Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Bin Laden's death presents new questions for University of Tampa class studying 9/11

TAMPA — The final meeting of a media analysis class at the University of Tampa on Tuesday was indeed serendipitous.

Instructor Donovan Myrie taught the class that examined the work of journalists, filmmakers and government officials on the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Fresh energy spread through the class of more than 20 as the students discussed the death of Osama bin Laden — a surreal culmination to a semester of study.

Feelings were mixed on everything from how he died to the appropriateness of the reaction after the announcement was made late Sunday night.

"When I first heard about it, I thought he probably died a long time ago. But as the details came out, I thought even though he died, someone is going to take his spot," said Isaac Moreno, 23, a senior ROTC member from Clarksville, Tenn.

Moreno said his duty in the Army begins immediately after his graduation, and his ROTC training has taught him that the priority should have been on capturing bin Laden alive.

Others disagreed.

"He didn't tell the hijackers to go capture 3,000 Americans," said Alex Bass, 22, a senior from New Jersey.

Bass said he is in favor of releasing post-mortem photos of bin Laden, and also of the spontaneous celebrations that broke out nationwide Sunday night.

But releasing photos of bin Laden's body may start more fires than it extinguishes, said Zoe LeCain, a 22-year-old senior from Wayland, Mass.

"Is that even going to make stupid people stop talking?" she asked.

The students' overall concern was that people's actions following the death could cause more harm than good.

"We watched TV, saw them celebrating and said, 'They're acting like animals.' Why are we in the right and they are in the wrong?" asked Jenna McMahon, 23, a senior from Long Island, N.Y.

No answers came.

But then again, these were heady questions for people who were only between 9 and 16 years old when the towers fell.

Myrie said the majority of the class had been so sheltered from the imagery of the Sept. 11 attacks that some were shocked to see footage shown during the class of the World Trade Center collapsing.

Myrie said this would be the seventh and final year the class would be offered.

The 10th anniversary this fall should now be a lot less solemn than originally anticipated, the students agreed.

"The victory was bittersweet," McMahon said. "For people who knew victims of 9/11, this just rehashed the memories."

Bin Laden's death presents new questions for University of Tampa class studying 9/11 05/03/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 3, 2011 11:08pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Spooky Empire brings Spooky Day in the Parks to Disney World

    Blogs

    Foolish mortals, evil queens and hook-handed pirates finally get their own day this year at Walt Disney World.

    Spooky Day in the Parks comes to Disney World Sept. 22-24.
  2. New York Times: Trump has decided to push Steve Bannon out

    National

    The New York Times is reporting that President Donald Trump has told senior aides he has decided to remove chief strategist Steve Bannon.

    White House chief strategist Steve Bannon steps off Air Force One as he arrives Sunday at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Bannon was with President Donald Trump on his return trip from Florida. [Alex Brandon | Associated Press]
  3. The weeks' most compelling photos from Tampa Bay and Florida

    Human Interest

    Florida photos of the week for August 11 - August 18: Beach family yoga, Confederate symbols as flashpoints, American Idol winners and hopefuls, Fetish Con, the second oldest survivor of the Pearl Harbor attack turns 104, an armada of rubber ducks, and more.

    Jayden Sheene, 8, left, and Zoey Sheene, 6, rest atop at the arms and legs of their mother, Shelby Sheene, 27, of Holiday, while participating in a Beach Family Yoga gathering on Tuesday (8/15/17) at the Dunedin Causeway. The donation-based classes, hosted each Tuesday (10am), near the Sail Honeymoon rentals, were organized by area moms who wanted to practice yoga while providing an opportunity bond with their children through the spiritual and physical contact of the practice, which has its roots in ancient India. Yoga uses breathing techniques, poses and meditation to help improve health and happiness. (DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times)
  4. Appointment of Confederate activist sparks diversity council chair to resign

    Blogs

    The head of a Hillsborough County committee that promotes diversity resigned from the panel Wednesday after county commissioners named to the committee an advocate of Confederate heritage.

    David McCallister won a spot on Hillsborough County's Diversity Advisory Council on Wednesday.
  5. Union versus union: Discord divides the small staff representing Pinellas teachers

    Education

    The Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association says in its mission statement that it promotes solidarity and respect for the profession.

    Steve Sarang, a teacher at Pinellas Gulf Coast Academy, participates in an informational picket last month in support of employees of the Pinellas teachers union. Some of the union's office staff are in a long-running dispute with union president Mike Gandolfo and have take their complaints to the National Labor Relations Board. [EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times]