April 5, 2014
With two weeks to go before the Student Government Association presidential election, the presidential debate was held with incumbent Allison Dumski and opponent Alex Resendes.
The debate kicked off with a discussion over what the biggest issues are facing students on campus in front of a well-attended event (about three-fourths of the seats in the Student Center Ballroom were full).
For Resendes it is the lack of student engagement, and that he thought the best message would be to educate SGA on what they can do to change that.
Dumksi agreed, but added several other issues, including the renewing of the RTA U-pass (both candidates verbally supported the U-pass), the four-three credit conversion, textbook prices, campus dining options, and more awareness of student services.
She said she’d like to restructure SGA and she also compiled a list of 50 items she’d like to see changed on campus.
Resendes focus throughout the debate on giving more power to the students and having SGA help educate student organizations on how they can get more money and spread their messages.
“To me, if you look at like a play or whatnot, [SGA] should be the producer and the backstage manager of those plays,” Resendes said. “They should be able to provide everything they need to for the play to go on as smoothly as possible [and] to make the play as big as possible.” On the topic of the four-three credit conversion, Resendes suggested they help students educate themselves on who their advisors are.
For Dumski, she said SGA will be there for the “bumps on the road” that may occur, but she also suggested accepting the situation.
“It is what it is,” Dumski said. “It’s happened and we kind of just have to deal with it and work with it.”
They closed with their thoughts on how to reach out to commuter students. Resendes suggested hosting more events that would attract commuter students.
Dumski said they’re revitalizing the networks within the different student organizations to help them support each other.