GUSA Roundup: Live-streamed political parties
At this week’s meeting of the Georgetown University Student Association, Senator Greg Laverriere (COL’12) announced that a deal had been reached with the Student Activities Commission, making the advisory board eligible for money from the student activities fee. The Senate also passed a resolution encouraging socially responsible investing, discussed solutions to a funding shortage that threatens to end the weekend GUTS bus service, and (most importantly) announced an event we’ve all been anxiously waiting for—a GUSA party. Let’s get to the wrap:
Deal reached with SAC: In the beginning of the GUSA meeting, Laverriere read to the full senate the text of the agreement that had been reached with SAC. Laverriere said the agreement had been passed by the Finance and Appropriations Committee and that it could be voted upon by the full senate next week. In the agreement SAC agrees to make public any votes held for lump sum funding, which will be instituted next year, but reserves the right of closed votes for all policy and sanction votes.
GUTS bus funding shortage: In his executive briefing, GUSA President Calen Angert (MSB ’11) asked senators for ideas on how to deal with the lack of funds for the weekend GUTS bus service. The service has traditionally been funded jointly by the SAC and GUSA. Angert questioned whether GUSA was the right source of funding for the service.
“Lots of people use [the weekend GUTS buses.] Why is the student government of this school funding this?” Angert said.
Showing he will stop at nothing to reduce excess reserves, Senator Nick Troiano (COL’11) suggested that the advisory boards pick up the tab. Troiano noted that several advisory boards had committed to spending down their reserves to help students.
“I can’t think of a better way to serve students,” Troiano said.
Senators debated possibly instituting a 25 cent charge for taking the GUTS bus or expanding SafeRides service to include rides to Rosslyn.
Angert said he felt that expanding SafeRides so far beyond its original purpose was unwise, stating that SafeRides had already essentially become “freerides.”
“Deviating from [SafeRide’s] mission … is kinda dangerous,” Angert said.
Angert said the service costs between $15,000 and $20,000 a year. While some money had already been found, his executive would work to find a source for the rest.
Socially responsible investing resolution and new GUSA post: With 14 “yes” votes and 4 abstentions, the Senate passed a resolution that calls on the university to institute “policies that ensure that all investments are compatible with the basic values of the University” and to create a committee to advise the investment office on how to invest responsibly.
Senator Clara Gustafson (SFS’13), who introduced the legislation, said that she had talked with members of Georgetown Divest! when creating the resolution but then appeared to try to distance her bill from the group’s efforts.
“The point of this resolution has nothing to do with Georgetown Divest!’s mission,” Gustafson said.
Senator Colton Malkerson (COL’13) expressed concerns that the resolution would become a part of Georgetown Divest!’s efforts and goals.
“I’m sure this resolution will be used by [Georgetown Divest!] … I just want to make sure our support isn’t too broadly taken,” Malkerson said.
The Senate also voted to establish a new director of technology position for the GUSA Senate. The duties of the position include live-streaming all the general meetings of the GUSA Senate and meetings of the committee. The position comes with a $300 stipend.
Party in the G-U.S.A: Vice-speaker Chris Pigott (COL’12) announced that he was planning a small end of the year GUSA party. A tentative date and location were given for the party, but to prevent what would be the inevitable rush of GUSA admirers from crashing the party that information will not be published here. (But, you can figure it out by watching the live-stream of the meeting). While Pigott said that the party would not be limited to only GUSA senators, Senator Troiano’s concerns about the part being live-streamed were left unanswered.