University of Denver Magazine
Office of the Chancellor
Dear Readers: As I write this column in late January, the attention o the nation is becoming more and more ocused on thepresidential election in the all o this year. We’ve moved rom a seemingly endless string o debates among thecontenders or the Republican nomination to the season o primary elections. The eld has narrowed, and thepresidential election itsel seems much nearer and ar more real. With the ongoing Occupy protests, continuedstagnation in Congress, our armed orces still in the eld, the economy still in the doldrums and the rhetoricfying, things have really begun to sizzle.For us at DU this can mean only one thing: The rst presidential debate o 2012, to be held on campus Oct. 3, isnearly upon us. On that day and the days leading up to it, our university will be the epicenter o political lie inthe United States. Planning, undraising and programming all have accelerated dramatically, and the buzz amongthe campus community is growing day by day. Without question, the debate at DU will be a major national event. The audience in Magness Arena willbe exceeded by the more than 3,000 press and media personnel covering the event. All o the major newsorganizations will have individual stations on Carnegie Green during the days leading up to the debate. We’vebeen told that since it is the rst debate o the series, involving a sitting president and taking place at such a criticaltime or world and national aairs, the debate at DU may be the single highest-rated television program in all o 2012, surpassing even the Super Bowl. It will be an extraordinary opportunity to showcase the minds and heartso our wonderul students, the expertise o our tremendous aculty members and the beauty o our gloriouscampus.The debate also will provide an extraordinary opportunity to expose our students to democracy at work in America in a very “up close and personal” way. DU will host many programs or the campus community and thepublic over the next several months, including debates among student political groups, a distinguished speakersseries (already begun with this quarter’s installment o Bridges to the Future) and student-led discussion groups. A host o new academic programs will ocus on U.S. history, politics and people. On the day o the debate there will be a public event with speeches and music, culminating in a broadcast o the debate at many on-campuslocations. We’re also planning several watch parties or DU riends and supporters. I hope you will join the un byplanning a debate-themed event o your own, and that you will connect with our debate-planning group—firstname.lastname@example.org—in doing so. You can learn about the estivities and programming at debate2012.du.edu, an online resource that aims to keep you up-to-date about everything rom debate-related cultural events to special courses we’re oering on politicaltopics. We’re hoping that the debate—o such key importance to our country—will also serve to knit us togetheras a community. When Oct. 3 dawns and the curtain rises on this transormational event, we hope you’ll help us make history.This is democracy in all its splendor. This is DU at its best—ront and center, committed to taking on the greatissues o the day and determined to give our students the experience o a lietime.
Ofce o the Chancellor
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