FROSH Preview: #GeorgetownProblems

First off, we’d like to give an official Vox Populi welcome to the Class of 2015, for officially graduating from “pre-frosh” to bona fide freshmen. As you begin your career on the Hilltop, you’re going to notice that, although your fellow classmates may have different interests and hail from different corners of the Garden State, there is one habit that unifies the student body like no other: Complaining about the University. Here, Vox has compiled a rundown of Hoyas’s most common topics of complaint, why they do so, and how to deal with them a little more effectively.


  • Why we complain: Blame it on Target catalogues that show college dorms with enough room for home theaters and popcorn machines, but most kids go to college under the delusion that their dorms will be big, perfectly furnished, and spotless. So it’s easy to forget before moving in that your room has been lived in by an unfathomable number of people, many with doubtlessly questionable hygiene and destructive living habits, before you. So your blinds might fall off (Editor’s Note: Mine did), your toilet might overflow, your lights will burn out, and you’ll have to wait some undesirably long amount of time before Maintenance comes around to fix them.
  • What to do instead: Make sure you report everything, and we do mean everything, in the Room Condition Report you fill out in the beginning of the year—it’ll keep you from being charged for the mess that the inhabitants of yesteryear left in their wake. If you have any problems with your room’s facilities that you really can’t deal with on your own (burnt-out light bulbs, broken drawers, even low water pressure in your shower), put in a work request immediately: Sure, it will still take a couple of days, but the worst thing you can do is wait.

“I Know How to Party” (and changes in party registration)

  • Why we complain(ed): Once upon a time in a land not-so-far away, there existed a magical University where of-age students could drink in administrative buildings and throw spontaneous ragers in their on-campus residences whenever their little hearts and livers saw fit. And then, the administration killed it. Until this year, parties need to be registered by at least two qualified residents of the apartment or Georgetown-owned townhouse in question, at least one of whom needs to be 21 years of age or older, and many parties have been moved off-campus, where the neighbors get mad and the hosts get arrest records.
  • What to do about it: There’s no denying that this one sucks. But if you’re not in the mood for fighting the power just yet, the best thing to do is to get your drink on at a reasonable volume. If it’s not your house (which, as a freshman, it’s overwhelmingly likely that it’s not) you likely won’t get in trouble just for being there, but your party will get shut down and you’ll be sent back to wandering the streets.

Lauinger Letdowns

  • Why we complain: “Why do we only have one library? And why does it suck so much?” Everyone asks it eventually, especially once classes start and you want to move in there. Seating, especially on the ever-popular second floor, is a rarity, and students are to outlets like vultures are to a particularly tasty-looking dead zebra. And there’s a coffee shop there, but, well, suffice it to say that some people aren’t such fans of its management.
  • What to do about it: Sure, it’s our only non-denominational library on campus, but that doesn’t mean that you don’t have any other options once you get sick of its Brutalist exterior and linoleum decor. As we showed you last week, the annals Vox have a great list of alternatives to do your studying. Plus, now that Georgetown has finally expanded its wireless, Lau is no longer one of the only places you can go for Wifi.

If you have any other common Georgetown complaints and suggestions about what to do instead, let us know!

Photo from Flickr under a Creative Commons license.

11 Comments on “FROSH Preview: #GeorgetownProblems

  1. IIRC, don’t you only need one of the two hosts to be over 21 when you register a party on campus?

  2. Wow, i’m surprised you didn’t mention DPS,and their cowboy tactics. As i have seen from the past 18 months , their are a quite a few officers that go around and bully the students. Watch out for that OC spray, they will use it.

  3. Stop complaining. It really is a habit of many (but not all) students at Georgetown and it shows a tremendous lack of perspective. Certainly Georgetown is not perfect; no real-life institution is. But right now I am studying abroad at the University of Botswana and let’s put it this way: All of us who go to Georgetown are truly blessed. (And keep in mind that Botswana is one of the most stable and developed countries in Africa.) Tonight, new students will, if the past is any guide, hear President DeGioia deliver what is popularly known as “The Dots Speech”. My hope is that all new students will take some time tonight to sit and think about his message and how they will live out that message in their own lives over the next four years and in the years beyond.

  4. @ Eric

    So basically your argument is, “No one can want things to run better here because they are worse elsewhere.” Not quite seeing your logic.

  5. @ Eric
    I feel your pain. I watched over 300 frosh move in last weekend only to me met with “this is it?!?”; “gross!” and helicopter parents “you expect her to shower in there”. No I don’t, mam, if you’d rather her find a kindly gentleman in his mid-20s at Thirds or Rhino I’m sure he’d be happy to let her shower at his place. Otherwise she’s just S-O-L. We are blessed; unfortunately we’re also blessed with people who think they’re entitled. (just happy to say it’s not all of them!)

    @ Babs
    No. There’s a difference between wanting/seeking change and just bi**@ing because life didn’t ‘live up’ to your expectations. News flash, it often doesn’t. And if you just sit there and whine about it, next time you head somewhere you won’t know how to change your situation. I trust you are not really one of the complainers, but one of the action-takers. Maybe you should mentor some freshmen and show them how its done.

  6. Eric, I understand where you’re coming from. But I really disagree. We have the ability to significantly change student life for the better on this campus. You may view it as complaining, but I view it as the road to progress.

  7. I agree with Mo. Let us distinguish between constructive criticism and complaining. Complaining is a self-absorbed behavior done mainly with peers that is often based on hearsay and characterized by an unwillingness to even try to understand why things might be the way they are. Constructive criticism is respectful, evidence-based, and, most importantly, directed to those who can make a difference. We need more of the later and less of the former. I actually like this article because it attempts to offer practical advice. Everyone, whether you complain or not, let us all stop and think about the things that are going right and how fortunate we have been.

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