In this week’s edition of “How Burleith Residents Misunderstand the 2010 Campus Plan,” we take a look at Lenore Rubino, President of the Burleith Citizens’ Associations. This gem of a line is from an email Rubino sent out over the Burleith listserv:
“Good for all: More on-campus, affordable housing that accommodates student needs. I would think university students, no matter where they are located, would want and demand safe, affordable, convenient on-campus housing, especially at the tuition rates some universities are charging.”
Sigh. I’m not sure where Rubino thinks the University can build more on-campus housing. Neighbors often cite the fact that an architectural firm identified space for 800 additional beds on campus—if the University built on every plot of open space there exists on campus. (And built only dorm-style housing that no student would ever opt to live in as an upperclassman.)
I’m also not sure why Rubino thinks that new on-campus housing would be less expensive than off-campus housing. It certainly isn’t more affordable now.
But her next assertion may be the most mind-boggling of all: “Students should know this: The BCA is not against students (as some of the student blogs indicate).” Of course you aren’t! And to verify your claim, we’ve gone through all the blog posts we’ve written about BCA meetings and activity since March and pulled your organizations’ most ‘pro-student’ acts:
- From the BCA’s form letter protesting the Campus Plan: “In Burleith alone, over 47% of the houses are rented, many to Georgetown students. Too many of these students frequently disrupt residential tranquility with loud parties, public drunkenness, fights, vandalism, and threats to neighbors. The houses often suffer from poor maintenance that negatively affects property values and causes potential buyers to look elsewhere.”
- At a meeting to discuss the Plan’s most egregious elements, BCA Vice President Walter Hillabrand disdainfully reminded attendees that more students trying to rent in Burleith would mean more students “doing binge drinking” and “doing public urination.”
- At another meeting, Glen Harrison of the BCA Committee for GU Relations said, “In a nutshell, GU students living in our community are affecting our community’s health, crime, and domestic tranquility.” …. “At these parties, there is binge drinking with attendant drunk behavior—loud music, cursing, fighting, [and] public urination. These are not new, these are serious, chronic problems.”
- The BCA attempted to compile a database of “problem houses” to share with the Metropolitan Police Department.
- Stephen R. Brown has been a part of the BCA’s Campus Plan presentations at at least three separate meetings. ‘Nuff said.
- And for kicks, don’t forget about that the BCA’s lawn signs and dialogue inspires comments like these: “‘If [the graduate student enrollment increase] happens, then you’ve got little ghettos around the campus,’ Kroll said. ‘Then, all the students end up coming to parties in Burleith.’”
Some student blogs get it all wrong.