Obama and Frank Underwood celebrate 200th anniversary of charter

Yesterday Georgetown celebrated the 200th anniversary of its federal charter. On this date, the government allowed Georgetown to officially award academic degrees.

In 1815, Georgetown President Fr. John Grassi, S.J sought out the charter that we still use to this day. As DeGioia put it, “This charter has provided the foundation for our community’s dedication to a breadth of learning experiences, an openness to all students ‘of merit,’ and a deep connection to the ideals of a developing nation and the call for each of us, through education, to become our very best selves.”

Apparently this is a cause for celebration: President Barack Obama even took the time to make a special video to congratulate us on our proud accomplishment.

This is the basic run down of his 52-second heartwarming speech:

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Petition for diversity requirement gains ground

Last Monday, the Last Campaign for Academic Reform (LCAR) began circulating a petition for Georgetown to pass a Diversity, Power and Privilege two-course overlay requirement to be implemented in Fall 2015.

Although Georgetown students have been organizing for core curricular reform to include diversity for 25 years, the most recent initiative started in Feb. 2014 with the drafting of an official “Engaging Difference” requirement to “educate Georgetown students on issues concerning race, class, ethnicity, sexual identity, immigration status, gender and gender identity, religious identity and disability/ability”. This endeavour been a collaborative effort of both the LCAR and the Provost’s Committee for Diversity.

LCAR member Dan Zager (COL ’18) clarified in an email with Vox that the requirement will not add an aggregate number of courses to the core curriculum as it currently exists.

“The nature of the overlay is that the courses tagged as fulfilling the learning goals can count towards the diversity requirement as well as any other requirement––whether it be in the core or in a student’s chosen major or minor,” he said. “In this way, even bachelors of science, with little freedom in their schedules, can take a theology, philosophy, or writing course (in the core) marked as ‘diversity-related’ without adding any classes to their course load.”

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The Amir of Qatar speaks on education and Arab solidarity

On Thursday morning, Feb. 27th, His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, the Amir of Qatar, spoke to an audience at Georgetown.

The ruler of the richest country in the world, the Amir left the tiny, peninsula powerhouse last week to meet politicians in D.C. for the first time. He arrived at Gaston Hall after a week of appointments with President Obama, John Boehner, and other public figures.

“People talk a lot about military security but there is something very important that we should also promote more and that’s the educational relationship we have with America,” the Amir began, commenting on his pleasant meeting with the President. “Georgetown and five other great American universities have institutions in Doha.”

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Red Dead Redemption: Red Storm run by Hoyas in New York rematch

NEW YORK—A tale of two games.

The last time Georgetown and St. John’s met on Feb. 17, the Hoyas played the role of aggressor, easily routing the Red Storm 79-57 at Verizon Center. Saturday’s contest, however, had a complete role reversal, as St. John’s (20-9, 9-7 Big East) overpowered Georgetown (18-9, 10-6 Big East), 81-70, in front of 13,615 fans at Madison Square Garden.

Despite a game-high 29 points from junior guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera and senior forward Mikael Hopkins’ second career double-double, 10 points and 14 rebounds, the Hoyas struggled to match the energy of the Red Storm, who led for double-digits for much of the game. The loss snapped the Hoyas’ three-game winning streak and moves them back from second-place to third in the Big East standings.

“I’m not going to say that we didn’t match their intensity,” Georgetown Head Coach John Thompson III said after the game. “I think our execution, on both of the ends of the court, wasn’t where it needed to be.”

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Club (Sports) or Die: Men’s Squash Team

“Most people I tell that I play squash first think about the vegetable.”

According to Georgetown Squash team member Sam Patterson (SFS ’16), even though the squash team might not be well known on campus, it’s a close group of hard-working guys who are an important part of his Georgetown community.

Squash is different from a lot of team sports, such as soccer, basketball, or football that have multiple players on the court or field. In squash, each member faces off against one opponent. However, this does not take away from the team aspect of squash.

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Serving up: Get your fiesta on at five locations!

Last weekend, prior to heading to the slow-paced game that Georgetown played against DePaul, I stopped to chow down at District Taco. I went with a few pals to chow down on some quality “always fresh, always Mexican” tacos, as their website states.

Having never been before, I stood in line excited at the options: it was sort of like Chipotle, but for tacos. The menu hung above me posing so many questions. Did I want nachos? Did I want tacos? If so, did I want corn or flour (corn, duh)? What kind of toppings did I want (guac was a little extra but hey, who can resist?!)? Did I want the Mexican way or the American way?

Then came the drinks, District Taco had a soda fountain, but not any old soda fountain… it had red birch beer! Aka the soda of my childhood, the perfect complement Friday pizza nights—anyone with me? Okay, I admit I am probably alone on that one.

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“Wait, does this mean I can’t rag on the Corp anymore!?”

Students of Georgetown, Inc: you’ve done good.

After nearly 150 people participated in Vox‘s poll this week, it looks like the consensus is that Compass Coffee is actually pretty good. In fact, 60 percent of you agreed that the new coffee is either “good” or at the least “an improvement from before”.

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D.C. ranked third most expensive rent, but on the decline

Living in campus housing—as most of us are—we understand the struggle of expensive housing, sometimes in places inadequately fit for their price. D.C.’s housing market mirrors that of campus housing in some respects. Particularly that D.C. is ranked third for most expensive cities in regard to rent (shocker).

However, D.C., seeming to major in extremes, is also one of the cities with the fastest declining average rent prices in the nation. Though the cost remains ridiculously high, the average rent has dropped by 3.6 % in only the last year—a substantial change in cost.

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GAMBLE hosts 2015 diversity conference with Shaq as keynote speaker

Shaquille O’Neal is coming to town, and no, it’s not for basketball.

Georgetown Aspiring Minority Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs (GAMBLE) is co-hosting the Diversity Dialogue Conference this Friday in collaboration with the McDonough School of Business Undergraduate Program Office with Shaq is one of the keynote speakers.

GAMBLE’s mission is to help minority undergraduates with the employment search process through working on hard and soft skills, forming relationships with corporate partners, and using the Georgetown alumni network. This group hosts many events and conferences that are centered on both professional and personal development.

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Cultural Board Working Group hosts dinner to increase engagement

This Tuesday evening, the Cultural Board Working Group hosted a public dinner and conversation in the HSFC Social Room to discuss the state of participation and collaboration for cultural groups. Vox reached out to Omika Jikaria (SFS ’15), outgoing GUSA Vice President, to learn more.

“The Cultural Board Working Group (CBWG) was created to explore the possibility of the creation of a funding board for cultural groups” said Jikaria. “Since September, CBWG has been interacting with cultural groups, administrators, and relevant offices to determine issues with current funding structures and possible improvements.”

The CBWG has been working this year to get comprehensive input into the feasibility and demand for the potential funding board. “At the end of November, CBWG conducted a survey that sought feedback from all student groups regarding their relationship with their advisory board and their comments on current funding structures,” said Jikaria.

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