Campus Reacts to bin Laden’s Death


Posted Thu, May 5, 2011

Campus Reacts to bin Laden’s Death
By Corey Ward

DENVER- Two days after the White House announced the death of Osama bin Laden, students at Auraria Campus shared their thoughts on his death.

“I was watching Family Guy when they cut away to announce it,” said Connor McNa, a junior at Metro State. “I was like ‘holy shit,’ and yelled for my roommates to come watch the TV.”

Andie Mata, a senior at Metro and former general manager of Met Radio, said she found out after receiving four or five texts about Bin Laden’s death. “Plus, it was all over Facebook too,” Mata said.

When asked of their personal reactions, the students agreed that they were happy that our troops finally caught up with bin Laden.

However, Mata said, “I think it’s too bad we couldn’t get him alive and give him a life sentence, and torture him or something like that. I know it sounds bad, but he deserved worse.”

Mata also believes that as a result the Obama administration will benefit, saying, “I think the President will get a lot of good press, but it’s really the men and women who served in the military that are the real heroes.”

When asked if he thought this would provoke terrorist attacks as a result McNa said, “I don’t know really. I hope not. I mean, I’ve heard a lot of people say they think he’s been dead for quite some time. I definitely don’t think this is an end to our problems over there.”

While Mata agreed the Taliban and the region was still an issue she suggested that this may be “the beginning of the end.”

Osama bin Laden’s death, Metro reaction
By Monica Garcia

Denver- President Obama announced Sunday that U.S. troops had killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.. After the announcement many in the U.S. were cheering that he has met his demise.

bin Laden has been the world’s most wanted man since the terrorist attacks on the U.S. on Sep. 11, 2001.

He has had a hand in the 9/11 attacks and many other terrorist attacks around the world.

When asked about bin Laden’s death. A student by the name of Rocco, 26, said, “I think it’s great. No objection to what happened. I wish I could have been there.”

Another student by the name of Jim, 36, said, “his death is a good thing, but he is still a human being. He still has a family and I feel bad about that. It’s a human tragedy regardless of what he has done.”
No pictures have been shown of the event or of bin Laden’s body. They have not been shown for various reasons.

Although Rocco feels that bin Laden’s death was a great step in the fight against terrorism; he respects that not everyone wants to see the pictures of the event.

There are many conspiracy theories surronding his death. They range from those not believing that he is not really dead to that he has been dead for years and we are just hearing about it now.

Whatever the case may be both of the students we spoke to felt that the U.S. will be getting a retaliation strike from bin Laden’s death.
We are all hopeful this will not happen and that his death will bring some peace to those who have been effected by him.

bin Laden dead

By Justin Schoenborn

Metro Students reaction to Osama bin Laden’s death

So what do student’s around campus think of the recent killing of Osama bin Laden? I ran into one student outside and this is what she had to say:

Myself: What do you think of Osama bin laden’s death?

Molly: (Age 23)- I think it’s good for Americans. It reminds them how this whole thing started in the first place, and it gives us a reason to keep fighting for the cause.

Myself: Do you think there will be a retaliation?

Molly: I think we’re prepared enough to discover a threat before anything happens so no, but yes at the same time!

Myself: Do you agree with the way we handled the burial?

Molly: I don’t know much about it.

Mark Braley
Metro Students react to bin La
den’s death
When asked about the recent killing of notorious terrorist Osama bin Laden, Metro State students agreed it is a good thing for America; however, there are mixed reactions regarding the surrounding details.

“Al Qaeda is reminding us that killing Osama bin Laden really hasn’t affected them that much,” one student said. “It’s not like the war [against terror] is over.”

While many people hit the streets to party after hearing the news, others stayed inside to assess the situation.

“I think all the celebration in the streets is a little excessive,” said another student from Metro. “The more we celebrate the more were going to piss off the enemy.”

Although President Obama gave the orders to start the mission, catching Osama bin Laden has been on the U.S. agenda for about a decade. Many people are beginning to wonder if Obama is taking too much credit for killing the terrorist, and that the real credit should go to the armed forces who have been tracking bin Laden for years.

“Obama just finished the job,” one student said. “All the information gathered to locate him came from 10 years of tracking him down.”

One of the largest controversies in regards to the situation is the U.S. decision to bury bin Laden at sea.

“I don’t understand why we did that,” said one student. “Why should we care about a proper burial after what he did to our country?”

Metro students react to bin Laden’s death
by Leah Millis

The country seemed to collectively gasp when the news leaked out to the public that after nearly 10 years, America’s most wanted figurehead of terror has been killed. On Sunday, May 1, 2011 President Obama announced to the world that Osama bin Laden had indeed been killed by Navy Seals in a residence in Pakistan.

The time of finding out news from bold headlines in the morning paper or from the unwavering voice of Walter Cronkite has passed. Many were alerted through social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter while others, like Metro Alum Carl Walls, learned via text message. Walls was in a movie watching Fast Five when he said his phone starting blowing up with texts of bin Laden’s death.

Initially, Walls thought he was probably not really dead, but he later came to believe the news after it was confirmed by the President. Walls said the hunt for bin Laden began so long ago that it’s hard for him to feel much of anything about the event now.

