2013 Executive Debate
On Tuesday night, UA students gathered to listen to ASG presidential and vice presidential candidates participate in the 2013 Executive Debate.
Major issues discussed at the debate included ways to provide students with testing materials, appointments to university committees, student-body relations with ASG leaders, and the best way to represent a wide range of political and religious views as well as ethnic diversity at the UA.
Presidential Candidate Bo Renner said he feels the only way to fund Scantrons is through a very minimal student fee.
“I don’t think anyone would be against a 45-cent fee that would permanently provide students with Scantrons,” Renner said.
His opponent, Will Simpson, said he is not in favor of an additional student fee, but rather redirecting funds that are already in place.
In light of the rapidly growing UA population, another part of Renner’s platform is to find a way to improve parking for off-campus students.
“People are realizing there is something special going on here in northwest Arkansas,” Renner said. “I’m suggesting that we find an alternative location for freshman to park.”
Simpson discussed the importance of dealing with the tension that arises from the UA pushing research quality while still maintaining the best teachers for students to learn from.
Simpson said he believes the main responsibility of the student body president “is to be an advocate for the students.”
Ellie Keffler, the vice presidential candidate running on Renner’s ticket, wants to make syllabi available on ISIS before students enroll in classes.
Students will be able to get a better idea of what the class expects of them before they enroll, Keffler said.
Ellen Rudolph, the opposing vice presidential candidate, wants to make ASG more transparent so that students can know what is going on and have the opportunity to get involved. She said that making the ASG website more transparent would allow student organizations with common goals to work together.