The New Yorker attacks the Redskins’ name in their December cover


A certain N.F.L. football team has swept headlines across the country over the past year–and not for winning the Super Bowl. The US and Patent Trademark Office, NPR, The Washington Post, and the D.C. Congressional Delegate have all voiced their dissent against the Washington Redskins’ more-than-a-little bigoted name.

If massive opposition from the media and the government is not enough to change the fixed mind of Redskins’ owner, Dan Snyder, maybe America will go back to its roots and find harmony at Thanksgiving dinner. Or at least, a painting of one.

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Campus crime rates recover from recent spike

The neighborhood surrounding Georgetown has recently seen a rise in crime–most commonly incidents of theft and sexual assault.

According to Jay Gruber, chief of Georgetown University Police Department (GUPD), this increase follows a trend. “Crimes occur in ebbs and flows,” he said. “Sometimes crime increases due to a single individual who begins criminal activity our area.”

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GUSA lectures freshmen on future perils of 2018-2038 campus plan

On Sunday night, outgoing Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Craig Cassey (COL ’15), GUSA president Trevor Tezel (SFS ’15), GUSA Undersecretary for Disability Affairs Lydia Brown (C’15), and incoming ANC Commissioner Reed Howard (SFS ’17) briefed a bustling meeting room of freshmen in the Healey Family Student Center on campus plans and the University’s continued failure to create accessible on-campus facilities. GUSA appears ready to rally students for the University’s upcoming plan–and ensure that the neighbors don’t drown out students’ voices.

The Georgetown Community Partnership, an institution created by the 2010 campus plan, is led by both neighborhood association representatives and University administrators. It group is currently drafting the next campus plan, which is slated to take affect in 2018 as a legal document for main campus’ development for the next 20 years. Tezel, as GUSA president, is the only student that sits on that forum.

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Twuesday Tweetacular: Erika wants junk food


Washington Post local reporter (and Voice alum) Mike Debonis (COL ’03) clearly believed that Marion Barry was a towering figure, but he didn’t pass any judgement on D.C.’s now-deceased “Mayor for Life.”

Vox is considering bringing Center for Social Engagement director Erika Cohen Derr a gift box of Lindt for Georgetown’s next town hall.
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US defense secretary Chuck Hagel resigns

After less than two years on the job, United States defense secretary Chuck Hagel has submitted his formal resignation. According to BBC News, Hagel will stay on as the defense secretary until a proper replacement has been found. Before his tenure in the Department of Defense, he had previously served as a combat soldier in Vietnam, a Republican senator in Nebraska, and most importantly, a Georgetown professor.

Hagel has been known for his criticism of different military strategies in the past, including American involvement in Iraq and, more recently, the US strategy against the Syrian regime and the Islamic State. “I know that he was very, very frustrated,” said Senator John McCain according to Fox News. According to Fox, although McCain had opposed his colleague’s appointment as defense secretary, he was disappointed in the antagonism he faced as he was leaving.

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D.C. mourns the loss of former mayor and councilmember Marion Barry

Early Sunday morning, United Medical Center announced the passing of former D.C. mayor and councilmember Marion Barry. He died at the age of 78 due to heart complications. Given the nickname “mayor-for-life”, Barry served 15 years as a D.C. councilmember and was elected four separate times as the city’s chief executive.

Barry, the son of a Mississippi sharecropper, started his political career as a student civil rights activist in the 1960s before he was elected to the D.C. school board and D.C. Council. The first of his three consecutive terms as the District’s second elected mayor began in 1979. Throughout his time in office, he was known for his pro-business policies, civic programs for youth and senior citizens, and efforts to open positions within the city government to African-American professionals, who had previously been excluded.

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Comments of the Week: Ryan, you’re gone but not forgotten

Last week, the Vox staff wrote about their collective salad-tossing experience at the Hilltoss, profiled a few Georgetown juicers making use of ugly fruit, and, most importantly, said goodbye to their illustrious editor, Ryan GreeneVox is in good hands under the reign of its new queen, Marisa Hawley, but many tears were shed in the comments section over Ryan’s departure.

Some who isn’t John Stamos is clearly having trouble getting over the lovable, sharp-tongued ginger.

My good friend and loyal writer, it has been an honor watching you grow as a writer and salsa dancer. Your growth had brought tears to my tired old eyes. I look forward to your coming adventures and hope you attack them like a hungry monkey attacks a freshly pealed banana. Stay young my friend. Stay beautiful and stay free. God bless you. I am not actually John Stamos

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I’ll make you an offer you can’t refuse, Vox

They call me The Blog Editor. Three semesters ago, I was just an innocent blogger trying to make people aware of faulty college acceptance rates. But once I got the taste of money, power, and snark, I simply could not be stopped. With WordPress as my only weapon, I have single-handedly seized the throne as the new patriarch of the Vox Populi Family (sorry, Ryan).

I have seen some pretty tough stuff as a member of the Vox mafia: the crumbling of an economic empire, political mudslinging, and rampant crime.
As assistant editor under Izzy Echarte and Ryan Greene, I slowly learned the ways of the blog. I have achieved the mastery of both handguns and HTML formatting. I have trained my eyes to stare at a computer screen for long periods of time and my fingers to automatically address my emails to University administrators (and my brain to not always expect a satisfactory response).

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Colonized: Smith, Hoyas impose will on Robert Morris in victory

The Georgetown men’s basketball team (3-0, 0-0 Big East) closed out their season-opening, three game homestand in style as they defeated Robert Morris (1-3, 0-0 NEC) 80-66, Saturday afternoon at Verizon Center. Senior center Joshua Smith recorded his second consecutive double-double, with 22 points and 11 rebounds, to lead the way for the Hoyas who extended their winning streak to three games.

“I’ll take it,” Georgetown Head Coach John Thompson III said. “If we can get fast starts to the first half, fast middle and fast ends, everything will be fine. But I’ll take it.”

The Blue and Gray controlled the tempo of the game right from the opening tip, jumping out to an early 12-4 lead after a made three-pointer by senior guard Jabril Trawick. Although the Colonials replied with a 14-9 run to make it 21-18 Hoyas with 7:18 left in the first half, the Hoyas entered halftime with a commanding 36-24 lead after a 15-6 run to close the opening frame.

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We Are Georgetown and You’re Not: Hoyas engage in Colonials affair

The Georgetown men’s basketball team (2-0, 0-0 Big East) will look to conclude its season-opening three game homestand on a high note when they face Robert Morris (1-2, 0-0 NEC) Saturday afternoon at Verizon Center. Tip-off is slated for 12 p.m. Against the Colonials, the Hoyas will look to build off the strong play from their wins against St. Francis and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

“They’re a tough team,” Georgetown junior guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera said, regarding the upcoming matchup. “We’re looking forward to a competitive game.”

After struggling offensively in the team’s first two games, Smith-Rivera hopes to regain the form that helped him earn Big East Preseason Player of the Year honors entering this year. Entering the contest, Smith-Rivera has converted only 3-of-13 field goal attempts this season, including a measly 1-of-6 from three-point range.

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