The GU Women of Color hosted a “Race at Georgetown” event on Wednesday, which aimed to create a campus-wide dialogue that enables students to share their struggles with race on campus.
According to GU Women of Color Board Member Danielle White (SFS ’15), the goal of the event to was approach the issue of race in a different way than past events on race at Georgetown.
“We have Pluralism and Action during orientation, but it’s more of a lecture series,” White said in an interview with Vox. “What we seek to do is to encourage a dialogue and not one that is lead by professors.”
The idea of this discussion was prompted from social media posts, including a Georgetown Confession post in the spring and the Twitter hashtag conversations, such as #BBGU (being black at Georgetown University) #BLGU (being Latino at GU), launched by the Black House at the end of the last semester.
Last year’s Forward on Climate Change Rally drew about 40,000.
This Sunday March 2, a group in protest of the Keystone XL pipeline will rally at GU and proceed to march on the White House. The student-led event is called XL Dissent and is aimed at recruiting young people who are opposed to the threats that flowing tar sand oil would bring to the US.
At 10 a.m. Red square will fill with a mass of students from across the country, yet there seems to be a lack of knowledge about the protest among our own students. Student representatives from dozens of schools have signed off on the group’s call to action message from their site, though not one of them is from GU.
“When I talked to some of the people planning this event, they were both surprised and apologetic that we didn’t know more about this,” Caroline James (COL ’16) of GU Fossil Free said. “They thought we had been kept in the loop.”
If you have been living under a rock (or in the safety of your dorm room attempting to hide from the dreaded door knocking), you are probably well aware that Georgetown is now underway with the GUSA executive elections to determine who the President and Vice President of the grand student bureacracy will be.
What you may not know, however, is that there has been misunderstanding and miscommunication of the University’s current sexual assault policies in the candidates’ proposals in their respective campaign platforms.
Under the “Empowering” section of their platform, Thomas Lloyd (SFS ’15) and Jimmy Ramirez‘s (COL ’15) want to “require that the Title IX Coordinator be the sole point person to whom any incident of sexual assault or harassment is reported by the survivor if the survivor intends on pursuing campus action via the Student Code of Conduct.”
After reviewing this proposal, Sexual Assault Peer Educators student representative Alyssa Peterson (COL ’14), who has also been involved in developing the University’s new sexual assault website, explained that there needs to be more than one contact for sexual assault cases than just the current Title IX Coordinator Dr. Jeanne Lord.
Voting for the 2014 GUSA executive election began at midnight, and while students won’t find out the winner ’til tomorrow night, Vox thinks the winner will most likely be Trevor Tezel (SFS ’15) and Omika Jikaria (SFS ’15), as they seem to have the most momentum in terms of various polls, endorsements, and Facebook likes.
Voting will be open until 11:59 p.m. tomorrow, and will be instant runoff voting. This means that if no candidate receives a majority the first round, the candidate with the fewest votes will be eliminated and the votes for the number two preference will go towards the remaining candidates. This process repeats until a candidate has the majority of votes.
In last year’s election, Jack Appelbaum (COL ’14) and Maggie Cleary (COL ’14) were ahead in the first three rounds of instant runoff voting, though Nate Tisa (SFS ’14) and Adam Ramadan (SFS ’14) won after Shavonnia Corbin-Johnson (SFS ’14) and Joe Vandergriff‘s (COL ’14) voters put them ahead by 92 votes.
Voting for the GUSA presidential election began a little after 9 p.m., and Vox has prepared a list of each ticket’s endorsements from various student groups and leaders at Georgetown.
Each ticket supplied Vox with a list of its endorsements. Some tickets chose to provide just the major groups that are supporting them whereas others went for the kitchen sink method and seemed to list everyone they’ve ever talked to at a Georgetown party.
Endorsements are listed below each ticket in no particular order.
Read below the jump for an exhaustive list of all the endorsements from this year’s election.
Trevor Tezel (SFS ’15) and Omika Jikaria‘s (SFS ’15) ticket have taken a strong lead in Vox‘s GUSA election straw poll, beating Thomas Lloyd (SFS ’15) and Jimmy Ramirez (COL ’15) by 17 percent. Five hundred and thirty-six people voted in the straw poll.
In the last two GUSA elections, the winner of Vox‘s straw poll has aligned with the Voice‘s endorsement, picking the winner two years in a row. This year, however, the Voice endorsed Lloyd and Ramirez.
Perhaps the most entertaining number on this poll is that Chicken Madness is beating Ben Weiss (COL ’15) and Sam Greco (SFS ’15) by two votes. Vox would really love it if enough write-in votes actually made Chicken Madness GUSA president (she’d certainly have a lot less work to do in terms of writing posts about GUSA).
