Photo by Audrey McCrone
Chelsea Clinton answers questions from stu-
dents during her hour long speech on Feb. 14.
A large number of Hillary Clinton supporters
filled the UC for the event.
Chelsea Clinton fields students
Clinton stresses importance of changes
in crucial issues for Ohioans
By Melanie Murphy
and Jennifer Spike
A thunderous applause filled the University
Center as former first daughter Chelsea Clinton explained her mothers
plans to make college affordable in the United States, if she is elected
president in 2008.
Hillary Clinton plans to expand tax credits at an amount of $3,500 per
year for individuals and families to put themselves through higher education.
She also plans to double the Federal Pell Grant Program so that qualified
applicants could receive up to a maximum of $10,800 per year for college
The New York senator also plans to expand AmeriCorps, a service program
that began while her husband, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, was
in office. She plans to increase funds for the program so that students
can earn up to $20,000 per year for school by serving in their communities.
Senator Clinton would also like to see public service jobs such as healthcare,
education, safety and law enforcement help to pay student loans. The
public service of these individuals would help pay outstanding loan
My mother wants to make college affordable so that everyone can
follow his or her dreams, Chelsea Clinton said during her visit
to Cleveland State. The event was sponsored by the CSU Student Government
Chelsea Clinton added that her mother would like to make applying for
financial aide easier by getting rid of the FAFSA forms and application
CSU students, faculty and staff along with local news media representatives
filled the floor and lined the balconies of the UC atrium that was decorated
with Welcome Chelsea banners and green, white and silver
Cleveland State President Michael Schwartz, was pleased with the large
Its big, Dr. Schwartz said. This is exactly
what we wanted.
Schwartz said Clintons visit and speech helped further the universitys
mission to engage students in their learning experience.
Zoe Zelazny, non-degree student, said that Chelsea Clinton really highlighted
what her mom plans to do and has already done. Zelazny feels that this
event was a great forum for students, getting the chance to meet a young
person up close.
Im from Buffalo and I dont like her as a senator,
said sophomore, Christian Wolff. Chelsea spoke well and was well
dressed, but she danced around the questions like most politicians.
Chelsea Clinton arrived dressed for the occasion with a simple look:
black slacks, a gray and black suit coat with neon green accents, a
white button down shirt and black patent leather pumps.
Felicitas Fischer, a sophomore majoring in nursing, wanted to hear Hillary
speak instead of Chelsea.
I actually want to hear her mom speak about the true issues. I
dont know how she would know too much of what her mother wants
to do, Fischer said. I want to hear Hillary. I dont
see how asking her questions are going to help [form] our opinions.
Id rather hear from Hillary.
Many other questions were on the minds of students, specifically on
job security in the Midwest, healthcare and the War in Iraq.
If my mom could end the war yesterday, she would, said Chelsea
Clinton. She also added that her mother was the first presidential candidate
to ask the Pentagon what they will do to bring the troops home. If elected
president, the senator would immediately convene her international security
advisors to bring the troops home as quickly and safely as possible.
We have a moral obligation to keep the men and women safe, both
American troops and the Iraqi people, said Chelsea Clinton on
her mothers behalf.
Senator Clinton understands the importance of creating new jobs in order
to boost the countrys economy. She plans to raise the minimum
wage to $9.50 and deduct tax breaks that were given to large oil and
The former first daughter also briefed the audience on her mothers
plan to universalize the health care system in the United States.
Chelsea Clinton answered a personal question when asked what life lessons
her mother has taught her. She replied that first and foremost her mom
showed her that life is not about what happens to you, its
about what you do with it.
Audrey McCrone, Gavin Keenan
and James Kneblik contributed to this report.