By Allison Nekola – Co-Editor-in-Chief
A double suicide bombing terrorized a shopping district in southern Beirut, Lebanon on Thursday November 12, kill- ing 43 people and wounding 200. Not long after, three organized teams of terrorists, whose use of explosives and automatic rifles left 129 people dead and 352 wounded, interrupted a peaceful night in Paris on Friday, November 13.
As gruesome videos and photos surfaced through the use of social media and smartphones, the tragedy pervaded homes around the world. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) claimed re- sponsibility for both attacks, targeting un- suspecting citizens and relentlessly mur- dering innocent people.
President Michael Alexander reflected on the Paris attacks in an email on Friday. He confirmed one student, Benjamin Darr, who is studying abroad in Paris, remains unharmed.
Muslims around the world condemned the attacks, hoping to educate the public about Islam and its non-violent nature, and remind society that these extremists do not represent all Muslims.
Countless cities illuminated the night with red, blue, and white lights represent- ing the French flag, including the Prudential Center in Boston. The Eiffel Tower shut off all lights in respect for the city, the brave police, and those who lost their lives.