Starting at 8 a.m. today, the University Lecture Series (ULS) staff will issue 50 tickets on a first-come-first-serve basis to those interested in having books and memorabilia signed by ESPN analyst and former NFL coach Herm Edwards, who will speak Wednesday in the Marshall Student Center (MSC) at 8 p.m.
Previous ULS events have featured book signings or meet-and-greets with speakers, open to anyone willing to wait in line after the lecture. Now only
50 tickets will be distributed per event.
Whats different about this lecture, compared to anything else, because of the constraints in time, were implementing a new system for the book signing (after the lecture), ULS Director Romel Boiser, a senior majoring in public health, said.
Tickets will be issued to those who come to the Center for Student Involvement office on the second floor of the MSC.
Jenna Kelly, graduate adviser for Student Life and ULS, said the new system would give all participants a quality experience.
We felt this way would give the best experience for the speaker and the students,
Kelly said previous speakers felt uncomfortable and rushed if there were too many students.
When Rosario Dawson spoke at a ULS event in fall, almost all of the 370 attendees at the event stood in line at her meet and greet, which kept Dawson busy in the MSC as the building was closing for the night.
Though last years MLK week speaker, Marc Lamont Hill, accrued an audience of 150 members, Kelly said she expects more to show up for Edwards. There are not clear time constraints on the meet and greet with Edwards, but his contract does state that he must vacate venue at 11:00 p.m.
Boiser said the ticketing system is being considered for future ULS events, but it is not definite, and is based on how participants respond this time.