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.

What Rocks

  • 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.

What Sucks

  • 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

15 Comments on “Campus Plan: What rocks and what sucks

  1. Is anyone else confused what we the people (students) won?

    Don’t forget the end of Magis Row

  2. On the brightside, maybe with less off-campus housing the university can eliminate anne koester’s position?

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  4. An inappropriate comment was deleted. Let’s keep it clean, commenters. Your input (when cordial) is always appreciated.

  5. Magis Row is not ending, it is just moving to replace the townhouses on 37th street between O and P.

  6. There’s not much to like about this plan except for the fact that partying and socializing will be easier on campus, and that we won’t be tied up in litigation for several years. Other than that, students have been sold out yet again.

  7. Living off-campus is not all that it’s cracked up to be. There’s so much more to worry about on your own – flooding, mice, bugs, cleaning, light bulbs, etc. – that your landlord may not be in charge of, like the university would. I’d say the addition of beds on-campus is a plus. I would much rather have had the opportunity to live on-campus with my friends as a senior.

  8. Can someone explain “the Magis Row is just being moved to 37th” statement to me?

    1. There were 16 townhouses on 36th between O and P (“Magis Row”).

    2. Magis Row, since 2009 (or so?), has been excluded from the student housing lottery. Instead, students apply to live there based on a ‘theme’ and administrators then select them (with the barely-concealed purpose of choosing students who’ve never been written up for alcohol violations, so they’d be less likely to disturb neighbors).

    2. There are about 9 townhouses on 37th between O and P that are already used as student housing.

    So, unless the University plans on building 16 new townhouses (bulldoze Poulton, maybe?) next to those, what the University is essentially saying is: “We are taking away 16 townhouses for student use. We are also taking away 9 additional townhouses from the townhouse lottery and letting administrators hand-pick who lives there based on who doesn’t drink.”

    Slow clap, Georgetown. Slow clap.

  9. And that helps us prepare for real life. I for one think that upperclassmen should be FORCED to live off campus. See Jed Feiman’s article upon graduation: we won’t be living in spacious, university maintained village B’s – we’ll be living with 8 other people (or in a box) in a house that we have to struggle to keep clean and pest free.

  10. I don’t entirely understand why Bikeshare is phrased as a concession by the university. As I understand it, there were originally more bikeshare stations planned for Georgetown (car barn?) but the ANC nixed them.

    I wonder how long until the neighbors start complaining about the food trucks.

  11. This change to on campus party policies sounds very very promising. Ive always thoguht that was the root of the problem.

    Administration is tough on on campus partying and makes it not fun —> students party off campus —-> neighbors complain —> noise law gets instituted —> students get regular visits from SNAPS/DPS/MPD making parties wothless —-> students are drawn to go to bars —-> students get fake IDs —-> students get arrested once again —-> students go back to on campus boring parties (or worse don’t party and thus have their freedom as humans infringed on).

    So to me making on campus partying more fun (and the combination of less restrictions on parties, the New South pub and even the food trucks makes it seem like the university is making a serious effort) is paramount.

    But where are we getting the info that these changes will happen? are those in the agreement? Would love to hear any more details we have.

  12. Eh, I’m more skeptical former RA. You’re probably right in the short run that a looser party policy will reduce off-campus parties. But the benefit of the current structure is that for those students who don’t want to be around parties on a Friday night, the campus is a relatively safe refuge. (And despite the stereotypes and proclivities of the Vox commentariat, such students do exist in relatively significant numbers.)

    I fear however, that as larger parties with more alcohol happen more and more on campus, it will be harder to escape the partying/drinking scene, and more students will participate even earlier. In the long run, that means more rambunctious Georgetown students, and a smaller culture of alternatives to drinking.

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