Becoming ‘Friends’ with Actor Matthew Perry
USG's Prestigious Speaker Program Hosts 'Chandler Bing' April 2
By Marie Mikols ’17
It’s not every day Moravian College welcomes a celebrity such as Matthew Perry to campus. Famous for starring as “Chandler Bing” on the popular NBC sitcom Friends, Perry will lecture as part of the United Student Government’s (USG) Prestigious Speaker program on Wednesday, April 2, at 8 p.m. in Johnston Hall. The main focus of his presentation will be on mental health – a tie into the College’s InFocus theme of healthcare this academic year – and his personal experiences of the pressure from fame; including his addiction to alcohol and how he overcame this obstacle. Already word has spread of his upcoming campus appearance, and Moravian students are excited to get an opportunity to meet the Emmy Award-nominated actor.
Katie Dantsin, director of leadership development at Moravian, played a pivotal role in helping to coordinate Perry’s lecture on campus. “Matthew Perry's visit gives students a great event to look forward to in early April,” she said, adding, “his message will be real and inspirational for students.” She also commends that the USG “did a great job identifying a prestigious speaker that students are anxious to hear from and will provide an important message.” “Students are very excited about Matthew Perry coming to campus.” said Dantsin. “They recognize the value in having a big name on campus and are looking forward to the event already.”
As soon as the Events Council of USG sent out the formal email announcement, we could hear students in the hallway screaming, ‘Matthew Perry is coming!'"
Count Thao Duong ’15 and Kelsey King ’14, USG Event Council chairs, among the students thrilled to meet Perry, especially since the USG staff worked diligently to find a prestigious speaker for the event. They recalled, “As soon as the Events Council of USG sent out the formal email announcement, we could hear students in the hallway screaming, ‘Matthew Perry is coming!’” On the same day the announcement, a poster sale was held in which some students purchased a Friends poster for their room “in hopes of getting it autographed.”
Both students are also self-admitted fanatics of the show Friends and have been receiving a wide array of “positive feedback from the student body.” In addition, there have been comments on Facebook and Twitter about Perry’s visit to campus. Duong and King both feel “incredibly excited” to have Perry visit campus. The excitement generating from this event has pleasantly surprised USG, with Duong noting,“I don't think the Events Council anticipated so many students to react so quickly.”
According to Dantsin, tickets will be made available to the public. More information regarding tickets will be available in early March.
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