The Department of Homeland Security is investing a report that two Secret Service members drunkenly ran into a barricade in front of the White House on March 4th, said White House officials Wednesday.
Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, reported that the Secret Service members were returning from “partying in Georgetown” at a bar, where they had been honoring a retiring Secret Service spokesman, Edwin Donovan.
According to the Washington Post, the agents drove up to the White House, where both DC police and other Secret Service agents were attempting to clear the area for investigation of a “suspicious package”. The police had set up barricades and security tape to clear the area during the investigation. The two agents drove through the security tape and hit the barricades before stopping.
DC mayor Muriel Bowser is on a quest to make this city a national technology center.
She plans on accomplishing this small feat by spending 350,000 dollars to rent out Crave, a restaurant and sushi bar next to the convention center in Austin, which will be hosting the well-known technology and music festival called South by Southwest.
Bowser and her team have deemed this spot the “We DC House”. They are marketing it as a drop-in lounge for the convention participants with the hopes of highlighting DC as an up and coming technology hub.
On Thursday, March 19th, the College Academic Council (CAC) will host its 9th annual College Honors ceremony. The event serves to honor professors that have had a powerful impact on students in diverse academic settings.
This year, College Honors will celebrate Professor Erika Seamon of the American Studies department
“[College Honors] definitely proves to be one of the CAC’s favorite events each year,” writes CAC President Parnia Zahedi (COL ’15). “Each year, the Council invites students in the College to nominate the top three professors who have made an impact on their Georgetown experience…We invite the top 100 vote-getters to attend the event as well.”
Almost 500 professors were nominated for the award this year and 700 students voted for nominees.
Commence the Madness: Hoyas earn 4-seed in NCAA Tournament, will face 13-seed Eastern Washington Thursday
The Georgetown men’s basketball team (21-10, 12-6 Big East) earned an at-large selection to the NCAA Tournament Sunday night. Slated as a 4-seed in the South Regional bracket by the Tournament Selection Committee, the Hoyas will matchup against 13-seed Eastern Washington (26-8, 14-4 Big Sky) Thursday night in Portland, Oregon. Tip-off is set for approximately 9:57 p.m. EST.
The Blue and Gray welcomed students, fans, family and friends, with them to O’Donovan Dining Hall for a party to await their selection in the tournament field. The assembled crowd then erupted when Georgetown was announced as one of the 68 teams to earn an invite, marking the 30th NCAA Tournament appearance in school history.
NEW YORK — Close, but no cigar, or, in the case of Georgetown Head Coach John Thompson III and his squad, no Big East Tournament Final appearance.
Down by as many as 20 points with just under eight minutes remaining, No. 23 Georgetown (21-10, 12-6 Big East) mounted a valiant comeback effort, cutting the deficit to one point twice in the final 15 seconds of regulation. But the team failed to fully overcome the deep hole they dug for themselves, as they fell to sixth-seeded Xavier (21-12, 9-9 Big East) 65-63, in the Big East Tournament semifinals at Madison Square Garden.
Up 35-26 at halftime, the Musketeers jumped out on a 18-7 run to start the second half, taking advantage of the Georgetown’s offensive struggles with their 1-3-1 zone defense. They kept the Hoyas without a field goal for the first 7:33 of the closing frame. But after the game’s officials called a technical foul on Xavier sophomore forward Jalen Reynolds for shoving Georgetown senior guard Jabril Trawick after a foul call on Trawick’s layup attempt with 7:51 remaining in regulation, the momentum began to swing in the Hoyas’ favor.
NEW YORK — “We needed it.”
Georgetown Head Coach John Thompson III surely wasn’t kidding when asked about the second-half performance of junior guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera, who scored 12 of the Hoyas’ last 15 points to lift No. 23 Georgetown (21-9, 12-6 Big East) to a nail-biting 60-55 over Creighton (14-19, 4-14 Big East) in the quarterfinals of the Big East Tournament. The win, the Hoyas’ sixth in their last seven games, earns them a spot in the semifinals of the tournament for 21st time in program history.
After a 12-1 run midway through the second half put 10th-seeded Creighton up 51-45 with six minutes remaining in the contest, Smith-Rivera put his team on his back. On the ensuing possession, the recently named All-Big East 1st-Team selection drilled a three-pointer from the right wing to quell the Bluejays’ run and take back the momentum in the Hoyas’ favor.
“At that point, they were on the run,” Smith-Rivera said of the play. “I really just wanted to make a play, and the guys were looking for me to make something happen. At that point, that’s what I wanted to do.”
The second-seeded Hoyas then put together a 7-2 run, culminating in a layup from senior center Joshua Smith with 2:06 left to play, to take a 54-53 lead. On the Blue and Gray’s next possession, Smith-Rivera’s converted a jumper in traffic as the shot clock was just about to expire to extend the lead to 56-53. After calling timeout, Creighton’s attempt to tie the contest was foiled, as junior guard Dante Milliken’s kick-out pass overshot senior guard Austin Chatman, who stood wide open behind the three-point line in the corner. Smith-Rivera knocked down 4-of-4 free throw attempts to close the game for the Hoyas and seal their third consecutive win.
5. St. John’s (21-10, 10-8 Big East)
First Game: Providence, Thursday at 2:30p.m.
Record in Last 12 Games: 8-4
Vox’s Odds of Winning Big East Tournament: 11%
Most Impressive Thing They Did This Year: Before concluding their season with a 105-68 thrashing by Villanova, the Red Storm were one of the hottest teams in college basketball, winning seven of eight games and making up for their mediocre 3-6 start in Big East play.
What They’re Playing For: REDemption. A year after St. John’s was bounced by Providence in the 2014 Big East quarters, the D’Angelo Harrison and the Red Storm have gotten exactly what they want: another shot to silence the Friars on the Big East’s biggest stage. Also, by exacting revenge on Providence, St. John’s will be given an opportunity to lose in less embarrassing fashion to Villanova in a Big East semifinal.
NEW YORK — It’s that time of year again. All 10 Big East schools will take the floor at New York’s famed Madison Square Garden to decide who gets the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament next week. And Vox will be there to take in the action. Don’t worry or feel overwhelmed, though, because we have you covered. We take you team-by-team with hard-hitting analysis of what’s at stake, which players to watch, and our predictions. When you’re done reading this, Vox expects you to be a Big East maestro.
Rankings are in accordance with tournament seeding:
On Senior Day and the last game of the regular season, the Georgetown men’s basketball team (20-9, 12-6 Big East) took down the Seton Hall (16-14, 6-12 Big East) 73-67 in an emotional battle witnessed by 14,392 fans at Verizon Center.
After missing the past three seasons due to a heart condition, senior Tyler Adams started the game for the Hoyas and dunked on the first possession as the Pirate defense laid off to allow the big man to score.
“Honestly I was thinking about what move I was going to do, but the Seton Hall Coach, I thanked him after the game made it a lot easier for me,” Adams said. Georgetown Head Coach John Thompson III noted the “class” of Seton Hall’s decision to let Adams score.
As Vox will be spending this next week living it up in
Punta Cana Myrtle Beach Pennsylvania and doing really important things, the normal posting schedule will unfortunately not resume until March 16.