By Allyssa Schoonover
Freshman class officers wanted to find a way to “Thank our lucky Starr” this Presidents Day.
The officers decided to make T-shirts to celebrate President and Chancellor Ken Starr and saw Presidents Day as a great opportunity to commemorate him.
Students have been buying the black shirts bearing the phrase “Thank our lucky Starr” all week.
Students can also write Starr a message on the banner at the table. The freshman class officers plan on giving him this gift on Monday.
The T-shirts are being sold for $12 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. today in the Bill Daniel Student Center, and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday and Monday in the Penland lobby.
Metairie, La., Luke Ungarino, the freshman class president, met with Starr to give him one of the shirts.
“I established that he’s a really cool guy,” Ungarino said. “It was so great of him to take time out of his day just to meet with me.”
Opelousas, La., freshman Lindsey Bacque, a freshman class officer, worked closely with Ungarino on this project.
“Students really respect him and appreciate everything he has done for the university,” Bacque said. “That’s why we wanted to do this, as a way to show our appreciation.”
Having everyone wear these shirts on Monday will be an outward sign of the student body’s thankfulness for his hard work, Bacque said.
Ungarino took the initiative to get these shirts made not only as a way to honor Starr, but also as a way for the freshman class to start raising funds for its senior gift.
“I think this is a great idea because it brings us together in a different way,” Bacque said. “It’s a way for each person individually to say thank you and that we care about what he has done for the university as a student body.”