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Report: 'U' Student Gov't Rejects 9/11 Event

MINNEAPOLIS (AP/WCCO) -- A decision by student government at the University of Minnesota not to hold an event in recognition of the Sept. 11th terrorists' attacks has unleashed critical comments on social media.

The Minnesota Student Association last week rejected a resolution to hold a commemorative event or "moment of recognition." The vote was 36-23, with three abstentions.

The Minnesota Republic, a conservative student newspaper, reported opponents of the recognition argued it could stir up racism against Muslim and Middle Eastern students. The paper said the moment of recognition resolution was supported by University President Eric Kaler, MSA President Joelle Stangler, and MSA Vice President Abeer Syedah.

The response on the association's Facebook site was reportedly swift and critical.

The association has responded that discussion over the recognition also revolved around the logistics of such an event and how it could be implemented.

A revised version of the resolution is expected to come up in an future meeting of the forum.

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