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The DNC Presidential Debate will take place on Dec. 19 at 5:00 p.m. PST.

We are one week away from the DNC Presidential Debate coming to campus, and students have questions about everything from parking to tickets. Here are your five biggest questions, answered.

5. Will I be allowed on campus during the debate? According to an email sent out to students, only select groups will be allowed on campus: debate volunteers, pre-identified staff members, staff and Jesuits who live on campus, and students who either live in an on-campus apartment or have permission from Student Housing. If you are unsure if you have permission to be on-campus, contact the Student Housing Office (or, if you are faculty or staff, Human Resources). 

4. If I am allowed on campus, will I be able to get around? All individuals allowed on campus will have either a placard or credential, according to the email from LMU. These will be given out prior to Dec. 19. Do not lose these credentials, however, or you are at risk of being removed from campus. 

There will be plenty of road closures to keep track of, as well. Between Dec. 18 at 8:00 p.m. and Dec. 20 at 5:30 a.m., the back gates will be closed. Additionally, between Dec. 18 at 8:00 p.m. and Dec. 20 at 3:30 a.m., the email states that “the following LMU campus roads will be closed to all traffic: Loyola Boulevard, Ignatian Circle from Rosecrans Lane to Loyola Boulevard, Rosecrans Lane, Whelan Lane, Facilities Lane, [and] Burns One Way.”

3. Will I be able to park on campus? On the day of the debate, parking will only be available in Drollinger and UHall. If you have a car on campus, be careful, as many lots will be closed this week. Be sure to check the original email for full details.

2. How can I watch the debate? The debate can be streamed on or viewed on PBS or CNN starting at 5 p.m. LMU noted, however, that the time may change. The Loyolan will also be covering the event on our website and Instagram (@LALoyolan). 

If you are near campus and do not have a ticket, you can also attend the LMU Community Watch Party, which will feature a pre-debate panel. RSVP here by Dec. 13 at noon if you wish to attend.

1. How can I attend the debate? Attending the debate is possible through a ticket lottery or by volunteering. LMU received interest from over 500 volunteers and is now giving out assignments.

“Demand for tickets to attend the debate has been astronomical,” LMU said in the email. “We are pleased to share that students will receive four times more tickets than any other constituency. LMU’s total ticket allocation is still very limited, and we are prioritizing faculty tickets after students.”

For more information on the debate, read the original email sent out by LMU or visit LMU’s debate website

The Loyolan will continue covering the debate as information develops. 

Jacob Cornblatt is a junior film, television, and media studies major who watches a movie every day. He enjoys laying in a hammock under a palm tree, longing for the suffocating humidity of Gaithersburg, MD.

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