Comments on: GUSA Executives propose pushing back third year housing requirement Mon, 09 Nov 2015 02:04:23 +0000 hourly 1 By: @former goose Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:34:03 +0000 that would work if the school had the funds to build nice facilities. Unless they are complete idiots (possible) it appears that they just don’t have any money, otherwise we would have good food, less rats, etc. I’ve seen pipes in nevils that just drain right into other rooms, not connected to the sewer system at all. If they build nice dorms students will be paying $1300 per month in rent or more because Georgetown just has no money

By: FormerGUSAer Tue, 08 Apr 2014 22:03:51 +0000 The University trying to spin the One Georgetown, One Campus referendum into rationale for a 3rd year requirement is frustrating. Georgetown students overwhelmingly want to be on this historic campus, so why doesn’t the University give those Georgetown students the opportunity to live here by building desirable on-campus beds? The trust needs to go both ways – trust that the students want to be on campus (which they showed in 1G1C) and trust that the students will respond to positive on-campus addition of beds by filling them.

I don’t think the student body is stupid. The University put itself into a difficult position with the Campus Plan and is now committed to filling x number of beds. But by being honest to the student body, both parties can work together under the current environment? I imagine an honest and productive conversation going something like this:

Robin Morey: We need to build beds to meet the campus plan and you students forced us to build them here on campus. We can’t invest >$100 million without knowing students will fill the beds.
GUSA: We understand your dilemma, but don’t believe a 3rd year requirement is the only way to get this done.
Robin Morey: So what do you suggest?
GUSA: Give us a year. Let us jointly announce to the students the tough position the University is in and let’s incorporate student interests to make the new beds something they actually want.
Robin Morey: We want to give you, the customer, what you want. However, that doesn’t remove the risk of investing a ton of money and still getting empty beds that comes without a requirement.
GUSA: Let’s announce to the student body that we need to build – and fill – beds on campus, and that if 80%(85/90/02%) of the beds aren’t filled after x years (1 year?) then we’ll have no choice but to require. In that year, we can make on-campus beds what the students want, and you get what you want (beds filled) without a requirement!
Robin Morey: You guys are smart. Do you want to do my job for me?

Does anyone think this wouldn’t work? Real cooperation and valued input from all sides involved?