Former President Bill Clinton spoke to a full house of nearly 1,000 students at Stony Brook University’s Staller Center for the Arts on October 22 as part of a political rally hosted by the Stony Brook College Democrats.
“I was starting to get jealous of my friends at other colleges going to big concerts on campus,” said Clay Preudhomme ’18, a political science major who attended the event. “But Bill Clinton is an even more influential guest, and I feel very special to be at Stony Brook for his visit.”
In addition to President Clinton, a bevy of elected officials attended the event, including Congressman Tim Bishop, Congressman Steve Israel, Suffolk County Legislators Kara Hahn and DuWayne Gregory, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, and Suffolk County Comptroller candidate Jim Gaughran — a 1979 Stony Brook University alumnus.
“It was an amazing experience, and I am so ecstatic to be getting positive feedback from students for coordinating this event,” said Stony Brook College Democrats President Kevin Gomez ‘15, also a political science major. “This event would not have been possible without our volunteers.”
President Clinton thanked the students who organized the event for providing the opportunity to speak at Stony Brook University.
— By Brian Smith