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September 6, 2002 Volume 18, Number 3


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Western, Macomb Communities Plan September 11 Remembrance

Quiet reflection, American and international flags, discussion groups facilitated by the University Counseling Center, a community program recognizing heroes, reading of the names of the victims and remarks by President Al Goldfarb and Student Government Association President Christopher Mullins-Silverstein are planned on campus and throughout Macomb Sept. 11.

Additionally, beginning Wednesday, Sept. 4, Western Illinois' Tri States Public Radio will broadcast "Voices of Reflection," including daily special programming which will conclude Sept. 11 with the "Sonic Memorial Special" documentary at noon and a special Afternoon Edition from 4:30-5:30 p.m. featuring local stories by Western's news team. Later in the semester, Western's College of Arts and Sciences will host a series of cross-discipline panels organized by the political science department. On campus the Union Plaza will be lined with the flags of some 50 nations represented by Western's international student population and an area will be setup to receive flowers and candles.

At 8:55 a.m. the Sherman Hall bell tower carillon will play "God Bless America" to prepare for a time (5 minutes) of silent reflection at 9 a.m. At 9:05 a.m. the carillon will play "America the Beautiful" signifying the end of the moments of reflection. Student and campus organizations will gather in the Union Plaza from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. to read the names of the 9/11 victims.

Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. discussions facilitated by the University Counseling Center will be held each hour in the Union Springfield Room. Discussion topics will include tolerance, race and hate crimes issues; Islamic perceptions; the personal impact of 9/11; and a look at "one year later." Western Illinois Regional Council (WIRC) Victim Advocacy will offer "T-Shirts for Hate Crimes" for individual expression in the Union Vandalia Room; a poster wall will be set up in the conference lobby for individuals to express themselves; and televisions will be set up in the Union conference lobby, Sandburg Theatre and Murray Street Café for national news broadcasts.

A noon program, "United We Stand/Salute to Local Heroes," recognizing local and area emergency response agencies and police and fire departments will be held in Macomb's Chandler Park. President Goldfarb and Rep. Rich Myers are among the scheduled participants at the ceremony. The Macomb Community Quality of Life Committee will recognize six local heroes. President Goldfarb and Mullins-Silverstein will offer brief remarks at 5 p.m. in the Union Plaza.

Sept. 11 also marks the beginning of National Civic Participation Week, endorsed by the U.S. Senate to encourage the promotion of programs and activities that foster civic participation. Locally, the League of Women Voters is encouraging participation in area remembrances and will sponsor public forums on civic issues.

Visit Western's website (www.wiu.edu) for additional information about schedules and events.

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