Students on The Row react with fireworks and cheers to the news of Osama bin Laden's death. (Alexis Zotos)
Posted 1:08 a.m.
The news of Osama bin Laden’s death prompted celebrations along USC’s Greek Row Sunday night and early Monday morning.
American flags were raised at several houses, as the national anthem and Lee Greenwood’s “Proud To Be An American” blasted from speakers up and down 28th Street.
“Its one of the best nights you can have,” said Charlie Scully, a senior celebrating in front of the Sigma Phi Epsilon house. Scully and friends chanted “USA” and “We love America” to passing cars, which in turn responded with honking horns.
“It’s hard to not be happy that this guy is out of the world,” said a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity who has been celebrating since he heard the news over Twitter.
One student, however, said the celebrations are more of an excuse to party than a reaction the night’s events.
“Yes, it is a success and it brings a sense of closure for families of 9/11, but all the celebration is more of a mob mentality,” said Jeff Brown, a sophomore.
Department of Public Safety officers have been patrolling the Row, as well as other parts of campus, keeping a close eye on the celebrations.
“It’s an historic night and as long as [the celebrating] stays low key we’re fine with it,” explained DPS officer Charles Walker.
Walker said there have been no problems so far and said “it’s exciting to see students showing so much patriotism.”
Celebrations also continued to erupt around the country after President Barack Obama announced the killing of Osama bin Laden.
For more than an hour before the President’s speech, Twitter exploded with the news of bin Laden’s death. Keith Urbahn, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld chief of staff, was the first to tweet at 10:25 p.m. that he had been “told by a reputable person they have killed Osama bin Laden.”
Many people first heard learned of the U.S. firefight that killed the terrorist leader over Twitter and Facebook. As the news spread via social media, the celebrations spread to the streets. From New York to D.C. to Los Angeles, people gathered together to share the news.
“There’s a lot of jubilation tonight,” said Kevin Downey Jr., a sophomore at USC. “It’s just awesome, everyone coming together for the red, white and blue.”