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 Murphy Kate Delaney and Michael Appau.
Why are you qualified to the GUSA President and Vice President?
Our combination of GUSA experience and involvement with other campus organizations and activities makes us the most qualified and most effective voices for all Georgetown students. Our emphasis and passion is to create a better Georgetown and a better GUSA.
What are your top three goals that you hope to achieve as the GUSA Executives?
Our top three goals are:
(1) Expand the services that GUSA provides to benefit the daily lives and Georgetown experiences for all students. Services like: HoyaList (including a Text Book Co-Op), Bulldog Bikes, and the organization of Short-Term Community Service Projects.
(2) Improve GUSA’s Outreach with the Georgetown student body. We will re-vamp Executive ‘Office Hours’ and spend this time meeting with student group leaders, attend meetings of student organizations, and visit Freshmen common rooms on a regular basis to fully understand the needs and successes of Georgetown students. We think it is of the utmost importance that GUSA invests in Georgetown and does not sit back waiting for Georgetown to invest in GUSA.
(3) Build on the successful long-term goals and initiatives of past GUSA administrations. We will continue to address major issues: student space, neighborhood relations, and Code of Conduct reform. We have practical solutions to alleviate the severity of these problems for current Georgetown students in the short-term and will work to create a better Georgetown in the future.
What do you believe GUSA’s role should be in interacting with the administration?
As the voice of the student body, GUSA should be the students’ advocate. GUSA needs to take its role as the connection between the students and the administration seriously and bridge the gap in communication that often exists.
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?
Through such initiatives as Executive Office Hours, the Student Advocacy Office, and Project Move-In, Mike and Greg were able to improve GUSA Outreach—a trend that we would absolutely continue in our administration. Even so, there is room for improvement in making GUSA’s presence felt in the daily lives of students. We will solve this problem by having GUSA provide practical services that make Georgetown a better place. In our administration every student will know the answer to “What is GUSA?”
Do you believe that student groups are people? (inspired by Mitt Romney)
Yes, in the sense that student groups represent people who share a common interest. Murph and Mike will make GUSA the group that represents all Georgetown students’ interests.