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Overflow Crowd Witnesses History in Van Hise Hall

January 21, 2009 by Lisa Jansen

Crowd gathering to view the inaugurationOn January 20, 2009 Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States of America. Several campus buildings, including Van Hise Hall, provided space where students, faculty and staff could gather and view inaugural events.

Van Hise is home to many foreign language departments, so it was no surprise that the audience in Van Hise represented many languages and cultures. The crowd appeared to be overwhelmingly enthusiastic about the new president, punctuating many of the speeches and performances with cheers and applause.

Crowd applauding inauguration

LSS staff opened Room 254 Van Hise before 9:00 am and the room started filling soon after. As the time of inauguration drew closer the crowd spilled into the hallway. A second room and then a third room was opened to handle overflow. LSS staff estimate that up to 150 people viewed the event in one of the three rooms.

The technology LSS used to show the inauguration is also used to show foreign language television programming in LSS Labs. The Digital Academic Television Network (DATN, pronounced "Dayton") provides access to nineteen local, national, and international television channels which can be viewed from most computers on the campus network.

LSS has several rooms available to L&S classes for group presentations and movie viewing. See our link to LSS movie rooms for more information.

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