Majority of U.S. public school students living in poverty

According to a new analysis of 2013 federal data, poverty among public school students is on the rise, and the majority of U.S. students in pre-kindergarten to 12th grade now come from low-income families.

This has been an increasing statistic over the last few years, but the 2012-2013 school year was the first time in 50 years that a majority of students came from low-income families. Although poor students are spread across the U.S., the highest numbers can be seen in the southern and western states. Mississippi tops the list with 71% of its students living in poverty.

A population with a majority of poor students brings new challenges to public schools across the country. The gap between socio-economic classes has been growing in America, and many teachers believe this gap will be reflected in the success of their students.

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We Are Georgetown and You’re Not: On the Road Again

MILWAUKEE— After concluding their successful two-game homestand this past weekend, the Georgetown men’s basketball team (13-5, 5-2 Big East) heads out to Milwaukee to face Marquette (10-8, 2-4 Big East) for a 2:30p.m. tip-off Saturday afternoon, and Vox will be there to cover the action.

That’s right, we’re heading out to the Brew City to cover the game because we hear the weather is nice there this time of year, and also because we know it’s a crucial game for the Hoyas if they want to show that this past weekend wasn’t a fluke and that they’re the best team in the Big East.

“I feel like we’re the best team in the country,” proclaimed freshman forward L.J. Peak during the team’s media availability Thursday.

Peak’s teammate, senior center Joshua Smith, offered a more diplomatic answer.

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Pope Francis coming to D.C. fall of 2015

Earlier this week, Pope Francis confirmed his plans to visit D.C. this fall as part of a three-city trip to the U.S.

Stops in New York City and in the Nation’s capital were added to the Pope’s already confirmed visit to Philadelphia. The exact dates of the trip won’t be disclosed until soon before it occurs for safety reasons.

According to the Associated Press, Pope Francis hopes to attend a Catholic rally for families in Philadelphia and to address Congress in Washington and the United Nations in New York.

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Serving Up: Teddy and the Bully Bar Restaurant Review

As we all know, Hoyas love their politics and their presidents. And as Vox‘s personal favorite president is none other than Theodore Roosevelt, she just had to try the restaurant Teddy & The Bully Bar, located right in Dupont Circle.

Walking in, you are in TR heaven (if you are a huge Taft person and anti-Teddy, this would not be your scene). The walls are plastered with countless paintings with TR’s thousand watt smile. There is even a wall lined with hundreds of small carvings of Mount Rushmore.

Vox had made a reservation thinking it would be tough to get a table, but she was surprised that the place was relatively empty for a Friday evening. However, the later it became, the more people flocked into the restaurant (especially the Bully Bar).

The prices on the menu made Vox appreciate that she decided to go the weekend her parents were in town. Aka… it would definitely constitute as a restaurant to “splurge” on.

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This Week in the Voice: Georgetown’s resident K-pop star Roy Kim

Screen Shot 2015-01-23 at 2.34.43 AM In this week’s feature, Courtnie Baek interviews Roy Kim, one of South Korea’s most beloved K-pop stars. Kim tells the Voice about his Georgetown experience and what it’s like to balance stardom with school life.

Before I got into Georgetown, I hadn’t done anything that I really wanted. I think it’s generic for any yoo-hak-sang [Korean term for international students] to spend time in Korea studying SATs or doing things just for college. That’s how I got into the show Superstar K, and it went on from there

The Editorial Board decries Duke University’s decision to rescind it policy allowing Muslim students to practice call to prayer.

In News, Ian Philbrick reports on Georgetown’s interfaith community.

Sports gives us the lowdown on the recent triumphs of the men’s basketball team and on their prospects moving forward this season.

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Georgetown’s first Hindu chaplain announces resignation

Georgetown’s first Hindu chaplain Pratima Dhram has just announced today that she has resigned from her position at the University effective Jan. 31 due to recent personal developments.

In the email she sent to members of the Georgetown Hindu Community, she wrote, “While my time at Georgetown has been short, I have truly enjoyed the opportunity to support and be part of this important community. I pray as I prepare to leave you that you will continue to live out the very pluralistic principles of Sanatan Dharma at Georgetown.”

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“Books from Birth” hopes to address education disparity in D.C.

Earlier this week at a Southeast Neighborhood Library, D.C. Council Member Charles Allen introduced the creation of a bill that would mail a book a month to every child under the age of five in the District as part of his “Books from Birth” program. This act is currently subject to review by Mayor Muriel Bowser.

Educational inequalities in D.C. are widespread throughout the city as many of the wealthier wards of the city provide better public education than some of the lower income wards. Education reform has been rampant in the city with the turn of every new D.C. Education Chancellor, but all with limited success.

The District has invested in trying to close the education gap by starting at younger ages. Many headstart programs have begun in the district where children can go to school a year before they start kindergarten. Allen’s new program, “Books From Birth,” will be the first program that will provide a form of education to children from the month they are born.

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SFS Academic Council holds town hall on minors versus certificates

Last night at the Mortara Center, the School of Foreign Service Academic Council held a full town hall meeting to get student input on the SFS Curriculum Committee’s review of both the merits of the existing certificate program and the possible introduction of minors into the BSFS curriculum.

Interim Dean James Reardon-Anderson and Director of the Undergraduate Program Mitch Kaneda were also present to answer questions and provide clarification on the options currently available to SFS students.

“First of all, the College and the School of Foreign Service are organized differently,” Reardon-Anderson said. “The college is divided into departments, each of which focuses on a particular discipline while the [SFS] has no disciplinary divisions. Its divisions, such as they are, are programs and centers, all of which are interdisciplinary.”

Currently, SFS students have the option to supplement one of the eight interdisciplinary majors offered in the school with either a certificate from one of the 17 certificate programs or participation in the new business fellow program. All of the certificates focus on a different region or theme, including Asian Studies, Justice and Peace Studies, and Religion, Ethics, and World Affairs.

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Your Annual Dose of Propaganda: The 2015 State of the Union speech

Last night, President Barack Obama delivered his second-to-last State of the Union address as the leader of this doing-pretty-well-I-guess nation.

In general, Obama spent an hour having a liberal wet dream and made proposals and platitudes that Vox is pretty much all for, but which seem absolutely ridiculous in the face of the fact that both the House and the Senate are in Republican hands for at least the next two years.

Regardless, Obama’s ambition in the speech came across clearly. He wants to get a lot done and apparently won’t let the opposition faze him.

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Investigation into Metro incident reveals emergency response communication problems

Following a tragic metro accident on Jan. 12, 2015, the National Transportation Board of Safety linked the incident to a power malfunction on the third rail, citing that it was not shut off for 44 minutes as it generated smoke due to an electrical arcing event.

More concerning than this finding is that the report discovered that the firefighters dispatched to the scene could not communicate via radios and had to resort to using their cellphones.

Only five firefighters rushed to the scene, one of which had to stay back to receive cellphone coverage. As a result, some passengers had to wait 30 minutes to be rescued.

According to the DCist, emergency communications had been a problem for the D.C. metro. Only four days before the incident, the D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department had notified the metro system of lack of radio coverage in L’Enfant Plaza Metro Station where the accident occurred.

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