Programs, viewing sites available at debate time

Student debates, trivia contests, red and blue robots, and much more on VP Debate Night

The following events are scheduled for the Vice Presidential Debate on Oct. 2 and beyond:

Thursday, Oct. 2

2 – 8 p.m. Rockem Sockem Robots. Bowles Plaza. The Rockem Sockem Robots are back! This life-size version of the popular toy game has been retrofitted for the VP Debate. The appropriately colored Red Rocket and Blue Bomber will be duking it out. Come by and root for your favorite robot!

Beginning at 6 p.m. Student Political Activity at the DUC. WUTV, KWUR, Student Life, and WU Political Review will be broadcasting student interviews live! Join the fun and let your peers know where you stand. Throughout the evening there will also be giveaways, grafifiti boards, contests and refreshments. Activities will continue after the Debate.

6:30 p.m. “Spinning the Presidency.” Edison Theatre. Panel discussion, video and other media presentations on crafting the campaigns. Open to WUSTL faculty, students and staff with current University ID. For information contact Center for the Study of Ethics and Human Values at (314) 935-5398.

6:30 p.m. Vice Presidential Debate and Pre-Debate Discussion. Crowder Courtyard, Anheuser-Busch Hall. Pre-debate strategy and discussion featuring Charles Burson, chief of staff and legal counsel to Vice President Al Gore, and Tom Schweich, Bush Administration ambassador for counter narcotics and justice reform in Afghanistan. Refreshments provided. Check out for more information.

8 p.m. Vice Presidential Debate at Washington University. Televised viewing sites include the following: Danforth University Center, Graham Chapel (with ticket), Ursa’s CafĂ©, Whitaker Auditorium, Edison Theatre, Lab Sciences Auditorium. Open to WUSTL faculty, students and staff with current University ID.

8 p.m. Vice Presidential Debate Watch & Panel Discussion for Community. 560 Music Center. (Note: This event is now completely booked.)

10 p.m. Red vs. Blue Post-Debate Program. Graham Chapel. Join conservative Jonah Goldberg and liberal Peter Bienart for a post-debate discussion. Tickets are required. Contact the SU office at 314-935-7878 for details. Open to WUSTL faculty, students and staff with current University ID.

Throughout the day, visit the CNN Election Express Yourself Tour Bus, and C-SPAN’s Campaign 2008 Bus. Danforth University Center. Available at the CNN Trailer: Giveaways – Play Political Trivia College Bowl – Give a Shout-out on the Graffiti Wall – File a Report in our Video Kiosks – Join the League of First Time Voters – Win a Trip to the 2009 Inauguration!

Through Oct. 17. “History of the Office of the Vice President and the Vice-Presidential Debates.” In the Olin Library Lobby.

Monday, Oct. 6

4 – 5:30 p.m. “Inside U.S. Politics” Discussion. DUC Graduate Student Center, 3rd floor. Law and political science faculty answer questions regarding the U.S. presidential election. Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, Oct. 7

6:00 p.m. “Art the Vote” Panel Discussion and Voter Registration Drive. Steinberg Auditorium. Four artists discuss how art can energize, motivate and turn out voters in the upcoming election. Free and open to the public. Contact the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at (314) 935-9300 for details.

For media assistance or to arrange an interview through our free VYVX and ISDN lines, please contact:

Neil Schoenherr
News writer
(314) 935-5235