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9/11 Flag Incident Prompts Forums

By Eliza Teach

September 25, 2013

A group of nine faculty members hosted a series of seven forum discussions last week to encourage a community conversation about protest and civility on campus in light of the vandalism of the flag memorial on Sept. 11. The forum events, which took place from Monday, Sept. 16 to Thursday, Sept. 19, attr...

Abenaki Denounce 9/11 Flag Memorial Vandalism

Two of five unidentified protestors uproot flags dedicated to the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks in a midday protest. (middbeat/Rachel Kogan)

By Emily Singer

September 18, 2013

In the five hours between the defacement of the College’s Sept. 11 memorial outside of Mead Chapel and its reconstruction, both The Campus and middbeat posted brief online articles on the incident, accompanied by the same photograph. In it, a young woman with a red bandana in her hair places a hand...

Incensed Students Rebuild Memorial

At 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 11, four students reinstall the College’s 9/11 flag memorial after a group of five vandals tore 2,977 miniature flags from the ground in protest. Passerbys lauded the students and aided in the memorial’s reconstruction. (Campus/Anthea Viragh)

By Claire Abbadi

September 18, 2013

On Wednesday, Sept. 11. after a group of five protestors pulled out the 2,977 American flags comprising a memorial to commemorate each of the lives lost in the 2001 terrorist attacks, Sasha Schell ’16, Noah Bakker ’15, and Andrew Catomeris ’15 took it upon themselves to rebuild the memorial. The three...

National News Coverage Spurs Hateful Comments and Threats

By Nate Sans

September 18, 2013

Coverage of the Sept. 11 memorial protest set off a firestorm of responses, jettisoning The Campus’ coverage nationwide and setting records for views online. At the time of print, The Campus had received over 80,000 views on the three stories combined, from IP addresses registered all across th...

Updated: Community and Country React

Updated: Community and Country React

By Gregory Woolston

September 11, 2013

As Kyle Finck reported for the Campus earlier this week, "a 2,977 flag memorial was ripped out of the ground in front of Mead Memorial Chapel shortly before 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11 by a group of five protestors claiming that the flags were on top of a sacred Abenaki burial site." This coverage supplemented ...

Students Replant Memorial Flags

At 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 11, four students reinstall the College’s 9/11 flag memorial after a group of five vandals tore 2,977 miniature flags from the ground in protest. Passerbys lauded the students and aided in the memorial’s reconstruction. (Campus/Anthea Viragh)

By Gregory Woolston

September 11, 2013

Following a midday protest, in which five individuals removed a temporary memorial commemorating the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, students gathered on Wednesday evening to replant flags in front of Mead Memorial Chapel. Additional coverage regarding both the protest and response will continue throughou...

9/11 Memorial Uprooted in Midday Protest

Two of five unidentified protestors uproot flags dedicated to the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks in a midday protest. (middbeat/Rachel Kogan)

By Kyle Finck

September 11, 2013

A 2,977 flag memorial was ripped out of the ground in front of Mead Memorial Chapel shortly before 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11 by a group of five protestors claiming that the flags were on top of a sacred Abenaki burial site. The flags — meant to commemorate each of the 2,977 lives taken in the...

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