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PHOTO GALLERY: MU students react to death of Osama bin Laden

Monday, May 2, 2011 | 8:02 a.m. CDT; updated 10:41 a.m. CDT, Monday, May 2, 2011
A crowd celebrates at the corner of Richmond and Burnam avenues early Monday, rejoicing in the news that terrorist leader Osama bin Laden was killed in an attack by U.S. forces.

COLUMBIA — Soon after President Obama announced the death of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden late Sunday night, students started celebrating all across campus, from outside Ellis Library to Greektown.

 

MU students hold up the American flag in celebration of Osama bin Laden's death early Monday morning.
Students poured into the streets of Greektown after President Obama announcement the terrorist leader was dead.
MU students celebrate early Monday morning the news that Osama Bin Laden was killed in Pakistan. Chants of "USA" and "MIZ-USA" rang out in Greektown as hundreds of people gathered to rejoice.
Two people embrace early Monday morning as they celebrate the news of Osama bin Laden's death. Music blared as hundreds of people gathered in Greektown.
MU students celebrate the news that Osama bin Laden was killed by US Navy SEALs on Sunday in Pakistan.
Students wave an American flag on Richmond Avenue early Monday morning. Hundreds of people came out across campus to celebrate the death of Osama bin Laden.
A girl wearing a President Barack Obama mask surfs through the crowd of hundreds of people on Richmond Avenue early Monday morning.
A firework is set off on Richmond Avenue early Monday morning following President Barack Obama's announcement of Osama Bin Laden's death.
A woman screams in celebration on Richmond Avenue early Monday morning following President Barack Obama's announcement that Osama Bin Laden had been killed.
Amidst streaming toilet paper, balloons and American flags, revelers swarm Richmond Avenue in Greektown in celebration of President Barack Obama's announcement of the death of Osama bin Laden, who was killed by U.S. forces in Pakistan on Monday.
Hundreds of people gather on Richmond Avenue to celebrate the announcement made from President Barack Obama earlier in the night that Osama Bin Laden had been killed, on Sunday.
Hundreds of people gather in the street to celebrate the announcement made by President Barack Obama earlier in the night that Osama bin Laden had been killed, on Sunday. A motorcade of cars and people gathered waiving flags, singing and chanting "USA."
Hundreds of students chanted "USA, USA, USA" in the middle of Richmond Avenue in Greektown at MU early Monday morning following the announcement that Osama bin Laden had been killed. The smell of alcohol filled the air in some places as many students threw toilet paper over power lines and tree branches and waved American flags."
An MU student wrapped in a U.S. Marines' flag waves an American flag from the back of a pickup truck surrounded by a crowd of celebrants in the center of Richmond Avenue. Hundreds of students took to the streets Monday morning hours after President Barack Obama announced U.S. forces had killed Osama bin Laden in the city of Abbottabad, Pakistan.
A member of the crowd in front of the Alpha Delta Pi house on Richmond Avenue waves an American flag Monday night hours after President Barack Obama announced U.S. forces had killed Osama bin Laden in the city of Abbottabad, Pakistan.
Police set up a barricade near the Alpha Delta Pi house on Richmond Avenue early Monday morning as crowds gather hours after President Barack Obama announced U.S. forces had killed Osama bin Laden in the city of Abbottabad, Pakistan.
The crowd on Richmond Avenue cleared near 3 a.m. Monday, leaving the street covered in broken glass and trash after MU students celebrated the announcement of Osama bin Laden's death.
Toilet paper litters the street early Monday morning as MU students celebrate the death of Osama bin Laden.

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Louis Schneebaum May 2, 2011 | 1:08 p.m.

I gotta say, this rampant display of overt jingoism both disgusts and troubles me...

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Robert Tucker May 2, 2011 | 5:16 p.m.

May the " peace & blessings of Allah be upon Brother Osama !

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Corey Parks May 2, 2011 | 7:21 p.m.

So turn off your TV or watch NPR. No wait that wont work either because then you would be forced to watch American bad mouthing at its finest.

