GUSA Meeting Rundown: SCUnity scuffle and RAD packages
The most intriguing part of this week’s meeting might have been what went unsaid. After GUSA approved 6 of SCUnity’s 8 recommendations, Speaker Reggie Greer made a subtle announcement in the evening’s proceedings: ex-Vice Speaker Brian Wood has resigned from both his position in GUSA and his Senate seat.
Greer mentioned something about “there were a few issues with access to benefits and being a full-time student.” We’ll bring you the story when we’ve got it.
GUSA first set aside $900 for some rad RAD suits. According to Tyler Stone (COL `09), money for RAD equipment was not initially allocated to DPS. The discussion was quick and the decision was unanimous—crime prevention is a pretty easy sell.
Then came the heavy lifting. GUSA debated SCUnity proposals one by one for a full two and a half hours straight. Actually, there was one 90-second recess to discuss what to do after the vote count on the first proposal was short two Senators. The solution was to scrap the usual raise-your-hand vote for a role-call vote, which caused a minor, bylaw-obsession-induced panic.
But my personal highlight reel of last night’s meeting would have to include Tyler Stone’s Ode to Diversity but only in Theory, which he published as an op-ed in The Hoya. Didn’t see it? Don’t worry; he read the whole thing out loud at the start of the debate to “focus our minds.”
The speech received a chilly response from Senators of racial minorities. Johnny Solis (SFS `11) directly addressed Stone after he spoke, saying “It kind of feels awkward on this side of the room after that spiel that you gave.” (With a couple exceptions, most of the non-Caucasian Senators were sitting in the front on the left.)
There were a few more tense moments, especially towards the beginning of the debate, but in the end most proposals were surprisingly easy to pass. Josh Mogil (SFS `11) called the night “a testament to the power of Georgetown’s democracy.” Maybe so. Although some Senators wished GUSA had passed all the recommendations, six out of eight isn’t half bad.