Freshman enters race for Student Association president

Tywan Wade is running for the Student Association’s top seat, the only freshman to enter the race so far. Registration for candidates closes Friday. Photo Courtesy of Tywan Wade

Updated: Feb. 14, 2013 at 1:33 p.m.

A freshman is the third to declare for the Student Association’s top seat, pledging to highlight Greek life and improve life on the Mount Vernon Campus.

Tywan Wade said if elected he would propel Greek organizations into a more prominent role on campus, adding seats to the SA Senate for Greek delegates, pushing for more Greek housing and creating a website for incoming freshman to “virtually rush” before coming to campus.

Wade is not in a Greek organization, but called Greek life “one of the greatest things at GW.”

“I’m still a student with opinions. I did not feel like I would be able to fufill the goals in those Senate seats,” Wade said. “I thought president is the best capacity to hold at this time. I don’t like to be boxed in. I don’t like to have people tell me what they want me to do.”

He also hopes to add more committees to Program Board for a wider range of entertainment on campus. The freshman, who lives in Potomac House, said he would have more concerts on the Mount Vernon Campus. The University held Spring Fling on the Vern until April 2011.

Wade said most of his ideas stem from “bad experiences” at GW, like when he said he ordered a 4-RIDE four times in one night, but had to carry a case of water bottles by himself for seven blocks.

If elected, he also said he would create a recycling program for J Street and Pelham Commons. Students fought last semester to increase composting of food waste, and officials said in November the effort is in the works.

He will run against junior Julia Susuni and sophomore and SA Sen. Michael Morgan, ESIA-U.

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