GUSA Roundup: You gotta fight for your right to hate Leo’s

gusaYesterday, 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.

9 Comments on “GUSA Roundup: You gotta fight for your right to hate Leo’s

  1. Speaking of GUSA, last night I passed a resolution in my apartment that Mitt Romney is President!

  2. ^ Grover.

    Sam Greco and GUSA as a whole are getting real problems fixed. I approached him with an issue about the dining hall services before Thanksgiving. I not only received a follow-up from him assuring me that he had spoken to the right folks, but I also received an email directly from the dining hall director assuring me that the concern was being addressed. Cynicism and sarcasm are the lowest forms of wit.

  3. I’d like to take a second to address some issues brought up in this article. First of all, the bill is not vague; it is intentionally designed to be a broad framework of the changes we wish to see made and of the areas we think require more attention. There are several reasons these points lack specifics.

    Most importantly, real change at Leo’s is accomplished through meetings with dining executives, not through sweeping legislation passed on the Senate Floor. What this resolution did was outline where we think the focus needs to be so we can go into meetings having a road map of what we want accomplished. The people who run Georgetown Dining know the operation better than we do, and so it is our job to come to them with valid concerns about, for example, cleanliness, and together work out a way to improve that issue. It is not our purview to dictate to them how to do their jobs, but rather to bring student desires to them and then work with them to see how we can accomplish these goals.

    This bill–in addition to laying out the framework for the broad changes we hope to see and empowering the Senate to act in certain ways to accomplish these changes–sends a clear message that we are serious and committed to dining reform. It shows that it is a top priority of ours and something we will not sit back and allow to be a disservice to students. This message which should be received loud and clear is the most a piece of legislation can do. We can’t change Leo’s with a resolution, but using the guidance and authority granted in this resolution we can work with Georgetown Dining to effect real change.

    Nowhere in this bill or in debate did I ever suggest that we were passing this resolution and then leaving it up to individual students to fend for themselves, quite to the contrary this bill is a major concrete step in continuing our fight on behalf of Georgetown students for better dining. In addition to this bill and ongoing meetings with Leo’s managers, a new Senate Dining Subcommittee is in the works as well, all of which should be indication that students will not have to “take a stand their own behalf” or “advocate for their own interests”. While every student should feel absolutely entitled to speak with Leo’s managers about their dining experience and preferences, GUSA still stands firmly in the fight for improved dining on campus. We, with this resolution, are spearheading the work to improve Georgetown Dining, not passing the buck on to students.

    Thank you.

  4. GUSA has complained about Leo’s, conducted dining surveys, and met with Auxiliary Services for years to little effect. What’s different this time?

  5. at leo’s now any better today then they were yester-future-day?

  6. It’s all about money for the university and Aramark. It’s not about student satisfaction and choice. Once the two pull out their respective profits from the meal plan we are left with pennies on our plates. True story.

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