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Students plan meals, chance to watch debates

Students can enjoy potluck meals while watching the four presidential and vice presidential debates in October.

Debate schedule, theme

Wednesday, October 3. Theme: Use of vegetables Michelle Obama would most approve of

Thursday, October 11. Potential theme: Paul Ryan's favorite Wisconsin food

Tuesday, October 16. Theme to be determined

Monday, October 22. Theme to be determined

The La Follette School Student Association will open the doors to Sewell Social Sciences 8417 at 7 p.m. each night for students to gather and watch every presidential debates and the vice presidential debate. Each debate starts at 8 p.m.

To make it even more fun, the potlucks will be themed, with a cash prize going to the person who brings the best contributed food dish matching the debate’s theme. Students should feel free to show up anytime between 7 and 8 p.m., especially if they are bringing food. First-year students with a stats exam the next day, can use the gathering for a momentary study break, even if they cannot stay through the end of the debate.

Everyone can watch the debates. Those contributing to the evening meal should name their dish to fit the theme. For example, given the theme for the October 3 debate is “Use of vegetables Michelle Obama would most approve of,” the chef might bring “Barackli Casserole.”

Participants will vote on the dish that they think best fits the night’s theme. Voting will go on continuously throughout the debate. While the candidates are avoiding actually answering questions, LSSA board members will tally the votes. After the debate is over, they will declare a winning dish.

— posted September 27, 2012