This past Sunday, Georgetown resident, former American University professor, and founder of the website “Drunken Georgetown Students” Stephen R. Brown posted a minute-long video with an aerial view of a daytime house party on 37th Street in Burleith. The video scans over a view of a beer can in the driveway, the fence surrounding the yard, and a group of 20 to 30 students shmoozin’ and boozin’ on their own property.
“They don’t get much ruder than this bunch who seems to feel the need to host a party anytime they can,” Brown wrote in the post.
Back in April of 2010, Brown launched the website, taking pictures of Georgetown students partying around the neighborhood without obscuring their identities by blurring the photographs. “I don’t consult with [the students who I photograph.] I’m doing what I’m doing … I have the First Amendment right to photograph whatever is going on,” he said to Vox at the time.
The server host of drunkengeorgetownstudents.com demanded Brown take down the website, or blur out the faces of the students. Instead, he moved the site to Blogspot. For a while, he stopped posting, and now it appears he’s back in action.
In one post, Brown gives us credit where it’s not due: “Rumor has it they are in contention for the top five drinking schools in the nation. They deserve the title!” A cursory search for the top party schools ranked this year features West Virginia University, Pennsylvania State University, University of Colorado-Boulder, Ohio University, and Union College. Sadly enough, Georgetown doesn’t even make top fifteen.
In September, Brown referred in a post to a group of students partying as “pigs in a poke.” It’s unclear whether or not he knows what this idiom means, or he’s just saying the students are pigs in a pen. According to thefreedictionary.com, the idiom refers to “something that you buy or accept without first seeing it or knowing what it is like, with the result that it might not be what you want.”
Perhaps Brown is just trying to be poetic. Possible explanations for this metaphor:
- “My million dollar rent contract never included neighborhood keg.”
- “I thought Natty Light was a craft beer! I didn’t pay for this!”
Screenshot from drunkengeorgetownstudents.com