Elections 2012: Will Thompson

Presidential candidate

  • Year: Junior
  • Major: International affairs
  • Hometown: Atlanta

Platform: Lowering book costs, expanding alumni and undergraduate networking and minimizing effects of construction on students

Clubs/Activities: College Republicans, former Treasurer of Delta Phi Epsilon, CI coordinator

Previous SA Experience: None

Favorite @FakeStevenKnapp tweet: “The reason we don’t send out alerts on time is because I’m a big fan of surprises”

Will Thompson said he knows how to present the right arguments to the right people.

Recognizing that the Student Association has limited influence in a “behemoth” system, he said he knows the importance of working with the University to enact change.

“[This University] moves slowly, but when it moves, it takes big steps,” he said.

As a former coordinator for Colonial Inauguration, Thompson learned that one of the biggest obstacles facing GW is a communication barrier between administrators and students.

“Sometimes [administrators] are not aware that their ideas might not translate well to the students,” he said.

If elected, he said he would fight to include a student voice in more discussions, from the appearance and noise of campus construction sites to blue lights and pedestrian safety.

He also wants to publicize GW’s alumni mentoring opportunities through the career center’s website.

Thompson is committed to lowering the financial burden of textbooks by urging professors to consider costs when assigning materials and utilizing Blackboard to post electronic resources.

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