SGA candidates debate before polls open Tuesday
The two Student Government Association executive board tickets, Imagine: Towson and Tiger Strong, along with 21 candidates running for senate and four candidates running for judicial office, answered questions and presented their platforms Monday evening during the SGA debate.
Presidential candidate for Imagine: Towson and current SGA Attorney General Brandy Hall presented her ticket’s campaign, which is based around pride, spirit and purpose.
Hall said she plans on working hand-in-hand with the President’s Task Force Against Bias, Discrimination and Bullying to create a better community to ease tension stemming from hate and bias incidents on campus.
Hall said she would also like to create an SGA blog where students could voice their concerns easily and directly.
“We’re better than sitting by on the sidelines,” Hall said.
Tiger Strong presidential candidate and current SGA Senator Schuyler Millham said he plans on using his experience as a resident assistant to deal with these issues.
“I want to continue with the discussions we’ve been having and make students feel like their voices are being heard,” Millham said.
Tiger Strong vice presidential candidate Brooke Manesh spoke about her ticket’s idea for a movie night to bring the campus community together and to keep students on campus during the weekend.
This would offer students the opportunity to meet new people and an alternative place to hang out with friends, she said.
Imagine: Towson vice presidential candidate Charlotte Ridgeway said that in order to keep students on campus, student groups should set up outdoor activities and table outdoors.
Imagine: Towson treasurer candidate Benjamin Mendelsohn said he hopes to utilize the SGA’s $1.5 million budget by spending money on collaborative and diverse events.
Tiger Strong treasurer candidate Mike Ukoha said he hopes to hold student groups accountable for their spending and to make sure that their events tie back to the campus community.
“It’s not just to help student groups,” Ukoha said. “It’s to help the greater Towson community.”
Tiger Strong attorney general candidate Brian Shatt said he plans on using his organization skills and availability to better showcase student groups on campus.
Imagine: Towson attorney general candidate Glorimar Quinones said she would create a check list to help student groups apply for the Prove It fund.
“It needs to be easier for students to get this money that is made out for them,” Quinones said.
Tiger Strong chief of staff candidate Megan Herman said collaboration between the SGA and student groups will be key in developing and showcasing them.
Imagine:Towson chief of staff candidate Kennard Wallace said he plans on using his executive role to be a familiar face to students on campus.
“You have to show people your face,” Wallace said. “With this role, you can’t hide in the shadows.”
The polls will be open online at Involved@TU and at on-campus voting locations on Tuesday, April 24, and Wednesday, April 25, between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.