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GUSA takes stock of on-campus smoking policies

Earlier this March, the GUSA Freshmen Executive Committee created a feedback forum concerning Georgetown’s on-campus smoking policies. The forum, combined with the results a student survey, may encourage GUSA to support the enforcement of stricter smoking rules on campus.

The Freshmen Executive Committee planned both the survey and forum in order to assess student opinion before undergoing any potential advocacy for a policy change.

According to GUSA freshmen outreach coordinator Reed Howard (SFS ’17), one of GUSA’s most common mistakes is acting before it actually understands the views of the student body. “GUSA should always be driven by the vision of the student body, not the other way around,” Howard wrote in an email to Vox.

Howard joined Mattie Haag (COL ’18) , the director of marketing for advocacy, and David Patou, advocacy chair for the Freshmen Executive Committee, in putting together the smoking forum and survey. In emails to Vox, both Haag and Patou wrote that Georgetown should tighten campus restrictions on smoking.

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Vox Gets into Treble: Spring Fling

As we come to the close of midterms and begin to welcome warmer weather, get into the mood with this spring fling mix! Remember Hoyas—Georgetown Day is just under a month away, are you ready? Vox is.

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SoulCycle to replace Wisconsin Ave hookah bar

Hoyas, get your workout pants and bright reusable water bottles ready, because everybody’s favorite contemporary fitness club, SoulCycle, is coming very close to us. To 1024 Wisconsin Ave. NW, in fact.

Yes, you read that right. Last week, the Washington Business Journal broke the news that SoulCycle will be opening at what used to be an Arabic-themed hookah bar, Prince Cafe.

The new SoulCycle location, the Journal reports, will contain 56 bikes where the club will hold its spinning classes. It will also contain a shop that sells SoulCycle merchandise, because heck, if it’s easy enough to get $5 large-sized skim iced lattes with two shots of sugar-free hazelnut syrup, a sachet of Splenda, and a dash of cinnamon (does that even taste good?) then this neighborhood’s next major social advance must be to make it easier for anyone to find their souls. Even if that means overpriced teal-colored T-shirts that you can wear to your SoulCycle class.

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Georgetown student launches ebook on startup success

While most of you were busy catching up on your beauty sleep this past winter break, Rahul Desai (MBS ’17), the CEO and co-founder of Trendify, was hard at work writing The First 30%. This 120-page ebook, which can now be accessed online in full for $10.00, focuses on the fundamental knowledge required for startup success.

Vox spoke with Desai to learn more about the book writing process as well as how this was shaped by his own entrepreneurial experience.

Vox: Writing a book while running Trendify must be a large time commitment; what inspired and motivated you to write the The First 30%?

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Georgetown sends reminder about the definition of hazing

On Wednesday, March 18th, the Office of Student Affairs reminded the study body that the Disciplinary Review Committee voted last spring to strengthen the language in the Code of Student Conduct regarding hazing. The Office of Student Conduct co-chaired with the Athletic Department to create this definition of hazing for the codebook.

“While our code addressed any allegations regarding assault or violence that might be considered hazing, we were following a local trend by coming up with a specific definition…We wanted a separation definition for hazing so that people would know we take the issue seriously,” said Judy Johnson, the Director of the Office of Student Conduct.

The email may lead readers to believe that a particular incident or initiative drove the Office of Student Conduct to introduce a definition of hazing. Johnson explains, however, that the committee aimed instead to keep the codebook up to date and relevant for students.

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Tweetacular Tuesday: National Dog Day Edition?

Good Morning, Hoyas!

In the wake of a Stressful Midterm Week Pre-Break Part 2, yesterday was #nationalpuppyday, so Vox found a few pictures of dogs that might cheer you up.

Awwww.

Not sure if these are dogs or bears but they’re still pretty cute.

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Messi comes to Georgetown, and no you (probably) can’t stalk him

Whether you’re a die-hard club soccer fan or can’t bring yourself to watch more than two minutes of a game without sheepishly checking your Facebook newsfeed, you’ve probably heard about Lionel Messi coming to Georgetown this week.

For all of you ‘Muricans who refuse to believe that the word “football” entails anything else but a good ol’ pigskin: this is a really big deal.

Not only will one of the most popular soccer players of our time be in D.C., but the entire Argentine soccer team (consisting of 12 players such as Sergio Aguero from Manchester City and Javier Mascherano from Barcelona) will be training at Georgetown all week starting on Tuesday as a buildup to their match against El Salvador at FedEx Field on Saturday.

According to an article in the Washington Post, the team is paying Georgetown an “undisclosed fee” to train on its facilities both before and after the game. From there, the team will fly to New Jersey to play a friendly against Ecuador at MetLife Stadium.

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GUSA inauguration marks new era of the Funny Guys

Joe Luther (COL ’15) and Connor Rohan (COL ’15) were sworn in as the new executives of GUSA on Saturday afternoon. To a small gathering of GUSA members, family, friends, and beautiful press, they gave brief speeches and pledged their undying commitment to the tumultuous apparatus that is our student government.

Luther opened up his remarks by reminding the room of the down-to-earth demeanor with which he and Rohan intend to manage GUSA.

“On a campus known for attracting pre –professionals, GUSA has accrued a sustained reputation for attracting resume-builders, and Bill Clinton clones. GUSA is supposed to serve the students and over the years it has alienated the very people it was designed to represent,” Luther said.

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The Center for Social Justice coordinates the first ever Social Justice Week

In efforts to get students excited about certain things on campus, Vox has noticed that there have been a lot of “themed” weeks lately. From Choice Week, to Arts Week, we now have another week in our midst. Starting today, the Center for Social Justice will be coordinating the first ever Social Justice Week, which will be six days of events highlighting the wide range of social justice work from departments and organizations throughout Georgetown’s campus.

The goal of the initiative is to feature the many different social justice organizations across campus, while raising awareness for students that might be interested in becoming more involved with this social justice work.

“By co-sponsoring events with departments and organizations across campus, we hope to make Social Justice Week accessible and exciting to students who engage with any number of social justice and advocacy-related topics and issues,” said Bryn Bogan (COL ’16), one of the students on the planning team for the week.

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Ute-anized: Hoyas’ season ends at the hands of Utah in Third Round of NCAA Tournament

PORTLAND, OREGON — November can’t come soon enough.

The Georgetown men’s basketball team’s 2014-15 season came to an end Saturday night, as the four-seeded Hoyas (22-11, 12-6 Big East) fell to five-seed Utah (26-8, 13-5 Pac 12), 64-75, in front of 17,370 fans at the Moda Center.

A back-and-forth affair till the final few minutes, with six ties and seven lead changes, the Hoyas could not overcome the hot shooting of the Utes, who shot 58 percent from the field, including 8-of-14 from three-point range, to advance to their first Sweet 16 since 2007.

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