The reform will increase the student activities fee to $62.50 per semester during the 2011-2012 academic year, then to $75 per semester the following academic year. After that, the fee will increase indefinitely at the standard rate of inflation. The whole of the fee will be allocated to student activities, unlike the current policy which allocates half to activities and half to an endowment.
After online polls closed at midnight, Greg Laverriere, chairman of GUSA’s Finance and Appropriations Committee, celebrated the results in a press release.
“The results tonight will affect Georgetown students for decades to come,” he said. “Clubs and organizations on this campus are the big winners tonight.”
Colton Malkerson, vice chairman of the FinApp Committee, echoed Laverriere’s statements.
“It’s a tall order asking students to increase their own fees to benefit student life, but in this referendum the student body stepped up and did what was right,” he said. “The passage of this referendum puts even more responsibility on GUSA and expectations are high, but I’m confident we will prove ourselves and deliver.”