A surprise guest star

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As a newcomer to SHU campus this semester, I was pleasantly surprised to see President Boyle in class.  At my previous campus, my interaction with the president was limited to formal ceremonies and official e-mails, so I was glad to see the president drop by just to help out with our class.  But don’t get me wrong, I don't mean any disrespect to my former college or its president - it might just be that I wasn't in the right class or the right place at the right time.

As for the success of the class itself, I thought it went really well even though it got off to a rocky start.  I know at first I was a little confused as to what exactly we were supposed to be questioning President Boyle about - the mock termination of Dr.Jerz or the pre-prepared questions.  But once the ball got rolling, there was no stopping us!  Also, although this press conference was labeled a "mock" conference, I thought it came pretty close to the real thing (that's compared to my limited experience with press conferences, of course).  I was excited to learn about the upcoming additions to campus and information on issues as important as campus safety straight from the source - President Boyle.  Dr. Jerz's involvement and role play as a fellow journalist also set a good example of how journalists should conduct themselves at a real press conference - with a high degree of professionalism while simultaneously striving to get the information needed by making every attempt to get your voice heard over the others. 


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