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“My proposals … cut to the core of many students’ concerns about life at GW: the lack of a university-wide student arts festival, campus safety, the equitable and responsible distribution of student group funds, tuition increases, and the availability of good, cheap entertainment. My platform, moreover, is entirely feasible; I haven’t proposed a single idea which is beyond the power of the SA Senate.”

 

In a few weeks, the students of the Columbian College will select their representatives to the Student Association Senate. This is an important decision. Members of the Senate have access to the university administration and currently distribute over $500,000 to various student organizations. Their greatest importance, however, resides in their dedication to the improvement of the university life. With this goal and responsibility in mind, I’ve drawn up the following platform:

 

First, I propose that the university add a student art exposition to the Spring Fling itinerary. This event will provide a great showcase for students’ talents, bring new vitality to the school, and improve the overall quality of Spring Fling.

 

Second, and in the interest of campus safety, I will support any effort to close the 2100 block of H Street between the 8 AM and 5 PM rush hours. This will keep dangerous traffic away from the busiest part of campus without significantly inconveniencing commuters.

 

Third, I suggest that the SA carefully review its distribution of funds and the current needs of student groups. With a projected increase in money allotted to student groups in 2004-2005, the Senate’s budgetary responsibilities are only becoming more important.

 

Fourth, I will strongly support the administration’s plan to set a fixed, four-year tuition price for incoming freshman, and I will advocate for the extension of this proposal to the classes now at GW. Too many of our peers get to their junior or senior year only to find that they can no longer afford to attend GW because of annual tuition hikes.

 

Finally, I will lead an effort to bring a well-stocked Blockbuster Video to the GW campus. The Quigley’s Pharmacy building, currently occupied by dusty old maps and disconnected computer monitors, could house the franchise, and a Blockbuster would provide a welcome alternative to Tower Video’s annoyingly inferior selection.

 

 

But what do my proposals mean as a whole? They represent an attempt to cut to the core of many students’ concerns about life at GW: the lack of a university-wide student arts festival, campus safety, the equitable and responsible distribution of student group funds, tuition increases, and the availability of good, cheap entertainment. My platform, moreover, is entirely feasible; I haven’t proposed a single idea which is beyond the power of the SA Senate. But these are more than the proposals which make up my platform. More importantly, they indicate the ideas that, with your consent, will characterize my tenure of office: a concern for what is possible and a regard for what is necessary.

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