By: Imogen Francis/Staff Writer
In preparation for the upcoming Student Government elections, candidates for Modesto Maidique Campus’s Presidency, Vice Presidency, At Large and Engineering Senatorship will take part in debates on Tuesday, March 26 and Wednesday, March 27.
The first debate will be between MMC-SGC’s current President, Sabrina Rosell; MMC-SGC’s Vice President candidate, Isabella Ojeda; and the FIU At Large candidates, Ariadna Natteri, Matthew Beck, Charles Kelley and Rose Ingraham, according to Labib Ahmed, the Election Commissioner of SGC-MMC and moderator of the debates.
It will most likely be in a townhall-style.
The second debate will be between Rosell, Ojeda and Engineering Senator candidates Melanie Crombie, Danny De Leon, Rahul Mittal and Elizabeth Alume.
It will be in the Engineering Campus Panther Pit to make it accessible to students in the College of Engineering & Computing, whom the Engineering Senator will be serving, said Ahmed.
Candidates at both debates will talk about their ideas and the platform of change they are going to bring to the students, said Ahmed.
“It’s the perfect way for students to get to know who their candidates are and to see what ideas each candidate has,” he said.
Before and after the debates candidates will be given time to campaign in the room and talk to constituents about their plans for the future. Students will also get the opportunity to learn more about the candidates and ask them questions during a Q&A session, said Ahmed.
“I hope that they kind of grasp an idea of what each candidate has or whatever platform they have, so that they know who to actually vote for and that they have a really good understanding of the candidate,” said Ahmed.
The debates are open to the whole student body and no pre-registration is required to attend. The room will be set up with 100 chairs. Donuts, coffee and drinks will be provided to all students.
The At Large debate will take place in GC 243 at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26. The following day, on Wednesday, March 27, the Engineering Senators debate will begin at 4 p.m. at the Engineering Campus.