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Governor Stays Overnight In College Dorm

Kyle Stokes / StateImpact Indiana

Gov. Mitch Daniels (right) visited Our Lady of Hungary School in South Bend, fresh off a good night's sleep in a dorm room at Notre Dame.

In the midst of a road swing through northern Indiana, Gov. Mitch Daniels opted for a dorm room at Notre Dame instead of a hotel room for his overnight accommodations Tuesday night.

An Animal House-like experience? Probably not. Daniels says the cleaning crew joked with him about his cleanliness. He says he did speak with some students during his stay.

“We had what used to be called a ‘bull session‘ with about 10 really impressive young men,” the governor said of his stay in Alumni Hall.

The dorm room stay is a slight variation on Daniels’ normal travel routine. He typically chooses home stays with local residents over a hotel room while he’s on the road, viewing it as an opportunity to connect with people he’s never met.**

The room he used was that of a Notre Dame rector, who is on sabbatical.

Daniels lectured at Notre Dame’s business school Tuesday night. Wednesday morning, he visited Our Lady of Hungary Catholic school — remember them? — to promote the state’s private school voucher program. (More on that to come.)

**CORRECTED: A previous version of the story incorrectly reported Daniels stays in the homes of “friends or donors.” Spokesperson Jane Jankowski says Daniels “usually stays with people he’s never met.”  Updated November 16, 6:15 p.m.

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