By Jonah Svihus /// Senior Staff Writer
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The two candidates for the highest office of student government clashed at the 2016 Associated Students of Lewis & Clark (ASLC) Cabinet debates on March 16.
The candidates faced the voting public differently: Adam Fractor ’17 occupied a small amount of the debate table while Abe Weill ’17 had his notes and papers taking up the majority of the table.
One of the early questions asked by moderator Drake MacFarlane ’17 was how each of the candidates would go about a one-on-one meeting with LC President Barry Glassner.
“I do not want the president to fear me,” Fractor said. “I want him to understand that I represent the students … If I find myself in odds with the president, then I find myself at odds with the student body.”
Weill discussed the need for the president to act as a better liaison between the student body and the Board of Trustees.
“Barry Glassner is not an active member of the community … The board of trustees has no idea what the student body wants,” said Weill. “There’s only so much us as students can do. Trustees don’t understand how much they are not in tune with students voices.”
Weill also criticized his fellow candidate, who is the current ASLC Chief of Staff, for not doing enough to engage the Board of Trustees with the student body. Weill mentioned his goal of bringing more members of the Board of Trustees to meetings with students.
“Trustees are very busy people,” Fractor said. “They do not have time to meet.”
While discussing the importance of diversity as well as the privilege that the two straight, white, males have, Fractor frequently identified himself as an ally. Weill opted not to use the term, citing the necessity for action to support the language.
“Using ally language is dangerous,” Weill said. “Being an ally is something you can’t just throw on three weeks before an election. I can’t put that label on myself. We can’t throw that label around.”
At the end of the debates, current Junior class Senator and sole Vice Presidential candidate Nick LeSage ’17 commented on the debate.
“As Vice President, I need to be able to work with everybody in the Senate and Cabinet,” LeSage said. “But I need to know that the president has the experience and facilitation skills necessary to run Cabinet. I can consult with the president, but I cannot carry out their portfolio for them. I believe Adam Fractor has the necessary skills to both represent students and ensure ASLC is working to its full potential. I think Adam has a critical ability to listen to students and act as an effective advocate for student concerns.”
Online voting closes on Friday, March 18 at midnight.
Correction 3/18, 1:55 p.m.: certain contextual language has been clarified.