Alumna fights ‘the silence that kills’ through advocacy, teaching by The GW HatchetMar 23, 2015 “Media Credit: Photo Courtesy of Stacy Le Melle Parker
GW alumna Stacy Parker Le Melle, now a workshop director for the Afghan Women's Writing Project, recently released a memoir about her time interning for President Bill Clinton.
When writer and activist Stacy Parker Le Melle was a freshman at GW, she wrote poetry in her room in Thurston Hall and took walks to the White House. A few months into fall 1992, that walk became her commute.
She volunteered for the Presidential Inaugural Committee, which set up offices in the Marvin Center. This eventually helped her win a position in the Clinton White House, where she worked as an intern for four years under political adviser George Stephanopoulos in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building's press office. She published a memoir about her experience, “Government Girl: Young and Female in the White House,” in 2010.
“It was an extraordinary 360 [degree] experience for me because I was in the political communication program at GW [and] I was seeing it happen in real time,” she said in a phone interview.
Le Melle is now the workshop director for the Afghan Women’s Writing Project, which gives women in Afghanistan a forum to share their stories and poetry, unfiltered by male relatives or the media. The group aims to bring laptops, books and the Internet to women even in Taliban-controlled regions.
This part-time work, she said, has allowed her to be a stay-at-home parent for the last four years. Le Melle teaches online workshops about storytelling with women halfway across the world and also stages readings of their writing in and around New York.
“I hope to continue creative work that fights invisibility – one story at a time,” she said. “I wish to keep writing and teaching. Both are serious crafts [and] if you want to be any good, you have to keep at it. I hope to always be fighting the silence that kills.”
After graduating magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in political communication, and attending Oxford University for a year on a J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Scholarship, Le Melle came back to the District to work for Paul Begala, a chief campaign strategist and counselor to President Bill Clinton.
With the exception of a stint as special assistant to then-New York Gov. David Paterson, she abandoned government service entirely in 1998 to pursue the humanities and write the oral histories of others.
Le Melle said she loved to see politicians fight for progress in the White House. But when details about Monica Lewinsky were unleashed in January 1998, she learned how arduous political life could be as the First Family and Lewinsky, who recently gave a TED Talk, were scrutinized in the scandal’s wake.
“I realized as much as I respect government service and [know that] we need amazing people doing it, I would rather be on the outside ... able to write and speak as freely as possible, free to make my own mistakes and be an artist,” she said.
She went back to her hometown, Detroit, to teach. Le Melle said she spent some years feeling “depressed politically,” and until 2005, she focused on her students’ writing as well as her own.
“I didn’t want to be involved in [politics],” she said. “But then Katrina hit. I didn’t start teaching until later in September, and I was watching CNN nonstop.”
She starting sending emails about what she saw and one of her mentors, journalist Sidney Blumenthal, suggested she interview evacuees. Le Melle volunteered at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, where New Orleans residents were arriving in droves – and she brought a recorder.
“There was a real fear that the victims were going to be blamed,” she said. “It was very important to get these first impressions and early stories down so that they couldn’t be cleared away.”
This became The Katrina Experience: An Oral History Project, a collection of 125 interviews that gave survivors a voice in a collective narrative. The project also aimed to improve the way catastrophes are handled. Le Melle said she hopes that by sharing stories, “people become more humanized in each other’s eyes.”
Since 2005, Le Melle has continued to blend advocacy with writing. She is the co-founder of the First Person Plural Reading Series in Harlem, a series that showcases creative work from the neighborhood where she lives. She is also the founder of Harlem Against Violence, Homophobia and Transphobia, an anti-hate coalition.
“Because I am focused on rooting and making a home here in Harlem for my family, I am deeply motivated to create cultural events and to pursue teaching and volunteer work here in New York City, especially in Harlem,” Le Melle said in a follow-up email.
She is also a contributor to The Huffington Post, writing about topics like the New York Police Department and gun control, and also conducts interviews with local filmmakers and authors.
