November 18, 2011
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President Clinton’s Speech
The 25th anniversary of DePauw’s Ubben Lecture kicked off Friday. A friend and advisor of President Bill Clinton, Vernon Jordan, opened up the event, introducing President Bill Clinton. Vernon Jordan is a 1957 graduate of DePauw. DePauw’s Executive Director of Media Relations, Kenneth Owen, says while the audience remained silent, he believes it was a positive response.
"We were so surprised. We were afraid he was going to arrive late and he arrived early so we’ve never had the logistics of having to move things forward but fortunately we were able to pull it off. So I haven’t done a debriefing with any of the staff yet but from my perspective it seemed to be going well."
Owen says to the best of his knowledge parking and traffic flow outside of the event was also a success. DePauw University President Brian Casey says preparation leading up to the event ran smoothly.
"I think people were just in Awe of the fact that this man was being so thoughtful and so open and really so spontaneous. So many of his comments were really from the heart not looking down, just kind of pondering America, where we’ve been and what the future is going to look like, and how young people can shape it. I think it’s really a transcendent day, I’ve been thinking about this 25th anniversary event for a long long time, and if you would have told me when I started thinking about this that this would be the end result I would have said ah you know wake up come on McFly, that’s too positive. This has just been a perfect afternoon."
Stay tuned to WGRE news for more updates on Ubben Lecture speaker, President Bill Clinton.