I read your article about J.P. Blackford, or more precisely, the shenanigans of the George Washington University Student Association (“The Comeback Kid,” 3/21). I served as SA executive vice president during the 1998-1999 academic year. During my tenure, we tried hard to make the SA work for the students of GW. One effective way to do so was to limit Blackford’s influence in the organization. We had some success. However, like all good chameleons, Blackford waited out the reformers, confident in the knowledge that he would be a student far longer than all his colleagues.
It’s clear that five years on, the SA is still dysfunctional, and J.P. remains a presence. My faith in progress is challenged.