Saturday, December 19, 2009

Fall 2009 Season Summary & Happy Holidays!

The Society has concluded its Fall 2009 season.  Below is the season House summary as well as some other highlights of the fall:

Affirmed: Marijuana should be legalized
Affirmed: Lobbyists are good for democracy
Rejected: The United States should only go to war by referendum
Rejected: Ubiquitous connectivity is destroying individualism
Affirmed: Hate crime laws are contrary to the spirit of equality

In addition to our House sessions, the Enosinian Society competed against the Philodemic Society of Georgetown University in the second annual Columbian Cup debate. A joint session of our societies in the Philodemic House in Georgetown affirmed Resolved: The death penalty should be abolished.  The debate was judged by alumni of the respective societies (with Ranking Member Aaron Connelly representing the Enosinian Society), and the Philodemic Society walked away with the Cup for the second year in a row.

In a major step toward expanding the Society and ensuring the uniformity and clarity of the Society's functions for members current and future, the Executive Board ratified a new Constitution, officially institutionalizing Enosinian traditions and protocol.  In addition to this, the Society joined social networking sites Twitter, Facebook, and Blogger in an effort to increase its web presence.  Finally, the Society continued to enhance its cooperation with various student organizations at The George Washington University, including the College Democrats and College Republicans, and the Liberty Society.

On behalf of The Enosinian Society, we the Executive Board would like to extend our warmest wishes to our members and the greater GW community in this holiday season.  Thanks for helping to make the Fall 2009 season a success!  Stay safe, warm, and content; we'll see you in the new year!

-The Executive Board-

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Amendment II

November 22, 2009

Proposed Amendment to the Constitution

In accordance with the procedure delineated in Article V, Section 2 of the Constitution of this Society, I, Eshawn Rawlley, President presiding, offer the following amendment to the Constitution, in which it shall appear as follows, for the consideration and approval of the Executive Board presiding:

Amendment II
Ratified December 12, 2009

Section 1: The words “a Learned Member” as they appear in Article II, Section 1, Clause ii shall be replaced with the words “an Associate Member.”

Section 2: The word “Learned” as it appears in Article III, Section 2, Clause iv shall be omitted.

Section 3: The word “Learned” as it appears in Article III, Section 3, Clause iv shall be omitted.


Eshawn Rawlley

Alex Shoucair
Speaker of the House

Samuel Pursch

Solomon Steen

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Society Collaborates With Various Student Organizations

Last night we were delighted to host members of the GWU Liberty Society in House for our fifth session of the Fall 2009 season to debate Resolved: Hate crime laws are contrary to the spirit of equality.

Kevin Duewel, Treasurer of the Liberty Society, delivered a paper speech on the proposition. He was accompanied by several members of his Society, including its President, Dennis Craig, and Communications Director, Chad Swarthout. As a Society we enjoy immensely working with fellow student organizations like the Liberty Society committed to the goals of fostering intellectual debate, honest dialogue, and deeper understanding on campus and in the community at large.  We hope to enjoy a broader working relationship with the Liberty Society in the future.

This past Monday, the Society was honored to host a debate on the future of U.S. energy policy between the College Democrats and College Republicans, which the President of the Society Eshawn Rawlley moderated. The debate was enjoyable and amicable but not without fierce, competitive rhetoric. The President dubbed the College Republicans the winner of the contest only by virtue of their invocation of The Simpsons to advance a point on the general safety of nuclear power technology.

Liberty Society, College Democrats, and College Republicans are just a few of many student organizations the Enosinian Society has and hopes to collaborate with this year and beyond.  For more information about the Liberty Society, e-mail Dennis Craig at The following is a listing of their upcoming events:

Thursday, Nov. 19th (tonight): AU Students For Liberty will be hosting Congressman Bob Barr. We'll be leaving together at 6:30 PM outside of the Foggy Bottom metro stop. RSVP HERE

Friday, Nov. 20th: The DC Forum for Freedom presents Mr. Dan Griswold, the director of the Center for Trade Policy Studies at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C. and a nationally recognized authority on international trade and immigration. This is part of the DC Forum For Freedom's monthly Cato lecture series! Mr. Griswold's lecture is entitled "Mad about Trade: Why Main Street America Should Embrace Globalization." We'll be LEAVING from the Marvin Center on 21st & I St. at 2:45 PM SHARP. In order to attend this lecture, you MUST register. Registration is very easy and takes less than a minute. MAKE SURE you register. Register here. Under "Affiliation" type "GW Liberty Society".

RSVP on Facebook here

House Session V, Fall 2009 Summary

The resolution before the House on Wednesday, November 18, 2009, stating,

Resolved: Hate crime laws are contrary to the spirit of equality,

was affirmed, by way of floor vote, with seven yeas and three nays cast, a result affirmed by the Speaker of the House.

Proposition Speaker: Kevin Duewel, Visiting Speaker from the GWU Liberty Society
Opposition Speaker: Eshawn Rawlley, Ranking Member
Resolution: Affirmed
Tally: Seven over three

Alex Shoucair, Speaker of the House Presiding
Eshawn Rawlley, President Presiding
Solomon Steen, Secretary Presiding

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Criminalizing Hate

The Society will commence session Wednesday, November 18st at 8:00PM in the Honors Building 714 21st St. NW to debate,

Resolved: Hate crime laws are contrary to the spirit of equality

Proposition Speaker: Kevin Duewel, Visiting Speaker from the GWU Liberty Society
Opposition Speaker: Eshawn Rawlley, Ranking Member

Do hate crime laws render appropriately harsher punishments or do they go to far in policing thought? Join us with your opinions at the ready!

-The Executive Board