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Osama bin Laden's death means heightened security for UNI Commencement


Security was already going to be tight at the University of Northern Iowa this coming weekend because First Lady Michelle Obama will be in Cedar Falls for commencement.  In light of the news about Osama bin Laden's death -- security will be on a heightened alert.

Officials at UNI say everything is still on track as far as Obama's visit and graduation address at the UNI-Dome Saturday.

As far as security, people attending Saturday's commencement will have to go through metal detectors.

People should leave bags, purses, camera bags, and water bottles outside.
Just bring the absolute minimal things that you'll need.
Concession stands will be open with water and some other things available.

UNI Public Safety director Dave Zarifis says with a heightened alert, things should still run smoothly this weekend.  "I don't think that one could think that because you have had this happen their wouldn't be a little more of a concern.  I think that's probably normal but I can say that the Secret Service and the assistance we get from the local agencies, state patrol, Waterloo, Cedar Falls, Black Hawk County has been tremendous."

Officials at UNI already had teams working on security for the First Lady's visit.  Zarifis notes the school is no stranger to big visitors.  Remember the recent visit of the Dalai Lama last year.

This will be the first time in quite awhile someone outside the university will deliver the commencement speech.
UNI usually splits commencement into three separate ceremonies.
This year, all 1,900 graduates will participate in one ceremony, which is expected to last two and a half hours.

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