Candidate forum flops


The date was set and nobody showed – including the candidates.

More than 30 students gathered at The Spot Monday, shooting pool, playing air hockey and kicking back. What they weren’t doing, however, was paying attention to a pair of student politicians seeking their votes.

The candidate turnout, however, was not much better.

Only two of the five students vying for Associated Student Government positions this election showed up to the forum.

Three executive positions and at least 12 senate seats are open.

Presidential candidate Jorge Sandoval and vice presidential candidate Brian Perez delivered speeches outlining administrative goals to dozens of empty seats.

Only one student, Tulip Ragien a former ASG senator, asked questions during the public forum.

“The Candidate forum isn’t mandatory, but I think it should be,” ASG President Edna Tobias said. “It really wasn’t publicized enough.”

Senatorial candidate Mayra Hernandez and presidential candidates Braham Vivanco and Monica Zambrano were no-shows.

“The fact that these people are running for president and could potentially win is scary,” Sandoval said.

Student elections take place Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. near the Hartnett Fountain across from The Drip coffee stand.