[CUA Office of Public Affairs]

March 10, 2004


CUA Community to Celebrate on Debate Night


The Edward J. Pryzbyla Center will be abuzz with pre-debate receptions on March 18 as Ed Gillespie, chairman of the Republican National Committee, and Terry McAuliffe, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, prepare for an 8 p.m. face-off in the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center Great Room . Beginning at 6:30 p.m., all CUA students are invited to the Pryzbyla Food Court for a reception hosted by the Soap Box Coalition, a non-partisan get-out-the vote organization targeted at 18-to-30 year-olds.


In addition, a reception for faculty, staff, alumni and special guests will be held in the Pryzbyla Atrium Lounge, lower level, also starting at 6:30 p.m., sponsored by CUA Alumni Association, Office of University Development and the Office of the President. All alumni, faculty and staff are invited to the Atrium Lounge reception.


As of March 9, all tickets allotted to students, staff and alumni have been distributed. Deans of CUA's 11 schools are in the process of distributing tickets to their faculty.


"We can really sense the excitement in the air among our students," says William Jonas, director of the University Center, Student Programs and Events. "They have been interested in an event like this since last year when the Democratic and Republican parties both came under the leadership of our alumni. The debate night is shaping up to be not just a terrific educational experience for our student body, but it will also be one of the most festive evenings on our campus during this academic year," says Jonas.


Members of the CUA community who do not have tickets to the debate are encouraged to participate in the receptions in the Pryzbyla Food Court and Pryzbyla Atrium Lounge. Television monitors will broadcast the debate live for those without tickets. The debate will also be simulcast on the Internet at http://digitalmedia.cua.edu/debate/. The general public is encouraged to view the webcast.


Questions for the debate will be submitted primarily by members of the faculty of the Department of Politics and by CUA students. Students who wish to submit a question should e-mail it, along with their full name, major, year of graduation and hometown to debate-questions@cua.edu.


Ticketholders are requested to read and adhere to the following guidelines:


*All ticket holders must present a ticket and be seated in the Pryzbyla Center Great Room no later than 7:45 p.m. Otherwise, the ticket will be forfeited and admission denied. Doors for seating in the Great Room open at 7:20 p.m., and all ticket holders are encouraged to arrive in the Pryzbyla Center by 7:30 p.m.

*The following will not be permitted in the Great Room: Food, drinks, banners, signs, placards, videotaping, audiotaping, and flash photography.


*Please help maintain a respectful atmosphere during the event, withholding applause and vocal comment until the end of the debate.


*Security: Attendees are advised to refrain from bringing book bags, briefcases and backpacks to the event, as they will be checked and/or searched prior to entering the Great Room. CUA faculty, staff and students should be prepared to show their CUA ID for entrance into the hall.


*For information prior to March 18, please call the appropriate number:

Staff and students 202-319-5200

Alumni/ae 202-319-5608

Faculty 202-319-5114

Press 202-319-5600

Special guests 202-319-5811


* On the day of the debate (March 18), questions may be directed to the Pryzbyla University Center, 202-319-5200 or 202-319-5291.


* Since tickets are limited, and as a courtesy to the campus community, if you discover that you will not be able to attend the debate, please call the appropriate number so that someone else might use your ticket.

* Because parking on campus is limited, guests are encouraged to take Metrorail. The CUA-Brookland Metrorail Red Line stop is located adjacent to the CUA campus. Limited parking will be available on the main grounds of campus and in the garage located below the Columbus School of Law on John McCormack Road.



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