Georgetown’s student body didn’t exactly receive a warm welcome back in their inboxes this Wednesday. In a campuswide email and in typical no-notice style, Georgetown administrators told student that the Metropolitan Police Department “are again authorized—and intend—to issue 61D Citations for excessive noise”—which land for any rowdy students unlucky enough to cross MPD with a fine and an arrest record.
When they say “again authorized,” they mean of course the MPD crackdown that accompanied the administration’s monstrously harsh alcohol policy last September. The crackdown included a flurry of alcohol and noise violation citations. But where did the pressure for MPD to resume handing out noise violations come from?
On the one hand, being hard on students may just be MPD’s style. But recent ANC coverage over at Georgetown Metropolitan reveals that Denise Cunningham, president of the Citizen’s Association of Georgetown and arch-foe of student noise, made an appearance at Tuesday’s ANC meeting to insist against extending some Georgetown bar hours for inauguration. Metropolitan also suggests that our neighbors are getting hotheaded about all the noise we make.
With inauguration bringing the issue of noise into critical focus for our neighbors and police force, perhaps it was an optimal time for them to push for greater sanctions against noise–with results.