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Citadel News Service

For Release
September 19, 2002

MSNBC's "Hardball with Chris Matthews" CollegeTour
to be telecast live from The Citadel

          Hardball with Chris Matthews, MSNBCs Washington, D.C.-based series, will telecast live from The Citadel on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2002 (9-10 p.m. ET) as part of its year-long Hardball College Tour 2002, featuring top political leaders and culture figures at college campuses nationwide. Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) will be the guest for the live telecast in Mark Clark Hall Auditorium.

          The telecast is not open to the public.

          More than 500 Citadel cadets will have the opportunity to play hardball by asking questions and participating in a lively discussion with Matthews and Kerry.

          Following the telecast, one cadet, selected by the college, will sit in the Hardball Hot Seat for a one-on-one rapid-fire question and answer session with Hardballs Chris Matthews. At the end of the school year, Hardball will telecast a final tournament with the top 10 students from the dozens who have competed on the tour, to determine a Hardball Hot Seat winner. The final Hardball Hot Seat winner will receive a $10,000 scholarship award plus a $5,000 grant for their college.

          Theres an electricity in the air whenever you sit with college students and match wits with big name politicians, said Matthews. Well find out whats on the minds of the younger generation, how they hold their leaders accountable, the issues that matter to them from the war to domestic policies to corporate responsibility.

          "We are happy to have this unique educational opportunity for our students," Citadel President Maj. Gen. John S. Grinalds said.

          Hardball is telecast live from a different college campus every Wednesday during the school year. Among the stops on The Hardball College Tour 2002 are George Mason University, Arlington VA (Sept. 25) with House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-Texas) and Fordham University, NYC (Oct. 16) with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).

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