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TV heavyweights’ Monday appearance stirring frenzy in Muncie

The hottest ticket on the Ball State University campus isn’t for a football or basketball game – it’s for the Nov. 26 joint appearance by BSU grad David Letterman and Oprah Winfrey.

The free tickets went quickly, with some students queuing up 15 hours in advance to score one of about 3,600 seats at Emens Auditorium. The university even delayed distribution of the tickets until Saturday to ensure students wouldn’t skip class to wait in line. To its credit, the university gave students the first shot at tickets – before faculty, staff and the general public.

One enterprising student was looking for a way to capitalize on the opportunity, however. A ticket to the event was posted on Craigs- list with an asking price of $150.

Lucky ticket-holders should be in for a treat, however. Letterman and Winfrey have had a long-running “feud” since the CBS “Late Night” host poked fun at Winfrey during the 1995 Oscars broadcast. They’ve since settled their differences, appearing together in a “Late Night” ad that ran during a Super Bowl. Monday’s event is billed as a “conversation” between the two TV stars.

Letterman – Ball State’s most famous alumnus – has become a regular visitor on the Muncie campus. He’s also participated in campus conversations with MSNBC commentator Rachel Maddow and Twitter founder Biz Stone. The university’s Communication and Media building is named for Letterman.