01/16/09 — Mount Olive College students blogging about inauguration

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Mount Olive College students blogging about inauguration

By Phyllis Moore
Published in News on January 16, 2009 1:46 PM

Six Mount Olive College students are attending Presidential Inauguration seminars in Washington D.C. this week and have set up a blog to share their experiences.

Students were nominated to attend the 10-day session and will receive college credit. The seminars consist of seven days of instruction, as well as opportunities to visit scenic and historic sites.

The students left Saturday and will return on Wednesday.

Chosen were James Vickory of Mount Olive, Jenna Gudac of Pine Level, Trenton Lassiter of Selma, Jessica Dennis of Meadville, Pennsylvania, Crystal Guy of Clayton and Yeeka Yau of Australia.

Already the students have managed to parlay their visit into unique and interesting opportunities.

In Tuesday's post, for example, Yau shared how he acquired a pink Obama tie in Chinatown, which he later wore while attending a broadcast of C-SPAN's program "Washington Journal Live."

When the hosts turned the tables on the audience and interviewed them, Yau -- who has since become known as "the guy with the tie" -- was among those questioned about his group and how their experiences had been so far.

Later they attended a reception where Bob Schieffer, chief Washington correspondent and moderator of Face the Nation, spoke. Again, Yau said he "just happened to be at the right place at the right time" and was able to ask a question about "how he thought this campaign reflected the characteristics of the Millennial generation."

On Wednesday, Dana Perino, White House press secretary, and Ted Koppel were among the seminar speakers, and the group visited the Embassy of Finland.

And on Thursday, the group got a chance to sit down with U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C. before heading to the Senate chambers where they got to watch the last votes cast by Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden.

More daily posts of their experiences can be found on the college's Web site, www.moc.edu. Click on the link at the bottom of the home page, MOC at DC '09, beneath a photo of Yau.