SGA Donates $700
to Red Cross during Forum on Terrorism
(from left) SGA President Dane Onorio, P.J. Smith, wrestling coach
and Robeson County Red Cross Executive Board member and SGA Vice
President for Finance Brandon Davis
11 terrorist attack represents a serious threat to our way of life,"
said Dr. Frank Trapp, professor of political science at UNC Pembroke.
Dr. Trapp and Dr.
Weston Cook of the History Department discussed the attacks and its
aftermath Wednesday in a forum at UNCP's University Center.
on campus by the Student Government Association (SGA) after the terrorist
attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., totaling $700, was turned
over to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund before the forum.
to see that our students are taking an active role in world events and
coming to the aid of people in need," P.J. Smith said. Mr. Smith,
who is UNCP's head wrestling coach and director of the Aquatics Program,
is an executive board member and local Disaster Relief Committee chair
for the Robeson County Red Cross.
SGA President Dane
Onorio said it was a "wonderful response to a crisis" and
"efforts will continue."
Dr. Cook offered
a historic perspective on Muslin terrorism.
part of the Islamic world with 5-7 million Muslims living here, many
are third and fourth generation citizens," Dr. Cook said. "This
is going to change our political reality."
blame the U.S. for a variety of reasons dating back to World War II,"
he said. "We as Americans must do some soul searching when it comes
to the Muslim world."
Dr. Trapp, who was
stationed in Afghanistan as a U.S. Marine, said a traditional ground
war there would be disastrous. The terrorist threat will not go away
with Osama bin Laden's death.
"We must develop
a comprehensive strategy regarding terrorism," he said. "If
they successfully poison the water supply of a small to medium-sized
city..who will feel safe again?"
About 50 students,
faculty and staff attended the forum.
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