Frosh Preview: #GeorgetownProblems
First off, we’d like to give an official Vox Populi welcome to the Class of 2016, 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 in significant advance 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. NOW: Party registration has been abolished! Get pumped. The neighbors want us out of the neighborhood, so the University is attempting to move student social life back on campus. Just last week, Vice President for Student Affairs Todd Olson sent an email to students announcing that advance registration will no longer be required for hosting a party on campus.
- What to do about it: If you’re living on campus, then you’re basically all set. Off-campus residents, however, will endlessly complain about run-ins with the neighbors. 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.
- 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.
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