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Candidates present their visions at debate

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Students watch the United Student Government presidential and vice presidential debates in the Center for Media Innovation, Wednesday, March 29.

Students watch the United Student Government presidential and vice presidential debates in the Center for Media Innovation, Wednesday, March 29.

Photo by Nikole Kost

Photo by Nikole Kost

Students watch the United Student Government presidential and vice presidential debates in the Center for Media Innovation, Wednesday, March 29.

Written By Jordan Slobodinsky, Co-Opinions Editor

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Presidential and vice presidential candidates debated the topics of tuition, food service and a myriad of other issues that students face.

“It was a very entertaining experience to have our beat reporter and our president talk to us and ask us questions,” USG presidential candidate Charles Murria said.

Questions were sent to U-View on Twitter with the hashtag #USGdebate.  U-View producer Casey Hoolahan monitored Twitter and forwarded questions to junior broadcast reporting major Josh Croup to ask the candidates, who moderated the event.

“We had a great turnout,” Croup said. “I did not expect this many people to come out. That made me really happy.”

The event began with the vice presidential candidates Davion Heron and Kristopher Chandler talking about their views on what they would like USG to become. Heron and Chandler agreed on many of the issues that were brought up.

Heron said that due to his past experience, he could help properly serve the student body.

Chandler used his opening statement to talk about how he looks to continue supporting the success of students at Point Park.

“I want to instill a sense of unity between USG and the student body,” Chandler said.

The questions ranged from what their experience in USG was to how they would handle the position if they were elected.

“I think the debate went really well,” Heron said. “I was definitely nervous, but the more I started talking about issues on campus and what students expect from me, the more comfortable I felt.”

Directly after the vice presidential debate, presidential candidates Robert Bertha and Murria came on set to hash out their own debate. Bertha started off the debate by presenting his ideas of a community full of clear and constant communication and making USG a more welcoming entity.

Murria emphasized transparency between USG, the student body and the Point Park administration in his opening speech and throughout the debate.

Both Murria and Bertha spoke on the idea of improving relationships between USG and student media.

While there has been no tension between the two entities as of recently, both candidates agreed that there is no sign of USG interfering with student media and their involvement with covering USG-related events.

“The [student] media is there to be the eyes of the students whenever they can’t be in a room, and I would like to see that relationship grow,” Bertha said.

The next topic the candidates discussed was the first thing they would like to change if they were elected as president. Bertha said that his first change would be to rectify the strategic plan. This plan is used to outline exactly what USG wants to accomplish during the course of the school year. Bertha worked to develop the current plan, but he says he hopes to continue working on it if elected.

Disclosure: moderator Josh Croup is a sports editor for the Globe.

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