President Obama to speak at Kent M.A.C. Center Wednesday

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Updated Sept. 23:

President Barack Obama will speak at the Kent State University M.A.C. Center on Kent State University’s campus Wednesday, Sept. 26, as confirmed by an Obama campaign staffer. Doors will open at 3:30 p.m.

Free tickets will be available starting at 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 24. They will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis, and each person may only receive one. Distribution sites will be at the following locations:

Risman Plaza

1025 Risman Dr.

Kent, OH 44240


1307 S. Water St.

Kent, OH 44240

OFA-East Akron

396 East Waterloo Rd.

Akron, OH 44319

“The President will highlight his vision for moving the country forward[…],” according to an Obama for America press release. “[He] will also discuss his real and achievable plan to restore middle-class economic security by paying down our debt in a balanced way that ensures everyone pays their fair share and still invest in the things we need to create jobs and grow our economy over the long term, like education, energy, innovation, and infrastructure.”

How this will affect campus, according to a university press release:

Kent State University Library will not be affected.

-Kent Student Center will remain open with possible restrictions on Wednesday.

-Gym Annex will be open for activities on Tuesday and Wednesday with no access to the M.A.C. Center.

-Residence halls will not be affected.

-M.A.C. Center activities will be affected Tuesday and closed Wednesday. Allow extra time for all activities adjacent to and around the M.A.C. Center beginning Monday evening.

-Parking in the R-11 lot behind the Kent Student Center and M.A.C. Center will be limited on Monday and Tuesday. It will be closed on Wednesday.

-The R-3 lot next to Taylor Hall will be closed to students, faculty and staff beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

-Manchester Field will be open to foot traffic throughout Tuesday and Wednesday.

-Midway Drive from Theatre Drive to the M.A.C. Center will be closed beginning 9 a.m. Wednesday. Foot traffic can continue on the east side of the road and to all buildings in that area.

-There will be limited access to Williams Drive on Wednesday.

-Foot traffic around the M.A.C. Center will be restricted on Wednesday.

-Visitor parking and metered parking in front of the M.A.C. Center will be limited on Wednesday.

-Classes held in all other buildings will go on as scheduled.

The news of Obama’s visit came early Thursday from a campaign staff member.

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An Obama campaign staffer has confirmed that President Obama will be visiting the City of Kent Wednesday, Sept. 26.

University spokesman Eric Mansfield said, “We have no information to release at this time.”

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