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Georgetown updates visitor policy in response to West African Ebola outbreak

Paranoia surrounding the West African Ebola outbreak and its potential to spread to the United States has found its way to Georgetown, but it can never hurt to be prepared. Administrators announced an update to the campus visitor policy on Wednesday. Anyone visiting a Georgetown campus from Sierra Leone, Liberia, or Guinea may be screened by the University.

Associate Vice President for Risk Management Joseph Yohe and Assistant Vice President for Student Health James Welsh alerted the Georgetown University community to the policy change via email.

“While the risk of the Ebola virus affecting our campus community is low, the university has a policy in place to address travel to West Africa and has implemented protocols to educate our community, identify individuals who may be at risk of exposure, and monitor travelers who have recently been in affected regions, including those who may plan to visit any of Georgetown’s campuses,” Yohe and Welsh wrote in the email.

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Georgetown basketball to start two-year series with UConn

Georgetown Head Coach John Thompson III announced today that the Hoyas will play former Big East conference rival and reigning national champion, Connecticut, in a two-year, home-and-home series that will start in the 2015-16 season.

As part of the agreement, the Hoyas will travel to Hartford, CT to face the Huskies on Jan. 23, 2016. The Huskies will then return the favor and play the Hoyas at Verizon Center on Jan. 21, 2017.

The renewed rivalry features two former Big East powerhouses, since both the Huskies and the Hoyas have more Big East Conference Tournament Championships, with seven wins each, than any other school in the league’s storied history. As a program, Connecticut, also more affectionately known by some as UConn, has won four national championships, including their most recent win this last season.

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Humorous banner protests Reiss Walkway closure

Last night an unknown person or group of people decided to take matters into their own hands and tear down the wall blocking off the Reiss Walkway. It was more of a figurative tearing down, however, because the unknown group just put up a banner with some funny stuff on it.

“Mr. DeGioia—tear down this wall!” the banner reads, right underneath a chalked-out “FREE HENLE.” The banner also calls for a “time for peace” and for everyone to “act up,” alongside Soviet Union and U.S. flags and imagery from The Hunger Games trilogy.

It is currently unknown if the Georgetown secret police have begun investigating this brave resistance movement.

Photo: Kenneth Lee/Vox Populi

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Hoyas United for Free Speech continues to gain student support

Hoyas United for Free Speech, the student-led coalition committed to preserving safe space and promoting expression on Georgetown’s campus, has experienced an influx of support over the past few weeks since its formation.

On Oct. 5, the group created a petition addressed to Vice President of Student Affairs Todd Olson. In the letter, HUFS cites the removal of H*yas for Choice from the front gates in September as one of many violations of free speech on campus. According to H*yas for Choice Vice President and one of the founding HUFS members Vincent DeLaurentis (SFS ’17), the petition currently has 250 signatures, and that number is growing.

Although the coalition attempts to connect with sympathic faculty members to help promote the cause, it has remained an undergraduate initiative. “The movement has been totally student led up to this point,” DeLaurentis said in an interview with Vox. “While we have received support from faculty members, students created the petition and have been doing all of the outreach and organizing around the petition.”

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Just the Tip: The great bagel caper

Dear Connor,

I have something of a moral dilemma. Meal swipes at Einstein’s Bagels get you a fruit cup or yogurt, a piece of fruit, and a drink. That’s fucking ridiculous. My meal swipe is worth about $14 on my block meal plan. The amount of food you’re allowed to take barely amounts to half that amount of money. So I steal extra food from Einstein’s all the time. I mean every time I go I take about double what is allowed. Is this wrong?

Thanks,
Give Me Bagels

Dear Give Me Bagels,

The most egregious crime here is Georgetown’s practice of strong-arming students into purchasing unjustifiably expensive meal plans, not your taking of food. This isn’t even a case of “eye for an eye,” as the abuse that students suffer at the hands of Georgetown Dining and Aramark far outweighs anything that students acting as individuals can do. So, with regard to your theft, I say, do what you want at your own risk for getting caught. You could even ramp it up a notch. Take enough bagels to fill a warehouse or to build a really gross raft. Ultimately, dining here is an abysmal mark of avaricious shame on an otherwise wonderful university; until they start to show some respect for students, I say that there’s no reason to respect Georgetown Dining.

The End,
Connor

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This Week in the Voice: Fall fashion 2014

In this week’s feature, section editor Caitriona Pagni dressed up some Georgetown students for the Voice‘s fall fashion issue. Check out the print edition for the six-page spread!

News reports on recent disability flyers and the realities of inaccessibility on campus, especially in light of the new construction projects.

Leisure reviews Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s new film, Birdman. Brian McMahon writes that the film is “at one moment exuberantly fun and the next poignantly sardonic.”

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Concert Preview: Title Fight and Circa Survive at the Fillmore

This fall, two of the most incredible bands making heavy rock music are coming to the D.C. area. Post-hardcore/indie rock bands Circa Survive and Title Fight play the Fillmore in Silver Spring, MA on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $26.50.

Both bands are scene veterans with big followings. The crowd at this show will be rough and rowdy, and both Circa Survive and Title Fight thrive in that environment.

Hailing from Kingston, PA, Title Fight have been honing their musical abilities for over a decade. The Last Thing You Forget, a compilation of their first few EPs, is a youthful masterpiece of up-tempo, abrasive post-hardcore.

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Hoyas earn preseason accolades at Big East Media Day

To whom much is given, much is expected. That’s the message that Georgetown basketball fans can take away from Wednesday’s annual Big East Basketball Media Day at Madison Square Garden, where the coaches and select players from all 10 of the league’s teams convened to preview the upcoming college basketball season. Hoyas walked away with some of the biggest pre-season accolades, and much is expected of them indeed.

Georgetown junior guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera earned the biggest of all honors, since as he was chosen as the Big East Preseason Player of the Year by the league’s coaches. He also earned a spot on the Preseason All-Big East First Team.

An All-Big East First Team selection in 2013-14, Smith-Rivera becomes the sixth Georgetown player in Big East history to earn the honor, as he joins the elite company of Patrick Ewing, Reggie Williams, Allen Iverson, Roy Hibbert, and Austin Freeman.

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K-pop artist Roy Kim talks about quitting the Georgetown Chimes

Roy Kim, a k-pop artist who attended Georgetown last year, recently talked about his experience at the University and trying to fit in with the Chimes a cappella group. Kim said he quit because he and his friend did not feel welcomed.

Kim was hoping to have a normal year of college and get away from his work performing and songwriting.

“I wanted to live as a student,” Kim said, according to All K-pop. “I worked on music here and there, but as long as I was in school, I wanted to live as a student who goes to a normal school and not as a celebrity or a singer. It took a month to assimilate as a student. I wanted to be with someone else rather than be alone since I was overseas.”

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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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