Comments on: Administration to barricade Copley Lawn on Georgetown Day http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/2012/04/25/student-affairs-to-barricade-copley-lawn-on-georgetown-day/ Mon, 09 Nov 2015 02:04:23 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.10 By: Phil http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/2012/04/25/student-affairs-to-barricade-copley-lawn-on-georgetown-day/comment-page-1/#comment-540271 Thu, 26 Apr 2012 18:17:14 +0000 http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/?p=37409#comment-540271 Whatever, I still sprayed champagne over John Carroll’s statue. Fortune favors the bold.

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By: @@TheRealGTownDay '12 http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/2012/04/25/student-affairs-to-barricade-copley-lawn-on-georgetown-day/comment-page-1/#comment-540263 Thu, 26 Apr 2012 16:19:11 +0000 http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/?p=37409#comment-540263 Actually a senior… but I completely agree (hence the “at least” part). Haven’t exactly polled anyone on it, so didn’t want to speak for everyone. Both days are awesome, although tomorrow looks like it might not be quite as much as it has been in the past.

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By: @TheRealGtownDay'12 http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/2012/04/25/student-affairs-to-barricade-copley-lawn-on-georgetown-day/comment-page-1/#comment-540256 Thu, 26 Apr 2012 15:26:00 +0000 http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/?p=37409#comment-540256 haha i can tell you’re a freshman based on your claim that georgetown day is “at least on par with homecoming.” georgetown day is bigger than homecoming.

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By: JTIII http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/2012/04/25/student-affairs-to-barricade-copley-lawn-on-georgetown-day/comment-page-1/#comment-540255 Thu, 26 Apr 2012 15:22:25 +0000 http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/?p=37409#comment-540255 The point is that students will drink. College students across the country drink. By shaming it and attempting to control it, by cracking down it, they’re jeopardizing student safety. We don’t live in a fantasy world where prohibiting something means that nobody will do it.

Allow drinking on campus, in public spaces so that RAs, campus authorities, etc can make sure people are safe and not afraid to talk to someone if something bad does happen. Safety first.

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By: Practical http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/2012/04/25/student-affairs-to-barricade-copley-lawn-on-georgetown-day/comment-page-1/#comment-540254 Thu, 26 Apr 2012 15:12:15 +0000 http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/?p=37409#comment-540254 What really gets me is that Georgetown has not really considered the consequences of their actions. If they were trying to create an incentive to limit drinking or at least encourage safe drinking, they have failed outright.

Pregaming is outright the most dangerous part of drinking, the concept of putting enough alcohol in your system in one sitting in order for it to last you an entire afternoon encourages students to test their limits so that they need not refill later. When students consumer large amounts of alcohol before they have let it run through their systems and begin to take effect, they are more likely to drink to dangerous levels. I would not be surprised if we saw a rise in instances of students needed GERMS this year.

Also, the combination of a liquids free lawn, combined with a severe scaling back of events make no sense. If this is truly an event for the community, including faculty and their families, the fact there there are fewer student performances, few student run events and fewer activities in general is just a slap in the face that stinks of Georgetown trying to end the events in the coming years and has nothing to do with the family friendly atmosphere. If they were serious about this, they would be pushing students to contribute their talents and providing activities in order to create ways to celebrate without drinking. They are naive if they think that taking away a beer garden will quell drinking and are really doing more to disengage the nondrinkers(who do in fact exist) and casual drinkers of Georgetown day, while doing nothing to hamper the heaviest drinkers.

Furthermore, by coming out hard against this event this year, Georgetown in encouraging its students to do what we do best, creatively find solution to policy problems. Georgetown is challenging each and every student to find a way to be drunk on the lawn, whether its pregaming, or sneaking alcohol in, or simply finding other locations that they can be drunk in public. Georgetown is motivating us to try to beat them out of spite of them ruining our fun and while that may not be an admirable way to think about it, I think it is entirely true. This event in the past was a great unifier of the administration and its students because they were willing to look the other way and create an event that we as students could enjoy. Prepare to see an uglier side of Georgetown come Friday.

One last consequence that I can see having a huge negative effect on Georgetown is a huge exodus to off campus houses for events. Sometime in the last year, Georgetown created a policy that parties could not be registered before 5 PM. This means that our only options are to head out into other people’s communities and ruin their Friday afternoon. There are enough tensions and enough problems between the surrounding communities and students, and the university is having enough problems trying to assuage the surrounding communities so that they can continue to improve and prosper. this is a huge step in the wrong direction. Instead of giving people like Stephen R. Brown an opportunity to come to campus and look for proof of students inebriation, you are putting us all at their doorsteps.

