I hope you’re happy, students of Georgetown. Because remember that string of posts we ran a while back, about how the Citizens Association of Georgetown, led by President Jennifer Altemus (COL ’88), was raising funds to defeat portions of the 2010 Campus Plan? And how neighborhood blogger Carol Joynt thought Georgetown was too good for D.C., and should secede? And how Philly Pizza had been shut down? And then you guys were all like, “What?? These neighbors are so crazy!!” and one of you left Altemus’s home address in the comments section?
Well, thanks to that, you’ve gained yourself notoriety in the pages of the Georgetown Current, which recently ran a story about the fight that’s heating up around the 2010 Campus Plan (pdf, page 7). When interviewed for the piece, Altemus took the opportunity to point out that when students get riled up about town-gown issues, you are not very nice. From the Current:
“Over the hours of community meetings, the tone of conversations between residents and university officials has been fairly civil, with some exceptions. But online opinions went quickly negative after university news blog ‘Vox Populi’ covered the fundraising campaign.
‘I don’t know why they have to get so personal,’ Altemus said of largely student-written comments, which included, along with epithets, her e-mail address, Facebook page and — at one point — her home address, which an editor later removed.
‘I wonder if they even know what’s in the plan,’ said Altemus.”
Altemus has a good point, because neighborhood residents are never, never mean and nasty when they respond to our blog posts, right?
“LOL! Protest? Please! You white trash kiddos can’t even find the address unless it smells of horse manure.
Let’s see how many present and future losers will show up. Wanna bet?”
“Your contribution to the neighborhood is negative and you don’t pay taxes. You are just a nuisance that needs to be controlled.”
“Just because some of us choose to live in Georgetown, doesn’t mean that we should give up the neighborhood to bratty ass GU students who think they can: 1) park anywhere they want, i.e., blocking private driveways, 2) urinate AND/OR vomit on people’s property, 3) sit on top of other people’s parked cars and 4) throw parties on side streets any given night till 3am. Oh yes and don’t forget all the trash that’s left on doorsteps and sidewalks because some of you can’t possibly be bothered to put your trash in the garbage cans ….
The only people who are responsible for Philly getting shut down are the people who caused it to be a neighborhood nuisance. You know who you are. So stop whining and just STFU.”
No, they are far too well-mannered.
Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Aaron Golds (COL ’11) came to bat for us. He pointed out to the Current that while “disrespectful comments” fail to “foster a dialogue” that is helpful to anyone, neighbors have gotten negative in the comments section, too. Oh, and that the CAG Vice President recently told a Georgetown alum to “fuck off” in an e-mail exchange.
I know what you are, but what am I?