With legal weed now a reality in Colorado and Washington, far away from meddling narcs, marijuana advocates are eyeing legalization for a District in the feds’ backyard.
Last Friday, Adam Eidinger, the co-owner of Capital Hemp and leader of DCMJ 2014, released the draft text of a long-anticipated ballot initiative that would legalize marijuana outright in the District of Columbia. The proposal would allow people to buy up to 2 ounces of bud and permit people to grow up to six cannabis plants for personal use.
While Eidinger initially sought to submit a ballot initiative that would merely decriminalize marijuana, he withdrew that proposal in September. Instead, he hopes his ballot initiative will either serve to improve the decriminalization bill already introduced to the D.C. Council or serve as an alternative if the bill fails.
A poll released in April showed that 75 percent of D.C. residents favor the decriminalization of marijuana. A solid 63 percent said they would vote for enacting legalization in the District.
Eidinger worries that Councilmember Tommy Wells‘s (D-Ward 6) decriminalization bill will draw support away from his measure. If that happens, he says, he’ll withdraw the measure and work to build support among D.C. voters. “I won’t do it if it’s under 60 percent, you can mark my words,” Eidinger told DCist. “If we’re at 59 percent in our next poll of D.C. voters for legalization, if we’re losing support for legalization because of Wells’ efforts, then we won’t do it.”
Legalization would do more than simple decriminalization to stem drug violence and reduce incarceration rates, which persistently show a racial bias.
Georgetown students, here’s the link to register to vote in D.C. You’ll need it come next year.
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So what happens if you step on the seal now?
Update, 5:13 pm: More details from Robin Morey, vice president for Planning and Facilities Management: “The seal is being repaired due to normal ‘wear and tear’ and age. There was no specific event that caused damage to the mosaic tiles or grout. The process requires several coats of grout to make the necessary repairs. We anticipate the repairs to be complete mid next week.”
Update, 4:27 pm: According to an email from University Spokeswoman Stacy Kerr, “The mozaic tiles were popping due to movement in the entrance platform. They are being repaired.”
Original Post: Earlier today, Voice Sports Editor Chris Almeida alerted Vox that Georgetown’s seal appears to have been painted over with some sort of plaster. The blue tiles still show through in some spots and you can still make out the seal’s oval underneath the paint. Vox isn’t sure why the subject of our banner image was concealed in this way, but it doesn’t make sense ahead of this weekend’s homecoming festivities.
Vox has put in several emails to University officials and will update this post when we find out more.
More images after the jump
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Goodbye forever, J.J.
A few weeks after University officials announced that J.J. will no longer serve as Georgetown’s mascot, Jack and J.J.’s caretaker Fr. Christopher Steck selected the family that will adopt the bulldog puppy. In addition to the criteria he was considering, the family lives three miles from campus and has experience raising bulldogs. “He went there on Sunday as an experiment, and it worked so well I decided it was best for him to stay there,” Steck wrote in an email to Vox.
University spokeswoman Rachel Pugh assured students that the “tradition of a bulldog mascot at Georgetown is a cherished one, and it will continue.”
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The “king of beers” is also the king of emergency room visits. While only making up 9.1 percent of domestic beer sales, Budweiser is implicated in the more emergency room visits nationwide than any other alcoholic beverage.
Roughly a third of emergency room visits in the United States involve patients who had been impairing their decision making with various intoxicating beverages. If that sounds like a serious public health issue, that’s because it is. Researchers at Johns Hopkins wanted to study the relationship between marketing, choice in alcohol, and risky behavior.
After Budweiser came Steel Reserve Malt Liquor: while making up a paltry 0.8 percent of the U.S. beer market, it accounted for 14.7 percent of hospitalizations—nearly the same proportion as Budweiser. Two other malt liquors, Colt 45 and Bud Ice, come in third and fourth. Bud light and Barton’s Vodka, a discount brand, place fifth and sixth.
