Three ASWSU presidential tickets sat at the same table but disagreed on many issues Thursday night at the Cable 8 debate.
The second presidential debate featured four questions from Cable 8 Productions and four questions submitted by WSU students. In response to a student question, Joey Pacific, a junior political science major and presidential candidate, said his ticket would keep his staff accountable by confirming them each semester.
Derrick Skaug, senior political science major and the running mate of presidential candidate Kyle Erdman, said in his experience supervising the senate, Pacific’s idea is not the way to motivate staff.
“Derrick, I’m a senator, I’m accountable to my constituents and you’re not my supervisor and being pro-tempore is not the same as being a supervisor,” Pacific said in response.
The student question focused on the ASWSU Accessibility and Involvement Act. According to the passed bill, presidential appointments must be available for all students to apply for.
Skaug said he would motivate his staff with passion and have weekly reports to keep them accountable. He said staff should not be motivated by the fear of losing their job.
“I think the one semester confirmation is being super dramatized here,” said Samantha Hege, a senior neuroscience major and Pacific’s running mate. “Any job should have some kind of evaluation process, and if that doesn’t happen then no one is really there to have your back and make sure you’re doing stuff.”
The intention of the one semester confirmation is not to fire people, Hege said.
During the debate, junior communication major and presidential candidate Luis Cuevas and running mate Lindsey Jahn, a junior marketing major, expressed how they would follow through on the accessibility bill.
“I think one way we can do this is through encouraging people to apply since it is a required application process now,” Jahn said. “Luis and I both have a lot of influence in various organizations throughout the university.”
Jahn said her ticket plans on promoting ASWSU positions and encouraging students to apply by visiting various organizations on campus.
“So when it comes time to pick our staff it’s not based off of who we’re better friends with or who we’ve had the most experiences with,” Jahn said, “but it’s really based off of who’s applied and who’s most qualified.”
Cuevas said he hopes the president and vice president of ASWSU would not appoint just friends but instead choose people that are qualified for the positions. Cuevas said his ticket has not even thought about whom they would want on their staff if elected.
“That’s something that’s important to us,” Cuevas said. “We believe it. We don’t even want to have those conversations even right now even with supporters. We’re just very confident in knowing that the qualified people are out there and they’re going to come to us if they want to serve with us.”
A Cable 8 question during the debate asked candidates how they would increase the transparency of ASWSU.
“We want to open forums and town halls throughout the year where we go to the places that students are,” Pacific said. “At the last debate our opponent had said they did not like that idea, yet they went to some town halls.”
Pacific said his ticket would focus on marketing by creating a marketing committee to increase student turnout at these events.
Jahn said her ticket’s plan to increase transparency with “Dinner with Luis and Lindsey.” Jahn said her ticket would select RSO’s every month and take them to dinner to get organization’s feedback and inform them about current ASWSU activities.
Cuevas said he wants next year’s senate to spend half their time in the office and half their time with students to familiarize the campus with ASWSU.
Erdman, a junior English major and presidential candidate, said his ticket would focus on being transparent from day one.
“Not just a welcome at the ‘Alive!’ sessions but a workshop,” Erdman said. “Inspiring students to get the most out of their college experience. To utilize ASWSU for anything and everything they can. “
Erdman said dinners with students and organizations aren’t necessarily a bad idea, but his ticket will be there when organizations put on events. His ticket will focus on what students and organizations are passionate about, he said.
The debate will air 8 p.m. Friday on the Cable 8 Productions channel.