Wright State University

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Several students at Wright State University are in New York today to attend the first presidential debate.

After the university backed out of hosting the debate in July, the replacement school, Hofstra University, offered 15 tickets to Wright State students.

Rebecca Brinkman, a nursing student, got one of them, "I won the golden ticket.”

Wright State selected each student through a lottery system. Their trips are donor-funded.

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Wright State University students gathered today to protest recent financial decisions at the school.

Students and faculty members stood near the quad at the University holding signs that spelled out the word “accountability.” It’s a term that was central to their protest today, according to Wright State student Carly Perkins.

“There have been so many budget issues that have happened here on our campus," said Perkins. "And we just want someone to come forward and be honest about that. We just want them to know that we’re watching.”

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Ohio's Wright State University says it has no plans to repay the $220,000 in state money it received to upgrade security for the first presidential debate, which it pulled out of last month due to increasing security costs.
 

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New York's Hofstra University says it's honored to be called on to host the first 2016 presidential general election debate.

The Sept. 26 debate is moving to Hofstra after Wright State University withdrew as host Tuesday, citing rising security concerns and costs.

The Commission on Presidential Debates announced quickly that Hofstra would take over. The Hempstead, New York, university had agreed last year to serve as an alternate site. It hosted debates in 2012 and 2008.

Wright State President David R. Hopkins speaks to reporters
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Wright State University has dropped out of the first Presidential Debate in September citing both a fundraising shortfall and growing security concerns.

“Having a large open campus, accessible to the public, led to concerns about whether we could ensure the safety and security of those on and around our campus during the debate," said Wright State President David R. Hopkins in a press conference on Tuesday.

Wright State has also struggled to meet fundraising goals. The university budgeted $8 million for the debate and had only raised $2.5 million so far.

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Daniel Zehringer is an Associate Professor at Wright State University where he serves as head of the Trumpet studio and coordinator of the Faculty Brass Quintet. He also conducts the Wright State University Trumpet Ensemble.

The Dayton City Commission has updated the city's water ordinance.
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Much of the city of Fairborn is without water today due to a major water line break.

The City issued a boil order to residents and businesses along Faircreek Ridge, National Road, Colonel Glen Highway, Presidential Drive, and Zink Drive. Water pressure issues began on Sunday night, with some losing water service completely.

A few businesses were forced to close as a result.

400 people in 7 residence halls on Wright State University’s campus are also affected. The buildings are not fully occupied due to summer break.

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Wright State University is raising money for the September presidential debate.

 

This year's costs are higher than usual, according to the university. The typical price of previous debates ranged from 3 to 5 million dollars. This is Wright State’s first year hosting a presidential debate, and their goal is to raise 8 million dollars.

Wright State University is terminating employees as a part of a larger effort to trim their budget.

Some Wright State staff members received letters this week notifying them that their positions would be cut due to "financial exigency.”

That term is generally used to describe money woes severe enough to put the university at risk of closure. A spokesperson for school later said using that term was a mistake.

Wright State has struggled recently due to lower student enrollment and state budget cuts for higher education.

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Wright State University President, David R. Hopkins has announced he’ll retire in June, 2017 when his current contract expires.   

Hopkins spent three years as university provost before becoming president in 2007. Since then, he’s overseen dramatic expansion of the campus and its curriculum. He says, in that time, more than 30,000 students have finished degrees at Wright State.

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