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Celebration to Panic: Mass Shootings Change How Some View Crowded Events

Celebration to Panic: Mass Shootings Change How Some View Crowded Events

Some are thinking twice about attending large gatherings in the wake of the mass shootings at Fourth of July celebrations in Illinois and Philadelphia.

D.C.-area resident Juan Carlos Orejarena told News4 he tries to keep watch of his surroundings.

“Always, always in the back of your head. It’s a reality and we can’t ignore it,” Orejarena said.

He and his family opted to celebrate Independence Day at home. His son, Rodrigo, says he’s grown up in an era where gun violence is top of mind.

“It’s really saddening because I’ve been practicing shooting drills since I was in school, since I was a little kid. It’s something that makes me sad that I have to think about,” Rodrigo said.

Dr. GiShawn Mance-Early, an associate professor of Psychology at Howard University, says it’s OK to have doubts about attending crowded events.

“It is a sense of loss, that we’re all kind of having this collective trauma together. The loss of our ability to just kind of be,” Manc-Early said.

She said that while some might feel comfortable in crowded situations, it’s important to remember that others might not.

“I want to normalize the response of ‘Hey, I’m anxious. I don’t know if I want to be in this large setting,'” Manc-Early said.

A tourist from Europe who came to D.C. to see the Fourth of July fireworks told News4 he wasn’t scared and doesn’t want to live in fear.

“We all cope in different ways. For some, they need to have the sense of — ‘I need to have the sense of freedom. I need to feel like I can live,'” Manc-Early said.

FBI crime statistics show active shooter incidents have increased in recent years from 31 in 2017 to 61 in 2021.

But Mance-Early said it’s important to keep things in perspective.

“It feels as though it’s happening quite often. And the numbers are increasing,” she said. “However, in the grand scheme of natural disasters, different types of traumas that are happening, the numbers are smaller.”

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Grand Forks Events Center Commission

Wednesday February 23, 2022 |12:00 PM

Ballroom 1/ Conference Line


____Jay Kleven ____Russell Kraft ____Clare Albrecht ____Pat McLean ____Matt Walkowiak ____Ken Vein ____Jarrod Spoor ____ Bill Chaves ____Julie Rygg


1) Call to Order

2) Roll Call

3) Consent Agenda

a. Approval of the January 26, 2021 Minutes

4) January 2022 Financials

5) 2022 Capital Review

6) Networking Project – Marco Bid

7) 2021 Annual Report

8) 2021 Economic Impact Report

9) Management Reports

a. Executive Report
b. Finance
c. Operations
d. Food and Beverage
e. Partnerships
f. Marketing
g. Conference Sales
h. Event Management

10) Committee Reports

a. Finance & Renovation
b. Visit Greater Grand Forks – Julie Rygg
c. UND – Bill Chaves

11) Other

12) Adjournment

 NOTE: Members of the Alerus Center Commission may participate in the Committee meeting and any possible executive session which may constitute a quorum of the Commission as well as the Committee.

Alerus Center Mission Statement
The mission of the Alerus Center is to provide premier entertainment and events that stimulate
economic impact and improve the quality of life for Grand Forks area citizens.

Upcoming Meeting Dates

Commission Meetings
March 23, 2022
April 27, 2022
May 25, 2022

F & R Committee
March 9, 2022
April 13, 2022
May 11, 2022