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The Pendulum ELON, NORTH CAROLINA | WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 2011
| VOLUME 37, EDITION 14
BIN LADEN ANNOUNCED DEAD
Brian allenBy | staff photographer
Elon University students donned American flags to celebrate the demise of Osama bin Laden. A large group of students marched through campus around 12:30 a.m., chanting patriotic slogans. Mark Rehbein (from left to right),
Keegan Johnson, Carolyn Koleszar, Elliot Dawes and Earle Pope cheer from the roof of a car and waved American flags to commemorate the United States’ retaliation against the mastermind behind the attacks on Sept. 11.
Al-Qaeda’s leader dead, Student response varies
Obama addresses nation between widespread
celebrations, reflection compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan
Sunday. Although firefight ensued,
killing four people, Obama said no
Osama bin Laden, leader of al-Qaeda Americans were injured. American Caitlin O’Donnell Manhattan and was there on Sept. 11.
and decade-long fugitive on the FBI’s forces then took custody of bin Laden’s News Editor When she first heard the news of bin
“Ten Most Wanted” list, was announced body, which has reportedly been buried Laden’s death, she said her mind went
dead by President Barack Obama at sea. Elon University students expressed blank and she couldn’t fully grasp what
late Sunday night, following years of Jason Kirk, assistant professor of contrasting reactions following the had happened.
domestic and overseas efforts toward political science, said he first learned of announcement late Sunday night of Nerich said she knew many people
his capture. the news when he read it in Monday's the military strike against Osama bin who lost family members in the terrorist
Obama said the operation had been newspaper. Americans should not make Laden in Pakistan. Some erupted in attacks and, while she will never forget
ongoing since August 2010, when he the mistake of making bin Laden’s death celebrations and others quietly paid what happened that day, the death of
was briefed about a possible lead to only about the United States, he said. tribute to those who lost their lives bin Laden brings some closure.
bin Laden indicating he was hiding in “The most important question right during the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11. “It doesn’t really change a lot, but it’s
a compound deep in the north western now is what this is going to mean for A large group of students, originating good for our mentality,” she said. “And
part of Pakistan. our relationship with Pakistan,” Kirk in Danieley Center, made its way across it’s nice that someone that caused me,
“It was far from certain, and it took said. “Pakistan obviously is where campus starting at 12:30 a.m., chanting my friends, New York City and America
many months to run this thread to the bin Laden was killed, not far from the patriotic slogans and waving American so much fear is out of the picture.”
ground,” he said in his speech. “Finally, capital at all. Did the U.S. help because flags. While the participants said the Nerich, who lives in Danieley Center,
last week, I determined that we had of, or in spite of, Pakistan? It’s simply demonstrations were in celebration of chose to partake in the demonstrations
enough intelligence to take action, and not credible that he could have been in a revenge against one of the United States’ last night, partly to emphasize to
authorized an operation to get Osama place like that. Someone had to know.” most wanted former fugitives, others terrorists that citizens of the United
bin Laden and bring him to justice.” Soon after hearing of bin Laden’s characterized Sunday night’s events as
U.S. forces at his direction launched an unnecessary celebration of death.
a targeted operation against bin Laden’s See BIN LADEN DEAD | PAGE 3 Sophomore Elizabeth Nerich lives in See STUDENTS | PAGE 3
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