Today we all learned in The Hoya that the head of the Crenushe* ticket scored a Goldman Sachs internship in the merchant banking division, and despite being required to remain on campus during the summer in order to fulfill her duties according to section 15.01 of the GUSA Election Commission policy, is refusing to do so, and will instead be ignoring her responsibilities and working 9AM to 9PM six days a week on Wall Street all summer.
This means she will be unable to carry out her GUSA obligations, which is a big deal when you consider this is the year when the twenty-year Campus Plan is negotiated.
As noted in The Hoya . . .
The GUSA president and vice president typically stay on campus during the summer to meet with administrators and neighborhood residents about various projects. This summer, the university and neighborhood will engage in negotiations related to the ratification of the 2017-2037 Campus Plan, a 20-year contract between the university and the neighborhood that will dictate future construction projects and neighborhood relations.
It seems to us that at this point, if Crenushe are running to serve the studentry, and not themselves, then the ticket should flip.
What do we mean?
Simply that Enushe should do the honorable thing and switch places with Chris.
It's not like they don't think they're not interchangable or they think Enushe is the better leader and more experienced. As we reported earlier this week, the two of them FLIPPED A COIN to decide who would lead the Crenushe juggernaut. If Fisk is going to be doing all the work of the GUSA President because Enushe decided her internship is more important than her GUSA obligations, then he should, well, be the GUSA President.
The fact is that it is fundamentally unfair for Enushe to place on Chris, their campaign manager Alex, and Ari, their Co-Director for Policy and the current GUSA Secretary for Campus Planning, all of the work she is supposed to be doing this summer. She's expecting them to increase their work hours and give up their free time so she can get some great skills and make some money. And at TGA, we're all for getting some great skills and making some money. But if you choose that then you should not expect people to support you when you run for a high-level position, the responsibilities of which you know you are unable to fulfill, especially during a crucial time in the life of the University.**
So why not instead give us Chris?
He grew up in a low-income household and was raised by a single-mother, and is on a scholarship, so he knows what it's like to struggle and make it to Georgetown, and can understand the concerns of a large swath of the studentry. Also, Chris is Latino, so he can punch the diversity ticket.
Chris has been extremely active in GUSA, and is also a key leader in the Georgetown Scholarship Program which helps many students. He's on the Advocacy Board and is a Blue and Gray Board member. Sure, Enushe is the Speaker of the GUSA Senate, but beyond this she just sings in the Phantoms, dances once a year in Rangila, and is a member of the Muslim Students Association.
What, exactly, would make her a better GUSA President than Chris, who will be around all summer and has already done far more for Georgetown students, including reaching out to many communities which are underrepresented in GUSA?
And have we ever had a Latino president of GUSA?
There's another part of this story too . . . Fisk is currently a Deputy Chief of Staff in GUSA. He, unlike Enushe, has experience in the GUSA Executive, is more familiar with the issues, and will be around this summer to fight for student interests. It's not fair to either him, or everyone else, that GUSA is one leader down when so much is at stake.
Both Joe Luther and Connor Rohan, the current heads of of GUSA, also think it's a bad idea for Enushe to remain at the top of the ticket if she's going to go New York for the summer and skip out on her responsibilities.
Here's Joe . . .
“While Healy will not burn down if the President is not in D.C., it is a suboptimal situation. From what I understand of finance internships, it will be extremely difficult for a student to juggle both responsibilities,” Luther wrote in an email to The Hoya. “Considering the long hours and attention required by an internship at Goldman Sachs, the student body will be losing its central advocate and will leave administrators and neighbors unsure of who to call. It is important that the president be on top of issues and critical they be able to respond to matters as they inevitably pop up.”
And here's Connor . . .
“GUSA’s reputation has for a long time been marred by those who think it is ineffective and filled only with those who seek titles; this situation does not help the matter,” Rohan wrote in an email to The Hoya. “I urge their ticket to put forth two candidates who will be on Georgetown’s campus for the summer.”
Even The Hoya's editorial board doesn't like it.
According to today's editorial . . .
