GUSA debates rats and the perennial publicity problem
STUDENT ACTIVITIES FEES: The Senate waded further into the morass of club funding, passing a bill about the Student Activities Fee. Students currently pay a $100 Student Activities Fee, half of which goes into the student activities budget, and the other half of which goes into a student activities portion of the endowment.
Students cannot use the student activities portion of the endowment until the total sum reaches $10 million, and the interest accrued on the account is rolled over into the university endowment.
Many Senators weren’t too happy about that arrangement.
“They’ve been robbing us,” Josh Mogil (SFS ’11—Off Campus) said. “It’s completely unacceptable.”
GUSA wants the interest to be put into the student activity fee account, and they want to consider a way to recoup the interest that has already been rolled over into the University’s endowment. Some Senators voiced concern that it would be difficult to get the administration to implement such a policy, though.
RATS: Senator Arman Ismail (COL ’11—Reynolds) has found his issue: Rats. He wants GUSA to step in and address the rodent menace plaguing campus.
However, Mogil voiced concerns that such a project would harm “the spirit of the new GUSA.”
“I’d like to remind everyone that if we tackle a problem we can’t solve, it’s not going to help our image,” Mogil noted. He said GUSA is not the right body to eradicate the rats, and expressed concern that “The Hoya will cover it in their front article: ‘GUSA tries to kill rats, complete failure.’ Everyone will be laughing at us, it will be embarrassing.”