Breaking: Todd Olson lifts on-campus keg limit effective tomorrow
“Today I am announcing an immediate change to the one-keg limit at on-campus parties,” he wrote in an email to campus media. “After hearing from students and other stakeholders, and consulting with colleagues, it seems clear that this is a reasonable and promising approach to bringing the center of student social life back onto campus. This change is in effect as of this Friday, April 19.”
Just this Sunday, GUSA passed a bill calling for the University to raise limit on kegs. Before the policy change, students could only purchase one keg per house per night. Students leaders say that the policy change will move more parties back on campus—something neighbors would welcome.
“After working since the beginning of our term to get these important changes in place, we are thrilled that it has finally gone through,” GUSA President Nate Tisa (SFS ’14) said. “Getting rid of the keg limit is huge. … Special thanks to the GUSA senate and neighborhood leaders who helped us encourage the administration to make this change. It’s an important symbolic victory for students and will improve campus social life.”
For his part, Chair of the ANC 2E Ron Lewis welcomed the measure, saying “I think lifting the on-campus keg limit is a great step toward improving on-campus student life.”
Tisa made lobbying the administration to change the policy a priority in the last 40 days of the school year. Over the past few weeks, Tisa and other members of GUSA have been speaking with administrators and neighborhoods through the Georgetown Community Partnership, trying to reach a consensus about what policy would serve students and the community best.
Tisa said GUSA is working to influence the implementation of the campus plan and trying to make on-campus social life better for students. “With the campus plan, obviously there’s a lot of negatives attached for off-campus students, but we wanted to combat that with positive effects,” he said.
According to Tisa, GUSA and his administration’s priorities for the rest of his term will include lessening the restrictions on partying outdoors. “We want to wave the capacity for apartments. We’re also looking at how we use outdoor space,” Tisa said. “Why can’t you, if you have a Village A or if you live Nevils, use the outdoor space to a greater extent? And that’s one of the attractions for living off-campus is that you have backyards, and especially when it gets hotter out, student will want to go outside and have a kegger, so that’s one of the things we’re working on next.”
GUSA Senator Cannon Warren (SFS ’14), a cosponsor of the GUSA bill who popularized the proposal during his presidential run, with campaigns such as #EndlessKegs, shifted his thoughts to other issues. “This is a great day and win for all students and the Dixie guys,” Warren said. “Hopefully we will now all be able to party harder, safer, and perhaps with a greater variety of beer at parties other than just natty.”
Read Olson’s full statement below.
Announcement from Dr. Todd Olson, Vice President for Student Affairs:Today I am announcing an immediate change to the one-keg limit at on-campus parties. After hearing from students and other stakeholders, and consulting with colleagues, it seems clear that this is a reasonable and promising approach to bringing the center of student social life back onto campus. This change is in effect as of this Friday, April 19.Please know that as we make this change, and encourage student social life on campus, it remains vital to keep safety and well-being at the center of socializing. I urge you to remember the basics of hosting a successful event, to manage your social events in a responsible way, and to call on university resource people to help when concerns arise. This is particularly important on Georgetown Day, Friday April 26. Thank you, and have a great weekend.
Additional reporting by Gavin Bade