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The Brockport Student Government campaigns are underway  here at The College at Brockport. Between Monday, April 3 and Tuesday, April 4, students will be able to make their vote by signing into their MyBROCKPORT account. The candidate with the most student votes will be elected as a member of BSG.

However, students will not be voting solely off of whether they see a familiar face on the polls. BSG is hosting a series of debates which are open for any student interested in learning more about what the candidates have to offer them, the first of which has already taken place on Monday, March 6 in the Seymour College Union Fireside Lounge. Despite the first debate being over, there are still two upcoming debates that students will have the opportunity to be involved in. They will take place on Saturday, March 23 at 7 pm and Sunday, March 24 at 2:30 p.m., both at the fireside lounge.

The first debate served as an introduction to the candidates running for office this year. The positions being filled are those of treasurer, senator, vice president and president. There were a total of 7 candidates running. The debate began with the facilitator asking a question and each candidate having a time limit of 3 minutes or less to give their response. The questions asked were in relevance to the candidate's qualifications for the positions they are running for and how they would work to benefit students if their positions were won.

Current BSG President Devin Bonner was pleased with the work and effort the candidates put into the debate.

"Overall, I'm very proud of all the candidates," Bonner wrote in an email. "I give everyone a lot of credit for the effort that went into preparing their platforms."

The candidates who participated in the debate also felt their counterparts did an exceptional job at presenting their campaigns, even if it was for the same position they were running for.

Student Steven Penta is currently running for the position of treasurer for BSG. Penta agreed with Bonner that the candidates worked hard to put their arguments together.

"The debate went really well and there were some very interesting points of views presented," Penta wrote. "I am very excited and look forward to the next two debates."

Penta was not the only candidate to get excited as a result of the first debate. Elisha Madison, who is currently running for the position of BSG President uncontested was excited about the debate because he believes the candidates along with himself have the opportunity to bring a beneficial change to campus.

"I had always seen myself as a leader on campus," Madison wrote. "I figured the best way to make a meaningful impact on this campus would be through the presidency."

Madison, Penta and many of the other candidates seem to be focused on the ideas of change and communication between BSG, faculty and students. A common theme throughout the first debate was that of addressing what needs to be done in order to ensure a positive college experience for all students. Any students who are interested in getting a better sense of who could potentially make up the members of BSG next semester are not only encouraged to attend the future debates, but also to interact with the current candidates.

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