Campus Plan: What rocks and what sucks
As promised yesterday in a press conference, ANC 2E finally released the full details of the provisions in the Campus Plan. University officials and neighborhood leaders have ruminated over these “proposed conditions” since negotiations restarted in early April. Both parties responded with an extremely satisfied view on the result. “I am confident that this agreement represents the interests of our entire community and aligns our long-term strategic plans with the goals of our growing city,” President John DeGioia said yesterday in an email to the Georgetown community.
Not all students reacted to the agreement with as much excitement as the Mayor and President DeGioia. “Particularly promising in this agreement is the stated desire by both sides to make campus a more lively and social place … That said, they are certainly elements of the agreement I found troublesome … Students are full members of society and they should not have their ability to freely choose housing redistricted. The complete ban of student cars from the neighborhood also strikes me as unfairly discriminatory,” ANC Commissioner Jake Sticka (COL ’13) said in an email to Vox.
Earlier today we brought you a few highlights from the recently released provisions on the Campus Plan. Now we’re giving you the full breakdown: from housing to food trucks to the satellite campus. Enjoy.
Full list after the jump.
- As many food trucks as possible, as soon as possible: Starting this fall, the University will bring in more food trucks during late-night hours to encourage a stronger on-campus student social life. ANC2E Chair Ron Lewis told Vox that Sticka and GUSA President Clara Gustafson‘s (SFS ’13) were the masterminds behind this idea. Lewis said he thought the idea was great and he wondered why it hadn’t been thought of sooner.
- But Georgetown, I Always Knew How to Party: Students will now have the ability to throw “impromptu” parties without the need of registering “well in advance.” But do we still have to go to the I Know How to Party classes? Probably. Not only are party registrations to be eliminated, but ResLife and DPS will be retrained to better deal with on-campus parties.
- Capital Bikeshare: Alongside the Department of Transportation, the University agreed to the usage of the Bikshare program “on and near the Main Campus” as well as spaces for Zipcar vehicles.
- New South Student Center: By fall 2014, the University plans to complete the construction of the New South Student Center, with a student pub, allowing for an “appealing on-campus venue for late night socializing.”
- Georgetown Community Partnership: Neighbors and the University have plans to include GUSA representation in the GCP, according to Gustafson. “The signals indicate that it would be favorable for all parties to have student representation on the GCP. We are an important and contributing part to this community,” she said. Score.
- Off-Campus Housing “is a privilege, not a right”: Over the course of the next 20 years, Georgetown commits to housing 90% of students on campus. About 450 students will move from townhouses to new University housing. By fall 2013, Magis Row residents will be relocated and replaced with faculty and staff. By fall 2016, all 16 townhouses on the 1400 block of 36th street will be repurposed. New housing proposed in Leavey Center.
- Party downgrade: The new policy adheres to this rule: if noise can be heard beyond the property line, it’s too loud.
- Sorry, Class of 20-future: Total undergraduate enrollment cannot exceed 6,675 students. Medical students cap: 830.
- Satellite campus: Georgetown proposes a satellite campus for School of Continuing Studies students…somewhere far away. Location to be determined but right now, the agreement says “locations not within zip code 20007.” After missing our opportunity to have GW’s Mount Vernon campus, who knows where students will be siphoned off to now.
- Being a good neighbor: Although we may not need to worry as much about “knowing how to party,” we still have the annual “good neighbor” off-campus living orientation. Which, in the past, has largely consisted of a tutorial on how to throw out your trash. We’ll see what the new one entails.
- Don’t mess up: Students with “serious or repeated” conduct violations will be ineligible for off-campus housing.
Additional reporting by Connor Jones