Stewards still irrelevant, don’t hold your breath
In what has become a recurring migraine for GUSA candidates, the Steward controversy rears its head again. The Hoya reported today that four of the GUSA executive candidates are members in either the Second or Third Society of the Stewards.
While membership with the Stewards could be of importance, given what we know about the societies’ histories, nothing nefarious about their action has ever been substantiated by fact. Candidates’ involvement in these societies, then, simply becomes a distraction from the campaign.
During last year’s GUSA executive campaign, an anonymous informant, who named him or herself “Steward Throat,” sent screenshots of emails to Vox and The Hoya revealing that Jack Appelbaum (COL ’14) is a member of the Stewards. Later, Vice Presidential candidate Adam Ramadan (SFS ’14) later admitted to being a member of a secret society, though he did not name which, as well.
These events were nothing short of a spectacle: the emails published only proved that the members enjoyed matching cufflinks and ties. The anonymous informant clearly had the intention of creating “controversy based on limited information aimed at tarnishing the reputation of a specific presidential candidate,” then-Vox editor Connor Jones wrote. And we gave him the opportunity to do so. Even the Washington Post reported on the uproar. In all likelihood, the controversy contributed to Appelbaum’s loss in the race.
These revelations did not generate any meaningful discussion on the place of secret societies at Georgetown, but rather, served to score petty political points. This GUSA election season, Vox knew from several sources that multiple candidates were involved in secret societies. Following last year’s media frenzy, Vox decided she would rather spend time looking at the candidates’ proposals than discussing their involvement in groups that buy matching cufflinks.
If we find out anything about the Stewards that’s relevant to the campaign, Vox will let you know.