Moderated debate is set for Monday

Staff Report

The Tropolitan will be hosting the SGA presidential debate Monday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m.
The debate will include the opportunity for students in the audience to ask the candidates questions.
All students who have questions for the candidates can tweet their questions to the Tropolitan with #tropsgadebate.
Faith Mote, a junior communication major from Pelham, and Matthew Thompson, a sophomore accounting major from Wetumpka, are the candidates running for the position of SGA president.
Both Thompson and Mote said they are excited for the debate and look forward to seeing students come out to hear about the issues at Troy University they’re passionate about.
“I think debates such as these provide students with an amazing opportunity to hear the candidates speak and learn a little more about their platforms,” Mote said.
“The president is a voice for the student body so it is important to make an educated decision on who to vote for. Ultimately, it’s about who the students think is more qualified and who will work the hardest to let their voices be heard.”
Both plan to continue the progress on the new recreation center, a project of current president Cody Farrill, a senior political science major from Panama City Beach, Fla.
Mote assisted Farrill in the preliminary stages of the recreation center.
Thompson plans to push the progress forward on the recreation center so that it is completed in a ‘reasonable manner,’ as said in Thompson’s platform.
If elected, Mote wants to make herself more available to students by creating a blog where she will keep students up to date on current projects she and the SGA are working on.
“I want to be a president of the people,” Mote said “My door will always be open and my lunch hours will be posted in order for students to come meet me at any time. If a student sees me on campus I want them to feel comfortable stopping me and talking about anything they see fit.”
“Each and every aspect of my platform is very pivotal in its own way,” Thompson said.  “If elected, I expect to see the different parts of my platform, from a parking solution to the continuation of the plans for a health and wellness center, move in a way that will positively progress Troy University.”
Thompson wants to push the parking issue more if elected by utilizing the on and off shuttle system and possibly work to get rural lots built around campus.
Like Mote, Thompson wants to help the student body to realize they have a voice on campus and he wants to have a student-provided ‘problem of the month,’ where students can leave comments in the Student Involvement office and the senate will choose a problem to address each month.
He also wants to continue SGA’s open-door policy.
Thompson’s platform contains a dining initiative in which he wants to change the hours of the Trojan Center and Trojan Dining along with providing students with healthier options.
“I am expecting this to be an opportunity for Faith and myself to explain in further detail our campaigns and how we both look forward to progressing the Troy University community,” Thompson said.

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