The OU Student Government Association will host presidential and vice-presidential debates at 6:30 p.m. on November 1 in the Meacham Auditorium of the Oklahoma Memorial Union.
Both tickets include presidential candidate Angelora Castellano, a student in International and Classical Studies, and Vice President-Vice President Samantha Hepburn, a sophomore in Economics and Political Science. Their opponents are presidential candidate Zack Lissau, a junior in public relations with a specialization in pre-law, and vice-presidential candidate Denzel Akuffo, a junior in marketing and finance.
Castellano served as SGA’s executive cabinet director for two years, and Hepburn spent the last year in the inclusion department of SGA’s executive cabinet, according to the SGA candidate booklet. Castellano and Hepburn wrote that they hope to hold administration accountable, foster an environment where students feel safe, and ensure a fair university experience for all students.
“One of the most rewarding aspects of this experience is having the chance to speak to a wide variety of students,” Castellano wrote in the booklet. “Listening from multiple perspectives and hearing the stories and experiences of all of you has been very enlightening. I want to be able to best represent the changes students want to make, and this process begins with all of you.
Lissau and Akuffo have held leadership positions in SGA and the OU campus activity board, according to the candidate’s booklet. They wrote that they are dedicated to celebrating student accomplishments, facilitating communication with student groups through working groups, and improving the OU and Norman community at large.
“Zack Lissau and Denzel Akuffo want to continue working to make OU a safe space for all students, physically and mentally,” Lissau and Akuffo wrote in the booklet. “Initiatives to increase transparency are flowing around working with the University of Oklahoma, the Board of Regents, local and state governments and other institutions to ensure that all students are always up to date on what happens. … Lissau-Akuffo for SGA stands for improved equity; OU is a campus founded on the belief that every voice is equal and that everyone has the right to be heard.
The debates will last 90 minutes, starting with the vice presidential candidates and ending with the presidential candidates. The Daily will send a representative of its staff to help moderate the two debates.
Voting will be open on November 2 and 3.