The parents of Kiran Raj, a first-year graduate student in electrical engineering, were keeping tabs on what was happening in the United States from their home in India. They watched the events unfold in New York City and Washington, D.C., and grew concerned over the welfare of their son. Raj assured his parents that he and his friends were safe. “This isn’t just affecting America,” Raj says. “It’s a jolt to humanity. Everyone’s affected.”
      SU students studying abroad this semester restricted some of their usual behaviors and took extra precautions. Brian Morris ’03, who is studying in Hong Kong, says the attacks made him more aware of his surroundings. He says, for example, that he’s now less likely to hang out with a group of Americans or in places popular with Americans or European visitors. “I was astonished that someone could mastermind an event this large with such a horrible outcome,” Morris says. “The most difficult thing is the uncertainty about the future—will the U.S. Embassy here or any other American interests be a target?”
      Syracuse University students studying abroad in Madrid, Florence, London, and Strasbourg also experienced the impact of the terrorist actions. A handful of students were so shaken by the attacks that they decided to return home. But most chose to stay in their respective international programs for the semester. They mourned their nation’s loss from afar through memorial services and special gatherings to discuss the tragedies.
      Elizabeth Shedd, who is studying in Strasbourg, France, attended a memorial concert in a city cathedral with more than 2,000 people, and she joined 200 others in observing three minutes of silence outside the U.S. Consulate General. “The pain and shock of the attacks on the 11th were lessened considerably by the response of the French people,” Shedd says. “Everyone from my host mother to the woman who sold me a cell phone showered me with sympathy, and I’m really grateful for it.”

      For some SU students, the events of September 11 have forced a postponement of their educational plans. The University will afford special financial consideration to any student who lost a supporting parent, guardian, or spouse. Those who took a leave of absence for the fall semester were eligible to receive a grant for all pending charges for the semester and will be eligible to receive special financial consideration for the spring 2002 term. “We want to assure these students that financial support will be there when they are ready to return to Syracuse University to complete their studies,” says Christopher Walsh, executive director of financial aid services. To provide this assistance, the Chancellor created the Syracuse University September 11th Fund, which is being supported by donations from alumni, students, faculty, and friends of the University.

Courtesy of Light Work/Fazal Sheikh
Abdul Shakour's eldest wife, Najiba is a toned silver gelatin print by internationally renowned photographer Fazal Sheikh. It is part of Sheikh’s exhibition, "The Victor Weeps: Afghanistan," which is on display through December 31 at Light Work in the Robert B. Menschel Media Center on campus.

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