Presidential debate was historic for the University of Miami
For more than a year the wheels have been in motion for the University of Miami to host this year's first presidential debate -- a monumental effort that involved students, faculty, and staff throughout all areas of the institution. At 9 p.m. on Thursday, September 30, the planning and preparations came to fruition when President George W. Bush and Senator John Kerry took the stage at the UM Convocation Center on the Coral Gables campus for what was arguably the most high-profile event in the University's history. Here are some numbers from the event:
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the year, the Universitys schools, colleges, and divisions have
presented an extensive and robust series of exhibits, community forums,
panel discussions, lectures, concerts, and films to complement the occasion.
A number of these events have already been presented and are chronicled
in our Debate Events Archive
and in our Photo Gallery. For information
on the exciting forthcoming events, refer to the Debate
Lucky UM students attended the presidential debate
President Shalala described them as "the luckiest people on earth" -- the more than 250 students who personally witnessed political history in the making. Winners were chosen from 689 essays representing all areas of the student body, including undergraduate, graduate, medical, and law, in addition to student leaders. In order to enable one more student to attend, President Shalala gave her own ticket to UM senior and Olympic silver medalist Lauryn Williams. "I'm thrillled that such a large cross-section of our student population was able to attend in person. This election is, after all, about their future," said President Shalala.
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