One thing GW does better than Georgetown: student gov’t scandals
In August, the Executive Cabinet of GW’s Student Assocation went to a Nationals game together as part of a cabinet retreat. The GW Hatchet, fearless newspaper that it is, started poking around to see how the tickets were paid for, prompting this gem of an email to be sent to the entire cabinet (emphasis mine):
Emily Cahn from the Hatchet is calling around looking to find out how retreat was paid for. You are to tell her the following and ONLY THE FOLLOWING:
You paid for your own food and tickets to all events. This includes Nationals, Redskins, Nooshi, Froggys, etc. Then try and throw in something about how you had to stop Vishal from paying himself and you insisted on paying.
This is very IMPORTANT and this email must remain CONFIDENTIAL. Anyone found leaking this email will have appropriate action pursued against them. Do not seek her out, but if she contacts you the above is what you are to say.
SA President Chief of Staff
Rule no. 1, Greta: you have to be a little more specific in your threats if you expect them to have any effect. Does “appropriate action” mean the leak won’t be allowed to sit at the SA Executive Cabinet lunch table for a week or are we talking death by public stoning?
According to the Hatchet, SA president Vishal Aswani paid for the tickets, which cost $315, himself and then reimbursed himself with SA funds. Aswami claims to have since returned the SA fund, though the SA has refused provide the Hatchet with documentation to this effect. What a delightful scandal.
Which brings me to my main point: Pat and James, I’m calling you out. Where’s our GUSA scandal? I had a ball reading about this one, and I don’t even go to GW. What with this norovirus business and the whole economy-falling-apart thing, I think Georgetown could use a diversion. Your scandal doesn’t have to be anything big, just as long as it makes us laugh—a minor impropriety, perhaps, or a blatant but ultimately harmless abuse of power. If you have trouble coming up with an idea, give Greta a call. I’m sure she’d be more than happy to lend you a hand.
h/t The Colonialist
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