T. Greg Doucette discusses how he became involved in Student Government as a freshman. Interview on October 4, 2011. (2:55)


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I was almost exclusively a student government guy. 00:00:00.000 - 00:00:04.490
When I was here for orientation 00:00:04.490 - 00:00:07.321
we lived in Bragaw Hall, my grandparents had a hotel room, 00:00:07.321 - 00:00:11.121
and there was some kind of play that they did in Talley, 00:00:11.121 - 00:00:16.561
talking about what life was like on campus. So we were walking from Bragaw to Talley 00:00:16.561 - 00:00:20.860
and my grandparents were going regardless. I was determined to skip 00:00:20.860 - 00:00:24.281
because there was this-. Before we had kind of the Cates Crawl all the people set up in the 00:00:24.281 - 00:00:30.643
auditorium area of Witherspoon, so I snuck my way in and went to this little student organization area, 00:00:30.643 - 00:00:36.866
thinking I was going to join College Republicans, because I was a political activist in high school, 00:00:36.866 - 00:00:40.484
so that was my focus. Under no circumstances was I going to do student government. 00:00:40.484 - 00:00:44.531
As I'm walking around actually I met Jenny Chang, who was the student body president at the time, 00:00:44.531 - 00:00:49.455
and I'm picking up stuff from the different tables and she motions me over to the SG table 00:00:49.455 - 00:00:55.952
and I'm like, okay, well what group are you? She goes, "I'm with student government," 00:00:55.952 - 00:00:59.433
and I'm like [Noise of hesitation], "I'm not trying to be rude but I just really have no interest in what y'all are doing." 00:00:59.433 - 00:01:06.309
She goes, "Well what do you think we do?" and I gave some kind of idiotic response that in hindsight was really dumb, 00:01:06.309 - 00:01:10.484
but she goes, "Okay, well I'll cut you a deal. You don't have to join student government but take this pamphlet for our Wolf Aides program, 00:01:10.484 - 00:01:16.788
apply and see what happens." So I'm like, okay, cool, thank you. 00:01:16.788 - 00:01:20.008
End up leaving the room and someone makes it a point to me-. One of the other folks in the orientation group goes, 00:01:20.008 - 00:01:26.012
"Oh, you realize that was the student body president?" I'm like, "No, I don't know who the student body president is or what they do." 00:01:26.012 - 00:01:31.279
He was like, "Yeah, that's the president of the whole campus." I'm like, okay. I really sounded like an idiot. 00:01:31.279 - 00:01:34.950
But what ended up happening-. So that was orientation. 00:01:34.950 - 00:01:38.375
We move in, I apply to the Wolf Aides program and they end up accepting me as one of their members. 00:01:38.375 - 00:01:43.419
Go to a meeting and after that meeting I come back and my RA, a guy named Brian Overington, was actually a student senator, 00:01:43.419 - 00:01:52.601
and as I'm coming back from Wolf Aides he was coming back from senate and he was ranting and raving about something they had voted on that night, 00:01:52.601 - 00:01:58.127
and I'm intrigued. I'm like, this is politics. This is what I did in high school. 00:01:58.127 - 00:02:01.560
He explains to me what's going on and he goes, "You know, you really should think about trying to be one of the freshman senators." 00:02:01.560 - 00:02:07.199
Back then we had gotten rid of freshman elections. 00:02:07.199 - 00:02:12.380
They voted for freshmen for a time, I guess turn-out kind of fell off, and then for a long period of time they appointed them, 00:02:12.380 - 00:02:18.887
so I ended up getting appointed and I was kind of hooked after that. I literally did student government just about every year I was at State. 00:02:18.887 - 00:02:27.710
My freshman year I was a student senator, I ran for senate president as a freshman, which is idiotic in hindsight, 00:02:27.710 - 00:02:33.809
definitely lost, came in third out of three. Worked for the media sophomore year, 00:02:33.809 - 00:02:38.952
worked for the media when I came back in '05, I call that my second sophomore year, 00:02:38.952 - 00:02:42.943
then was a student senator again and then spent my last two years as president of the student senate. 00:02:42.943 - 00:02:47.844

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