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GUSA holds preliminary discussion of Cultural Advisory Board

Last night, GUSA held a preliminary Cultural Advisory Board town hall meeting in the social room of the Healey Family Student Center. The discussion was attended by representatives of multiple cultural groups who posed many questions about the potential Board’s organizational structure, funding allocation, and intended purpose.

“Last spring, we sat down with a lot of cultural groups on campus to hear concerns about we could better serve them,” GUSA Vice President Omika Jikaria (SFS ’15) said. “We heard a lot of concerns about programming, academic issues, and institutional barriers—but one common theme … was regarding funding. One of the ideas we came up with was the possible creation of a Cultural Board which would serve the interests of the cultural groups on campus.”

The development of the CAB is part of the GUSA Multicultural Council initiative that “aims to create a constant and direct line of communication between cultural groups and the GUSA executive as well as to promote cross-cultural interactions between the entire cultural community.” A common grievance among cultural groups on campus is the one-size-fits-all funding policy. Ideally, this new Board would be conducive for interest specialization, institutionalized University support, and funding transparency.

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Vox Gets Into Treble: ~Spooky monster music~

Vox isn’t usually a huge fan of remixes, but on the occasion that she’s looking for a new twist on a song she generally turns to the great, rolling expanse of artistry on SoundCloud.

If you’re looking to get in the mood for a little pumpkin spiced—or spiked—fun this weekend, a set of Halloween remixes may be a good place to start. Halloween (on Friday this year, lucky us) will likely be the high-point of the rest of this week and most likely next—college brings the holiday to a whole new level.

So here’s to getting on your halloweekend groove with a little mix for monsters, ghouls, ghosts, witches, and anyone else interested.



District to appeal court decision ending concealed carry ban

The District attorney general’s office is not going quietly with the July ruling that deemed D.C.’s total ban on guns in public unconstitutional because of the Second Amendment. For the first time since the ruling, Attorney General Irv Nathan has said that his office will appeal the decision.

Although Judge Frederick Scullin Jr. made his decision in July, he granted D.C. a 90-day stay to allow them time to prepare safety measures, which the Council used to create a restrictive handgun permit system. Unfortunately, those have proven too restrictive for the gun lovers that brought the original lawsuit against D.C. and they have challenged the new laws.

Nathan’s office waited until now to announce its intention to appeal not out of indecisiveness but because it wanted to prepare and assess the situation as it developed.

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Foo Fighters surprise D.C. with Friday night performance at Black Cat

This past Friday night, Foo Fighters graced the Black Cat with a surprise performance for 750 lucky fans. The highly-coveted tickets were made available on Tuesday afternoon and were gone in minutes, but those quick enough to snag them (dedicated enough to brave the rain) were rewarded with a three-hour musical extravaganza that lasted until 2 a.m.

The Black Cat is the smallest venue the Foo Fighters have played in 11 years. The legendary rock group selected the famous, sub-1,000 capacity venue for an intimate premiere of the D.C. episode of their new HBO series Sonic Highways.

The series, an eight-segment road trip/rockumentary that first aired two weeks ago, documents the group’s cross-country tour of iconic American recording studios. Foo Fighters’ newest single “The Feast and the Famine” was recorded at Inner Ear Studios in Arlington, VA, where legendary District punk bands Fugazi and Minor Threat also worked their musical magic.

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D.C. Police Chief addresses police stops and searches

2987284643_13b791bc83_bD.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier gave testimony to the D.C. Council’s public safety committee yesterday about stop-and-search procedures in the District and how police have been using them. Lanier recognized that police searches are sometimes problematic but also defended the police work done by her department’s officers.

Lanier’s testimony was prompted by mounting pressure on the D.C. Council to address police detainment procedures in D.C. The actions of police nationwide have been called into question since the shooting of unarmed black teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO. D.C. has begun a pilot police body camera program since the shooting.

At the hearing, Lanier called police stops “pressure points” between locals and police, according to The Washington Post, and said that anyone who believes they were treated wrongfully by a police officer should call 911 and speak to a supervisor.

Lanier also noted, however, that D.C. uses stop-and-search tactics less than similar police departments around the country.

Not everyone was satisfied with the Chief’s testimony. Committee Chairman David Grosso said that he was startled by accounts of interactions between residents and police officers. “How did we become a society where coming of age for a teenager is not a first date or a first driver’s license, but an interaction with a D.C. police officer?” Grosso said, according to The Washington Post.

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Twuesday Tweetacular: Jack the Bulldog Inception


While this is possibly the cutest picture that Vox has ever seen, it is also an extremely confusing case of Jack Inception. Will the real Jack the Bulldog please stand up? Read More


GU Fossil Free holds rally to push divestment proposal

GU Fossil Free is tired of the waiting and tired of the back-and-forth. At a rally held earlier today outside of McShain Lounge, GU Fossil Free and its supporters shouted out their support for Georgetown to move forward with the Fossil Free divestment proposal.

Fossil Free held their rally on the same day as their meeting with the Committee on Investments and Social Responsibility, which will play a major role in determining if and how the divestment proposal will move on to Georgetown’s Board of Directors in the future.

At the rally, GU Fossil Free members said that a lot of communication has taken place, but it is time for the administration to take action and start considering divestment more seriously.

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Deli ditches ‘the Freundel’ after Georgetown rabbi is accused of voyeurism

First his job, now his sandwich. Georgetown rabbi Barry Freundel‘s life is unwinding after his arrest for voyeurism following a police investigation of his home two weeks ago. Foggy Bottom deli Char Bar and Eli’s Market changed the name of one of their sandwiches following Freundel’s arrest.

Formerly “the Freundel,” the grilled pastrami and smoked turkey sandwich with chipotle on toast now goes by the uncreative and inoffensive moniker “the Georgetowner.”

The whole thing makes Vox wonder how Epicurean was able to keep their Jack the Bulldog sandwich after the former mascot retired in disgrace after biting someone.

Maybe Freundel, however, isn’t taking the sandwich business that hard. He actually may hate that particular sandwich.

Photo: Susan Filson via Flickr

Comments of the Week: The Henle uprising

Last week Vox covered accessibility concerns over the construction detour paths, Ronald Klain‘s (CAS ’83) decision to stop teaching his Georgetown class and become the U.S. Ebola coordinator, and the tragic death of former SFS Dean Carol Lancaster (SFS ’64).

After Henle’s brave revolutionists put up a banner in Red Square decrying the Reiss Walkway closure, Henle Resistance took to the Vox comment section to voice her support of the coming revolution.

This is only the start of the revolution. They cannot keep us in a cage. More to come. #FreeHenle #VivaLaFishBowl

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EPA administrator Gina McCarthy addresses American opinion on climate change at LEAD Conference

Environmental activists and students alike packed into the Lohrfink Auditorium Friday morning for the McCourt School of Public Policy’s third annual Leadership Evidence Analysis Debate Conference. The keynote speaker, EPA administrator Gina McCarthy, examined the impact of American public opinion on implementing feasible policy on energy efficiency and climate change.

The conference aimed to answer the question of why the public supports or does not support certain kinds of energy. According to McCarthy, Americans think of public policy in terms of health and the economy and this directly impacts the way we think about alternative energy.

“We understand that today’s climate change issue is actually the most complex environmental challenge that we have ever faced,” McCarthy said. “It’s also the most significant public health challenge.”

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