The crowd at the Broken Branch Saloon had gone quiet; all eyes were on the game. Five card stud poker, straight up. We'd started with four at the table; two had dropped out earlier, leaving me, John Copper, facing a steely-eyed, sharp-witted gambler from New Orleans called Diamond Jim.
Next Tuesday there will be an issue on the ballot for student government elections to allow funding to "The Gateway" through student fees. This is a measure that appears on the ballot every year.