Voice’s On-Campus Choices: Death row, volleyball, and cherries

Cherry Tree Massacre

One of the biggest a capella festivals of the year kicks off this weekend—the Cherry Tree Massacre makes its debut in Gaston Hall on Friday. The Georgetown Chimes host a performance that features Georgetown’s various a capella groups as well as acts from other campuses. Now in its 37th year, Cherry Tree Massacre has the Phantoms, Gracenotes, and Saxatones in its lineup along with groups from Fordham University, James Madison University, and Tufts. Tickets for the Friday performance are sold out, but students may still reserve tickets for February 5, 6, 19, or 27 at georgetownchimes.org for $10 each. The show will be held at 7:30 p.m. each night.

From Death Row to Freedom

Shujaa Graham, a wrongly convicted individual who spent five years on death row, will be sharing his perspective on the death penalty on Tuesday, February 2, in a lecture hosted by the Georgetown University Lecture Fund. At 8:00 p.m., “From Death Row to Freedom,” an event co-sponsored by Witness to Innocence and GU Right to Life along with the Lecture Fund will discuss the dilemma behind the wrongful conviction of 139 American citizens who have been on death row. The event will take place from 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in White Gravenor 201B.


Georgetown students will be battling the Jesuits in this year’s Spike-A-Jesuit competition, part of the annual Jesuit Heritage Week. For six years in a row, the Jesuits have beaten students at the year volleyball game held in Yates. Maybe with more support, the students can finally pull out a win. Free T-shirts will be given out at the event held on Monday, February 1 at 8:00 p.m.

A Calling to International Development

Dean Carol Lancaster will serve as a moderator for an international development panel on Monday, February 1, 2010. Three Jesuits will be on a panel speaking about their work in the field and the challenges they have seen regions around the world struggling to deal with. Father Matther Carnes, Joseph Marianus Kujur, S.J., and Father Gasper LoBondo will provide their insights into international affairs and the Jesuit Heritage, two prominent and important aspects of Georgetown. Their experiences will cover the Latin American and South Asian areas, and their backgrounds working with different international organizations.

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