This Week in the Voice: April 12, 2012

In this week’s feature, Nico Dodd delves into the graffiti art community whose canvasses are the walls and abutments around the C&O Canal underneath the intersection of Key Bridge and Whitehurst Parkway:

“People come into the Georgetown area because they’ve heard that it’s kind of easy online,” said Matt. “People write about it and people post pictures about it and write about how easy it is. A lot of other D.C. spots are less publicized, because the artists that are D.C. and local have to really fight for it, so that newcomers and people that are really experienced in the area, you know, don’t have to work as hard to get there.”

As more high-profile graffiti artists stake their claim to prime real estate, the C&O Canal maintains its local reputation as a haven for amateur tags and murals. For those who grow up in the area, it has become tantamount to an institution—close enough to hang out, and just on the law enforcement’s periphery.

On the Editorials page, the editorial board lauds the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program for its significant contribution to the alleviation of poverty, and warns against GOP efforts to slash the program’s funding.

In News, Vanya Mehta examines the appointment of Robert M. Groves, the head of the U.S. Census Bureau and a member of the National Academy of Sciences, to the post of University Provost and Executive Vice President.

For SportsDaniel Kellner discusses Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen’s five-game suspension for insensitive comments about Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, hoping that athletes don’t abandon their important roles in public discourse on account of isolated instances of backlash.

In Leisure, Julia Lloyd-George praises Mask & Bauble’s and the Theater and Performance Studies program’s joint production of Macbeth, which breathes fresh life into an ageless tale of dark ambition. The show premieres tonight at 8 p.m. in the Davis Center.

Page 13 this week analyzes the University’s planned changes for Sunday Masses, as Georgetown has brought in famed Hollywood directors to spice up the services.

And finally in Voices, Connor Jones worries that presumptive Republican nominee for president Mitt Romney’s swerve to the ideological right during the GOP primary will force him to govern from the far right, to the detriment of the country, or risk losing the support of his party.

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