Prefrosh Preview: Student government… to care or not to care?
When incoming freshmen arrive on campus, they immediately become familiar with the gumption of student advocacy on campus. At the only available epicenter of this universe of hastily generated fliers and starry-eyed, clipboard-toting activists in Red Square stands the Georgetown University Student Association, also known as GUSA, commonly known as “goosa.”
At a university where a sizable percentage of the population is convinced that they will one day be the president of the United States, the lucky few who win a seat on the Senate take their job very, very seriously. However, despite the enthusiasm of the senators themselves, questions such as “What is GUSA?”, “What does GUSA actually do?” and “If GUSA passes a bill and no one is around to care, does it still not matter?” remain hotly debated and eternally amusing topics of discussion on campus.
The fact remains that whether you are the next crusader who vows to “fix Leo’s” or simply find yourself a victim to campaign door-knocking, as a student at Georgetown you will encounter GUSA in one way or another. Under the leadership and rippling pectorals of President Nate Tisa (SFS ’14), GUSA exists as a valuable resource for student life at Georgetown.
In order to take full advantage of GUSA’s presence on campus the best advice Vox can give you is to stay informed. Follow GUSA on Twitter, like them on Facebook, visit the new GUSA website, ect… In addition to the usual social media outlets, Vox chronicles the weekly escapades of the Senate in her GUSA Roundup. Vox won’t deny that many of the issues that GUSA debates and passes legislation on are occasionally outright ridiculous (their Twitter was established via an Act of the Senate), however GUSA has seen many important successes, among them the implementation of the Clear and Convincing policy and the lift of the campus keg limit last spring.
For those of you who are especially eager, don’t hesitate to get involved! If, like most mortals, you are intimidated by the effortless sex appeal and student government savvy of Nate Tisa, keep in mind that even he was once a freshman. Even if the prospect of an election is too daunting, don’t hesitate to contact GUSA senators with ideas and concerns, they love to hear from other students and are more than happy to work with their fellow students to transform life Georgetown from functioning chaos to something we can be proud of.
Editor’s Note: The “A” stands for association, not organization.