MARIETTA - Marietta College will mark the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the U.S. with multiple events over six days, including a candlelight vigil on campus.
The College Republicans are sponsoring the candlelight vigil at 9 p.m. Sept. 11 in the Kremer Amphitheatre. Pastor Rodney Lord will say a few words in remembrance of 9/11, as well as lead the group in a prayer.
Sarah Snow, 13 (Huntsville, Ala.), president of College Republicans at Marietta, said the club has worked with the Young America's Foundation to put together the event, which also includes a 9/11 Memorial at the amphitheatre.
Starting at 5 a.m. Sept. 11, College Republicans are going to place 2,977 American flags, as well as complementary flags provided by Student Life to represent the other countries impacted by the attack.
Snow said the flags will remain up through the candlelight vigil. She said they also plan to hand out "Remember 9/11" buttons.
"I was in fifth grade when 9/11 happened and it was very traumatic," Snow said. "I think that one event really changed the outlook a lot of us have on life. The past few years there hasn't been too much on campus on the anniversary of Sept. 11, so we wanted to do something extra this year."
Alpha Tau Omega fraternity is conducting its own memorial service at 11 a.m. Sept. 11 on the Christy Mall. The service will have a few speakers, including Student Senate President Ryan Nolen, 12 (Belpre).
"The Absence of Shadow," a photo exhibition that came to campus as part of the Perspectives Series soon after the Sept. 11 attacks, will be on display again from Sept. 9-12 in the Andrews Hall Great Room.
The exhibit includes 200 powerful and poignant images relating to the events of Sept. 11, 2001.
Contributed by professional and amateur photographers, the collection of photos represents a "democracy" in that anybody and everybody took them. Photographs by world-famous photographers hang next to the pictures by police officers, firefighters, business people, housewives, schoolteachers, construction workers and even children.
The photos are displayed anonymously and hang informally, without frames, from wires stretched across the gallery's walls.
Following the anniversary there will be a few other MC-related events to explore issues raised by 9/11. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is sponsoring all of the following events.
Pizza & Politics will make its fall debut at 5 p.m. Sept. 13 with a focus on Constitution Day. The group will discuss freedom of speech and how Muslims in the U.S. see and experience freedom of speech.
On Sept. 14, there will be a public speaking session on the misconception of the Arab-Muslim culture in the western world, and the stereotypes Muslims experience in the U.S. The event will be held at noon in the Alma McDonough Auditorium. Later that day will be the first Global Palate of the semester from 6-7 p.m. in the Great Room.
The final event is a faculty and staff lunch on how to work with students from the Arab-Muslim culture at noon on Sept. 15.