Introduced by Speaker Nate Tisa (SFS ’14) and Sen. Nolan DiConti (COL ’15), the resolution seeks to mitigate restrictions on building entry, which hinder both academic and social life at Georgetown. The bill urges the administration to extend GOCard access from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. campus-wide, to create 24-hr GOCard access for interconnected living halls, namely Southwest Quad, and to request the McDonough School of Business and Regents Hall to create entrance parity for undergraduates.
“Say I’m in Kennedy and I want to go to McCarthy or Reynolds to study. I have to be signed in to do that,” DiConti said. “Moreover, 10 p.m. is not late by college standards and we all know social gatherings of a larger capacity do not typically start before 10. Such little things limit the Hoya experience.”
“This resolution is a part of a larger narrative here at Georgetown, and that is an initiative by the administration to promote social life on campus, which is a dimension of the 2012 Campus Plan Agreement,” Tisa added.
Vice Speaker Zach Singer (SFS ’15), a co-sponsor of the bill, proposed to amend the resolution from 12 a.m. to 2 a.m. for Friday and Saturday night. “This makes sense in terms of socializing. On Saturday nights, I mean on occasional Saturday nights, you might find yourself wanting to visit someone at 1:30 a.m,” he said.
This comment then opened the floor to a period of debate for the potential amendment.