Middlebury

October 1, 2002

Contact: Sarah Ray

802-443-5794

sray@middlebury.edu

Posted: October 1, 2002 White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer to give talk on Oct. 13 MIDDLEBURY,
VT
- White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer will give a talk titled
"The Presidency and the Press," at 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, in
Middlebury College's Mead Chapel on Hepburn Road off College Street (Route
125). Prior to the lecture, Middlebury College President John M. McCardell,
Jr. will present Fleischer, a member of the Middlebury class of 1982, with
an alumni achievement award. Following the event, there will be a reception
in the Redfield Room of Proctor Hall across the street from Mead Chapel.
Both the talk and the reception are free and open to the public.

Fleischer
is the official liaison between the White House and members of the press,
acting as the primary spokesman for the president and delivering the daily
White House briefing. He served as press secretary for Sen. Pete Domenici
from 1989-1994 and later as spokesman for the House Ways and Means Committee,
working on issues related to taxes, social security, welfare and international
trade. Prior to joining the campaign of Texas Gov. George W. Bush in the
fall of 1999, he served as communications director for Elizabeth Dole's
presidential campaign.

Fleischer
began his career in politics after college when he became the press secretary
for losing GOP candidate and little-known New York assemblyman Jon Fossel
in a House race. Later he worked for the Republican National Committee;
for several GOP congressmen, including Rep. Joe DioGuardi; and in the
unsuccessful re-election campaign of Bush's father. Fleischer is a native
of Pound Ridge, N.Y.

For
more information, contact Kathleen Knippler in the office of the secretary
of Middlebury College at knippler@middlebury.edu
or 802-443-5393.

We expect
a large crowd for the Ari Fleischer lecture, “The Presidency and
the Press,” that is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. on Sunday evening, October
13.

In order
to accommodate the large number of people who are expected to attend,
and to provide preferred seating to Middlebury College students, the following
procedures will govern this event:

  • The
    doors to Mead Chapel will be opened at 7:00 p.m.
  • The
    front half of the main floor of the chapel will be reserved for Middlebury
    College students with student IDs.
  • The
    front row on the right-hand side, as one faces the stage, will be reserved
    for persons with disabilities.
  • The
    back half of the main floor, and the balcony, will be available for
    general seating. Should any seats remain in the student section after
    7:45 p.m., they will be made available for general seating.
  • Ushers
    will be present to assist with seating. Ushers will be instructed to
    ensure that all pews are fully occupied (8 to a row in the center sections,
    4 to a row in the side sections). Saving seats will not be permitted.
    Because space will be limited, we discourage bringing backpacks and
    other bulky items into the chapel.
  • Overflow
    seating with closed-circuit television will be provided in the McCullough
    social space. Speakers will also be mounted outside Mead Chapel.

A videotape
of the lecture will be on reserve at Media Services in Sunderland after
the event.

Eric L.
Davis

Secretary of the College