The tragic events of September 11th have profoundly affected and altered the lives of countless New Yorkers, in ways that we are still struggling to grasp. The entire University community joins with our fellow Americans throughout the City, State, and the Nation, and friends of America around the world, in mourning the lives of those who perished.
I have no sympathy for the voices of those who seek to justify or make lame excuses for the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon with arguments based on ideological or historical circumstances. There are no excuses for deliberate actions taken to kill innocent people. Those who would make such lame excuses should take pause to remember the children left without parents, the wives and husbands who lost their dear ones in these heinous and reprehensible acts.
Clearly, nothing will be the same as it was before September 11th. New York City has time and again demonstrated its greatness by continually rising to meet new challenges and overcome new obstacles. One of the challenges now before us is to maintain our determination, resolve and solidarity without compromising the free exchange of ideas that gives birth to many of the concepts, activities, and services abounding in urban life. Now more than ever, the University must remain strong and vibrant.