Who’s supporting whom: GUSA election endorsement rundown
Many students have no doubt attempted to block all mention of GUSA from their mind, from being quiet when someone knocks on the door to keeping one’s head down walking through Red Square. But with the approach of voting day on Thursday, it’s about time to start considering who to vote for. For those of you who are too lazy to read up on the candidates, here’s a list of which student groups are supporting each of them.
Nate Tisa (SFS ’14) and Adam Ramadan (SFS ’14)
Earlier today, the Voice Editorial Board announced that it decided to endorse the Tisa/Ramadan ticket because its priorities align with Georgetown’s best interests:
Two weeks ago, the Voice Editorial Board laid out our priorities for Georgetown University Student Association executive candidates this year, naming among our key issues the expansion of the “clear and convincing” evidentiary standard to off-campus incidents, reform of the sexual assault reporting system, student engagement, and social justice. After interviewing each of the teams who granted us an interview, we have decided to endorse Nate Tisa (SFS ‘14) and Adam Ramadan (SFS ‘14) for the GUSA presidency and vice presidency this coming year, as their understanding of what Georgetown’s student body needs best aligns with our values.
Realistically, given the bureaucratic and term constraints of GUSA, tickets can only expect to accomplish a limited number of the policy goals enshrined in their ambitious platforms. Keeping this in mind, the Voice asked each ticket to identify two issues they would not want to leave GUSA without addressing. Tisa/Ramadan chose changing the way sexual assaults are handled on campus and expanding Georgetown’s free speech policy. These are priorities this paper shares.
In addition to the Voice’s endorsement, Tisa and Ramadan have received support from many GUSA senators and student groups, such as the Georgetown Israeli Alliance and Circolo Italiano, according their website.
Other groups listed on the site include GU Pride and H*yas for Choice, both of which support the ticket’s focus on reforming sexual assault policy and focus on improving diversity. GU Pride, of which Tisa is formerly a board member, specifically mentioned his work with the Safe Spaces Initiative and attempt to bring gender-neutral housing to campus.
Read the endorsements received by the rest of the candidates after the jump!
Hoya Blue, another organization Ramadan is involved in, supports their plan for an online space-booking system for student groups, reform in student group funding, and the ticket’s goal of increasing student athlete’s voices.
Students who have endorsed this ticket include George Spyropolous (COL ’14), GUSA Chair of Intellectual Life; Lawrence Slusky (COL ’14), GUSA Senator; Zach Singer (SFS ’15), GUSA Senate Vice Speaker; Vetone Ivezaj (COL ’13), GUSA Chair of Sustainability; Kevin Joseph, former Voice Sports Editor, and Adrian Mansylla (MSB ’13), Alumni Reunion Weekend Coordinator.
Jack Appelbaum (COL ’14) and Maggie Cleary (COL ’14)
Sitting GUSA president, Clara Gustafson (SFS ’13), and the current vice president, Vail Kohnert-Yount (SFS ’13), announced their endorsement of Appelbaum and Cleary last Monday. In an email to the Voice, Gustafson mentioned their previous experience in GUSA and in “funding reform.”
“Jack and Maggie are the best ticket for the job, because they combine a positive, hard-working, open attitude with the experience to deliver on the solutions that they outline,” Gustafson said. “They are especially well versed in funding reform and have the most revolutionary ideas, that will give the ownership of our money to us.”
In addition to The Hoya‘s endorsement Friday, Appelbaum and Cleary also received voiced support from MEChA de Georgetown, Taiwanese American Student Association, Chinese Student Association, Club Boxing, and Club Ultimate Frisbee.
“Jack has been a devoted club sports athlete for the past three years, and so he understands first-hand what club sports programs require to reach their full potential,” said Matt Kerrigan (SFS ’13), a captain of the men’s ultimate frisbee team.
Shavonnia Corbin-Johnson (SFS ’14) and Joseph Vandegriff (COL ’14)
Sigep, Black Student Alliance, Black Theater Ensemble and the Gospel Choir have endorsed this ticket, Vandegriff told the Voice in an email.
“We believe these groups have endorsed us because they know we will bring a positive change to Georgetown that will increase student group autonomy and make GUSA more focused on the needs of the students,” said Vandegriff.
Cannon Warren (SFS ’14) and Andrew Logerfo (COL ’14)
Warren responded to the Vox‘s request for a list of endorsements saying, “I would describe my campaign as one full of unofficial endorsements. We think it’s a new way to run a presidential campaign that ends up with less hurt feelings.”
Though the ticket posted on their Facebook page that they were endorsed by the Georgetown University Astronomical Society, Warren, the “Chief Astronomer” said he gave it to himself without getting permission.
“The president got kind of mad, but he didn’t say no, so I’m just going to take it as an endorsement then,” Warren said in an email. “I think this endorsement is critical because it shows my team’s long term view as opposed to Jack and Maggie’s short sightedness. They are actually opposed to using student activity fee dollars to colonize the moon by 2023 #GeorgetownMoonCampus.”
Spencer Walsh (MSB ’14) and Rob Silverstein (SFS ’14)
The Walsh/Silverstein ticket has not responded to Vox‘s emails requesting a list of endorsements.
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