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Life at GU from Susan Berman's
The Underground Guide to the College of Your Choice (1971)
Submission by Liz Green
Getting political at last.
This school has an excellent undergraduate Foreign Service
school, an excellent History department and very good Medical
and Law schools. The Language departments are also praised
by the students.
Favorite courses include "The Development of Civilization"
by Professor Quigley, "International Relations" by Professor
Ello (an expert on the Soviet Union), "Fifteen Film Directors"
by Professor Segal.
Some Pass/Fail, lots of tests and papers, and class participation
varies from course to course. There are a few student-originated
courses -- like "Wine and Cheese Tasting" -- but they aren't
for credit. A Free U was started in 1966; students say it
is the largest in the United States. Many students participate
in it. There isn't a Black Studies department but there
are a few courses -- like "Black Theology," "Black Literature,"
and "Black History." There's cross-enrollment and students
can take black studies courses at Howard University which
has an excellent Black Studies department [duh!]. Independent
study and study abroad. There are special programs called
"International Projects for Foreign Study" -- in Asia, Africa,
Latin America and Western Europe.
Since Georgetown is a Jesuit institution, 12 hours of
theology are required of all Catholic students.
$2,100 a year for both in- and out-of-state. Loans and
scholarships are tight but there are lots of jobs both on
and off campus at $1.50 an hour. Dorms cost chicks $1,100
a year for room and board -- cats, $1,250. About half the
students live in the dorms. There are parietals. The other
half of the students live off campus in houses or apartments
which run $60 a person.
Georgetown students aren't into scrounging. Their parents
have a lot of bread. Most have cars or cycles and expensive
threads. The cats are still into spending $10-15 on a date
-- like dinner and a flick or a discotheque.
Used bookstores in the Georgetown area.
BROTHERS AND SISTERS:
Ratio cats : chicks -- 3 : 1.
The campus is still, unfortunately, straight. Chicks wear
dresses or pantsuits. Cats wear new jeans and slacks. Only
about a fourth of the campus is hip -- they wear rags. But
then, things are progressing as three years ago some cats
still wore sport coats and ties to classes. The community
around the campus is very hip. The chicks on campus aren't
liberated but the freshman chicks are just getting into
Local hangs inlcude "1789" (jock bar), "Walsh Lobby,"
"Cellar Door," on M Street (coffee house) and the "Charlie
Grass is on the upswing but booze is still happening.
Freshmen smoke, seniors drink. Little hard-drug culture.
Grass runs $20 an ounce. Most students score in the area.
Georgetown has been known in the past as a very conservative
campus but it's getting more vocal. The fact that Washington,
D.C., is a focal point for political action is finally getting
to Georgetown students. Radicals from off campus come on
campus to recruit. Most active political groups include
the Radical Union, the Black Student Alliance and the Georgetown
University Community Action program. There have been three
incidents so far.
The first was in 1969 when Mayor Joseph Alioto of San
Francisco came to campus to speak. SDSers (most from off
campus) broke down the doors and kept him from speaking
-- he was rushed out the back door for protection. The disruption
was held because of his handling of the San Francisco State
strike. Students also tried to block freeway construction
that would have torn down a black residential area and struck
The infirmary is adequate -- no BC pills, of course, but
shrinks are available. Draft counseling by AFS in the city.
The Georgetown Legal Aid Society run by the Law school does
free legal work. There's a Free Clinic in the basement of
a church at Wisconsin and Q Streets in Georgetown.
The Hoya is a conservative student newspaper. Students
read The Quick-Silver Times [Editor's note: Why not the
Georgetown Voice?] -- a good underground rag. Women's Liberation
has about 20 members. They tried to integrate (sexwise)
an all-male rooting section called "The Animal Section."
They also made a study on the admission of women to Georgetown
University and are pressing for further admissions.
Mental -- People are reading Hesse, Cleaver, and Portnoy's
Complaint. Not much ecology support.
Physical -- Politiciany. The area around the University
is residential and it's a very hip community with many street
people. The campus is small and buildings are gray stone.
It's an urban campus.
Students escape to Virginia Beach, Williamsburg, and New
Here's some poetry for final exams. Written by one of my law
Rumplestiltskin Was a Babe
By Alex McKinnon
Rumplestiltskin was a babe,
Gnarled legs he learned to shave
He'd wear lipstick and carry a purse
"Oh this hair! Damn what a curse!"
He was heard to exclaim
While playing his boyfriend's favorite game.
Didn't care that he could spin gold
'Cause old Rumplestiltskin broke the mold.
With high heels and certain things tight
Rumplestiltskin would stalk the night
Picking up other nomes in some nome bar
And then driving them mad in the back of their car
"Where's your forrest, I'll come there in a spell."
"Sorry no, deary, I'm from the wrong side of the dell."