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The Georgetown University Student Association (GUSA) is the student government of Georgetown University in Washington, DC (United States). Modeled after the United States federal government, it consists of three branches: executive, legislative and judicial. Georgetown University, incorporated as the The President and Directors of the College of Georgetown, is a private university in the United States, located in Georgetown, a historic neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Founded on January 23, 1789 by Archbishop John Carroll, it is both the oldest Roman Catholic and oldest... Aerial photo (looking NW) of the Washington Monument and the White House in Washington, DC. Washington, D.C., officially the District of Columbia (also known as D.C.; Washington; the Nations Capital; the District; and, historically, the Federal City) is the capital city and administrative district of the United... A legislature is a governmental deliberative body with the power to adopt laws. ... The judiciary, also referred to as the judicature, consists of justices, judges and magistrates among other types of adjudicators. ...

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Executive Branch

The Executive Branch is currently led by President Nicholas "Twister" Murchison and Vice-President Salik Ishtiaq. The President and Vice President, elected by the entire undergraduate population each year, oversee an Executive Staff that deals with the day-to-day operations of the Student Association. Additionally, the President and Vice President appoint, with confirmation by the Senate, secretaries for twelve Cabinet Departments, ranging from Academic Affairs to Student Health. These departments are staffed by students, who do not have to be elected to participate. In addition, the Executives appoint student representatives to various External Boards, including the Board of Governors and the Speech and Expression Committee. Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States (1861-1865) The majority of this article is about heads of states. ... A vice president is an officer in government or business who is next in rank below a president. ...


Legislative Branch

The Legislative Branch consists of the Senate, a body of thirty-five Senators, and is led by Speaker Christina Goodlander and Vice-Speaker Reginald Greer. The Senate was established in September of 2006 by a controversial campus-wide referendum. Consisting of seven standing committees, the Senate advocates on behalf of students in all aspects of student life, but holds no substantive power over the University administration and its policies.


Finance Committee

The Finance Committee oversees the allocation of the Student Activities Fee, which funds student groups. The Ways and Means Committee is in charge of overseeing internal protocol and vetting Executive appointments to external boards, such as the Board of Directors. Additionally, the Ways and Means Committee is charged with holding these student appointments accountable to the student body at large.


Academic Affairs Committee

The Academic Affairs Committee coordinates with the Academic Councils of each of Georgetown's four undergraduate schools, and fosters dialog and exchange between students and faculty.


Housing and Facilities Committee

The Housing and Facilities Committee advocates for students on these issues, and works on things such as expanded meal plans and improved campus housing.


Student Health and Safety Committee

The Student Health and Safety Committee implements programs to benefit student well-being, and is currently working on a comprehensive sexual-assault awareness program and on making STD testing free on campus.


Outreach Committee

The Outreach Committee plans events to make the Student Association relevant. The Student Life Committee works on all other aspects of student life, and is currently lobbying in opposition to a proposed campus-wide ban on kegs. The administration ultimately decided not to ban kegs, which is seen as the result of successful student lobbying efforts.


Committee on Economic Sustainability

The ad hoc Committee on Economic Sustainability is working to make Georgetown more environmentally-friendly, and recently succeeded in saving thousands of dollars in energy by staging a "Cold Turkey" campaign to remind students to turn off all electronics over Thanksgiving vacation.


Judicial Branch

The Judicial Branch consists of the Constitutional Council, which oversees all internal Student Association disputes and is charged with stewardship of the Constitution.


Notable Alumni

Former GUSA members include Richard McCooey, founder of popular local restaurants 1789 and The Tombs; former Senator Philip A. Hart; and famed magazine publisher Condé Nast. Former U.S. President Bill Clinton ran for student body president during his junior year at Georgetown and although he had been president of the freshman class, he failed to win election. Philip Aloysius Hart (December 10, 1912–December 26, 1976) was a Democratic senator from Michigan. ... Condé Montrose Nast, born March 26, 1873 in New York City, United States, died there on September 19, 1942, was the founder of Condé Nast Publications, a major American magazine publisher. ... William Jefferson Bill Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III[1] on August 19, 1946) was the 42nd President of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001. ...


External Links

  • GUSA Homepage
  • GUSA Blog

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News -- Compromise on GUSA Reform To Be Announced This Evening (1597 words)
The GUSA constitutional convention issue has seen yet another controversy in the last two days — in the form of a "Common Sense" pamphlet distributed to residence halls — even in the midst of a compromise to be announced at tonight’s Assembly meeting.
GUSA members and interested parties on both sides of the student association’s constitutional debate hammered out a compromise plan in a closed meeting Saturday, the details of which will be made public at tonight’s Assembly meeting.
GUSA Rep Yea Afolabi (COL ’00) added that she also believed the quote was taken out of context, although she did not remember Rue’s exact words.
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