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2015 SGA debate live feed

Follow this post for all the latest news and updates from the 2015 Student Government Association and student trustee debate. The debate is set to begin today at 4:30 p.m. EDT.

4:34 p.m.: Dr. Francis Talty introduces the candidates and opens the debate.

President and vice president candidates James Christopher (left) and Jesse Kruszka (right) deliver their opening statement. (Mariah Alix/Connector)

President and vice president candidates James Christopher (left) and Jesse Kruszka (right) deliver their opening statement. (Mariah Alix/Connector)

4:36 p.m.: President and vice president candidates James Christopher and Jesse Kruszka deliver their opening statement as uncontested runners. Christopher says they plan to “make action-oriented changes to the university.”

4:42 p.m.: Amanda Robinson delivers her opening statement. On making UMass Lowell smoke-free: “We have reached out to a thousand students, which let us achieve a new level of communication with the student body.”

“I also want to increase safety on campus by increasing awareness of sexual assault…”

4:47 p.m.: MacKenzie Mahoney delivers her opening statement.

“I plan on being a third-party student voice for the student body to the board of trustees.”

“As someone who has seen these clubs grow from small organizations… I will show that I am the next candidate that will take UMass Lowell to the next level.”

Trustee candidate MacKenzie Mahoney. (Photo courtesy of Hayley Norman.)

Trustee candidate MacKenzie Mahoney patiently waits to speak. (Photo courtesy of Hayley Norman.)

4:52 p.m.: “Keeping UMass Lowell affordable is one of the biggest issues for students.” – Amanda Robinson

4:54 p.m.: “I would make sure that the parking increases wouldn’t get as big as they are. … I will make sure the voices of out-of-state students will be heard as well.” – MacKenzie Mahoney

4:56 p.m.: “There should be a more succinct way for students to advocate for themselves.” – MacKenzie Mahoney

4:57 p.m.: “The Student Government is trying to be as transparent as we can.” – Amanda Robinson

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Amanda Robinson explains why she should be elected student trustee. (Photo courtesy of Hayley Norman.)

4:58 p.m.: “Whenever something changes at UMass Lowell, the students should be the first ones to know.” – MacKenzie Mahoney

5:00 p.m.: “My biggest strength is that I’m very result-oriented.” – Amanda Robinson

Dr. Francis Talty, who serves as UMass Lowell's first student trustee, moderates the debate. (Mariah Alix/Connector)

Dr. Francis Talty, who served as UMass Lowell’s first student trustee, moderates the debate. (Mariah Alix/Connector)

5:01 p.m.: Both trustee candidates agree that conferring with current student trustee Phil Geoffroy for advice would be their first step if elected.

5:04 p.m.: Trustee candidates offer questions for each other.

5:06 p.m.: “We are here to represent the students. That is our priority.” – Amanda Robinson

5:08 p.m.: “It is about compromise and working with all campuses to ensure that UMass grows as a whole.” – MacKenzie Mahoney

5:12 p.m.: “I know how hard UMass Lowell students work, and I promise to work just as hard here as a trustee.” – Amanda Robinson

5:13 p.m.: “I am running for student trustee because the school is growing, and I do not want the voice of the students to be left behind.” – MacKenzie Mahoney

5:15 p.m.: Debate concludes.

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