Vox invited each ticket to respond to five questions about their campaigns to be the next leaders of the GUSA Executive. They will be posted without editing or comment. Below is the response of Colton Malkerson and Maggie Cleary.
Why are you qualified to the GUSA President and Vice President?
We are the most experienced ticket running with the clearest track record. Colton is Chair of the GUSA Finance & Appropriations Committee. He has led SAFE Reform efforts for the past three years, resulting in a more accountable SAC, triple the amount of funding for clubs, and $3.5 million being allocated to NSSC, Georgetown Energy, and SIPS Fund. Maggie is Director of Executive Outreach and Chair of College Republicans. She understands how to run an effective executive. She also knows the needs of clubs and what reforms are needed.
What are your top three goals that you hope to achieve as the GUSA Executives?
1) Bring Zipcars to campus and give students free online newspaper subscriptions
2) Reform the Code of Conduct so it’s fair and reasonable
3) Ensure student ownership and operation of the pub in New South Student Center
What do you believe GUSA’s role should be in interacting with the administration?
GUSA’s job is to advocate for and defend student interests. We are the students’ primary contact with University officials. It’s our job to work with them to get things done, but also hold them accountable. This is why experience is so important. Implementing campaign promises requires a working relationship with administrators. We have this already and are prepared to start working on day one.
How would you characterize President Meaney’s and Vice President Laverriere’s time in office? If elected what do you plan to do the same/differently?
Mike and Greg have had a solid term as GUSA President and VP. We want to continue this progress. We have laid out an ambitious agenda that is relevant to students. It would be our personal mission to accomplish all we promised during the campaign.
Do you believe that student groups are people?