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  1. 1. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Rich Griffin Vice President of Technology 216-589-9626 x158 COLLEGE DEMOCRATS DEBATE COLLEGE REPUBLICANS ON OSTN’S “WE THE STUDENTS” Presidential Candidate Kucinich to Launch Interactive Debate Show at the University of Miami Cleveland, OH – August 21, 2007 – The Open Student Television Network (OSTN) today announced the premiere of their highly anticipated interactive debate show “We the Students” (WTS). The first episode will be shot at the University of Miami (UM)’s state-of-the-art TV studios and hosted by Democratic Presidential candidate and Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D- OH). WTS is an online, interactive 25-minute program featuring university student-debaters from across the country exploring and arguing the most controversial and important topics affecting our world today. In the spirit of bi-partisanship, the host of the second debate will be a Republican Presidential candidate. Debaters representing the College Democrats of America (CDA) and the College Republican National Committee (CRNC) will pit their talents against each other on September 10, 2007, 10am EDT on UM’s campus in Coral Gables Florida. The show will air live on the OSTN channel and be webcast on Kucinich will serve as the guest host with the topic “Private Enterprise’s Impact on American Defense.” “I appreciate this exciting opportunity to meet with students and hear their take on the critical issues we currently face,” said Kucinich. “This program has the potential to influence our national debate over the questions and decisions that directly shape college students and their future.” Allowing university students from around the country to be a part of the audience as well as a part of the live debate, OSTN’s IPTV technology will stream the show live over fiber to online viewers. Called the “Killer App” by universities around the country, OSTN can be viewed on TVs and PCs and is powered by Internet2’s high-capacity, high-performance national, regional and campus networks, hence, the super fast interactivity possible for WTS. The national student
  2. 2. audience will be able to chat with the moderator (on-screen), vote by cell phone, and even pop in by web cam. “I am excited that College Democrats of America will be part of this new effort to engage young people in the critical issues facing our country,” said Lauren Wolfe, National President of the CDA. “This next election will be one of the most important of our lifetime and Americans will decide whether we want change or more of the same. I look forward to having some of the best and brightest College Democrats put our agenda of hope and change to the test.” "We're excited about the opportunity to share with and to hear from an active segment of the youth electorate,” said Charlie Smith, National Chairman of the CRNC. “The decisions we make as a generation will lead us either toward a safer, stronger nation or a steady descent into domestic socialism and foreign acquiescence.” “The University of Miami welcomes the chance to host ‘We the Students’ on our campus,” said UM President Donna E. Shalala. “This program gives students another avenue in which to get plugged in to the issues that affect their future.” “We believe that WTS will quickly become an important and cerebral platform for college students to voice their opinions to the rest of the country,” stated Prashant Chopra, OSTN CEO. “By bringing together the top debaters from the College Republican (CRNC) and College Democratic (CDA) side we plan to raise the bar on public debate on campus.” OSTN uses the Abilene network managed by Internet2 in North America, the GEANT2 Network managed by DANTE in the European Union, and ORION in Canada to deliver OSTN to nearly 60 million users at more than 4,500 university member campuses in 46 countries around the globe. The channel can be viewed on both televisions and personal computers. Ways to tune into “We the Students” • Watch OSTN on your campus TV channel • Watch OSTN on your campus IPTV page • Watch OSTN on the page your university has placed the OSTN channel • Watch OSTN on September 10, 2007 10:00am EDT For more information on receiving OSTN, contact Anthony Davis, Vice President of Membership Development, at or 216-973-7564. -end- About OSTN OSTN is the leading provider of educational, foreign language, news, and entertainment IPTV content and services. OSTN features the only 24/7 worldwide channel exclusively devoted to student-produced programming. OSTN now is delivered to nearly 60 million subscribers at more than 4,500 university member campuses in 46 countries around the globe. OSTN can be viewed on televisions and personal computers.
  3. 3. In North America, OSTN uses Internet2 and National LambdaRail’s advanced network to distribute programming to members. It uses JANET in the United Kingdom, ORION in Ontario, Canada, the GEANT2 Network, managed by DANTE, in the European Union. GEANT2 links to Asia via TEIN2, the Middle East & Africa via EuroMed, Latin and South America via ALICE, Mexico via CUDI and Australia via AARNet. For more information, visit About CRNC The College Republican National Committee (CRNC) is the nation’s oldest and largest youth political organization. Founded in 1892, the CRNC currently has over a quarter of a million members on over 1,800 campuses nationwide. The work of the College Republican National Committee is guided by three primary goals: to help elect Republicans; to support the President’s agenda; to prepare future leaders of the Party. The CRNC serves as the grassroots arm of the Republican Party. The cornerstone of the CRNC’s work is its annual Field Program. Full-time, college-age Field Representatives are in charge of recruiting, registering, training, and mobilizing Republicans on college campuses to vote and volunteer in the upcoming election. Our goal is to implement grassroots programs by sending these young political leaders into key districts to help build our party and assist in electing Republicans at nearly every level of government. The College Republican National Committee is an independent, section 527 political organization. About CDA The College Democrats of America (CDA) is the official student outreach arm of the Democratic Party. It aims to train and engage new generations of Democratic activists and shape the Democratic Party with voices from America's youth. In election years, College Democrats work hard to mobilize student voters and recruit volunteers for Democratic campaigns, from town council to President of the United States. In 2004, CDA recruited activists on more than 1200 campuses in all 50 states. CDA has a seven-member Executive Board, which sets and implements the organization's goals. The seven National Officers are President, Vice President, Communications Director, Development Director, Membership Director, Political Director, and Programs Director. The CDA Executive Director manages the CDA national office at the Democratic National Committee. Each year, students from across the country converge for CDA's National Convention. During this time, CDA sponsors workshops and holds events with influential members of the Democratic Party. Past speakers have included President Bill Clinton, Vice President Al Gore, members of congress, governors, cabinet officials, and party activists from across the country. About University of Miami The University of Miami is the largest private research-funded university in the southeastern United States, with a well-earned reputation for academic excellence. UM currently enrolls more than 15,600 undergraduate and graduate students from every state and 148 countries.
  4. 4. The University has grown from its main location in the City of Coral Gables to include the medical campus located in Downtown Miami, the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science on Virginia Key, the John J. Koubek Center in Little Havana, the James L. Knight Center in Downtown Miami, and the South and Richmond campuses in southwest Miami-Dade county. With more than 10,000 full- and part-time faculty and staff, UM is the second largest private employer in Miami-Dade County. The University was chartered in 1925 by a group of citizens who felt an institution of higher learning was needed for the development of their young and growing community. The inaugural class of 560 students enrolled in fall of 1926.