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In the wake of the terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C. Tuesday, Temple University has set up a phone bank for students and extended its counseling services. Main campus classes, however, were not cancelled and Temple remained open Wednesday.
Temple has set up a phone bank in Tuttleman Hall for students who need to call family or friends who may live in New York or Washington.<!—
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|Both towers of the World Trade Center have collapsed. Todd Plitt/KRT|
Counseling Services has set up inside of McGonigle Hall to help students deal with the the worst attack on American soil since the Oklahoma City Federal Building bombing, and possibly the worst ever.
Classes in the Beasley School of Law and Temple University Center City were cancelled.
|Fire catches an ambulance by the World Trade Center. Corey Sipkin/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS|
Main campus classes, however, were not cancelled. Philadelphia public and parochial schools, the University of Pennsylvania, and Drexel all cancelled classes.
Temple president Dr. David Adamany said that Philadelphia’s security plans centered around national monuments and buildings in Center City. He said Temple will not cancel classes.
“We are not closing down,” Adamany said mid-day at the Student Center. “There’s no indication there was any threat on Philadelphia or Temple University.
“I don’t think as a general rule, unless there’s a general indication (that something will happen), that American institutions should (close down) due to terrorists’ threats.”
The University Counselling Center will be providing services until 10 p.m. Tuesday night. They are located at 101 Tuttleman Hall. Emergency phone banks to call New York are located at 101 Tuttleman Hall too.
The R1, R2, R5, R6 and R7 Regional Rail lines in Philadelphia were put back into service this afternoon, as was Amtrak.
Septa said it has added service on the Broad Street Subway and Market-Frankford Lines to help ease congestion from people coming home early.
At 8:45 a.m., a hijacked airliner crashed into one of the two World Trade Center building towers in New York. Another plane crashed into the second tower at 9:06 a.m. Both towers have since collapsed.
Another aircraft crashed into the Pentagon, the center of America’s national defenses, at 9:43 a.m. A fourth hijacked aircraft crashed 80 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.
All four of the hijacked planes were headed from Eastern seaboard airports to the West Coast.
Temple students spent the morning learning about the events and finding places on campus to find out exactly what happened.
Many students sat around the large screen television inside Mitten Hall’s Owl Cove. Most watched in horrorfied amazement at what was happening.
“When I first heard I thought, ‘wake up call,” said freshman David Reid. “If there was ever a wake up call this is it.”
“This shouldn’t happen in this country,” said sophomore Rachael Chaump. “We should know when something like this happens. We’re always in everyone else’s business anyway.”
The FAA has grounded all air travel until Wednesday at noon.
Temple’s scheduled Volleyball game at Penn Tuesday night was cancelled.
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