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Ticket update, Monday, 4:25 p.m.: All tickets for President Barack Obama’s policy speech were distributed as of 3:40 p.m. on Monday, according to the University website. All tickets for the Jimmy Fallon event have been awarded to and distributed to seniors. Standby tickets were given out Monday within 30 minutes. 

President Barack Obama will visit UNC’s campus Tuesday, giving a policy speech on student loans and taping an episode of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.

Information on Obama’s policy speech

Information on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

UNC has said that the University won’t foot the bill for either event — the speech is an official White House event, and the Fallon show will fund the taping of their program.

The policy speech

Time and location: 1 p.m., Carmichael Arena

Ticket info: The event is free and open to the public. Tickets for the event have already been distributed. 

All tickets for Obama’s policy speech were distributed on Monday, and are no longer available.

Those with tickets cannot put up tents or camp overnight around Carmichael Arena.

Ticket-holders can arrive at Hooker Fields next to Carmichael Arena starting at 5 a.m., and doors will open at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, according to the UNC site.

Sunday’s ticket-seekers’ scrum

The line to receive a ticket to the speech began long before Sunday’s 1 p.m. distribution time, according to the Daily Tar Heel. The group of students waiting for tickets originally reached as far as Stadium Drive before being relocated to wrap around part of the Michael Hooker intramural fields and overflow down the stands and around the track of Fetzer Field.

Despite a cold and rainy day, by 2 p.m. Sunday a DPS officer estimated there were still about 1,000-1,5000 people waiting in line.

The line for tickets to President Barack Obama's policy speech wrapped around the track at Fetzer Field before extending up through the stands and out to Carmichael Arena. Eric Pait/reesenews

Students waiting in line for a ticket to President Barack Obama's policy speech did not let the rain faze them. Many brought umbrellas or ponchos in order to stay dry while waiting in the massive line. Eric Pait/reesenews

Obama will speak to students about calling Congress to prevent student interest rates from increasing at UNC on Tuesday in the Carmichael Arena, the White House stated in a press release.

On Tuesday the doors to Carmichael will open at 10 a.m. and only those with tickets will be admitted. Attendees should expect to spend several hours waiting in line for security and should not bring bags. Signs and banners will also not be permitted.

The speech is expected to start around 1 p.m.

Classes won’t be canceled, though faculty members may chose to allow excused absences for students who seek permission to attend the event.


Jimmy Fallon taping

Time and location: Unknown time, Memorial Hall

Ticket info: All tickets have been distributed for the event, primarily to UNC seniors. They were notified whether they were selected for tickets by April 22, according to the Fallon show’s website.

Standby tickets were rewarded to present students at 1 p.m. Monday and ran out in about half-an-hour. Recipients of standby tickets were given numbered tickets and wristbands. Standby ticket holders were asked to return at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Hall and will be given entry depending on the number of regular ticket holders do not arrive in time for the show. Standby entry will be given in order of standby ticket number.

Jimmy Fallon and his team will be on campus Tuesday to film a segment for his late-night show with President Obama, which will air that night. The president’s special appearance was announced on Twitter by both Fallon and Dan Pfeiffer, the White House communications director:

It will be filmed in Memorial Hall on Tuesday, but it has yet to be announced when filming of the show will begin.

Seniors were the only ones to be emailed a link to apply for tickets to the event. The link closed on Saturday, and all those who were awarded tickets were notified on Sunday morning, according to an email to seniors from the Office of University events. The show overbooked, and recipients still have to wait in line outside Memorial Hall to pick it up.

Students will not be able to attend both the show and President Obama’s speech due to security shut downs and timing issues, according to an email.

This stop is one of three colleges the president is visiting next week as Congress prepares to consider whether or not they will allow a 2007 provision that cut student loan interest rates in half to expire. He will also visit the University of Colorado at Boulder and the University of Iowa. The release states:

More than 7.4 million students with federal student loans will see their interest rates double on July 1 unless Congress steps in to keep them low. For each year Congress allows the rate to double, the average student with these loans racks up an additional $1,000 in debt. At a time when Americans owe more on student loans than credit cards, President Obama believes we must reward hard work and responsibility by keeping interest rates on student loans low so more Americans get a fair shot at an affordable college education, the skills they need to find a good job, and a clear path to middle class.

The White House’s press release also stated that they will launch a social media effort using Twitter, Facebook and Google+ using the hashtag #DontDoubleMyRate.

Both the White House and UNC release promise to be updated with information as it becomes available.