             About a year after the crash,     One of the pilots killed on       I thought it could add that
line.                                the chopper crashed, he felt his   word, because I thought it was      Linfoot was looking for an         Aug. 8, Chief Warrant Officer       closure for us,” he said.
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Tennessee                             Neighbors to the north opened their arms on 9/11
man lends                                Associated Press                                                                                                      shape of clothes, showers, toys,

 hand for                            GANDER, Newfoundland
                                                                                                                                                               banks of phones to call home
                                                                                                                                                               free of charge, an arena that
                                   — To hear something nice                                                                                                    became a giant walk-in fridge
recoveries                         about 9/11, talk to “the plane
                                   people,” the passengers who
                                                                                                                                                               full of donated food.
                                                                                                                                                                 Once all the planes had
                                   wound up on the island of                                                                                                   landed or turned back to
  Bobby Wyatt, a local man         Newfoundland        that     day                                                                                            Europe, Gander’s air traffic
from Troy, works to give           because U.S. airspace was shut.                                                                                             controllers switched to cooking
closure to the families of           Talk to Laura Louie about                                                                                                 meals in the building nonstop
disaster victims.                  the overwhelming kindness                                                                                                   for three days.
  After 9/11, Wyatt answered       she and her two small                                                                                                         “We went from air traffic
the request for volunteers. In     daughters experienced in this                                                                                               controllers to cooks and
January 2002, he was accepted      distant corner of Canada,                                                                                                   cleaners of pots and pans,”
into the Disaster Mortuary         briefly transformed by a twist                                                                                              said Dan O’Brien, a supervisor
Operational Response Team,         of history into an international                                                                                            with Nav Canada, the civil
which fit in with Wyatt’s          aviation hub.                                                                                                               air navigation service, who
military training in this kind       “We were completely taken                                                                                                 brought passengers home to
of work in the 1970s. His main     care of,” she remembers. “For                                                                                               shower.
occupation in this organization    everyone else, 9/11 has a heavy                                                                                               Laura Louie, who is 46 and
was to help identify the           connotation. But for me it was                                                                                              now married to actor Woody
remains of disaster victims and    when I was reminded what                                                                                                    Harrelson, remembered a
cemetery recovery.                 humanity is.”                                                                                                               family across the street who
  When Hurricane Katrina                                            In this Sept. 13, 2001, photo, stranded passengers take turns on computers at Gander Academy, an
                                                                                                                                                               saw her daughters, aged 5
                                     Or listen to Monica Burke, elementary school in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada to communicate with their families. (AP Photo/
hit, Wyatt answered the call       a 44-year-old emergency The Canadian Press, Scott Cook)                                                                     and 8, and invited them into
of duty again and stayed in        dispatcher from Seattle: “Our                                                                                               their home, let them play for
Mississippi for four months,       whole world was in chaos. She visited her on the first States, and that any planes and Montreal to the eastern              two hours, and offered them a
working in terrible conditions.    We didn’t even know where anniversary, and is returning flying into the U.S. airspace seaboard, and obscure, little         change of clothes.
There was no water available       we were except that we were for the 10th.                            would be shot down. Frankly it used Gander got to relive its
                                                                                                                                                                 “I couldn’t believe it,” she
for bathing and Wyatt lived in     in some weird time zone in          Cooper, now 70, keeps a was as brutal as that.”                  glory days as a stopover point
                                                                                                                                                               said by phone. “I mean, we live
his car for some of that time.     Canada. I didn’t know when large collection of thank-you               He said that despite for trans-Atlantic aviation     in Hawaii where aloha is pretty
  Wyatt has also worked            I was getting home, but these letters from the many people intelligence reports about more before long-distance flights     present, but I felt so much
in cleaning up after other         people basically put their lives she helped in different ways.       airborne terrorists possibly became possible. Built in 1938
                                                                                                                                                               aloha there, so welcoming, so
disasters, such as Hurricane       on hold. I mean, their kids         Among those she comforted approaching, he had to let the in anticipation of the coming  trusting.”
