Heard on campus: Political pundit Robert Novak, Lt. Gov. Catherine Baker Knoll

September 30, 2004

University Park, Pa. -- With Election Day fast approaching, Penn State hosted two well-known political figures to campus over the past two days.

Robert Novak, television commentator and political pundit, spoke at Eisenhower Auditorium on Penn State's University Park campus Wednesday evening (Sept. 29). His speech was the first in this year's Distinguished Speaker Series at University Park.

"The presidency is not a manager's or administrator's job," Novak told the audience. "It's a job of leadership and an inspirational job. The president's job is to lead and inspire people to work together."

For photos from Novak's press conference, visit http://live.psu.edu/still_life/2004_09_30_novakvisit/index.html

For more information about the Distinguished Speakers Series, visit http://live.psu.edu/story/7864

On Thursday (Sept. 30), Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Catherine Baker Knoll spoke to a group of students at the HUB-Robeson Center on Penn State's University Park campus about the importance of voting. Her visit was sponsored by the bipartisan student Political Science Society.

"Your vote is important, because it affects your future," she told the group. Another important reason to vote, she said, is that "the vote is the most important instrument for change that we have. If you don't vote, you can't complain if you don't like who gets elected."

At the end of her talk, an aide handed out voter registration forms to the students in attendance, and Baker Knoll challenged them each to register four people before Monday's registration deadline.

Later Thursday, Baker Knoll is scheduled to be a guest lecturer in Kelly Butler's American Legal Process class in South Henderson Building.

For photos, go to http://live.psu.edu/still_life/2004_09_30_knoll/

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