Saturday, April 20, 2013
At the urging of students, Georgetown University has abolished a 2007 one-keg limit for on-campus parties.
On-campus parties at Georgetown University will no longer face a one-keg limit. The decision came down from Vice President for Student Affairs Todd Olson Thursday night in response to a bill passed by the Georgetown University Student Association senate earlier in the week. "It seems clear that this is a reasonable and promising approach to bringing the center of student social life back onto campus,” Olson wrote in an email to student newspaper, The Hoya. The desire to bring social life on campus is a direct response to the 2010 campus plan agreement between the university and the community. The campus plan agreement details that one of its goals is for the university to develop "an integrated living and learning campus and the community’…
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
'Planning 101' meetings Tuesday and Wednesday will give residents an opportunity to learn about the GU master planning process and to ask questions.
Just when you thought the campus plan was finally behind you, Georgetown University is hosting two events this week to remind residents the 2017-2037 master planning process is just around the corner. The sessions, open to all, are far from the nuanced conversations about dorm occupancy and available buildable space that were common during the 2010 Campus Plan process. Instead they will offer an overview of planning and processes. According to Stacy Kerr, a spokeswoman for the University, Planning 101 will address: Planning 101 will take place Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the McShain Lounge of McCarthy Hall and Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 9:30 a.m. in the Leavey Program Room at the Leavey Center on the Georgetown University Campus.
Thursday, September 13, 2012
The success of the partnership depends on a willingness to work towards common goals, leadership says.
Key leaders behind the Georgetown Community Partnership (GCP) have moved beyond the tense litigious realm the Georgetown Campus Plan process created and hope to convince students and neighbors to do the same. Lauralyn Lee, an associate vice president in the Office of Community Engagement at GU, said the campus plan negotiations created a "hostile environment" at times for students living in the community. But she called on students and their neighbors to put those memories aside. "We’re asking people, not only students, but also community members, to change their thinking in a really meaningful way. To start treating their neighbors as neighbors and each other as partners and to work in that collaborative spirit towards partnership," said …
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Letter states that the two sides want time for 'additional opportunity for facilitated discussions.'
In an surprise move, a Georgetown University representative and leaders of three neighborhood groups opposing the campus plan stood side-by-side Monday night to announce their joint request to the D.C. Zoning Commission for an extension to the Georgetown University campus plan proceedings. The university was due to submit filings on April 12 and April 19, but requested a 60-day extension in an April 2 letter signed by neighborhood groups. The letter requests the extension "in order to permit additional opportunity for facilitated discussions regarding the terms and conditions" of the campus plan. "We're giving a somewhat different report than we had expected," said Ron Lewis, the Advisory Neighborhood Commission chair (ANC), before calling…
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
The celebration on the last day of classes will be smaller in scale this spring than it has been in previous years.
Georgetown Day, the celebration of the end of the spring semester, will not include beer gardens or moonbounce-type inflatables at the end of the 2011-2012 academic year. According to reports in both the Georgetown Voice and the Hoya, administration officials and student government leaders scaled-back the event to make it more inclusive for the entire university community, and not just the students. The Hoya reports that "the current culture of the day has alienated faculty and staff whose families were previously welcome at the day’s activities," according to Senior Class Committee chair Chris Butterfield. Butterfield told the Hoya that the faculty and staff have recently felt uncomfortable bringing their children to the event, which has …
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Mayor Vincent Gray spoke to a packed Georgetown Advisory Neighborhood Commission meeting Monday about topics ranging from bond ratings to the Georgetown University Campus Plan.
At the Georgetown Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) Monday, Mayor Vincent Gray said he supports the community in the campus planning process and he was encouraged that a solution might be found that was acceptable to both the neighbors and Georgetown University. Gray pointed to recent efforts made by Georgetown University to improve quality of life issues like trash and student noise in support of his hopeful outlook for the contentious ten-year planning process. "Some of the concerns that were expressed on behalf of the community by the Advisory Neighborhood Commission, in my opinion, were well-grounded," said Gray to a packed room of Georgetown residents. He said that opinion put him at odds with the University. But, he added, "…
Friday, August 19, 2011
A plan proposed by the ANC Redistricting co-chairs would create one extra student district, but students wanted two.
A committtee of Georgetown community members voted nine to six in support of an Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) redistricting plan that would create an additional single member district (SMD) assigned to Georgetown University students. However, students would have preferred a plan that proposed two additional SMDs to better represent a large student population in the neighborhood. ANC Commissioner and Georgetown University student, Jake Sticka, wrote a piece in Greater Greater Washington in which he challenges the fairness and motives of the winning proposal, made by committee co-chairs Ron Lewis, Jennifer Altemus and Lenore Rubino. The three co-chairs also happen to be among the leaders of the neighborhood opposition to the …
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Monday, community members sat in panels providing testimony of their opposition to the Georgetown University Campus Plan.
The Zoning Commission wrapped up its final evening of hearing individual testimony on the proposed Georgetown University Campus Plan Monday evening. Neighbors speaking in opposition filled the roster on the final evening and then the University's attorney cross-examined citizens association representatives. One resident, Nan Bell, described her efforts to engage the University's officials to work toward a solution to many of the problems the community faces. However, she said she was "discouraged by GU's lack of respect for legitimate concerns" continuing that the university either "did not care or did not care enough." Brandel France de Bravo expressed her frustration at being told "repeatedly and patronizingly by students that the …
Friday, June 3, 2011
Thursday, the Zoning Commission heard its fourth night of testimony on the Georgetown Campus Plan.
The Zoning Commission held its fourth night of hearings on the Georgetown University Campus Plan with groups in opposition providing testimony and individuals both in support and opposition speaking to the commission, Thursday. The next meeting is Monday, June 6 and the record for written testimony will remain open until at least June 20. Parties in Opposition The Citizens Association of Georgetown (CAG), the Burleith Citizens Association (BCA) and the Foxhall Community Citizens' Association testified against the proposed campus plan, laying out a case for the continued objectionable impacts the plan would have on the three communities. CAG's President, Jennifer Altemus, walked the commissioner through a PowerPoint presentation that …