The Los Angeles Times did a bit of investigative reporting and discovered that, “Sarah Palin’s college years left no lasting impression.”
“Looking at this dynamic personality now, it mystifies me that I wouldn’t remember her,” said Jim Fisher, Palin’s journalism instructor at the University of Idaho, where she graduated with a bachelor of science degree in journalism in 1987.
Palin, he said, took his public affairs reporting class, an upper-division course limited to 15 students. “It’s the funniest damn thing,” Fisher said. “No one can recall her.”
“I don’t remember her,” said Roy Atwood, Palin’s academic advisor at the university.
Indeed, interviews with a dozen professors yielded not a single snippet of a memory.
The Times reporter was able to turn up only one University of Idaho classmate who remembered Palin.
Stacia Crocker Hagerty, 42, lived on the same dorm floor as Palin and considered her a good friend. Still, the Coeur d’Alene lawyer and real estate agent said she had only a few random memories of Palin and a couple of snapshots — including one at a 1986 “kegger” in which they sport big hair and wide belts over untucked blouses.
Until 1987, the Idaho drinking age was 19, and the university had a reputation as a top party school. Hagerty said Palin “was upbeat and fun but not a heavy partyer.”
When she ran for Alaska governor in 2006, Palin admitted that she had smoked marijuana, but Hagerty said she never saw her friend do drugs.
Hagerty said Palin was good friends with Jill Loranger, their resident advisor for two years.
When reached at her home in Hailey, Idaho, Jill Loranger Clark was mystified.
“I can honestly tell you I have no idea who she was,” said Clark, a middle school teacher. “If she had been a big party animal, I would have remembered her.”