Emotional rally at OSU after arson, terror arrest

Emotional rally at OSU after arson, terror arrest

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by Anne Yeager

kgw.com

Posted on December 2, 2010 at 6:54 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 3 at 10:52 AM

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- 150 Oregon State Students rallied in front of Memorial Union Thursday, handing out white arm bands to show their solidarity after an arson attack at the Mosque where the Portland terrorism suspect once worshipped.

"We wanted to empower people. It's as easy as a white arm band, " said OSU student Tonga Hopia.

Students asked the Muslim Student Association for permission to rally.

"We really appreciate your support in light of certain events," said OSU Muslim Student Member Danielle Cervantes.

Former OSU student Mohammed Mohamed is accused of trying to bomb Pioneer Courthouse Square.

"The sacredness of human life, " said OSU Student Omar Mohamed, "It brings tears to my eyes."

Sunday morning, an arsonist firebombed this mosque. "I'm really upset that somebody thought the actions of one, reflects the ideas of many," said OSU student Caitlin Cagle.

Teachers also reached out to the Muslim Community. "It caused me great pain, " said Larry Roper, Vice Provost for Student Affairs.

Oregon State President Dr. Edward Ray was proud of how students jumped into action.

"That says something about us, how people reach out and try to be supportive, " said Dr. Ray.

This campus is united. Hopia gets emotional talking about it on stage. "Showing the country what it means to be a Beaver."

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