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A young woman reads a card from the Visual Voice Project at the Take Back the Night event at the Main Mall in April of 2015. UT Voices Against Violence held the event to highlight the movement to end sexual violence and support survivors.

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Voices Against Violence hosted “Take Back the Night” at the Main Mall on Wednesday to provide an open forum for survivors of sexual violence to share their stories.

Take Back the Night is an annual event that Voices Against Violence hosts as part of Sexual Violence Prevention Month. Sexual violence survivors publicly spoke about their personal experiences at the event. 

Katie Burran, women’s and gender studies junior and volunteer for the event, said some survivors keep their experiences private because of society’s perception of sexual violence.

“There is very rarely a platform in society for people to share their stories, especially because it’s such a taboo subject where victim-blaming is so prevalent,” Burran said.

Erin Burrows, prevention and outreach specialist for Voices Against Violence, said her favorite part of the event was the open forum that helps audience members understand the severity of sexual violence.

“[The event] is a time for people to break stigma, to erase shame, and to really come together as a community to say that we will not tolerate sexual violence on our campus,” Burrows said.

Keynote speaker Paula Rojas emphasized during her speech the importance of finding creative solutions to sexual violence that don’t rely on public institutions.

Rojas said sexual-violence survivors have the advantage in developing solutions that work toward ending sexual violence.

“Each person who is directly affected has a certain level of insight around the problem that the researchers and writers do not have,” Rojas said. “There is a whole different depth of insight and understanding that comes from the direct experience.”

The event also allowed for campus organizations that deal with the topic of sexual violence to voice their own concerns and opinions.

Not On My Campus, a student-led sexual-assault-prevention movement that has gained widespread support at UT, laid out large boards for people to sign and pledge against sexual violence. 

“We are a student-led organization to stand up against sexual violence, and it was important for us to be represented here in order to show survivors that we do support them,” said Sydney O’Connell, corporate communications freshman and a supporter of Not On My Campus.

Plan II freshman Laura Zhang said she enjoyed the informative and interactive environment that the event created.

“The environment of the event created by the band and all of the people at the organization booths encouraged me to stick around and learn more about the issue of sexual violence,” Zhang said.

With the assistance of former Texas quarterback and current development officer for program alumni relations Vince Young and Texas mascot HookEm, President William Powers Jr. accepts the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge at Gone to Texas on Tuesday night. Gone to Texas is a yearly ceremony welcoming new students to the university’s campus.

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The official University welcome event “Gone to Texas” brought together more than 8,000 students and members from the University community for a celebration on the Main Mall in front of the Tower on Tuesday evening. President William Powers Jr. opened the ceremony by welcoming students to the University the night before classes began for the fall semester. 

“What an impressive sight to look out over the Main Mall and see this assembly of new Texas Longhorns,” Powers said.

Powers said students will face challenges in their time at the University. Powers said he was confident the new students would rise to meet those challenges, before announcing his participation in one himself: the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. 

“A few days ago I was given a challenge when I was nominated for the ice bucket challenge,” Powers said. “Part of the challenge is passing on this wonderful opportunity and tonight I pass along [the Ice Bucket Challenge] to one of the newest members of the UT administrative team and one of the greatest Longhorns ever, Vince Young.”

The Gone to Texas program, a tradition of over 20 years, introduced new students to the traditions and core values at the University with various performances introduced by speakers from a wide variety of University schools and organizations, including Student Government President Kori Rady and Vice President Taylor Strickland.

“There’s been a lot of coordinating between the different groups so we’ve been working really hard,” Strickland said.  “Personally, I had two rehearsals and I know there have been at least five run-throughs, so it’s been a lot of work, but it’s really nice that we think it went well.”

The ceremony also featured submissions from incoming freshmen who created videos about what a “Longhorn State of Mind” means to them. Gage Paine, vice president of student affairs, announced business freshman Steven Nguyen the winner before the Longhorn Band closed the event with “The Eyes of Texas” and “Texas Fight.” 

Engineering freshman Katie Moore said hearing the band play “The Eyes of Texas” was her favorite part of the event. 

“It’s really cool looking forward to seeing this again in four years,” Moore said. “We’re going to have worked very hard to get through the next four years.”

