GUSA attendance high, with one Senator to be questioned about attendance
Following our look at the attendance records of GUSA Senators for the fall semester, which found that only one senator—cheerleader-cum-delegate Eric Cusimano (SFS ‘10)—had missed enough meetings to qualify for a review by the Ways and Means Committee, Vox did a followup that found, incidentally, the exact same thing for this semester so far.
Although many senators have missed three or more meetings or two consecutive meetings, only one senator’s attendance record includes enough unexcused absences to warrant review by the Ways and Means Committee. (Three or more missed meetings or two consecutive missed meetings qualify for review if they are unexcused.)
“[R]ight now, the other Senators have all provided excuses deemed valid by the Speaker to bring them below the limit,” GUSA Speaker Adam Talbot (COL ’12) wrote in an e-mail. “We have never lacked quorum at a single Senate meeting and it is infrequent indeed that a Senator misses consecutive meetings.”
The senator whose record makes his continued service as a Senator questionable is, once again, Eric Cusimano, who has missed four meetings each semester. Talbot said his record has been referred to the Ways and Means Committee for review, and a tentative hearing about it has been scheduled for this Sunday. Vox was not able to get in touch with Cusimano. Earlier this semester, when he was chided for his repeated absences, he said that they were due to his commitments to cheerleading for the Georgetown Basketball team.
Last year’s Senate, by contrast, saw meetings where Senators were unable to make quorum without calling up absent members to ask them to resign (or lost quorum when a member stepped out to take a phone call), and six senators had such bad attendance that they were eligible for forcible removal from the Senate.
Here are the Senators with the most absences this semester. Most explained to Vox that all or most of their absences were excused.
- Shaalin Parekh (Copley) – 3 this semester, 3 total
- Kyle Pienaar (Village C East) – 3 this semester, 5 total
- Nolan Johnson (Village A E-H) – 3 this semester, 5 total
- Geraldine Miranda (Village C West) – 3 this semester, 4 total
- Ace Factor (At-Large) – 3 this semester, 4 total
Three Senators—Talbot, Nick Troiano (COL ’11), and Colton Malkerson (COL ’13)—have shown perfect attendance all year. (See trophy, above).