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At college hosting V.P. debate, student wishes money for Lincoln statue were spent on food

Centre College in Danville, Ky., is hosting the vice presidential debate Thursday. Just in time, students are having their own political debate: The necessity of a newly resurrected statue of Abraham Lincoln.

The statue was paid for by a donation from an anonymous donor, according to a column in The Centre, the student newspaper. It was a student at Centre who convinced Lincoln to go to law school, it says in the column, though Lincoln didn't actually attend Centre himself.

From the column:

In the weeks following its unveiling, as well as the weeks leading up to it, the presence of the Abraham Lincoln statue has provoked widespread debate from the student body. ...

One student, who has asked to remain anonymous, provided her own suggestion for the funding: “If all the money for the statue went to Cowan, it could have made the food a little bit better. That, at least, would have done something that is actually needed.”

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