Mar 302010
 
Authors: Kirsten Silveira

Candidates vying for the top executive seats in student government will face off in a formal debate tonight. The candidates will answer questions posed by both moderators and students.

Nathalie Nevin, a news producer for CTV, will moderate the debate and said her questions are “pretty generic,” so she hopes students will jump in with more specific inquiries.
“It’s a small shot at democracy,” she said. “These are some of the only times students will get to ask these questions and not just read about (the platforms).”

Candidates will get one minute and 30 seconds to answer each question and one minute to defend against any attacks on their answers.

Allowing students to pose their own questions allows candidates to prepare covert attacks for one another, said Associated Students of CSU Vice President Tim Hole. Staff members from opposing campaigns often ask questions designed to expose opponents’ weaknesses, he said.

ASCSU President Dan Gearhart was nervous this time last year as he prepared for his own debate with little public speaking or debate experience, he said.

“You may get somebody up there who has formal debate training and who will attack and argue for reform of other campaigns,” he said.

The debate will be held in the Lory Student Center Theater from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Senior Reporter Kirsten Silveira can be reached at news@collegian.com.

What: Student government presidential and vice presidential candidates face off in a formal debate

Where: The Lory Student Center Theater

When: Tonight from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

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