Preparations for tonight’s VP debate have transformed the campus. Several streets through the heart of campus are closed; uplink vehicles and catering tents are everywhere; and many university staffers were sent home early — if they came in at all. Even though the law school is on the other side of campus, all late afternoon classes were canceled. (Of course, the cut-off was 10 minutes — literally 10 minutes — to affect my class.) There are numerous pre-debate talking head panels and debate-watching parties all across the campus, however, so the place will remain packed well through the night. Traffic for the ride home will definitely be a bear.