RTF majors junior Justin Perez, senior Victoria Prescott and senior Hannah Whisenant stand outside the UT Tower as a part of a memorial service presentation organized for the anniversary of the 1966 Tower shooting. As president of the Students of the World organization, Whisenant organized the event that memorialized victims of the shooting.

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Current and former University students gathered on the Main Mall on Friday for a living memorial 48 years after Charles Whitman opened fire from the observation deck of the UT Tower.

The memorial service began at the Littlefield Fountain and moved to where each victim fell, to remember 16 people who were killed and the 31 wounded after architectural engineering student Whitman’s shooting spree on Aug. 1, 1966.

Many of the survivors of the shooting were in attendance, including Claire Wilson James who was one of the first people shot, while eight months pregnant. Her boyfriend at the time, Tom Eckman was killed in the attack, as was their unborn child.

“This is the first time that I’ve been able to be part of a community that was involved in this and I’ve longed for it. I’ve longed for it for all of these years and I’m incredibly touched,” James said.

A group called UT Students of the World organized the event. Hannah Whisenant, event coordinator and radio-television-film junior, learned that an official memorial service had never been held for the victims while working as an intern on an upcoming documentary film on the shooting.

“The turtle pond is built as a memorial, but it’s a very tiny plaque, and a lot of people have been upset about that and with the recent shootings and with mass shootings kind of becoming a recurring problem it seemed like a good time to revisit that issue,” Whisenant said.

The walk finished at the turtle pond behind the tower, where the memorial ended with a speech from adjunct associate professor Alfred McAlister and a moment of silence. McAlister said less guns in fewer hands and better mental health care for people were the keys to preventing mass shootings.

Actually, the same way you prevent mass killing is how you prevent suicide,” McAlister said. “It’s exactly the same thing — school psychologists, mental health experts at the grassroots level finding and helping disturbed people.

James said she didn't feel traumatized by the event, but rather that she is a proud survivor and said she thought it was good that people can talk about it.

Remember how important it is to try your best to talk to somebody when something like this happens, James said. I think it's better if they didn’t focus so much on the killer, but you know, personally, I just always felt sorry for him.

University Naval trainees celebrate the end of World War II in downtown Austin.

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As the Fourth of July approaches, The Daily Texan looks into the past to explore how major moments regarding civil liberties and freedom in American history have impacted UT. From Reconstruction, to celebrating the end of World War II, to the grief surrounding the incomprehensible act of terror on 9/11 — the struggles and triumphs of this country have changed UT, too, and in turn, UT has changed the course of this country throughout its history.  

The Legacy of the Civil War
The Confederacy’s influence on UT is apparent to anyone who looks up at the bronze statues of immortalized Confederates that line the Main Mall. UT first opened its doors in 1883, just 18 years after the Civil War and in the immediate aftermath of reconstruction. The first president of the University Leslie Waggener, Regent George Washington Littlefield and others on the original staff were Confederate veterans. Littlefield, a former Confederate officer, was one of the University’s early benefactors. George Washington Brackenridge, another regent and benefactor of the University, had been a Union sympathizer and war profiteer. Because of their differing wartime
sympathies, the two became well-known rivals. In 1910, Brackenridge donated 500 acres of land on the Colorado River, proposing the University be moved there. As a way of keeping the University on the original 40 Acres, Littlefield combated the proposal by donating $250,000 to build what became the Littlefield Fountain. The fountain became a memorial to World War I, and was originally to have statues of Confederate and Union figures, symbolizing the reunification of the North and South through World War I. The final design differed from this plan and the Confederate figures were displaced along the Main Mall alongside Woodrow Wilson representing the North.

