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October 12, 2007

Drexel University released credentialing information today for the Democratic presidential candidates debate that it will host on Tuesday, October 30 2007. The debate will be held in the Main Building Auditorium (32nd and Chestnut Streets) from 9 to 11 p.m. This is the first presidential candidates debate held in Pennsylvania this cycle and the fourth Democratic Presidential Candidates Debate “sanctioned” by the Democratic National Committee.

The debate will be produced by NBC News and moderated by Brian Williams. It will air live Tuesday evening from 9 to 11 p.m. on MSNBC. It also will be streamed live over the web on and NBC News 2 Go. It will be re-broadcast on Telemundo in Spanish. Other debate partners include Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell and the Democratic National Committee.

Drexel University President Dr. Constantine Papadakis said today that planning for the debate is well underway and that the campus and community support for the effort at Drexel has been overwhelming.

“Thanks to the leadership of the governor, the mayor, Drexel alumni and supporters and the support of Greater Philadelphia business and community leaders, we will be ready to welcome the Democratic presidential candidates and hundreds of international, national, and local media,” said Papadakis. “This will be a great opportunity to educate a worldwide audience about Drexel and our mission of education, public service and civic engagement.”


CREDENTIALING DETAILS: Working members of the media wishing to cover the Debate at Drexel on October 30 must be credentialed. Credentialing is available online through Drexel’s Office of University Relations. Credentials may be obtained by applying online at The information must be submitted for each individual for whom you are requesting credentials. News media organizations with multiple reporters must fill out one form for each reporter or staff person. All news media attending the Drexel University presidential candidates debate must also present national or state accredited press credentials or a letter on official news organization letterhead and a photo ID to receive their credentials.

The deadline for all media credential requests is Friday, October 19 at 6 p.m. EST. For general inquiries email or call 215-895-6741.

Credential approvals will be sent out on Monday, October 22. Once credentials have been granted debate organizers will hold a media logistics call at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, October 23 and a debate site survey for broadcast media on Friday, October 26, time to be determined. Credentials will be available for pick-up on Monday, October 29, 2007 from 3 to 8 p.m. and Tuesday, October 30 beginning at 7 a.m. at the Debate at Drexel Press Office in James Creese Student Center (32nd and Chestnut Streets).

CREDENTIALING PROCESS: Media credentials will be required to gain access to the Media Filing Center and the Spin Alley, which will be located in the James Creese Student Center, across the street from the Main Building (32nd and Chestnut Streets), where the debate will be held. Media stand-up positions will be located both outside the Spin Alley facing the Main Building and inside the Creese Center. Please note that media credentials do not provide access to the Main Building Auditorium, the site of the debate. The debate will be broadcast on large monitors in the Media Filing Center for working journalists to watch.

INTERNET WIRED AND WIFI WIRELESS SERVICE: Drexel will provide free wireless Internet service to journalists in the press filing center and Spin Alley. Wired Ethernet orders must be ordered by filling out the form below.

CELL PHONE COVERAGE: There is good cell phone coverage throughout the University’s campus.

PHONE ORDERS: Hard-line phone orders must be requested through the appropriate forms online at when submitting credential information. There will be a charge for phone lines, and there will be an additional charge for an actual phone handset, if that is requested. The deadline for phone and Ethernet orders is Friday, October 19 at 6 p.m. EST.

### News Media Contact: Philip Terranova, Vice President, University Relations 215-895-2613 or

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