The Georgetown University Student Association Senate took a break from SAFE reform on Sunday to take aim at a different scourge—undergraduate access to the McDonough School of Business’s Hariri building.
Senator Nathaniel Tisa (SFS ’14), with the co-sponsorship of the GUSA Senate’s Academic Affairs Committee, introduced a bill that encouraged open access to Hariri’s lounges and lobbies for the general undergraduate body.
Currently, only MSB students can access the building after 10 p.m. According to Tisa, the limited accessibility was meant to secure expensive equipment that business school students use, such as Bloomberg machines.
“It doesn’t make sense that the whole building is shut down,” he said.
The bill, which was unanimously passed by senators present at the meeting, acknowledges that certain facilities and computer terminals should remain reserved for business school undergraduates and graduate students. However, it also calls for the removal of main lobby restrictions “to allow students from any school to access the building according to designated security problems.”
Senators at the meeting also acknowledged that open access to the building would solve some of the study space problems on campus during midterms and finals.
According to Senator Ben Bold (COL ’13), access to the MSB building is directly controlled by the MSB Graduate School’s Dean’s Office; Bold advised that senators who take up this initiative to go directly to that outlet.
“All students, regardless if MSB or not, should be able to get into any campus building in case of an emergency, especially if other students have access already during certain nighttime hours,” Senator Josh Mogil (SFS ’11) wrote in an email.
Mogil added that Senator Sandy Glassberg (MSB ’14)—the only GUSA Senator in the MSB—also endorsed the bill.
At the meeting, the Senate also nominated Cody Michael Cowan (SFS ’14) to the GUSA Fund. With Cowan’s appointment as the fifth member of the GUSA Fund, the board will now be able to make appropriations.