ANC forum defines issues as Evans urges "100%" Undergrads on GU campus

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ANC forum defines issues as Evans urges "100%" Undergrads on GU campus
ANC forum defines issues as Evans urges "100%" Undergrads on GU campus

Thursday night’s ANC forum on the Georgetown University campus plans took place as opponents gained support from Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans.  Earlier in day, Evans circulated a newsletter stating his position:  “I have strongly urged Georgetown University to rethink their campus plan filing and produce a plan that houses 100% of undergraduate students on campus.”  Evans had said in an earlier letter “the most important issue to the neighborhood and the single issue not addressed by the plan, is relocating undergraduate students back to campus.”

Opponents also gained the support of former councilmember and candidate for the vacant at-large council seat Vincent Orange, who stated his “outright opposition to the GU plan.”

Former Councilmember Vincent Orange states his opposition to the Georgetown University plan (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Former Councilmember Vincent Orange states his opposition to the Georgetown University plan

Jennifer Jarratt of 36th Street makes her feelings known at the community information table (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Jennifer Jarratt of 36th Street makes her feelings known at the community information table
Orange focused on the possible on-campus expansion by some 600 beds of the Georgetown University Hospital, now owned by MedStar Health and why the space couldn't be used for dorms.  "We oppose the GU plan in its present state," Orange told The Dish. "I fail to see why the question posed by the community that if there is room for a 600 bed hospital on campus, why there is not the same space for a 600 bed dorm on campus.  It's totally unacceptable for [the University] to say 'let's wait to 2020 to [when the next campus plan is due] get the answer.'"  The GU plan calls no new on-campus housing for the new students.

 

 

The forum, chaired by Commissioner Ed Solomon, consisted of three panels, one from the ANC, one of citizen group leaders and one from the University, all taking questions from the audience. 

 

 Scott Stivrett, a GU sophomore, presented his online petition at the Ellington forum (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Scott Stivrett, a GU sophomore, presented his online petition at the Ellington forum

GU was not without significant support at the forum, especially among students.  Scott Stivrett, a sophomore presented a printout of an online petition signed by some 720 students and was greeted by a round of applause.  Other students spoke up as members of the community asking for ANC and university help against the neglectful owners of the group houses they live in.

Karen Brandeisky asked both the ANC and the University for help in dealing with neglectful landlords (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Karen Brandeisky asked both the ANC and the University for help in dealing with neglectful landlords

The principal objection by the permanent residents to off-campus students is their constant loud, intrusive parties, trash and overall disrespect of the communities in which they temporarily live.  The residents fear this already heavy burden will greatly increase if the GU plan is approved and more students have to live off campus. 

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Anonymous

Evans and others did not explain why members of a demographic group must be "relocated" from a particular area to another, in violation of DC human rights laws. Perhaps he could tell us which other demographic groups he wants to see relocated in violation of their rights.

tsr

Jack Evans' call for a segregation-based policy towards students in zip code 20007 might appeal to some activists, but in the long run, his reputation will be tarnished even more if he supports forced relocation based on your demographic group. Keep in mind, most people don't have fond memories of George Wallace, even in his home state. DC human rights laws are clear on the topic of freedom from discrimination regarding housing.

JerryGallucci

Requiring a university -- be it Georgetown or American -- to provide for student housing inside its core campus does not violate anyone's human rights. Forcing someone -- including a student -- to live in that housing would be another matter. But no one is talking about that.