If there is one thing we all learned from the past few weeks, it is that the 2015 GUSA Executive Election was the quintessential embodiment of good ol’ popular democracy. Georgetown has proven to be a place where not only can one run on a sophisticated platform of mapping the underground tunnels, stationing knights as doorholders, and abolishing the steam whistle, but such a platform can even lead to an electoral victory!
In keeping with the namesake of this blog, Vox wants to know: what would you do if you were GUSA President? Every week, she will be taking submissions from her readers, commenting on their platforms, and evaluating them with a letter grade. Here is the first one brought to you by “Arnold Palmer”.
As a long time reader/commenter on Vox Populi, I have been known as Arnold Palmer. After not voting in the GUSA election for the 21st year in a row, I found myself first wondering, what does the GUSA President even do? And furthermore, what would I do if given unchecked, unlimited power over the Georgetown campus? I quickly realized that I wouldn’t add anything, but only abolish (as my genetic constitution disposes me to only destroy and never create). This is the list I came up with:
Have you ever found yourself staring at a classroom full of men? Well, if you were one of the six Biological Physics (BS) majors in 2013, you probably have…considering all six of them were male.
The gender disparity between various major disciplines at Georgetown may surprise you (or it may perfectly align with your previous assumptions). Vox has analyzed the official gender breakdown statistics for Fall 2013, the most recent year for which there is comprehensive data, that he received from Director of Media Relations Rachel Pugh, for your intellectual pleasure.
When considering the breakdown of majors, there is a slight bias toward female representation that should be taken into account: Georgetown’s total undergrad population was about 56 percent female and 44 percent male. Additionally, the census also excluded all undeclared majors.
In early November, nearly 70 percent of voters voted in favor of Initiative 71 to legalize the possession, home cultivation, and consumption of marijuana.
On Jan. 13, D.C. Council Chair Phil Mendelson had Initiative 71 transmitted to the House and Senate to begin the 30-day legislative review period. Despite threats from Congress to block the initiative, this review period will officially end on Thursday and thus legalizing marijuana usage in D.C.
After the GUSA senate’s unanimous vote yesterday, Joe Luther (COL ’16) and Connor Rohan (COL ’16) have officially been certified as the next president and vice president of the association. Although they will not be sworn in until the following month, Vox sat down with the two to both reflect on their campaign and discuss their plans moving forward after what turned out to be quite a…dynamic 2015 GUSA Executive Election.
Vox: Was your campaign always serious, or did it begin as satire? If the latter, when did you start to take it seriously?
Connor: It began as satire, and as we progressed—
Joe: People asked us more serious questions, and we simply explained our methodology in constructing our satire campaign, and sort of these more serious contexts, meeting with the Editorial Boards and the debates, it sort of gradually transformed us into something more serious than we initially intended. Not that we weren’t making serious commentary with our satire, we were just being a little more transparent about it.
Vox: How did your prospects of winning the election change throughout the two weeks of the campaign season?
Well, it’s happened: as Vox is sure you are well aware by now, the Corp is now serving Compass Coffee at all three coffee services on campus as of Feb. 2.
The Corp finalized the transition just a few weeks ago, during which its various stores had to be closed temporarily for training and equipment purposes (subsequently depriving for Vox of her daily Eleanor Rigby fix at UG—the nerve). Because the switch was made primarily to cater to the interests of the student body, Vox talked to current Corp CEO Marnie Wallach (NHS ’16) about the general student reaction to the change.
Wallach said that overall, the Corp has received an incredible response from the student body as a result of the switch to Compass Coffee. “This was a huge undertaking for The Corp as a company, and it was the result of our desire to serve the best quality product possible to campus,” she said. “Both customers and Corp employees are excited to have such a quality product at our storefronts, and it’s been a great opportunity for us to serve the student body in a concrete way – through quality, local products.”
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) February 23, 2015
Happy Happy Mid-term season! You know, the period of time that started about a week ago and will continue until finals? Vox thought she would have a nice break from her studying by watching the Oscars. The she realized she did not know half of the movies. Sorry Birdman, but Vox had to Google you. She is also deeply disappointed that the truest of the true didn’t win best actor, aka Georgetown’s own Bradley Cooper.
Me right now. What a night. Congratulations to all the nominees, performers, and winners! Let's party! 🍸 pic.twitter.com/AhDgfTJEUK
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) February 23, 2015
Vox has an important question to ask: who was the greatest financier in the Bible? Noah: he was floating his stock while everyone was in liquidation.
Okay, so maybe that was a lame joke. But do you know what’s not lame? The new DC Bible museum.
Construction on the Bible Museum began Feb. 12th, and it is expected to open in 2017. It will be in southwest DC three blocks from the Capitol.
This 430,000 square foot museum will display the history, contents, and influence of the Bible. DCist reported that it will have more than 500 biblical texts and artifacts as well as five floors for permanent exhibits. It is valued at approximately 800 million dollars.
On Sunday afternoon, nearly 100 students gathered in St. William’s Chapel in Copley Hall in response to a satirical cartoon published in the Voice’s print edition on Page 13 titled “Beating the Dead Horse.”
The cartoon depicts former GUSA candidates Chris Wadibia (COL ’16) and Meredith Cheney (COL ’16) in a horse costume being beaten by fellow candidates Joe Luther (COL ’16) and Connor Rohan (COL ’16), the cartoon triggered a massive response from students who deemed the cartoon not only unnecessarily violent, but also insensitive given the current political climate concerning race and police brutality in the U.S.
As the opener of the town hall meeting, moderator and senior Javan Robinson emphasized the universality of the issue. “It didn’t have to be Chris or Meredith, it could have been you,” he said.
On a snowy Saturday night in our nation’s capital, the Georgetown men’s basketball team (18-8, 10-5 Big East) narrowly defeated DePaul (12-16, 6-9 Big East), 68-63, in front of 7,984 fans at Verizon Center.
The Hoyas led by as many as 11 points in the second half but withstood a late second half charge from the Blue Demons in order to win their third consecutive game as well as move into sole possession of second-place in the Big East standings.
Up eight points, 64-56, with 1:52 remaining in regulation after a layup from senior guard Jabril Trawick, the Hoyas allowed the Blue Demons to cut the lead to two points, 64-62, after a pair of made free throws from DePaul sophomore guard Billy Garrett Jr.