Today, Vox will complete the series of blurbs on students running for GUSA Senate. Yesterday we ran candidates from Village A, here we have the seven candidates for the Southwest Quadrangle: Sam Greco, James Gadea, Michael Mezzino, Jemm Dela Cruz, Nolan Diconti, and Jack Manning. Max Malec could not be reached for an interview.
Sam Greco is a sophomore in the School of Foreign Service, thinking of majoring in International Politics. He previously served in GUSA for half a year as a Senator-At-Large. He is running for reelection because he believes GUSA has an important role to play in serving as a check on the administration.
“Whenever I talk to students I hear the same thing, the administration will put their other pursuits over the undergraduates and that couldn’t be a bigger problem in my opinion.” Greco said. “So I’m running to make sure the university considers the students as their top concern in any decision they make.”
On Grecos’ agenda is passing the Student Code of Conduct reform and reforming Leo’s. Reforming Leo’s was something Greco worked on previously during his term in GUSA. “The university has a large amount of influence they can put on ARAMARK that they’re not doing at the moment, and we need to get on them to make those changes.”
Greco points to his experience in GUSA and SFS academic council as an asset which will allow him to hit the ground running. “I know the ropes, I know who you have to talk to to get things done. There’s no learning period with me.”
He feels his biggest accomplishments in GUSA include supporting the Code of Conduct reform and fighting to eliminate the sophomore meal plan requirements. “That’s just an example of a time I was really fighting for something that would benefit students and although we were up against the administration I’m not done fighting.”
James Gadea is a freshman in the SFS, thinking of majoring in International History. He lives on the Culture and Performance Living Learning Community in Reynolds.
Gadea places a strong emphasis on environmental impact and creating a green future for Georgetown. “I want to start an environmental program.” Gadea said. “[It] would plant a lot of trees and do some landscaping for the University, so that in 20 years or so, there would be a lot more trees on campus and make our campus a lot more greener.”
Gadea feels that around campus there are very few trees, which can have huge a large positive environmental impact. Getting this project off the ground would be among Gadea’s first priorities, “working with the administration, seeing if we can get some funding to do some planting. Planting trees is a relatively low cost investment and it has a high pay off because in 20 years the campus would be significantly nicer.”
Gadea would like to plant these trees in the different grassy areas around campus. In high school Gadea researched the impact trees could have on lead in the soil, which started his interested in environmental causes. “I know the university is trying to go greener, so I think this would go well with what they’re already working on.” Gadea acknowledges his project is looking for a long term payoff and as much as he wants to make current students happy, he also wants “to put my concerns to the use of future generations as well.”