Georgetown Dish, the Georgetown neighborhood’s news and gossip website, launched last month. Most of it caters to Tiger Woods obsessives and the old-enough-to-be-your-grandparents set, but at least one column on the site could interest Georgetown students: Town/Gown, written by Georgetown junior Katherine Duncan (COL ’11).
For her debut column, Duncan explains Gtown Genpop, a term her friends on the track team came up with. Who qualifies as Gtown Genpop? Perhaps everyone who isn’t on the track team:
It captures the various different stereotypical groups on the Georgetown campus—the overzealous SFS (School of Foreign Service)/IPOL (International Politics), students, the “bro” types (think loud, obnoxious, beer-bonging, etc.), the privileged preppy boarding school New-Englanders, etc. Essentially, the “Jane and Jack Hoya” typecast for which Georgetown is known….Let’s expand these types by adding “Georgetown students within the greater Georgetown community.”
It doesn’t make sense, but it’s better shorthand than Joe and Jane Hoya.
Apparently, though, Gtown Genpop is a malevolent force in our community (emphasis added):
And it wouldn’t hurt to try having the slightest modicum of respect for the surrounding Georgetown neighborhood, for after all we might become apart of this population eventually as we graduate, move on and begin to inhabit the “real world”—maybe then we’ll truly understand the deeper ramifications of “Gtown genpop” and just how frustrating this elitist ignorance can be to real Georgetown residents.
Who knew that wealthy Georgetown residents were victims of elitism?
The rest of Duncan’s column is a reasonable plea for better relations between students and neighbors, and a call for students to get into the neighborhood more. It’d be a great idea, if the neighbors weren’t intent on making sure students never leave campus.
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