PSU Brandywine Students Talk with President, Philadelphia Mayor

Penn State Brandywine students talked with President Barack Obama and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter about college loan rates recently.

Not many people can say they spoke with the President of the United States, but three students had the ear of President Barack Obama by telephone while in the office of Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter.

The White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs hosted a call with Obama on May 7, to discuss the fight to keep federally subsidized student loan interest rates from doubling on July 1.

Sixteen local college students, including Penn State Brandywine freshmen Samantha Golay, of Sharon Hill; Christopher Kramer, of Media; and Tara Landis, of Malvern, were present in the Mayor’s Office for the call. Only two of those 16 students actually spoke with the President, and Kramer was one of them.

Kramer represented Penn State Brandywine’s Student Government Association, and is a member of THON (the largest student-run philanthropic organization in the world) and is a Lion Ambassador. He is interested in pursuing either business or political science.

Golay is the 2012-2013 president of the Lion Ambassador organization, a group of students on campus that provides campus tours and assists in the recruitment of future Penn State students. Ambassadors inspire visiting high school students to attend Penn State University and serve as their first examples of academic excellence. She is a business major.

Landis is also a member of THON, as well as a Lion Ambassador. She is a psychology major.

The President was joined on the call by Cecilia Muñoz, director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, who took questions from participants. Nutter tweeted about the event, and Kramer addressed the press afterwards.

The White House posted a blog about the call here and see the attached NBC Philadelphia video of the event, too.


This press release was provided by Penn State Brandywine.


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