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IU Student Government debate, elections taking place this week


IU Student Government will have an online debate at 7 p.m. Tuesday and conduct spring elections Wednesday. 

The debate will provide a forum for students to ask the candidates questions about their campaigns. Questions should be submitted in advance of the debate on IUSG's Google Form.

Senior and IUSG election commission chair Quinn Gordon said in a text to the Indiana Daily Student the election commission will be hosting a private zoom meeting so no one but the candidates and himself will be present in the meeting after the town hall April 8 was "zoom bombed."

The private zoom meeting will be live streamed through IUSG’s Facebook page so students can watch the debate, he said. Gordon will moderate the debate and ask the candidates questions.

Voting for the IUSG election will start at 10 a.m. Wednesday and end at 10 p.m. Thursday, according to IUSG’s website. All students can vote and should receive a link to vote in their IU emails through BeInvolved. Students can log in with their IU credentials to vote.

Gordon said the ballot will have a short biography of each ticket, which includes both campaigns, Inspire and Defy.

Sophomores Madeline Garcia and Arianna Hoye are running for student body president and vice president, respectively, on the Defy campaign. The campaign advocates for students who are dealing with homelessness, employment issues and other vulnerable students they feel are often left out of IUSG policy. 

IUSG presidential candidate Rachel Aranyi and vice president candidate Ruhan Syed, both sophomores, are running the Inspire campaign. The campaign’s platform includes pushing for a tuition freeze, a $15 minimum wage on campus and discouraging investment in fossil fuels. 

Candidates have been promoting their platforms online and through social media leading up to the election day on Wednesday.

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