Steven Livingston, a professor of political communication, said Le Melle’s desire to make a difference was the quality that stood out most to him. Livingston, a former director of the political communication program and the School of Media and Public Affairs, was a mentor to Le Melle.
“She is very, very bright and engaged with the world and with ideas and with a desire to do meaningful things in one’s life,” he said.
Le Melle said she was “treated very seriously as a scholar” when she was a student. Looking back, she credits her early success in the White House to being humble, being assertive and having good timing. “Go with humility. You’re never going to know it all. You don’t want to go into a [work] environment feeling entitled,” she said. In the print version of this article, The Hatchet incorrectly reported Stacy Parker Le Melle's name as Stacy Le Melle Parker in a photo caption. We regret the error.”
For top candidates, overlap and existing policies line path to victory by The GW HatchetMar 23, 2015 “Media Credit: Anna McGarrigle | Senior Designer
Some Student Association candidate platforms for the body’s top two posts may look similar to laundry lists this year.
Ideas laid out by the six candidates have the most overlap, as well as borrowing from existing programs, in recent history, student leaders say. Out of the combined 42 platform points announced by candidates, just 14 ideas propose a new program that either doesn’t already exist or isn’t in the works.
Each SA presidential candidate this year has made at least one campaign promise that is already a policy at the University or is on its way to being installed as a feature at GW — a strategy former and current student leaders said helps make success more possible.
SA President Nick Gumas said he was meticulous about which items he added to his platform, making sure that each campaign point was something he could achieve while he was in office. But he said this year, some candidates are trying to take on too much.
Candidate pitches include ideas from expanding 4-RIDE boundaries to asking for free counseling services.
Gumas said candidates should focus on a few feasible platform points instead of trying to tackle a bevy of issues. He said, historically, limiting platforms to three key topics helps simplify the campaign process.
“You don't want a candidate taking issues and adding them on their agenda like a Christmas list of platform items. That's absurd and unrealistic,” Gumas said.
That system has worked so far for him: Two of Gumas’ three major platform points have already been set in motion. University President Steven Knapp signed off on Gumas’ peer-counseling program in January and students will now pay $50 to receive academic credit for internships, a significant drop from the $1,300 students previously had to pay.
Crafting realistic goals
Candidates said they talked with students and administrators when determining on which items to focus their campaigns. The number of topics candidates are running on range from Carlo Wood and Spencer Perry’s three each to Ben Pryde’s 18.
Tim Miller, the SA’s official adviser, said he doesn’t speak with candidates about their platforms until they are elected, but that initial meeting can be a reality check for how much they are actually capable of achieving.
He said students have to recognize that not every issue can be tackled in a year and prioritizing items the University is already considering or committed to is one way to streamline platforms and up an executive’s chance of success.
“If your stuff is already happening, then it looks like you just got a lot of wins right away, or people will be like, ‘Wait, you had nothing to do with that,’” Miller said. “I just think it’s the reality of you’re not going to be able to do what you want to do. You have to make choices.”
Though sexual assault prevention is a top priority for Perry, he said he didn’t want to limit his platform to just one area, a multitasking approach he said he will continue if elected.
“I don’t want to build a false dichotomy by saying that we can only achieve one thing, or that we can only achieve two things, we can only achieve five things,” he said. “The Student Association is best when we have every single member of it acting toward multiple goals.”
Andie Dowd said she based her platform on past experiences as a member of GW's health and wellness task force, a group that helped bring health services to campus, and her connections with top University administrators like Mark Levine, the senior associate dean of students.
She said she wanted to make sure her platform honed in on realistic goals that GW would be able to accomplish during her year as president.
“I focused on a reasonable platform that administrators are already fans of,” she said, citing ideas like placing sexual assault resources on the back of GWorld cards and making sexual assault resources more accessible to students.
