Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City recently announced a plan to ban large, sugary sodas and drinks in restaurants, movie theaters, and streetcarts in the city. This action is part of an effort to decrease obesity. The ban applies to drinks over 16 fluid ounces (most Coca Cola bottles are around 20 fluid ounces). According to the New York Times, the ban would not apply to diet sodas, fruit juices, milkshakes, or alcoholic beverages.
Our neighbors in New York are combating obesity; how would you feel if D.C. politicians imposed a similar ban here?
With 643 votes tallied, the winner of the Vox straw poll of next week’s GUSA Executive election is the Gustafson-Kohnert-Yount ticket, which received over 22.5 percent of the vote. The Tisa-Walsh campaign came in a relatively close second, garnering 16.17 percent of the vote. Jockeying for third in the poll were the Delaney-Appau and Morris-Weber campaigns, which attracted 13.2 percent and 12.1 percent respectively. In fifth place, the LaMagna-Starks ticket received 10.7 percent of the vote. Not escaping the single digits, the Malkerson-Cleary campaign amassed 9.8 percent. With 6.53 percent of the vote, the Sax-Crouch ticket finished dead last, behind “Undecided/Chicken Madness”, which received 8.86 percent.
It should be noted that while we took all possible steps to prevent tomfoolery, last year’s straw poll did not accurately predict the winner, and this year far more voters than the 643 who participated in our poll are expected to vote in the election.
Next Thursday, Hoyas will go to the polls (electronically) to decided between seven tickets that are running for the GUSA Executive. For the last few days, Red Square and social media has been bombarded with campaign ads and videos. On Sunday, a packed Leavey Program Room watched the seven presidential candidates spar with each other, and on Wednesday evening, the seven vice presidential candidates will debate on the same stage.
Our straw poll last year incorrectly predicted that Jed Feiman and Henry Sims would win, so take the results, when we publish them later this week, with a grain of salt. The number of candidates means that the instant-runoff voting system that will be employed will play an important role in deciding who will be the next GUSA President and Vice President. The number of people who list a particular candidate fourth in their preferences could easily play a role next week.
The past week has brought some pretty significant changes to the decor around campus. In conjunction with the launch of the aggressive fundraising stage of the capital campaign—which aims at raising the staggering sum of $1.5 billion—all of the signs that used to publicize Georgetown’s Jesuit values have been replaced with pictures of doors advertising Campaign for Georgetown.” They’re all over Red Square, on every lamppost, and even greeting campus visitors with big banners across the front of Healy Hall.
So we want to know, just how effective is Georgetown’s latest money-making effort? Does it make you want to write a fat check with “Hoya Saxa” as the memo, or slam one of those doors in the face of whoever is asking?
The results are in — Jed Feiman (COL ’12) and Henry Sims (COL ’12) won our GUSA election straw poll with a shade more than 33 percent of the vote.
Trailing a bit less than 10 points back are Mike Meaney (SFS ’12)and Greg Laverriere (COL ’12), with the Ace Factor (COL ’12) / James Pickens (COL ’12) and Charles Joyce (COL ’12) / Paige Lovejoy (SFS ’12) tickets almost 20 points behind.
However, don’t assume Feiman-Sims is a shoo-in just yet. Although we’re awfully proud of the 755 votes in our poll, last year’s GUSA election drew more than 3,100 votes. (And more than 2,600 votes were cast in the election before that.) Plus, the instant-runoff voting system that’ll be used on Thursday means that a plurality doesn’t guarantee a win — but nonetheless, it’s a sign of strong support for Feiman-Sims.
The Hoyas are ranked ninth by the AP poll and tenth in the Division I coaches poll.
Senior guard Chris Wright also earned Big East Player of the Week honors this morning, thanks to his last-second heroics against Missouri and season-high 21 points against Utah State. Wright’s 6.8 assists per game is the second best in the Big East, while his 14.8 points per game are the third-highest average on Georgetown’s guard-heavy squad.
The Big East is well-represented in this week’s rankings, with Pittsburgh (No. 3), Connecticut (No. 6), and Syracuse (No. 7/8) joining the Hoyas in the top ten. Duke is still the nation’s top-ranked team.