John Oliver blasts Aramark’s prison food

In the most recent episode of Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver made fun of Aramark, the contractor who staffs and supplies Leo’s, for their shoddy service and poor quality of food for the prisoners they serve. Yep, that’s right. The company that brings food to Leo’s also brings food to prisons.

Oliver highlighted a part of Aramark’s website that claims “with Aramark, you can expect more—more savings” as an example of poor quality. The short bit on Aramark was part of a longer segment on prison privatization.

Last Week also ran clips of news reports which showed that Aramark ran out of food for prisoners on 65 occasions and served food with maggots in it on five.

“That is not good,” Oliver said. “The only time you are happy to hear the words ‘maggots were found’ is when you are a maggot whose family was lost at sea.”

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Vox Gets Into Treble: Literally melting right now

Summers here in D.C., for those Georgetown students brave enough to tackle them, are brutal. Stepping outside can feel like stepping into a sauna with the humidity, and that’s a constant reminder that this city used to be a swamp. Fortunately, however, this past week brought a mini “polar vortex” that helped cool things down a little bit.

To honor the (slightly) cooler weather, here are some songs to chill to. Note that shoegaze is prominent but trap is also represented.

1) Airiel – In Your Room

2) Chapterhouse – Pearl

3) Mazzy Star – Cry, Cry

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ANC considers banning dumpsters on the streets

At their meeting on June 30, members of ANC 2E, representing Georgetown, Burleith, and Hillandale, weighed the harmful impact that street dumpsters have on the neighborhood. The ANC may choose to ban or limit street dumpster use in Georgetown come September.

“These are huge receptacles that are wider than a parked automobile and take up precious space just in terms of available driving space on the street, and they also take up precious parking spaces,” commissioner Tom Birch said, somewhat fixated on the preciousness of the street, according to Dish.

Currently, it costs only $150 for a homeowner or construction company to use a street dumpster for an entire six months. That’s a whole lot of time to use a space meant for cars.

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Hospitals claim D.C. births spiked in wake of government shutdown

A long time ago, clear across an entire academic year, tragedy struck in Washington, D.C. For two weeks last October, the federal government shut down. That whole time, Vox wondered what the members of Congress and the rest of the federal government’s employees were up to. Some District hospitals claim to have a funny little answer: making babies.

The Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington delivered 99 more babies in April, May, and June than they did during the same stretch in 2013, and the Sibley Memorial Hospital in D.C. said that they’ve averaged three more births per day in July compared to last year.

It looks like in this power-hungry, career-focused city, an unexpected vacation allowed the worker drones to get in touch with their physical sides.

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Twuesday Tweetacular: Ignorant about geography

Voice news editor Julia Jester might just need to go on medical leave this fall if this rumor is true.

You don’t need to go abroad to find people who don’t know their U.S. geography, Christy Slobogin. Just ask this poor D.C. resident who was held up in an airport by a worker who doesn’t know that the District of Columbia is part of America.

Silly, Chop. Obviously that wasn’t one of the executive lounge elevators if there was no good gossip.

Comments of the Week: The Corp and the rise of the proletariat

Last week, Vox reported on the Corp’s new prices, the University’s decision not to consider changing Georgetown’s rules about marijuana until the federal government does so, and one D.C. resident’s trouble buying alcohol in New Hampshire.

Jose79845 starts us off by pointing out the obvious.

It’s probably true, students will smoke copious amounts of pot on campus just as they did before the new law.

And Adam Smith lays a free market-style smackdown on the Corp for raising prices in one go to account for wage increases through 2016.

Let me get this straight… DC’s minimum wage went from $8.25 to $9.50 per hour on July 1 yet the hourly rate for Corp employees is going from $8.25 to $11.50?!? Why not wait until the DC minimum wage rate goes up to $11.50 in two years time before incresing Corp costs that need to be passed along to strudents? Could it be that those who are deciding on the wage increase are also benefitting from such increases? Taking advantage of customers under the guise of government mandate will serve the Corp management well in Wall St careers.



D.C. weed decriminalization or legalization will not change rules on campus

Marijuana decriminalization went into affect this week in D.C., despite Congress’ best attempts to stop it with their usual budgetary tricks. Laxer cannabis use laws in the District, however, will have no bearing on Georgetown’s own rules and regulations of the drug.

In an email sent to Vox, University Director of Media Relations Rachel Pugh confirmed that the legal status of marijuana in D.C. does not in any way change things on Georgetown’s property.

“Georgetown University complies with local AND [sic] federal laws,” Pugh wrote. “Federal law prohibits possession, manufacturing, [and] use of marijuana. We do not have any plans to change the student code of conduct.”

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New Hampshire store rejects District resident’s license when he tries to buy alcohol

3864305116_e13ee8b9da_oOn July 4, inhabitants of the District of Columbia no doubt celebrated America’s 238th birthday with the same enthusiasm as the rest of the nation. Caught up in the holiday’s patriotism and pyrotechnics, it may have been easy for them to forget that, in ways large and small, their home isn’t fully a part of these United States.

They were reminded a day later when D.C. resident Travis Mitchell, aged 25, was denied alcohol at a New Hampshire grocery store because his District-issued driver’s license could not be considered legal proof of age under the state’s liquor law.

According to the Concord Monitor, the New Hampshire statute requires purchasers of alcoholic beverages to prove that they’re at least 21 by means of a driver’s license issued by any of the 50 states, among other forms of documentation. D.C., of course, is not a state.

While Mitchell was unperturbed by the grocery store’s strict interpretation of the law, he and his license reportedly had better luck at a neighboring purveyor. The rebuff he received generated enough ire to draw comment from New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan, who directed the state liquor commission to look into the matter. Yesterday, the commission released a statement confirming that District-issued photo identification is, in fact, acceptable documentation when purchasing liquor in-state.

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Prefrosh Preview: Workin’ it out

Along with GPA jockeying, Netflix binges, and drinking until you can’t feel feelings, staying in shape is among the Georgetown student body’s top priorities.

In fact, according to Business Insider’s 2014 ranking of “25 Colleges Where Students Are Both Hot and Smart,” Georgetown snatched the number four spot, and we definitely didn’t earn that prestigious honor without some old-fashioned sweat and tears at the gym.

Yates Field House is the central hub of physical well-being on campus. Yates has many options for individual and group workouts including a variety of cardio and strength training equipment, an indoor track, a swimming pool, volleyball, racquetball, and basketball courts, personal training, group fitness, and spin classes.

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Corp raises prices in response to D.C. minimum wage hike

The Corp conducted a 3 percent average across-the-board price hike in response to the increase in D.C.’s minimum wage rise to $9.50 from $8.25 on July 1. Customers will see price increases across the Corp’s services, which include its coffee stores, Vital Vittles, and Hoya Snaxa.

In an interview with Vox, Corp Chief Executive Officer Sam Rodman (MSB ’15) explained that the wage increase has raised wages 40 percent from the Corp’s previous hourly wages of $8.25, which apply to all employees, from the baristas to the CEO himself.

“We would have to generate an additional $70 in gross profit per hour just to make up for the increase in wages,” Rodman wrote in a July 9 post on Behind the Counter, the Corp’s blog. The Corp will also have to account for rises in vendor costs, which the Corp has already seen go up by 7 to 8 percent in its coffee suppliers.

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