Taking on past priorities
A trend in focusing on student space has transitioned to a spotlight on wellness issues. Former president Julia Susuni ran on bringing health services to campus in 2012, and Gumas highlighted creating a peer-counseling program throughout his campaign.
The same six issues were included in the platforms of least two of the six candidates running for executive positions. The most popular topics were improving the University’s counseling services, making changes to GW’s dining options and creating an affirmative consent policy.
At least three executive candidates touted their ability to help oversee the rollout of Gumas’ signature peer-support program.
Pryde said he included so many platform points because he wanted to at least lay the groundwork for future SA presidents, like Susuni did for Gumas and Gumas did for next year's president.
He said his platform was a combination of short-, medium- and long-term goals, and the points that have already been discussed among GW’s leaders are the ones on which he expects to make the most progress.
John Bennett, who ran for president in 2012, said it’s also important for candidates to see which policies they can transfer from the last administration to their own. He lost his election, but after serving as the chair of the SA Senate finance committee, he was appointed to an executive cabinet post.
“We see in politics that policy flows from one administration to the other, and that’s true for the SA to some extent,” he said. “You run into impenetrable barriers but there are certain components you can get done in a platform as soon as you get there.”
Previous successful strategies
Gumas said research was essential to determine what is possible to actually get done during the year long term. He said he didn’t consider candidates running on supporting existing policies to have agendas that would be effective for a leader of the student body.
“I think there’s a difference between an administrator actively working on a project and a policy that’s already there, and I think we have examples of both going on here,” he said about this year’s candidates’ platforms.
A snapshot of the platform points that are already in place on campus include Alex Cho’s support of the GW Housing Bill of Rights, which has been in place for almost two years, and Pryde’s idea of a partnership between the University Counseling Center and the Meltzer Center, a mental health training program staffed by psychology students, already exists.
Former SA president Ashwin Narla said he used campus publications to research his platform and spoke with administrators in the division of student affairs to find out what policies already existed and which ones needed to be improved.
He said if a candidate can take an initiative the University is already working on and spin it into a platform point, it can be an effective way to get more programs and changes implemented more quickly.
As president, Narla created a University-wide calendar, oversaw a student fee increase to boost the SA’s budget for student organization allocations and helped to bring in changes to student space in the Marvin Center proposed by John Richardson, the previous president. “One of the most difficult things at GW is how slowly things get done,” he said. “It’s smart to think, for a platform, if the University is trying to get that going, trying to push that through as president.” Zach Bernsten contributed reporting.”
A remarkable season cut short, but a goal achieved for women's basketball by The GW HatchetMar 23, 2015 “Media Credit: File Photo by Dan Rich | Hatchet Photographer
Head coach Jonathan Tsipis led the Colonials to a program-record 29 wins and the team's first NCAA tournament appearance since 2008.
After setting a program record for the most wins in a season and preparing all year for a shot to play on a national stage, the Colonials cruised to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2008. But GW’s moment in primetime was short-lived.
On Friday, No. 6 seed GW entered the Gill Coliseum in Corvallis, Ore. as the favorite against No. 11 seed Gonzaga. The Bulldogs were up for the challenge, upsetting the Colonials 82-69 in their eighth straight trip to the Big Dance.
The pain of a season-ending loss was etched on the faces of the players after the game, but it was bittersweet. The unusually skittish performance in the tournament seemed to show just how far into foreign territory the team had progressed.
“I don’t think [the loss] takes anything away from a team that sets the school record with 29 wins and wins three championships,” head coach Jonathan Tsipis said.
At the beginning of the season, Tsipis’ goal to reach the NCAA Tournament seemed achievable, but still ambitious.
The team had performed well in the NIT the year before and was poised to benefit from a full year of eligibility from junior Jonquel Jones and the growth of former Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year Caira Washington, among other sophomores.
But Tsipis was still down two of his best players from the year before, Megan Nipe and Danni Jackson, and their absences seemed destined to create voids in both statistics and leadership.
