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Students push for Bush library

Nov. 3, 2005

by TIFFANIE BLACKMON, staff writer

Student Government is collecting 5,000 student signatures to support Baylor's possible selection as a site for the George W. Bush Presidential Library.

Southern Methodist University, Texas Tech University and the University of Dallas are also in consideration as possible locations for the library.

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Jessie Solomon | Lariat staff
Houston junior Kevin Nguyen explains the petition for the Bush Library to Amarillo freshman Zack Taylor and Houston junior Kristin Lovejoy Wednesday in the Bill Daniel Student Center.

"I knew SMU had a lot going for it, but BU had something special to offer with its students and with Baylor's mission statement which, I believe, is in line with Bush and what he stands for," said Student Body President Mark Laymon.

Rumors have circulated that Baylor and Southern Methodist University have the greatest edge in site selection for the presidential library.

One reason Baylor stands out as a strong possibility to house the library is that Waco is in close proximity to Crawford, where the president's ranch is located.

However, First Lady Laura Bush has significant ties to SMU, where she completed her undergraduate studies. Bush also donated $250,000 to SMU to help fund the Laura Bush Promenade located near the university's library center.

"We've been collecting signatures for two days," said Luke Baker, a Littleton, Colo., junior and Laymon's chief of staff. "Right now, we have about 1,000 signatures, and we will be doing this until next Wednesday."

Petition signing times and locations are listed on the Student Government's Web site.

"We did a petition two years ago and since then, people have graduated and new students have arrived. Student Government wanted to do a current and updated petition to be presented at the oral presentation in Washington D.C.," said in an appropriate way," he said.

The state homeland security plan is likely to evolve to fit the state's needs and potentially changing threats, Perry said.

The plan focuses on building a statewide intelligence capability; enhancing multi-agency counterterrorism investigations; continually reducing vulnerabilities at critical infrastructures; ensuring public health preparedness; and expanding public awareness and involvement.

It also is aimed at training first responders and ensuring that the state provides for its special needs population thoroughly before, during and after an emergency.

Texas' first homeland security strategic plan was released in 2004.

The updated plan incorporates new national homeland security initiatives.