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Four Takeaways from the SGA Presidential Debate

Conference Room 3 was completely full for the SGA Presidential debate March 21.
Conference Room 3 was completely full for the SGA Presidential debate March 21.

The Student Government Association election season is just around the corner. Presidential hopefuls faced questions Monday night about everything from having a wet campus to how to increase communications in case of mass violence on campus. Voting begins March 28 and ends March 29. To learn more about the candidates and their platforms, click here.

Here's some highlights from last night's SGA Presidential Debate:

The Blows

David Boggs called Elizabeth McKay a “puppet” of the administration and said that she was in Dean Pearson’s pocket. When given a chance to answer, McKay said that she’s “been looking for strings all over but [she] can’t find any.” Boggs also pointed out how nervous Reed Jones was throughout the debate and said that someone who has to face the administration of the university shouldn’t be nervous. Jones said that he wasn’t here to put anyone down.

The Buzzwords

Transparency. Outreach. Safety. Communication. “What students want.” Every candidate came back to those points in the end.

A Sample of the Ideas

  • A Fifth Quarter partnership with incoming businesses across Mercer University Drive and established locations in Mercer Village where those organizations stay open later on game days and/or offer incentives for students. (Jones/Hester)

  • Allowing students who are 21 or older to drink on campus if they choose to do so, when they choose to do so. (Boggs/Martinez)

  • Installing cameras at major intersections around campus to help with safety concerns. (Jones/Hester)

  • Ask for more money from the Board of Appropriations: $5,000 more to add to $80,000 already put together for student organizations. (McKay/Scherf)

To view the official platforms of the candidates, check out and/or the Facebook pages for each ticket.

The Play-By-Play

Our staff writer Megan Rosinko live tweeted the debate on Twitter, along with Mercer SGA. You can check out the detailed coverage of what was said in the debate below:


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