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First student body presidential debate to address budget, tuition

The six student body presidential candidates will square off in the first debate of the season at Beef ‘O’ Brady’s tonight, tackling hot-button issues like the proposed budget cuts and tuition increases.

James Bodden, a senior majoring in economics and supervisor of elections, said the debate will be in line with previous year’s debates.

Bodden said the debate will be a traditional format in which the moderator, Cole Giering, a junior majoring in chemistry and a Bulls Radio volunteer who moderated last year’s debates, will ask the same questions for all candidates

“Now, if an issue sparks up and a lot of them want to speak about it, we’ll allow a rebuttal for one or two questions,” Bodden said. “But it’s going to be in a more traditional style where each person get an equal amount of time to speak.”

Bodden said SG researched the candidates’ platform ideas to find more targeted questions.

“Obviously, No. 1 on the list will be about the situation with the budget cuts,” he said. “We have a lot of questions about that, (and) every candidate that we could find information about mentioned something about tuition increases.” Nicholas Gryniewicz, a senior majoring in mass communication and Bulls Radio director, said this is the first year the debate will be hosted at Beef ‘O’ Brady’s.

“We’re going to have it on the stage there inside of Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, so the student body has an opportunity to fit in and listen to the candidates in order to make an informed decision,” he said.

The debate starts at 7 p.m. and is open to all students. It will be broadcast live on 16.20 AM on regular radios, 88.5 on HD radios and