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Bentley Remembers September 11

September 11, 2002

Members of the Bentley community gathered on the greenspace outside the Coffeehouse on September 11 to remember those affected by the terrorist attacks one year before. An estimated 1200 faculty, staff and students were joined by family and friends of two of the four alumni killed that day: David G. Carlone '77, Terrence D. Gazzani '00, Peter O'Neill Jr. '01, Amy E. Toyen '99.

In his reflections during the service Bentley President Joe Morone asked those gathered to remember the resolutions that many made in the wake of the attacks- to be more tolerant, more inclusive, to reach out to other people.

"We had an obligation to extract some good from all that evil," he said. "To improve our lives and the lives of the people around us because of what happened that day."

"My questions to you are these," he continued. "Is this campus more tolerant than it was a year ago? Have you met one person this year from a fundamentally different culture? Do you understand the world around you and are you willing to act on that understanding?"

Joe then called on the members Bentley community to reflect on the past year and take time to renew their resolutions.

Bentley students also read a selection of readings from sacred texts and the group sang "America the Beautiful." Father Claude Grenache of the Spiritual Life Center dedicated a plaque with photos and stories of the four alumni that will be placed next to the mural in LaCava 275. (The photos and stories for the plaque were taken from the winter 2001 Observer Alumni Update.) James LeFleur, Student Government Association president, also presented a plan for a permanent memorial to September 11 that will be placed off the walkway between the Student Center and Lower Campus.

James said the two granite towers on a pentagon base would be "a symbol to reflect, remember and never forget September 11."

Following the memorial service, the Campus Police Honor Guard led a silent procession to the falcon statue behind Baker Library. There, members of the Bentley community left remembrances around four chairs that had been placed to symbolize the four alumni killed.

Several Bentley departments and student groups left flowers or religious symbols in memory of those affected by September 11. Particularly moving were two presentations in memory of Bentley alumni: Amy Toyen's family left her pledge paddle from Delta Sigma Pi, the Bentley fraternity where Amy met her fiancée, Jeffrey Gonski '97, and the Men's Lacrosse team, dressed in uniform, left alumni Peter O'Neill Jr.'s lacrosse jersey.

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