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Mary Dalton (Speech Communication and Theatre Arts) accompanied him and was
able to secure press credentials for about a dozen of her students. The largest block
of student tickets was released right before the debate began when an unidentified
Secret Service agent came out on three separate occasions and selected students at
random from behind the police lines at Huffman House. According to several Huff-
man residents, she approached students and touched or shook their hands. The stu-
dents were then allowed to cross the line and enter the chapel. Altogether, about 150
to 200 students managed to get into Wait Chapel before the debate began, according
to Student Government President Mike Smith.
Other students came to the Quad to watch the many dignitaries from both par-
ties arrive. Both Governor Martin and former Governor Jim Hunt were there. Some
students set up a game of croquet, and several officials, including Senator Alan Simp-
son (R-Wyoming) and Transportation Secretary Elizabeth Dole, stopped to hit a few
shots before proceeding into the chapel.
President Hearn and the three student leaders who initiated the event welcomed
the crowd and left to watch the debate on closed-circuit television. Because seating
for faculty and students was so limited, the Trustees also forfeited their seats. None-
theless, the atmosphere on campus was described as “magical,” with physical and
metaphorical transformations everywhere.
While the presidential debate dominated the year’s news, other noteworthy events
occurred. Religion Professor Emeritus Allen Easley published These Things I Remem-
ber: An Autobiography Written for My Family and Friends. Other books published by
George H.W. Bush with Wake Forest students, Vice Presidents, and President Hearn