Post Date Apr 15

This Week on Halftime: Nostalgia for T.V. shows

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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.

Follow the jump to find out what’s going on in the sports world.

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Post Date Apr 15

Twuesday Tweetacular: Public herb dispensers and unspeakable precipitation

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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.

Kitty, Vox will only let this slide so long as she can continue to “accidentally forget” about Meatless Mondays while eating a Chicken Madness.

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Post Date Apr 14

Georgetown Celebrates 10th Annual Rigby Weekend

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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.

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Post Date Apr 14

GUSA Senate meets to meet, enjoys sunny weather

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.

Post Date Apr 14

Advocates push for elimination of prostitution free zones in D.C.

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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.”

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Post Date Apr 14

Submit to the Voice 2014 photo contest

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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 features@georgetownvoice.com 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.

Post Date Apr 14

Comments of the Week: We need human commenters

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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.

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Post Date Apr 14

Behold your ginger master, Vox Populi

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.

To help me out from now until the end of the fall semester, my assistants Kenneth LeeMarisa HawleyJared Kimler, and Grace Brennan will join the team.

Be sure to follow Vox and the Voice on Twitter and Facebook and read the print edition every Thursday to keep up with our content.

It’s gonna be a fun semester. Die for Vox \m/

Post Date Apr 13

I’ll be getting more sleep, but I’ll still miss you, Vox

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Vox and her assistant editors in the shark-filled Voice office

Over the past five months, Vox has become a part of me. I mean this literally: it’s more akin to a bodily function than a job at this point. I wake up, and I edit Vox. I eat breakfast, and I edit Vox. I go to class, and I edit Vox. I write papers, and I edit Vox. (Notice how I didn’t include sleep on there).

I had a few fears when I signed on as King of the Iron Throne of Vox: “But I accept this position fully knowing that I am ready to deal with the consequences: multiple spurts of short-term ADD a day caused by staring at the internets too long, possibility of mental breakdowns, erratic sleep schedules, and checking my phone every three seconds hoping for yet also fearing breaking news, and more side effects I have yet to discover.” I suffered from at least three of the four fears I listed, though it was well worth it.

Vox has been with me through a lot. This weird campus offers a lot of odd and interesting news to report on: from the “Smoke of Satan” video criticizing OUTober, towaytoomanysnowposts, and finally, the unfolding of the ricin scare in McCarthy. Vox even got a makeover, thanks to the hard work of Technical Director Noah Buyon.

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Post Date Apr 11

Just the Tip: SFS know-it-alls and culinary adventures

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Dear Caitríona,

I am in the SFS and I can’t stand the majority of my classmates. Almost all of them act like jumped-up know-it-alls who won’t be satisfied until everyone in the room knows how smart they are. The most frustrating part of all this is that my professors don’t see through their bullshit. Should I also be more of a know-it-all so people think I’m smart?

Sincerely,

I Can’t Even

Dear I Can’t Even,

As a fellow frustrated SFS-er, I feel your pain. But after sitting in countless lectures with these douchers, I have come to realize that the old adage, “empty kettles make the most noise” is absolutely accurate. If you actually listen to what most of the know-it-alls in your class are actually saying, you would realize that for the most part none of them know what they’re talking about. They just seem smart because most people (including the professor) just tune them out.  Next time you’re in lecture just do the reading, and actually listen to your classmates. You’ll be reassured that they definitely aren’t as smart as me, I mean not as smart as you. (Sorry, slip of the tongue. I may not be a know-it-all, but I am still in the SFS for a reason).

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Post Date Apr 11

D.C. released four rare liquor licenses for Georgetown

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D.C.’s Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration began accepting applications yesterday morning for four newly available liquor licenses, namely three restaurant licenses and one tavern license, designated for the Georgetown Historic District.

The Washington City Paper reported that restauranteurs had camped outside the Reeves Municipal Center from Wednesday to submit their applications in person, as the city government reviews them on a first-come, first-served basis.

Because of a moratorium set in 1989, liquor licenses in Georgetown are extremely difficult to obtain. Only 68 of them can exist, including inactive licenses. Georgetown only has six tavern licenses; an establishment that possesses it is not obligated to generate at least 45 percent of its revenue from food sales.

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Post Date Apr 11

Vox on the Rocks: Mr. Smith’s and drunken singing

Vox-on-the-Rox-1Vox on the Rocks is series in which Vox sends a writer or two to go review a bar. To get the full effect, she has them send her text messages documenting the evening. The text message transcript is below and includes all the glory of drunk text messaging.

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This week, the writers decided to review Mr. Smith’s. Although it is not a new bar, it looked far more exciting than any other Georgetown bar on a Thursday night (and they simply refused to go to Rhino). Each reviewer will be referred to by pseudonyms.

11:54 p.m.

Lola: Lots of young professionals. Whiskey sour is good.

Natasha: Casual vibe, beetles playing. Dark nice lighting

Tanya: Piano bar, horrible singing but there’s a saxophone so I’m good

12:07 a.m.

Natasha: Boys are hitting on us!!!!!!

Oh god!!

Is his name Ahmed?

Stacy’s mom is playing!

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