GUSA Roundup: Standing up for your right to sit down

Yesterday’s weekly meeting of the Georgetown University Student Association was short and sweet.

One topic of discussion was the approval of the GUSA Fund’s allocation package, including a few requests by the Philodemic society. Every semester, Philodemic doesn’t receive enough money from SAC to rent the fancy chairs that the Office of Special Events makes them rent for their weekly debates. So every semester, Philodemic asks the GUSA Fund to make up the difference.

Well, this semester, Vice Speaker Nate Tisa (SFS ’14) would have none of this. From his point of view, SAC should give them enough money to rent their chairs–or better yet just buy them chairs and be done with it. So in addition to giving them the money, the GUSA Fund vowed to get to the bottom of this.

The other major part of the meeting was an address by Finapp chair Colton Malkerson (COL ’13), who announced that the university had agreed to put on paper their agreement to use the SAFE funds appropriately.

“This is a good step forward for GUSA and university relations,” Malkerson said. “[One of the reasons] why we’re in this isĀ becauseĀ a $3 million promise by the university was never fulfilled.” From now on, Malkerson continued, all agreements with the university will be put on paper and signed. Vox will have another post about the upcoming SAFE referendum later this afternoon.

4 Comments on “GUSA Roundup: Standing up for your right to sit down

  1. For clarity’s sake, the Student Activities Commission agreed to fund the full cost of the chairs for the Philodemic Society. The reason that funding came up short was because after totaling all of our requests by all SAC groups, we only had resources available to fund 75% of groups’ needs. As a result, despite agreeing to fund the full cost of the chairs, the allocation was reduced because of across the board cuts made to all SAC groups equally.

  2. Jack’s specifics are what I was working from yesterday. After talking with Philodemic we recognize that the problem isn’t with a specific cut in chair funding but with across-the-board cuts in general. SAC has an unenviable job in making these cuts and senate leadership plans on working with them to keep this seating problem from happening over and over.

    Minutes from Sunday’s meeting will be available at the link below by the end of the day:


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