Hillary Clinton visits UConn at Storrs

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gestures while delivering the keynote address at Marketo’s 2014 Marketing Nation Summit Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

STORRS, Conn. (WTNH) — This is the first time Hillary Clinton has come to Storrs and despite the fact that a lot of University of Connecticut students have finals on their minds, it’s still drawing a lot of interest.

“It is awesome that we get people like that to come to our school,” said senior John O’Connor.

Clinton is headlining this year’s Edmund Fusco Contemporary Issues Forum, an event designed to bring scholars and leaders to UConn. It’s slated to start at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

“Not just a regular politician but a woman in politics, I think it speaks volumes to what we think about not just politicians but women in power,” said junior Jacob Schwartz.

The event has been so popular that the university held a lottery for the 2,300 tickets to fill the Jorgenson Center.

“I won the lottery, so to speak, that they had here for faculty staff and students,” said graduate student Victoria Reid.

The former secretary of state, U.S. Senator, and first lady will speak for 30 minutes and then answer questions for another half hour.

“I think it would be interesting to hear her perspective on where higher education is going in terms of cost, accessibility,” Reid said.

The questions chosen were submitted online, some focusing on foreign policy, women in politics, and women in public life.

“What she’s been through with what everybody knows … with President Clinton and all the negative stuff toward her, she’s just amazing,” O’Connor said.

Clinton’s appearance also is raising more questions about another possible presidential run.

“I’d love to have the inside track and I will keep you posted,” Reid said. “Whatever I hear, I’ll let you know. I got your back.”

Because there is limited seating at Jorgensen, the university is also streaming this event live at several locations. Some are right here on campus and also at all the UConn branches around the state. But you’ll need your UConn ID.

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