SGA candidates debate

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A variety of questions were thrown at the Student Government Association candidates and they conquered each of them at the SGA debate in the Blum Student Union at 4 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 10.

The debate began with the Western Activities Council presidential and vice presidential candidates.

Presidential candidate China Thomas spoke first, rating WAC’s performance over the last year and explaining what she would improve if she were elected.

“In the past year WAC’s performance has went down,” Thomas said. “I’ve only been here for a year and a half, but I heard in the past that it was better. So, our plan is to get more surveys out and see what the students want to see, and make it better.”

Presidential candidate Keisha Caldwell said that if she could rate WAC’s performance on a scale of 1 to 5, she would give it a three.

“I think for WAC to get better with our attendance and with our programming is first diversify our events,” Caldwell said.

Caldwell wants to take WAC to the next level, and for it to become the best it can be.

“I feel that me and Dana, we can do that for WAC,” Caldwell said.

Thomas feels that her observance of past WAC presidents has given her the knowledge and understanding of how things should be done.

“I feel I would be a powerful leader,” Thomas said. “I will campaign better.”

The SGA presidential and vice presidential candidates continued the second half of the debate.

Presidential candidate Josh Todd spoke first.

“We went to every organization…organizations altogether want to be represented,” Todd said.

Todd’s running mate, vice presidential candidate Ernest Chamblee, added an important point.

“We need to inform students where their money is going,” Chamblee said.

Todd’s opponent, Logan Parker, has dealt with all types of organizations outside of SGA.

“What SGA needs to do is get out to the students,” Parker said.

His running mate, Brock Schmutzler, explained how to do this.

“We need to create a common link between students and SGA,” Schmutzler said.

Todd believes SGA should get students interested in what’s going on.

“People don’t know what’s going on,” Todd said. “Student knowledge about SGA is at a low.”

Parker and Schmutzler plan on getting students involved with the school by offering them incentives to come to SGA meetings.

“When something isn’t working, you need to look at new opportunities,” Schmutzler said.

This is opposite from what Todd and Chamblee believe.

“If you have pride, money shouldn’t have to be involved,” Chamblee said. “We want to encourage you to want to come, not pay you.”

Schmutzler is pleased with the events SGA has held, but believes they are poorly attended.

“The events are there. The students, however, are not,” Schmutzler said. “They don’t have the reason, they don’t have the drive right now.”

Logan Parker shared his experience with his transition to getting involved.

“I had to work at every little thing in high school,” Parker said.

The more he got involved with, however, the more he accomplished, which gave him confidence.

“We (he and Schmutzler) have bigger ideas and goals for the University,” Parker said. “Brock and I cannot do this alone. It is a campus-wide effort.”

Chamblee agreed.

“I want you to get involved ASAP,” Chamblee said.

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