The University of California at Santa Barbara, avoiding for a moment questions about the institution’s own fiscal viability, took some time out yesterday to consider what would happen if the affluent Southern California city were attacked by the mythical undead.

According to an article by Regina Sarnicola in USCB’s alternative student newspaper, The Bottom Line:

About 800 students showed up to The Hub at 8 p.m. for the second annual Zombie Debate hosted by Associated Students’ Program Board to hear six professors argue why their area of study would be most valuable in surviving a zombie attack.

This year, the participants were Walid Afifi of Communication, Rusty Busto of Religious Studies, Tamsin German of Psychology, Glenn Beltz of Engineering, Candace Waid of English and Comparative Literature, and the newest champion, John Latto of Biology, whose prize was bragging rights.

Latto, specializes in population and community ecology, apparently won teh debate by pointing out that biologists’ knowledge of the human body would help them survive since they know “what’s what, what goes where, and what [body part] one can do without.”

Busto, from the religion department, which would clearly not survive a zombie attack, attempted to persuade the audience otherwise; he brought a chainsaw and said that religion “employs the necessary tools.”

This is the second year UCSB students have hosted the Zombie Debate.

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Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer