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  • Alexis Scobie, a CUSG candidate on the Inspire ticket, talks...

    Whitney Bryen

    Alexis Scobie, a CUSG candidate on the Inspire ticket, talks about the ticket's goals in front of a small crowd during Tuesday's candidate debate.

  • Chelsea Miller, a CUSG candidate on the Pulse ticket, introduces...

    Whitney Bryen

    Chelsea Miller, a CUSG candidate on the Pulse ticket, introduces her plans if elected in front of a small crowd during Tuesday's candidate debate.

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U niversity of Colorado Student Government candidates had a heated debate Tuesday night, despite a small and quiet crowd in Humanities 150 on campus.

About 15 students attended the session, a smaller-than-average crowd that JohnMichael Thistle, CUSG election commissioner and the debate moderator, attributed to the national presidential debate that aired at the same time.

Ten candidates running for five Arts and Sciences Student Government positions began the debate with discussions about the college’s diversity and how they would represent their peers.

Pulse candidates focused on the diversity of the ticket, which includes students of various races and ethnicities, while Inspire talked about the importance of student group funding as a way to support the student body.

The debate heated up when the 10 CUSG Representative-at-Large candidates began discussing student fees and program funding.

Inspire candidate Alexis Scobie passionately declared the ticket’s desire to “keep fees low and affordable” by fixing costly program inefficiencies.

As an example, Scobie said she would like to stop funding for the board that allocates money to student groups, because she said it already has a balance of more than $1 million.

“We would not cut their funding,” Scobie said. “We’re saying, let us use that first and then revisit it when the balance has been depleted.”

Pulse candidate Chelsea Miller began her rebuttal by saying the ticket does not want to cut programs or funding from campus centers that students use.

As a Recreation Center employee, Miller said the ticket wants to maintain funding for all student jobs and useful programs, cutting only where efficiencies were found.

“Last year, club sports were cut, jobs were cut and as a manager and student employee, that’s not okay,” Miller said.

Audience-submitted questions rounded out the debate, including plans for the 4/20 marijuana smokeout.

Both tickets agreed that they would listen to what students had to say and do their best to represent the majority of students.

Scobie said the Inspire ticket would not spend $100,000 on a concert, referencing the Wyclef Jean concert that was put on this year by CU at 4 p.m. on April 20, in a university-led attempt to distract students from the smokeout.

The Pulse ticket said they helped organize a Marijuana Symposium that was held earlier this month, informing students about the health effects of marijuana and Amendment 64 — the Colorado ballot measure that seeks to legalize marijuana and regulate it like alcohol.

Rising tuition costs was also discussed, and both tickets agreed that affordability was a priority but disagreed about how they would maintain an affordable education at CU.

Pulse candidates said they would lobby at the capitol and talk to the legislature about increasing state funding as a way to maintain or reduce future increases in tuition.

Inspire continued their focus on reducing student fees as a way to curb overall costs for students.

Another debate between CUSG candidates only will be held during election week, which begins Monday.

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