Lloyd and Ramirez are in second place with almost a quarter of the votes. Zach Singer (SFS ’15) and Dan Silkman (COL ’15) trail behind them with 16 percent of votes.
Jamaica may have a bobsled team, but its Caribbean neighbor Dominica fielded not one, but two cross-country ski competitors in the Sochi Olympic Games, which concluded a few short days ago.
Dominica, a tiny island nation of around 72,000 people, doesn’t really have any native skiers, or even snow to ski on. What Dominica does have, however, is a path to citizenship, and, by extension, the Olympics, for the low, low price of $178,530.
That was the path taken–or, so says Deadspin’s Dave McKenna–by one Gary di Silvestri (COL ’89), a New York native, and his Italian-born wife, Angelica Morrone di Silvestri.
Having made “a financial contribution to the country that went to different projects” after a visit to Dominica “years ago” (di Silvestri’s own words), the couple became dual citizens. Around 2012, the exact details are hazy, the di Silvestris created the Dominica Ski Federation, and subsequently began to hop the globe, from one cross-country skiing event to another, in an attempt to qualify for Sochi in 2014.
February is a big month for GUSA. And no, Vox is not just talking about elections for GUSA executive. GUSA’s Finance and Appropriations Committee held their annual Budget Summit on Sunday. FinApp Chair Seamus Guerin (COL ’16) called it “one of the most important days in the GUSA calendar each year,” which leads up to a final draft of the budget that is then released March 19th.
If that isn’t exciting enough (it honestly might not be, we’re all tired of GUSA by this point in election season), Senator Pat Spagnuolo (SFS ’14) said: “If there is anything a student should care about in GUSA, it’s the Budget Summit.”
But what is the Budget Summit? Vox wouldn’t be surprised if a large majority of her readers didn’t know (or care). So she’ll break it down for you.
“Every year, Georgetown undergrads each pay a $150+ Student Activity Fee which amasses to one million dollars,” explained Geurin. As the fee increases each year with inflation, the approximate $1 million is used to finance student activities for the fiscal year. FinApp distributes the money after hearing presentations from different campus groups at the summit. To put it simply, FinApp determines how the money is distributed according to who needs what.
After a record-breaking 59 years in Congress, Rep. John Dingell has announced his retirement from the US House of Representatives. As a Georgetown alum (COL ’49, LAW ’52) and Michigan Democrat, 87-year-old Dingell helped author monumental bills on civil rights, health care, and the environment.
Called “Big John” due to his towering stature at 6ft 3in, Dingell earned the title of longest-serving congressman last June, taking the crown from the late Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia.
Known for his middle-of-the-aisle politics, Dingell aided in the writing of the Civil Rights Act, Medicare, the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Affordable Care Act. The center Democrat was also a proponent of gun rights.
On Saturday, April 12, Georgetown University Women in Leadership will be holding their inaugural “Own It” Leadership Summit, featuring speakers such as eBay CMO Richelle Parham, CBS This Morning co-host Norah O’Donnell, and US Ambassador for Global women’s issues Melanne Verveer.
The summit is a day-long affair with registration at 8 a.m. and closing remarks at 5 p.m. in the Lorhfink Auditorium. It is broken down into four major panels, each with an in-depth focus on a distinct career field: STEM, business, media, and policy, as well as two experiential sessions mixed in between. These experiential sessions give the Summit participants the option to attend either a breakout, office hour, or workshop based on what best suits their interest and provides for interactive, engaging face-time with the conference’s speakers.
“[Students] don’t just want to sit in an auditorium for hours on end listening to people talk at them,” said GUWIL Summit Co-Chair Kendall Ciesemier (COL ’15). “[GUWIL] really wanted to make an event that would bring in powerhouse women from all different kinds of industries so everyone could feel like they are represented with what they would want to do after college and provide a different perspective on a job in a field they are interested in.”
In this fourth and final installment of the GUSA Fact Checkers series, Vox trains its worldly eye on the last pair of executive candidates, Zach Singer (SFS ’15) and Dan Silkman (COL ’15). Their platform is divided into three buzzword-laden categories–Collaboration, Pluralism, and Vision–selections from which Vox will promptly look into.
At the time of publication, Zach and Dan had not responded to Vox‘s requests for comment.
Policy Point: “Make What’s A Hoya? a collaborative partnership” by enabling “student groups student groups to introduce additional programming options.”
Vox says: Cool. Handing the mic to student groups in What’s A Hoya? would certainly serve to balance out the administrative perspectives already made present in the freshman program. Indeed, this plan strikes Vox as pretty common-sense. Thomas and Jimmy have offered up a similar proposal.