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Students talk college loan rates with President Obama, Mayor Nutter

Mayor Nutter with Penn State Brandywine students
L-R: Rahel Teklegiorgis (Brandywine admissions counselor), Samantha Golay, Mayor Nutter, Christopher Kramer, Tara Landis
5/10/2012 —

Not many people can say they spoke with the President of the United States, but three Brandywine students had the ear of President Barack Obama by telephone in no less than the office of Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter.

The White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs hosted a call with President Obama on Monday, 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.
 
A story about the call is posted on the White House blog: http://1.usa.gov/Jg8JsJ.

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.

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 a Lion Ambassador. He is interested in pursuing either business or political science.

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. Mayor Nutter tweeted about the event, and Kramer addressed the press afterwards.

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