Major Cobbs, a Metro Criminal Justice major said he found out while he was in his room playing video games when he overheard the news from the other room. He said at first he was happy, but he began to feel concerned at the wider implications.

“It’s not going to do much. If anything it’s going to make people more pissed because we just killed their hero,” Cobbs said.

Cobbs wasn’t alone in this sentiment. Metro Human Services major Emily Fiedler said she now wonders what the repercussions are going to be, “I think it’s going to be kind of scary, because who knows what’s going to happen now?” Metro Human Services major Steph Sargent didn’t seem terribly concerned as she answered without looking up from her studying, “it will be a good thing. It will probably change our current situation economically and socially.”

As for the war on terror?

“It’s not going to bring it to and end, but it might slow it down.” Sargent said. Now that the dancing in the streets has finished, it seems Americans are now waiting to see what the terrorist reaction will be to the death of one of their most hailed leaders.

The President warned America that a retaliatory attack is most likely imminent and for Americans to stay vigilant.

Fiedler, who flies a lot said she is concerned about our safety. “Maybe I should start taking trains now.” Fiedler said with a nervous laugh.

Osama bin Killed
By: Katie Avery

DENVER- Metropolitan State College of Denver students responded positively to the military attack that killed Osama in Laden.

The consensus on campus Tuesday afternoon was that the attack leaving Osama bin Laden dead was the appropriate way to respond to the attacks against the United States on Sept. 11, 2001, however, students believe the attack in Pakistan was long overdue. And when all students were asked they all felt that there would be retaliation from Al Qaeda.
The death of an infamous terrorist stirred up a strange excitement throughout campus. Had nobody realized that although a terrorist, who masterminded horrific attacks against our country and our citizens, was killed that a family still lost their loved one? Did his terrible past erase our ability to feel empathetic for him?

“I am happy he was killed in the way he was, but I still have a little bit of empathy for his family, I heard one of his son’s was killed in the fire fight, it is a sad piece of history,” said Jim, 36, a Metropolitan State College of Denver student.

To be excited towards the death of an evil man who has lead others to do evil things is one thing, but is it morally correct for our government to release the tapes of the murder for the world to see?

“I would love to see the tapes, but I understand how some people might feel like that is going too far, but for myself I don’t think it would be too much to handle,” said Rocco, 26, a University of Colorado Denver student.

Nearly a decade after the manhunt began our nation put to rest one of the most evil men to ever walk on Earth.

Reactions to bin Laden
Tyler Grimes

A general theme seemed to recur among students at Auraria campus today. Students do not like rejoicing in the death of a human being even if it is an evil one, even if it’s Osama bin Laden.

“I’m not one to celebrate death, even if it is the life of an evil person,” said Sonya, 31, an education student at Metropolitan State College of Denver. She recalled being happy when she heard the news, but immediately afterward her sentiment changed.

“I had a sinking feeling, I was fearful of who else is out there that might retaliate,” Sonya said. “It freaks me out that there are others out there like him.”

A business management major from Metro, who asked to remain anonymous, had a slightly different reaction, “someone else that needed to die,” he said. To this student revenge is not all bad.

“Everybody does revenge whether they think they do or not. It’s one of our primal instincts,” said the former Navy mechanic of four years. When asked if the death of the terrorist leader justifies the time, lives, and money spent on finding Bin Laden, the student replied. “It doesn’t hurt.”

Another student, Michael, said he would have done things differently if it were up to him 10 years ago. “We’re mixing things up in the Middle East, but we’re not really doing anything, we’re not changing it over there. There had to be some kind of response, you can’t sit idly by. That’s why I’m not a politician.”

The topic remains a sensitive subject on the minds of most campus students.

Man on the street: the death of bin Laden
By Heather M. Smith

Nermina Hasanovic, 19, a freshman at CCD, happens to be Muslim and Bosnian is all too familiar with war and terrorism.

Hasanovic arrived in America only one week prior to “9/11.” Hasanovic and her family remember thinking how close they had come to being part of “9/11” as their arrival in the states from Bosnia took them directly through New York.

“I was shocked that mom was crying,” she said after hearing reports of bin Laden’s death. But, Hasanovic herself, believes that bin Laden deserved to die because of all the people that he killed and when she hear that bin Laden used one of his wives as a shield to protect himself from a bullet, that it proved he had no feelings for the people he hurt.
“It’s so stupid that his wife in front of himself,” said Hasanovic. “I’m glad he passed away, because he deserved it.”

Having survived the horrors in Bosnia, she has little remorse for bin Laden’s death, or the way he was killed.

“I was shot, slapped, strangled and raised by my aunt because I didn’t know who my parents were,” she says reflecting on her personal experience with terrorism. “Now I have seizures,” said Hasanovic.

Hasanovic herself isn’t too certain that being Muslim matters at all. Her mother told her about all the Muslims she’s seen celebrating in the streets, but that most her friends, of various religious backgrounds, were posting all over Facebook after the reports of Bin Laden’s death were broadcast.

“Some Muslims are probably happy about his death since it probably affected their families too,” she said. “Obama’s Muslim and even he’s glad he’s (bin Laden) is dead.”

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