Rita and the earthquake in         couldn’t go to school because are Dennis and Hannah aircraft in, or else they might world war, it had the world’s             Canadian Red Cross Director
Haiti.                             we were using the schools as O’Rourke, an elderly couple attempt unauthorized landings longest runway, and on 9/11 it       Des Dillon, Gander Mayor
  This kind of work comes          shelters.                        whose New York firefighter or crash into the Atlantic. “As it was the second busiest, taking
                                                                                                                                                               Claude Elliott and Beulah
with drawbacks. These paid           “Bus drivers came off strike son, Kevin, went missing at the was, we landed 33,000 people in 38 flights to Halifax, Nova  Cooper are among those being
volunteers are required to work    to drive us. Pharmacists came World Trade Center.                    in a matter of a few hours.”    Scotia’s 47.           honored in Washington, D.C.,
12 to 18 days. Wyatt said it was   to the shelters and said ‘What      He died. The O’Rourkes             Norman Mineta, then U.S.        Flight crews quickly filled
                                                                                                                                                               at a ceremony on Thursday.
also not uncommon to come in       do you need?’ and nobody         have remained friends with transportation secretary, had Gander’s hotels, so passengers    Canadian Prime Minister
from a long day of work and        asked for money. It’s pretty Cooper and have been back to a different recollection of the were taken to schools, fire       Stephen Harper will attend
be told to go back out to help.    incredible that they were able Gander, whose people Hannah day.                                      stations, church halls. The
                                                                                                                                                               and President Obama has been
Some workers find that after       to respond like that, especially O’Rourke        feels    eternally    “After I closed U.S. airspace Canadian military flew in
they get to disaster areas they    with short notice.”              indebted to. “They are so full I realized that we’ve got 5,000 cots. Stores donated          A piece of a steel beam
are unable to cope with the          Ten years later, that huge, of love and kindness and they these planes coming in from blankets, coffee machines,          from the former World
situation. The work is hard and    comforting hug of Gander, can’t do enough for you,” she Europe and Asia and I then barbecue grills.                         Trade Center, donated by
not pretty.                        Newfoundland still warms said. “I’ll never forget it. Beulah called David and I said ‘Hey              Unable to retrieve their
                                                                                                                                                               the Bethpage Volunteer Fire
  Wyatt cites his military         the memories of the 6,600        was a mother figure.”               David, we need your help,’” luggage, passengers became Department on Long Island,
training as the reason he is       passengers who descended            Of the hundreds of flights Mineta said, asking Collenete dependent on the kindness of   will be unveiled in Gander on
able to cope with the kind of      without warning on the town blocked that day, more than if Canada could take the strangers, and it came in the              Sept. 11.
situations he faces.               of 10,000. Many of them have 200 were diverted to Canada, incoming planes.
  Despite his long experience      made deep friendships with with no warning, recalls David              “He put me on hold and
in this kind of work, Wyatt        the islanders who cared for Collenette, transport minister. within a minute or so he said,
keeps his main goal in mind.       them, and some will travel          “They shut down U.S. ‘We’ll take them all,’” Mineta
  “It’s so people can have         here for the 10th anniversary    airspace, period, and we had told the Associated Press in a                                           Beginning
closure,” Wyatt said. “I know      commemorations.                  to pick up the pieces. I don’t telephone interview.                                                Guitar Lessons
what it is to need help and          Across a distance of 5,000     fault them for that. It was an        Mineta said he was surprised                                     in Martin
not have it. That’s why I do       kilometers (3,000 miles) from absolute tragedy,” Collenette that Collenette didn’t mention
this.”                             the Pacific to Atlantic, Monica told The Associated Press. their conversation to the AP,                                             30 Years Experience
  Bobby Wyatt received the         Burke has stayed in regular “There was no request. We but added that Canada “did a
Distinguished Member of                                                                                                                                          Call JB Clark at
                                   phone and email contact with were informed that the United great service” for the U.S. that
the Year award in 2005 at the      Beulah Cooper, the woman States had closed its airspace to day.
annual meeting for Disaster        who opened her home to her all incoming traffic, all planes            The Canadians shunted                                      for more information
Medical Assistance Team.           as the horror of 9/11 sank in.   were grounded in the United the traffic away from Toronto
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From Cover                             Worldwide travel alert issued; other 9/11 briefs
  There will also be a Space                                Associated Press                               that day. Donna Glessner is collecting oral histories             thirds of Americans say it’s fitting to sacrifice some
for Remembrance that uses                                                                                  for the National Park Service. She believes the video             privacy and freedoms in the fight against terrorism,
audio and visual elements to             WASHINGTON — The U.S. has issued a                                is the earliest footage of the crash in Shanksville, a            according to a poll by The Associated Press-NORC
tell the stories of the victims        worldwide travel alert ahead of the 10th anniversary                rural area southeast of Pittsburgh. Flight 93 crashed             Center for Public Affairs Research. A slim majority —
with testimonials from friends         of the Sept. 11 attacks. The alert cautions Americans               as passengers fought four hijackers.                              54 percent — say that if they had to choose between
and family members. The                about the continued threat posed by al-Qaida and                                                                                      preserving their rights and freedoms and protecting
third and final exhibition, the        other groups.bThe State Department isn’t citing                              Obama to speak at concert                                people from terrorists, they’d come down on the side
West Chamber, will hold a              any specific threats to the United States that have                                                                                   of civil liberties. The public is particularly protective of
surviving piece of the World           been identified from al-Qaida or its allies. But the                  MINNEAPOLIS — The White House says                              the privacy of U.S. citizens, voicing sharp opposition
Trade Center; a retaining wall         department says U.S. citizens living or traveling                   President Barack Obama will speak at a Washington                 to government surveillance of Americans’ e-mails and
that withstood the attack.             abroad should take precautions because terrorist                    National Cathedral concert the evening of Sept. 11 to             phone calls. For some Americans, their reluctance to
  Also in the chamber will be          groups can attack anywhere. Friday’s alert noted that               commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the terror                 give up any freedoms is a reflection of their belief that
the “Last Column”. It stands           previous attacks were planned for significant dates,                attacks. The White House had previously announced                 the terrorists eventually will succeed no matter what.
