The most important accomplishments of the Tisa/Ramadan administration
With the swearing-in of Trevor Tezel (SFS ’15) and Omika Jikaria (SFS ’15) as the new GUSA executives, Nate Tisa (SFS ’14) and Adam Ramadan (SFS ’14) have finished their term leading GUSA. Tisa and Ramadan originally ran on a comprehensive platform, with a strong focus on reforming Georgetown’s sexual assault and free speech policies.
An editorial published this week in the Voice evaluated the Tisa/Ramadan executive administration, concluding that the pair of student leaders leave a strong legacy of student leadership and activism. Now that their term is done, they deserve some nice time off from Goosa and student reporters (well, after this post).
The following is a list of the top four most important accomplishments of their administration.
In an email to Vox, Tisa chose his top 5: What’s a Hoya, One Campus One Georgetown, the free speech memorandum, sexual assault advocacy, and the don’t double my rate campaign (from most important to least). Tisa also brought up a lot of term projects, including the creation of the Georgetown Student Tenant Association, which focuses on housing advocacy for students in off-campus housing. Vox, however, compiled a list of four accomplishments.
1. The end of the on-campus keg ban
Tisa and Ramadan sure know the way to a college student’s heart: more alcohol. By lifting the keg bag, they not only made campus friendlier to, er, “student interests,” they also appeased our Burleith neighbors who want those kegs as far away from their thin-walled homes as possible. Furthermore, Village A and Henle also have open container policies now. Though Tisa did not include these victories on his personal top 5 (he preferred What’s a Hoya?), Vox thinks these policy changes were essential to bettering (or possibly worsening in some ways) on campus living.
2. Free speech memorandum of understanding
After a January free speech and expression forum brought to light the fact that even unrecognized student groups, like H*yas for Choice, are allowed to table in Leavey Center, Tisa and members of his staff moved to create a memorandum of understanding on free speech at Georgetown. The memorandum was extremely comprehensive and highlighted the lack of a dedicated speech advocacy group, concerns of co-sponsorship of events with unrecognized student groups, access to space, and tabling as the main speech issues affecting student groups at Georgetown.
3. Sexual assault advocacy
This was a main part of the Tisa/Ramadan election campaign, and Tisa and Ramadan made it a focal point of advocacy throughout their term. The GUSA executives pushed hard to have a mandatory sexual assault workshop be part of the 2013 NSO, but the University could not make it part of the program (instead opting for an optional sexual assault ice cream social). The 2014 NSO will, however, incorporate more aspects of sexual assault education. Tisa and Ramadan, along with the rest of GUSA, also succeeded in their push for amnesty to be given to sexual assault survivors if they are found to be in violation of the University’s alcohol policy. GUSA continues to push for this amnesty to extend to drug violations.
4. The One Georgetown, One Campus campaign and stopping the satellite dorm
In early September of 2013, Tisa and Ramadan revealed to the student body that the University was considering creating a satellite campus to meet the demands of the 2010 Campus Plan, which requires Georgetown to house 385 additional students on campus or outside of the 20007 zip code by fall of 2015. The ensuing One Georgetown, One Campus campaign pushed through a student referendum in which over 90 percent of voters voted against Georgetown’s building a satellite campus, after which the university said it would table the satellite dorm as an option. Many candidates in the 2014 GUSA executive election, however, have criticized how this campaign dealt with the issue, saying they alienated the administration before it was necessary to do so. Vox is just happy she won’t have to live in Rosslyn.
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