Here we bring you ANC candidate Craig Cassey (COL ’15) running for Single Member District 04, which comprises Georgetown student housing. Yesterday we asked the same questions to Peter Prindiville (SFS ’14) which you can find right here.
The aspects of campus plan that I like most probably consists of the addition of the food trucks as well as the support for the New South Student Center, and then the removal of restrictions regarding parties. Those are clearly favored by most students and are essential for allowing the university to become the hub of student social life.
That being said, the movement of Magis Row is one of my least favorite aspects of the campus plan, especially because these people represent a lot of what Georgetown is; they’re a living learning community to the extreme and they embody the passion for education. Moving them is not fixing a problem. Having said that, we need to take what we can in stride and if that means giving up some ground in terms of Magis Row and using that decision to enable other things such as the New South Student Center, then I think that would be worth it.
If you could change something about the ANC as an institution, what would you change?
First off, as a potential student ANC commissioner, I would love to see more students on the board. We now have the potential of three students on the board, so over these next few years I would love for more students to get registered in that third district which is half student and half community members. So there is potential for a student to win that seat eventually.
Along with that, I think the placement of the meetings could be changed. Currently they are held off campus at the same location every time. We could take two, three months of the year and bring them on campus. I think that would show strong support from the community members and the university towards creating a more cohesive community as well as showing our desire to work together in a partnership.
I also think transparency in government is always an added benefit. Any way the ANC board could become more transparent or communicate more to the process would be beneficial for the student body.
If you could play beer pong with any ANC member, who would it be and why?
Instead of playing beer pong, I’d love to have a one-on-one basketball match on the Volta courts against Jeff Jones. I’d love to show him what a Hoya’s got… though I’m not quite as tall.
How do you think the relationship between students and neighbors can improve given the recent noise complaints emerging as students return to campus?
I think that relationship will improve soon enough due to the education that all off-campus residents are currently getting and will continue to get in the future, which includes the responsibilities of living off-campus and how to act appropriately. Having said that, as Georgetown Univeristy moves ahead in its efforts to make campus a social hub for student life, my hope would be that students would be out in the community far less. That will only happen if we give them reasons to do that, and we can still do a lot more. If elected, New South Student Center will be a primary focus for both commissioners because it will be created and finished, fingers crossed, in 2014, so we want to hold Georgetown to the standards that they have put in place and make sure that happens.
In the short term because of the new off-campus housing education, hopefully people will not be as loud. Having said that, hopefully the community members will help us move forward in that progress. In the long term, with the New South Student Center, if we can make that a viable option for students to stay on campus, and make it a more desirable location than, say, the Tombs every weekend, then it shouldn’t be an issue to begin with.
What will you do differently compared to ANC student commissioner Jake Sticka?
I think Jake Sticka has done a wonderful job during his time as ANC commissioner. Clearly he was a commissioner during a very difficult time, with a lot of friction between the community members. In terms of things I will do differently, since I don’t need to focus on the campus plan hearings anymore, I would like to exert more effort into fostering community relations between residents and students. I want to create one Georgetown. There are a lot of things students can offer residents and vice versa that aren’t being highlighted, and I’d like to highlight them.
How do you plan to work with ANC candidate Peter Prindiville (SFS ’14)?
I think if we were both elected, we’d work together well. We’ll keep open lines of communication at all times and essentially be good commissioners because were both representing students.