36 feet tall and is plastered          presumably to gain maximum public attention. The                    Obama would also visit all three sites where planes               Others worry that giving up one freedom will lead to
with pictures and mementos of          U.S. says Americans abroad should register on the                   struck that day — New York City, the Pentagon, and                the loss of others. The U.S. effort to combat terrorism
ironworkers, rescue personnel          State Department’s web site or at an embassy or                     Shanksville, Pa. The “For a Healing World” concert is             received mixed reviews: Just 36 percent say it’s been
and others. The column will            consulate. This makes it easier for embassies to reach              the final event of the cathedral’s 9/11 commemorative             extremely or very effective; 49 percent say moderately
stand as a symbol of resilience,       people in case of emergency.                                        weekend.                                                          so. About a third of Americans are concerned that
                                                                                                                                                                             they or their family will be victims of a terrorist
hope and community.
  A ceremony, taking place
                                             New video surfaces of Flight 93                                   Poll: Americans split on sacrifices                           attack, and 37 percent believe the area where they live
                                                                                                                                                                             is at least at moderate risk of being attacked. The poll
this Sunday will dedicate the
                                         JOHNSTOWN, Pa. — A new video shows a cloud                          WASHINGTON (AP) — Surveillance cameras in                       also found: 71 percent favor surveillance cameras in
9/11 Memorial and Museum               of gray smoke rising in the sky minutes after United                public places? Sure. Body scans at airports? Maybe.               public places; 55 percent favor government analysis of
to families of the victims of          Airlines Flight 93 crashed in western Pennsylvania                  Snooping in personal e-mail? Not so fast. The same                financial transactions processed by U.S. banks without
the Sept. 11, 2001, and Feb.           on Sept. 11, 2001. The Tribune-Democrat newspaper                   Americans who are increasingly splashing their                    a warrant; 47 percent favor requiring all people in the
26, 1993, attacks against the          of Johnstown (http://bit.ly/qSVHhp ) says the video                 personal lives across Facebook and Twitter trace a                U.S. to carry a national ID card and provide it to
World Trade Center.                    was filmed and narrated by Somerset County resident                 meandering path when asked where the government                   authorities upon demand; only 35 percent favor racial
  The memorial becomes open            Dave Berkebile, who died this year. Berkebile calmly                should draw the line between protecting civil liberties           or ethnic profiling to decide who should get tougher
to the public the following            reports a plane has crashed a few miles from his Berlin             and pursuing terrorism. Ten years after the 9/11 attacks          screening at airports; and Americans are sharply
day.                                   home and assumes a link to the other terror attacks                 led to amped-up government surveillance efforts, two-             divided on the use of torture to gain intelligence.
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                                                                                      Remembering the fallen,
                                                                                      honoring their memory
                 Trevor Smith                           selected                                                                       attacks.            first phase of the national Flight 93 Memorial
                Managing Editor                         readings will                                                                    S u n d a y,      Dedication will begin in Stoystown, Pa., with
                                                        take      place.                                                               September           the 10th anniversary service taking place the
  This Sept. 11 will mark the 10-year                   In the event                                                                   11th, will be       following day.
anniversary of the terrorist attacks in New York,       of inclement                                                                   observed as a          The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community group
Pennsylvania and Washington D.C. that killed            weather, the                                                                   national day        will hold a blood drive on Captiol Hill this
nearly 3,000 people.                                    event will be                                                                  of       service.   Wednesday and Friday, which is only one of
  Plans to commemorate the event have                   relocated to                                                                   S t u d e n t       220 blood drives the group has organized in the
been made by the UTM’s Institute for Civic              the Watkins                                                                    organizations       hopes of collecting 10,000 pints of blood.
