Moments of Silence: Provost's Announcement on 9/11 Observations In Classes
The anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001 will occur on Wednesday of our second week of classes. Officially, the college will be open that day and classes will meet as scheduled. At the request of Governor Pataki, we ask that faculty teaching that morning observe one minute of silence at the following times: 8:46 (the time of the attack on the north tower), 9:03 (the attack on the south tower), 9:59 (the collapse of the south tower), and 10:29 (the collapse of the north tower). The precise minute matters less than that there be time set aside to remember the almost 3,000 people who were killed.
The day may be traumatic for many of us and for our students. Therefore, we hope than any faculty who would like to take time in class to explore thoughts and feelings about the attacks and their aftermath will feel free to do so. (http://www.teaching9-11.org/ is one of several sites on the web that provides links to resources/issues related to September 11.) Moreover, despite the fact that the college is officially open, we anticipate the possibility of many absences and ask faculty to treat absence and lateness on September 11 with flexibility and not to schedule examinations that day. The faculty's sensitivity to student needs last year was deeply appreciated by many.
In addition to observing the four minutes of silence, we will be setting up several large-screen televisions in each building for members of the college community who would like to monitor the memorial events planned throughout the city. Last year, in the days following September 11, the college erected a "Wall of Feelings" and invited those who wanted to do so to express themselves in writing. Many did and the result was very moving. This year we will reinstall that "Wall" in the area leading to the food court of the Newman Vertical Campus, along with a large strip of paper that is blank. All members of the campus community are invited to contribute to this new "Wall of Healing."
Counselors will be available to talk with members of the community throughout the day. The Counseling Center will be open until 7:30 pm (137 East 25th Street, Room 927; 646-312-2155), the multipurpose room on the first floor also will house counselors (turn left after entering at 25th Street), as will the Career Development Center (Newman Vertical Campus, Room 2-150; 646-312-4670).
Other on-campus remembrances are planned for September 11. They will be announced via posters and handouts that day. We hope that everyone will work together to insure that our observance of this difficult anniversary is an occasion for serious reflection and a deeper sense of community.