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March 23, 2015

CSU students may attend events at Cleveland City Club for free

By Ashli Speed

Not too far from the campus of Cleveland State University, the City Club of Cleveland has provided the city with a place to gather and share ideas for more than 100 years.

Located at 850 Euclid Ave., the City Club has been host to prominent speakers, such as Cleveland State’s Ronald Berkman and more recently talk show host and health advocate Montel Williams.

Over the years, the City Club has allowed Clevelanders to remain a part of relevant conversations.

Cleveland State University students have the opportunity to attend these speeches and be a part of the conversation.

The first tickets became available to students around 2006 through the efforts of Marty Plax, a professor of Political Science and member of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLASS) visiting committee, and Gregory M. Sadlek, dean of College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

“Plax first came up with the idea and helped me make connections with potential donors,” Sadlek said.

Contributions from donors have made it possible for students to have access to select City Club events, an experience that benefits both Cleveland State students and the City Club itself.

The City Club provides students with first-hand exposure to contemporary issues at what, according to Sadlek, is one of the city’s most celebrated venues.

“By offering students the free opportunity to the wide variety of these events, we’re allowing them to become more connected to the city of Cleveland,” Claudia Taylor, graduate assistant for Student Life, said.

City Club logoAttending City Club events also provides students with the opportunity to network with community members.

“Opportunities at the City Club have resulted in some of our students making connections that later brought about employment opportunities,” Sadlek said.

Co-founded by a Case Western Reserve University graduate student, the City Club is no stranger to a collegiate audience.

“Students have always been a vital part of the dialogue that shapes the future and policy of the community that we all share,” Dan Moulthrop, CEO of the City Club of Cleveland, said.

Andrea Hooks is one Cleveland State student that has made use of the tickets provided through Student Life.

“I wanted to make sure CSU students were represented and a part of the dialogue,” said Hooks, a graduate student and assistant in the department of special events. “As a Student Government Association senator, I feel obligated to keep students informed,” he said.

Tickets are free to students. Those interested can contact Taylor in the Student Life office at 216-687-2048.

“By simply letting me know what event or events they would like to attend, a student just needs to show up to the City Club and give their name at the door,” Taylor said.

On March 18, the City Club hosted President Barack Obama — the sold out event was streamed live on the City Club of Cleveland’s website.

Kim made announcements in her classes, and reached out to the leaders of student engineering groups.
Other students did the same, some sending out emails to their classmates.

“The students really helped,” Earls said. “We knew other students would be more receptive if the information came from their peers.”

Of the 300 people in attendance at the March 4 forum, 60 were students.

There are three Presidential Forums left before the end of the year. Registration is required and can be done at or by calling 216-687-5045.