Students react to news of bin Laden’s death (UPDATED)
People are cheering in the streets and on the steps of Low at the news of the death of Osama bin Laden. Photos and reactions from students below. Keep checking back for more updates.
The News Desk’s Finn Vigeland, Shira Poliak, and Leah Greenbaum contributed reporting. Columnist Raphael Pope-Sussman, Daily Editor Grace Bickers, Daily Editor Wilfred Chan, and Spectrum Editor Mikey Zhong also contributed reporting.
2:56 a.m.: Marine Corps veteran voices thoughts
“When I first heard—a little disbelief. Then I saw the news reports and popped a bottle of champagne and we came straight here.” – Oscar Negron, Marine Corps veteran, served in Unit 37 and 225 in Karbala and Baghdad.
2:37 a.m. Footage from Ground Zero by Emma O’Connor
1:44 a.m.: Star-Spangled Banner being played for the seventh or eighth time at Ground Zero.
12:33 a.m.: CU Democrats’ media director reacts
Sarah Gitlin CC ’12: “For a lot of us as New Yorkers, it helps bring a little closure nearly a decade after 9/11. Obviously it doesn’t mean the end but as witnesses by the crowd here tonight, a lot of Columbians and Americans are feeling relieved and encouraged. Dems members started sending out emails to each other that he was dead. Then once we realized people were congregating we realized this was a moment of history we didn’t want to miss.”
12:24 a.m.: Inside the subway station—CU Democrats among a crowd of 30 on their way to Ground Zero
CU Democrats president reacts
“I know you’re contacting me as president of CU Democrats, but this has nothing to do with Democrats or Republicans, just amazing for America. It’s a clear victory in the war against terrorists—it’s amazing for everybody.” – Janine Balekdjian, CC ’13
Students opine of the news
USA music blares from Furnald Hall
The Marching Band reacts
Students crowd outside of Butler
Outside of Butler
From Butler 209
The News Desk’s Finn Vigeland reports that 20 people were watching Obama’s address in Butler 209, and 41 were at computers not watching.
From Low Steps: People cheering.
From Woodbridge: Chants of ‘USA, USA, USA, USA!”
From Amsterdam: General cacophony and cheering.
From Lerner Hall: Everybody looking for a web feed of Obama’s speech.
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