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Poll puts Bowser with commanding lead over Catania

A recent poll conducted by Economic Growth D.C. puts Democratic mayoral nominee Muriel Bowser in the lead for the Nov. 4 election. Bowser received 45 percent of the votes from the poll’s 800 likely voters, whereas opponents David Catania and Carol Schwartz received 33 and 12 percent, respectively.

Seven percent of likely voters are still undecided, however, and there’s a lot of evidence to suggest that the city’s black voters, which account for nearly half of D.C.’s population, are very divided this time, compared to prior elections.

Bowser’s lead, however, has only grown since the last round of polling, in which Catania was eight percentage points behind. Polling data suggest that, while Catania has a majority of white votes, Bowser’s commanding lead among likely black voters makes up for this small disadvantage.

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Former SFS Dean Carol Lancaster dies

In a campus-wide email sent today, President John DeGioia (COL ’79) informed the Georgetown University community that Carol Lancaster (SFS ’64), former dean of the School of Foreign Service, has passed away at the age of 72. Lancaster was diagnosed with a brain tumor last year.

Lancaster became SFS Dean in 2010 but served Georgetown faithfully for over three decades. Lancaster stepped down from the position of dean last April in order to focus on her recovery from the cancer.

“I can only begin to express the extraordinary impact Carol had on our community; she touched so many lives as an exceptional colleague, teacher, mentor and friend throughout her nearly three and a half decades at Georgetown,” DeGioia wrote in his email. “Her passion for our University—for our students, their growth and our mission—was unparalleled, and we were all deeply fortunate to have had the chance to be in her presence.”

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Vox Gets Into Treble: Voice fashion week

You know it’s October when the Voice, hot off the presses, arrives on the Hilltop to show you the hippest trends for F/W14. You know who’s clearly been paying attention to us? Kimye, obviously. But don’t stress—we know you can’t all be Kimye. Just do your best to avoid being this guy:

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Georgetown rabbi accused of voyeurism allegedly invited Towson students to use synagogue showers

Barry Freundel‘s alleged voyeurism keeps looking worse and worse. After charging the Kesher Israel synagogue rabbi with six counts of misdemeanor voyeurism last week, police say they found evidence of hundreds of videos of women using the synagogue’s ritual showers over a long range of time. Now, Towson University students have come forward saying that they may have been filmed after Freundel invited them to Kesher Israel.

An adjunct professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Freundel allegedly took some students on field trips to the ritual bathing room—called a mikvah—in the synagogue. Towson suspended Freundel without pay following his arrest.

“He [Freundel] basically said that not all Orthodox synagogues have [a mikvah], so it was kind of a rarity,” Towson student Nicole Coniglio said, according to The Towerlight. “He told us he was instrumental in getting it to his synagogue, he was proud of it. He proposed it as a special opportunity, something that you wouldn’t be able to participate in every day.”

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GU Improv lets loose with first show of the year

There is no more outrageous group of people on campus than the Georgetown Improv Association. The comedy troupe hosted its first show on Saturday night and, if anything, it was certainly ridiculous and memorable if not 100 percent laugh-out-loud funny.

The show got off to an off-beat start. Improv Executive Producer Emlyn Crenshaw (COL ’15) asked the audience to shout out any word and someone who must have been daydreaming of a pumpkin spice latte said “pumpkin.” The troupe then individually came forward with a little word-association explanation of what the word pumpkin made them think. It seemed like they were just trying to get their creative juices flowing, but it was a slow way to start off an improv show.

When the show did take a hold on the audience, it never let go. Every skit was borderline absurd and many had so many on-the-spot jokes pouring out that it felt like they were scripted—which they weren’t.

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Twuesday Tweetacular: Boxing, stupid Cuse athletes, and (of course) construction

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You’re totally right, Georgetown Heckler. Nothing says cura personalis quite like a punching bag to the face with the Healy clock tower chiming in your ear every fifteen minutes. Read More

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Georgetown professor drops class to become U.S. Ebola coordinator

Facing increasing criticism and hysteria over the West African Ebola outbreak, President Barack Obama appointed Ronald Klain (CAS ’83) as Ebola Czar to coordinate the U.S. response to the deadly virus. An adjunct professor in the Government Department, Klain will probably not continue teaching his class at Georgetown.

Klain has taught the Presidential Debates government seminar (GOVT 339) at Georgetown since 2012, but is unsure if his role as Ebola coordinator will require dropping the class.

Klain’s students say that he’s not going to continue teaching.

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University responds to accessibility concerns over construction-related detour paths

This past weekend, an anonymous person posted flyers in the Leavey Center stairwell, Henle Village, and Village A, protesting that certain paths on campus are “difficult to traverse for some of your friends and fellow Hoyas.”

When asked for a response to these posters, Robin Morey, vice president for planning and facilities management, told Vox that the University will make “reasonable accessibility improvements” to its construction sites and across campus.

“Our team has thoughtfully considered the impact of construction on accessibility issues by designing and constructing safe and appropriate pedestrian pathways, curb cuts and ensuring ADA [Americans with Disabilities Act] access to facilities,” he wrote in an email to Vox. “We have received feedback suggesting improvements along the new pedestrian pathways such [as] increasing widths and adding lighting and our team is implementing such recommendations accordingly.”

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D.C. voter’s guide has upside down flag

When Vox got his mail the other day he noticed something very strange about the D.C. voter’s guide: the Washington, D.C. flag on it was upside down. Vox isn’t the only one to realize the blunder. In fact, the D.C. Board of Elections says it’s not a blunder at all but a clever way to generate buzz and voter turnout for this Nov. 4 election.

That’s right. They’re trying to play this mistake smoothly. A spokesperson for the Board of Elections said that it’s part of an online game where voters will identify the mistake on the front cover, according to DCist.

But, like Vox, some members of the government just aren’t buying it.

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Last Week on Halftime: Remember, nature is undefeated

Editor’s note: This Week in Halftime is now Last Week on Halftime and will be posted every Monday.

Our Halftime staffers got pretty intense—with politics and Soccer influencing one another, trips into the wilderness, and further thought-provoking assessments.

Focusing on the international stage, Pietro Bartoli reports on an intense soccer match that included a free drone fly-over.

What cannot be denied is the explosion of violence following the arrival of the drone. Serbian ultras (particularly passionate fans) began to cheer when the flag first appeared, but the emotion quickly turned sour when the flag’s pro-Albanian nature became clear… Serbian player Stefan Mitrovic leapt to bring the flag down. The fans joy was immediately countered by the anger of Albanian players, who confronted Mitrovic. A scuffle soon began between the teams that included bench players. Officials were drawn in as they tried to restore order.

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