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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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On Tuesday, students, faculty, and specials guests gathered to welcome Oscar-winning Actor and Director, Tom Hanks to Wright State University.  Hanks was on hand for the opening dedication of the university’s new Center for Motion Pictures, which bears his name. 

Wright State President, David Hopkins says Hank’s relationship with the university goes back to the late 1970s when the actor performed on the Wright State stage.

Students perform at the 2014 Wright State University ArtsGala
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After last year's record-setting event, Wright State University's College of Liberal Arts is preparing for the 17th  annual ArtsGala.  Assistant Dean of the College of Liberal Arts Jennie Buckwalter and several Wright State arts students joined WYSO's Niki Dakota in the studio for a preview of the event that benefits students.

Wright State University's ArtsGala is Saturday, April 9th 6:30pm - midnight.  More information is at: wright/edu/artsgala

Wright State University's Opera Department will present two one-act operas this weekend at the Creative Arts Center.  Dr. Kimberly Warrick and WSU opera student Lisa Burwinkle join WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota in the studio to talk about art of opera and the upcoming performance.

Wright State University Opera Department's concert is April 1-3 at Wright State's Creative Arts Center.

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A man arrested after trying to jump on the stage at Republican Donald Trump's campaign rally in Dayton reportedly told police he planned to grab the microphone and yell that Trump is a racist but didn't intend to hurt anyone.

Donna Schlagheck, with Wright State’s political science department, addresses students faculty and guests at Wright State's Student Union.
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Officials at Wright State University kicked off “Debate 2016” celebrations on Super Tuesday with some big fanfare—in September the university will host the first presidential debate between the democratic and republican nominees.

A balloon drop and confetti canons rounded out the event after several speakers gave updates on plans for the big debate.

Donna Schlagheck, with Wright State’s political science department says Wright State’s Board of Trustees has approved an estimated $8 million in upfront costs for planning and security measures.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State investigators found no evidence of Ohio lobbying law violations by a Wright State University consultant whose firm was paid nearly $1 million in 2014 to secure state and federal funding for the school.

Attorney General Mike DeWine said Friday that the investigation focused on whether Ron Wine of Ron Wine Consulting Group should have registered as a lobbyist.

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Cybersecurity security concerns are expected to increase Wright State University's anticipated costs for hosting the first presidential debate this fall.

The Dayton Daily News reports that officials at the school in southwest Ohio has told its board of trustees that plans call for spending around $8 million in preparation for the Sept. 26 debate.

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