Anderson, Mustain reveal platforms at SGA debate
Published: Thursday, February 27, 2014
Updated: Thursday, February 27, 2014 13:02
Candidates for Student Government Association debate laid out their platforms of transparency and connecting the university to the community during the 2014 SGA presidential and vice presidential candidate debate on Wednesday.
Moderated by current SGA Vice President Sarah Hamilton, the debate was held at noon in the Reng Student Union Auditorium on the Second floor where candidates began by giving their opening statement and describing their platforms.
D’Andre Anderson, current SGA President, teamed up with Wes Watts and set up a platform that included fellowship with the community and donors, as well as supporting the administration and advocating on behalf of the students to bring new traditions to A-State.
Logan Mustain, together with Brooks Jones as his vice president, said that their platform consisted of creating more transparency for students and connecting with the student body for approval of every decision made by SGA.
After the opening statement, each presidential candidate was asked five main questions and their responses have been summarized below.
1. If you were elected, what would be your top two priorities to discuss with the Chancellor?
Anderson’s first priority is to create more student involvement at athletic events. His second priority would be expanding student involvement throughout the community.
“Jonesboro feeds on Arkansas State University; Arkansas State feeds on the community of Jonesboro. If you don’t support the community, the community doesn’t support you. Then, there is no reason for Arkansas State University to be here,” Anderson said.
Mustain’s first priority is also to increase attendance to athletic events. Mustain said he has created surveys in order to get student opinion on how to get students and faculty to participate at the games.
“On one survey that I liked a lot was mention of game time chants and cheers like to actually identify with ASU Red Wolves,” Mustain said. “I’ve also talked to the head of the band that shows up at athletic events and she said she’d be willing to come to some of the SGA meetings to talk to us about getting those cheers organized.”
His second priority would be to increase the connection with students and faculty. He said the surveys he has started to post would accomplish that goal.
2. Which resolution passed during this 2013-2014 academic year do you feel impacted our campus the best?
Mustain said that he was in support of one resolution he was a part of, but it was shot down by SGA.
“Other than that, I cannot think of a single thing we did that was necessarily good this year or a resolution that passed through,” Mustain said. “There was one for a digital sign as part of ASU’s campus that I think will do well. Other than that I couldn’t tell you much about it.”
Anderson said he believed the change of Stadium Boulevard to Red Wolf Boulevard was the best because it was getting closer to his goal of involving the community.
“Ole Miss has Rebel Road, (the University of Arkansas) has Razorback Road, and changing the economy helps the university throughout the community,” Anderson said.
3. This year we had an unusually long winter break. Many students, faculty and staff responded negatively to this change in scheduling. What is your response to someone who is expressing adverse opinion towards this subject?
Anderson said that with snow days during finals week last semester, the break did feel longer than usual, but that he didn’t hear students opposed to the long break.
“A lot of students, I thought, were actually happy about the long break. So, as far as I know, I haven’t heard negative feedback on that,” Anderson said.
Mustain, however, did agree with the negative feedback regarding the long break in that he felt unproductive, which is very unlike him.
“In my opinion, the break was too long. We could’ve been back here getting stuff done, maybe even extended the summer break a little while,” Mustain said.
4. Earlier this semester, the ASU newspaper known as The Herald printed an article discussing involvement in Greek Life. Do you believe this article as a true voice of students or do you think this created disunity within the student body?
Mustain said that The Herald is designed to be unbiased and that he did think there was some truth to the article because Greek life offered some obvious division among students.
“Necessarily, do I agree with what they were saying? No ‘mam,” Mustain said. “I think Greek Life has several benefits. You really just have to, not necessarily be on the inside to see those, but it is a lot easier to be on the inside to see those.”
Anderson said he believes students are entitled to their own opinions and, while he is not Greek, his current vice president, and candidate vice president are both Greek.