New policy changes to first-time violations by freshmen in Student Code of Conduct

Here’s some interesting news to all the freshmen who might be planning to leave their dorms in packs and roam the streets for parties for their first college weekend. The Office of Student Conduct is expected to announce through an email to the student body today changes to the Student Code of Conduct. A new “First-Year Record Policy” states that the University will maintain internal records, rather than disciplinary records, on freshmen who commit certain violations for the first time.

“GUSA and the Student Advocacy Office worked in conjunction with the Office of Student Conduct over the summer to make these changes, and they were formally incorporated in the 2014-2015 Student Code of Conduct,” GUSA press secretary Connor Jones wrote in an email to Vox[Full disclosure: Connor Jones is a former editor-in-chief for the Voice.]

The updated document, which is already available online, states that the University acknowledges the need for freshmen to adjust to a new “social environment.”


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Just the Tip: It’s all downhill from here

Dear Connor,


I’m a freshman and I was at Leo’s all for this first week of classes, and I realized how awful it really is. It’s packed, no one who works there gives a damn, and the food is unbearable. Does it get better? Is this just the beginning of the year rush or do I need to just stick it out until I can get my own kitchen some other year?


Help me,
Frustrated Foodie

Dear Frustrated Foodie,

It does not get better. In fact, it will get worse. The “beginning of the year rush” is a time when Leo’s at least pretends like they care about your dining experience (and yes, this is them pretending to care), but they’ll get burnt out soon and start serving things like catfish lasagna, hamburger casserole, and other hellish poisons. You’ll get bullied into eating fried food because there are no other reasonable options.

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This Week in the Voice: Pieces of the Georgetown puzzle

Screen Shot 2014-08-29 at 12.19.12 PMIn this week’s feature, Caitriona Pagni, James Constant, and Elizabeth Baker write about four pressing issues, namely socioeconomic diversity, the University’s Catholic identity and the LGBTQ movement, disability activism, and free speech, that many on the Hilltop—students, administrators, GUSA hopefuls, and GUSA incumbents—will encounter in their Georgetown lives:

“Last Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a group of students trudged over to Healy Hall through the chill of the frigid early morning and set up a table. They didn’t have much besides a blue banner with “H*yas for Choice” written on it and a scattered assortment of pamphlets on sexual assault. 

Within 18 minutes of their arrival, this innocuous display proved enough to have Georgetown’s Department of Public Safety escort the group from the front gates to continue their activism off campus. These extreme measures left many students on campus confused and outraged.”

News covers the spectacular transformation of the entire University campus into a gigantic construction site, as well as New Student Orientation’s first ever mandatory sexual assault education session.

Leisure looks at the plethora of farmer’s markets in the delightful D.C. neighborhood that we live in so you can now afford to escape from the clutches of Leo’s and the Wisconsin Ave. Safeway.

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Tombs and 1789 founder Richard McCooey dies at 83

On August 6 of this year, Tombs and 1789 founder Richard McCooey (COL ’52) died in a home in Greenwich, Conn. of complications related to cancer. McCooey created perhaps the most iconic location in all of Georgetown and was a beloved friend and business partner to many.

“He was an incredibly interesting person,” John Laytham, CEO of Clyde’s Restaurant Group, said in a phone interview with Vox. “He was incredibly committed to the University that he graduated from.”

McCooey founded The Tombs and 1789 in 1962 and later sold the two restaurants, along with F. Scott’s, to Laytham from Clyde’s. Prior to the sale, McCooey and Laytham were close friends and colleagues in the restaurant business, and McCooey trusted Laytham to run his business above anyone else.

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Vox Gets Into Treble: “The Trail’s End”

Vox is in some serious trouble. Just to see Beyonce and Jay-Z‘s On The Run TourVox held up some banks, and now lives in fear of the long arm of the law. Today, Bey and Jay are on top of the world, but let’s not forget that it all started with a remake of a 2Pac song about outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow.

Their story may be a canonized part of the American identity, but what’s less well known is that Parker was an accomplished creative writer.

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Prefrosh preview: A guide to SAC Fair

While classes and where you live are defining factors of your Georgetown experience, student involvements hold a big impact on a typical Hoya’s time on the Hilltop. The Student Activities Commission (SAC) holds a fair every semester, taking place this year on Sunday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., where clubs table on Copley Lawn and try to lure new students in with free food and overall swag.

There are lots of student organizations on campus just begging you to join them, and SAC Fair can get a bit overwhelming. Here are Vox‘s tips on making the most of your first SAC Fair.

Sign up … if you’re actually interested

So many freshman make the mistake of going to every single table and scribbling their net id down, no matter the club. Don’t let every club’s cheerful speech, free food, and colorful flyers fool you. Sign up if you’re actually interested and your email inbox will thank you later.

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Washington Post editorial board will no longer use the Redskins’ name

On August 22, the Washington Post‘s editorial board decided to stop using “Redskins” to describe D.C.’s friendly, more-than-a-little-racist neighborhood football team and joined a growing chorus of dissenting voices in the media and government about the controversial name.

“We don’t believe that fans who are attached to the name have racist feeling or intent, any more than does Mr. Snyder,” the board wrote as part of its justification. “But the fact remains: The word is insulting. You would not dream of calling anyone a ‘redskin’ to his or her face. You wouldn’t let your son or daughter use it about a person, even within the privacy of your home.”

The editorial board had, as early as March, 1992, advocated for the team to change its identity and made a clear stance against the name, which it believes to perpetuate an offensive and embarrassing stereotype of Native Americans.

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Mr. Smith’s replacing Chadwick’s on K Street


After over 40 years of piano sing-alongs and garden patio dinners, “the friendliest saloon in town,” Mr. Smith’s, will be closing by the end of the month.

That doesn’t mean all has come to an end for this Georgetown institution. Mr. Smith’s will stay in Georgetown and will occupy the space currently occupied by another longtime Georgetown bar, Chadwick’s, which will be closing on August 31.

According to Mr. Smith’s general manager Juan Andino, the Boston based landlord is raising the rent, which they can no longer afford, forcing them to make the transition from M Street to K Street.

Chadwick’s is located on 3205 K Street NW and has been around since 1967. Despite its longtime presence in Georgetown, there are no immediate plans for the bar to reopen elsewhere.

Photo: Eddie Welker via Flickr

D.C. saddened by the death of its beloved snowy owl

Bird-lovers across the District are mourning the loss of their favorite feathered friend: the snowy white owl.

She was first seen in downtown D.C. one bitter winter day in January. Because these birds are typically only found in the Arctic region, it caused quite a stir when passersby spotted her casually perched on an awning near McPherson Square Park.

The legendary owl, who both survived being hit by a D.C. bus and SUV earlier this year and led the District police on a 2-hour chase, died in Minnesota last week. Although the cause of death is still uncertain, it is believed that a vehicle is to blame.

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Twuesday Tweetacular: Rodents of unusual size

Welcome back to the nation’s capitol, Hoyas! Georgetown Hot Mess, for one, is glad to back among impressive monuments, ineffective legislators, and way too much construction.

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