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Prefrosh Preview: The world of Leo’s and on-campus dining

If you’ve ever toured Georgetown with Blue and Gray, you might have heard student tour guides wax lyrical about Leo O’Donovan Hall, the only dining hall on campus. Whether you believe them or not, you don’t have a choice: as a freshman, you’re required to have a meal plan, because the university believes that “participation in the dining experience is a fundamental part of developing community among resident students.” (If you don’t live in an apartment your sophomore year, you’re still stuck with a mandatory meal plan.)

So, whether you like it or not, you have to eat what the university’s food establishments are going to feed you. Here are some tips on how to best manage this arranged marriage between you and a meal plan. Read More

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Prefrosh Preview: CHARMS and choosing your roommate

Prefrosh Preview is the Voice’s annual guide for the incoming freshman class on all things Georgetown. Look out for posts from Voice staffers each week on tips to get through your first year on the Hilltop.

Sure, college applications were hard. Maybe you didn’t dream about being a Hoya, but now you find yourself painting the town gray and blue. And now you have your first homework assignment: joining the online dating community. No, not Tinder—CHARMS. Read More

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Egypt’s Sisi regime sentences SFS professor to death, final verdict pending

Dr. Emad El-Din Shahin didn’t know he had been sentenced in absentia to death by the Egyptian government of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi until a friend called him from London last month to express his condolences.

Shahin, a visiting professor in the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, was charged in Dec. 2013 as Defendant 33 in a criminal case known as the “Grand Espionage.” At the time, Shahin taught public policy at The American University in Cairo, where he received both his B.A. and M.A in the early 1980s. According to Shahin’s Facebook page, the case accused Shahin of espionage against the Egyptian government. It also alleged that he had been copied on email correspondences between members of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist political faction that took power in a June 2012 democratic election following the resignation of Egypt’s long-serving former president, Hosni Mubarak, in 2011.

The Grand Espionage trial also charged and sentenced over 100 members of the Muslim Brotherhood along with former president Mohamed Morsi, who was removed in a military coup after barely a year into his term. He was replaced by Sisi, Egypt’s former Minister of Defense, who was sworn into office on June 8, 2014. Read More

Just the Tip: Calling all idiots and cat people

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Dear ChitChat,

As I laid in bed last week trying to learn my timetables, my roommate asked me why I’m so dumb.  Initially I was offended because I didn’t consider myself dumb (I have read every A Series of Unfortunate Events novel), but then I started to think.  My favorite show is The Bachelor, I’m scared of 3-D movies, and I still don’t know what sex is.  Bottom line, I’m stupid and I don’t know what to do about it.  Can you please help? 

Sincerely,
Idiot in Indianapolis Read More

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Georgetown opts for partial divestment, will end investments in coal

This morning, Georgetown’s Board of Directors voted to end the university’s direct investments of endowment funds to companies whose principal business is the mining of coal for use in energy production. They additionally encouraged their external investment managers, who manage various funds that own a wide range of securities, to follow suit.

The resolution is the largely the product of the work of Georgetown University Fossil Free (GUFF), whose campaign to petition the university to end investments in all fossil fuel companies began about two years ago. On August 19, 2014, the group published a proposal titled “Divesting Georgetown’s Endowment from Fossil Fuels,” which spelled out their position on Georgetown’s need to act on divestment and attempted to alleviate the universities concerns about its impact on the endowment. Read More

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Dupont fire kills Georgetown graduate

Update June 5, 7:06 p.m.: The university has now confirmed that at least one of the victims of the fire was a Georgetown alumna. Nina Brekelmans had just finished her graduate degree in May. School of Foreign Service Intern Dean James Reardon-Anderson emailed students earlier today notifying them of the news.

“We encourage students, faculty and staff to reach out to one another and be supportive of our community,” he wrote. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Nina’s family and friends.”

Correction June 5, 9:39 a.m.: Michael Patrick McLoughlin has not been confirmed to be a Georgetown graduate student. The article has been updated to reflect this correction.

