Well, you all did it. Because of all of you joining that facebook event, reading this blog (nearly 4,700 times!) and generally being discontented, the message got across. For the few of you who read the opening post of this blog, you know we didn’t expect anything like the support and readership we ended up getting, and for that we thank you. We wanted to let the administration know that Georgetown students knew that there was an alternative to blindly following whatever the powers that be decreed. Margaret Mead once said- in a way that I’m sure wasn’t cliched at the time- “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” As far as we are concerned- and as far as Georgetown is concerned- that quote might as well be modified to say “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people who are paying the people who make decisions nearly 60k a year can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has, especially when the decision-makers realize who they are, and should be, beholden to.” We all owe a lot to Georgetown; it’s given us a place to learn, to live, make lifelong friends and earn a degree that the outside world apparently values. But we shouldn’t ever forget that we as students contribute something as well to Georgetown and have no obligation to just roll over when the administration makes a decision we don’t like.
There should always be dialogue, and that was lacking this time. Apparently taking a lesson from my freshman year, Georgetown decided to give the students little warning that they were going to change Georgetown Day. Like, freshman year, though, the students made enough noise that the administration changed it.
We don’t want to be downers on this day, the student body’s day of relative success but it is still our hope- as it was when we started this blog about 30 hours ago- that we preserve the tradition that we saw for next year, not just this one. Know that this return to last year’s standards is not something that the administrators should be able to chip away at further. We don’t know how tomorrow is going to go, and at least some of us (such as the people writing this) are natural cynics. Maybe they’ll look the other way when some/most people smuggle mixed drinks in bottles onto the lawn. Maybe they won’t. And if they won’t- and they insist on making tomorrow the same as it was normally intended to be, only without the cattle pens- then I hope people realize that.
It is in their interest to keep you on campus and away from the neighbors that they are so handcuffed by. And allowing you to drink in a semi-controlled environment is safer than driving you underage folks into your dorms to take irresponsible (yet understandable, for those of us who think the 21 drinking age is stupid, but we digress) amounts of shots. And letting people drink and hang out together on Copley Lawn without too many restrictions that vaunted sense of community they wouldn’t stop prattling about.
And finally, we want to reiterate that none of this was ever intended to be personal. We kept it- and are going to keep it, unlike Jed and Sam, who deserve everyone’s thanks- anonymous, but we never wanted that to be a cloak behind which we could take unnecessary shots at people. Chris Butterworth became a “target” simply because he’s the one that sent an email to the senior class, and because it was an email that we felt presented a view that was simply wrong and overly favorable to the administration. We admire the work that he and the rest of the senior class committee have done this year, particularly for both Dis-Os and senior week. The way the administration set them up for failure was unfair, although we do feel they should’ve sold out less to defend the administration’s stupid policies than they did.
Anyways, that’s it. We hope nobody will have to object so strenuously (and vulgarly) to an administration decision again, but we’re not too hopeful. Until then, Hoya Saxa and HAPPY GEORGETOWN DAY.