The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) has begun door-to-door inspections in both West Georgetown and Burleith to make sure townhouses are keeping to D.C. Housing Code. Both university-owned and off-campus houses will be subject to inspection by DCRA officials.
Inspections will take place through the end of the summer. Some properties may be inspected in the fall. A resident or a third party, such as a designated member of the Georgetown Student Tenant Association or Office of Neighborhood Life, must be present for the inspection to take place, according to Will Simons (COL ‘16), GUSA director of communications. Read More
Starting next Tuesday night, the Georgetown Business Improvement District will begin screening outdoor movies at the Georgetown Waterfront Park.
The Sunset Cinema series will kick off with St. Elmo’s Fire on July 7. State of Play will play on the 14th of July, No Way Out on the 21st, and Burn After Reading on the 28th. A fifth and final yet to-be-announced movie will be screened on August 4.
In the release by BID, vice president of the organization Nancy Miyahira said, “We are delighted to invite the community to experience the magic of this setting, an incredible blend of urban and natural, while enjoying movies and the other entertaining experiences available in Georgetown.”
Head over to K/Water Street and Cecil Place NW for movies starting on the 7th. Admission is free and open to the public. Movies start at sunset.
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Dr. Emad El-Din Shahin didn’t know he had been sentenced in absentia to death by the Egyptian government of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi until a friend called him from London last month to express his condolences.
Shahin, a visiting professor in the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, was charged in Dec. 2013 as Defendant 33 in a criminal case known as the “Grand Espionage.” At the time, Shahin taught public policy at The American University in Cairo, where he received both his B.A. and M.A in the early 1980s. According to Shahin’s Facebook page, the case accused Shahin of espionage against the Egyptian government. It also alleged that he had been copied on email correspondences between members of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist political faction that took power in a June 2012 democratic election following the resignation of Egypt’s long-serving former president, Hosni Mubarak, in 2011.
The Grand Espionage trial also charged and sentenced over 100 members of the Muslim Brotherhood along with former president Mohamed Morsi, who was removed in a military coup after barely a year into his term. He was replaced by Sisi, Egypt’s former Minister of Defense, who was sworn into office on June 8, 2014. Read More
As I laid in bed last week trying to learn my timetables, my roommate asked me why I’m so dumb. Initially I was offended because I didn’t consider myself dumb (I have read every A Series of Unfortunate Events novel), but then I started to think. My favorite show is The Bachelor, I’m scared of 3-D movies, and I still don’t know what sex is. Bottom line, I’m stupid and I don’t know what to do about it. Can you please help?
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This morning, Georgetown’s Board of Directors voted to end the university’s direct investments of endowment funds to companies whose principal business is the mining of coal for use in energy production. They additionally encouraged their external investment managers, who manage various funds that own a wide range of securities, to follow suit.
The resolution is the largely the product of the work of Georgetown University Fossil Free (GUFF), whose campaign to petition the university to end investments in all fossil fuel companies began about two years ago. On August 19, 2014, the group published a proposal titled “Divesting Georgetown’s Endowment from Fossil Fuels,” which spelled out their position on Georgetown’s need to act on divestment and attempted to alleviate the universities concerns about its impact on the endowment. Read More
Update June 5, 7:06 p.m.: The university has now confirmed that at least one of the victims of the fire was a Georgetown alumna. Nina Brekelmans had just finished her graduate degree in May. School of Foreign Service Intern Dean James Reardon-Anderson emailed students earlier today notifying them of the news.
“We encourage students, faculty and staff to reach out to one another and be supportive of our community,” he wrote. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Nina’s family and friends.”
Correction June 5, 9:39 a.m.: Michael Patrick McLoughlin has not been confirmed to be a Georgetown graduate student. The article has been updated to reflect this correction.
Update June 4, 9:12 p.m.: W*USA9 has confirmed that one of the victims was 24 year old Michael Patrick McLoughlin. The female victim has not been identified by police. Whether or not the deceased are Georgetown community members has not been confirmed.
Update June 4, 10:32 a.m.: In an email to the Voice, Associate Vice President of Strategic Communications Stacy Kerr was not able to confirm that the victims of the fire were GU students. The Hoya is now reporting that Mark Lieberman of Current Newspapers, received the news from Sherri Kimbel, from the office D.C. Councilman Jack Evans’ (D-Ward 2). Evans’ office has not confirmed the information.
Original article: Two Georgetown students are reportedly dead after a fire broke out in a Dupont Circle row house at around 2:30 a.m. this morning, according to The Hoya. The victim’s identities, reportedly male and female, have not been revealed. Five others were injured in the fire that occurred on the 1600 block of Riggs Place N.W, including three firefighters. At least two victims were taken into the hospital in critical condition.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.
This article will be updated as news develops.
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