The GU Women of Color hosted a “Race at Georgetown” event on Wednesday, which aimed to create a campus-wide dialogue that enables students to share their struggles with race on campus.
According to GU Women of Color Board Member Danielle White (SFS ’15), the goal of the event to was approach the issue of race in a different way than past events on race at Georgetown.
“We have Pluralism and Action during orientation, but it’s more of a lecture series,” White said in an interview with Vox. “What we seek to do is to encourage a dialogue and not one that is lead by professors.”
The idea of this discussion was prompted from social media posts, including a Georgetown Confession post in the spring and the Twitter hashtag conversations, such as #BBGU (being black at Georgetown University) #BLGU (being Latino at GU), launched by the Black House at the end of the last semester.
Last year’s Forward on Climate Change Rally drew about 40,000.
This Sunday March 2, a group in protest of the Keystone XL pipeline will rally at GU and proceed to march on the White House. The student-led event is called XL Dissent and is aimed at recruiting young people who are opposed to the threats that flowing tar sand oil would bring to the US.
At 10 a.m. Red square will fill with a mass of students from across the country, yet there seems to be a lack of knowledge about the protest among our own students. Student representatives from dozens of schools have signed off on the group’s call to action message from their site, though not one of them is from GU.
“When I talked to some of the people planning this event, they were both surprised and apologetic that we didn’t know more about this,” Caroline James (COL ’16) of GU Fossil Free said. “They thought we had been kept in the loop.”
If you have been living under a rock (or in the safety of your dorm room attempting to hide from the dreaded door knocking), you are probably well aware that Georgetown is now underway with the GUSA executive elections to determine who the President and Vice President of the grand student bureacracy will be.
What you may not know, however, is that there has been misunderstanding and miscommunication of the University’s current sexual assault policies in the candidates’ proposals in their respective campaign platforms.
Under the “Empowering” section of their platform, Thomas Lloyd (SFS ’15) and Jimmy Ramirez‘s (COL ’15) want to “require that the Title IX Coordinator be the sole point person to whom any incident of sexual assault or harassment is reported by the survivor if the survivor intends on pursuing campus action via the Student Code of Conduct.”
After reviewing this proposal, Sexual Assault Peer Educators student representative Alyssa Peterson (COL ’14), who has also been involved in developing the University’s new sexual assault website, explained that there needs to be more than one contact for sexual assault cases than just the current Title IX Coordinator Dr. Jeanne Lord.
In this week’s feature, editor-at-large Caitriona Pagni documents the personal struggles of deaf students within the Georgetown community.
“My first two weeks here freshman year were horrible. I cried every night because that was the first time I had to be in the hearing world 24/7.”
Assistant Leisure editor Emilia Brahm reviews pool (no water), the new show from Nomadic Theater production company.
Sports editor Chris Almeida uses his sermon to address the new composition of the Big East conference, which he views as a shadow of its former self.
The Voices section highlights the revolution that is currently erupting in Venezuela, as told by Venezuelan student Juan Daniel Gonçalves.
The Editorial Board chastises many student candidates who are spreading confusion regarding Title IX issues and the new sexual assault policies.
And finally, with the housing selection season upon us, the fellows of Page 13 provide us a comprehensive flowchart to predict your housing fate.
Voting for the 2014 GUSA executive election began at midnight, and while students won’t find out the winner ’til tomorrow night, Vox thinks the winner will most likely be Trevor Tezel (SFS ’15) and Omika Jikaria (SFS ’15), as they seem to have the most momentum in terms of various polls, endorsements, and Facebook likes.
Voting will be open until 11:59 p.m. tomorrow, and will be instant runoff voting. This means that if no candidate receives a majority the first round, the candidate with the fewest votes will be eliminated and the votes for the number two preference will go towards the remaining candidates. This process repeats until a candidate has the majority of votes.
