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Release: March 24, 2003

UI Prepares for Clinton Visit

As a result of the recent change in the terror alert status, those who plan to attend former president Bill Clinton's lecture at the University of Iowa Wednesday, March 26 should prepare for a thorough security check and wait in potentially long lines for admission to Carver Hawkeye Arena.

Clinton's speech, "Embracing our Humanity: Global Security in the 21st Century," is sponsored by the UI Lecture Committee. The doors to the arena will open to the public at 6 p.m. Chuck Green, UI assistant vice president of public safety, advises ticket holders to come early since entry may be slow due to security safeguards. The building's east, west and south entrances will be open for admission; the north entrance will be closed to the general public.

The east and west entrances will close at 7:30 p.m., but the south entrance will remain open to admit late arrivals. Once people have been admitted into the building, they will not be readmitted if they leave.

Green said certain items will not be allowed into the arena, including parcels, backpacks, signs, bags, cans, bottles and audio/video recording devices. Smoking is prohibited in the arena.

Ticket holders will be allowed to park free in any lot near Carver Hawkeye except Lot 46, immediately west of the arena, and Lot 52, immediately north of the arena, both of which will be closed to the general public.

The speech will be broadcast live on TV and radio in eastern Iowa. UI TV, the university's cable television station, will show the speech live on its channels on cable systems in and around Iowa City/Coralville. Viewers should consult local listings to see what channel carries UI TV on their system.

In addition, WSUI radio will broadcast the speech live at 910 AM. Both radio and cablecasts begin at 7:30 p.m., although that time is subject to change.

Clinton will receive the UI Lecture Committee's Distinguished Lecture Award during his appearance at the university. The objective of this annual event is to feature a renowned citizen who is distinguished in his/her knowledge, experience, influence and position in public office, foreign affairs, industry, science, literature or the arts. The lecture is intended to address compelling issues that both appeal to and inspire UI students, faculty and staff. Past medal recipients include Lech Walesa, Coretta Scott King and Maya Angelou.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

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