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Sen Hillary Clintons Town Hall Meeting Latest Demonstration of Drexel Votes 2008 Mission

April 11, 2008

Sen. Hillary Clinton will return to Drexel University for a town hall meeting at 5 p.m. today — just 11 days before the Pennsylvania primary election.

Audience members will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 3:30 p.m. via the Chestnut Street entrance to Main Building, 32nd and Chestnut streets. Visit www.drexel.edu to view a live Webcast of the event.

Last on campus in October during an MSNBC-hosted Democratic presidential debate featuring seven candidates, Clinton is expected to be joined by Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter. The event will be open to the public, and members of the audience will have the opportunity to ask Clinton questions.

Through its Drexel Votes 2008 initiative, the University made a commitment to immerse students in the political process and encourage them to register and vote during this year’s election cycle. The initiative has brought political events to campus for students to experience up close.

”Senator Clinton’s visit is the latest demonstration of that commitment,” President Constantine Papadakis said, “along with last October’s Democratic presidential candidates debate, during which 300 students volunteered, and the Philadelphia mayoral debate held here last May.”

Drexel Votes 2008 was organized by Dr. Jane Bryan, director of libraries, and Dr. Mark Greenberg, dean of Pennoni Honors College. It involves the efforts of all 13 Drexel colleges and schools and the Drexel Democrats and College Republicans. The initiative offers students via a specially designed Web site a wealth of resources about key issues in this election — from health care and immigration to energy and the environment. Drexel Votes 2008 also reaches out to students via the Drexel Daily Digest, an e-newsletter sent to the University community, and The Triangle, the student newspaper, offering information such as how to obtain absentee ballots.

Students have helped lead the charge behind Drexel Votes 2008, signing up fellow students at registration tables set up throughout campus. More than 2,000 students have registered to vote since September. Drexel’s Center for Civic Engagement is also working with the Committee of Seventy, a nonpartisan political watchdog organization, to recruit 75 Drexel student volunteers to educate and assist voters during the Pennsylvania primary election.

Drexel Votes 2008 events such as Clinton’s town hall meeting have energized Drexel’s campus and emphasized to students the importance of becoming involved in the nation’s political process, Papadakis said.

“We are proud to have a knowledgeable and engaged student body and to participate in the 2008 presidential electoral process,” he said.

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News media contact: Brian Rossiter, Drexel News Bureau 215-895-2705, 267-228-5599 (cell) or brian.rossiter@drexel.edu

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