It began with cheers of “Osama’s dead!” and waving of sparklers. In a matter of minutes, a crowd of students on the campus of Appalachian State University in Boone North Carolina had assembled to mark the death of terrorist leader, Osama bin Laden. What started out as a small group of students soon grew into an assembly of riot proportions that took to the streets of Boone in celebration.
As soon as the news of bin Laden’s death hit news stations and websites world wide, the chanting and cheering began across campus. Students waved flags, sparklers, phones, anything that was handy. Seeing that it was also the night before another round of finals, students that were studying in Belk Library took it upon themselves to strap flags to their backs and run screaming through the entire building. In the meantime, a crowd was beginning to assemble on Appalachian State’s main quad, Sanford Mall. The number of students soon engulfed the area, but then moved on to the front of the library. This too became too crowded, and a plan was then put into motion to walk to Chancellor Kenneth Peacock’s residence, similar to what took place after Appalachain beat the University of Michigan Wolverine’s in 2007.
The number of students who made this walk was in the hundreds. Once the mass arrived in front of Peacock’s abode, he graciously stepped into the middle of the crowd to give an engergizing speech, speaking on how historical and memorable this occasion was, yet how we must remember that the fight is not quite over. At the speeches completion, students once again started chanting “USA”, yet chants of “Cancel exams” were also heard. Though the chancellor had spoken his piece, the students were not quite finished celebrating.
After leaving the chancellor’s home, students flooded over to the campus football stadium where they were once again met by Peacock. After an additional speech, numerous students took to the streets of Boone, creating a parade route of sorts while carrying flags, and continuously shouting patriotic chants. It has been a few hours since the initial news of bin Laden’s death, yet it seems that the commemeration of this event will not diminish for quite awhile.
The news of bin Laden’s death came as a shock to nearly everyone worldwide. Therefore, it is not surprising that celebrations, such as the ones taking place at Appalachian State are occuring. The war may not be completely over, however, the students of Appalachian State unanimously agree that this is a step in the right direction to it ending.