Student Government holds presidential candidate meet and greet

Less than a week from the special election, only one of the two tickets attended the event.


Jacqueline LaBayne and Kyle MacDonald speaking to students at the SG meet and greet. Candidates Marianne Alex and Edward Perez were not present at the event. Sophie Siegel | Contributing Writer

Sophie Siegel, Contributing Writer

For the second time this semester, candidates introduced their presidential platform to the student body.   


Held Wednesday by the Student Government Elections Board, presidential ticket Jacqueline LaBayne and Kyle MacDonald discussed their goals for next semester ahead of next week’s special election. The other ticket, Marianne Alex and Edward Perez, failed to attend.


Elections Board chair Doug Speed said the two didn’t notify him of prior obligations in a timely matter.


Only 10 or so students attended the event held in the Palmetto Palm Room. Key questions asked related to on-campus diversity, student involvement, election turn out, and how the ticket will handle the press if elected.


LaBayne said she wants to hold more town halls informing students about the importance of diversity.


“Culture is really divided,” the presidential hopeful added.


The ticket also proposed the idea of bystander trainings, especially during “It’s On Us” week, which looks to spread awareness of sexual assault.


The trainings would teach students to help intervene in situations they believe constitute domestic violence, sexual assault, and dating abuse.


The University Press asked LaBayne and MacDonald how they’ll handle the press in the future. LaBayne stated she has had “issues with student media in the past” but that “[Student Government is] here to help and inform students.”

The two also spoke on the need for higher voter turn out. Exactly 2,317 (8.2 percent) of FAU’s 28,011 students voted in the February election.


The special election will be held April 24-25 on Owl Central.

Sophie Siegel is a contributing writer with the University Press. For information regarding this or other stories, email [email protected].