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Shortly after moving into their Foggy Bottom pad this semester, George Washington University students Chiara Luis and Alyssa Mastroianni got a unique welcome. “Students: or whatever species you are,” a handwritten note on their door began. “You have selected to live in an established neighborhood of working adults….To have a student party is like listening to a tribal meeting of uncivilized savages.” In addition, fliers appeared in neighborhood mailboxes describing students as “vulgar” and the neighborhood as “a restroom stop on their journey.” Luis and Mastroianni took a more mature approach, attending the next meeting of the Foggy Bottom Association. “We went to the meeting to say, ‘Hi, we’re the students everybody hates,’ and ‘Hi, we’re part of this community. Come talk to us first—don’t send rude letters,’” says Luis. “A lot of the members there said yes—they don’t condone the note.” —Robin Bingham