By the end of this season, the team had gone on a 19-game win streak, risen to No. 19 in the country in the national rankings and boasted the best rebounding margin in Division I at +13.8. The Colonials waltzed through the A-10 regular season, save a flukey loss to Saint Louis, and won both the regular season title and conference championship to earn an automatic bid, though they were shoe-ins for an at-large selection in any case.
“I can’t even explain it,” senior Chakecia Miller said. “It was a great journey, a great ride for me. Back in my freshman year, I never thought this basketball team could accomplish everything we have.”
There was a slight hiccup in the Colonials’ path to the tournament on selection Monday. After the selection committee projected GW as a potential host in mid-February and bracketologists like ESPN’s Charlie Creme predicted that the team would likely earn a No. 4 seed, the No. 6 seed came as a surprise, as did the cross-country trip.
But at tip-off, the harsh reality of the tournament competition set in. The veteran Gonzaga team jumped out to a 40-25 lead at the half, with GW’s normally staunch defense seeming like it had not made the trip. Gonzaga took 32 of 52 shots in the first half, and the Colonials gave up 16 points off turnovers before the break.
GW showed the same toughness the team had in matches throughout the season in the second half. Jones got into rare early foul trouble with three personal fouls in the first half, but the rest of the team stepped up.
Freshman forward Kelli Prange and sophomore guard Hannah Schaible led the Colonials with 13 points each, and GW owned the paint in the second half. But the deficit from the first was too much to overcome.
“I was really proud of how we came out in the second half. We battled by rebounding the ball like we are capable of and getting out in transition and really was able to climb back into the game,” Tsipis said. “But when you expend that much energy, there is just not a lot of room for error.” Ultimately, that margin was too slim. Still, it’s telling that the season, which went further in racking up wins than any before it, seemed like it was cut short. The future looks good: The team will return its top four scorers next year. Miller is the only consistent starter who will graduate, and she said that she'll leave behind high hopes for the team. “Keep pushing forward, don’t be complacent,” Miller said. “Keep being hungry to get back to where we were, but to go further than where we got this year.””
Analyzing candidates' counseling-related platform points by The GW HatchetMar 23, 2015 “How to improve mental health services on campus topped most presidential and executive vice presidential platforms this election cycle. But some of their plans are already in the works. We fact checked them for you.
Platform point: Hiring 10 counselors
Presidential candidate Ben Pryde said he would improve GW’s counselor-to-student ratio by hiring 10 additional counselors. He pointed to GW's ratio being one counselor for every 1,000 students.
Already in progress
Nance Roy, medical director at the Jed Foundation, an organization that promotes mental health for college students, said the optimal ratio of counselors per students is one per 1,000 students, which GW already has.
The University hired three specialized counselors last semester after two years of increases to the UCC's budget, and leaders have said they are looking into expanding further. A portion of the tuition increase for the Class of 2019 that the Board of Trustees locked in at its February meeting was specifically earmarked for campus mental health priorities.
Amid a University-wide budget crunch, 10 hires may be difficult to secure, but GW has prioritized mental health services expansion in the past: UCC was one of just three departments at GW to receive a budget increase last year. The University has already promised to add about eight new hires to the University Counseling Center – ranging from counselors and case managers to psychiatrists – using a portion of money from next fall's 3.4 percent tuition increase. Pryde did not say how he would cover the costs of hiring those additional 10 counselors.
Platform point: Increasing the number of free appointments
Pryde, presidential candidate Alex Cho and executive vice presidential candidate Casey Syron all said they would restructure the number of free appointments students can use at UCC. Pryde said students should be allowed 20 free appointments per semester with each additional appointment costing $10. Cho proposed that students receive unlimited UCC treatment if needed. Syron said he would work to allow unused counseling appointments roll over to other semesters, so students could have 24 free sessions over eight semesters.
