Meet your ANC candidate: Reed Howard

Reed VoxIn the elections this November, Georgetown’s voters will be able to select new local representatives for the Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4E. Two ANC chairs are reserved for student representatives, and two candidates have stepped forward to represent Georgetown: Reed Howard (SFS ’17) and Kendyl Clausen (SFS ’16).

Howard was interviewed first. An interview with Clausen will follow later.

Voice Features Editor Caitriona Pagni interviewed Howard. Here is the full transcript.

Vox: What sparked your interest in the ANC?

Howard: The ANC is a really interesting institution because of its hyper-local nature. It’s so unique to D.C. And one of the reasons that I primarily got involved is my interest in issues in the D.C. community. Specifically, the ability to interact with neighbors on things that they’re concerned about. At the last ANC meeting that I went to, there was a mother who was really upset about the progress of construction at an elementary school in the area. And being able to work with parents and community members on issues that are important to their livelihood is something that I’m interested in.

The other thing, obviously, is the campus plan, on which the ANC is given considerable weight in their advice. And we’re seeing now how the construction is affecting student life. To be able to be a part of that planning process with the ANC is something that is rewarding and is something that excites me.

Vox: Do you attend ANC meetings regularly?

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Nicholas Kristof makes all of your dreams come true in the ICC

Pulitzer-Prize winning New York Times op-ed columnist Nicholas Kristof joined a half-full ICC auditorium for a conversation and book signing this Sunday. The crowd, modest though it may have been, seemed enraptured by every word that came out of Kristof’s mouth.

This is Georgetown, after all. It’s not surprising that the man who was described by Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government as “the reporter who’s done more than any other to change the world” could gather an audience of foreign-policy obsessed youngsters.

But the breadth of some students’ devotion to Kristof astounded Vox. During a question-and-answer period, one young woman credited Kristof’s columns as providing the framework for her future plans in life. Two others said they wrote their college essays about their relationship with his writing. Two more described personal “Kristof moments,” in which they came to transformative conclusions about the world as a result of his work.

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Concerned alumni write letter to DeGioia about H*yas for Choice incident

232 Georgetown alumni sent a strongly-worded letter today to the office of University President John DeGioia (COL ’79) about the wrongful removal of H*yas for Choice from the sidewalk near the front gates by GUPD last week.

Erin Matson (COL ’02), a former vice president at the National Organization for Women and a current author at RH Reality Check organized the letter.

“We the undersigned 232 Georgetown University alumni are writing to express our dismay and strong concern regarding the September 22 removal by campus police of a small and peaceful group of students representing H*yas for Choice from a public sidewalk just outside the front gates,” the alumni wrote.

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Just the Tip: Buy glasses and don’t bother with contacts

Dear Connor,
I’ve had this issue where every time I go out… I black out. I’ve tried altering my drinking choices, I’ve started to drink later in the night, and I’ve even tried eating more… but I just can’t shake this lack of memory in the evening. I want to make my nights at Georgetown memorable… and I don’t even know if I’m having fun. What do I do?

Sincerely,
Blackout Queen

Dear Blackout Queen,

That’s dangerous what you’re doing to yourself!  “Eating more” and “starting to drink later in the night” are lame attempts at fixing your problem, as they don’t get to the root cause.  The problem is that there’s too much alcohol in your brain because there’s too much alcohol in your bloodstream because there’s too much alcohol in your gut because you’re drinking too much. Just keep tabs on how much you’re drinking and scale it back, and maybe don’t even drink at all if this is something that is happening to you. If you’re blacking out every time you drink regardless of the safeguards that you take, the problem may be medical and perhaps bigger than just forgetting your nights.

Livin’ la vida loca,
Connor

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Comments of the Week: Whose property is it anyway?

Last week on Vox, we asked our readers what to name the complex-sounding and swanky Healey Family Student Center (the Healz?), featured two heads of state, one of which Skyped in from Liberia to talk about the Ebola epidemic, and reported on D.C.’s new concealed carry law.

