Hometown: Yorktown, Virginia
Major: Political science
Student organizations/activities: President of George’s Army
Previous SA experience: SA senator, finance committee chair, student life committee, diversity and inclusion assembly
Favorite GWorld spot: GW Deli
Favorite off-campus spot: Nando’s PERi-PERi
Dream job: President of the United States Soccer Federation
Favorite childhood memory: Waking up early on the weekends to play Nintendo 64 with my brother
Proudest GW moment: Winning the “Fan of the Year” award my freshman year and then almost getting arrested afterward because an officer mistook the foam finger in my pocket for a weapon
Fun fact: I spend a good amount of time on the weekends taking long walks, often playing Pokemon Go
Favorite place in the world: Lexington Park, Maryland on the Patuxent River
Role model: My parents
George Glass never misses a basketball game.
He arrives at each sporting event dressed as a hot dog or shark head to rally George’s Army – a student organization fan section he leads. Glass said his time spreading school spirit as the army’s president, or “general,” motivated him to run for the Student Association’s top spot and ramp up school spirit across the University.
“You need a vision if you’re someone leading an organization as big as the SA,” Glass said. “We need to have a campus and a GW and an SA that’s more spirited, that’s more prideful, that’s more passionate than what we have right now.”
He said the University “desperately” lacks school spirit and SA representation – two necessities he will focus on if elected. Glass said he will work to familiarize students with the SA in general, where the SA office is located and how the SA can help the student body.
“The best way that we can operate is if we have someone in office who takes the work seriously but doesn’t take themselves seriously,” he said.
Glass’ platform outlines more than 20 initiatives aimed at increasing the community between students and administrators. He wants to advocate for a mural in Potomac Square that highlights student artists, a spirit week ahead of basketball season and a Metro pass that would provide students unlimited access to ensure students can visit places off campus.
“This is another thing going back again to pride and love of the school,” Glass said. “How great would it be if the administration invested in students and said, ‘Hey, we’ll opt-in and buy into U-Pass so that you can get anywhere in the D.C. area.’”
His website states that he would require SA members to attend at least two extracurricular student organization events to boost the SA’s involvement in the community.
Glass added that his experience as a two-time senator and current finance committee chair has prepared him to serve as president because he understands the inner workings of the organization.
Finance committee members allocate more than $1.7 million to student organizations. Glass said he sponsored a resolution in January to reclaim unspent funds from student organizations after the first semester instead of the end of the year to disperse more money to organizations throughout the year.
“I’m not just doing this because I want it for my resume, or I want the scholarship,” he said. “I’m doing this because I think that there’s a unique opportunity to really transform the SA and help transform the school into something that’s better than what it already is.”