Concerned alumni write letter to DeGioia about H*yas for Choice incident

232 Georgetown alumni sent a strongly-worded letter today to the office of University President John DeGioia (COL ’79) about the wrongful removal of H*yas for Choice from the sidewalk near the front gates by GUPD last week.

Erin Matson (COL ’02), a former vice president at the National Organization for Women and a current author at RH Reality Check organized the letter.

“We the undersigned 232 Georgetown University alumni are writing to express our dismay and strong concern regarding the September 22 removal by campus police of a small and peaceful group of students representing H*yas for Choice from a public sidewalk just outside the front gates,” the alumni wrote.

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Just the Tip: Buy glasses and don’t bother with contacts

Dear Connor,
I’ve had this issue where every time I go out… I black out. I’ve tried altering my drinking choices, I’ve started to drink later in the night, and I’ve even tried eating more… but I just can’t shake this lack of memory in the evening. I want to make my nights at Georgetown memorable… and I don’t even know if I’m having fun. What do I do?

Blackout Queen

Dear Blackout Queen,

That’s dangerous what you’re doing to yourself!  “Eating more” and “starting to drink later in the night” are lame attempts at fixing your problem, as they don’t get to the root cause.  The problem is that there’s too much alcohol in your brain because there’s too much alcohol in your bloodstream because there’s too much alcohol in your gut because you’re drinking too much. Just keep tabs on how much you’re drinking and scale it back, and maybe don’t even drink at all if this is something that is happening to you. If you’re blacking out every time you drink regardless of the safeguards that you take, the problem may be medical and perhaps bigger than just forgetting your nights.

Livin’ la vida loca,

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Comments of the Week: Whose property is it anyway?

Last week on Vox, we asked our readers what to name the complex-sounding and swanky Healey Family Student Center (the Healz?), featured two heads of state, one of which Skyped in from Liberia to talk about the Ebola epidemic, and reported on D.C.’s new concealed carry law.

The biggest news of the week, though, was H*yas for Choice reliving their free speech, or lack thereof, nightmare while Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the Archbishop of Washington, was granted an honorary degree by Georgetown in an elaborate ceremony, courtesy of a blunder from the Georgetown University Police Department. RentADOPS had this to say:

I mean… DOPS (I refuse to call them GUPD) is full of morons who don’t know the rules or much of anything else. Double-digit IQ & triple-digit paycheck. What else is new?

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This Week in the Voice: GU Improv brings humor to the Hilltop

edit1In this week’s feature, Halftime leisure editor Daniel Varghese writes about GU Improv, the group on campus that has brought an outlet of creativity and humor into the very professionally and academically driven Georgetown student body.

Of the nine active members of the group, only five had previous acting experience. For the majority of students in the group, the choice to audition for the troupe was a spur-of-the-moment decision, motivated by a random sighting of a flyer and irregular external confirmations of their humor.

Even though GU Improv thrives on-campus, comedy and the performing arts exist on the periphery of Georgetown’s culture. “When people think Georgetown, they think of a humorless, pre-professional world.”

News covers GUSA’s debut on its Multicultural Council, the D.C. Council’s new handgun carrier policy, the Lecture Fund’s event featuring the Malaysian Prime Minister, and GUPD’s removal of H*ya’s for Choice from a University sidewalk when protesting.

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Concert Preview: Gettin’ fancy with Charli XCX

It’ll be Thursday, and you’ll might end up asking yourself why you went to Rhino instead of seizing the night. Why not venture out of the Georgetown bubble to the 9:30 Club for a concert that will change your life? Charli XCX is playing the 9:30 Club on Thursday, Oct. 2. Doors are at 10:00 p.m. and tickets are $22.

Charli XCX is the Billboard Hot 100’s greatest secret. Maybe you’ve heard of Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy,” or Icona Pop’s “I Love It?” Both of these were co-written by this Queen Midas herself, who still has minimal name recognition for someone whose music has been played ad nauseam on radio stations all summer long. It’s really surprising that she’s still playing venues as small as the 9:30 Club when her contemporaries, whose names she effectively made, are playing in stadiums globally. More recently, “Boom Clap” has climbed up the charts after being featured in the summer tearjerker film The Fault In Our Stars.

