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Busy Year for UW-La Crosse Dept. of Political Science

Posted: Updated: Jan 23, 2013 03:47 PM

LA CROSSE, Wisconsin(WXOW) -- The last six months of 2012 were a whirlwind for the UW-La Crosse's Department of Political Science. 

Professor of Political Science Jeremy Arney said presidential election years typically bring an increased buzz to college campuses, referencing Vice President Joe Biden's end of October visit as an example. 

"You come to college for life experiences," Arney said. "Having a Vice President of the United States come to campus and ask our students for their vote -- you can't get a better experience than that." 

But Arney added the excitement isn't over just yet. 

He's now planning to tie this year's La Crosse mayoral election into his spring semester curriculum.  

"In the fall,we were looking at things like the electoral college at the federal level," Arney said. "Now in the spring, we'll look at city government and our system of city government." 

"We have a week-mayor system, so we'll look at the duties of the mayor and the duties of the city council," he said. 

Arney added he is hopeful the university can host several debates ahead of the mayoral election April 2. 

He said that would give students a chance to learn more about the candidates and their positions on the major issues.

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