This week’s meeting of the Georgetown University Student Association Senate included a heated contest to fill a vacant seat on the Finance and Appropriations committee, and a denouncement of Eric Cusimano’s extracurricular involvements. Here’s the wrap:
Finance and Appropriations Committee Post Filled
In perhaps the most contentious part of the meeting, Senator Ben Bold (COL’13) was selected by the full Senate to fill a vacancy on the Finance and Appropriations Committee. During his time for remarks, Bold said he had closely followed the work of the Finance and Appropriations Committee and had fully supported the funding board reform. Bold ran against Senator Matthew Ginsberg (COL’11), who said that he was suited for the job because he had an interest in financial allocations and had served as a director for the Corp.
During the debate over the confirmation, some Senators appeared to argue that Senator Bold was competent and self-motivated, and therefore should be opposed. Speaker Adam Talbot (COL ’12) warned against a “leadership accretion” on the FinApp Committee, while FinApp Chair Nick Troiano (COL ’11) said, “Our committee has enough ambition and self-motivated people … We have to distribute this energy to all the committees.” Ultimately, however, Bold’s attributes were deemed more of a good thing than a bad thing, and he was approved by a 10-8 vote.
At the very end of the Senate meeting, Troiano called out Senator Eric Cusimano (SFS ’10) for missing six of the last eight meetings. Cusimano explained that many of the absences were due to commitments he had made before he even knew he was going to run for GUSA, including cheerleading for the Georgetown Basketball team. In an attempt to assuage senators’ fears that he would not miss too many more meetings, the senator-cheerleader assured the Senate that, “Us actually making it to the Final Four is a slim likelihood in reality.” His statement did little to please his colleagues.
GUSA Fund Update
Kate Petersen (COL ’11), the new chair of the GUSA Fund, gave an impromptu update on its work. She said the first meeting, held this past Wednesday, dragged on from 10 p.m. till 2 a.m., but that the Fund was “running smoothly.” She said that about $1,500 had been allocated among eight groups.
The GUSA Senate voted unanimously to confirm the winner of the recent GUSA Senate special election, which was held to fill the off-campus Senate seat vacated by Josh Mogil (SFS ’11) after he went abroad this semester. Senator Andrew Foley won the election with 76 votes, according to Adam Giansiracusa (SFS ’12), a member of the Election Commission, beating out write-in favorite “Chicken Madness” which garnered 2 votes, and two joke candidates.
President Calen Angert (MSB ’11) and Vice President Jason Kluger (MSB ’11) presented what could be their final executive briefing. Angert made only some short remarks, including, “I think this Senate was incredibly effective,” before yielding the floor to Kluger. Kluger had prepared some remarks which were peppered by at least 7 quotations. Kluger urged Senators to gain the trust of students and work to ensure that funding board reform is effective.