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t.heW atchdo;00 The Student Voice of Bellevue College April 23, 2013 A?R 2 3 Z013 WgW, TH00ATCHH6ONBNE,COM VOLUME 2 ISSUE 25 ASG candidates face off f Articles The first ASG debate pitted candidates against each other for the first time Chris Toomey / The Watchdog Above: Kamelpreet Sahota (left) delivers her opening statement at the first ASG debate, campaigning for the position of Chief Justice. Andrea Torres (right) answers questions regarding diversity as she rums for Vice President of Student Affairs and Pluralism. Christine Sullivan the candidates responded Kamelpreet Sahota Editor-in-Chief to Hoffman&apos;s questions, are competing for the Ali Collucci, Director responsibility of Chief Yvonne Worden of the Lesbian, Gay, Bi- Justice. Both students have Arts & Features Editor sexual, Transgender, and a background in legislation. Queer and Questioning Velez, the current director On Monday April Resource Center said: "It of the Office of Student 15, candidates for the gives the people who are Legislative Affairs, Associated Student voting an opportunity to lives in Olympia to Government faced off see how the candidates fulfill her duties. Sahota in the first debate for answer questions, howthey recalled deciphering the electing representatives are at public speaking,and specifications for Amnesty for the 2013-2014 essentially how the International's Dream Act. academic year. Potential candidates hold themselves To elaborate on the ASG representatives in the public eye." challenges of applying gathered in the Bellevue Collucci, who was one of laws and policies at BC, College cafeteria to few students who watched Sahota said, "Transparency debate important issues the entire debate, found is about taking yourself that candidates will face it effective. "It definitely out of the picture and during their term if elected, solidified who l am and who listening to others. My For many candidates, I am not going to vote for." personal objectives won't the keystone of the Candidates for the be involved at all. It's more presentation was to for 10 different leadership about representing what emphasize that more roles debated with each you guys want." To increase students needto be involved other about important student empowerment, in Student Programs issues on campus. Velez intends to "work and in the solutions of Candidates had one minute With various student problems on campus, to introduce themselves programs to increase Moderating the debate was and then 90 seconds to student empowerment, Erin Hoffrnan, the News answer two follow up awareness and participation Editor of The Watchdog. questions. Remaining time on campus through things Battling the noise and was given to the moderator, such as tabling and events." disruption in the cafeteria, Kristin Velez and Next to present were Leslie Mayo and Yansy Pereira for the position of Vice President of Finance and Communications. If elected for this office, they will have to play a leading role in integrating money management with an effective communication model. "I want to help people get grants for residency and increase funding for international students here," said Pereira in regards to her philosophy on government spending. Mayo also clarified what she would bring to the table in this position. When reflecting on managing a phone store, she said,"I have experience with budget planning, fundraising, communications and talking to our providers and carriers so that business owners and interested people have to come through me." At the debate, Andrea Torres presented without her opponent, Kevin Wu, who did not show up for the debate. Torres clarified her intentions for the position of Vice President of Student Affairs and Pluralism if elected. "I've been working with the administration to make education more cultural and accessible to students. My main goal is to work with the administration on their 'open door policy' to make sure that students have accessible education. Not only financial assistance, but support and help," said Torres. When asked which issue is the most pressing on campus, she responded, "we already have a diverse campus, but I am going to make sure that all of you are heard." The last speakers were Cameron Jones and Zawdie Stephens-Terry, who are nmning for president, and gave their ideas about how to help create change at BC. When introducing himself, Jones stated, "One thing you want to know about me < see ASG, pg. 5 Student leaders attend Students of Color Conference Last week, BC sent around 35 students to a leadership conference in Yakima. News, pg. 6 Bellevue College's improvisational team invites new student actors Some performers do best thinking on their feet. Find out how to join them. Arts and Features, pg. 8 Meet the women's basketball team's new coach, Jeremy Eggers Loved Men's Basketball coach begins coaching women's team too in off- season. Sports, pg. 10 Film review: "42" A quick look at the new historical film about Jackie Robinson. Edge, pg. 9