The Georgetown student body has spoken loud and clear. The results of the referendum indicate that 93.27 percent of 2966 voters were against the creation of a Satellite Campus.
In case if you have been living under a rock, Administration plans on building a Satellite Campus outside of the Georgetown zip code in order to meet the 2010 Campus Plan. In order to meet the plan, the University has to move 450 beds out of the 20007 zip code. One of the many proposed solutions (and one of the least complicated) is to build a Satellite Campus, which has gotten students passionately enraged.
To prove to administration that students want to keep everyone on campus, GUSA launched a referendum as part of its senate elections. Somehow, despite GUSA’s adamant One Campus campaign and the fact that no one wants to have to take a bus to campus, 198 people voted yes. There are a few explanations for these rogue votes: 1) It was unclear whether yes or no was against the Satellite Campus, 2) It’s always fun to create a bit of contention, or 3) Todd Olson bribed a few seniors, who “to be crass about it” won’t be living there.
In other news, GUSA Senate campaign season is officially over. No more having to pretend that you’re out when you hear the dreaded knock and unbefitting zeal outside your door. Here are the unofficial results:
Many students have no doubt attempted to block all mention of GUSA from their mind, from being quiet when someone knocks on the door to keeping one’s head down walking through Red Square. But with the approach of voting day on Thursday, it’s about time to start considering who to vote for. For those of you who are too lazy to read up on the candidates, here’s a list of which student groups are supporting each of them.
Two weeks ago, the Voice Editorial Board laid out our priorities for Georgetown University Student Association executive candidates this year, naming among our key issues the expansion of the “clear and convincing” evidentiary standard to off-campus incidents, reform of the sexual assault reporting system, student engagement, and social justice. After interviewing each of the teams who granted us an interview, we have decided to endorse Nate Tisa (SFS ‘14) and Adam Ramadan (SFS ‘14) for the GUSA presidency and vice presidency this coming year, as their understanding of what Georgetown’s student body needs best aligns with our values.
Realistically, given the bureaucratic and term constraints of GUSA, tickets can only expect to accomplish a limited number of the policy goals enshrined in their ambitious platforms. Keeping this in mind, the Voice asked each ticket to identify two issues they would not want to leave GUSA without addressing. Tisa/Ramadan chose changing the way sexual assaults are handled on campus and expanding Georgetown’s free speech policy. These are priorities this paper shares.
In addition to the Voice’s endorsement, Tisa and Ramadan have received support from many GUSA senators and student groups, such as the Georgetown Israeli Alliance and Circolo Italiano, according their website.
Other groups listed on the site include GU Pride and H*yas for Choice, both of which support the ticket’s focus on reforming sexual assault policy and focus on improving diversity. GU Pride, of which Tisa is formerly a board member, specifically mentioned his work with the Safe Spaces Initiative and attempt to bring gender-neutral housing to campus.
Read the endorsements received by the rest of the candidates after the jump!
Ladies and gentlemen, the GUSA results are in! The student body cast 2040 votes for the non-at-large elections, and 1523 for the at-large election. This is up from last year’s 970 for at-large and 1033 for non-at-large.
Below, we have a list of the winners. And we’d like to wish a big Vox Populi congratulations to Eitan Paul, for seizing a write-in victory.
Mike Meaney (SFS ’12) and Greg Laverriere (COL ’12) have won the Georgetown University Student Association presidential election. Meaney and Laverriere won against Jed Feiman (COL ’12) and Henry Sims (COL ’12) in the fourth round of instant-runoff voting with1,612 of 2660 votes, according to an email from Election Commissioner Adam Giansiracusa.
Charlie Joyce (COL ’12) and Paige Lovejoy (COL ’12) made it to the third round runoff. Ace Factor (COL ’12) and James Pickens (COL ’12) made it to the second round.
There were 68 write-in votes and 2,893 total votes. Voting in the instant-runoff election ended at midnight on Friday.
The Student Activity Fee Endowment (SAFE) reform referendum reached the number of votes required for it to be valid.
As of noon today, 2,002 votes were cast in the referendum with more than a day of voting left. Two-thousand votes were needed to validate the results.
Had the total number of votes failed to surpass 2,000 the referendum would automatically be rejected regardless of the percentage in support of the reform. The Election Commission is expected to release the results shortly after midnight Thursday.
In the meantime, make sure to let Vox know what you think by voting in our poll.
12:15 a.m. update: 741 votes have been cast as of 11:49 p.m., according to GUSA Election Commission member Adam Giansiracusa.
Original post: Voting begins tonight around midnight for the Student Activities Fee Endowment (SAFE) reform referendum.
The reforms passed their first obstacle when the Georgetown University Student Association Senate voted in favor of the referendum earlier this semester. In order for the changes to take place the referendum must be voted upon by the student population as a whole, with a minimum participation of 2,000 students. The referendum will automatically fail if it does not reach the required number of voters.
Voting is open until 12 a.m. on Friday.
After you vote, or abstain from voting, or get tired from trying to understand why so many acronyms are used at Georgetown, vote in our poll.
Who knows, maybe our poll can get more votes than the actual GUSA referendum?