Come on people now, GUSA-style

The latest morsel of campus-wide email fun comes from GUSA president Pat Dowd and his vice-president James Kelly, both of whom really really want you to get involved in student government.The first part of the email is a heads up about the annual/semesterly/whenever GUSA Senate elections. But bear with it; the second half is the good stuff. Pat and James want you to join GUSA Grassroots, “a new subsidiary of the Executive that reports directly to the President of the Student Body.”

The execs go on to explain that “In the same way that involvement in national politics tends to begin at the grassroots level, GUSA Grassroots is the perfect place for you to begin your own career in campus politics.” It’s admirable that P and J want to get someone other than the usual GUSA types involved, but GG is bizarre for two reasons:

  1. How can another committee do anything for GUSA?
  2. Since when is grassroots activism initiated by the people in power?

Obviously the second point is rhetorical, because even GUSA execs aren’t exactly “in power”. The email’s after the jump.

Dear Hoyas,

Here are two ways to get involved with student government this year:

GUSA Senate Information Sessions
The Georgetown University Student Association (GUSA) Senate is the representative body of student government at Georgetown.  Students are elected from each residential district to represent the needs of that district in advocating on behalf of the student body.  If you are interested in running for the Georgetown University Student Association Senate on Tuesday, September, 23rd, please attend one of the following information sessions in order to pick up your candidacy forms, meet student leaders, and to learn more about GUSA in general.

The information sessions will be held on:

Tuesday, September 9th in White-Gravenor 201A at 8:15pm and

Wednesday, September 10th in Reiss 112 at 9pm
If you have any questions, please contact the Election Commission at electioncommission@georgetown.edu.

Best Regards,
Reggie Greer (COL ’09)

ATTENTION ALL FUTURE POLITICIANS, LOBBYISTS, AND POLICY WONKS!

Dear Hoyas,

Interested in getting directly involved with the Georgetown University Student Association (GUSA)?  GUSA Grassroots is the organization for you!  While student government is comprised of both the Executive and the Senate, GUSA Grassroots is a new subsidiary of the Executive that reports directly to the President of the Student Body. In the same way that involvement in national politics tends to begin at the grassroots level, GUSA Grassroots is the perfect place for you to begin your own career in campus politics. To find out more about how to become a member of GUSA Grassroots, come to GUSA‘s informational meeting Tuesday, September 9th in Sellinger Lounge at 9pm.  This is your chance to be apart of Georgetown history!

Best,

Pat Dowd
Student Body President

James Kelly
Student Body V.P.

“Be a Leader Today Amongst the Leaders of Tomorrow…”

8 Comments on “Come on people now, GUSA-style

  1. Be a Leader Today Amongst the Leaders of Tomorrow has kind of a “subjugating your fellow students” thing going on. I dig it.

  2. It’s funny that they wrote apart rather than a part — it is almost as if they recognize that those involved will NOT have a place in Georgetown history.

  3. “Since when is grassroots activism initiated by the people in power?”

    It’s called “astroturfing,” and it’s as fake and scuzzy as it sounds.

  4. For sure on Astroturfing. We were this close to using a picture of the Astrodome for the post, but you can’t ignore a chance to use Bulbasaur.

    Also, is this VP’s first visit from the vaunted Patriot? So exciting.

  5. Yeah, I guess so. ::grinds toe into dirt.::

    You got a nice blog here. So, um, yeah, so I was thinkin’ that maybe, like, we could maybe, I don’t know, blogroll each other sometime. You know, just as friends. No commitment.

    Yeah. That would be tops.

  6. Pingback: Vox Populi » GUSA: Not all peaches ‘n’ cream, grassroots explained

  7. I know it’s taboo to say anything positive about GUSA, but has anyone considered that GUSA Grassroots might have the potential to be a positive force for the much needed change so often called for by writers at The Voice. I’m not suggesting we give our elected leaders the benefit of the doubt (God forbid!), but I for one am interested to learn more…

  8. The Grassroots is explained in a more recent post. While it seems just like a street team for now, sure, I’m up for hearing more. It certainly can’t hurt.

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