Yesterday, the Georgetown University Student Association unanimously passed a resolution to finally fix Leo O’Donovan’s Dining Hall. The resolution calls for decreased wait times, increased capacity to accommodate students at peak demand times, increased food options and diversity, increased conservation efforts, increased emphasis on customer service and hospitality, greater cleanliness, and more student input in decisions made by Georgetown Dining.
Although the terms of the resolution are vague, the author of the resolution, Senator Sam Greco (SFS ’15) (Southwest Quad), argues that the lack of detail allows students to take a stand their own behalf, while still maintaining enough flexibility to work with the University and Aramark administrators. Greco explained in debate that despite the lack of a specific plan, the resolution would establish the necessary framework from which students may advocate for their own interests in the dining hall.
In addition to establishing a precedent of pushing for increased student representation in contract negotiations with external companies such as Aramark. The resolution calls for increased access to student feedback gathered from online surveys and comment cards.
As of now, GUSA and other organizations outside Georgetown Dining are unable to access the information gathered in such polls, and the GUSA representatives feel that this is a lack of transparency impedes progress and improvement in the dining hall.
However, as Senator Greco pointed out, the possibility of GUSA gaining access to this information in the foreseeable future is slim, so in order to improve GUSA’s perspective of student concerns, the resolution authorizes GUSA to conduct polls to gather information regarding students’ dining experiences. “Unless we [GUSA] have real, specific things we want, it’s hard to confront them [Georgetown] dining with that,” said Greco.
Greco went on to say, “It is their [Georgetown Dining’s] job to please the students, and when they are failing to please students, it is our job to confront them with that.” He’s not hating. He’s just saying.
In a separate initiative sponsored by Senator Elizabeth Oh (SFS ’15) (Copley), and co-sponsored by Senator Chairman George Spyropoulos (COL ’14) (At-Large) introduced an Act to Establish and Expression Board for students to use to vent their emotions in Sellinger Lounge during study days. The act calls on the Intellectual Life Committee and members of the Subcommittee of the Arts to organize the board with Leavey Center staff. The board is expected to be available for student use from Dec. 8-20.