Candidates for two of the Associated Students vice presidential positions faced off yesterday in the second round of spring election debates.
The day’s first forum — attended by just a handful of students in the Hub — presented the two internal vice president candidates: Amanda Wallner, running with Student Voice!, and Alexandra Stubbs of Students With a Plan. The third candidate, Christopher Wendle of the Open People’s Party, did not attend, but is still in the running for the position.
Immediately following that debate, Hazel Putney of SV!, Ashley Day of S.W.A.P. and Clayton “Clay” Carlson of OPP, took the stage to compete for the position of external vice president of local affairs.
Both IVP candidates present agreed that their top priorities for next year center on making A.S. more accessible to the student body and reducing conflict between A.S. members.
According to Wallner, A.S. Legislative Council meetings tend to become bogged down in useless bureaucracy.
“Right now, the Legislative Council meetings tend toward unnecessary partisanship and conflict,” Wallner said. “The meetings should be effective and focus on getting things done for the students. I intend to post the agenda ahead of time, thereby bridging the gap for student participation.”
According to Stubbs, her background with A.S. and her personal growth at UCSB makes her best suited for the position.
“I came to UCSB an extremely timid person”, said Stubbs. “I understand feeling shy and awkward, but I want to make students feel at home and welcome within the university.”
Throughout the debate between the contenders for EVPLA, the candidates fielded questions about recent events in Isla Vista, local law enforcement matters and student housing.
Day said students need to adopt a sense of responsibility for the local community.
“Large-scale events like Floatopia make the campus who we are,” Day said. “And while we need to respect those traditions, we also need to recognize our respect for the community and the environment – and incorporate those values into the events as well.”
When asked about implementing new ways to approach alcohol awareness and safety, Carlson said a new perspective is needed. UCSB’s current College Alcohol and Substance Education program, Carlson said, is simply not enough.
“It’s not just something black and white, it’s a mentality shift,” Carlson said. “We have reactive programming and regulations, like C.A.S.E. and the Social Host Ordinance, that seek to fix after the fact. What we need are more proactive, preventative measures.”
Concern over recent incidents of crime and violence in I.V. attracted a few students curious as to the candidates’ strategies for improvement.
“The most important issue to me is hate crime prevention; that shit happens over and over again,” Moonie Shin, a second-year political science major, said. “It’s good that they addressed it and I got to listen to what they’re going to do about it”.