According to our latest update, CNN will begin broadcasting from the campus of the University of Michigan-Flint — from their new stage set up in the Thompson Library Atrium — tomorrow, Friday March 4, 2016.
We have journalists from around the world converging on our campus as well. They are being provided facilities in other buildings on campus.
This morning, our UM-Flint Chancellor, Dr Susan E. Borrego, sent out the following information about the various activities either in progress at this time or so to occur on and around our campus:
“The University of Michigan-Flint is partnering with CNN to host media, dignitaries, and guests from around the world in the coming days as the home for several activities connected to the Democratic Presidential Debate in Flint on March 6.
One of the biggest pieces of this partnership is that the Recreation Center is in the midst of being transformed into a “Spin Room” where approximately 500 journalists will file their stories and hear from campaign officials.
Also of important note is that the Frances Thompson Willson Library atrium is being converted into a set for CNN live broadcasts, which begin on Friday, March 4, and continue through Sunday, March 6.
This is an exciting opportunity to see democracy in action, highlight our campus, and show off our community.
About 60 of our students also are getting unique hands-on internship experience working with CNN and other groups coordinating this large-scale event.
To enable more of the campus community to participate in this partnership, , please consider attending the UM-Flint Debate Watch Party in the Northbank Center Ballroom.
Doors open at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 6. Join the conversation on social media at #UMFlintDebate.
Please also note that the University is not a distribution point for debate tickets, but we are looking forward to an exciting few days.
Thank you and — GO BLUE!”
We in the library will continue to watch the activities and report on events as they transpire.
This week, the official Spring Break for all UM-Flint students, Thompson Library has been invaded by movers.
Trucks are streaming into the loading area, carpenters are dismantling furniture on the first floor — the beautiful Atrium reading room — and electricians are busy ensuring the wiring is set to handle the load.
CNN is coming to campus!
A temporary broadcast set will be assembled in the Thompson Library Atrium. Work is expected to continue for the next few days.
If things go well, the University of Michigan-Flint campus will host the news network CNN for several days of on-site broadcast news.
The network will cover topical news of the area, including the presidential campaign and, of course, the Flint water crisis.
While we have no further information on which of the several CNN broadcasters will be here, everyone is excited to see their favorite.
Will it be Anderson Cooper, Wolf Blitzer, Connie Chung or any other of their famous newscasters?
Will YOU be here to see it?
Will they let us anywhere near their temporary facilities?
At this time, we don’t know. But one thing we ARE sure of; it will be exciting!
Watch CNN over the coming few days to see. Find out what the nation and the world will be learning about our city and what is being done to address the current clean water crisis.
And maybe, you’ll see our beautiful UM-Flint campus — and Thompson Library.
Thompson Library, UM-Flint — LINKING PEOPLE WITH IDEAS!