Last Friday, Georgetown Chief Information Officer Lisa Davis announced that installation of a new Verizon Wireless cellular tower on the Leavey Center had finished and is now active. The work, which began this past January, improves Verizon’s 4G network reception across campus and in the surrounding neighborhoods.
“We expect to see improved outdoor coverage in the south end of campus as well as some areas of the north end of campus,” Laura Horton, University Information Services communication manager, told Vox. “Upper level floors [in buildings] will likely see improved cell coverage.”
Verizon users at the south end of main campus had previously experienced coverage issues. Verizon prompted the tower’s construction and fully covered its costs. “Verizon approached us asking if they could have space on campus for a cell tower,” Horton said. ”Knowing that we have areas on campus with poor coverage, we agreed.”
This past Saturday, GU Pride hosted the ninth annual Georgetown Drag Ball, Genderfunk. Since its inception nearly a decade ago, GenderFunk has been more than just a fun night of dancing and Drag performances: it provides a safe space on campus to be gender nonconforming and demonstrates that more Georgetown students are becoming increasingly comfortable with challenging their gender expression.
What started as a relatively little-known gathering, GenderFunk—coordinated this year by GU Pride President Thomas Lloyd (SFS ’15)—has now has become GU Pride’s largest event of the year. Despite the increasing popularity of GenderFunk and the decline in reported physical attacks on LGBTQ students here at Georgetown, event organizer J. Capecchi (COL ’14) points out this does not mean that heterosexism and cissexism have been eradicated from the campus community.
“Unfortunately we can’t guarantee that all of campus is a safe space, and I personally know some students who were harassed before and after GenderFunk,” Capecchi told Vox. “However, this is why GenderFunk needs to exist.”
The D.C. mayoral primaries are over, with Muriel Bowser winning the Democratic primary and, effectively, November’s mayoral election as well. The losing primary candidates have packed up their campaigns and cut their losses, but one losing candidate still has plans for the District’s elections. Jack Evans, two-time mayoral primary loser and Ward 2 Council member, has already introduced legislation that would update some of the city’s election rules.
Evans’ bill would make four major changes to District elections. First, it would move elections from April to June to give the candidates more time to whiten their teeth and practice smiling and move the presidential primary to March. At the same time, non-party voters could vote in the primary elections, should the bill pass.
The bill also would reset the donor maximum after the primaries so that candidates can receive an additional $2,000 from donors during the general election campaigning. Evans argued that a $2,000 cap on the entire campaigning process is unfair to Democratic campaigners, who have a much more expensive primary campaign than an Independent candidate like David Catania, according to City Paper.
This week on Halftime, the leisure side gets nostalgic as they see big changes (possibly) coming in the near future.
Connor Letendre looks back on Stephen Colbert’s career on The Colbert Report, and decides that his recent decision to move to The Late Show might not be what television audiences need.
Perhaps I am just a little bit afraid of change, but the world needs The Colbert Report, not another late night talk show… The Colbert Report helps people realize just how ridiculous the media can be, and shows how important it is not to rely too heavily on just one news source.
Halftime Leisure Editor Daniel Varghese begins his two-part series arguing for the renewal of Community for what would be its sixth season.
Fast forward another five years and my entire high school career as Community sets to close it’s fifth season next week. The show has endured the threat of cancellation, the firing of it’s showrunner, the departure of cast members, and yet still remains one of the most consistently exceptional shows on television, constantly challenging the pedantic sitcom format by being “meta,” or self-referential.
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The only way Colorodans will be even more excited about this is if they installed a cupcake ATM right next to it.
On Saturday morning, as the sun shone high over the Hilltop and D.C.’s cherry blossoms were at their peak, the Friends of Rigby Foundation celebrated the 10th Annual Rigby Weekend to promote fire safety among Georgetown students and to commemorate the life of Daniel Rigby (MSB ’05).
The Friends of Rigby Foundation was founded in October 2006 after Georgetown student Rigby passed away in an off-campus fire on Prospect Street. The organization seeks to educate college students of fire safety and to prevent tragedies like what happened to Daniel Rigby.
Runners and walkers alike came out for the Run for Rigby on Saturday afternoon for a 5K (or a 3K for those who prefer to walk … like Vox) on the Leavey Esplanade. The run, initially started in 2005, had over 150 participants including Georgetown students, alumni, and friends and family of the Rigby family. Patrick Rigby, Daniel’s brother, and Kevin Rigby, Daniel’s father, spoke in memory of Daniel at the start of the run and gave the ceremonial countdown.
