Inspired by Emma Watson’s “He for She” movement, Georgetown University Women in Leadership organized its first “Bring Your Own Boy” event more than a year ago. Since then, they’ve hosted the event every semester—with this semester’s held Feb. 4—and they consistently succeed in bringing both men and women together to discuss gender issues.
This semester’s event focused on the portrayal of both genders in Super Bowl ads.
Everyone remembers Carl Jr’s controversially sexy commercials in the past which greatly contrast this year’s relatively quiet and serious tone. Ads that addressed important topics included Dove’s “Men Care”, Always’ “Like a Girl”, and the NFL’s powerful one ondomestic abuse.
It is that time of year again. At exactly 12:00 a.m., under the cover of darkness, the GUSA candidates officially announced their campaigns for the 2015 Executive Elections.
Here are the official tickets:
- Abbey McNaughton (COL ’16) for President and Will Simons (COL ’16) for Vice President
- Chris Wadibia (COL ’16) for President and Meredith Cheney (COL ’16) for Vice President
- Mike Minahan (COL ’16) for President and Stephen Paduano (COL ’16) for Vice President
- Sara Margolis (COL ’16) for President and Ryan Shymansky (COL ’16) for Vice President
- Tim Rosenberger (COL ’16) for President and Reno Varghese (SFS ’16) for Vice President
In order to prepare the candidates for the onerous task at hand, Vox spoke with
survivor seasoned campaign veteran and current GUSA Vice President Omika Jikaria (SFS ’15) to see what words of wisdom she had to impart.
Vox: If you could describe the GUSA Executive Election campaign season in one word, what would it be and why?
Last year, the Georgetown University Student Association (GUSA) hosted the university’s first Arts Week, an initiative that strove to highlight different arts groups on campus and engage the student body with art, music, and theater events happening on campus.
GUSA is planning another Georgetown Art’s Week for this spring, beginning Saturday April 11 and continuing until Saturday April 18. Vox caught up with GUSA member Andrew Walker (SFS ’16) to discuss how GUSA plans to build on last year’s success and further engage the Georgetown community with it’s various arts groups.
When looking ahead to the upcoming Arts Week, GUSA is looking to better integrate the visual arts. The student center will be a new added area for the week. “With the opening of the HFSC and collaboration with the Corp, we will have a lot more physical wall space to display student work safely,” Walker told Vox in an interview.
If you’ve ever stood at your recycling receptacle, perplexed, with a questionably recyclable object in your hand, good news has arrived.
Last year, the GUSA Senate Sustainability Subcommittee started Georgetown’s extension of the initiative, Terracycle, on our campus. Terracycle specializes in recycling objects that aren’t able to be recycled through traditional recycling programs.
Terracycle can recycle objects like Brita filters, ink jet and toner cartridges, cosmetics, toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo bottles, or almost anything that can be found in the bathroom. Drop-off bins have just recently been expanded to every freshmen dorm and Hilltoss in the Healey Family Student Center. Previously, only one drop-off location existed in Leavey.
At last night’s meeting with the Advisory Neighborhood Commission, including fellow Hoyas Kendyl Clausen (SFS ’16) and Reed Howard (SFS ’17), the commissioners discussed 7-11 burglaries, poorly-proportioned windows, and a possible Under Armour retail in place of the old Serendipity. Vox is here to give you a play-by-play of the most exciting developments you all missed.
Crime happens in Georgetown sometimes
Haven’t had burglaries in a while, says cop. 7-11 on P street robbed twice in 3 days. Yikes. How will Georgetown students get their slurpies if there is so much crime? Scrap the Hilltoss, get on that Corp. We want slurpies.
Good, clean energy
Member of Georgetown Energy Patrick McDonald (SFS ’17) addressed his interest in promoting cleaner energy in the Georgetown University and wider D.C. area. On Feb. 26, there will be a meeting held at the Georgetown neighborhood library about promoting solar energy—Vox will be keeping an eye on developments with this.
Since October, scandal has circulated around Barri Freundel, the 62-year-old ex-Rabbi of the Georgetown synagogue Kesher Israel. He is now refusing to vacate his home which is owned not by him, but by the synagogue of which he was previously employed.
Freundel was fired from by Kesher Israel in early December after his arrest for voyeurism. Since his employment with Kesher Israel concluded so did his afforded, appropriate time living in the synagogue’s house. The house is one that Freundel and his family have resided in since the late 1980s, according to DCist.
Last week, Tuesday January 27 through February 1, Georgetown hosted its first ever Multicultural Week. Thanks to the work of GUSA’s Multicultural Council—a new council initiated by GUSA’s Trevor Tezel (SFS’15) and Omika Jikaria (SFS’15) last year in order to serve as a resource for cultural diversity in the Georgetown community.
Multicultural Week’s goal as defined by Gina Kim (SFS ’18), representative of the Multicultural Council, was to spread cultural awareness and increase cultural programming on campus.
“We hope to do this by facilitating programming between cultural clubs on campus,” said Kim. “This has been very effective in increasing communications between cultural organizations and GUSA.”
Earlier this week, Provost Robert Groves announced the establishment of the Provost’s Committee for Diversity and has invited students interested in reforming race and social issues on campus to apply to join for this spring semester.
The committee was a project proposed by students last spring and has since been a collaborative effort between the Division of Student Affairs, the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity & Affirmative Action, and the Office of the President.
“The Provost’s Committee for Diversity is a direct result of student initiative and student-faculty-administrator collaboration, and we hope to continue this important work in partnership for many years to come,” said Provost Groves in his university-wide announcement intended to inform students about this new opportunity.
D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson (SFS ’92, G ’07) announced a plan to invest $20 million in minority male students to support new programs such as creating an all boys college prep school as well as a mentor program for students in elementary students.
The investment is a part of the Empowering Males of Color initiative, which is designed to examine the challenges and successes of black and Latino boys in the classroom. The initiative strives to enhance black and Latino males’ experience and achievement both in and outside of the classroom.
Black and Latino boys make up 43 percent of the students enrolled in D.C. public schools, yet their math and reading performances, as well as attendance and graduation rates, continue to lag. Within the District, only 48 percent of black males and 57 percent of Latino males graduate in four years compared to 66 percent of non black and Latino students.