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December, 2013

Students get a taste for politics

Legislative issues discussed over pizza

By Gena Checki

Politics, students and food were in the mix at a Gateway Pizza and Politics event, held Nov. 19 on the Racine Campus.

Sponsored by United Student Government and the Community and Government Relations Division, students were invited to participate in a discussion with state Rep. Tom Weatherston of the 62nd District, who also is an adjunct instructor in motorcycle safety at Gateway. Pizza was provided courtesy of Gateway Culinary Arts students. A similar event also was held at the Elkhorn Campus.

The purpose of Pizza and Politics is to bring in politicians from Kenosha, Racine and Walworth counties to discuss education and job-related issues, along with other issues affecting Wisconsin, said Lindsey Mizak, Gateway student life specialist. This event is important because students are able to meet with legislators from their voting counties and have their voices heard. Participating in such an event also allows students to ask questions and share ideas with an expanded audience.

Grace DeLuca, a Gateway student, attended the event as a representative of United Student Government.

“I like knowing what our local legislators are doing for Racine and, therefore, my children,” DeLuca said.

Some of the other topics that came up for discussion included education, employment, health care, discrimination and harassment.

Plans are in the works to repeat the Pizza and Politics event next spring.