A Little Bush in the Eagle’s Nest
The month of November brings with it cooler weather, giant turkeys, and parades throughout the nation to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season. At The University of North Texas, the month of November this year brings a special surprise, George W. Bush. Former President Bush will be visiting the UNT campus this Wednesday, November 17, as part of the university’s Distinguished Lecture Series. The Distinguished Lecture Series is intended to introduce the University community to the excellence of world-class speakers whose messages will enhance student learning outside the classroom.
George Bush is a perfect fit for the D.L.S. and will be speaking to well over 10,000 audience members at UNT’s Coliseum on multiple topics, including a look inside of his new book Decision Points. Bush’s book defends the decisions he made in office, and more fully explains the reason behind them. Bush says he was inspired by the memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant which are considered by most to be the best written by all former presidents thus far. The book was released on November 9, which gives you plenty of time to pick one up and read it before Bush’s visit on the 17th.
The University of North Texas is particularly proud to have former President Bush visiting to speak to our student’s. SGA President Kevin Sanders was part of the committee that thought of, and made possible, Bush’s visit. “The benefit, for one, a former President of the United States, that’s a once-in-a lifetime thing. I think it’s a neat thing if you’re a freshman in college, you can go tell your family you heard the former president speak” Sanders said. Sanders also had an important message to share with the students of the university regarding differing political views. “I have faith in the student body that they’ll behave in a way that will make us look proud on the national stage, because this is a huge event.”
If you plan on attending this event, due to the high security that will be in place, here are a few tips to make your experience more enjoyable:
- If possible, do not bring any backpacks or bags with you to the event, as all bags will be searched by security before entering the event.
- Cameras and camcorders are allowed, but lenses must be less than 6” in length.
- No air horns or signs will be allowed into the building.
- Arrive early. Parking and security will take time. Doors for the event will open at 7 p.m.
The Distinguished Lecture Series is an event to not miss. With past speakers that include Suze Orman, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Bill Nye and Vicente Fox, George Bush will definitely go down in history. The event is open to both students and the public, but tickets are limited and are on a first come, first serve basis. To purchase ticket
s visit the union information desk of the University Union located at 1155 Union Circle in Denton, or call 940-565-3805. Tickets are $25 for general public, $15 for UNT alumni, and current UNT students are able to receive one free ticket each.