Jumping the Gun

When Jeff Green iced Villanova with two clutch free throws this Saturday, the men’s basketball team’s winning streak reached nine games. With that in mind, along with the big game against Pitt this Saturday (and tomorrow’s against the ‘natti), you may frown on the idea of looking ahead to next year’s team.

But that won’t stop us from directing you to an article in today’s Washington Post about Austin Freeman and Chris Wright, the two local standouts who will replace the incomparable Kenny and Sead. The story details the parallel careers of the two, who first met in elementary school. Strangely enough, it lauds the skills of Wright and remains rather quiet in discussing Freeman, who is the higher-ranked recruit.

Almost makes me wish I weren’t graduating this year.

Posted by Austin Richardson, Blog Editor

Take that, Bob Woodward!

Dum, dum, dum.

Whoa! Look out! It’s another book about the lead-up to the Iraq War from an insider!

Well, maybe it’s not really that surprising. But this time, it’s George Tenet (SFS ’76), who you might’ve seen walking around the ICC with that big ol’ cigar, and he’s probably going to try and straighten out this whole mess of a blame game.

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Now they notice …

It’s been three days since the men’s basketball team played a game, and it’ll be two more before they get a chance to avenge January’s loss to Villanova. You’re probably suffering from a mix of anxiety and withdrawal. I know I am.

But cheer up, the Hoyas’ winning streak has gotten them noticed around the country (a little late, I think most of us would say), and a range of commentators are making amends for losing faith in us after those losses to Old Dominion, Duke and Oregon.

Need proof? ESPN’s newest mock bracket has us as a #4 seed in the San Antonio bracket, meaning a possible rematch with Florida in the Sweet 16 (couldn’t that be saved for the final?). We’re a #3 seed in their power 16, where they say, “eight straight wins have [the Hoyas] looking like the team people expected in the preseason.”

Luke Winn, on Sports Illustrated’s website ranks us #9 in the country. His comment: “during their eight-game Big East winning streak the Hoyas’ offense has become a well-oiled machine.” Ken Pomeroy, a statistics guru, lists ours as one of the most efficient offenses in the country.
Remember, though, it’s February, and Georgetown’s been famous for these late-season surges. If this success carries over into March (April, perhaps?), maybe then they’ll stop doubting us.

Either way, all of this press is helping to fill in those lulls in the schedule. Two more days …

Posted by Austin Richardson, Blog Editor

This Week’s Magazine

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the Voice:

– In our cover story, Chris Norton explores a hidden problem at Georgetown: The University has one of the highest rates of eating disorders among Universities in the U.S.–and the student group dedicated to lowering that number disbanded itself last year.

– The Voice editorial board thinks Georgetown students should bring back Students Ending Eating Disturbances.

– Kate Mays and Michael Keller enjoy the snow day with a feature that includes the one Hoya who didn’t want class cancelled and a campus sledding guide.

– Clare Malone spends some time with Georgetown’s only male cheerleader. And why’s he cheering? Maybe because the Hoyas have won eight in a row!

– Marco Cerna: Language chauvinist.

– And in the Fiction Section, Steve Fry deals with piracy problems head on.

That’s it for this week, folks. Don’t forget to say hello.

Posted by Tim Fernholz, Managing Editor

Citizens Association of Georgetown tracks crimes on Google Maps

In an homage to Gawker, the Citizens Association of Georgetown has a Google Maps-based site that shows where each crime in our neighborhood went down.

In January, for example, the “crime reports mapping tool” identified 59 incidents in the area. Unlike a neighborhood newsletter with crime statistics, the map allows you to indulge your voyeuristic pleasures by highlighting apartments where you’ll lose more in burglaries than in rent, or which party just isn’t worth walking to alone. By only letting CAG cronies submit crimes, though, the “Mapping Tool” misses out on faked crime hilarity. For example, I was hoping to report a walrus assault on Prospect. No dice, according to CAG.

The map doesn’t include crimes on campus proper, presumably because CAG hasn’t heard of the Department of Public Safety blotter yet. I think if CAG started including violations of “dry” dorm status and the like, the Mapping Tool would give CAG the edge its wanted for so long over rival groups of concerned citizens.

Posted by Will Sommer

Yo, Adrian!

Along with the basketball royalty on hand for the Hoyas’ 100th birthday celebration (Phil Perry explained why it’s not the 100th anniversary), savvy fans might have noticed D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty seeing and being seen, particularly in front of the student section (non-pep band side) during the second half of the Marquette game.
He failed to raise his arms in the air and draw in his breath during Georgetown free throws. Shame.

Maybe he’s parsing his ability to takeover Georgetown as well.

