Friday, October 25th, 2013
Jofi Joseph (SFS ’94) just hit the wall. He almost had it all.
This erstwhile member of the National Security Council, a division of the executive branch that advises the President of the United States on matters of homeland security and foreign policy, was fired last week after he was unmasked as the snarky voice behind the extraordinarily caustic @NatSecWonk twitter handle, reported The Daily Beast.
By day, Joseph busied himself with formulating U.S. policy towards Iran and North Korea, as part of his work on the NSC’s nuclear non-proliferation team. By night, he turned to Twitter to ruthlessly criticize higher-ups in the Obama administration, his ideological opponents on the right, and other bigwigs in the national security and foreign policy scenes. So, when he tweeted “my friends call me batman,” he wasn’t too far of the mark.
To get an idea of just how, er, explicit Joseph was in his anonymized tweeting, Vox has included a fine selection of his musings below:
More sass and verve and indiscretion after the jump.
Monday, October 7th, 2013
The day after a car chase that ended with D.C. police shooting and killing the driver, a man self-immolated in the middle of the National Mall and later died from the wounds, according to the Washington Post. The burns were so severe that medical personnel will have to use DNA analysis and dental records to identify him.
About 4:30 p.m., the man doused himself in gasoline and lit himself on fire near the Air and Space Museum as joggers soon ran to try to extinguish the flame with their shirts, according to NBC. Witnesses say that the man thanked those who tried to help him and was still conscious once he was driven away by the ambulances.
Police are currently investigating the man’s motives. Lt. Pamela Smith of the U.S. Park Police said told several news outlets she was unaware of any articulation of his motives. A witness told the Washington Post that the man gave the Capitol a military salute before igniting the gas that he had poured over himself.
Some witnesses say they noticed someone set up a tripod near the event, though it was unclear whether the man was an accomplice or was filming the incident.
Photo: Chris Chan via Flickr.
Wednesday, September 4th, 2013
The D.C. taxi system, famous for its many dysfunctions, is about to go through many reforms. That caught the attention of a documentary filmmaker, according to the DCist, so yes, that means that this cab system has become so notorious a documentary will be made about it.
The director and producer, Julie Espinosa, hopes to shed light on the mystery that is the D.C. Taxicab Commission and the politics surrounding it, focusing on the reforms that are set to occur, such as the transition into the use of smartphone apps like Uber and the use of credit cards.
Vox is seriously hoping she sheds light on the reasons why some cars are pink or burnt orange while others are green, silver, or even yellow. But the District has finally chosen a uniform color scheme (red with a grey stripe), so this issue may be one of the past.
For freshman new to the District, these taxicab drivers are notorious for a wide range of problems, from driving terribly (even worse than Vox‘s) to being just plain rude. There is even an entire web site called DC Cabs Suck dedicated to the subject.
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Monday, June 17th, 2013
Georgetown doesn’t have a huge drug scene, but many students smoke pot recreationally. Students often find it difficult to find dealers, though, and it’s even harder to find good places to smoke. Most students end up smoking in their dorm rooms or apartments, which is generally fine, though every once in a while people do get caught. A persistent rumor holds that the University’s smoke detectors are actually heat detectors and, therefore, won’t go off due to cannabis fumes. Proceed at your own risk.
The general rule is that RAs and DPS officers aren’t looking to bust anyone, so don’t give them a reason to. Make sure there aren’t any “suspicious odors” to investigate and you should be fine. As for smoking outside, Georgetown is located in an urban area, so there aren’t many options. Vox can’t tell you where to smoke, but check out these fine places to enjoy nature instead.
According to Vox‘s research, a gram costs about $20, which seems about an average price, and a eighth runs about $60. (That’s probably not accurate. Commenters, feel free to chime in.) Most of the people who deal to students are small-time and many are students themselves. The administration takes drug violations seriously, and, as a result, many students have trouble finding dealers.
Some schools, apparently, have parties where students will serve weed along with alcohol. Nothing like that happens at Georgetown. Most of the time, people smoke in small groups with their friends.
