Students had a first-ever chance to meet face to face with members of the University’s Board of Trustees at a town hall meeting Wednesday night, but received little response to their concerns.
“You may not be getting the response that you seek, but I assure you you’re being listened to,” said Trustee Jean Fugett.
Fugett and Trustee Al Park, a former Student Association president, addressed a frustrated group of students at the SA-sponsored event.
SA President Kuyomars “Q” Golparvar said he felt the meeting’s major purpose was to provide a forum for the Board to gather information about student concerns. He said the Trustees will bring what they learned at the town hall to the Board’s committee meetings Friday.
Concerns voiced at the meeting ranged from overcrowded classrooms to GW President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg’s car and driver.
“We’re charging a Harvard University price and not getting a Harvard University education,” sophomore Ed DiMarzio said. He asked for a detailed University spending plan indicating ways GW would spend revenue from a tuition increase.
Many students also said they want to see a copy of the University’s budget.
“The administration is not being responsible for sharing information with students,” undergraduate SA Sen. Jesse Strauss (CSAS) said. “That’s why students feel that they’re being steamrolled.”
Park said the University is working to “take the fat out” of its budget.