Update June 4, 9:12 p.m.: W*USA9 has confirmed that one of the victims was 24 year old Michael Patrick McLoughlin.  The female victim has not been identified by police. Whether or not the deceased are Georgetown community members has not been confirmed.

Update June 4, 10:32 a.m.: In an email to the Voice, Associate Vice President of Strategic Communications Stacy Kerr was not able to confirm that the victims of the fire were GU students. The Hoya is now reporting that Mark Lieberman of Current Newspapers, received the news from Sherri Kimbel, from the office D.C. Councilman Jack Evans’ (D-Ward 2). Evans’ office has not confirmed the information.

Original article: Two Georgetown students are reportedly dead after a fire broke out in a Dupont Circle row house at around 2:30 a.m. this morning, according to The Hoya. The victim’s identities, reportedly male and female, have not been revealed. Five others were injured in the fire that occurred on the 1600 block of Riggs Place N.W, including three firefighters. At least two victims were taken into the hospital in critical condition.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

This article will be updated as news develops. 

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A playlist for the road (to the other Hill)

If you are anything like Vox, you are already tired from working and you barely started your internship today. Venturing downtown every weekday to grab coffees and send memos for little to no pay, eight to ten hours per day—and that’s not even including the commute. But no fear! Vox has carefully curated a playlist to ease your Metro ride. Listen away, Hillterns.

Just the Tip is BACK!

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Need advice on how to put in contacts or do laundry? Ask Vox. Don’t know what to do about that crush you have on a self-help blogger? Ask Vox. Wondering who your dad is? Ask Vox. Just the Tip is back with a fresh, new writer, Shalina “Shayshay Chitchat” Chatlani, and she is ready to answer all of your hard questions. Don’t go on wondering—submit below

GW grad student convicted of murdering GU law student sentenced to life in prison

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Rahul Gupta, a graduate student at the George Washington University, was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of stabbing and killing Mark Waugh, a Georgetown University Law Center student.

Waugh was in his first year of law school at the time of his murder. Gupta was pursuing a master’s degree in biomedical engineering. The two were from McLean, Va. and friends in high school.

Allegedly, Gupta found his girlfriend cheating on him with Waugh.  According to WUSA 9, the police report stated that Gupta admitted to killing Waugh after he “walked in on them cheating.” The murder took place in Silver Spring, Md. on between Saturday, Oct. 12 and Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. During the trial, Gupta’s defense alleged that Gupta’s then-girlfriend had killed Waugh. They claimed he had confessed in order to protect her.

The jury sided with the prosecution and Gupta was convicted of the crime in mid-March. He was sentenced on Wednesday, May 27.  Read More

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Global Business Fellows Program and SFS major officially become a part of Georgetown

Provost Robert Groves emailed students last week notifying them of the launch of the Global Business Fellows and Global Business major, the latter to be housed in the School of Foreign Service. The Global Business Fellows Program will be by application for students in both the McDonough School of Business and the SFS. Two gifts totaling $10 million made the programs possible. 

This past spring, both programs were available to sophomores by application. Thirty students were admitted to the fellows program and 15 were admitted to the major. Of those student, 10 were accepted to both the major and the fellows program. Students may continue to apply to the fellows program. SFS sophomores may choose the global business major by standard declaration procedure.

Morgan Kennedy, who was accepted to both the fellows program an major earlier this year, has had a positive experience in both so far. “I have felt absolutely supported by my deans throughout the process,” she wrote in an emila to Vox.  “The deans in the SFS are uniquely helpful, but the deans, who have assisted in the Global Business Fellows Program and major, go above and beyond to assist us.”

Speaking to the differences between the the fellowship and major she said, “The Fellows Program builds on the interdisciplinary and real-world focus on the major by emphasizing relationships with leaders in the business fields and allowing fellows options to apply their skills in various projects. … The combination of interdisciplinary studies, real-world skills, and intellectual breath is everything I could ask for.”