After she was crowned Miss GW 1999, executive vice presidential candidate Cat Sadler jokingly said if things did not work out with the Student Association she would consider the Miss Universe pageant.
Sadler said her experience as Miss GW may have given her a good starting point for other pageants. But it is her involvement with campus groups, among them the SA, that has given her a solid background to preside over the Senate as executive vice president.
“Basically, by being a member of all of these groups, I see the amount of bureaucracy that these groups have to go through,” said Sadler, who is getting two bachelor’s degrees in a five-year program. “The SA needs to work with (student groups) directly.”
Sadler said her involvement with student groups is what spurred her to include SA financial reform as a major part of her platform.
“Being a member of these groups, I’ve seen all the financial allocations first hand, and I know we need to make the financial process in the SA more efficient and more accountable,” she said.
Another important aspect of Sadler’s platform stems not from her involvement with other student groups, but from her involvement with the SA’s Student Security Advisory Team.
Sadler said she hopes to improve security on campus by making the shuttle service between the Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon campuses a 24-hour service, expanding the campus escort service to off-campus locations, and installing better lighting and more call boxes on campus.
Sadler said she also is concerned about academics. She said she believes many students have trouble navigating their school’s hierarchy. In response, she proposes creating “student departmental committees” to advocate “directly to professors and chairs” and run the freshman advising program.
Sadler was removed from the ballot for violating Joint Elections Committee rules, but is expected to appeal the decision.
Sadler said her running mate, presidential candidate Phil Meisner, shares the same platform. That they see eye-to-eye on so many issues will help them implement their ideas, she said.
“We are running together because we really feel there needs to be a closer working relationship between the executive and legislative branches in the SA,” Sadler said. “We have a shared vision.”
Hometown: Wistaston, England
Major: Double major in criminal justice and political science
Credentials: SA undergraduate senator; mock trial team founder and captain for 2 years; founder of the political science honor society; Neighbors Project volunteer; founding member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority; leader on the Student Security Advisory Team
“Being a member of these groups, I’ve seen all the financial allocations first hand, and I know we need to make the financial process in the SA more efficient and more accountable.”