Two candidates run unopposed in the election scheduled for Thursday.
By Godfrey Mpetey
Sophomores Kennadie Anderson and Lucas Bentrud will run unopposed for Bethel Student Government President and Vice President in the election Thursday.
The two commenced their candidacy Tuesday night in the Underground to a crowd of 27 of their peers. Instead of a presidential debate, the candidates answered questions in a public forum to share their vision and ideas for the future of Bethel.
“We want to be the best advocates (for Bethel students),” Bentrud said.
The candidates expressed ideas such as creating surveys to students and allow direct communication. They also plan to work with Campus Ministries to increase chapel attendance. Bentrud ensures students’ voices will be heard through their administration.
“Our goal is to have a renewed appreciation for Bethel University.” Bentrud said. “(It) starts with us and how to better help this institution.”
Audience members sent a variety of questions, such as their stance on Bethel’s recent $6 million deficit. Anderson stated that while the budget deficit is a major concern, it isn’t substantial for an institution of Bethel’s size.
Candidates also answered questions regarding Snoop Dogg’s presence at Bethel for the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration. Anderson ensured that Bethel solely rented the facility for the event and had no part in inviting the rapper.
“I think it’s an opportunity for Snoop Dogg to be exposed to the faith we have here at Bethel,” Bentrud said.
In hopes of becoming the next student body president, Anderson says she relies on her experience as Director of Legacy Events to cater to all. She said she wants to reach out to all students who are underrepresented, specifically students of color and the LGBTQ community.
“(It) starts with sitting and listening,” Anderson said. “We must seek to understand rather than be understood.”
Vote for the student body presidency here.