Wednesday night, the 2009-10 executive Student Government Association candidates debated characteristics of a good leader, and the values and goals of each ticket.
Guy Sims, assistant vice president for student affairs, was the moderator for the debate.
"I would like to say welcome to the 2009 Student Government debate," Sims said. "This debate presents you with an opportunity to educate yourself about learn more about the student government candidates."
Sims asked the candidates about the voting process, and said to all students that it is very simple.
"All students should become knowledgeable about the candidates and what they stand for," Sims said. "Voting is easy, so everyone should take the time next week to do so."
The candidates were asked a series of questions throughout the debatae dealing with various topics such as sustainability, vision, and ideas for the upcoming school year.
UnitedSGA and SGA4You are the two tickets competing for the SGA offices next year.
UnitedSGA candidates include Alex Miller, running for President, Kirsten Kube, running for Vice President, Ricardo Boulware, running for Treasurer, and Bobby Thomas, running for Secretary.
SGA4You candidates include Brandon Carroll, running for President, Shane McCarty, running for Vice President, Joey Zakutney, running for Treasurer, and Morgan Bradley, running for Secretary.
As the candidates' debate progressed, an issue that was continually brought up throughout the evening was "what characteristics make a great leader."
UnitedSGA presidential candidate, Alex Miller, said that prior experience plays a big role in what makes a great leader.
"I serve on several leadership roles on campus, so I feel that those roles make me very qualified for this position," Miller said. "I feel that moving up in a leadership position is a natural progression that I feel like I am ready to take on."
Brandon Carroll, SGA4You's presidential candidate, said that he feels that he has the qualifications that would make a great leader.
"I have been involved with student government for two years," Carroll said. "I care, and I am so passionate about the student body of this school. It is all about you. I care about your concerns and your needs, and yes, I feel that I have the credentials for this position, but I am really all about you, and your voice."
Shane McCarty, SGA4You's Vice Presidential candidate, said that all members of the SGA4You ticket work together as a team on their ticket.
"We all have strengths, and we all have weaknesses," McCarty said. "Everyone brings something to the table, something that is unique to them. We play off of each other's talents and weaknesses to make each other stronger."
When the presidential candidates were asked how they would work to bring students together, Carroll and Miller stated their ideas for next year.
"I feel like we do a lot of outreach programs to facilitate to students," Carroll said. " We are coming to you and seeing what you have to say and your voice and what you want to see out of the SGA."