Hometown: Syracuse, N.Y.
Embarrassing freshman year moment: During big-little week I sang “Sweet Caroline” to a girl named Caroline in front of about 100 people.
Next song University President Steven Knapp should dance to: “Teach me how to Dougie” by Cali Swag District
Platform: expand study space; eliminate fees; create George’s List
Two-year Student Association Senate veteran Chris Clark knows the importance of experience when dealing with the SA.
“My experience has given me the intangibles that no other candidate has,” Clark said. “I not only know the inner workings of the SA, but I also understand them. I’ve seen firsthand what works, and I know how these things can work better for a successful future.”
Clark said his year spent as chair of the SA Senate Finance Committee made him one of the few people on campus who fully understands the financial process for student orgs.
“There are candidates promising changes in funding and in the process itself that are not tangible,” Clark said. “I’ve worked to reform the financial process so that the next chair who comes in does not have to start from scratch. I know how things work and how to accomplish goals.”
If elected, Clark intends to advocate for more study space on campus and to make the University “more affordable” by making textbooks available electronically in Gelman Library.
Clark’s focal point is to create George’s List, modeled after the website Craigslist, where students can sell old textbooks, furniture, concert tickets and pass down apartments.
“What’s unique about George’s List is [it’s] exclusive to GW. Every student needs their NetID and password to access it. Students actually know who they’re selling to,” Clark said.
Clark admitted the SA has lacked efficiency in previous years, but he intends to change the setbacks.
“The SA is too concerned with reforming its internal problems, we need more structure,” he said. “At the end of my term, I’m not going to say, ‘We’ve made progress,’ because students will be able to see the actual tangible results.”