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Release: Feb. 29, 2000

UISG presidential candidates to debate issues March 1

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The three candidates vying to become the next president of the University of Iowa Student Government (UISG) will take part in a "Daily Iowan" candidate debate from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 1 at the Iowa Memorial Union Wheel Room. The debate is free and open to the public.

The three presidential candidates, all of whom are juniors, are Marquez Brown, Andy Stoll, and Adam Tetzloff. The debate format will include a question-and-answer period led by a moderator from the student newspaper and will allow candidates to take questions from the audience.

Brown, political science and pre-law major, says that in the year since he transferred from Howard University, he has noticed widespread student apathy in matters relating to student government. UI sophomore Brad Bare is running with Brown for vice president. Brown says he is hopeful that he can use his year's experience as student government senator to help him elicit greater student participation in issues that affect students.

According to Brown, "the UI's set aside of 16 percent of tuition dollars for student financial aid should be increased." Such a move, he says, is keeping with making more money available to students who will have to pay additional education costs because of a 4.3 percent tuition fee increase that takes effect this fall along with separate student activities and services fees.

Andy Stoll, current UISG vice president and a communication studies major emphasizing in film and media, says he and vice presidential running mate Chris Linn want to continue to make UISG a visible advocate for students. Linn is a sophomore and undergraduate collegiate senate executive. Stoll says the pair also will advocate for more funding for UI Libraries and will work to allow the use of debit cards in Iowa City parking ramps and extend nighttime downtown parking hours.

"Our experiences have led us to better understand the capabilities and workings of UISG and the university. By using the knowledge that we have gained and combining it with the fresh perspectives and new ideas of those on our ticket, we hope to eliminate the many months that a new administration would spend in transition.

"We will begin working the day we are elected," Stoll says.

Adam Tetzloff, an interdepartmental studies major, has said he is running because he wants to better inform students about UISG's purpose. His running mate is Lauren Haldeman, an art and English major.