19 years, 11 months old
- School and major:
Columbian College Majoring in Political Science Minoring in Jornalism & Mass Communications
- Career aspirations:
Ideally, I would love to own and manage youth summer camps. I have worked at a camp for several years and I think that the dynamic of the camping environment is something that isn’t found anywhere else. It’s a good way to keep you young and its a fun and profitable industry.
- Three activities you’ve pursued at GW aside from any Student Association work:
I am a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity on campus where I have held the position of philanthropy chair as well as house manager. I am a member of the GW Club Sailing Team where I race in regattas up and down the mid-east coast.
- Favorite Power Ranger (and why):
This one’s easy: My favorite Power Ranger was the red one because his name was also Jason!
- Number of GW women’s basketball games attended during your matriculation:
I have attended three woman’s basketball games over the past year and a half.
- Favorite variety of ethnic food:
I’m a big fan of Italian food, my weakness is a good chicken parmesan.
- Top priority for your administration:
The top priority of next year’s SA, if I am elected, will be focusing on advocating for students in Rice Hall. In DC everyone needs a lobbyist and I will be that lobbyist. We need to avoid wasting money on expensive programming, that’s not our job. We should be spending out time listening to students’ concerns and bringing them to the ears of key university administrators.
- One student issue that isn’t as important as students seem to think that it is:
The lack of information that is given to students is always something that concerns me. On a campus such as ours there are so many incredible events, impressive speakers and spectacular opportunities, but a lot of the time, students miss these opportunities because they weren’t informed. The university needs to work toward building a unified events calendar that will ensure that students do not miss big events because they weren’t informed. In a school that sends out an average of 15 infomails each week, we should be able to know about all of the opportunities on our campus.
- The best thing about GW:
Given GW’s location in the center of our Nation’s capital, our campus attracts world leaders and notable speakers on a regular basis. I think that the events that come to campus really set us apart from schools elsewhere in the country. The panel of the 5 former Secretaries of State that came to Lisner in the fall was a true once in a lifetime event that only happens at a school such as GW.
- The worst thing about GW:
I have seen our school spirit all but disappear in the couple of years that I have been affiliated with GW. When I came for my perspective student tour, I remember seeing lines down the block from the Smith Center with people dying to get in to watch basketball games or people going up to the vern to see our soccer team play. Recently, our teams have lost the support that they once had and I think that that is a real shame. We need to support our athletic teams as a rallying point on campus and work to rebuild our school spirit.
- One reason that one other candidate for the EVP (name him or her) wouldn’t make a good EVP:
This is a student election, not a game of dirty politics. I’m not sure why this question was included but clearly everyone agrees that its inappropriate.
- “Knowing what I know now, I would have voted for OG last year.”
Evaluate this statement with a justification for your answer.
Hindsight is 20/20, as we entered last year’s election season we were faced with a handful of candidates that promised us great things. I was excited to see what the different candidates had to offer and it seemed that they all had great things to say. If I could go back in time, yes I most likely would have rethought some of the voting decisions that I made, but that doesn’t do anything at this point. Looking forward, I can promise that I will work hard for the student body, I will not back down on my campaign platforms (more details on those at jasonlifton.com) and I will work as hard as possible to fight for the Student Body that is entrusting me to be their advocate. I am sure that at this point next year, “I voted for Jason Lifton” will be a phrase that people will be proud to say when looking at the all the SA had done.