Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Girl Playing in Fountains (photo)

Captured on Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Captured using a HTC Sprint Evo camera phone
Edited using Adobe Photoshop Express

"The Globe" issue 1 (article)

University reflects on 10th anniversary of Sept. 11 with memorial events
by Joel Brewton

What began as an average day for Christine Meyer was obliterated in a matter of minutes. Meyer, a junior film major at Point Park University was in fifth grade when she received the news of what happened on Sept. 11.

"Teachers kept coming in and out of my class and whispering stuff to my teacher," said Meyer. "We knew something was up."

Meyer was not fully informed until after the school day had ended.

"There was a lot of patriotism [at my school]," said Stephen Jarrett, a creative writing senior. "We had a red, white and blue day and I got a lot of flack for not wearing the colors."

Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011 will mark the 10th anniversary of the day when over 2,700 innocent people lost their lives to a group of 19 Al Qaeda members who hijacked four airplanes with the intent of crashing them into various American buildings. The week leading up to this historic day will be marked with a number of events around Point Park, most of which will be free to all students, staff and faculty.

Tuesday, Sept. 6, will feature a number of guest speakers including Michael J. Finnegan, an assistant professor of criminal justice and former FBI agent as well as Scott Spangler, a guest photographer. Spangler, who is a photo editor and manager at the California University of Pennsylvania as well as a journalism and mass communications alumnus, was one of the first people on the scene when Flight 93 crashed in Shanksville, Pa.

"[I remember thinking] this is not it," said Spangler in a phone interview. "This is not the crash. There's nothing there... no wing... no tail... just fire and smoke coming out of a huge crater... jet fuel everywhere."

Spangler's photos will be on display in the gallery space outside the JVH [John V. Hopkins] auditorium in Thayer Hall.

"I kind of look at it as a reflection from the perspective of the occurrence of that day, from the perspective of a photojournalist and what it meant to me to stand in that ground," Spangler said. "I try to explain what it is like to be on the other side of the camera and be a witness to so much pain and to separate yourself from it, but still be respectful and humble."

Spangler recalled a moment when he asked a grieving mother for permission to photograph her and share her story with everyone. He described it as "the most humbling experience of my life" when she said it was OK` and even thanked him for doing so.

For those interested in visiting the spot where this part of the tragedy occurred, a trip to the dedication of the Flight 93 memorial will be held on Saturday, Sept. 10. The trip will cost $10 per person and will depart campus at 7:00 a.m., leaving the memorial after the dedications. The preludes will begin at 10:00 am and the official dedication ceremony will run from 12:30 p.m. to 2:20 p.m. Reservations can be made through a link that will be sent to all students in an email.

On the official anniversary on Sunday, a candlelight vigil will be held in Alumni Park at 9:00 pm. Amanda McGuire, Community Director at Point Park, said that students are encouraged to bring small items or flowers to the vigil as well as on the trip, though this is not required. At the vigil, students will be also be able to decorate their own luminary bag and light a candle inside them.

For those not able to attend the trip or the vigil but still wish to make their contributions known, memorial stations will be placed around campus during the week leading up to the anniversary. Contributions made at the stations will be placed on display at the vigil for all to see.

"I hope our students will take away a new understanding of 9/11 and the importance of remembrance and acceptance," McGuire said in an email.

Additional events throughout the week include a 9/11 film showcase on Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 9:00 p.m. in the University Center room 212, Bazaar in the Ballroom Thursday at 4:00 p.m. in the Lawrence Hall Ballroom and a faculty question and answer panel Friday at 9:00 p.m. in the JVH auditorium.

Monday, August 29, 2011