I am a 2nd year Ph.D. student in political science at Southern Illinois University. I will be in New Orleans in January 2012 for the Southern Political Science Association's annual meeting. My partner and I will be driving down from Benton, IL and hopefully be arriving in New Orleans in the early evening, The conference hotel is the InterContinental and we would prefer to stay away from all the activity that will be happening during that week. We prefer quiet nights at home to the standard conference fare. "Small World" story: I was actually admitted to the Ph.D. program at UNO, but was unable to secure funding by the time the national deadline came around, so I selected SIU for my program.