Stressing the need to develop better communication between GUSA and the student body, Colin Krainin (COL ’07) and Chin-Hao Huang (SFS ’07) have developed three strategies to make the student association more effective and productive.

Krainin said he plans to use Community Councils, Neighborhood Councils and RAs to spread information and “tap the pulse of the student body and draw upon them for ideas.”

Krainin and Huang also plan to increase communication with the student body by asking student clubs to appoint a liaison to GUSA.

They also plan to expand the student association’s executive branch to include more volunteers.

“With the implementation of our three core strategies we will be able to set up a system by which GUSA will improve over time and be able to make constant progress on the issues,” Krainin said.


With previous experience in GUSA and numerous other campus groups, Happy Johnson (COL ’07) and Vikram Agrawal (SFS ’07) have put together a campaign to develop “One Georgetown” and enable the student body to hold the student association accountable.

“Our campaign for One Georgetown means that GUSA elites will no longer have a monopoly on student government,” Agrawal said.

Johnson and Agrawal’s top priorities are academic affairs and student services. They plan to secure online syllabi and course evaluations, increase the add/drop period and expand the number of businesses that accept the GOCard.

“We have plans to expand student services and to improve the daily life of every Hoya,” Agrawal said. “That is what student government is all about, helping the everyday student and being a proactive voice.”


With a dedication to improving the overall sense of the Georgetown community, Paul Diver (COL ’06) and Deets Sankaranarayan (SFS ’07) have two major priorities.

Their first goal is to work with housing services in order to have housing policies published before the time for students to make decisions regarding housing.

They also propose an extension of the add/drop period.

Diver and Sankaranarayan said they want to increase collaboration efforts between GUSA and other student groups on campus.

Diver said he wants to “make GUSA more accountable and available to the student body.”


Joe Dickey (COL ’06) and Tom Verghese (MSB ’06) have devised a comprehensive platform that emphasizes building up the Georgetown community.

“Tom and I want to impress the fact that our ticket represents every aspect of the Georgetown community, from athletics to clubs, to just regular Georgetown social life,” Dickey said.

They plan to get GUSA more involved in fundraising and financial aid. One of their highest priorities is “raising money for a Students-for-Students Scholarship Fund to help students in need pay for textbooks,” Dickey said. They also want to pump up overall school spirit by organizing more events that celebrate Georgetown.

Dickey and Verghese also called for the creation of more university-organized tailgating events to raise school spirit. They pledged to be open and accessible to students.


As transfer students who view GUSA and Georgetown from an outside perspective, Aaron Figura (MSB ’07) and Jordan anekin (COL ’07) have a campaign that focuses on campus life.

Figura said the student association has “lost touch with the student body.” Figura said he thinks his status as a transfer student is an asset that will help him bring a new perspective to GUSA.

He plans to increase campus support of the student association by bringing “big name entertainment” to campus.

“I feel that it’s important to get involved in the everyday lives of everyone,” Figura said.

Figura and Manekin also plan to hold office hours to hear the concerns and ideas of students.


Focusing exclusively on living wage, Nilou Huff (SFS ’06) and Anders Fremstad (COL ’06) plan to create a stronger community at Georgetown.

“We care about every issue if it’s an important issue to the students,” Huff said. “We do have an open platform for students to communicate with us.”

Huff said she and Fremstad plan to focus on living wage. She said GUSA “must lead this campaign to look out for the members of the community that are marginalized.”

Huff and Fremstad also plan to promote a stronger relationship between faculty and students. She said she hopes to bridge the “gap between students and faculty” by organizing a community event in Red Square.


David Loebsack (MSB ’06) and Roni LaSasso (COL ’06) have put together a platform that focuses primarily on living wage and campus housing.

“GUSA should be about something important,” Loebsack said. “GUSA should be about something that matters. We’re interested in the living wage problem, and we’re interested in housing.”

Loebsack said he and LaSasso have the ability to make changes in GUSA.

“We feel like we have enough contacts that we can take GUSA by storm,” he said.


Pravin Rajan (SFS ’07) and Nate Wright (COL ’06) plan to focus on campus housing, campus safety and alcohol policy.

Rajan said he and Wright plan to appoint student experts to work with the administration.

Rajan said they plan to “campaign for change in GUSA” while also using their experience in the Student Association as an advantage. Rajan said he and Wright were members of the campaign that brought Grab and Go Lunches and worked to change the alcohol policy.

“Both of us have been voices for change in GUSA for a long time,” Rajan said.


John Wilson (COL ’06) and Alfred Frawley (COL ’06) used Tuesday’s debate as an opportunity to lampoon GUSA, offering only satire and humor to paint the student association as a joke. “We should be talking about housing,” Wilson said. “Everyone’s been screwed by housing.”

Wilson said he has one goal he wants to accomplish if he is elected – he said he wants to throw a party in Red Square.

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