May 19, 2004

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Contact: Todd Cohen, University Relations, (785) 864-8858.

Advisory regarding parking, security for Clinton lecture at KU Friday

LAWRENCE -- The University of Kansas and the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics on Friday will welcome former President Bill Clinton, who will give the inaugural Dole Lecture at 2:15 p.m. at Allen Fieldhouse. Former Sen. Bob Dole will introduce Clinton.

To accommodate the expected crowd of 12,000, parking lots and garages on campus will open to the general public at 10:30 a.m. Friday. Surface lots and parking garages on campus will be restricted to permit holders until that time. Friday is the final day of exams this semester.

The east doors to Allen Fieldhouse will open at 12:30 p.m. to ticketholders. A seating chart is available online at www.ur.ku.edu/News/04N/MayNews/May19/seating.jpg.

Traffic on Jayhawk Boulevard will remain restricted between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. The first level of the Allen Fieldhouse parking garage will be restricted to people who have disabled parking permits. A map of recommended parking lots is available online at www.ur.ku.edu/News/04N/MayNews/May19/parking.jpg.

Due to security, no large bags, backpacks, large signs, thermoses, coolers or umbrellas will be permitted inside Allen Fieldhouse. Cameras will be permitted.

The lecture will be broadcast live on Kansas Public Radio at 91.5-FM, on WIBW at 580-AM, on Sunflower Cablevision Channel 6 and on Cox Cable Channel 22 where available, and it will be shown on a large screen in Woodruff Auditorium in the Kansas Union. KUJH will air the speech live on channel 14, on channel 32 on Sunflower Cable in Lawrence and on the Internet at www.ku.edu/tv14.

The Dole Institute will be closed all day Friday for events related to the lecture and KU commencement. Graduation ceremonies will begin Friday, culminating with the main commencement procession at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 23.

The university is encouraging employees and students who are attending the lecture to consider walking to the fieldhouse to help alleviate the traffic and parking congestion. The university, noting that Allen Fieldhouse is not air conditioned and that the Friday forecast calls for high temperatures to be near 90 degrees, also is encouraging ticketholders to dress appropriately and stay well hydrated. Water and other beverages will be sold inside Allen Fieldhouse.

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