was trying to get inside the World Trade Center mall area to
grab breakfast and get to work, but we were told we could not
enter. I saw people pointing and looking up, screaming and crying.
Then I saw Tower I on fire, with a huge hole on the right side
of the building. It was shocking. I didn’t know what to do,
so I found a spot by the Millennium Hotel and all I could do
was stare at the building. I could not comprehend this, nor
would I believe it. Then I witnessed people taking their lives
from the upper floors. Pieces of the building and debris started
falling and I had to get out of the way, so I ran down the block.
People were running so hard and so fast that they literally
were running out of their shoes.
Dan Marino ’97
Brooklyn, New York
For the rest of my life people will ask me how I felt on September
11, 2001. That day and the days that followed brought out all
the emotions I have. I will say that on that day many men and
women lost their mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, children,
and friends to the perils of hatred, but also on that day people
risked their lives to help others. I will tell them that I lost
a friend, Brady Howell G’00. I will tell them of the smile that
he had and of the outstretched arms he gave to me when I needed
assistance. I will tell them that he made his friends smile
and laugh. I will tell them that he cannot be replaced, but
his smile is etched in my memory and will be forever.
K. Palmer ’98, G’01
My condolences to graduates and current students personally
affected by this unspeakable act of terrorism. I was still on
campus in 1988 when the bombing of Pan Am 103 occurred. I remember
the feeling of uselessness, quickly followed by despair and
sadness. I personally knew four students on that ill-fated plane.
I had the same feelings on September 11, wondering if friends
from the classes of ’86 to ’90 were harmed. The Syracuse community
is a strong, diverse one that has survived in the past and will
do so now and in the years to come. Again, my heart and prayers
go out to all those who lost loved ones on September 11, and
while we will never be the same, I believe we will unite as
a nation, defeat these terrorists, and become stronger.
James DiMeo ’90
Reprinted by permission of the Albuquerque Journal
The images of the tragedy still haunt us. The expressions of
sorrow and support to the United States that we are seeing in
Brazil in the last days have no precedent in history. I am sure
that the United States will have the support of the entire free
world to chase those criminals. Terrorism must be stopped. I
am sure that American power and leadership will be successful
in this mission.
Dr. Antonio Campos
I am sickened to see Laura Rockefeller on the list of victims.
Although I did not know her well, my memories of her are more
powerful than almost anyone else I knew at Syracuse. In the
time I spent with her (interviewing her for a magazine writing
class assignment), she shared with me some of the most profound
and powerful ideas anyone has ever said to me—especially anyone
of my own age. Laura had poise, a sensibility, and a solid and
realistic sense of self. I have thought of her many times over
the years, and the personal philosophies she shared with me
about making one’s way in the world have been a source of strength
to me time and again. I can only hope that the 20 years since
the time I met her were fulfilling and happy ones for her, and
that she was able to touch other lives the way she did mine.
Patti Schuldenfrei ’81