Talks With Vox: Reventón Latino

Get excited, Hoyas, because this Saturday marks the 8th annual performance of Reventón Latino, a celebration of Latino culture at Georgetown.

Vox recently sat down with Daisy Peraza (COL ’15) and Nacy Hinojos (SFS ’15), Reventón coordinators and board members, to discuss the details of Reventón Latino.

VOX: Can you tell Vox about Reventón Latino and how it started?

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President of World Bank addresses need to combat climate change—and GU Fossil Free agrees

This past Wednesday, President of the World Bank Dr. Jim Yong Kim gave a lecture as part of the Global Futures Initiative about the need to combat climate change amidst a globalizing world.

Kim began his talk by laying out two important focuses for the World Bank. The first being to end extreme poverty by 2030, and the second to promote shared prosperity by improving the living standards of the poorest 40 percent.

He made it very clear that these goals cannot be met unless the World Bank and other organizations and governments begin to recognize the importance of the climate and sustainable development.

“97 percent of scientists agree that the climate is warming,” Kim said. He went on to explain other evidence of climate change, such as increasing temperature levels, rising sea levels, and recent extreme flooding and droughts. As Kim said, “climate change is something we must tackle…it is also critically a development issue.”

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NCAA Basketball: DePaul at Georgetown

We Are Georgetown and You’re Not: Time to play

PORTLAND, OREGON—Vox is coming to you from the Pacific Northwest to cover the fourth-seeded Georgetown men’s basketball team (21-10, 12-6 Big East) during their NCAA Tournament run, as they will face 14th-seeded Eastern Washington (26-8, 14-4 Big Sky) in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Thursday night. Tip-off is set for approximately 9:57 p.m.

After departing the Hilltop early Tuesday morning and arriving in the Rose City, the Hoyas had a team workout later that afternoon at the practice facility of the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers.

On Wednesday afternoon, they had a closed practice at Portland State University before heading over to the Moda Center for media availability and a 40-minute open practice session.

During their session with reporters, the Blue and Gray were faced with numerous questions surrounding the program’s recent struggles in the NCAA Tournament. In their last six tournament appearances, the Georgetown has fallen victim to double-digit seeds, and lost in their first game five of those six times.

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Vox’s Single of the Week: Johnny Jung

As a continuation of Voxs Single of the Week, we sat down with College freshman and Voice staff member Johnny Jung and discussed everything from March Madness to crippling allergies to pistachios.

Vox: Hey Johnny, what’s your ASL? (age, sex, location)

Johnny: 18, but 22 on the weekends. Male. Gaithersburg, Maryland. Shoutout MoCo.

Vox: Where do you call home?

Johnny: The world is my home, but Darnall 318 is where I take my slumber.

Vox: No I mean literally when you call your parents to tell them you’re making a good use of your tuition dollars by doing all your Bib Lit readings, do you use a payphone? Or are you more of a cell phone in the hallway kinda guy?

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Growth Grant seeks to encourage entrepreneurship on campus

The Growth Grant, the first pitch competition of its kind here at Georgetown, was founded by students Jay Bhandari (MSB ’18), Jake Haberman (MSB ’18), and Rahul Desai (MSB ’17) to increase the entrepreneurship scene on campus.

It will be held this Thursday in the Rafik Hariri building at 6:30 pm. Six participants selected from a broader pool of applications will pitch their ideas to DC business leaders and receive feedback, and only one will be named the winner and earn 250 dollars.

In an interview with Vox, Bhandari explained, “Rahul Desai and I started the Growth Grant to ultimately help foster the entrepreneurship scene on campus. After participating in the Rocket Pitch, we thought that the entrepreneurs at Georgetown could benefit from a more intimate pitch competition with a diverse group of judges and a limited number of competitors so that each entrepreneur is given more time to pitch, answer Q+A, and receive feedback from each judge.”

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On the Record with Joe and Connor: Post-GUSA Madness

Now that the tumult of the GUSA Executive Elections has concluded, it appears that the peaceful transfer of power from outgoing President Trevor Tezel (SFS ’15) and Vice President Omika Jikaria (SFS ’15) to incoming President Joe Luther (COL ’16) and Vice President Connor Rohan (COL ’16) might usher in the Era of Good Feelings 2.0 here on the Hilltop.

The new administration has just finished accepting applicants for their executive team through an online questionnaire on Hoyalink that was open to all Georgetown students. Vox interviewed Luther and Rohan to learn more about this process and how it they plan on putting “You” in Youtopia. (Literally.)

Vox: Some of the questions in the Hoyalink application are rather unconventional–what are the most important things you hope to learn about your applicants from their responses?

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Creation of Casa Latina would provide space for Latino students

Georgetown University is currently exploring the possibility of adding a permanent Latino House called Casa Latina to residential life on campus and is eager to institute this space for this coming Fall 2015.

This endeavor has emerged from a growing voice of Latino Hoyas who believe that a physical space dedicated to Latino issues and dialogue is needed for the success of that respective student community here at the University.

The Black House at Georgetown, currently located at one of the yellow painted houses on 36th Street, was founded about 40 years ago. It began as a safe space for black students at Georgetown to talk about their identity, and the challenges they face, on campus.

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Do you dare to have dinner with seven strangers?

Having dinner with strangers? On Georgetown’s campus? That might seem daunting or strange, but for the creators of the Dinner with 7 Strangers (DW7S), that is exactly the point.

You may have seen the mysterious flyers around campus, but the concept of group is simple: to invite seven members of the Georgetown community to come together for home-cooked food and conversation.

The people behind the initiative prefer to remain anonymous, but in an email interview with Vox, they said, “We see it (DW7S) as a way for any and all Hilltop strangers to break bread and learn a little bit about each other. DW7S is the opportunity to share a meal; consider what cura personalis really means; and reflect on the Georgetown experience.”

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MPD receives poor score on LGBTQ report card

As Georgetown students wait excitedly (or maybe not so excitedly) to receive their mid-term grades, the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) receives a poor score from D.C.’s LGBTQ community.

The MPD’s priority report for the coming year did not include a plan to strengthen the MPD’s relationship with the LGBTQ community, and the Hate Crimes Assignment Task Force (HCATF) and other LGBTQ representatives argue that much more can, and should, be done to strengthen this relationship.

In 2011, the HCATF made suggestions to the MPD on ways to improve its relationship with the LGBTQ community as well as ways to improve the effectiveness of its Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit (GLLU).

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The Chainsmokers headline the Spring Kickoff Concert 2015

If you have ever wanted to be like Kanye or take a #Selfie (or simply to rage to endless remixes of electronic dance music), this year the music odds are in your favor.

On April 10th, the Spring Kickoff Concert 2015, brought to you by the Georgetown Program Board, will feature The Chainsmokers as the headliner with Matt and Kim (warranting major Vox approval) and Kyle as the opening artists.

GPB Concerts Co-Chairs Andrew Minkovitz (SFS ’17) and Kevin Phelan (COL ’16) gave Vox the inside scoop on this year’s selection process, which began with considerations of the new budget reductions as well as student polls that revealed what type of music their fellow Hoyas were most interested in hearing.

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