Candidates for next year’s Associated Students, Inc. Student Government held their second and final event on April 26 to answer more questions at informal environment with students and faculty.

Candidates for president and vice president run unopposed. (Jacqueline Ayala | The Poly Post)

The event started with introducing the senator for College of Education and Integrative Studies, Kyle Bisson, and the senator for Science, Shane Bonanno.

They introduced themselves by saying what year and major they are.

Bisson is a third-year liberal studies student and Bonanno is a fifth-year geology student with a minor in music.

The first question was about an event that stands out to them.

Third-year architecture student, Itzia Salinas, said her favorite event is the annual Dia de los Muertos.

As a member of Hermanas Unidas, she participates in this event with other clubs and organizations such as Hermanos Unidos and Alpha Pi Sigma.

“Different clubs come together to show unity in the community, and celebrating loved ones who have passed away,” Salinas said.

The next question was what advice would each candidate give to their freshman self. Second-year finance student and vice president candidate, Pasindu Senaratne, said he would not give himself much advice at all.

“I would probably tell myself to not take everything so seriously, but other than that I’m happy with what I’ve done,” Senaratne said.

“Everything I’ve done has made me the person that I am today.”

Third-year sociology student and president candidate, Jennifer L. Greenberg, said she would tell herself to not be afraid to ask questions.

“’Cal Poly Pomona’s motto is ‘learn by doing’”, and so if you don’t ask questions, then you won’t be able to learn,” Greenberg said.

Another question was what is something that makes them unique.

Senaratne said he likes to stay on campus to take advantage of the programs on campus and to make lots of friends.

College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences senator candidate, Julissa Loza Mendez, said that since the age of five or six years old, she has been a singer and is currently involved in Los Caballeros Mariachi on campus.

Bonanno said that he has been in four different majors from applied mathematics to music to finally his current major, geology with a minor in music.

The final part of the debate asked what they hope to achieve for the next school year. Senaratne said that he understands the parking passes are expensive for students and plans to have students get a cheaper pass.

“I understand that parking passes are not cheap, and there are yearly passes that are only open to faculty but not to students,” Senaratne said.

“We hope that it can be open to all students with an included discount. I know the [University] Village offers a $200 discount if students pay rent all at once and so we plan to do the same with the parking passes.”

Voting will open online at midnight on April 30 and will remain open until 11:59 p.m. on May 3.

A link will be available to students through their CPP email and they can vote for their favorite candidates.

The results of the election will be announced at noon on May 4 in University Park.

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