BSG hosts board debate

Sal IovinoChief digital editor

Bucknell’s student government held its annual debate in preparation for the November 14 executive council elections.

Gabby Diaz ’25 and Sam Douds ’25 are vying for the presidential seat on the board, while Isa Segura-Suarez ’25 and Lena DiFazio ’24 are running uncontested for the seats of vice president of operations and vice president. chairman of the administration, respectively. .

Held in a third-floor classroom at the Elaine Langone Center, the debate drew a large crowd, leaving standing room only to students who did not arrive early. Supporters of either presidential camp made their presence known when current G.S.O. President Bernadette Maramis ’24 introduced the two candidates, and after a brief introduction of the rest of the current executive board and other candidates, the debate has begun.

The debate opened by asking the candidates why they had each decided to run for their respective positions.

Most of the debate has been between Diaz and Douds, with the former pointing to her experiences as a woman of color in a predominantly white institution as well as her widespread involvement on campus as key factors in developing a passion for change. through the role of the G.S.O. executive. President.

Douds referenced his own involvements on campus as well as previous leadership positions as motivating factors, noting that he wants to build on initiatives already present within BSG.

As the discussion progressed, topics such as diversity, equity and inclusion, workload management, and resolving challenges in a teamwork environment were all touched upon, in which each candidate made statements expressing their opinions and ideas for new and ongoing initiatives.

Current Vice President of Administration Ally Riuli ’24 and Vice President of Operations Sam Godshall ’24 both posed questions to DiFazio and Segura-Suarez, focusing on the specifics of the collaboration roles with the management team and allowing both to express their ideas on how to innovate their respective positions.

At the end of the formal question session, the room was opened to general questions from the student body, in which Diaz and Douds both provided answers to the three questions on the ground.

When asked for closing statements on their campaigns, Diaz offered the following statement.

“Driven by my experiences and the spaces I’ve been a part of, my platform is based on three key elements: social justice, community, and accountability,” Diaz said. “We need to focus on empowering and mobilizing students, faculty and staff and holding administration accountable to create social change.”

Douds also shared closing statements about his campaign.

“This campus is currently facing a number of real and difficult challenges,” Douds said. “What I propose are concrete solutions. My policies directly address issues we see in our daily lives: food insecurity, a lack of diverse representation, a lack of administrative accountability and much more. I want to make this campus a better place for everyone and I hope I will be given the chance.

An email link to a ballot will be distributed to the student body at 12 p.m. November 17 and closes at 12 p.m. November 18.

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