In today’s issue of the Voice, you’ll find excerpts from our Tuesday interview with University President John DeGioia. Due to space constraints, we couldn’t fit the entirety of our 40-minute conversation in the paper, but we’re happy to offer you the full transcript here on the blog!
Vice President of Student Affairs Todd Olson and Associate Vice President of Communication Julie Green Bataille were also at the meeting, so don’t be alarmed if you see them chiming in. For those who wish to skim, we’ve put some of the more interesting quotes in bold.
Voice: My first question is about the 2010 Campus Plan. Many students have expressed frustration about the new Dupont GUTS route that started in the spring, and they’ve said that they feel it’s an example of the University caving to pressure from residents. At the May 2010 Campus Plan meeting, some administrators expressed a desire to send almost all buses through the Canal Road entrance. Can you make a commitment to students to not further extend GUTS bus routes? And if not, what would you say to students who feel that the University is not defending their best interests? DeGioia: Are we tweetering? Voice: No, not right now, no… DeGioia: Just kidding. I couldn’t make any commitment in the context of an interview with a newspaper, but I could say the issue of the 2010 plan is a very complex negotiation. We enter into it every decade and it usually take two or three years to get through the negotiation with our local neighbors and then with various regulatory authorities that we need to work with. And when we’re finished we have a document that guides the campus for the next decade.
The last one we did we felt enabled us to take some very important steps to develop the university community and we’ve been engaged in the most significant capital expansion in the University’s history over the last decade, so we feel very pleased about what we were able to do with the last plan.