GUSA Roundup: A resolution to establish our right to booty call

gusaOn Sunday evening, the GUSA Senate passed a resolution “to Establish Free Movement across Campus Buildings.” Debate on an amendment to the proposed bill grew heated.

Introduced by Speaker Nate Tisa (SFS ’14) and Sen. Nolan DiConti (COL ’15), the resolution seeks to mitigate restrictions on building entry, which hinder both academic and social life at Georgetown. The bill urges the administration to extend GOCard access from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. campus-wide, to create 24-hr GOCard access for interconnected living halls, namely Southwest Quad, and to request the McDonough School of Business and Regents Hall to create entrance parity for undergraduates.

“Say I’m in Kennedy and I want to go to McCarthy or Reynolds to study. I have to be signed in to do that,” DiConti said. “Moreover, 10 p.m. is not late by college standards and we all know social gatherings of a larger capacity do not typically start before 10. Such little things limit the Hoya experience.”

“This resolution is a part of a larger narrative here at Georgetown, and that is an initiative by the administration to promote social life on campus, which is a dimension of the 2012 Campus Plan Agreement,” Tisa added.

Vice Speaker Zach Singer (SFS ’15), a co-sponsor of the bill, proposed to amend the resolution from 12 a.m. to 2 a.m. for Friday and Saturday night. “This makes sense in terms of socializing. On Saturday nights, I mean on occasional Saturday nights, you might find yourself wanting to visit someone at 1:30 a.m,” he said.

This comment then opened the floor to a period of debate for the potential amendment.

Sen. Seamus Guerin (COL ’16) saw two possibilities. “This can go both ways. You don’t want random people running up and down your building, knocking on the walls. For sanity’s sake, it makes perfect sense to increase GOCard access to just 12 a.m.”

Sen. Ben Weiss (COL ’15), a co-sponsor of the bill, thought the bill was more a “question of trust.”  ”Does the University trust the 16 percent of applicants it admits each year? Our job as a senate is to vouch for each student, that these people are not menaces to society, but scholars in community,” he said.

Weiss was subsequently high-fived by Singer.

Singer then stated, “This is a human rights issue. Why am I not allowed to go where I want, when I want, as a member of the Georgetown community?”

Tisa reminded the Senate that they can be 100 percent philosophically right on issues, but the administration will still say no at the end of the day. Tisa also reminded, “Students are fallible and capable of crime.”

Sen. Vetone Ivezaj (COL ’13) added, “It is difficult for RAs to enforce policy when there are students from other dorms. They can do things residents cannot.”

The amendment failed to pass by one vote. The un-amended bill passed unanimously.

Two other bills passed pertaining the GUSA fund, which in part provided funding for the Student Group Union, the Jewish Students Association, and Father Schall’s last lecture.

In the Good of the Order segment, Sen. Cannon Warren (SFS ’14) said, “I have a great idea. I want to organize a Hunger Games at Georgetown.”

Tisa asked, “Will there be death?”

Warren replied, “Hopefully, but probably just paintballs, or we could drop people off in the wilderness.”

To which Sen. Patrick Spagnuolo (SFS ’14) suggested, “No, Burleith.”

8 Comments on “GUSA Roundup: A resolution to establish our right to booty call

  1.  by  Terrible people

    As someone who frequently likes to go to bed around 11 pm regardless of the day, I hate having to listen to commotion in the hallways late at night. I don’t care if the hours are extended, but they sound laws must be enforced!

  2.  by  I Voted Libertarian

    Regarding the first sentence:

    Resolutions are not bills.

  3.  by  @I Voted Libertarian

    And GUSA is not a legitimate organization. Therefore, there’s really no difference.

  4.  by  @ @I Voted Libertarian

    What would make it legitimate in your eyes?

  5.  by  Uhhhh

    Maybe the fact that it’s not stockpiled with people who go to the tombs

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