Student Body Elects New Government Officers

Posted: May 11, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Megan McDonnell

With Student Government elections over and the online ballots counted, Dale Van Wagner, a junior majoring in government and international politics, and Suzanne Sanderford, a junior business major, are ready to take over as the team George Mason students elected to lead them through the next academic year.

“I am so happy and excited that Suzanne and I won the election. I feel that we ran a solid campaign and did everything that we needed to do to put us in a good position to win,” says Van Wagner, who was student senate speaker and president/provost of the Student Advisory Council. “The very first thing that I plan on doing is fixing up the Student Government offices, making them a more professional work environment where students feel comfortable and welcome. Suzanne and I will be setting additional goals for next year.”

The duo’s platform included calling for a return to the system in which students could take 12-18 credits for the same price as they now pay for 12-16 credits. Van Wagner and Sanderford also want to create a student judicial board out of the existing Student Supreme Court to deal with student issues such as appeals to the honor committee, parking, and housing. They would also like to see a row of university townhouses set aside for Greek housing and a transportation program for students at parties who feel they do not have a safe ride home.

The mission of the Student Government of George Mason University is to “guarantee to every Student of this institution a Republican Form of Student Governance,” and to “protect each of them against injustice, invasion of privacy, and maladministration.” Van Wagner and Sanderford say they believe they can carry out that mission and help make George Mason University a better place.

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