This weekend, The Washington Post followed up on its previous stories about Juan Gomez (MSB ’11), a senior who is about to graduate but risks deportation.
Gomez came to the United States from Colombia with his family in 1990 on tourist visas and during that time his father applied for asylum, claiming that paramilitary fighters had threatened his family. The petition, which took several years and allowed for the family to become acclimated with the country, was eventually rejected.
Despite the rejection of the petition, the family remained in the country until immigration officials raided the Gomez household in 2007.
Gomez’s parents were deported, but due to a strong lobbying campaign by classmates and teachers, Gomez, along with his brother, were allowed to stay in the country through private bills in Congress sponsored by Senator Chris Dodd.
As he wraps up his senior year, Gomez has already received a job offer from J.P. Morgan Chase’s Latin American division, the same place he interned this past summer.
Since Georgetown is located in the District of Columbia, which is highly dependent on federal government funding for operations to occur, a possible government shutdown could impact students and area residents.
If a budget is not passed by the end of the congressional session on Friday, a number of services in the District will be shut down.
The shut downs likely to affect students include the closure of all public libraries in the District and a suspension of trash collection by the Department of Public Works. However, trash collection will resume one week after the shutdown.
Those with cars who are always in fear of getting a ticket will likely rejoice if a shutdown occurs because according to Tony Robinson, director of public affairs for the District, parking enforcement agents have been deemed to non-essential employees.
A shutdown would also cancel this weekend’s Cherry Blossom Festival parade and other festival activities.
The Metropolitan Police Department, D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services, and D.C. Public Schools will all remain operational even if a shutdown occurs.
Have you ever watched something on television and said to yourself, “I want to try that”?
If that show happens to be “Flying Wild Alaska” and the thing you want to try is an emergency landing of a plane, Vox would highly recommend not doing it. Unfortunately, Georgetown University Medical Center student Jason Maloney seems to disagree with that advice.
When flying near Rockaway Beach in Queens, NY, on Monday evening, one of Maloney’s passengers became ill. Rather than having them become sick on the plane and waiting to land at their destination, Maloney made a request to the air traffic controller to land on the beach.
After being told that a beach landing could only be made in an emergency, Maloney can be heard on the air traffic recording saying, “You know, tower, my engine might be running a little, teensy, teensy bit rough. A little teensy bit rough.”
After Maloney declared an emergency and stated that he would be landing on the beach, the air traffic controller sent police emergency crews to the site where the plane landed. A passenger was throwing up near the plane as the police arrived.
Maloney, who made a successful emergency landing, seemed to still not understand how unorthodox his behavior was.
“What’s the big deal?,” he told the police. “It happens all the time in Alaska.”
Each year, the Georgetown University Law Center hosts Home Court D.C., a charity basketball game featuring Members of Congress and GULC professors.
Although this year’s game–which was held Wednesday evening and raised more than $400,000 for the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless–ended in a 61 to 49 defeat of the Hoya Lawyas by the Hill’s Angels, one GULC student shocked the crowd.
After winning a raffle opportunity to take a half court shot for $10,000, GULC student Alladin Jaloudi made an incredible shot.
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A crowd of approximately 1,000—mostly students—packed into McDonough Gymnasium this morning to hear President Barack Obama as he laid out a plan to reduce oil imports by one-third in a decade.
“Here’s the bottom line—there are no quick fixes, ” Obama said. “And we will keep on being a victim to shifts in the oil market until we get serious about a long-term policy for secure, affordable energy.”
Criticizing “the same political gridlock and inertia that’s held us back for decades,” Obama explained that the country must find and produce more oil domestically, while simultaneously reduce oil dependence by investing in clean, alternative fuel sources. With those measures in mind, Obama announced that he plans to encourage offshore oil drilling—including seven deep-water drilling permits granted in recent weeks.
“I don’t think anyone’s forgotten that we’re not even a year removed from the largest oil spill in our history,” he said. “What we learned from that disaster helped us put in place smarter standards of safety and responsibility.”
In his speech, Obama also cited a growing role for alternative energy sources, such as natural gas, renewable biofuels, and clean forms of electricity. By 2015, he said, all federal agencies will purchase only alternative fuel, hybrid, or electric vehicles.
A group of Georgetown University undergraduate students recently created Counterpoint, new political magazine with a progressive viewpoint.
Created by Eric Pilch (COL ’12), Kara Brandeisky (COL ’13), and Cole Stangler (SFS ’13), the magazine is funded by the Center for American Progress and not affiliated with the University. (Editor’s note: Pilch is a staff writer, Brandeisky is the head of business, and Stangler is a member of the editorial board of the Voice.)
“We believe that positive change in American history has been brought about by those who are unafraid to challenge the prevailing status quo,” states the magazine’s mission statement. “We will tap into this tradition of reform while engaging readers and challenging them to seek positive social transformation.”
The magazine features a mix of feature stories, commentaries, editorials, interviews, and reviews.
The first edition includes a feature piece on Georgetown’s Latin American Board, commentary on the District’s voter disenfranchisement, and a piece on how the gay community has transformed at Georgetown, among a number of other articles.
Print editions of the magazine will be available on campus on Friday.