Post Date Apr 17

Construction, construction as far as the eye can see: University hosts fifth master planning session

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On Wednesday night, when most students were boarding planes, trains, and automobiles to go home for Easter break, the University held Planning 203 in the ICC Auditorium. Planning 203 revealed new possibilities for future academic space, sustainability initiatives, construction project updates, and topics of future Vox posts.

Vice President for Planning and Facilities Management Robin Morey and Provost Bob Groves outlined options for space that could accommodate new academic programs, including building on Harbin Patio and bringing significant renovations to the Reiss Science Building.

“The underutilized Reiss space is a key focus of opportunity,” Groves said. ”It relates to … our desire to grow the sciences, our desire to be a more prominent as a research university.”

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Post Date Apr 17

What would Miley Cyrus say: This week’s movie previews

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For this week’s movie previews, Vox uses the always intelligent and politically correct Miley Cyrus’s words to describe these movies. Or not describe them. Vox kinda just put the better quotes in.

A Haunted House 2

Vox has always been a fan of scary movie spoofs ever since the Scary Movie series, and this movie looks seriously promising. Starring scary movie spoof star Marlon Wayans (he’s been in Scary Movie, Scary Movie 2, and A Haunted House), Vox can’t wait to go see this. From what she saw in the trailer, it plays off racial tensions and scary movie clichés to make comedy that is even somewhat intelligent at times. Normally Vox would just make fun of movies but this looks good.

Miley says: ”In my mind I’m Gucci Mane, but on paper I’m a pop artist.”

Bears

Pretty nature documentary about a family of bears. Sad indie-rock music. Oh God, I’m gonna cry already.

Miley says:  ”It was insane. All of a sudden I woke up one day and went to Macy’s and saw myself on a T-shirt. I feel empowered when I see my face on a T-shirt.”

Photo via Business Insider

Post Date Apr 17

Concert Preview: Antigone Rising brings the country rock girl power to Jammin Java

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If you’re one of the brave souls watching Georgetown empty out for Easter Break while you stay behind, let Antigone Rising cheer you up. Don’t let the name fool you. This band is not going to make you feel like you’ve just sat through a Greek tragedy or like your dad is also your brother. They will be playing at Jammin Java at 6:00 p.m. this Saturday, and tickets are $15 online or $18 at the door.

With a strong focus on fans and touring, Antigone rising features toe-tapping beats and powerful vocals you won’t want to miss. Although their roots are in classics like The Stones, Aerosmith, Joan Jett, and the Beatles, their sound has evolved into a smoother, more polished brand of rock with definite country undertones. Songs like “That Was the Whiskey” exemplify the band’s talent for catchy song-writing and their new direction, giving a country twang to their former girl band feel.

Band members Kristen Ellis-Henderson, Cathy Henderson, Dena Tauriello, and Nini Camps bring emotional weight to what might otherwise be fluff. Even sweet songs like “Everywhere is Home” hold reminders of harder times, and the optimistic advice that it’s best to let bad memories go. In fact, serious songs are what they do best. “Borrowed Time” manages to make a pretty lullaby into a poignant appeal to live life to the fullest.

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Post Date Apr 16

Credit Union begins student loan service

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The Georgetown University Alumni and Student Federal Credit Union announced Monday that it would start providing Georgetown students with affordable student loans. The Credit Union leadership hope that the student loan portfolio will someday endow a fund to the University, helping to make Georgetown a more affordable place for its students.

According to GUASFCU CEO Laura Krivacek (COL ’15) and Chief Lending Officer Peter LiVolsi (COL ’15), the use of deposits to fund student loans was something George Houston, whose $100,000 deposit helped found the Credit Union, intended from the Credit Union’s inception in 1983.

“With George Houston’s generous spirit in mind, we will be donating 5% of all our student loan interest revenue to a fund at the university,” Krivacek and LiVolsi wrote in an email to Vox. “The goal of our donation to the university is to help make Georgetown more affordable for future generations of Hoyas.”

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Post Date Apr 16

New Verizon cell tower installed on Leavey Center

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Last Friday, Georgetown Chief Information Officer Lisa Davis announced that installation of a new Verizon Wireless cellular tower on the Leavey Center had finished and is now active. The work, which began this past January, improves Verizon’s 4G network reception across campus and in the surrounding neighborhoods.

“We expect to see improved outdoor coverage in the south end of campus as well as some areas of the north end of campus,” Laura Horton, University Information Services communication manager, told Vox. “Upper level floors [in buildings] will likely see improved cell coverage.”

Verizon users at the south end of main campus had previously experienced coverage issues. Verizon prompted the tower’s construction and fully covered its costs. “Verizon approached us asking if they could have space on campus for a cell tower,” Horton said. ”Knowing that we have areas on campus with poor coverage, we agreed.”

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Post Date Apr 16

Vox Gets Into Treble: Synth n’ bass

Vox‘s hand-curated music playlist returns, laden with dynamic synthesizers and driving bass. If one doesn’t get you, the other will. Cheers!