World War II
When the United States entered World War II on December 8, 1941, UT followed, as numerous students, faculty and alumni left to participate in the war effort. In the fall of 1942, 80 faculty members left the University to join the military services as well as defense research and other government agencies. “Faculty members in psychology and philosophy began to teach physics and math,” a Daily Texan article stated on August 19, 1945. “Faculty members in physics and chemistry left the University to join research projects.” Among these defense researchers, 22 University scientists worked in various capacities developing the atomic bomb. On August 9, 1945, just days after the result of their work was put to use, the front page of The Daily Texan read in large text “PEACE!!”  According to that day’s paper, “a whooping, honking, hugging crowd of campusites poured out of afternoon labs and away from supper tables to storm the Drag on Tuesday afternoon as news of war’s end spread like a prairie fire across the Forty Acres.” The war was over. After the war, students and faculty returned to school. Frank Denius, UT alumnus and chairman of the Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium Veterans Committee, attended the University fall 1945 after serving in the Marines during World War II and being a part of the D-Day Invasion. “There’s no question of being a much more serious student,” Denius said. “I took education much more seriously.”

The Civil Rights Era
On March 9, 1962, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. came to UT and spoke in front of 1,200 people at the Texas Union Ballroom. “Old Man Segregation is on his deathbed,” King said to the crowd. “The only question is how expensive the South is going to make the funeral.” Though Old Man Segregation was on his deathbed, segregation at UT persisted in student housing, athletics and at several businesses near campus. “They didn’t integrate. They had these black students, but they were always on the periphery of the campus, literally and figuratively,” said Dr. Dwonna Goldstone, author of “Integrating the 40 Acres: The Fifty-Year Struggle for Racial Equality at the University of Texas.” Segregation limited the opportunities of black students in all aspects of life. “The black students couldn’t go watch the movies that their professors had assigned them,” Goldstone said. “They couldn’t get their hair cut, or they couldn’t cash a check.” Dorm sit-ins and other protests on campus took place throughout the civil rights era in an attempt to change the divided environment on campus. In 1969 the Longhorns were the last all-white team to win the National College Football Championship. The next year, Julius Whittier became the first black player on the Longhorn varsity football team — a major step in putting down Old Man Segregation.

The Vietnam War 
Though many students, faculty and alumni served in the Vietnam War, UT was more known for anti-war activism in the early ’70s. Daily Texan alumni John Pope recalls his six years on campus as being a time of uncertainty. “You never knew if something would get out of hand and tear gas would be used on crowds. We were told to carry damp rags,” Pope said. “People were so angry.” One of the largest protests took place on April 21, 1972 when approximately 1,000 anti-war protesters gathered on the Main Mall and, from there, many entered the Tower. In an article on April 22, 1972, Daily Texan staff writer Tom Kleinworth wrote, “About 10 minutes after the protesters had entered the building, police using back entrances, flooded onto the second floor using nightsticks and Mace.”  The protesters then fled the Tower but were pursued by police. Kleinworth wrote, “The police threw tear gas into the crowd then pursued the demonstrators as they tried to escape, throwing tear gas canisters on the East Mall steps as the people ran down.” Commenting on the campus’ climate of fear, an editorial by Daily Texan staff writer David Powell the following day stated, “The Daily Texan wants peace now — in Southeast Asia … and Austin.” 

Sept. 11, 2001
“We’re all a little scared” read the headline of the Texan on Sept. 12, 2001 the day after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The night of Sept. 11, a crowd of approximately 2,000 mourners packed onto the Main Mall in remembrance of the victims. At 8 p.m. they began lighting their candles. At the vigil, Student Government president Matt Hammond spoke to the crowd saying, “As a generation, tonight we must answer our call. Our call is not one of vengeance or one of hatred but rather we must answer the question, how can we help?” Following funeral services and mourning came debates on how the country should respond to the attack. On the brink of war, students rallied for or against going into the Middle East. Meanwhile, Muslim students, faculty and locals feared backlash. Professor Mohammad Mohammad of the Arabic department removed his headdress in order to avoid confrontation after being spat on the morning of the attack. “At that time I didn’t know why he spat on me,” Mohammad said. “A few minutes later, I found out. Some of my students were scared.” While classes continued, students on campus spent the weeks following the attack mourning and helping out any way they could by means such as donating blood.

Biology freshman Lauren Jabalie, center, meditates prior to yoga instruction in the Main Mall on Monday afternoon. The two hour walk-up yoga session was organized by non-profit Art of Living and was designed to impart among students relief from daily anxiety.

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Despite an unexpected cold front, students opened their chests to the sky as strains of sitar music echoed in the Main Mall on Monday evening during the Art of Living’s free yoga session. 