But these hit songs are not wholly representative of the pop genius that is Charli XCX. While she got signed in 2010, she released her debut EP, “You’re The One,” in 2012. And it’s still spectacular two years later. “Stay Away” is a downtempo and slowly grooving dichotomy between delicate synths and gritty undertones. Her tendency towards the grunge of Siouxsie Sioux seems perpetually at odds with her soft voice.

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Poll: What should we call the Healey Family Student Center?

Healey Family Student Center, what an awkward jumble of words. It’s made worse by the fact that Georgetown’s most iconic building is already called “Healy.”

The Healey Family Student Center desperately needs a new name, one that is short, snappy, and perfectly clear. Regents, Leavey, Reiss, those are reliable names.

And so Vox turns to his faithful readers to provide suggestions. Answer the poll to give Vox your feedback on what the new student center should be called. Vox highly recommends “Heelz,” but feel free to leave any suggestion.


Liberian President speaks at Ebola Crisis Symposium in ICC

Hundreds of students, faculty, and global health representatives packed into the ICC auditorium yesterday for a Symposium on the Ebola Crisis. While experts in international health, public policy, African studies, and global health development institutions attempted to explain the complexities of this crisis, a live video interview with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf brought the realities of this outbreak to Georgetown.

While experts explained the scientific, economic, and political impacts of the crisis, Sirleaf emphasized the challenge of getting through to local Liberian communities, where citizens continue to resort to spiritual and religious anecdotes over medical treatment.

“We still see some families that are not ready to turn in their loved ones, even when they see signs of the disease,” Sirleaf said.

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This Week in Halftime: Mario Balotelli sure is crazy

The sports and leisure fanatics on Halftime put together a great week’s worth of posts. Rob Ponce defends Italian soccer player and overall insane person Mario Balotelli, terming him “the most interesting man in the world.”

On the pitch, he’s one of the most captivating figures in professional sports. His critics call him “erratic” and “crazy,” two claims that even his biggest fans would have trouble denying. The striker, nicknamed “Super Mario”, is one of soccer’s most gifted athletes; a player who is capable of making the difference in any contest. Despite his impressive tactical and athletic prowess, his occasional on-field meltdowns and whimsical attitude during important contests have made him reviled as well as renowned throughout the world of soccer.

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Vox Gets Into Treble: The Slashie Awards

Back when No Doubt was still producing music and VH1 was culturally relevant, the television station co-hosted a fashion awards ceremony with Vogue that was forever commemorated in the 2001 movie Zoolander. From IMDB.com:

Inside, Fabio accepts the “Slashie” award for the “best actor ‘slash’ model and not the other way around.” When the Male Model of the Year is announced, Derek mishears the announcement and embarrasses himself by trotting up to accept Hansel’s award. In the audience, Mugatu tells Maury that Derek is just the idiot he’s looking for to resolve the Malaysian situation. Maury sadly agrees that Derek, now washed up, is “ready.”

This week, Vox is celebrating a whole new kind of Slashie award: actors who sing. There was one basic criterion that Vox used: namely, the song cannot have been made for the purpose of a movie—it needed to be a standalone song. Without further ado, here are the nominees for this week’s “Slashie” Awards, featuring the stars of everything from Hannah Montana to Degrassi to 2 Fast 2 Furious and, of course, the original “Knight Rider.”

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Malaysian Prime Minister talks ASEAN ways at Gaston, asked why he leads a one-party state

On Tuesday night, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak spoke at a Lecture Fund event at Gaston Hall as part of his visit to the U.S. this month. Now in his fifth year as head of state, he has a daughter, Nooryana Najwa Najib (SFS ’11), who happens to be an undergraduate alumnus.

In his remarks, Razak spoke on Asia’s future dynamics as the region grows in economic power. “It is a privilege to address you this evening and speak about a subject that will be part of your professional lives, for you are one of the first generations in many years who will live in a multipolar world,” he said. He predicts that by 2025, India and China’s combined GDP will be greater than the G7 group of nations.

He cited the proliferation of democracies and political reform as one of the reasons for the economic transformation. “A few decades ago, there were only a handful of free societies in Asia,” he said. “Today, the Philippines, Taiwan, Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, amongst others … 400 million people have joined … Asian democracies.”

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