GUSA survey: Cory Perkins makes his case
Next week, the Voice and The Hoya will interview all the candidates running for GUSA President and Vice President and give their endorsement of one or two lucky pairs. But don’t take our word for it! Vox wants you to make a (more or less) informed decision when roughly a fourth of you decide to vote in this year’s GUSA election.
What are three things you’d try to accomplish as GUSA execs?
Jamie and I see safety, transparency, and financial security of students as the three most imperative issues to tackle if we were elected to GUSA. To remain brief, enhancing these aspects of life at Georgetown would include:
- utilizing our security resources more effectively (i.e. an expanded safe rides program and DOPS escorts for students who live off-campus)
- establishing a more frequent and participatory dialogue directly between students and administrators (i.e. an administrative blog and a weekly address from President DeGioia to students addressing concerns)
- creating programs sponsored by the University as well as by students for students to provide real financial relief and security during this time when other resources are noticeably less available (i.e. accruing a reserve of textbooks free for student use and offer more and less expensive dining options to students through the collaboration of student organizations).
What qualifies you to be GUSA’s next President and Vice President, keeping in mind that how you’d look as an odometer is fair game.
We’re Georgetown students and that’s all that really matters. There is a fair amount of self-inflated egoism around Georgetown. Part of the reason that I decided to run for GUSA was because I wanted to offer an alternative to that. I don’t think the fact that I’ve never headed a student organization here really matters; I have a message with which I believe a lot of students will be able to identify.
If GUSA had unbridled control of all things Georgetown, what’s the first thing you would change?
Our Basketball Team’s Record.
How would you characterize Dowd’s time in office?
For heading a student organization that is so frequently criticized, I would characterize Pat Dowd’s time in office as considerably successful. He came into office after a very close and hard fought campaign and has not taken his position for granted. The success of the Summer Fellows Program, Opera in the Outfield, the Welcome Back Pool Party, negotiations on the university’s alcohol, and his current work regarding an endowed chair for a Hindi department all show dedication enhancing Georgetown life at academic, social, and cultural levels. I believe Pat and I see eye to eye on a number of issues and if I were elected I would certainly continue to build on the foundation he has laid.
How do you feel about the findings of the SCUnity report and GUSA’s reaction to their recommendations?
I was at the presentation of the final report and recommendations for SCUnity and commend Brian Kesten, Brian Cook, and all of the other students who worked on this tremendous project. The report certainly highlighted some real concerns about trends in our community. Discrimination seems to arise as the most obvious problem and I think every student at Georgetown can identify with having experienced this at some point in their time at this school. The report now serves as an indispensible tool and reference point with which we will be able to effectively correct the situation and measure our progress.
I also agree with GUSA’s reaction to the recommendations made from the report; it approved six recommendations that will serve as vehicles through which students can become more conscious of the diversity at Georgetown. That being said, I find diversity to be more of a social phenomenon than an academic one. I don’t think it can be mandated regardless if programs supporting it are, it is something that develops through providing venues that bring together diverse peoples in participatory and voluntary ways. If these venues are planned and implemented successfully, then we will see change.
Do you support SAC’s decision to write GUSA out of its constitution?
It would be unfair of me to take a decisive position on the issue considering I’m not part of GUSA or SAC and don’t know all of the details involved. I think the mention of secret votes and heated arguments sensationalizes the subject. It seems that in the past few years SAC has grown into its own organization recognized as independent by the administration. These are individuals who have competently run every other aspect of this organization; why not let them decide its future direction? Transparency is obviously very important but I don’t think there is any plotting going on within SAC to misappropriate funds or chose commissioners base on special interests. Let’s have a little faith in our fellow students.
Photo courtesy Cory Perkins.
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