On a cloudless night, while the campus slept, four friends brought to fruition a plan that had been weeks in the making.
Drew Bennett, Zac Halbert, Aaron Montgomery and Sterling Strait had first made the suggestion of “borrowing” President Hagood’s portrait as a joke. In its earliest inception, the idea was nothing more than a throwaway gag mentioned between friends while passing through Emerson Administration Building. But the joke resonated and within days had given way to a plot, complete with an acquisition plan, an escape strategy, and a rough sketch of the endgame.
...a smiley face and a promise that President Hagood was merely on vacation....
Had security detail been anywhere in the vicinity of the administration building at 2:00 a.m. that night, they would have seen the two black-clad figures sprinting at full speed from the building to a nearby car, presidential portrait in tow. Instead, security was summoned to the building the following morning by a report that the portrait was missing. In its stead was a placeholder poster that bore a smiley face and a promise that President Hagood was merely on vacation and would soon return.