Up for debate
UCC is a short-term center, according to its mission statement, and currently refers students seeking longer-term counseling to outside specialists. Roy said that nationwide, students who take advantage of university counseling centers attend five consecutive counseling sessions on average. GW’s current program allows six free sessions per year. Roy added that many universities offer between eight and 12 free sessions per year.
But with this year's budget crunch leading to cuts of about 5 percent across all divisions, it's hard to say whether more free sessions is a possibility.
Platform point: Creating a relationship with the Meltzer Center
The Meltzer Center is a mental health counseling program run through the University’s department of psychology, and Pryde said he would create a partnership to connect it with UCC.
Already in progress
UCC has already partnered with four GW mental health clinics in the area — including the training program with the psychology department and an art therapy program — as part of a GW mental health consortium launched in 2013.
Platform point: Central location of mental health student organizations
In addition to improving UCC, Pryde also said he would work with mental health student organizations by creating a central location in the Marvin Center where the groups could share offices.
Partially in progress
Active Minds, a student organization dedicated to mental health awareness, already has its own office on the fourth floor of the Marvin Center, a space all student groups can use if an application for space is accepted. GW’s chapter of To Write Love on Her Arms is currently applying for office space. Some student organizations, like Students for Recovery, do not have a centralized space to hold meetings and office hours.
Platform point: Student anonymity in Colonial Health Center
Presidential candidate Andie Dowd’s campaign focuses on preserving students’ anonymity when seeking counseling at UCC. She said she will work with the University to move UCC check-in to an online process, so other students in the Colonial Health Center waiting room will not know whether someone is coming in for counseling or a Student Health Service appointment. Dowd said she has already begun working on the system as a member of GW's health and wellness task force.
Up for debate
Currently, when a student is ready to be seen at the new center, he or she goes to the left for SHS or takes a right past the desk to visit the UCC. Mark Levine, senior associate dean of students, said the Colonial Health Center was built with students’ anonymity in mind. The area helps ensure anonymity with wooden dividers between groups of chairs in the waiting room and a walled-in check-in area.
“Mental Health Services within Colonial Health Center considers patient privacy and confidentiality of utmost concern,” Levine said. Other measures included soundproofing rooms, using frosted glass in the reception area and placing partitions between chairs.
Platform point: Leading the implementation of a peer-counseling program
Dowd, Pryde and EVP candidate Spencer Perry said they would prioritize the implementation of a peer-support program. University President Steven Knapp committed to funding such a program this year, which was a major platform point of current SA President Nick Gumas.
Natural expectation Whichever candidate wins the election will be expected to advocate for student needs as part of the peer-support program's roll out. Editor’s note: EVP candidate Carlo Wood did not specify any initiatives related to mental health in his platform. Perry said he generally supports the expansion of mental health resources on campus, but did not say how or what exactly he would change. With no specifics, we have nothing to fact check, obviously.”
Baseball splits Atlantic 10 opener at Saint Joseph's by The GW HatchetMar 23, 2015 “Media Credit: Hatchet File Photo by Dan Rich | Hatchet Photographer
The Colonials opened Atlantic 10 play by splitting a double header against Saint Joseph's on Sunday. GW will continue conference play at home against St. Bonaventure on Friday.
PHILADELPHIA – Just because conference play is here doesn’t mean everything is settled.
The Colonials tweaked their playing schedule due to winter weather on the Saint Joseph’s campus in Philadelphia, then altered the pitching rotation to start freshman Robbie Metz and junior Bobby LeWarne in games one and two of a doubleheader Sunday. They shuffled the lineup, moving Metz into the three-hole from his traditional spot batting second, sophomore Eli Kashi from the bottom third to second, and sophomore Bobby Campbell into cleanup.
Two games later, not much more had been settled. The only sure thing was that the Colonials had brought back a win and a loss from their conference-opening series, topping the Hawks 2-1 in the first game – a relative pitchers' duel – and falling in a fruitless game of catch-up 6-0 in the second.