Engagement (ICE) during the week leading up             Auditorium in                                                                  and volunteers         In union with the Pentagon Memorial Fund,
to this Sunday, September 11th.                         the UC.                                                                        are encouraged      the Cathedral will present a special performance
  On Wednesday, the ICE will feature its                  On Friday,                                                                   to      conduct     of Brahms’ Requiem on Friday. The concert
weekly “Times Talk” discussion forum on                 there will be                                                                  their       own     will be given in honor of the 9/11 Pentagon
“Remembering 9/11: Student Reflections on               a      campus-                                                                 community           victims, survivors, their families, and emergency
a Day of Terror.” School staff and faculty will         wide      pause                                                                service        in   response personnel as well as the nearly 6,000
come together with students and community               between 8:46                                                                   remembrance         military service members whose lives have since
members to discuss and reflect upon the attacks         and 9:03 a.m., An aerial view of The 9/11 Memorial & Museum. The of the day.                       been lost in the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars.
of 9/11 and its impact. The forum starts at noon        reflecting the memorial will be dedicated this Sunday, Sept. 11.                 On            a      Finally, on Sunday, Sept. 11, the 9/11 Museum
in the Skyhawk Cafeteria, Room 125 in the UC.           times that the                                                                 national level,     and Memorial will be dedicated to the families
  There will be a memorial service held at 2:30         World Trade                                                                    there        are    of the victims of the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001,
p.m. on Thursday, in the University Center Plaza        Center towers were struck. Faculty, staff and several events taking place during the course of     and Feb. 26, 1993.
and Paul Meek Library.                                  students are encouraged to step outside and the week in honor of the 10th anniversary of              The memorial itself will open the following
  Chancellor Tom Rakes will welcome guests              observe a moment of silence in memory and out the attacks.                                         day.
and the national anthem will be played before           of respect for those who lost their lives in the On Saturday at noon, the dedication of the

      ‘The Help’ helps you feel good
  Editor’s note: Last week, Staff Writer Sarah            “The Help” may look and feel progressive to
Rowland reviewed the book “The Help.” This week,        some, but it really only grazes over real racial
Pacer Writer Brent Cooley reviews the cinematic         issues of that time. Sure, most of the white
adaptation of “The Help.”                               employers are despicable, dehumanizing people,
                                                        but one never really feels that any of the African-
                    Brent Cooley                        American characters are any real danger, as was
                     Pacer Writer                       the case in those types of situations, especially in
                                                        Mississippi 45 or 50 years ago.
  Based on the novel of the same name by                  Instead of dealing head on with real racial
Kathryn Stockett and written and directed by            issues, the film takes the feel-good, saccharine
Tate Taylor, “The Help” is an ensemble piece            approach to make it more appetizing to
set in Jackson, Mississippi                                                    filmgoers. Perhaps that
during the civil rights era                                                    is more the fault of the
in the 1960s.                                                                  novel, which this critic
  The story itself revolves                                                    has not read, but this film
around a group of maids,                                                       seems more interested in
led by Aibileen Clark                                                          spreading around endless
(Viola Davis) and Minny                                                        amounts of corny, folksy
Jackson (Octavia Spencer),                                                     dialogue that, at times, is
who virtually raise the                                                        unbearable.
children of the white                                                             Also, its balance of
families that “employ”                                                         comedy and drama is
them.                                                                          mostly loaded down by
  Meanwhile,          Eugenia                                                  the former. Yes, some
“Skeeter” Phelan (Emma                                                         relief from the tension is
Stone) returns home after                                                      always necessary, yet this
graduating from Ole Miss                                                       one truly relies on its more
to discover that the maid                                                      humorous scenes and
that practically raised her                                                    simply peppers pseudo-
is conspicuously absent                                                        shocking            dramatic
and feels that her parents                                                     sequences throughout to
(Allison      Janney        and                                                give it “depth”.
