Campus visit by presidential candidate announced

9/28/2008 - By: Jane Tors

This week the University of Nevada, Reno campus will be the site for a Barack Obama campaign rally. Tuesday, Sept. 30, the U.S. Senator and presidential candidate is scheduled to appear and address the audience on the Quad. Gates will open at 8 a.m.

The morning-long event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required, although the Obama Campaign encourages those who plan to attend to RSVP online. Space is available on a first come, first served basis.

For security reasons, do not bring bags and please limit personal items. Backpacks will not be permitted on the Quad. No signs or banners will be permitted at the request of the campaign.

Free public parking will be available in the north-campus parking lots off of Comstock Drive (north of the campus Post Office). Disabled parking will be available in the lot behind the Virginia Street Gym; the campaign is making arrangements for golf cart transportation to and from the disabled parking area. Directional signage for parking areas will be posted.

On-campus parking in the vicinity of Morrill Hall will be closed until noon or the conclusion of the event. Any vehicles parking in this area on Tuesday morning will be subject to being towed.

“We are pleased to be the site for this appearance and, as always, we continue to extend an open invitation for presidential candidates of all parties to visit our campus,” said University President Milton Glick. “Events like this contribute to a more informed electorate and certainly contribute to an engaging and educational atmosphere for our students.”

Classes will not be disrupted. Buildings on the Quad will remain open and accessible to students, faculty and staff, except for Morrill Hall, which will have limited access. However, certain entrances to buildings on the Quad will be temporarily restricted. Further event information specific to the campus community will be distributed by e-mail to University faculty, staff and students on Monday afternoon.

Tuesday’s rally will be Obama’s second visit to the University campus. He and his wife Michelle spoke at the University’s Virginia Street Gym on Jan. 18, 2008.


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