Get ready for one hell of a mess Degioa.

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By: TheRealGTownDay '12 http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/2012/04/25/student-affairs-to-barricade-copley-lawn-on-georgetown-day/comment-page-1/#comment-540248 Thu, 26 Apr 2012 14:11:57 +0000 http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/?p=37409#comment-540248 I think we should all recognize that the university is in a tough spot here. That being said, it’s (at least partially) their own damn fault. They “allowed” (and tacitly approved of, but whatever) the tradition of a drunk-as-hell Georgetown Day to be established. For better or worse, Georgetown Day now is ingrained in the minds and memories of alumni and students (especially the older ones) as a day of revelry and awesomeness at least on par with Homecoming. Which the school ain’t doing away with anytime soon.
On another note, it’s not like Georgetown is the only school with a spring day/weekend. Pretty much everyone has them. And each school deals with those days in different ways (I’m sure somewhere it’s even *gasp* worse than this year looks like it will be), but these “problems” are hardly unique to Georgetown.
And I think the best argument here is that it’s not in Georgetown’s best interest to curtail this drinking. If it’s taking place on the lawn (as opposed to anywhere else), they can at least oversee it, make sure it doesn’t get *too* outrageous and control for the safety of the people paying $55,000 a year to go here. They can also make sure it doesn’t spill out into the neighborhood too much… which is where all the hateful old people live.

Anyways, I guess what I’m saying is… STUDY PARTY ON THE ESPLANADE

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By: reality http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/2012/04/25/student-affairs-to-barricade-copley-lawn-on-georgetown-day/comment-page-1/#comment-540239 Thu, 26 Apr 2012 13:02:12 +0000 http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/?p=37409#comment-540239 It totally SUCKS that Georgetown Day is dry and that it is being turned into something that can’t possibly be fun. HOWEVER, don’t pretend that a significant number of students won’t get very drunk, loud, sick, unruly, etc. The argument made by students every time there is an alcohol related decision by the University is that they are adults and should be treated like adults. But, they never admit that there will be significant problems caused by an event that includes alcohol. (And, yes, there will be just about the same level of drunkeness and bad behavior without the University providing the alcohol. But, that’s the bad position the University is in. GU has to avoid being the cause, even if the outcome is the same. That’s not an easy position to be in.)

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By: Doug http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/2012/04/25/student-affairs-to-barricade-copley-lawn-on-georgetown-day/comment-page-1/#comment-540236 Thu, 26 Apr 2012 12:52:00 +0000 http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/?p=37409#comment-540236 Jake ’12: You’re missing the point. Drink whenever you want. (As long as it’s legal.) But the ability to do it on University property, with university-provided protection, in a venue that affects the reputation of the university, should be a decision left to the university.

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By: Hoya Saxa 2011 http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/2012/04/25/student-affairs-to-barricade-copley-lawn-on-georgetown-day/comment-page-1/#comment-540226 Thu, 26 Apr 2012 10:02:26 +0000 http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/?p=37409#comment-540226 As someone who graduated last year and got to celebrate georgetown day all four years, it breaks my heart that the administration took this away from you. My suggestion: pregame and have bbq parties at your friends’ houses off campus on Friday and then on Saturday go drink/revel on copley lawn when all the security measures have been dismantled. That way, the administration will learn that if they try to take things like this away from students, students will fight back and have TWO days of day drinking and fun :)

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By: LOLlipop http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/2012/04/25/student-affairs-to-barricade-copley-lawn-on-georgetown-day/comment-page-1/#comment-540206 Thu, 26 Apr 2012 05:12:18 +0000 http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/?p=37409#comment-540206 first of all i think this discussion board is hilarious and secondly i think it is an outrage that we can’t drink in public places, i mean there are so few days of the school year where it’s socially acceptable to be drinking out on the front lawn, georgetown day should totally be a part of that, but for god’s sake, what does the administration think its doing by having us not drink on copley lawn? if this makes one less georgetown student drunk i would be supremely surprised. either way i plan on having more fun than i will be able to remember. also, as a third party, it’s just deserts. Just desserts is the name of a bakery.

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