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Shepherd students take advantage of Mideast peace talks

January 10, 2000|By JULIE E. GREENE

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Three Shepherd College students got a close look at President Clinton on Sunday and a leg up on their future careers.

On a last minute whim, the threesome decided Sunday morning to try to get press credentials for Clinton's fifth trip to the college town since the Shepherdstown Peace Talks between Israel and Syria began a week ago.

With most of the student body still not back from winter break, the three decided to be freelance reporters and photographers for the schools bimonthly paper, The Picket.

When the president comes to your school, it should be in the school paper, said juniors Jamison Reynolds and Antonio Lucchiani, and sophomore Jayme Waldeck.

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They succeeded in getting their press credentials and got to join the White House press corps, as well as Syrian and Israeli press, at the edge of the campus baseball field Sunday evening to await Clinton's arrival.

"This is great publicity for Shepherd College," said Lucchiani, 20, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va.

The three snapped photos of Clinton and his Marine One helicopter as it landed on the ball field and shouted encouraging words to Shepherd College President David L. Dunlop as he met briefly with Clinton by the helicopter.

Waldeck, 19, of Charleston, W.Va., is interested in photography, while Reynolds wants to go into television and radio broadcasting.

"I'd love to be in front of the camera," said Reynolds, 21, of Toms River, N.J.

Lucchiani wants to join the Secret Service or CIA and talked to one of the agents working Sunday about how to pursue such a career.

The threesome from Turner Hall also had some good-natured fun with rival Shaw Hall.

Residents at Shaw Hall had left donuts and coffee for the communications staff of the White House and in return received a certificate for their hospitality, Reynolds said.

After listening to Shaw Hall residents gloat, the Turner Hall trio decided to return the favor and showed off their press passes.

They also waved repeatedly at Shaw Hall residents watching Clinton's arrival from their windows.

"There's no bitterness here," Reynolds said. "It's all for fun."

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