The candidates for the Temple Student Government election spoke on Monday during a debate at the TSG General Assembly meeting.
Two slates of candidates, A Better Temple and Team Temple 2, ran in the election held on April 15 and 16. Election results were not announced by press time.
A Better Temple consisted of a presidential candidate Ryan McKeon, Vice President of Student Affairs candidate Justin DiBlassio and Vice President of Academic Affairs candidate Nick Papacostas.
Team Temple 2 consisted of TSG veterans.
Speaker of the General Assembly Bryan Carter was the candidate for president.
Dekwuan Postell ran for reelection as Vice President of Student Affairs.
Sarah Baker, the candidate for Vice President of Academic Affairs, sat on the TSG Diversity and Internal Operations committees.
A Better Temple promised free parking and a more uniform student advising system if elected.
Carter said that the experience he and his running mates have in TSG would help student organizations to get more funding and improve the University community.
In the debate, Team Temple’s Baker asked her opponents how A Better Temple planned to secure funding for free parking.
McKeon answered he would try get commercial companies like Independence Blue Cross and Pepsi to sponsor the free parking for students.
Although the A Better Temple candidates have no TSG experience, they said that they had a strong will to learn and dedicate themselves to students.
Team Temple 2 candidates said that their experience would provide a smooth transition between governments.
When asked what was their single most important issue for 2003-04 academic year, McKeon said that improving academic advising was their primary concern.
“We want to standardize the system by putting all the advisors in one building,” McKeon said.
Carter proposed an organization development project that would help student groups secure lines of funding.
The goal would be to make student groups less dependent on TSG, which provides funding to most student groups.
He said that he wanted to allow groups that show the ability to program successfully to have a budget from the University rather than TSG.
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