Yesterday’s weekly meeting of the Georgetown University Student Association was short and sweet.
One topic of discussion was the approval of the GUSA Fund’s allocation package, including a few requests by the Philodemic society. Every semester, Philodemic doesn’t receive enough money from SAC to rent the fancy chairs that the Office of Special Events makes them rent for their weekly debates. So every semester, Philodemic asks the GUSA Fund to make up the difference.
Well, this semester, Vice Speaker Nate Tisa (SFS ’14) would have none of this. From his point of view, SAC should give them enough money to rent their chairs–or better yet just buy them chairs and be done with it. So in addition to giving them the money, the GUSA Fund vowed to get to the bottom of this.
The other major part of the meeting was an address by Finapp chair Colton Malkerson (COL ’13), who announced that the university had agreed to put on paper their agreement to use the SAFE funds appropriately.
“This is a good step forward for GUSA and university relations,” Malkerson said. “[One of the reasons] why we’re in this is because a $3 million promise by the university was never fulfilled.” From now on, Malkerson continued, all agreements with the university will be put on paper and signed. Vox will have another post about the upcoming SAFE referendum later this afternoon.
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This week in Features, Matthew Decker takes a look at the Philodemic Society
“Founded in 1830, with the motto ‘in pursuit of eloquence in defense of liberty,’ the Philodemic Society is Georgetown’s oldest and longest-running student organization and one of the oldest college debate clubs in the country.”
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The Philodemic Society has come in for knocks in the past, but they’re a mostly good bunch. Their McCain-Obama debate sounds lively, for example. But at the bottom of the presidential debate post, Philodemic lives up to exactly all the stereotypes you might hold about an organization with an amaneusis:
Next week, the Society will debate whether The Great Gatsby is an indictment of the American dream.
Come by Healy next month, when we find out whether Paul Sunday really has a twin brother.
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Imagine my delight at discovering that the Philodemic Society, Georgetown’s debating club, has its own blog. A skim of their constitution confirms that they’re basically Toastmasters with high self-regard–one of their officers is called the Amaneusis–but the real fun comes when Philodemic officers choose what topic they most want to discuss next semester: sex!
Specifically, safe sex. In interviews, Vice President Sarah Olsen and previously-mentioned Amaneusis Dustin Walker propose hot button debate topics that will look good on fliers (gays, weed), but they also both want to talk about condoms on campus, a boring topic that should draw absolutely no one.
I can already picture the discussion–spermicide as aborta facia, full openness to children, yawn. Everyone knows buying bulk at CVS is cheaper anyway. Still, I don’t blame the Philodemicians for grasping for sexy straws. An inside source in Philodemic told me that intra-Society coupling is discouraged and called, and this is serious, “Philodemincest”. With that avenue of working out sexual tension blocked, I can see why they want a sanctioned chance to talk dirty.
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