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1/14/08 - "Join It" Civic Engagement Kickoff Event

A crowd of more 2,400 packed the Carole and Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium in the Student Union to see Comedy Central's "Indecision 2008" show and congratulate the winners (above) of the "Joint It" essay, t-shirt and video contests.

The winners of each contest received tickets to attend the presidential primary debates. The two winning t-shirt designs are available at "Join It" events leading up to the debates.

After launching the Comedy Central  "Indecision 2008" college tour at FAU, Comedian Greg Giraldo (above) and other special guests are slated to travel to California, New York, Ohio, Washington and Alabama during the coast-to-coast tour.

Opening the floor to audience questions, c omedian and President Bush impersonator James Adomian tackled tough topics ranging from foreign affairs to "boxers or briefs?"


1/16/08 - “FAU Rocks the Vote” Rally and Cook Out


Regardless if they came for free speech or free food, hundreds of FAU students and staff participated in "FAU Rocks the Vote" held in the recently opened Traditions Plaza on the Boca Raton campus.

Student Government Vice President Abe Cohen helped organize the event in an effort to encourage students to engage in the political process as the United States enters a presidential election year.

Well before Florida's October deadline, FAU students took a moment to register to vote in the November 2008 general elections.


1/17/08 - Student Government Mock Debate

Moderated by Florida State Representative Maria Sachs, the Student Government Mock Debate consisted of eight students that represented Democratic and Republican presidential candidates while debating the issues that lay at the forefront of the current U.S. presidential election.

The Republican candidates were represented by (left to right) Kaitlin Marotti, Joseph Adams, Kris O'Brien and Dustin Mitchell.

The Democratic candidates were represented by (left to right) Pablo Best, Christopher Scott, Kevin Cho Tipton and Ayden Maher.

Attendees at the "Join It!" events and workshops received a commemorative presidential debate button.

1/23/08 and1/24/08 - Media Coverage

More than 400 members of the media were credentialed to cover the debate hosted at FAU. On the day before the debate, they participated in a walk-through of the debate site, which included the media filing center, the "spin room" and the debate hall.

As early as 5 a.m. on the morning of the debate, FAU students and employees were on-hand to be interviewed by local, national and international media outlets. Later in the day, FAU students Ayden Maher and Rolando Herrera were interviewed as part of MSNBC's coverage.

NBC News Chief White House Correspondent David Gregory conducted an on-air roundtable political discussion with FAU students just prior to the debate broadcast.

MSNBC's Chris Matthews, host of "Hardball with Chris Matthews," broadcast his show live from FAU prior to the debate. Matthews also moderated post-debate coverage from his on-site studio outside the FAU Student Union.

1/24/07 - Debate Day

Florida Governor Charlie Crist welcomed the debate hall audience prior to the broadcast.

FAU Board of Trustees Chair Norman Tripp greeted the debate hall audience prior to the broadcast.

All five Republican presidential candidates participated in the debate at FAU, which was the last debate before the Florida primary election on Jan. 29. (Left to right: Gov. Mitt Romney, Sen. John McCain, Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Rep. Ron Paul and Gov. Mike Huckabee.)

1/24/08 Official Watch Party

After welcoming the audience in the debate hall, FAU President Frank Brogan and Mrs. Brogan surprised two attendees at the Official Watch Party by swapping seats with them. The lucky FAU student and staff member attended the debate next door while the Brogans joined the Watch Party with more than 400 other attendees.

Immediately following the debate, Republican presidential candidate Gov. Mike Huckabee accepted the invitation FAU extended to all candidates to speak at the Watch Party.

1/25/08 - MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Broadcast

The morning after the debate, MSNBC's "Morning Joe" broadcast live from the debate site at FAU. Hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough talked with NBC political correspondent David Shuster and FAU President Frank Brogan during a segment about Florida's role in the 2008 election (left to right).

"Morning Joe" hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough posed with and thanked FAU student Lauren Selsky (above) for showing up early to be part of their on-air audience. Students, employees and friends of FAU arrived at 6 a.m. to see the show's broadcast and represent the University.


Updated 1/28/08  

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