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Statement Game: Hoyas Receive National Attention Despite Loss to No. 10 Kansas

It was a statement game, in the strictest sense of the phrase. When the Georgetown men’s basketball team took the Verizon Center floor Wednesday night for pregame warm-ups wearing “I Can’t Breathe” shirts, they became the first team in all of college basketball to join in the nationwide solidarity movement in protest of police brutality.

And while their actions certainly drew the attention of the whole country, the Hoyas (5-3, 0-0 Big East) were unable to earn a much-needed national statement win, as they lost to No. 10 Kansas (7-3, 0-0 Big 12), 70-75, in front of a boisterous crowd of 14,164 fans, the largest crowd to attend a Georgetown home game since March 2013.

The back-and-forth affair saw Georgetown senior center Joshua Smith score a game-high 20 points and freshman guard L.J. Peak tally 18 points, but it was not enough for the Blue and Gray, who saw their 53-game home non-conference winning streak snapped with the loss.

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Georgetown student athletes featured in new video for It’s On Us campaign

Georgetown students Gabriela Elvina (COL’17), Megan Schmidt (COL’15), and Brett Treacy (MSB’15) produced a video featuring Georgetown student athletes to raise awareness about sexual assault. The video is set to debut tonight at halftime during the Georgetown-Kansas men’s basketball game at the Verizon Center.

This is part of the wider It’s on Us campaign, a national partnership with the White House, that Georgetown and the Big East athletic conference have recently joined. The It’s on Us campaign will also be integrated into the work of the Sexual Assault Working Group here at Georgetown to provide training to both students and student-athletes.

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GUPD confirms the Healy clock hands were stolen

In the wee hours of the morning as most Georgetown students were fast asleep (or extremely delirious after pulling an all-nighter in Lau), the hands of the iconic Healy clock tower were found to be missing. Georgetown University Police Department Chief of Police Jay Gruber has confirmed with Vox that this was not an action taken by the Georgetown administration.

“The hands were not taken down by the University,” Gruber wrote in an email to Vox. “We are actively investigating this crime.” Similarly, Director of Media Relations Rachel Pugh said, “We did not remove them and are looking into who did.”

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Vox presents the best study spots to keep you sane during finals

It’s that time of year again, Georgetown. No one really knows what time it is, the new definition of ‘crazy night’ becomes shotgunning Starbucks double shot espressos in the Lau 2 bathroom, and Vox reduces the number of daily postings so she can actually pass her classes.

As finals season officially commences, Vox knows that you are most likely either procrastinating, stressing, having an existential crisis, or a combination of the three. But she has faith in you! To help you get through the week and avoid the madhouse that is Lauinger Library as the entire school flocks to the stacks, Vox has a few great spaces on and off-campus to make your studying a bit more bearable.

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Debate over the shutdown of I-395 continues

Yesterday, The Washington Post reported that construction could potentially shut down almost a mile of Interstate 395—a highway on which 90,000 drivers travel each day.

The consideration is the result of a letter submitted by the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) last month. The letter proposed the closure of the highway to complete construction on a Capital Crossing project, led by Property Group Partners, and asked the FHWA for guidance on the closing process.

The federal agency responded in a letter written to DDOT director Matthew Brown. In the letter, FHWA division administrator Joseph C. Lawson said, “In order to consider closing the facility, DDOT would be required to perform an appropriate environmental review to determine the impacts to the human and natural environment.”

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Twuesday Tweetacular: His anaconda didn’t

“Let’s go to the soccer game,” they said. “It will be fun,” they said. Over two hours later in the pouring rain, the Hoyas lose, and Georgetown Heckler‘s initial analysis is extremely accurate.

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Ferguson demonstrations continue to raise awareness in D.C.

After the grand juries failed to indict both officers in the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, cities across the country, including D.C., have been organizing demonstrations almost daily.

Last Wednesday, protestors in the District blocked traffic near 16th and H St. Northwest after news broke of the decision not to indict the officer who shot and killed Garner. This decision came only a week after the release of the grand jury’s decision in Ferguson. In their protest, demonstrators made their way toward the White House to 15th and Pennsylvania and continued to block the streets.

The Ferguson D.C. movement has continued to mobilize with nearly two dozen demonstrators at the Capitol this morning. Tonight at 5 p.m., there is a planned marched from the White House to Dupont Circle. Following the march at 7 p.m., organizers of the movement will host a petition kickoff at the Justice Center for their most recent petition to end Metropolitan Police Department jump-outs.

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School of Foreign Service announces a potential new Global Business major

On Friday, School of Foreign Service leaders announced a significant update to their ongoing work to establish a new SFS major: the Global Business major. This could be the eighth SFS major starting as early as next semester. Dean Anthony Pirrotti , Dean Anna Steinhelper, and Dean Polly Robey presented the potential program to a group of interested students in Hariri 150.

“This is the first time we are collaborating specifically with the [McDonough School of Business] to create a business-oriented curriculum,” said Pirrotti. “In some ways, this major kind of returns to the roots of the SFS that was really interested in global commerce and global trade as instruments of international affairs and peace.”

According to Pirrotti, this is a major open to SFS students who are specifically interested in examining business and commerce at the undergraduate level. This major would combine the benefits of a multidisciplinary approach favored by the SFS with the level of depth into subject provided by the MSB.

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Feel-ine Good: Hoyas Snap Two-Game Skid with Blowout Win Against Tigers

After going 1-2 in the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament last week, the Georgetown men’s basketball (5-2, 0-0 Big East) rediscovered their winning ways by convincingly defeating Towson (7-2, 0-0 CAA), 76-46, Sunday afternoon at Verizon Center. Georgetown junior guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera led an all-around team effort for the Hoyas, who had five players score in double-figures, with 16 points.

The Blue and Gray controlled the game right from the opening tip, as they never relinquished the 2-0 lead they acquired after senior center Joshua Smith‘s layup just 20 seconds into the game. Behind 62 percent shooting in the first half, the Hoyas entered halftime with a commanding 40-17 halftime lead. Although the Hoyas were certainly clicking on the offensive end, the Tigers did not help themselves either by shooting a measly 24 percent from the floor in the first half. Although both teams played more evenly in the second half, the Georgetown lead, which grew to as many as 35 points midway through the second half, was insurmountable for Towson, who went 0-for-12 from three-point range in the game. A fast start, which has eluded the Hoyas as of late against inferior non-conference foes, was a focal point for the Hoyas entering the matchup.

“I think… we just wanted to come out and be aggressive,” said Smith-Rivera. “Coming off of two losses we wanted to be the aggressor and come out and get a win more than anything.”

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President Obama announces Ashton Carter as his next pick for defense secretary

Earlier today, President Barack Obama announced the nomination of Ashton Carter as his pick for the next defense secretary of the United States. This announcement came only one and a half weeks after Chuck Hagel, former defense secretary, submitted his formal resignation.

Carter will be Obama’s fourth defense secretary in the last six years. He formerly worked as a Pentagon official and has served eleven different defense secretaries.

Serving the Pentagon in a variety of roles, Carter held the second-to-command position, only stepping down one year ago this month. His nomination is held in confidence by defense officials and lawyers on both sides, and he has received approval by the White House, the GOP, and the military—a rarity in this day.

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