In fact, the menace here seems to be malt liquors. While only responsible for 2.4 percent of the domestic beer market, malt beverages were the choice of 46 percent of revelers-turn-emergency room patients. Of course, malt liquor has a considerably higher alcohol content than regular beer.
The preliminary study only looked at 105 patients at one hospital in Baltimore, the further research could determine the best ways to prevent alcohol abuse.
“Some products are marketed to certain groups of people in our society,” Traci Toomey, the director of the University of Minnesota’s alcohol epidemiology program, told NBC News. “So we might want to put some controls on certain products if we find they are tied to greater risk. But how they are marketed and priced is critical information and that has been very hard to study.”
Vox would guess that most of the hospitalizations among Georgetown students would involve Burnett’s and Natty light. Whether bad decisions (such as maple syrup Burnett’s) leads to more bad decisions (getting GERMS’d) would be particularly of interest.
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Do you ever think to yourself, “Damn, two years ago, I was an idiot”?
Like many people, I do often. So the Voice thought, “What if we assembled everyone’s stories in an attempt to get the freshman class to avoid some common pitfalls?”
And so we look to you, dear reader, to help us broaden our perspective on exactly how one can fuck up during freshman year. Voice staffers along with several contributors are writing a series of short essays on mistakes they made during their freshman year and what they learned from it.
Use the submission after the jump to share your own story. Essays can be as short as 200 words or as long as 600 words. The deadline for submissions is
tomorrow at 8 p.m friday at noon.
Direct questions and email submissions to email@example.com. Any topic or experience is welcome, though we ask contributors not ask to remain anonymous unless absolutely necessary. See the submission form after the jump!
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The University considers purchasing a meal plan a “fundamental part of developing community among resident students,” which seems to be true, though it may be more of a point of commiseration rather than celebration.
But since freshmen and sophomores are stuck with our own version of a overcrowded Golden Corral, there’s no use in complaining. Here are a few tips on how to get by dining at Leo’s.
Get to meals early. We can’t stress this enough, especially at the beginning of the year. Lines are long and tables can be scarce, so go on off times. This means 11:00-12:15 p.m. for lunch and 4:30-6:00 p.m. for dinner. Your options decline steeply after the meal rush.
Unless you just love eating breakfast, there’s no reason to get a meal plan with more than 14 meals a week. Vox endorses the University’s recommendation to get the 14 plan your first semester.
- Keep track of the number of meals you use. Running out of meals is not a common occurrence at Georgetown, but make sure you don’t walk up to the card swipers without meals on your GOCard.
- When you notice that you’ll have meals left over at the end of the week, get grab ‘n go meals and save them for later. Even if you won’t eat all the food, just grab some soda and juice to use as chasers.
- Don’t be afraid to eat at Leo’s alone. It’ll probably be difficult to schedule a time to go to lunch with all your friends. There’s no shame in it: just get some food and keep yourself busy with a book or a laptop. It’s also best to do this when Leo’s isn’t too busy.
- Study at Leo’s. If you’re all right with smelling like Leo’s for hours afterward (and oh yes, it’s a distinct smell), head downstairs, find an outlet, and camp out. Not to mention, you also get infinite snacks and free coffee.
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In a move which could now be considered shocking, the Senate struck a bipartisan deal last night to prevent some student loan rates from staying doubled in the short term.
The bill would allow undergraduates to borrow at a rate 2.05 percent above the federal 10-year treasury bond rate, which would amount to an effective 3.9 borrowing rate for students eligible for subsidized Stafford loans next year. But, in a scheme bearing no resemblance to boiling-frog scenarios, since the interest rates are expected to increase as the economy improves, students could see higher rates in future years. The rate will be capped at 8.25 percent.
The interest rates for many federal student loans doubled on July 1 from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent. Loans taken out since then will retroactively be lowered as well.
The bill was approved in a broad bipartisan 81-18 vote, though 17 progressive Democrats voted “no” on the measure. Many Democrats initially sought to keep rates fixed at a lower rate. “I cannot support a plan that raises interest rates in the long-term while the federal government profits off them,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said. “This is obscene. Students should not be used to generate profits for the government.”
