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Students reflect on Jobs’ death

Apple co-founder was a force in technology, communication tools

Oct. 13, 2011

By Ashley Ammond

As Apple fans say hello to the new iPhone 4S, they say goodbye to innovator and co-founder, Steve Jobs. “[We have] lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being,” according to Apple’s website.

News spread quickly Wednesday morning after it was announced Jobs died of pancreatic cancer. Students at Cleveland State reacted to his death.

“I actually found out about his death on the Apple homepage. They were very quick to release about what had happened, which even included a brief note of his successes,” said Logan Bisesi–Adkins, CSU sophomore.Steve Jobs

Most students said they learned about the news online, mostly by Facebook and Twitter. Though online was the general consensus, CSU senior Marwan Alie found out a different way.

“I actually found out by watching the news on television, which is strange, because normally I get my news information from the Internet on my phone,” Alie said.
Jobs was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2003, and since then, he has helped technology pave the way to bigger and better devices. “Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart,” Jobs said.

This quote really resonated with CSU graduate student, Siddarth Patil. “You can replace an Ivy league executive, but you can never replace a visionary innovator,” Patil said.

Bisesi-Adkins owns many Apple products, including an iPad, Macbook Pro, iTouch and Mac OSx.

“I never used to be a fan, but once I was introduced to the product, I cannot see myself using anything else,” Bisesi-Adkins said.

Not everyone uses Apple products, but it is almost undeniable that Jobs’ impact on technology will be hard to match.

“I think there will be a slight delay in Apple products, or maybe Apple will take a different approach to the world of technology,” Bisesi-Adkins said. “Either way, there is definitely going to be a ‘hiccup’ in technology. Jobs pioneered technology, and people with different points of views are about to take the role.”

Many students said Jobs impacted their lives in one way or another with his innovative technology that always seemed to have a new edition just around the corner.

“The iPhone 5, which actually turned out to be the iPhone 4S, was supposed to do everything a normal cell phone does and more. It was hyped up so much that I considered buying it as soon as it came out,” Alie said.

Steve Jobs challenged the status quo, and his ability to think outside the box brought many people their favorite gadget. “Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple,” according to the website.