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School of Foreign Service appoints World Bank Economist as new dean

This morning, the Office of the President announced that Dr. Joel Hellman will begin as the new dean of the School of Foreign Service starting on July 1.

Hellman’s expertise lies in international conflict, security, and political economy of development, and his professional resume boasts a variety of prestigious organizations and involvement in 50 countries across the world. He most recently served as the Chief Institutional Economist in the Governance Global Practice of the World Bank.

“I’ve been in development for 15 years now working on the front lines, and from what I see most is that we are currently facing some crises across the world in which the ideas needed to break through these crises are really what we are lacking,” he says in the video on the University’s homepage. “And Georgetown has the strengths to do that.”

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Tuesday Tweetacular: Campagin Edition, Pt. 1

In honor of the recent announcements made by both Hillary Clinton and Marco Rubio regarding their entrance into the presidential race, Vox decided to scour the web for the most amusing, campaign-related tweets. Please enjoy with a grain of salt, as Vox knows how seriously you Hoyas take this whole future president of America stuff.

Aaaaaand it begins.


Vox wants to know, are you #ready for Hillary?

Yesterday at 3 pm, former Senator Secretary of State First Lady Champion Hillary Rodham Clinton announced that she is running for President of these United States of America.

She is the first of her party to do so, and she currently holds a large lead in the polls among potential democratic candidates.

Hillary kicked off her campaign with a two minute video titled “Getting Started”. After a minute and a half of clips showing the lives of some average Americans in transitional periods in their lives, Clinton then appears in the video (coincidentally donning patriotic colors, no doubt) to address inequality and the financial crisis.

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Welcome Week will be revamped into six “Weeks of Welcome”

Starting next fall, Hoyas returning to the Hilltop from summer vacation should expect to receive six times the welcome: what was previously known as Welcome Week will be expanded into Georgetown Weeks of Welcome (GWOW).

Program coordinators Christina O’Brien (MSB ’17) and James McGrath (COL ’17) are building upon the prior structure of Welcome Week, but instead of having one single frenzied week of activities, GWOW will include six weeks of interactive events.

“We felt that there was a lot of room to grow for this program and we now hope to expand GWOW events from the end of NSO to Homecoming in mid October,” McGrath said.

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GUSA roundup

Luther and Rohan’s Cabinet aims to bring some new blood to GUSA

On Sunday, the GUSA Senate confirmed a new Cabinet chosen by executives Joe Luther (COL ’16) and Connor Rohan (COL ’16). As they pledged to bring new blood to GUSA through a meticulous application process, the new Cabinet promises to be an interesting blend of campus figures. Vox wanted to examine just how the new Prez and VP chose their alleged superstars.

“It seems to me to be a good mix of both GUSA ‘insiders’ and outsiders’,” wrote Secretary of Mission and Ministry Max Rosner. “I am one of the outsiders. I believe what makes me qualified for the position is not only my experience with the religious community on campus, but also my leadership ability.”

Secretary of Athletic Affairs Gigi Grimes (MSB ’18) also compliments the executives’ selection process.

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National Building Museum gets an indoor beach

For as long as human civilization has existed, it has been plagued with the age-old question: how does one go to the beach without leaving the comfort of an air-conditioned building? Have no fear, for Vox has the answer: an indoor beach.

That’s right, Hoyas. This summer you can tan in comfort without all of that pesky sweating because the National Building Museum is on schedule to open a beach in its Great Hall this summer.

The BEACH, as the project is titled, will feature an “ocean” composed of nearly one million clear recyclable plastic balls to make the ultimate water/ball pit crossover experience.

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HoliDC: Spring-filled fun (and a prime photo op to boot)

Spring is here, and even though Vox has been sniffling and sneezing to no end due to DC’s endless supply of pollen that is funneled into her nostrils the second she steps foot out the door, she’s still pretty psyched.

Not only because of sundresses, pretty weather, and the fact that classes are coming to an end—but also because of all of the cool events going on in the District, one of which is HoliDC.

A celebration with origins in an ancient Hindu festival, HoliDC is an annual festival of colors sponsored by non-profit organization ISKCON of DC that takes place in Potomac, Maryland, about half an hour outside of the city.

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Pain in the Pre Reg: The course selection struggle continues

With the end of Easter break and pre-registration colliding, the Georgetown community has put the course-choosing process under a microscope. Each semester, for one week, the campus scrambles to put its intellectual meanderings into the little boxes of This decidedly impersonal process could have large impact over the course of a Hoya’s education, making the figureheads that guide academic decisions important.

“The Deans have come to the College Academic Council to look over pamphlets and instructional videos on pre-registration, as they definitely realize incoming first years and transfers face the greatest confusion in this process. The conversation is ongoing as pre-registration continues to be a challenge,” Parnia Zahedi (COL ’15), the President of the College Academic Council wrote in an email to The Voice.

With 11 deans in the College overseeing approximately 3,800 students, the academic advising hub of the ICC can become a bottleneck during pre-registration time. Zahedi argues, however, that the Deans are equipped to help every student and confused underclassman may not be taking enough advantage of their resources.

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VICE’s Thomas Morton gives his take on life as a correspondent for the HBO series

Last night, Georgetown Program Board was joined by HBO to host an advanced screening of two never-before-seen episodes of Season 3 of VICE, a documentary TV series that investigates topics ranging from the synthetic drug revolution to gestational surrogacy to Sudanese rebel groups using an immersionist style of filmmaking.

Vox was lucky enough to sit down with VICE Correspondent Thomas Morton right before the screening for a candid Q&A. Morton, who has worked for VICE since 2004, wrote and edited for the magazine before becoming the online editor for the company’s website and video adjunct, VBS. (He was also kind enough to remind Vox that you need to actually press the record button before beginning an interview…oops)

Vox: Generally, how do you as a VICE correspondent figure out what issues you will to cover, what countries you will visit, and who you will speak to?

Morton: That’s all dictated by the story we are covering or telling, and that’s primarily drawn from what we are interested in. Very often things will connect with some thread of either American foreign policy or economics, especially because everything is so interconnected, like, even if you are discussing something that is taking place in Kazakhstan, China, or Botswana, on a larger level it connects in someway with American or European interests.

Very often, it is things that we feel have gotten either ignored entirely by mainstream media, or a good deal of our stories are things that are covered by national or international press, but maybe only on a surface level. We like going back after stories have broken on the international news cycle, when the fervor for ‘breaking the news’ has died down, to get a more sedentary, full-picture take on topics.

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Talks with Vox: Developer of SYRCH Michael Orso

Watch out Blackboard, you may have some competition. Georgetown student Michael Orso (MSB ’17) has developed an app called SYRCH, which he describes as an “an online community and economy for college students.”

SYRCH seeks to provide students with a centralized site that gives them all the tools they need to succeed in college, such as getting help from peer tutors, making money on the side, staying organized, communicating with classmates, and building a digital identity.

The app launched last week, but 500 students have already signed up to use it. Vox caught up with Orso to get the details about how he developed this app and what he envisions for its future.

VOX: How did you come up with the idea for SYRCH?

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