Last Sunday, members of the Georgetown University Student Association decided to bail out a quickly depleting account that funds weekend service of Georgetown University Transit Shuttles. During the April 26 meeting, GUSA senators disclosed that the funds were being spent at an alarming rate to fund continued service.
The allocation of an additional $5,000—voted in by a narrow majority of 11 in favor, 10 against, and 1 abstention—will fund approximately 65 percent of the GUTS service with the remainder expected to be picked up by other groups at the University. Debate over the measure was prolonged and occasionally heated with a number of Senators arguing it should not be the role of GUSA to bail out the funds.
“I think one of the most frustrating aspects of this for me is the way blame for this has been offloaded onto GUSA,” Speaker of the Senate Adam Talbot said during the meeting.
“This is a service that the University ought to be providing if it wishes to be the University it claims to be. I’ve been incredibly frustrating as I’ve watched the news reports on this develop,” he added. “It’s quite shameful the way this has been perpetrated so far.”
Talbot eventually concluded that, despite his frustration, students should add money to the funds, an opinion that was shared by GUSA Vice President Jason Kluger.
“The function of the GUSA Fund is to help out students in any way possible … and fill any void in student life,” Kluger explained.
Most students who expressed support for the motion believed that it would be irresponsible for GUSA to fail to finance GUTS service as they have been the source of funding in the past.
“I supported the GUTS appropriation because I think it is a vitally important service to this campus that we could not in good conscience, allow to fail,” Senator Adam Mortillaro, one of the most vocal supporters of the bill, wrote in an email.