Huzzah! GOCard access extended for two hours
Georgetown students will soon be able to swipe into any residence hall on campus between the hours of 9 a.m and midnight following GUSA’s resolution two months ago to do just that. Students previously needed to be signed in by a resident of the dormitory after 10 p.m. daily. According to a GUSA press release, Student Housing and Residence Life will implement the change soon.
The bill argued that “limiting access to … dormitories after certain hours impedes the goal outlined in the 2010 Campus Plan of bringing undergraduate social life back to campus,” in the apparent hope that students will get blackout in their dorm rooms instead of walking all the way to Burleith to do it.
GUSA President Clara Gustafson notes that 10 p.m. is an unreasonable time to expect students to be shut in for bed: “Whether studying or attending a party, much of student life takes place after 10 pm.” As GUSA is quick to let Vox know, there are other reasons than for booty calls that people stay up late. Homework and partying are important too.
Although the University has not yet agreed to extending hours to the Hariri Building and Regents Hall, GUSA says they’re working on it.
Zipcar lowers eligibility age to 18
At the GUSA’s request, Georgetown Zipcar now allows nearly all Georgetown students with drivers licenses to rent cars on a short-term basis from the parking lot outside of McDonough Gym. Previously only 21 year-olds could use the vehicles.
“The most striking aspect of the research Senator Singer and I conducted was the fact that our peer universities in the area, George Washington and American, as well as Harvard University and University of Virginia, have an 18+ contract with Zipcar,” Ben Weiss (COL ’15) said at the time. “It only makes sense that we have equal access.”
GUSA also secured three additional cars for Georgetown’s Main Campus—from five to eight, which now includes two SUVs.
A major sticking point in the 2010 campus plan negotiations was student car ownership. In the eventual agreement, Georgetown only promised a vague resolution to better neighborhood traffic: “The University shall implement plans as well for mitigating the transportation and parking impacts from graduate students who travel to the Main Campus, with the goal of achieving significant improvements over current conditions.” Gustafson and GUSA Vice President Kohnert-Yount proposed the idea to mitigate the need for students to bring cars.
Credit where credit is due. Now let’s see if GUSA can make Leo’s run better than a overcrowded Golden Corral.