Sunday was a bright and breezy day, so the GUSA Senate decided to take its weekly outside and meet next to John Carroll, who must have been nearly as important as they are because there’s a statue of him.
First, the Senate happily inaugurated its five new members, who will be in office for a lengthy term of a couple more Senate meetings, since they will serve only until the next round of elections in the fall.
Senator Enushe Khan (SFS ’17) discussed working on getting halal kosher dining options, and Senator Shweta Wahal (SFS ’16) talked about getting language about sexual assault reporting and resources for survivors into class syllabi. Wahal also mentioned that a collegiate readership survey is being released to the public to gauge student interest in the recently cut Collegiate Readership Program, which used to place five free newspapers around campus each day. There was much mutual commending.
Senator Seamus Guerin (COL ’16) made a side-note about how it was a beautiful day for his white pants.
After running out of things to commend each other on, the Senate decided that they should probably adjourn until their next Sunday picnic.
Dozens of transgender rights advocates gathered outside the Wilson Building on Friday to rally behind Monica Jones, a transgender student at Arizona State University’s School of Social Work who was arrested last May for, in the words of the arresting officer, “manifesting prostitution.” The rally was organized by Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive and the D.C. Trans Coalition and Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance in an effort to pressure the D.C. council to pass a bill that would repeal “prostitution free zones” in D.C.
Jones’ arrest was part of Project Rose, an anti-prostitution collaboration between the Arizona State University School of Social work, the Phoenix Police Department, and Catholic charities that conducts massive street sweeps to bring as many sex workers as possible into a prostitution diversion program.
Jones claims that the arrest was motivated not by misconduct on her part, but because she is an activist and a transgender woman of color. ”This law does not apply across the board,” Jones said to Truthout. “It applies to specific minorities and a specific area. If you look at this area, who’s in this area? Poor people and people of color.”
For the last issue of the academic year, the Voice dedicates its feature section to a photo contest featuring the best photos the Georgetown community has to offer. Pictured above is “Hands of a Medicine Man,” one of last year’s winners, by Coral Keegan (SFS ’13).
Several photos will be selected and appear in the Voice‘s issue on April 24. The winning photo will be on the print edition’s cover.
To submit a photo to the contest, send your high-resolution photos to firstname.lastname@example.org before April 23. Please include your name, school, and year, and feel free to include a potential title for the photo.
Be sure to check out last year’s photo contest winners.
Last week, Vox wrote in depth about landlord rating site Roomr, talked about the opening a bike store-coffee shop hybrid, covered a philanthropic shirt company opened by Georgetown alumni, and brought back Vox Pupuli for the beautiful, warm, sweaty, and sticky D.C. spring.
After news got out that Georgetown is co-hosting an event with Vatican’s global “Courtyard of the Gentiles” initiative, Azazel found a silver lining in some of the more intense pro-Catholic events:
If the vatican holds more events here, people will start to forget that Georgetown isn’t catholic enough.
Vox didn’t get all too many comments last week, so some budding consultants, like posicionamiento web en google, decided to give our newly-minted sister blog Halftime some editorial advice going forward:
If your domain name isn’t catchy, go buy one that is and see if it makes a difference to your site traffic. Author is an associate editor for website designing service. With solid captions for most images on your site, you will see your rank rise on search results pages.
I’ve been waiting for this day for a long time. Like the Voice‘s own version of Joseph Stalin, I bided my time on the outskirts of the party leadership, carefully planning the day I would rise up and seize power for myself. And now that day has come. I, Ryan Greene, am the new editor of Vox Populi.
My time with Vox began the way many Vox staffers get started: covering events that no one cares about. It wasn’t long, though, before I moved all the way up to documenting drunk students urinating in public and dozens of unattended laptop thefts in Vox‘s Campus Crime Watches.
Ok, those weren’t much better, but I steadily gained the trust of then blog editor Vanya Mehta a.k.a. Voxy Gurl. With Voxy Gurl’s departure, I began the first of three terms as assistant Vox editor, first with Connor Jones, then Julia Tanaka, and finally with the recent Izzy Echarte.
I was there when Steward Throat caused chaos in the 2013 GUSA presidential election, when the One Georgetown, One Campus campaign crushed the University’s idea of building a satellite residence, and when a ricin scare cleared half of McCarthy 6 and landed one student in the hands of the FBI for charges of possessing deadly amounts of the toxin.
While I welcome the challenge of tackling some breaking news coverage, I hope no one’s safety is threatened in the process. It’s way less stressful writing about something as run-of-the-mill as an election scandal broken by “Stewardthroat” than ricin in a Georgetown dorm.
It’s gonna be a fun semester. Die for Vox \m/