Eric Moore discusses campaigning for Student Senate President. Interview on May 17, 2012. (2:15)


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So one night I got invited over to the house of Wesley McClure, 00:00:00.000 - 00:00:06.578
who at the time was-. 00:00:06.578 - 00:00:10.237
I don't know what his role was. He was about to run for student body president. 00:00:10.237 - 00:00:14.491
At the same time they were restructuring the constitution 00:00:14.491 - 00:00:19.647
so that rather than a president of student government and a vice president of student government 00:00:19.647 - 00:00:23.941
they had a student government president and a student senate president, 00:00:23.941 - 00:00:28.180
who was in effect the vice president. 00:00:28.180 - 00:00:30.734
So I'm sitting with Wes and some of the other student leaders 00:00:30.734 - 00:00:34.506
and just out of the blue they said, "Eric, you seem to be well respected by the student senate. 00:00:38.464 - 00:00:42.581
"Have you considered running for student senate president?" 00:00:42.581 - 00:00:45.602
So I'm looking at them like, are you serious? They said yes. 00:00:45.602 - 00:00:49.635
So I said, "Well, first of all I have to-." They said, "Don't worry about that." 00:00:49.635 - 00:00:55.722
"If you're interested in running we'll try to help make it happen." 00:00:55.722 - 00:00:59.745
At the time I was working at WKNC 00:00:59.745 - 00:01:03.189
and George Patton, who was the editor of the Technician, we were literally next door to each other 00:01:03.189 - 00:01:09.187
George knew that I was running 00:01:09.187 - 00:01:13.768
so a decision was made that my picture would not appear before the election was over 00:01:13.768 - 00:01:19.578
because that might have an impact on whether I would get elected or not. 00:01:19.578 - 00:01:23.467
So of course all the signs went out: Eric Moore. 00:01:23.467 - 00:01:27.444
Fortunately that didn't sound much like an African American name so it's, oh yeah, I'm voting for Eric Moore. 00:01:27.444 - 00:01:32.174
Well there was a guy named Sam Bays who was active in student government 00:01:32.174 - 00:01:37.738
and he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Mus, affectionately known as the Sammies, 00:01:37.738 - 00:01:43.190
and most people knew that they were the Jewish fraternity. 00:01:43.190 - 00:01:45.916
So I remember after the election was over, 00:01:45.916 - 00:01:49.739
the day after the election, my picture's on the front page: 00:01:49.739 - 00:01:54.110
"Moore Elected Student Senate President." 00:01:54.110 - 00:01:58.057
And of course now it's all over campus and I'm in another meeting with some guys off campus and they said, "You mean to tell me I voted for-?" 00:01:58.057 - 00:02:03.990
and Sam Bays said, "Yes, you did." [Laughs] 00:02:03.990 - 00:02:06.879

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