The biggest news of the week, though, was H*yas for Choice reliving their free speech, or lack thereof, nightmare while Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the Archbishop of Washington, was granted an honorary degree by Georgetown in an elaborate ceremony, courtesy of a blunder from the Georgetown University Police Department. RentADOPS had this to say:

I mean… DOPS (I refuse to call them GUPD) is full of morons who don’t know the rules or much of anything else. Double-digit IQ & triple-digit paycheck. What else is new?

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This Week in the Voice: GU Improv brings humor to the Hilltop

edit1In this week’s feature, Halftime leisure editor Daniel Varghese writes about GU Improv, the group on campus that has brought an outlet of creativity and humor into the very professionally and academically driven Georgetown student body.

Of the nine active members of the group, only five had previous acting experience. For the majority of students in the group, the choice to audition for the troupe was a spur-of-the-moment decision, motivated by a random sighting of a flyer and irregular external confirmations of their humor.

Even though GU Improv thrives on-campus, comedy and the performing arts exist on the periphery of Georgetown’s culture. “When people think Georgetown, they think of a humorless, pre-professional world.”

News covers GUSA’s debut on its Multicultural Council, the D.C. Council’s new handgun carrier policy, the Lecture Fund’s event featuring the Malaysian Prime Minister, and GUPD’s removal of H*ya’s for Choice from a University sidewalk when protesting.

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Concert Preview: Gettin’ fancy with Charli XCX

It’ll be Thursday, and you’ll might end up asking yourself why you went to Rhino instead of seizing the night. Why not venture out of the Georgetown bubble to the 9:30 Club for a concert that will change your life? Charli XCX is playing the 9:30 Club on Thursday, Oct. 2. Doors are at 10:00 p.m. and tickets are $22.

Charli XCX is the Billboard Hot 100’s greatest secret. Maybe you’ve heard of Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy,” or Icona Pop’s “I Love It?” Both of these were co-written by this Queen Midas herself, who still has minimal name recognition for someone whose music has been played ad nauseam on radio stations all summer long. It’s really surprising that she’s still playing venues as small as the 9:30 Club when her contemporaries, whose names she effectively made, are playing in stadiums globally. More recently, “Boom Clap” has climbed up the charts after being featured in the summer tearjerker film The Fault In Our Stars.

But these hit songs are not wholly representative of the pop genius that is Charli XCX. While she got signed in 2010, she released her debut EP, “You’re The One,” in 2012. And it’s still spectacular two years later. “Stay Away” is a downtempo and slowly grooving dichotomy between delicate synths and gritty undertones. Her tendency towards the grunge of Siouxsie Sioux seems perpetually at odds with her soft voice.

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Poll: What should we call the Healey Family Student Center?

Healey Family Student Center, what an awkward jumble of words. It’s made worse by the fact that Georgetown’s most iconic building is already called “Healy.”

The Healey Family Student Center desperately needs a new name, one that is short, snappy, and perfectly clear. Regents, Leavey, Reiss, those are reliable names.

And so Vox turns to his faithful readers to provide suggestions. Answer the poll to give Vox your feedback on what the new student center should be called. Vox highly recommends “Heelz,” but feel free to leave any suggestion.

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Liberian President speaks at Ebola Crisis Symposium in ICC

Hundreds of students, faculty, and global health representatives packed into the ICC auditorium yesterday for a Symposium on the Ebola Crisis. While experts in international health, public policy, African studies, and global health development institutions attempted to explain the complexities of this crisis, a live video interview with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf brought the realities of this outbreak to Georgetown.

While experts explained the scientific, economic, and political impacts of the crisis, Sirleaf emphasized the challenge of getting through to local Liberian communities, where citizens continue to resort to spiritual and religious anecdotes over medical treatment.

“We still see some families that are not ready to turn in their loved ones, even when they see signs of the disease,” Sirleaf said.

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