Vice-presidential candidates speak culture, access, and tutorial services

The vice presidential debate began with candidates Abdulkadir Ahmed currently serving as current webmaster, and Christopher Conyers, currently serving as ASG senator. The townhall-style debate focused on questions from the audience.

Arturo Tisnado, an American Indian studies major, started off the debate by asking about “the culture influence on campus.” Tisnado challenged the candidates to “share their ideas on how to increase cultural events and unite with the community.”

Ahmed answered the question by proposing the students “suggest ideas on what kind of cultural events they’d like to see on campus.” Conyers added that he supported the “Student Support Club Center, where the clubs could find strength and support to push for unity from campus to community.”

Fran Del Santo, a photographer and student, asked what plans the candidates had for public transportation. “Why can’t everyone have access to bus pass stickers?” protested Del Santo. “Night students come to campus and can’t get stickers because administrative offices are closed.”

Ahmed answered by saying “night students should have the same options as daytime students,” and looking into extended hours would be on his agenda. Conyers agreed that all students should have access to City College perks regardless of their class times. Conyers also supported working with the administration to extend hours.

Accounting student Carol Logue asked what the candidates would do for students who “needed tutorial help during night time hours.”

Ahmed mentioned that students “should volunteer as tutors,” and that “eventually (Ahmed) would work to make those volunteer positions into paid positions in the future.” Conyers sympathized with Logue, saying that “the tutoring program is not that active,” and that he would work on bringing in more tutors so that “City College (would not) be seen as a stepping stone” in the journey of education, but as a major component in the process.

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