Know your candidates

Temple students should take the time to educate themselves before voting for Temple Student Government candidates.

With this month’s announcement of candidates for TSG leadership teams, RepresenTU and Future TU, The Temple News is urging the student body to take the time to inform themselves before they vote.

The teams’ first debate was held yesterday at the Student Center during TSG’s regularly scheduled meetings.

In addition, The Temple News will moderate a debate on Thursday between RepresenTU and Future TU at 5 p.m. in Mitten Hall. Voting will take place on March 31 and April 1 online.

 Both teams said their main priorities lie in serving the student body and that their plans for the university are reasonable to accomplish.

 RepresenTU, headed by candidate for student body president Amber O’Brien, said that while the current Temple foundation is solid, its platform plans to improve upon many aspects of university affairs and represent every student equally.

 Joining O’Brien in RepresenTU is Aaliyah Ahmad for vice president of external affairs and Tyler Sewell vice president of services. All three candidates have experience in TSG.

Presidential candidate Ryan Rinaldi heads Future TU, with running mates Brittany Boston for vice president of services and candidate for vice president of external affairs Binh Nguyen. While none of the Future TU officers have held positions in TSG previously, they said they are confident that they will be able to work well with the administration.

 Future TU stumps with a “three pillars” plan with multiple points and plan to debate about issues of combating sexual assault, campus security, transportation, veteran relations and supporting the LGBTQIA community.

Student Body President Ray Smeiriglio and his ticket last year focused on bettering dining and safety services as well as increasing LGBTQ safe-zone training programs.

 As a voice for the student body, these candidates will have a large part in deciding the future of Temple during their time in office. Therefore, Temple students should use this opportunity to educate themselves on each team’s platforms to get the most out of their university and representatives that suit them.

 We urge the Temple community to attend Thursday’s debate to hear the teams defend their platform – their last opportunity to do so before ballots are cast.

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