Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff:
Webster's Dictionary defines the word "inconvenience"
as "the quality or state of being inconvenient; lack
of comfort, ease, etc.; bother; trouble."
For the next four days, I think it's fair to say the University
of Miami will fit that definition.
As we approach this Thursday's Presidential Debate here on
the Coral Gables campus, I'm certain each of us will be inconvenienced
in some way. The shuttle may run a little late, parking may
be in a different location, and in general getting from point
A to point B might be just a bit more difficult. Any event
of this magnitude is sure to cause a few headaches, but the
benefits far outweigh these minor disruptions.
After a year of planning and preparation, all eyes will be
on the University of Miami this week. A very talented, dedicated
team of University staff has worked tirelessly to develop
a comprehensive plan to capitalize on this unprecedented opportunity,
while keeping disruptions and delays to a minimum. I can assure
you they will be watching closely as the plan unfolds this
week, ready to make whatever adjustments are necessary to
keep things running smoothly.
What an exciting time this is for all of us -- a unique opportunity
to witness democracy in action right here on campus. I hope
you'll share in the excitement and show your school pride
in an active way. Our school colors are the venerable green
and orange. For this week, let's expand those colors to red,
white, and blue, as well. Show the world your excitement and
enthusiasm by wearing these colors throughout the week.
This is an extraordinary moment. More than 40 million people
worldwide will be watching. Take part, savor it, tune in,
be proud. And brush off the inconvenience. It's a small price
to pay to be a part of history in the making.