Wednesday, April 1, 2009

TU Action Presidential Candidate eeks out debate victory by .5!

Deja vu. For the second week in a row, TU Action wins the TSG candidates debate by half a point on the Cherry and What's scoring system, 7.5 to 7. This most recent debate took place between winner Kylie Patterson of TU Action, and Gaelle Amazan of TU Dream Team, both the presidential candidates for their tickets. Check the posts below to see part 1 and part 2 of the debate analysis. Here is a quick recap and commentary of the debate.

Patterson started off stronger in this debate, and Amazan came on towards the end but couldn't pick up enough steam to pull off the win. Patterson's strongest points were as follows:

+Recognizing the way to get politicians on our side. Patterson realizes the only way to do this is to have a loud, vocal student protest to scare politicians with bad publicity and voting block power.
+ Making commuter students feel more welcome. Patterson's ideas about having programming that fits logically with commuter schedules and incentives to stay on campus during the evening are good ones.
+ For understanding that advising is at the root of students not graduating on time. We left it up to the C&W readers to decide if advising or school requirements were more important, and you overwhelmingly chose advising.

Patterson's weak points:

- She is depending heavily on surveys, but has yet to explain how she is going to ensure they get 100 every week, considering the amount of time that takes.
- Patterson seems to be a bid too dependant on the idea of just willing students to follow her ambitions. We all know Patterson is highly motivated and ready to take advantage of any opportunity, but she stands out for this because most students aren't. Pure energy won't will masses of students, you're going to need to connect to them and offer them incentives to minimize the effort.

Amazan's strong points:

+ She came across as strong, which she needed to in order to combat the more boisterous and action-orientated persona of Patterson. Amazan's best moment was when she said that the name Dream Team is just a name, and hammered home tangible platform initiatives one by one.
+ Amazan won in the question about not being afraid to say "damn the man." Amazan's allocations reform this year flew in the face of guidelines and ruffled some feathers, and you need to be able to do that to represent the students against the administration in some instances.

Amazan's weak points:

- Amazan needs to say more than "students need incentives to participate." She needs to name some incentives as well. If I'm a student walking down Liacouras Walk, and you walk up to me and say go to this college council meeting tonight, how are you going to convince me to do this?
- Amazan takes a hit with her college council ideas in terms of them helping students graduate on time. While they may still be effective for changing the major around, TU Dream Team needs to reevaluate how they are going to accomplish their platform point of getting more students to graduate on time, as the council just isn't cutting it.

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