SA sets agenda for spring

Members of the Student Association executive met with the University’s executive vice president and treasurer on Wednesday to propose changes to mandatory spending and student fund carry-overs at GW’s main eatery.

SA President Nicole Capp and Executive Vice President Brand Kroeger told Lou Katz they want freshman mandatory spending for J Street to be reduced from $1,400 to $1,000, and the ability for freshmen and sophomores to carry over unspent funds until graduation.

“The proposal was the result of intense discussion over break with students,” said Capp, a junior.

In an interview earlier this week, Katz said the University would look into any dining proposal by the SA.

“If they come up with a proposition that actually makes sense, we’re going to seriously consider it,” he said.

Katz said that there are no discussions with Sodexho, the company contracted to run J Street, to adjust mandatory spending or fund carry-over policies.

Sodexho developed the mandatory spending plan and GW supported it to encourage community. Another less ideal option, Katz said, would be to limit the number of off-campus partners – something he said the University would like to avoid.

“We’re trying to create flexibility and a sense of community at the institution,” Katz said.

Freshmen and sophomores must spend $1,400 and $500 at J Street per year, respectively. At this time, freshmen and sophomores are unable to carry over any unspent J Street funds to their next year at the University.

“It is my hope spending limits will be done away with, but it won’t be easy,” said Kroeger, a junior.

Capp and Kroeger have met with Katz and other SA members throughout the past several weeks to discuss mandatory spending. Capp said, “Dining is never going to be a dead issue.”

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