Vox‘s Voting Guide: GUSA Off-Campus senators

Elections are tomorrow, and Vox is providing you today with a series on every dorm’s GUSA candidates. For off-campus representation, three senators are running for five available spots.

photo (20)Aziz Saqr (NHS ’16): Give us water fountains or give us death

Saqr, a human science major, is running to be GUSA off-campus Senator. The first issue he will address if elected is to add water fountains to the new science building. His main concern would be representing off-campus students’ interests in GUSA.

“I will attempt to work as a connection between on-campus and off-campus students,” he said. “Off-campus students are my priority.”

Aziz sees the fact that he is a freshman living off-campus as an advantage, as most of his friends live on campus. With this he says he can better bridge the two student populations.

Another advantage he says he has over other candidates is his prior student government experience. He participated in student council from eighth grade though senior year. He was successful in getting a student lounge and a senior skip-day. At Georgetown, he hopes to further students’ connection with the school by opening Healy Tower for tours.

His years in student council have also taught him lessons he can use in GUSA.

“Through my years in student council, I’ve realized that the only way to please a majority is through communication and making sure their issues are properly and diligently resolved,” he said.

Aziz is also confident in his ability to present possible changes to the school and argue in favor of them, which will enable him to better represent off-campus students.

“I feel that I have great ideas to bring to the table and I hope to get… off-campus students’ words out,” he said.

Pat Spagnuolo (SFS ’14): Where does the money go?

An International History major and Philodemic member, Spagnuolo is planning on running to be a GUSA off-campus representative with a platform focusing on GUSA finance, student rights, and keeping a good student-neighborhood relationship.

“One of the things I’m most interested in is the finance because GUSA has a lot of money,” Spagnuolo said. “They have a whole finance committee so I’d like to really get into that.” He hopes to learn more about how and where they spend their money and how much is left over.

“I have nothing to do with that at all, but I think that’s so important,” he said. “I definitely want to be involved in students’ rights, especially off-campus.”

That Georgetown authorities can basically do a “coin flip” to decide whether a student and should be written up has bothered him. He hopes the administration will make a change after having lived under this rule for two years.

Pat believes that his having attended Georgetown for two years will also set him apart from other candidates.

“As an upperclassman I have a different perspective,” he said. “The majority of the people who run are freshman… Just living off campus I bring a different idea to the table of what Georgetown life is for me and what the student relationship is with the neighborhood.” He said he will keep the Campus Plan in the back of his mind for all of his GUSA activities.

Sam Buckley did not respond to requests for comment.

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