GUSA Vice Speaker Chosen in Tiebreak
Published: Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 03:01
After a tiebreak vote during Sunday’s Georgetown University Student Association Senate meeting, Kasey Ng (SFS ’16) was elected as vice speaker.
GUSA Vice President Adam Ramadan (SFS ’14), who was not present at the meeting, cast his vote for Ng in order to break the tie between Senators Ng and Abbey McNaughton (COL ’16) after listening to telephone statements from both candidates. Senator Robert Shepherd (MSB ’15) was also nominated for the position.
For Ng, the initial thought of running for vice speaker arose at the end of the last semester, when former Speaker George Spyropoulos (COL ’14) resigned and was replaced by his Vice Speaker Sam Greco (SFS ’15).
“When Speaker Spyropoulos stepped down in the end of last semester, I definitely thought about it and spoke to just a couple of closer friends just to see if they thought I would be fit for the role,” she said.
According to Ng, all candidates who ran for the vice-speakership were equally qualified.
“I think that both of my competitors, Robert and Abbey, were excellent candidates, just as qualified as I am. I think they would have done an excellent job, so if I hadn’t won, if it hadn’t turned out the way it did, there definitely would have been no hard feelings,” Ng said.
Ng’s previous service on the Committee for Student Life and service as co-chairwoman of the Off-Campus Life Subcommittee provided preparation for the new position.
“Taking on that leadership role, I’ve made a lot of contacts and been organizing meetings already with people on the subcommittee and tried to work on initiatives for the subgroup,” Ng said. “So I think that that has given me experience just working with other people and ensuring everyone is on task, which is a big role of the vice speaker.”
As new vice speaker, Ng looks forward to learning more about other senators’ initiatives.
“As part of a committee, we’re all very involved in each other’s initiatives and plans for the semester; however, I was only on one committee and there are several others. Now, as vice speaker, I’ll be able to branch out and really get to learn a lot more and offer a helping hand to other senators in areas that I hadn’t really explored before this position,” she said.
Ng also hopes to emphasize on the promotion of efficiency and focus in the Senate.
“In the past month or so, GUSA has become a little unfocused on our goals for the year, and I definitely want to bring those back,” Ng said. “I think that everyone is ready to really hop to being really productive and really working towards the good of the Georgetown student body and community.”
Other senators have confidence in Ng’s abilities to take on the new role of vice speaker.
“I think that Kasey’s going to do a great job. I’ve seen her work through the first semester of the year and she does really good things, and I look forward to working with her more this coming semester,” McNaughton said.
Speaker Sam Greco (SFS ’15) looks forward to the partnership.
“I’ve been working with Kasey since the fall, and I think we’ll have a good relationship. I’m looking forward to working with a fresh face,” he said.