Expect a lot of these guys ( below right) at commencement. The Hartford Courant reports on the security measures needed to deal with the enormous excitement surrounding this event:
While the announcement of Obama’s coming was a boon for the university and left many students and faculty giddy, it also sent officials scrambling to figure out how to manage the appearance of a powerful orator who effortlessly draws thousands, if not tens of thousands, to his rallies…
David Pesci, a Wesleyan spokesman, said university officials are working out the logistics of the event and will consult the Secret Service, which has been protecting Obama for about a year…
The Secret Service began forming a security plan Thursday afternoon for Obama’s visit to Middletown.
“We’ll be working in cooperation with state and local police,” said Brian Murphy, resident-agent-in-charge of the Secret Service’s New Haven field office.
Obama’s presence means extra security precautions, more media attention, and a screening of guests and participants, but Murphy said the goal is to ensure Obama’s safety “with a minimum of interference to the event.”
Hartford Courant: Wesleyan Scrambles to Ready Campus for Obama