GUSA Roundup: Mind on my money, money on my mind
At Sunday’s Georgetown University Student Association Senate meeting, senators announced that another town hall meeting concerning Student Activities Fee and Endowment reform will be held this Wednesday.
Senator Greg Laverierre (COL ’12), chairperson of the FinApp committee, said that the turnout was “less than expected” at last week’s town hall for SAFE reform. Nonetheless, suggestions made by students at the meeting may have a large impact on the new legislation for the Student Activities fee.
“Students brought up the point that Georgetown is at the bottom 25% of universities for [how much students pay for] student activities fees and other universities, like Stanford, collect several hundred more,” Laverierre said.
Although a higher Student Activities fee is currently being considered, Laverierre said the proposed increase would be “incremental,” rather than in the scale of hundreds of dollars.
The idea to raise the Student Activities fee addresses the concern that the current fee would not be able to cover the expenses of student groups in the coming years. Campus organizations, such as the Center for Social Justice, have already dipped into their reserves to cover the costs of current programs.
“[The FinApp committee] originally had a conservative plan for the legislation, but this idea was brought forth at the town hall,” Laverierre added.
The FinApp committee plans to finalize any changes made to SAFE reform legislation after this week’s town hall meeting, and then bring it to the GUSA Senate floor.