“The difference in the game really is the pitcher sets the tempo,” head coach Gregg Ritchie said. “If you’re a little bit all over, you’re walking guys and you’re missing some pitches and giving them multiple runs, sometimes it can put you on the heels a little bit. We have to get past that. Where we’re playing a doubleheader, you win and we have a chance to sweep and we don’t play up to that ability.”
In a tense first game, sophomore Andrew Selby turned out to be the hero for the second straight game for the Colonials, driving in the go-ahead run. This time his heroics came in the eighth inning when he scored Metz with a slap single off the Hawks’ first relief pitcher.
GW would go onto win 2-1, with Metz getting the no-decision after his start. He went 5.1 innings, scattering six hits for one run on two walks and three strikeouts. He hit his first batter of the season and gave up his first walk of the season. Although the command wasn’t as on as usual, he held a one-run lead into the sixth inning.
“He didn’t have his special stuff, but again he’s a competitor, he knows how to pitch, he gets after it,” Ritchie said.
The sixth inning started with a ball that went just out Campbell's reach at third and rolled to sophomore shortstop Kevin Mahala on the fringe of the infield. A passed ball put the runner in scoring position and a double to center allowed him to score.
But then freshman Brady Renner, Craig LeJeune – who picked up the victory – and Eddie Muhl – who got the save – locked it down.
Mahala and sophomore Joey Bartosic miscommunicated for a shallow fly ball to left field, which fell between them to load the bases. A sharp grounder to Campbell at the hot corner was thrown home for the second out of the inning, but the baserunner took out the catcher to prevent an inning-ending double play. The next play was a screaming line drive down the right field line, right into the glove of senior Brookes Townsend.
Out of the bullpen, LeJeune would pick up the victory and Muhl the save, but each ran into his own fair share of trouble. Muhl finished the game with a breaking ball strikeout, but only after another corner line drive grab and a couple foul balls way down the line.
After a nail-biting first game in the doubleheader, the second started off with more crooked numbers on the stat sheet.
LeWarne started, after he was originally slated for Friday’s opener, and was hit hard early and often. In the first inning, the Atlantic 10’s leader in dingers John Brue hit his sixth home run of the season – a two-run blast to right center. In the second, a liner carried by the wind went over toward the Hawks’ bullpen and into the snow piled off the field.
“Bobby and I have talked about it a bit. We’re trying to find a way to get him through his first two, three inning woes because it’s very consistent,” Ritchie said. “Once he gets past that, he’s lights out.”
Saint Joseph's would tack on another run in the eighth off the Colonials bullpen with hard hit balls in the gap.
GW had chances to creep back in. Bartosic and Metz were on the corners with one out in the sixth. The Hawks were expecting Metz to go, but he held and Campbell grounded into a double play. Campbell also checked his swing to strike out looking in the top of the eighth with runners on first and second and the team still down five. That was the last shot for GW in the second game and final of the series. With the cancellation of Friday’s game, both teams will finish their respective seasons a game short in conference play. GW will host the Bonnies for their A-10 home opener this coming weekend, but first will travel to Baltimore to play Coppin State on Tuesday and return home to play Delaware State on Wednesday. Junior Shane Kemp, who was supposed to get a start this weekend, is the probable starter for Tuesday, followed by Renner on Wednesday.”
Snapshot by The GW HatchetMar 23, 2015 “Media Credit: Jordan McDonald | Hatchet Photographer Bingata Master Yafuso teaches Victor Shigaev how to paint bingata, a form of traditional Japanese textile dyeing, at the Textile Museum this weekend.”
Calendar by The GW HatchetMar 23, 2015 “Monday, March 23
Foggy Bottom's Civil War Encampment
Explore student Nicholas DiNella's interactive website that explains what some of Foggy Bottom's historical sites might have looked like during the Civil War.
