The Mask & Bauble Society and the Theatre and Performance Studies program’s joint production of Macbeth opens tonight at 8 p.m. in the Gonda Theatre in the Davis Center. Running from tonight until Sunday this week and Wednesday-Saturday next week, the innovative ensemble show updates the Shakespearian classic with dramatic production values that will keep audiences on their toes. Check out the Voice‘s complete review here.
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Taking a break from documenting the cutest pups that Georgetown has to offer, Vox has just been handed an urgent and horrifying news story. We need all of you to stop what you’re doing and listen. The scourge of hares’ houses, of campers’ victuals, and of the nightmares of tiny rodents, has domiciled in the quiet paradise that is Burleith. While this vulpes vulpes may appear malnourished and somewhat confused to you, do not be led astray by its wiles. Make no mistake, y’all need to hide your kids, hide your wife and properly secure your garbage bins.
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 Sports, Daniel 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.
Oh, the places he’ll go! Georgetown’s new mascot-in-training Jack Junior is currently traveling from his birthplace in Southern California to Washington, D.C., visiting with Georgetown alumni and seeing famous sites like the Las Vegas Strip and the Gateway Arch along the way.
After a weeklong road trip, Jack Junior will arrive on the Hilltop at the end of his cross-country trip on Friday at 4 p.m. for a welcome ceremony at Healy Circle (you can follow his progress across the country here).
At the official celebration, JJ will receive his Georgetown collar and become a Hoya. Hoya Blue, the Pep Band, and the cheerleaders will be on hand to attempt to teach JJ the words to the fight song. All attendees will get a “special celebratory favor” after the ceremony.
Friday also promises the first meeting between JJ and his Mr. Miyagi, Jack the Bulldog, who is still recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL.
While we anxiously await Jack Junior’s arrival in 48 hours, here’s another video of the young whippersnapper! That poor shoe! We wonder if the shoe’s Nike logo was intentional.
Replacing outgoing Provost James O’Donnell, Professor Robert M. Groves has been named Georgetown’s next Provost and Executive Vice President, effective August 20. Groves has been the director of the U.S. Census Bureau since 2009, and prior to that he served as a professor at the University of Michigan for more than three decades.
His primary field of study, in contrast to O’Donnell’s classics background, is survey methodology. At Michigan, he was the direct of its Survey Research Center. Groves completed his master’s and doctoral work at Michigan after receiving a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth University.
“The depth and breadth of Bob’s experience and scholarship will make an extraordinary impact within our community,” President John J. DeGioia said in a statement. “We are excited to welcome his innovative leadership as we continue to strengthen our academic programs and fulfill our educational mission in Washington, D.C. and beyond.”
The choice highlights the priorities of the search process. At a town hall in January, the head of the search committee declared a commitment to Georgetown’s Jesuit identity as one of the committee’s three priorities in their considerations. Indeed, prior to Groves’ appointment, only one provost in University history was neither a Jesuit nor a Catholic. However, DeGioia’s email to the community making the announcement does not mention the University’s religious identity or Groves’ commitment to it. At the time of publication, Groves’ religious affiliation was not immediately known. The identities of the other two options the committee presented to DeGioia are unknown.
Earlier this semester, DeGioia targeted April for the completion of the search for a new provost. The August 20 start date is approximately fifty days after DeGioia’s expressed wish for the new provost to begin on July 1.
DeGioia’s complete email to the University community after the jump…
Last week, neighborhood groups and the University announced the restart of negotiations over 2010 Campus Plan, asking the Zoning Commission to postpone their hearings on the matter to allow the new round of talks to proceed.
An exasperated Steven sees the process extending into the next calendar year:
It’s literally going to be 2013 before we approve a plan that was supposed to affect what we did in 2010.
In an email to the University community tonight, President John J. DeGioia announced that Robert Manuel, Associate Provost and Dean of the School of Continuing Studies, has been named president of the University of Indianapolis. Manuel will officially assume the role in July.
In DeGioia’s email, he proudly notes that SCS enrollment doubled during Manuel’s time as dean of the school:
Under his leadership, enrollments in SCS programs have more than doubled and the range of studies offered has broadened dramatically. Throughout his tenure Rob has thoughtfully led the growth of SCS in response to the needs of students who live and work in the Washington, D.C. area and their employers. He leaves a school that is now considered one of the best of its kind in the country and one that will continue to sustain Georgetown’s mission and identity while creating new opportunities for students to engage with today’s critical issues.
A search committee for Manuel’s successor will be formed in the coming weeks. Whoever replaces Manuel will be tasked with guiding the SCS through a period of continued expansion and change, as the University looks to move its continuing education programs downtown.
At some point between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. this evening, a residence in Kennedy Hall was burglarized, as jewelry, clothing and money were taken from the student’s room. The public safety alert describes the incident as “unforced”, suggesting that the door of the room was not locked.
No suspects or witnesses have been identified, and the Department of Public Safety and the Metropolitan Police Department are investigating the incident.
DPS requests that anyone who has information regarding this incident, or who noticed any suspects before or after the incident, to contact them immediately at (202) 687-4343.
On Wednesday evening, GOP presidential contender Newt Gingrich spoke to a sizable audience in Gaston Hall, while a protest of slightly smaller size took place outside Healy Hall.
If we told typical that a former Vox editor was Chair of GU College Republicans, he might actually die of shock.
“[Editor's note: Stangler is a Voice staffer]”
[Reader's note: excuse me while I die of shock]
Very Impressive thinks very highly of the protestors‘ loquacious expostulation, based on a de/gendered-Baudrillardian discourse of granulated subjectivity:
You must have gone to college Gina!!! You already sound like a po-mo professor infused with some lefty mysticism (voices amplified by their collectiveness). Great work. For the perplexed, a great guide on how to speak post modern. You are an inspiration to us all.
In two weeks, a four-month-old bulldog puppy named Jack Jr., or J.J., will join Jack the Bulldog as a Georgetown mascot-in-training. The puppy was a gift from bulldog breeders Janice and Marcus Hochstetler, the parents of two Georgetown students. In a University statement, Jack’s caretaker Rev. Christopher Steck, S.J., noted that J.J. has “the bulldog penchant for wrestling and already enjoys ripping boxes apart.”
“J.J. has a very mellow personality,” Steck said. “He likes to sit in laps and is curious about the sights and sounds of the world.”
On the afternoon of April 13, the University will hold an official welcome party for J.J. A website will allow students to track J.J.’s progress as he travels from his birthplace in California to the Hilltop. You can also check out this Facebook page for more photos and information about J.J. He’s also on Twitter.
J.J. will live with eight-year-old Jack in Steck’s New South residence, taking classes on box-eating and nap-taking. As he has since 2003, Jack the Bulldog will still appear at Georgetown games in the fall, while J.J. learns the ropes.
“Jack’s presence will provide important support to J.J., since the older dog is already comfortable with his life as a mascot at Georgetown,” Steck said. “J.J. will be looking for signals from Jack, and Jack’s enthusiasm in different environments will encourage J.J.’s own.”
J.J.’s arrival signals the beginning of a transition period from one mascot to another, as age begins to take a toll on our current mascot. Jack tore his ACL while jumping onto a couch earlier this year, and is expected to have surgery in April.
“We are extremely grateful for the Hochstetlers’ gift of a new bulldog puppy to the Georgetown community,” said University spokeswoman Stacy Kerr in a statement. “We are thrilled that J.J. will be joining Jack the Bulldog on campus.”