Students in West Virginia Universitys Braxton Tower will join their resident faculty leader and his political science colleagues Tuesday night (Nov. 2) to talk politics over some pizza.

Pizza and Politicswill combine the staple of college studentsdiets with an informal discussion of issues that could affect their futures, said Robert Duval, an associate professor of political science and the resident faculty leader, or RFL , of Braxton Tower.

The students and faculty will gather about 7 p.m. in the Evansdale Residential Center annex behind Towers.

Duval said he will have one or two televisions tuned in to networks broadcasting continual coverage of the hotly contested presidential race between Republican incumbent George W. Bush and Democratic challenger John Kerry. One wall of the room, meanwhile, will feature images of Web sites with the latest returns, courtesy of a projector.

A few of Duvals colleagues from the Department of Political Science will join him and the students for informal discussions about the returns as they come in, he added.

Media interested in covering the get-together can call Duval at 304-293-2655.

Meanwhile, Neil Berch , an associate professor of political science at WVU , will be available Tuesday to provide an analysis of the presidential, congressional and gubernatorial races.

Berch teaches courses in state and local politics, economic policy, and economic models of politics. He has written articles about women candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives, tax progressivity in the states and the effects of challenger spending in U.S. House elections.

He can be reached at 412-341-8033 (home) or 412-445-3957 (cell). Call only his cell phone number after 10 p.m.

Three days after the election, * WVU s Department of Philosophy* will take up the idea of democracy at its firstPhilosophy Reunion Conferencefrom 4-5:30 p.m. in Room 459 of the Business and Economics Building on WVU s downtown campus.

Georgetown University professor David J. Luban will deliver keynote speech,Democracy, Justice and Foreign Intervention.