On the Record with Joe and Connor: Post-GUSA Madness

Now that the tumult of the GUSA Executive Elections has concluded, it appears that the peaceful transfer of power from outgoing President Trevor Tezel (SFS ’15) and Vice President Omika Jikaria (SFS ’15) to incoming President Joe Luther (COL ’16) and Vice President Connor Rohan (COL ’16) might usher in the Era of Good Feelings 2.0 here on the Hilltop.

The new administration has just finished accepting applicants for their executive team through an online questionnaire on Hoyalink that was open to all Georgetown students. Vox interviewed Luther and Rohan to learn more about this process and how it they plan on putting “You” in Youtopia. (Literally.)

Vox: Some of the questions in the Hoyalink application are rather unconventional–what are the most important things you hope to learn about your applicants from their responses?

Luther/Rohan: Not only do we want to gauge the creativity and dedication of those that we’ll potentially be working with next year but we’re also legitimately concerned about power and dolls.

Vox: Are there any restrictions or requirements for applicants?

Luther/Rohan: The expectation for those applying is that they legitimately care about what they’re applying for. Additionally, they must be self-motivated and willing to think and work outside the box. Applicants are restricted from applying if they want a GUSA position for egotistical or resume-related reasons.

Vox: What particular strategies have you been using to generate greater student interest in the application process and involvement in GUSA in general?

Luther/Rohan: In addition to sitting down with a ton of student groups and leaders, we’ve engaged in an extensive social media campaign to attract individuals who may be interested. We published an op-ed in The Hoya, released a video, and HoyaLink wrote about us in the Voice. Also we’ve been intentionally getting arrested a lot with the words “APPLY FOR OUR CABINET/STAFF” scribbled on our foreheads so that our mugshots can act as free advertisements.

Vox: Feelings on Andrew Jackson’s “Kitchen Cabinet”?

Luther/Rohan: After getting caught up in the Petticoat Affair, I think it’s best that we don’t comment.

Photo: Andrew Sullivan/The Georgetown Voice via flickr

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