Brian Kerwin) and her                                                             It would rather put more
brother are lying about her                                                    focus on, for example,
whereabouts.                                                                   literal toilet humor or
  After hearing about the troubles of the other         the infamous pie incident than the impending
maids at the hands of their employers, especially       violence and physical abuse that African-
Minny’s employer Hilly Holbrook (Bryce Dallas           Americans were confronted with day in and day
Howard), Skeeter decides to compose a “tell-all”        out.
book from the perspectives of “the help”.                 By the end of this overlong film (it runs
  First of all, it’s fair to start off by saying that   nearly 150 minutes), one is left with some nice
if one wants a rousing crowd-pleaser then               performances, particularly from Viola Davis
this is a film to see. In fact, as the end credits      who does the absolute best she can with the
started to roll, the vast majority of the packed        material she is given, and a few funny lines, but
auditorium erupted in applause and there were           this white-people-feel-good film is too sweet
even scattered oral expressions of jubilation           and glossed over for it to do much more than
as reaction to what had just been screened.             make casual filmgoers give an undeserved round
Inversely, at least one audience member did not         of applause and maybe receive a few “little movie
feel the same way.                                      that could” Academy Award nominations.

OGREs ‘club’ their way onto UTM campus
           Didi Butler                                                    After looking at the web site,
           Pacer writer                                                   he said, he realized that it was
                                                                          a national organization that
  A gaming society, OGRE                                                  was all about the things he
officially means “organization                                            liked. Then he contacted the
of games and role-playing                                                 national headquarters to get
enthusiasts” and is a national                                            the information he needed to
organization, according to its                                            begin a local chapter.
web site, http://ogres.wikia.                                               Norman’s initial goals for the
com/wiki/The_Ogre_Lair.                                                   group is to get the word out so
The web site also shows that                                              that gamers can get together
OGRE members “play a                                                      and then find other people
myraid of role-playing, board,                                            who enjoy the same games.
card, party, and live action                                                “It doesn’t matter what game
games,” but the games played                                              you play; you should join so
                                        President Dave Norman
might be different from one                                               that you can find people to
                                      Photo by Ashley Cunningham
chapter to the next.                                                      play with,” Norman said.
  The campus chapter of              is starting the OGRE program           Later, Norman said, he
OGRE is being formed by              because he “really enjoys            “would like to have an event on
Dale Norman, an Information          tabletop role-playing games.         campus for others to see what
Systems major, and will hold         I knew that there were others        playing our games is all about.”
its first meeting at 6 p.m.          around campus, but I had no            For more information about
Thursday, Sept. 15, in 229 UC.       way of meeting them.”                the local chapter, contact
  Norman was introduced to              That was when Norman ran          Norman at rogdnorm@ut.utm.
gaming by a friend and said he       across the OGRE web site.            edu.
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       Pros pay tribute on 10th anniversary of 9/11

 Carl Edwards, Trevor Bayne and Ricky Stenhouse                      The NFL will recognize
  Jr. will all race special “Honoring Our Heroes”               the 10th anniversary of 9/11
                                                                with synchronized pregame
  cars at Richmond International Raceway in the
                                                                     salutes before all of its
   NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Sept. 9.
                                                                afternoon games on the first
                                                                  Sunday of the season, the
                                                                   league announced today.
                                                                      Pregame events will be
                                                                     shown simultaneously
                                                                     during CBS and FOX
                                                                    telecasts, followed by a
                                                                 Sunday night presentation
                                                                    on NBC. All games will
                                                                feature a video introduction
                                                                  followed by performances
                                                                     of “Taps” from near the
                                                                    sites of the attacks, and
                                                                       moments of silence.
         With the Yankees set to be on the road during the             For the 1 p.m. games,
         10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks,       “Taps” will be performed
         the team announced Monday that it would hold a          in Shanksville, Pa. For the
                 pregame ceremony on Wednesday.                 4:15 p.m. games, “Taps” will
         The pregame ceremonies will begin at 12:40 p.m.         be performed at Arlington
        ET and honor Sgt. First Class Leroy Arthur Perry,          National Cemetery. And
       who was presented with the Congressional Medal of         for the Sunday night game,
       Honor on July 11. Longtime Yankees employee Hank            “Taps” will be performed
        Grazioso will throw out the game’s ceremonial first              in Hoboken, N.J.,
              pitch. Both of Grazioso’s sons died at the            across the Hudson River
               World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.                  from Ground Zero. TV viewers will see the ceremonies, and they’ll be played
          Wounded Warriors from Walter Reed National                     on videoboards in every stadium. Coaches and players will join local first
       Military Center and Fort Belvoir in Virginia will also       responders to hold field-length American flags for the playing of the National
       be on the field during the pregame ceremony. Former           Anthem before each game. Players, coaches and sideline personnel will wear
           U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld                    a special NFL 9/11 ribbon and all stadiums hosting games on Sept. 11 will
                          will escort them.                                          feature the ribbon logo on their respective fields.
                         Courtesy of mlb.com                                                    Courtesy of NBC Sports.com

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