Monday, October 8, 2012

Regents debate tonight at UCCS

Posted By on Mon, Oct 8, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Tonight, students at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs will be hosting a debate between the four at-large candidates for the University of Colorado Board of Regents.

The regents race, as important as it might be — regents are charged with the "general supervision of the university" and, basically, all its funds — does tend to get eclipsed by the larger-profile races in a presidential-year election. So consider educating yourself at the 7 p.m. event in Room 108 of Centennial Hall on the UCCS campus. The doors will open an hour ahead of time.

The candidates:

• Republican Brian Davidson
• Democrat Stephen Ludwig
• Libertarian Daniel Ong
• American Constitution Party rep Tyler Belmont

Full release after the jump.

UCCS Student Government to host regent candidate debate

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A debate among at-large candidates for the elected University of Colorado Board of Regents is scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 8 on the campus of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.

Candidates Steve Ludwig, Dr. Brian Davidson, Daniel Ong and Tyler Belmont will discuss their positions on issues affecting the university and answer questions. There are two at-large members on the board who serve the entire state with the remaining seven members representing each of Colorado’s congressional districts.

The one hour debate will be moderated by three UCCS students with each candidate having two minutes for opening remarks followed by questions posed by the moderators and closing remarks. Audience members will have the opportunity to submit questions by arriving early and submitting questions in writing. Doors for the event will open at 6 p.m.

The debate will take place in Centennial Hall Room 108 on the UCCS campus and is open to faculty, staff, students and greater Colorado Springs community members at no charge. Parking will be available in lots 3 and 4 at no charge.

“UCCS needs to be part of the overall conversation about the future of CU,” Steve Collier, student body president and event organizer, said. “Whether it’s growth, the addition of a branch campus of the CU School of Medicine here or any number of other issues, the candidates need to understand the unique nature of this campus within the CU System.”

The CU Board of Regents is charged constitutionally with the general supervision of the University of Colorado and its four campuses and the exclusive control and direction of all funds of and appropriations to the University, unless otherwise provided by law. The Board of Regents consists of nine members serving staggered six-year terms, one elected from each of the state's seven congressional districts and two from the state at-large. Ludwig currently holds the at-large position and is seeking reelection.

For more information about the CU Board of Regents, visit

The event’s sponsors are the UCCS Student Government Association and student chapters of Republican, Democrat and Libertarian parties.

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in Colorado Springs, is one of the fastest growing universities in the nation. The University offers 36 bachelor’s degrees, 19 master’s and five doctoral degrees. UCCS enrolls about 9,800 students on campus annually and another 2,000 in online programs. For more information, visit

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