1. Happy – C2C

2. Screen – twenty | one | pilots

3. Shooting Stars – Bag Raiders

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Post Date Apr 15

GU Pride hosts ninth annual Georgetown Drag Ball

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This past Saturday, GU Pride hosted the ninth annual Georgetown Drag Ball, Genderfunk. Since its inception nearly a decade ago, GenderFunk has been more than just a fun night of dancing and Drag performances: it provides a safe space on campus to be gender nonconforming and demonstrates that more Georgetown students are becoming increasingly comfortable with challenging their gender expression.

What started as a relatively little-known gathering, GenderFunk—coordinated this year by GU Pride President Thomas Lloyd (SFS ’15)—has now has become GU Pride’s largest event of the year. Despite the increasing popularity of GenderFunk and the decline in reported physical attacks on LGBTQ students here at Georgetown, event organizer J. Capecchi (COL ’14) points out this does not mean that heterosexism and cissexism have been eradicated from the campus community.

“Unfortunately we can’t guarantee that all of campus is a safe space, and I personally know some students who were harassed before and after GenderFunk,” Capecchi told Vox. “However, this is why GenderFunk needs to exist.”

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Post Date Apr 15

Mayoral primary loser introduces election reform bill

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The D.C. mayoral primaries are over, with Muriel Bowser winning the Democratic primary and, effectively, November’s mayoral election as well. The losing primary candidates have packed up their campaigns and cut their losses, but one losing candidate still has plans for the District’s elections. Jack Evans, two-time mayoral primary loser and Ward 2 Council member, has already introduced legislation that would update some of the city’s election rules.

Evans’ bill would make four major changes to District elections. First, it would move elections from April to June to give the candidates more time to whiten their teeth and practice smiling and move the presidential primary to March. At the same time, non-party voters could vote in the primary elections, should the bill pass.

The bill also would reset the donor maximum after the primaries so that candidates can receive an additional $2,000 from donors during the general election campaigning. Evans argued that a $2,000 cap on the entire campaigning process is unfair to Democratic campaigners, who have a much more expensive primary campaign than an Independent candidate like David Catania, according to City Paper.

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Post Date Apr 15

This Week on Halftime: Nostalgia for T.V. shows

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This week on Halftime, the leisure side gets nostalgic as they see big changes (possibly) coming in the near future.

Connor Letendre looks back on Stephen Colbert’s career on The Colbert Report, and decides that his recent decision to move to The Late Show might not be what television audiences need.

Perhaps I am just a little bit afraid of change, but the world needs The Colbert Report, not another late night talk show… The Colbert Report helps people realize just how ridiculous the media can be, and shows how important it is not to rely too heavily on just one news source.

Halftime Leisure Editor Daniel Varghese begins his two-part series arguing for the renewal of Community for what would be its sixth season.

Fast forward another five years and my entire high school career as Community sets to close it’s fifth season next week. The show has endured the threat of cancellation, the firing of it’s showrunner, the departure of cast members, and yet still remains one of the most consistently exceptional shows on television, constantly challenging the pedantic sitcom format by being “meta,” or self-referential.

Follow the jump to find out what’s going on in the sports world.

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Post Date Apr 15

Twuesday Tweetacular: Public herb dispensers and unspeakable precipitation

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The only way Colorodans will be even more excited about this is if they installed a cupcake ATM right next to it.

Kitty, Vox will only let this slide so long as she can continue to “accidentally forget” about Meatless Mondays while eating a Chicken Madness.

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Post Date Apr 14

Georgetown Celebrates 10th Annual Rigby Weekend

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On Saturday morning, as the sun shone high over the Hilltop and D.C.’s cherry blossoms were at their peak, the Friends of Rigby Foundation celebrated the 10th Annual Rigby Weekend to promote fire safety among Georgetown students and to commemorate the life of Daniel Rigby (MSB ’05).

The Friends of Rigby Foundation was founded in October 2006 after Georgetown student Rigby passed away in an off-campus fire on Prospect Street. The organization seeks to educate college students of fire safety and to prevent tragedies like what happened to Daniel Rigby.

Runners and walkers alike came out for the Run for Rigby on Saturday afternoon for a 5K (or a 3K for those who prefer to walk … like Vox) on the Leavey Esplanade. The run, initially started in 2005, had over 150 participants including Georgetown students, alumni, and friends and family of the Rigby family. Patrick Rigby, Daniel’s brother, and Kevin Rigby, Daniel’s father, spoke in memory of Daniel at the start of the run and gave the ceremonial countdown.

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Post Date Apr 14

GUSA Senate meets to meet, enjoys sunny weather

Sunday was a bright and breezy day, so the GUSA Senate decided to take its weekly outside and meet next to John Carroll, who must have been nearly as important as they are because there’s a statue of him.

First, the Senate happily inaugurated its five new members, who will be in office for a lengthy term of a couple more Senate meetings, since they will serve only until the next round of elections in the fall.

Senator Enushe Khan (SFS ’17) discussed working on getting halal kosher dining options, and Senator Shweta Wahal (SFS ’16) talked about getting language about sexual assault reporting and resources for survivors into class syllabi. Wahal also mentioned that a collegiate readership survey is being released to the public to gauge student interest in the recently cut Collegiate Readership Program, which used to place five free newspapers around campus each day. There was much mutual commending.

Senator Seamus Guerin (COL ’16) made a side-note about how it was a beautiful day for his white pants.

After running out of things to commend each other on, the Senate decided that they should probably adjourn until their next Sunday picnic.