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One of the themes of the University at Buffalo's official reaction to last week's terrorist attacks on America is tolerance of those from different ethnic and religious backgrounds.

With Arabs suspected in the bombings of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, UB officials are working to prevent a backlash against students of Arab or Middle Eastern descent.

UB President William R. Greiner urged students at a remembrance ceremony Thursday not to "assign guilt by association" to those who share the Islamic religion with the suspected bombers.

The university has received a couple of reports of "angry words" directed toward Arab or Middle Eastern students, said Dennis R. Black, vice president for student affairs.

But the school hasn't received any reports of threats, altercations, graffiti or fliers on campus targeting Arab or other international students, Black said.

"It's a concern. We have a huge international population. We're concerned about how people are feeling today. I think everybody is feeling that there's another shoe waiting to drop," he said, referring to how people will react if and when the American military responds.

As part of its efforts to promote tolerance, the university's Office of Student Affairs is sponsoring three forums on campus this week:

Wednesday, an open forum for students, faculty and staff to discuss issues raised by the bombings.

Thursday, a tolerance discussion on cultural awareness and sensitivity in difficult times.

Friday, a brown-bag lunch session on world terrorism and the new threats the United States faces.

All sessions are tentatively set for noon in the Student Union.

Arthur O. Eve, deputy speaker of the Assembly, is hosting a reception for minority UB Law School students Friday.

The law students will have the chance to meet with local judges, lawyers and government officials to discuss career options and the legal profession.

The reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday in the seventh-floor conference room of the City Court building, 50 Delaware Ave.

For more information, call the district office of Eve, D-Buffalo, at 895-2464.


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