Posted by Mike Stewart, Associate Editor

Gelardin trusts you 6 times more than it did last semester

In a move that didn’t generate nearly as much excitement as it deserved to, whoever runs Gelardin New Media Center decided recently that DVDs, VHSes, and CDs can be checked out for a full 24 hours.

You’d expect Gelardin’s selection to be educational, but it’s anything but. Check out this PDF of Power for the extensive DVD list.

This is good news because it’s free, and since Movie Mayhem seems like a such a hassle. There’s no Blockbuster in Georgetown, after all.
Posted by Will Sommer

Weekend concert roundup

Jonathan Richman, 6:00 Friday at the 9:30 Club, $12

If you show a little hustle out there in the field, you can still make it down to 9th and V to catch an early show with the godfather of Velvet Underground-worshipping lo-fi indie pop, who has spawned a thousand adenoidal voices and snarky-yet-sweet senses of humor since his early ’70s proto-punk group the Modern Lovers defined what awkward New England college kids could do with electric guitars. Then put on your black zip-up hoodie, run over to Ben’s on U Street to grab some vegan chili, and head up 14th to catch…

Lifetime, World/Inferno Friendship Society, 8:30 Friday at the Black Cat, $15

Jersey’s best dancers (or so they would have you believe) have reunited after seeing the hardcore emo sound they pioneered in the mid-90s get its edges sanded down and sell millions thanks to the likes of All-American Rejects, Fall Out Boy and MTV, natch. World/Inferno, meanwhile, is the band every weird kid in your high school with stringy hair and too much eyeliner spent their Friday nights going to see.

Deerhoof, 8:30 Sunday at the Black Cat, $13

If Richman was a little too nice and sincere for you and Lifetime was a little too moshy and loud, Portland’s favorite art-punks will be bringing the fractured beats and manic, noisy, shape-shifting pop melodies of their new album Friend Opportunity to the Cat for you to stand impassively in your skinny jeans and pretend to ignore.

Thunderbirds are Now!, Oxford Collapse, 8:00 Monday at the Rock and Roll Hotel, $12

Now this show is where we separate all the sniffling indie kids from the clustered up clever kids and figure out who actually wants to have a good time. It’s hard to find two bands this loud, energetic, likeable and just plain fun sharing a stage these days, so make the hike out to H Street Northeast and take the edge off the beginning of the week with a few drinks, a little jumping around and a lot of the best rock you can expect from some guys who sound like they should be playing at your party in your living room.

Posted by Chris Norton, Senior Writer

This Week’s Magazine

Another week, another issue, a whole ‘nother set of fascinating articles for your consumption.

– Slavery was an integral part of Georgetown’s first five decades. Kathryn Brand explores Georgetown’s uncomfortable legacy.

– Ben Shaw (COL ‘08) and Matt Appenfeller (COL ‘08) take a 52 percent of the vote and win the GUSA executive elections. Kate Mays wraps up the surprisingly uncontroversial results.

– The Voice editorial board was going to pillory student ANC rep. Jenna Lowenstein for trying to expand the keg limit off campus, but then she changed her mind. Thanks for flip-flopping, Jenna!

– The Leisure section gets salacious in preparation for Valentine’s Day with Anastasia Stepanova’s pole-dancing experience and Sarah Harman’s guide to giving so you get.

– Who dey think gonna beat them Hoyas? Six games into a winning streak, David “Double D” Dietz calls in the win over Louisville.

– Mike Bruns is known for his pleasant demeanor. What’s his secret? Just take it easy, friends.

Thanks for keeping up with Georgetown’s preeminent newsmagazine. Don’t forget to holler at us.

Posted by Tim Fernholz, Managing Editor

Start at the Voice, end up…at the Post?

Former Voice Editor-in-Chief Rob Anderson (COL ’05) just got a sweet new gig writing the Editorialist, a new opinion blog at the Washington Post, where he will be both collecting and forming opinions. Congrats, Rob!

Of course, Rob isn’t the only Voicer to make the jump to professional media. Our alums have landed at CNN, CBS, Agence France Press, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, The Washington City Paper, Entertainment Weekly, the Poynter Center, The Nation, and, of course, the Post. Which is to say, if you’re at Georgetown and interested in journalism, you should write for the Voice, where we’re serious about developing the skills you need to break into the field. Our parties are a lot of fun, too.

And if there are any other Voice alumni kicking around out there in the media word, drop us a line and let us know how you’re doing—maybe you’ll get a blog post, too!

Posted by Tim Fernholz, Managing Editor

[Update: Rob Anderson’s Washington Post blog will not appear again until next week]