Kevorkian tickets nearly gone
Published: Tuesday, January 15, 2008 at 4:36 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 15, 2008 at 4:36 p.m.
Tickets to Dr. Jack Kevorkian's lecture at the University of Florida
tonight are nearly gone, in large part due to a decision to limit seating
for security purposes.
About 4,500 of the free tickets have been collected, and the remaining 500
will be available at the O'Connell Center starting at 6:30 p.m., according
to organizers. The show begins at 8 p.m.
UF's basketball arena seats 12,000, but university officials decided to
reduce the seating by more than half to help ensure adequate security.
The appearance by Kevorkian, a controversial advocate of physician-assisted
suicide, has drawn the ire of anti-abortion groups who oppose his views on
Kevorkian's visit comes on the heels of two events where UF's security
response has been criticized. At a September forum with U.S. Sen. John
Kerry, D-Mass., police Tasered an unruly student who refused to be escorted
from the University Auditorium. Weeks later, several students stormed the
stage during former U.S. Attorney Gen. Alberto Gonzales' speech, which was
constantly interrupted by hecklers.
Kevorkian's visit is sponsored by Accent, a student-run speakers' bureau
that paid him $50,000 derived from student fees. Steven Blank, chairman of
Accent, said he was hopeful no one who wanted to see Kevorkian would miss
it because of the seating restrictions.
"People knew the tickets were available, and hopefully we won't have to
turn them away," Blank said.
Audience members should expect other added security protocols tonight,
including the use of metal detectors at the door. Metal detectors aren't
always used at O'Connell Center events, but it's not unprecedented to have
them at the venue, according to UF Police.
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