[W]e believe that Khan will not be able to fulfill her leadership potential if she divides her time over the summer between two time-intensive positions.
While most Georgetown students are preoccupied with internships and summer jobs, the GUSA president and vice president have tremendous responsibilities each summer, working up to 30 to 40 hours a week in their positions — and that’s when both the president and vice president are on campus.
This summer will prove to be especially important for the two candidates, as it will be an essential time for negotiation with the neighbors in finalizing the 2017-2037 Campus Plan, our new contract with the neighborhood for the next 20 years. We worry that the president’s absence for 10 weeks during the summer will disrupt continuity during these negotiations, thus hindering the negotiating process for a plan that could benefit students for years to come.
As a Goldman Sachs intern, Khan will work officially from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Friday — although Goldman Sachs interns are known to work until much later at night. She has proposed to travel to Washington, D.C. every Saturday to attend meetings for the Georgetown Community Partnership, a forum created with the 2010 Campus Plan to engage the neighborhood community in master planning, and any meetings with administrators willing to meet on a Saturday.
Khan said Goldman Sachs has guaranteed that she will not be asked to work Saturdays, which would allow her to take a train to the District in the morning, attend meetings throughout the day and then take a late train home before work Sunday morning. She said she also plans to video call in on important meetings at night, which she plans to prioritize in her schedule.
According to section 15.01 of the Election Commission policy, the GUSA president is required to remain in D.C. during the summer to act as the undergraduate student representative. The president may be excused from this duty by majority vote of the senate, in which case the president must choose a “suitable substitute.” Khan is currently the speaker of the senate, but we hope that nevertheless, the senate will review her case objectively.
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Try as she may, Khan cannot be in two cities at once. She has referred to her relationship with Fisk as a partnership, and students should consider Fisk’s increased role in master planning negotiations — which affect housing, construction projects and neighborhood relations — when questioning the unopposed candidates during town hall-style debates this semester. Ultimately, it is essential that two executives are here fulfilling the responsibilities that fall on GUSA this summer, no matter who they are.
When the Hot Chick & Chicken Madness business started we figured it might be worth voting for as a joke and to send a message to GUSA. We weren't seriously considering the "Two Chicks, One Georgetown" ticket and did not endorse them, despite what The Hoya's 4E Blog falsely claimed in an interview with the campaign team.
Now, it sounds like we may have to endorse them as a protest vote in order to invalidate the election. The studentry is being asked to vote for someone who won't be there when she needs to be and in unable to carry out the tasks of the GUSA President.
But like we said, there is an option: FLIP THE TICKET.
We're willing to agree to not endorse Hot Chick & Chicken Madness if this is done.
Or, if Enushe is really running to serve students, and not build the resume, then she should do the honorable thing, acknowledge the situation, and withdraw from the ticket, allowing Chris and another individual to run in her place.
We recommend someone cool, like Ayo Aruleba or Olivia Hinerfeld or Reed Howard or Courtney Maduike or Jawad Pullin. All of them would be great choices to replace Enushe.
Now all that said, we do like Enushe very much. She's a very nice individual. Our only concern here is that she is clearly unable to fulfill her responsibilities if elected GUSA President, and Georgetown needs a committed person in that position.
Anyways, two choices: 1) flip the ticket or 2) Enushe resigns and get replaced by someone who can fulfill the responsibilities of the GUSA President.
If neither happens, we may have to endorse a couple of delicious chicken dishes.
And how would that look on the resume, or when you have to explain to future employers, that you lost to two sandwiches?
*Btw, isn't the term Crenushe sexist? It puts Chris first, even though he's (currently) in the subordinate position. Someone should notify the Womyn's Center and the Intersectional Feminism Complainer Magis Row House so they can host an event telling everyone how sexist everyone is and that we should all feel guilty and create more special programs.
**You know, it almost makes one think of the arguments against paid maternity leave which allows women to take several months off and still get their salaries despite hanging out at home, and which ultimately requires the rest of a new mom's co-workers to carry an extra heavy burden and pick up the slack, all because someone made a personal lifestyle choice to have a child.