The GW Museum and The GW Textile Museum
Women’s History Month: The Uplift Project
Bedazzle a bra to raise awareness for breast cancer at an event sponsored by several student organizations and the Multicultural Student Services Center.
Marvin Center, Room 403
Tuesday, March 24
The False Promise of Big Data
Let fund manager David Apgar explain how data can present itself in deceiving ways.
Thursday, March 26
Eating well: Expert definitions and lay notions juxtaposed
Bite your teeth into a session about a food policy scholar's research on food consumption in Latin American countries. Noon Milken Institute School of Public Health, Fourth Floor”
Crime Log by The GW HatchetMar 23, 2015 “Theft
Gelman Library Starbucks
3/4/15 – 7:33 a.m.
The University Police Department responded to a report of a theft of a popcorn bag from Starbucks. After officers located the subject, the store manager requested the subject be barred.
- Subject barred
Liquor Law Violation
3/4/15 – 4:37 p.m.
UPD officers responded to a report of an unconscious subject who was not affiliated with the University and, upon examination, a bottle of vodka fell out of his pocket. EMeRG was contacted and he was transported to the hospital for treatment.
- Subject barred
600 Block of 23rd St.
3/5/15 – 6 p.m.
UPD on patrol observed a fight between two subjects who were not affiliated with the University. One subject was barred from campus and the other disappeared from the scene.
- Subject barred
Panhandling/Soliciting Without Permit
3/9/15 – 1:20 p.m.
UPD responded to a report by a staff member that a subject was selling merchandise and asking for money in the building. UPD contacted the subject who informed them that he did not have a permit to sell his merchandise. The subject was barred and escorted out of the building.
- Subject barred
Drug Law Violation
3/12/15 – 4:55 p.m.
UPD officers on patrol observed a suspicious odor and saw four individuals who were not affiliated with the University sitting on a GW bench. One of the men admitted to smoking marijuana, and all four subjects were barred and escorted from campus.
- Subject barred
Simple Assault (Domestic)
21st & I streets
3/13/15 – 12:08 a.m.
UPD observed two non-GW affiliated individuals fighting. Metropolitan Police Department was notified and determined that the two were engaged to be married. Both subjects were sent on their way.
- Referred to MPD
Defacing or Burning Cross or Religious Symbol
3/16/15 – Unknown time
A student reported a metal swastika on a bulletin board. MPD was notified and identified the subject who placed it there.
- Referred to MPD
Drug Law Violation/Liquor Law Violation/Weapons Violation
3/17/15 – 9 p.m.
Case closed UPD officers responded to a call for a suspicious odor. GW Housing also conducted an administrative search, which yielded marijuana residue, drug paraphernalia, alcohol and a weapon. - Referred for disciplinary action”
Does being an SA outsider matter? by The GW HatchetMar 23, 2015 “Let’s cut the campaign speak.
Does being an Student Association outsider really help you bring a fresh perspective to the organization, as many candidates this year say? How much does being in the SA prepare you for its top leadership spots?
Several senators and Alex Cho, a presidential candidate, are touting their outsider perspectives. In the past four years, two SA presidents were elected with no previous SA experience. We spoke with a few SA experts to try to figure it out.
Tim Miller, director of the Center for Student Engagement and official SA adviser
On having an upper hand: “It's less about insider and outsider, and more about who they want to be as a leader. Any SA president and EVP will tell you: Everyone's an outsider until you get the job. No one knows what it's like until you have to do it. So people can say, ‘Alex is this’ or ‘Ben is this’ or ‘Andie is this,’ but none of them know what being a president is like until they have to do it. It’s the same with EVP. Same with all the senators. So for me, insider or outsider is irrelevant because they all have a lot of work to do once they get the job.”
On institutional knowledge: “You never know what you need to know as president until you get in the job. I've seen insiders, I've seen outsiders, I've seen all the different types. It has less to do with that and more to do with who you are as a human being, who you are as a person, who you are as a leader.”