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Ellis Smith May 3, 2011 | 12:12 a.m.

@ Louis Schneebaum:

Well, Louis, it seems that KOMU doesn't agree with you. The lead for their 6 PM news broadcast tonight was that the students were "expressing their patriotism." Of course "jingoism" can be defined as misguided patriotism.

KOMU is obviously a very serious journalistic enterprise, so serious that they operate a booster relay facility in order to reach Rolla, Missouri, but Rolla residents find the only way to see TV news about their own campus is to watch TV from St. Louis and Springfield).

Have you ever noticed that spontaneous demonstrations about any subject that occur on American college and university campuses aren't uniform as to frequency and ardor? They seem to occur more frequently on campuses where subjects such as art history, psychology and basket weaving are popular but less frequently where differential equations, thermodynamics and kinematics are required subjects. Maybe in the latter case that's because students are too busy to demonstrate, and must actually learn to ration their spare time.

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Susan Gill May 3, 2011 | 3:12 p.m.

@Ellis Smith

I'm confused as to why you're bringing up Rolla in a photo gallery about MU. It's true that Rolla doesn't have a dedicated broadcast news station, but that doesn't mean the residents don't get informed about what's going on with MST. The newspaper does a good job covering the campus, and the town is small enough that most "breaking news" gets sent around word-of-mouth. If the campus or town news is big enough, Springfield, St. Louis and Columbia stations will come down to cover it. Other than that, the town isn't big enough of a market to support a nightly newscast (19,500 people in Rolla versus 108,500 in Columbia). In any case, it's good to see the students excited about a major world event like this, even if they could have been better about not trashing the street with bottles and TP. I was a freshman at my first semester at Mizzou when the planes hit the twin towers. Freshman year is life-changing enough without something like this happening. It truly made a mark on me as I embarked into my adult life.

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Ellis Smith May 3, 2011 | 3:53 p.m.

Nobody is suggesting a nightly news cast or even a weekly or monthly news cast, although the campus has a fully functional TV studio (currently used for continuing education). KOMU boosts its signal into Rolla and no doubt solicits advertising from Rolla merchants, but how much news coverage of MS&T is there on KOMU? There's occasional coverage by St. Louis and Springfield TV stations (as well as occasional coverage by both St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Springfield News-Leader, but rarely by the Missourian).

Springfield is home to a rather large public university but the media still finds time for news about MS&T. Perhaps Springfield is simply a "generous" city.

There's a standing joke among UMKC, UMSL and MS&T folks that if we want coverage from KOMU or the Missourian all we need to have is something absolutely horrible happen at one of our campuses. THAT would be covered. Pardon us if we don't want something horrible to happen.

KOMU's weather map shows Rolla in the coverage area, but apparently weather is the only item of interest in Rolla.

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Louis Schneebaum May 3, 2011 | 8:10 p.m.

Corey Parks:

You are a moron. Good day.

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hank ottinger May 3, 2011 | 9:26 p.m.

As has been said elsewhere, the images of American college kids chanting "USA, USA" were tweeted and otherwise communicated throughout the world, no doubt encouraging a whole new generation of jihadists who view the USA as a war-mongering, anti-Islamic imperial power. Inevitable, I suppose, and sad.

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Louis Schneebaum May 4, 2011 | 12:15 a.m.

It also causes us to appear like, under-educated, blindly patriotic, sloppy goons. These are supposed to be our educated people, a rung or two up the social ladder. Classy.

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Ellis Smith May 4, 2011 | 5:26 a.m.

@ "Louis":

Any relationship between formal education and common sense is at best poorly defined.

Eric Hoffer, American (1902-1983), is considered one of the most important thinkers of the 20th century, yet Hoffer had almost no formal schooling and spent much of his early life as a migrant worker and longshoreman. At age 15 Hoffer was nearly blind. His philosophy fills nine (9) published books. Surely they teach MU students about Hoffer. They do, don't they? Even rude, crude, and socially unacceptable engineers know about Hoffer.

Google Hoffer for more information.

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