January 18, 2008

Matadors Engage in Discussion With Visiting Presidential Candidate


Matadors Engage in Discussion With Visiting Presidential Candidate
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -- 2008 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton made a stop at Cal State Northridge Thursday, and the Matador water polo team didn't want to miss their historic opportunity. The team represented about a third of the student group with whom the senator was engaging.

The event was the latest visit for a presidential candidate on a campus that has seen a parade of hopefuls over the year, including Clinton's husband, former president Bill Clinton. Clinton met with students and the public in the university's grand salon at the University Student Union.

Senior two-meter defender Allison Brookes (pictured to Clinton's right) was among the Matadors involved in the momentous event. "I felt that I was part of something historic. It was a huge political event, and along with meeting Senator Clinton, the team was also able to meet Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. In the case that Hillary were to become the next president of the United States, I think that many of us felt honored to meet her and hear her ideas on many issues facing college students."

The event also gave the Matadors a chance to mingle with the student body in an intellectual and culturally-significant setting.

"We all feel that we are now more involved in the campus community," Said Brookes. "The fact that we were the only athletes there representing our athletic department was a huge privilege. It was also special getting praise from President Jolene Koester about attending the event, and being able to participate with 5,000 members of the San Fernando Valley here on campus. This event encouraged all of us to be politically active and to vote in this upcoming primary election."

The Northridge water polo squad kicks off their season at Cal State Bakersfield on February 3rd and makes their home-debut two weeks later when they host perennial power UCLA at Matador Pool.

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