Ashwin Narla, former SA President, 2012-2013, who was elected with no SA experience
On an outsider’s perspective: “It’s just really a perspective thing. Things that come from outside the SA are great, things from inside are also great. It’s just a matter of different perspective. If you get outsiders who are involved with different things can understand some of the needs of the campus people in the SA don’t see.” John Richardson, former SA President, 2011-2012, who was elected with no SA experience On what an outsider can bring to the table: “In terms of running, as long as you get somebody that has a good feel for what the campus needs, you should be fine. You need confidence, of course, to actually convince administrators on what’s best for the students more or less. Being in tune is more important than past experiences. Having the ability to do that is helpful. If you look at the cabinet voted and ratified by the senate, we sailed right through that pretty much all unanimous. I think nobody had any grudge to hold against me because they hadn’t worked with me and we could start on a new page.””
Faculty call for more time as potential code changes move toward Board of Trustees by The GW HatchetMar 23, 2015 “Faculty Senate members say they are concerned that long-awaited changes to faculty's guiding bylaws could be rushed through approval this spring.
The proposal – which was sent to faculty, administrators and Board of Trustees members last week – suggests changes that would allow more full-time faculty members to serve on the senate, allow trustees to be voting members of dean search committees, and set a goal or requirement for the percentage of tenure-track full-time faculty compared to contract full-time faculty.
The changes would end a more than year-long debate about shared governance at GW and concerns about whether all faculty feel like they’re involved in the process.
The working groups that convened to suggest changes to the faculty code, faculty organization plan and three Faculty Senate standing committees shared 31 pages of proposed changes this week.
Charles Garris, the chair of the senate’s executive committee, said the Board of Trustees hopes to approve the documents at either its May meeting or June retreat.
But faculty said they were concerned it would be too little time for them to debate the changes, especially since members of the board will attend the next senate meeting, which is when faculty will be able to debate the proposals that involve how they work with the board.
Melani McAlister, a professor of American studies and senate member, said the Faculty Senate needed time to discuss the changes without trustees in the room.
“I don’t feel like there’s enough time for discussion if we just do the April 10th discussion,” she said. “These are all things that merit more extensive discussion by the Faculty Senate so we can be able to be good advocates for the University.”
Over the next month, faculty will be able to respond to the proposals in an online forum – which has not yet been released – and attend town hall sessions to share their feedback.
Faculty Senate members were also concerned that the quick turnaround would leave them without enough time for the changes to go through the typical process for senate resolutions.
For these types of policy changes, the senate typically votes on a resolution, which is then sent to the administration and Board of Trustees, said Marie Price, a geography professor and senator.
“The timeframe that’s being proposed would really bypass that Faculty Senate writing the resolution and then moving it to the board, which is a very dangerous precedent,” she said. “Unless we can have resolutions ready for April, maybe on the outer side of May, this will not work.”
Garris said the timeframe would be “extraordinarily difficult.”
Changes to the faculty organization plan, which outlines who is eligible for participation in shared governance and how faculty are appointed to the Faculty Senate, could also take more time, since they must be approved by the Faculty Assembly.
The University typically holds a faculty assembly – a meeting of all GW’s faculty – at the beginning of each academic year, but could call for another to approve the changes to the plan before the trustees vote.
The Faculty Senate has pushed back against the board’s changes to the code. When Board of Trustees Chair Nelson Carbonell first introduced the idea last fall, faculty pressed for a greater say in the process, and later tried to extend the timeline for reviewing proposed changes. Paul Swiercz, a management professor and executive committee member, said the timetable also should allow the senate to review any changes made by the Board of Trustees, rather than for trustees to make changes and then immediately approve the code. “My definition of collaboration doesn’t think that would be true collaboration,” he said. “True collaboration would be bringing their final version back to Faculty Senate to discuss and hopefully by consensus, we agree on a final version of the faculty code.””