The long and the short of GUSA is mostly long this week; the GUSA meeting clocked in at a whopping two and a half hours, and the best (and ultimate longest) part is yet to come.
GUSA President Pat Dowd (SFS ’09) started off the night by announcing that funds have been raised to start a Hindi language program next year. Namaste!
But Dowd’s briefing proved the agenda’s only straightforward issue. Besides an election bylaws snafu, the big-ticket item was a vote on whether or not to support Brian Kesten’s (COL ’10) long-awaited and earnestly long-winded SCUnity initiatives.
Unfortunately, the Senate didn’t make it to the actual vote, but in the hour of discussion that preceded it, the conversation touched on everything from specific proposals, (a suggestion to mandate a three four white student-to-one minority student ratio in freshman dorms was hotly debated), to the big picture.
At one point, Tyler Stone (COL ’09), who scolded Kesten last week for circumnavigating GUSA’s authority, asked him in all seriousness, “What is diversity to you?”
In light of such lofty questions, the Senate tabled the vote to approve the proposals until next week’s meeting. Expect a lot of fireworks. Those in favor of the initiatives fiercely defend them as a chance to take real action on a problem that has long needed a solution. Opponents seem to share the fiesty Nick Troiano’s (COL ’11) opinion: that you can’t “force diversity down people’s throats.”