In the first official debate of the campaign season, the Greek Student Body hosted the two student body president candidates, juniors Savannah Putnam and Garima Tomar, on Sunday.
Representatives from each of the four Greek organizations on campus — the Interfraternity Council, the Panhellenic Association, the Greek Alliance Council and the National Pan-Hellenic Council — moderated the debate, asking candidates what their stances are on Greek community issues such as hazing and Greek unity, as well as issues affecting the student body at large such as diversity programs, mental health programs and underrepresented groups on campus.
Putnam emphasized using student voice to implement change on campus. When asked how she would address unifying the undergraduate and graduate student bodies following their split, she said she wants to create student feedback systems in both student bodies so that the voice in student government is driven from the bottom-up.
“Student voice is a powerful mechanism of change,” she said. “And the University needs to tap into that to create positive, tangible change.”
Putnam said she would use that student feedback in creating her policies, so they would be flexible to student needs and would be used in student government’s stance on university issues.