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BY DI READERS | MAY 05, 2011 7:20 AM

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Bin Laden celebrations tasteless

I thought that that Chris Steinke’s column on the aftermath of Osama bin Laden’s death was right on the money. The events that took place Sunday night after the news broke seemed to illustrate how uninformed college students think. The natural response for these college students to seemingly any event is to reach for a glass and to start drinking.

Perhaps there was some legitimate patriotism being showed that night, but it felt mostly like an excuse to drink on a Sunday night and to put off any looming assignments even further. Celebrating a death is what happens at a funeral, and it should never happen in a bar district.

Let’s be clear: I am in absolutely no way defending bin Laden or any of his actions. However, when looking at some of the greatest men who ever walked the earth such as Martin Luther King Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, and Jesus, it is hard to imagine any of these men reaching for a beer at a time like this. Patriotism is something that should be taken seriously, not as an excuse to avoid going to bed early on a Sunday night.

Tyler Hackenmiller
UI sophomore

Looking for a student-friendly downtown

Ever since the passing of the 21-ordinance, Iowa City has been looking for ways to improve downtown. The city is trying to collaborate with businesses to make positive changes.

I voted against the ordinance, but we need to move on and be proactive to make Iowa City thrive. There have been talks about turning Vito’s bar into office space; I do not think that this is the way to win back the hearts of students.

Perhaps Iowa City can be made more student-friendly by installing more restaurants or businesses at which students can charge items to their U-bills, for example. After all, this is a college town, and I doubt whether students want to see fewer bars and more office space.

Kim Hamden
UI freshman

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