September 25, 2003 vol ix, number 9
UVI Discusses the Aftereffects of Sept. 11 at Forum
The tragic events of
September 11 were re-
membered at the Univer-
sity of the Virgin Islands
discussion at a forum titled
"The Day the World
Changed: 9/11 in Perspec-
"All of us are af-
fected, if not directly, in- (From leftto Jn Dr. PatriciaRhy
directly by the conse- and Dr. Gilbert Sprauve at the Sep
quences of 9/11," Dr. Thomas campus. Dr. Simon Jones-H
Patricia Rhymer Todman missioner Elton Lewis spoke from t
said, as she spoke about rum was video conference between
impact of the events. "When terrorists strike, the way we
perceive the world is changed."
Dr. Malik Sekou described the attacks as "one of the
The University of the Virgin Islands has teamed up with Banco
Popular to allow easier access to cash by installing a new
automated teller machine (ATM) on the St. Thomas campus.
The drive-thru A TM is located at Penha House (Security) and
is available 24 hours a day. An official ribbon c ir,,i. cer-
emony will be held on October 2. The machine does not accept
mer Todman, Dr Malik Sekou
tember llth forum on the St.
[endrickson and Police Com-
he St. Croix campus. The fo-
n the campuses.
greatest tragedies in modem his-
tory." Sekou, however, expressed
his displeasure with the United
States' response, saying that
President George W. Bush's ad-
ministration is "using this tragedy
to engage in a broad, dangerous
foreign policy." He continued by
saying that something is wrong
with the U.S.-waged war on ter-
rorism when, after invading Af-
ghanistan and Iraq, the alleged ter-
rorism masterminds Osama Bin
Laden and Saddam Hussein have
never been found, nor have any
weapons of mass destruction.
"War on terrorism is an open-ended war," Sekou said.
Denying that Al Qaeda was sophisticated enough to carry out
the September 11th attacks, Dr. Sekou contended that there is
a much deeper plot behind what happened on September 11th
than we know.
Police Commissioner Elton Lewis said no country, nation
or territory is too small to participate in the fight against ter-
rorism. Because the aftereffects of terrorist acts in the west-
em hemisphere can have a negative effect on the economies
of Caribbean nations, Lewis said that those nations are active
in the fight against terrorism. Regional nations must be aware
of enemies, and increase security to protect the tourism and
agriculture industries, he said.
See 9/11 on the next page
Sept. 25 Student Debate STT
Sept. 25 AES Open House STX
Sept. 25-26 Alumni Phonathon STT
Sept. 25-26 Movie Series STX
Sept. 28 Research Symposium STT
Sept. 28 Basketball Challenge STT
Student Clubs Rally for Membership at St. Thomas Activities Fair I
(From left to ,ji1l Daryl Pierre-Louis represents four clubs the \. "'!lll Club, Cricket Club, Dominica Association and St. Lucia
Association at the Activities Fair. Humanities Professor and Debate Society Advisor Gene Emanuel, recognizing debtors when
he sees them, encourages a student to join the Debate Society. Khalilah Gordon, a Peer Health Educator, speaks to a student about
"We must be able to control our borders," Lewis said,
adding that new funding will create a "border patrol" unit for
the Virgin Islands similar to those that protect the U.S./Mexico
border. The key to preventing future terrorist acts, he said, is
commitment and collaboration.
While most presenters focused on the September 11th of
two years ago, presenter Dr. Gilbert Sprauve recalled the Sep-
tember 11 t of 30 years ago when US-backed rebels over-
threw the democratic government in Chile, which led to the
dictatorship ofAugusto Pinochet.
Dr. Sprauve related a matter that disturbed him greatly.
His grandchildren on St. Croix came home with school books
that listed the Bill of Rights but added "the right to attack
those who might threaten it." Dr. Sprauve said that that "eye
for an eye" philosophy will not solve anything. Those and
other incidents have made him uncertain about the "innocence"
the U.S. claims to have. Quoting former U.S. Senator Barry
Goldwater, Sprauve lamented the mindset that, "extremism in
the defense of liberty is no vice."
According to presenter Dr. Simon Jones-Hendrickson, "all
of us live on earth where we have to be interdependent." The
thinking of the masses must change, he said, to avoid further
The forum was video conference between the St. Croix
and St. Thomas campuses.
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