According to Congressional Budget Office estimates, the federal government would stand to profit $184 billion in ten years with the compromise bill, roughly the same amount as if it kept the 6.8 percent rate.
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There is a war on cars in D.C., but only in Georgetown, and only for students.
In a friendly email yesterday, vice president for student affairs/disciplinarian-in-chief Todd Olson officially gave us notice that we can’t park on Georgetown’s campus or on city streets.
“Georgetown University prohibits students from bringing a car to campus, obtaining an on-campus parking pass, and parking a car on neighborhood streets in West Georgetown, Burleith, and Foxhall Village,” Olson wrote. “When you return to campus this fall, please leave your car at home.”
Students knew that the change was coming after neighborhood leaders and top administrators agreed to it in last summer’s resolution on the 2010 campus plan—without student input. Now, a student parking his or her car on neighborhood streets is a violation of the student code of conduct.
In terms of parking, students—otherwise full citizens and, in fact, voters—are subjected to regulations that adults unaffiliated with the University aren’t. Though students can still park in designated rental spaces off-campus, this incident shows how students take a back seat on certain issues.
Even though the University is legally bound by the campus plan, the University didn’t make the change through the Disciplinary Review Committee, as it routinely does. Instead, Olson acted unilaterally in changing the policy.
GUSA summed it up nicely yesterday on Twitter: “The 2010 Campus Plan agreement, signed without students, bans students from having cars and puts them at fault for causing congestion.”
Students, always the scapegoats.
Update, 9:05 pm: Former GUSA Vice President Vail Kohnert-Yount (SFS ’13) tends to agree with Vox and wanted to add a few things:
First, I think this policy is likely in violation of the DC Human Rights Act. Students are a protected class under the D.C. Human Rights Act (see trait #14), and discrimination by educational institutions is prohibited in the District of Columbia.
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Earlier this summer, the University announced via email blast that the Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, KFC, and Subway which previously graced Hoya Court would be replaced by Elevation Burger, Salad Creations, and a “new and better” Subway.
Now we know why: the previous owner of the grease purveyors failed to pay $500,000 in sales taxes and had his business licenses revoked yesterday after “numerous attempts” by the Office of Tax and Revenue to collect the tax. Along with the Leavey Center establishments, Yasmin Parveen owned a Dunkin Donuts and four other Subway restaurants across the city, all of which were closed.
Hoya Court is closed for renovations until August so that the new dining options can come into place. According to Associate VP for University Services Debbie Morey, the administration could tell from a variety of forms of feedback that students were dissatisfied with existing Hoya Court options. “And we could tell from the sales they just weren’t working,” Morey said.
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Reiss and Lau’s baby, apparently
Supplementing some heated debate on Vox comment threads, a group of alumni have started circulating a change.org petition to get Georgetown to reconsider building the dorm planned for Georgetown’s “Northeast Triangle”—the patch of green space across from Reiss Science building. The petition has 210 signatories as of this posting and seems to be gaining steam rapidly. While the Old Georgetown Board objected to various aspects of the University’s proposal, this group of alumni is wholly concerned with the look and location of the building:
“Students and alumni were unanimous in their opposition to the uninspired, Eastern Bloc-like proposal, completely incongruous with Georgetown’s rich architectural heritage, in addition to taking up one of the last remaining green spaces on campus. … We deserve to seek out architects that have experience with designing buildings in a spirit and style that matches Georgetown’s history, as seen in Healy, Old North and more, and not settle for another Darnall or New South out of expediency.”
They also provide some examples of building styles that they’d rather like to see—most of which resemble the faux-aged opulence the of Duke rather than the old grandeur of Healy Hall. Even though change.org petitions start up for every frivolous undertaking, supporters of this petition seem to have a chance at affecting the outcome. The University has some history of bowing at the weight of viral causes.
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