On Monday afternoon, towards the end of Art History 206, a security officer opened the door to the small auditorium classroom and announced that there was a bomb threat in Neuberger Hall and the building was being evacuated. We all left immediately. Some moving faster towards the exit than usual.
According to the Portland State University student newspaper, The Vangaurd, “A professor found the threat, a note in the men’s bathroom that read, ‘There will be a detonation in Neuberger Hall at 4:30 p.m.'”
The building didn’t explode.
The next day my friend Dan, who served a year in Iraq, told me about his friend, a member of the Israeli Defense Force, who was walking out of the building with an Arabic friend as it was being evacuated. Once outside the Arab saw a group of his Arab friends standing around. He started laughing and telling them, “You better get out of here. You all might get arrested.”
Dan thought it was cool that an Israeli and Arab were friends.