Hard drugs aren’t prevalent at Georgetown. Cocaine takes a long second place to weed in popularity. People use other drugs like molly and LSD, but you have to know someone to get it. Usually, students will take those sorts of party drugs right before going to clubs. Study drugs are somewhat popular as well, though, again, access is limited.
Also, for some reason, Georgetown always gets associated with meth, though usually it’s actually DMT or The Hoya jumping to conclusions.
Vox‘s disclaimer yesterday applies here: This preview is intended to provide a realistic picture of undergraduate drug culture at Georgetown University. Most of the information here is common knowledge and does not come from personal experience. Vox doesn’t endorse breaking any laws.
Monday, April 22nd, 2013
This week Vox underwent a regime change. In a clash of titans, Baby Connor “Sparklecakes” Jones conceded his throne as Vox overlord to Julia “TB” Tanaka. Although discharged of his duties, Jones’s legacy will never be forgotten. Frequent Vox reader and casual troll, GFK, could barely contain his emotions:
Life post-Vox can be an adjustment for some. However, before Jones can rebuild the scorched ruins of his social life and return to the world of the living he has one last debt to pay. Zombie Muammar Gaddafi said:
where’s the obligatory 4/20 post? did you “forget”?
Following the ban on the on-campus keg limit, Vox has been buzzing with excitement about the upcoming Georgetown Day festivities. What’s more, she finds herself uncharacteristically impressed with GUSA, and she is not alone. heading to dixie said:
Wait, GUSA actually did something? No lie, slightly impressed
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Friday, April 19th, 2013
In an email to students this afternoon, Chief of Police Jay Gruber announced that DPS will be increasing security on campus in light of the recent acts of terrorism in Boston. Last night, in particular, 26-year-old Sean Collier, an MIT police officer, died in an armed confrontation with the men suspected of perpetrating the Boston Marathon bombings.
Gruber says there will be an increase in police presence in the short term on campus. “There will be an increased number of uniformed public safety officers on campus,” he said. “We are also coordinating closely with the Metropolitan Police Department to mobilize resources as needed in our area.”
He additionally encouraged students to remain vigilant and report suspicious activity when they encounter it. “Vigilance is important. If you are off campus, we also suggest that you remain aware of your surroundings and report any suspicious activity,” he said.
Though he also cautioned that Georgetown has received no specific threats either: “Please know that this message is precautionary and there are no threats to campus at this time.”
D.C police has been under increased alert for the past few days as well. Just Tuesday, an unnamed police force removed the trash cans from the immediate area surrounding the Capitol building, since the Boston Marathon bombers planted their bombs in trash cans. A school district in New Hampshire even decided it would cancel its upcoming eighth-grade school trip to Washington, D.C. over security concerns.
If you haven’t looked at any news outlet today, Boston Police have a massive manhunt underway for one of the suspects of the bombings Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev. Police are going door-to-door in Watertown, Mass. looking for Tsarnaev and anyone related to the bombings. The other suspect, his brother, was killed last night in a shootout with police.
Wednesday, April 17th, 2013
Ahead of Vox‘s favorite day to enjoy nature, D.C. gives us another reason to be glad Georgetown is located in such a liberal city.
A new poll released today by the Drug Policy Alliance and the Marijuana Policy Project found that 63 percent of residents supported enacting Colorado-esque legalization schemes here in the District. A further 78 percent of residents said that they would like to expand D.C.’s medical marijuana law so that doctors could prescribe cannabis to patients for any condition whatsoever. (The current law has quite restrictive limits on what conditions doctors may prescribe marijuana for.)
67 percent would like to see fewer police resources devoted to catching people who smoke weed. More than 4,000 people were arrested for marijuana possession in D.C. last year.
Mike Debonis over at the Post notes that, three years ago, the District was fairly evenly split when it came to the issue: 46 percent in favor to 48 in opposed. D.C. is likely following national trends which now show that a majority, or a near-majority, of Americans support the legalization of marijuana.
