The Dragon Staff | March 20, 2019
Men in black with earpieces. The highway shut down. An average Tuesday morning on the d.tech campus was flipped on its head as students scrambled to even enter the building without an entourage of escorts. Rumors scattered all throughout the building about which public figure could’ve possibly warranted this much surveillance. Finally, at the start of d.lab, the rumors were cleared and students were subjected to a surreal sight: Vice President of the United States, Mike Pence, in the downstairs DRG.
Yes, Mike Pence, the Vice President of the U.S. came to d.tech, visited the cafeteria, the DRG, and Teri Hu’s yearbook d.lab class. He attended a meeting with tech CEOs and Oracle executives led by Oracle CEO Safra Katz and was here from around 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM.
“We walk up to the entrance and Hanan lets us in and immediately we are greeted by Dr. Montgomery who asks if we have any projects and the DRG we’d like to show to some special guests coming and we agree,” said junior Geran Benson. “So we head into the DRG and a couple minutes later a large group of people enters through the front of the school. And some of them are police officers, others are just in suit and tie. They look pretty normal.”
In some d.lab classes, students were distracted and unable to concentrate.
“For the first half of d.lab everybody was crowded around the windows waiting to see Pence and every time there was some kind of movement going on outside, everyone would go crazy,” said senior Ethan Yu. Junior Ben Gao, who was in the same d.lab as Yu, attempted to vlog the proceedings from out the window and even posted the video on YouTube.
While Pence is a very prominent figure in the US, many students were not very happy with his visit, due to his conservative views.
According to Time magazine, Pence has previously alluded to gay marriage as a “signal of societal collapse.” As the head of the Republican Study Committee, a
“Everyone in Yearbook almost had a collective panic attack because we all knew we didn’t agree with him, but we were expected to act professional,” said junior Claire Little.
However, a contingent of d.tech students, like Sophomore Mia Giordano, were happy about the vice president’s visit.
“I think it was really cool,” said Giordano. “I’m glad he took the time out of his busy schedule to visit … and talk with students about projects.” Giordano described Pence as “very sophisticated” and “a great person to see.”
Overall, d.tech administration was happy that the day just went smoothly. “Even though this was a last minute event and students were not prepared to present they were amazing. They explained the work that they were doing and why they felt so fortunate to go to a school that gives them the opportunities that they have here.” said Executive Director Ken Montgomery.
After Pence’s visit, a group of students printed out a rainbow flag to signify solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community.
“It was like a palate cleanser for them,” said freshman teacher and yearbook advisor, Teri Hu.