Students and University respond to “Drunken Georgetown Students” site

So, maybe Georgetown students aren’t drunk all of the time.

In recent days, both the University and students have responded to “Drunken Georgetown Students,” the website that’s fueled rampant procrastination all week long.

In an e-mail statement, Director of Media Relations Andy Pino wrote, “[The University does] not believe the site is a constructive attempt  to improve safety or quality of life issues in our community, and we believe it runs contrary to the collaborative efforts we’ve engaged in with many of our neighbors.”

Meanwhile, students have launched websites and Facebook groups that lampoon Stephen R. Brown, the Burleith resident who runs “Drunken Georgetown Students.”

One student, who declined to be named, even made a video titled “Fun with Stephen Brown.”

“I just wanted to comment on Mr. Brown’s godawful blog while standing up for my fellow constantly intoxicated Georgetown students,” the student said in an e-mail.

Vox has also learned that Brown has been photographing student parties since last summer.

After the jump, hear from some of the students who Brown has photographed.

Natalie Murchinson (COL ’10) said that Brown took pictures of two parties she had over the summer. At a June party, students at Murchinson’s house spotted Brown photographing them from behind a fence. Later, when she went to apologize to him, she said he was “ranting” at her and “being very accusatory.”

Her housemate had a similar experience with him in August, when she went to bring guests inside from the parking spaces behind their house.

“My roommate saw a guy in the alley and told him she was getting people out from the parking lot,” Murchinson said. She added that when  her roommate attempted to apologize to Brown, he told her to “shut the fuck up.”

Another student, who wished to remain anonymous because she fears harassment from Brown, approached Brown in mid-March after she discovered he was photographing students who were sitting on the roof of her Burleith home.

“We weren’t being loud or drunk. We were sitting up there getting sun,” the student said. “[Brown would] take a photo, walk down the street, and then come back again and take more photos … After I approached him, he hid behind the bushes and just kept going.”

“We can tell that some of the older neighbors don’t like us,” she continued. “They think we’re stupid drunk people, but we’re not.”

7 Comments on “Students and University respond to “Drunken Georgetown Students” site

  1. At the most recent campus plan meeting, one neighbor actually argued that her interest was in “diversity” in their community (some families, some students, etc.). From Stephen Brown’s website, here’s a photo of what counts as “diverse” in Burleith: http://srbphoto.zenfolio.com/p801347366/h287c29f3#h67ea765

    There’s old, and there’s older. There’s white, and there’s whiter.

    (I think I see a black lady towards the back, but she’s standing with Jeanne Lord, so I assume she’s with the University.)

  2. Why does this man hate Georgetown so much, but freely visit the campus and actually go into Yates and Kehoe?

  3. This guy is nuts, and I’m not sure why he’s allowed on the Georgetown campus. He should be banned from coming onto university property and his Yates membership should be revoked immediately. That and he’s a surprisingly awful photographer.

  4. It’s a privilege, not a right, for someone not affiliated with the University to have access to our services (such as Yates and the library). Since he may very well be using this privilege as a ruse to be on campus and take photos of, say, a party on Village A rooftop, or even Georgetown Day, he should be barred from campus. Once barred, he can be arrested for trespassing. How sweet would that be? As a public service, we could send a GUTS bus to get him out of jail, then drive him all around the city for hours on “the most direct route” back.

  5. Don’t assume that Brown actually wants the partying to end. Bill Cochran, a former president of the Citizens Association of Georgetown, once complained that many neighborhood activists didn’t want better relations with the University, they were too invested in anti-student politics. “They’ve got their Evil Empire,” he stated, noting that if town-gown relations improved, the activists are “out of business.”

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