This most recent poll, however, has people talking about the possibility of a 2014 ballot initiative either decriminalizing or legalizing marijuana in the District of Columbia. Mason Tvert, the Marijuana Policy Project’s director of communications, told HuffPost D.C. that advocates of legalizing marijunana “will be talking to community leaders and elected officials about various options for adopting a more sensible marijuana policy in D.C., including the possibility of a decriminalization ballot initiative campaign as early as 2014.”
Who knows? If a measure does get sent to the ballot box, we might finally see droves of Georgetown students registering to vote in D.C.
Photo: Zervas via Flickr
Wednesday, March 27th, 2013
Bo, not to be confused with the First Dog of the same name, was playing around with his owner on the front lawn when the Voice‘s Backpage Editor Tiffany Lachhonna happened to walk by. He couldn’t be more content with the simple pleasures: green grass, attention, and sticks, as the photo above attests.
Friday, March 15th, 2013
The White House announced earlier today that Georgetown’s very own President Jack DeGioia will be part of the exclusive presidential delegation to attend the mass for the inauguration of the Pontificate of His Holiness Pope Francis. The Mass begins at 9:30 a.m. local time on Tuesday, on the feast of St. Joseph.
Leading the delegation will be Vice President Joe Biden, whose relationship with Catholic Church hierarchy remains strained after, you know, being pro-choice and all. Some bishops have gone so far as to say that Biden shouldn’t receive Catholic communion. Also, the contraception mandate kind of riled up that whole group of people.
Among the other Catholics in the delegation is former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, herself quite pro-choice as well. When she met with Pope Benedict in 2009, he reportedly took the time to lecture her on her duty as a Catholic to use her political clout to limit the use of abortion. “His Holiness took the opportunity to speak of the requirements of the natural moral law and the Church’s consistent teaching on the dignity of human life from conception to natural death which enjoin all Catholics, and especially legislators,” the Vatican wrote. For her part, Pelosi shrugged it off and emphasized their discussion about poverty and climate change.
The inclusion of Republican New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez makes the delegation bipartisan. Unlike the rest of the delegates, the pro-life Martinez’s reputation remains untarnished in the Church. Sitting Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner declined the White House’s invitation, citing the need to focus on his work in D.C. and (probably) to avoid another opportunity for public crying.
The mild-mannered DeGioia has been somewhat of a controversial figure among Catholics and conservatives especially. An entire blog is dedicated to cataloging all of Georgetown’s purported aberrations from good Catholic teaching, which isn’t even to mention the famous alum who wants to get Georgetown’s status as a Catholic university revoked. The Cardinal Newman Society has taken out GeorgetownScandal.com at various points in time to organize petitions against University actions, such as its decision to invite the pro-choice graduation speaker Kathleen Sebelius.
While it’s fitting that the president of the first Jesuit university in the United States will attend the inaugural mass of the first Jesuit Pontiff, with such a controversial group of people, there’s bound to be some awkward conversations. It doesn’t help things since the last time Pope came to D.C. in 2008, Benedict snubbed Georgetown for a visit, instead, to Catholic University.
Photo: Hilary Nakasone/Georgetown Voice
Monday, February 11th, 2013
Between protests, a visit from the Secretary of Defense and the kickoff of this year’s GUSA campaign, Vox had a busy week. All you trolls out there must have felt like a bunch of kids in a candy shop … or maybe like a bull in a china shop. Anyway, here’s the best of what you came up with:
It seems as though Marc Gerson’s sentencing last week has left Walter White high and dry:
hey georgetown students hit me up
Fortunately for Walter, Not the DAE came to the rescue:
@Walter White: want to meet up somewhere?
Vox is sure they are meeting for some meaningful conversation, and maybe to enjoy the fresh air.
Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, visit to campus last week also caused a stir, but not enough of a stir, as studNet pointed out, to awake the clip-boarded wrath of GU Occupy :
No you’re-murdering-our-children protest? Looks like Occupy doesn’t wake up early.
Of course they do, studNet. Unlike some people who read this blog, they were all in class.
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