Art of Living teaches yoga and meditation techniques, which are often based on ancient traditions, said Ayush Dahiya, computer science freshman and YES+ coordinator. The type of breathing taught is called parnayam and can help with concentration and positive thinking. 

“It gives you the knowledge and perspective to deal with everyday stress that nothing else can,” Dahiya said. “They are ancient methods tuned for modern times.” 

The Art of Living focuses on bettering lives through yoga, meditation and service. The UT chapter of the Art of Living hosts Monday yoga sessions regularly, but usually holds them in the Texas Union.

“We’re trying to get the word out about Art of Living on campus,” Dahiya said. “We know a lot of people are interested in yoga but might be nervous, so we’re having it out in the open so everyone can just join in.”

Chemical engineering freshman Jade Jackson stopped in spontaneously while passing by, remembering the two Art of Living yoga classes she attended at the beginning of the year. 

“I don’t like cold weather, but it was worth it,” Jackson said. “It was really relaxing, and I had a kind of busy day.”

Art of Living president and neurobiology junior Arjun Adapalli, said he was pleased with the turnout, although the cold weather resulted in a smaller class.

“That was one thing that obviously turned away a lot of people,” Adapalli said. “Regardless, I’m glad that we’re doing this because just the people walking by and looking at us know we exist. And big or small turn out, I’m just doing the thing I like to do best.”

Art of Living is also preparing for a five-day course called the YES+ course, which will focus on stress-management techniques. Adapalli said he was inspired to re-start UT’s chapter of Art of Living after attending a YES+ course two years ago.

“It’s like a take-home practice that you can do every day for 30 minutes, which helps with overall positive outlook on life, enhanced concentration and better relationships,” Adapalli said. “Most importantly, it helps relieve stress.”

Printed on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 as: Finding inner peace 

Students and volunteers particpate in Diwali, the festival of lights, at the Main Mall on Tuesday night. The festival consists of many traditions and is held every year. 

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Students celebrated Diwali, a Hindu cultural and religious tradition, with prayer, music and candles at a festival on the Main Mall Tuesday sponsored by the Hindu Students Association.

Deepa Pokala, math and pre-med junior and Diwali co-chair, said Diwali is associated with Hindu mythology of Lord Rama, a reincarnation of a Hindu god. Pokala said the celebration is in honor of Lord Rama returning home after defeating a demon, Ravana, that captures his wife and is a symbol of good defeating evil. The Hindu Students Association is an organization open to all students that holds weekly discussions centered on Hindu culture and celebrates Hindu traditions, including Diwali, on campus.

The celebration is also referred to as row of lights, the festival of lights and Hindu New Year. Because of the focus on light, the festival included candle-making and fireworks, as well as traditional Indian pastries and dances.

“During this time families will go and visit each other,” Pokala said. “Some people focus on food. Some people really stress lighting up their homes with giyas which are candles.”

Students participated in a havan, a prayer surrounding a fire as a symbol of light and a spiritual connection to the gods, while Hindu hymns called bhajans were played.

Students could also participate in other Diwali traditions including rangoli, or colored flour made into designs and symbols, normally placed outside homes on the ground to publicly show the family is celebrating Diwali. Abhijit Sreerama, association member and math and pre-med junior offered kumkum, powder placed on the forehead as to center the mind for prayer.

“It has a cultural meaning as well as a spiritual meaning,” Sreerama said. “The forehead is the center of thought, and this is put on both men and women during this time, and when you pray, it centers your being.

Public health junior Navya Singirikonda helped students make toran, which is a cultural ornament that is placed across the top of a door with sheer cloth, fruits and leaves.

“There’s a lot of significance to the entrance of the home,” Singirikonda said. “It’s always decorated with fruits and leaves. The decoration welcomes anyone that’s coming to the house and usually in India, the doors are always open. [The toran] is always on there, but you decorate it more for festivals like Diwali and replace the leaves.”

Printed on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 as: Diwali lights up sky to celebrate tradition

1) The Rally to Support Diversity takes place today on the Main Mall at 6 p.m. Sponsored by Students for Equity and Diversity and We Support UT, speakers will address the importance of diversity on campus.

