SAFE referendum proposals pass by massive margins

After three days of voting, the three SAFE referendum proposals have passed by wide margins, according to the GUSA Election Commission. The success of the referendum means that GUSA will allocate $1.25 million to the Social Innovation and Public Service fund, $250,000 to Georgetown Energy, and $2.04 million to enhancements to the New South Student Center.

The SIPS Fund received 2,204 yes votes and 325 no votes, Georgetown Energy received 2,269 yes votes and 257 no votes, and New South Student Center 2,197 yes votes and 353 no votes. Percentage-wise, SIPS received 87.15 percent support, GE 89.83 percent, and NSSC 86.16 percent.

GUSA President Mike Meaney (SFS ’12) said in a press release, “On behalf of GUSA, I would like to thank the student body for showing its resounding support for the SAFE referenda. The projects we’re funding all contribute unique benefits to the university, and we can’t wait to start in on them.”

In the same release, Vice President Greg Laverriere (COL ’12) said, “We’re excited to see this finally come to a close. From the Endowment Commission to all the students who put together all the great proposals to the volunteers who knocked on doors all week to build up support, this was a team effort. The passage of these proposals completes a three-year reform of student funding.”

Steering committees will guide each proposal toward formal launches in the coming months.

5 Comments on “SAFE referendum proposals pass by massive margins

  1. As I said in the SAFE reform article, it’s kind of shocking to see the cognitive dissonance on display here. The GUSA senators committed to throwing money into the New South Student Center it EVEN THOUGH they all acknowledge it’s the result of Olson’s duplicitous arm-twisting.

    Why would the senators want to reward this behavior instead of holding onto the money? The cosmetic improvements to the New South Student Center surely aren’t worth it. Ceding the rhetorical high ground on months of student work on Healy Pub surely isn’t worth it.

    Anyway, it’s too bad no one put up a fight to try and show this farce for what it is. As usual, the Most Venerable Bros got away with misrepresenting the issue and turning the GUSA Senate into an election machine. But honestly the onus is on the loyal opposition that didn’t even bother to show up. Anyway, the Machine will soon anoint its chosen GUSA presidential candidate and count this miscarriage as a feather in his cap.

  2. Honestly, I want the 5k that I’ve sunk into student funding back. These proposals consist of a vanity project for gu energy because they can’t find real homeowners to participate, a half-baked service idea that is basically a private scholarship for a few students and is based on a 5% return (good luck with that one) and a construction project the university would have paid for anyways. SAFE reform has effectively ensured that I will never donate to the university, unless it shows a sustained commitment in keeping college affordable for everyone.

    It is completely inappropriate that students have had to fund this under the guise of “improving our community.”

  3. @ReeRee

    You could not have put $5,000 towards the student activities fee unless you were a 50-year undergrad.

  4. Well, you could’ve (a) suggested a better proposal to the independent campus-wide committee that was charged with voting on recommendations and/or (b) voted against, and encouraged your fellow students to vote against the SAFE proposals.

    It seems that 89% of students who voted disagreed with you, though. But hey, if you don’t want to donate to the University, that’s your call.

  5. To clear up a bit of misinformation — the student contribution goes on top of the money the university community raises. Say Georgetown commits to raising $15 million for the project. Students add $2million and the NSSC becomes a $17 million facility. So, no SAFE money, no additional 7,500 sq ft.

    Furthermore, saying that the “university” should pay for this makes it look like the university is an entity separate from the broader community. It’s parents, alumni, other benefactors, and yes, students through the SAFE, who are joining together to fund this facility for the betterment of students and the campus. It’s only through the generosity of the whole community that this project will happen.

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