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Tickets to Colin Powell speech to be disbursed starting Monday

Tickets to see former military general and U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell speak at Central Michigan University will be available Monday.

Powell will serve as keynote speaker for Martin Luther King Jr. celebration week, and the event is scheduled for 8 p.m. on Jan. 24 at the CMU Events Center. Tickets are free.

A news release last month said tickets would be available in mid-November, but Director of University Events Bob Ebner said tickets have not been available yet because it has taken longer to coordinate everyone involved.

He said a lot of organizations and people are involved in the event.

“We’re trying to get all the coordination together, so when we’re ready to go, it’ll be right,” he said.

Kay Purtill, executive secretary for the political science department, said the department doesn’t handle the tickets for the event.

As previously reported by CM Life, Powell will be paid $125,000 for his appearance, a majority of which will come from the Philip A. Hart and William G. Milliken Endowed Speaker Series fund.

The speaker series is housed within the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences. The Office of Institutional Diversity, Multicultural Academic Students Services, Speaker Series and Program Board have also helped to fund the event.

Powell, a four-star military general and Secretary of State from 2001 to 2005 under President George W. Bush, will give a speech titled, “Taking Charge.”

Powell has more than 35 years of military service, and rose to captain status within the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He earned more than 10 separate medals for his duty, including a Purple Heart, Bronze Star and two Legion of Merit awards.

He also will meet with a group of students before the keynote presentation to talk about leadership. Additional events with Powell are likely to be added at a later date, according to a news release.

Tickets Central is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.


  1. Helped Covered up the My Lai Massacre during viet nam
    Worked for the Neo Cons and most inept President ever (next to reagan)
    Lied to the UN to instigate a war which has only expanded beyond means and reason

    Talking about Leadership for 1/8 of a million dollars
    Thanks Central – Your judgement is as clear as ever

  2. I_Was_A_Teenage_McCarthyist says:

    Helped halt an investigation of the My Lai Massacre in Viet Nam
    Supported contras and supplied them weapons on Reagan
    Half-Heartedly supported invasion of Iraq in the early 90s only to pull out a couple of days after 200,000 civilians were killed in bombing raids while targeting non-military real estate
    Worked under neo-cons and lied to UN to support war which continued to this day – far beyond original scope and reason

    A Fine Choice to speak on the topic of leadership Central
    Practically a steal at 1/8 of a million dollars.
    CMU’s clear sense of judgement never fails

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