2) Amnesty International is hosting an informational event on the death penalty Tuesday evening at 6:30 in the SAC Ballroom. The event will include an art exhibit, refreshments and speakers who favor the abolition of the death penalty.

3) Friday, Nov. 2 is the last day of early voting. Head to the Flawn Academic Center to cast your ballot for local, state and national candidates. 

Students gather Tuesday evening to listen to speakers representing campus minorities speak about the destructive power of stereotypes in the wake of the killing of Trayvon Martin. The Black Student Alliance worked with Queer People of Color and Allies and other student organizations in an effort to bring multicultural awareness to the student body and break down barriers.

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Sparked by the scrutiny of stereotypes uprooted by the killing of Trayvon Martin, more than 100 students rallied against discriminatory labels at the Main Mall Tuesday night.

Despite sudden rain, students and community members listened to speakers representing various minority groups on campus who spoke about their experiences with stereotypes and how they have been affected by the judgment of others during the “Trayvon Martin Rally Against Stereotypes.”

UT sophomores X’ene Taylor and Jasmine Graham organized the rally to speak out against the stereotypes that surrounded the Feb. 26 killing of 17-year-old African-American Trayvon Martin who was shot by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in Sanford, Fla. Taylor and Graham organized the event with help from the University’s Black Student Alliance and other student organizations.

“I am not Trayvon Martin at 17, but I can still feel the stares because of the color of my skin when I walk into a room,” said keynote speaker Bishop James Dixon. “There is still this idea of a threat instead of understanding of the warped orientations of people who assume they know you.”

Dixson led the crowd in various chants about collective power and creating a movement out of the continuing issue of racism. He also encouraged the University to join with similar movements growing at other campuses.

“You are the power and you are the people,” he said. “This is not a white cause or a black cause. This is the right cause.”

Government sophomore Cortney Sanders told the crowd that the rally sought to show students that the groups people are part of should not label them as individuals.

The speakers identified themselves as a Chicano/a transgender student, a multiracial lesbian, a black Christian woman and a Latina who said she has been racially profiled as white because her skin color does not resemble what individuals assume Latinos look like.

UT alumna Audrea Diaz represented the disabled community. Diaz said labels affected her so much that she tried to kill herself twice because of it.

“I didn’t want to be known as ‘the disabled girl,’” she said. “But change starts from within, and I am a woman in recovery.”

Stereotypes make the gap between cultures wider, said vocal music performance sophomore Archana Narasimhan who also spoke at the event. When individuals look at “brown people” they automatically make assumptions of whom they are, she said.

“When people see me they assume I’m a science or engineering major or even that I am a terrorist,” she said. “The truth is I’m from West Virginia.”

Another speaker Roddrick West, architecture senior and president of Omega Psi Phi, said Texas is undergoing a demographic change, and it must appreciate the importance of diversity instead of allowing institutional racism to continue.

“[Trayvon’s killing] could’ve happened to any black male; for it was not the hoodie but the color of skin that led him to be profiled,” he said. “A person is still judged by the color of the skin and not the content of their character.”

A previous rally organized to raise awareness about the Martin case and institutional racism was held at the Capitol on March 27 in which more than 1,000 Austinites marched down Congress Avenue.

Regardless of how anyone feels about Martin’s death, stereotypes never leave a positive trail behind, said rally organizer Taylor.

“Is it worth thinking that every black person is going to steal my purse and every white person is going to hate me?” Taylor said. “At the end of the day, we need to stop creating George Zimmermans and stop killing Trayvon Martins.”

Students participate in the Make UT Sweatshop-Free CoalitionÂ’s lay-out protest in front of the tower Thursday afternoon. The group hoped to raise awareness for the working conditions in factories that produce University merchandise.

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Students chanted, “When workers are under attack, what do we do? Stand up, fight back,” as they walked up the steps of the Main Building in an attempt to gain an audience with President William Powers, Jr. to protest UT’s apparel manufacturers.

Students with the Make UT Sweatshop-Free Coalition organized a lay-in protest on the Main Mall in order to raise student awareness of working conditions in factories that produce University apparel. After laying on the ground, they attempted to march to the President’s office to hand him a letter with their demands, but were met by Kathy Bartsch, executive assistant to the President, who said Powers was not available to receive them, but that she would relay their message.