In last year’s election, Jack Appelbaum (COL ’14) and Maggie Cleary (COL ’14) were ahead in the first three rounds of instant runoff voting, though Nate Tisa (SFS ’14) and Adam Ramadan (SFS ’14) won after Shavonnia Corbin-Johnson (SFS ’14) and Joe Vandergriff‘s (COL ’14) voters put them ahead by 92 votes.
Voting for the GUSA presidential election began a little after 9 p.m., and Vox has prepared a list of each ticket’s endorsements from various student groups and leaders at Georgetown.
Each ticket supplied Vox with a list of its endorsements. Some tickets chose to provide just the major groups that are supporting them whereas others went for the kitchen sink method and seemed to list everyone they’ve ever talked to at a Georgetown party.
Endorsements are listed below each ticket in no particular order.
Read below the jump for an exhaustive list of all the endorsements from this year’s election.
Trevor Tezel (SFS ’15) and Omika Jikaria‘s (SFS ’15) ticket have taken a strong lead in Vox‘s GUSA election straw poll, beating Thomas Lloyd (SFS ’15) and Jimmy Ramirez (COL ’15) by 17 percent. Five hundred and thirty-six people voted in the straw poll.
In the last two GUSA elections, the winner of Vox‘s straw poll has aligned with the Voice‘s endorsement, picking the winner two years in a row. This year, however, the Voice endorsed Lloyd and Ramirez.
Perhaps the most entertaining number on this poll is that Chicken Madness is beating Ben Weiss (COL ’15) and Sam Greco (SFS ’15) by two votes. Vox would really love it if enough write-in votes actually made Chicken Madness GUSA president (she’d certainly have a lot less work to do in terms of writing posts about GUSA).
Lloyd and Ramirez are in second place with almost a quarter of the votes. Zach Singer (SFS ’15) and Dan Silkman (COL ’15) trail behind them with 16 percent of votes.
Jamaica may have a bobsled team, but its Caribbean neighbor Dominica fielded not one, but two cross-country ski competitors in the Sochi Olympic Games, which concluded a few short days ago.
Dominica, a tiny island nation of around 72,000 people, doesn’t really have any native skiers, or even snow to ski on. What Dominica does have, however, is a path to citizenship, and, by extension, the Olympics, for the low, low price of $178,530.
That was the path taken–or, so says Deadspin’s Dave McKenna–by one Gary di Silvestri (COL ’89), a New York native, and his Italian-born wife, Angelica Morrone di Silvestri.
Having made “a financial contribution to the country that went to different projects” after a visit to Dominica “years ago” (di Silvestri’s own words), the couple became dual citizens. Around 2012, the exact details are hazy, the di Silvestris created the Dominica Ski Federation, and subsequently began to hop the globe, from one cross-country skiing event to another, in an attempt to qualify for Sochi in 2014.
Yep, that’s the weird little icon so many of your friends have posted online.
Last week, Georgetown made its debut on online food publication, Spoon University. Spoon University is a publication for students, by students that connects college campus food communities nationwide.
Spoon University’s goal is to make “food more than just sustenance” for college students. Covering everything from cheap and delicious local restaurants, to tricks for eating in college dining halls, to recipes to curing hangovers, Spoon University helps “encourage exploration and conversation about food to help students navigate what the hell is going on in their dorms, dining halls, and tiny apartment kitchens.”
Anne Gilliland (COL ’16) and Victoria Goodell (COL ’16) had the vision of starting Georgetown’s chapter of Spoon University this year, when they realized that their passion for food and writing could be merged into one fruitful project that they truly believe could benefit the Georgetown community.
With the voting in the GUSA presidential election beginning at midnight, Vox is here with a solid set of protest rock songs to get into that screw the gov-er, GUSA mindset.
While the Voice‘s editorial board may endorse Thomas Lloyd (SFS ’15) and Jimmy Ramirez (COL ’15), as far as Vox is concerned, these next two voting days are all about sticking it to the man and absolutely rocking out.