Candidates face off in Associated Student Government debate

Assitant News Editor

Candidates for Associated Student Government presidential and vice president discussed their plans and goals for Texas State if elected during a University Star-sponsored debate Thursday.

Presidential candidates Tiffany Young, John Willms and Quentin De La Garza were joined by vice presidential candidates Sean Quinones and Christian Carlson at the debate. A fourth presidential candidate, Abdualrahman Muhialdin, was out of state Thursday and unable to attend the debate.

University Star Editor-in-Chief Caitlin Clark opened the debate, introducing the candidates. News Editor Taylor Tompkins and Sports Editor Odus Evbagharu moderated the debate, asking the candidates questions pertaining to their goals for the university and students.

Young, public relations sophomore, said she would implement a “numbers campaign,” if elected, which would promote “involvement and pride at the university.” Young said she plans to bring attention to the achievements of Texas State by spreading awareness of the university’s rankings against other schools through involvement in The Quad and on social media.

De La Garza, political science junior, said he would like to simplify the process of class registration by integrating the Bobcat Schedule Builder and the degree audit plan into “one unifying mechanism.” De La Garza also stressed the importance of addressing the crime rate on campus and helping students feel safe while at Texas State.

Willms, electronic media sophomore, said ASG is currently not as important to students as it should be, which he hopes to change by bringing “a fresh pair of eyes” to the organization. If elected, Willms said he would like to have hammocks installed around campus and make the proper receptacles available for students to dispose of cigarette butts, despite the campus-wide smoking ban.

Quinones, political science sophomore, said he has plans to diversify the student government if elected to the vice president position, citing the high number of greek students in the senate.

Quinones said increasing Texas State pride is also a major goal of his.

Carlson, international studies senior, said he hopes to correct the problem of students not recognizing the accomplishments and efforts of ASG, which is why they might not know what the student government’s functions are. He also hopes to motivate senators more if elected as vice president.

All of the candidates spoke about addressing common concerns of students, including the Bobcat Tram service, parking and transportation issues, maintaining a smoke free campus and working with student veterans.

The debate concluded with questions from the audience and closing statements from the candidates asking the audience to vote for them.

 

— Read the full story in Tuesday’s issue of The University Star.