The Make UT Sweatshop-Free Coalition is working in conjunction with United Students Against Sweatshops to ensure better working conditions in the factories that produce University apparel. The organization’s main demand of the University is that they switch from working with the Fair Labor Association, who currently inspects the factories that produce the apparel, to the Workers Rights Consortium, who they believe will produce unbiased reports of the conditions in the factories.

Bianca Hinz-Foley, plan II junior and United Students Against Sweatshops affiliate member at UT, said Coalition members have tried to voice their concerns to the administration in the past, but the responses have been less than accommodating.

“We have been left waiting to receive responses,” Hinz-Foley said. “We contacted donors and alumni to tell them it is not acceptable to ignore students and alumni called in with their concerns.”

Hinz-Foley said student responses to the protest have been relatively positive because students feel powerful when it comes to making a change.

“The group has grown tremendously since some of the protests,” Hinz-Foley said. “I think students like to be part of something that sees tangible victories like this.”

Geoscience senior Nathan Van Oort said they planned the lay-in in order to raise the administration’s awareness of their group’s demands this semester.

“We want to set a precedent for the administration for what to expect this semester,” Van Oort said. “We want them to know that they can’t ignore us.”

Van Oort said he wants students to learn they have a unique leverage to make a difference at the University.

“Students have the power to influence the administration with their demands,” he said. “I want them to take away a sense of passion and education on the matter and I believe doing actions will influence more than words.”

Sociology senior Melissa Tran, who happened to be walking by at the time of the protest, said she thought the protest was good because it brought awareness to something that students take for granted everyday.

“I think the protest will affect what you think about when you buy the clothes,” Tran said. “I think it will also change the mind-set of students.”

A day to remember

This Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001 file photo shows the impact site of American Airlines Flight 11 in the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York. A person stands at the bottom center of the tear in the building. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

Fine arts graduate student Courtney Sale has always had a hard time finding the right words to speak about the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. Nearly 10 years ago, Sale’s brother-in-law entered the North Tower to attend a conference at the top floor. He never emerged.

Sunday will mark the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and the anniversary of her brother-in-law’s death. After years of doing research and having conversations with other families affected by 9/11, Sale has finally found the words to talk about her experience and will debut them in a production called “september play.”

“For me, a lot of the play is dialogue I have on a daily basis with my own family,” Sale said. “It’s [talking] about a personal loss that’s situated in public loss.”

Sale’s play is one part of UT’s three-day 9/11 commemoration, which will begin with a flag lowering on the Main Mall Friday morning and a carillon concert at noon. Students are encouraged to leave notes of remembrance, individual perspectives and memories of 9/11 at the UT Tower, according to the University’s website. All notes will be collected and saved in official University archives in the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Friday’s activities will conclude with a 9/11 panel entitled “Conversation 9/11: A Decade After, Looking Forward” hosted by the LBJ School of Public Affairs.

The commemoration has been a joint effort of the Office of the President, Student Government, Office of Relationship Management and University Events. Director of University Media Relations Gary Susswein said recognizing and commemorating 9/11 is very important to the University.

“It was an event that had a profound impact on our nation and changed the [lives] of many people here at the University,” Susswein said. “We think the events we’re putting forward and the opportunities we’re giving students to express their feelings are an appropriate way to mark this event.”

Student body president Natalie Butler said she remembers waking up on 9/11 to the news of the first tower being hit on the radio and talking about it in her seventh grade class. Butler said Student Government and the administration thought the tenth anniversary was particularly important to the campus and the community.

“I hope the student body will have a chance to reflect and think about the impact 9/11 has had on all of our lives,” Butler said.

Saturday and Sunday‘s events will include a moment of silence at the Texas football game against Brigham Young University, a darkened Tower and a Tower display of the American flag. Sunday will also feature the debut of Sale’s play at Anna Hiss Gym at 8 p.m.

Sale said the play would only run once a year coinciding with the commemoration of 9/11 and she hoped the play would compel people to encounter 9/11 in a different way.

“I want the audience to leave something at the play, to remember and think about a better future [and] to open up to each other a little more,” Sale said. “That’s all I ask.”