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New Student Activity Fee budget funds storage space for unrecognized student groups

On Sunday March 22, the GUSA Senate voted unanimously in support of the Student Activity Fee budget allocations to determine the financial fate of student groups on campus for the 2016 fiscal year. The budget also provides for the funding of an on-campus storage space for unrecognized student groups.

In the report released by GUSA Finance & Appropriations Committee (FinApp), the committee expects to collect $1,009,650 from the Student Activity Fee, marking an increase in $11,250 from the previous fiscal year.

According to GUSA Finance and Appropriations Committee Chair Robert Shepherd (MSB ’15), the most notable addition to this year’s budget are the allocations to the ABCS athletic trainer and the Center for Social Justice. “The ABCS trainer did not impact any of our allocations to groups’ programming budgets, even though it was a hefty expense,” he told Vox.

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This Week in the Voice: Spring Fashion 2015

In this week’s feature, Sophie Super and Pam Shu dressed up some of your fellow Hoyas for the Voice‘s guide to spring fashion for 2015. Check out the print edition for the full spread of vibrant and fun photos that capture this season’s style.

News investigates a potential $5 million grant to Georgetown from the Japanese government and the opening of the new Booth Family Center for Special Collections in Lau to house rare library resources.

Leisure gets you pumped up for this Friday’s Groove Theory showcase and gives a complimentary review of Killer Joe, a collaboration between Mask and Bauble Dramatic Society and Nomadic Theatre.

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New GOP financial aid budget could impact Georgetown students

The House Republicans have proposed a budget that would freeze levels of financial aid for college students, decreasing the amount available and making it harder to pay off loans in the future. This proposal is based on their belief that President Barack Obama’s current increase of student aid is too expensive and misdirected.

In this budget, the GOP plans to maintain the level of the Pell Grant, a type of student financial aid that does not have to be repaid, at 5,775 dollars for ten years. This means the grant would not change with inflation.

These changes will also reduce the amount of students eligible for the grant, since certain members of the GOP believe that currently the grant’s funds are going to students who are not very needy.

In an interview with Vox, Scott Fleming, Associate Vice President for Federal Relations at Georgetown expressed his concern with the proposal. “[It] offers no favors to students…and will cause students to fall further behind,” he said.

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Georgetown to host second Ignatian Q conference

From Friday March 27 to Sunday March 29, Georgetown will host Ignation Q, a conference that aims to discuss and explore the intersections of religious and queer identities.

This is only the second year of the conference. Last spring it was held at Fordham University; Georgetown won the bid to host it for 2015.

Members of the Georgetown LGBTQ community, along with a committee led by Brian Council (MSB ’16), Thomas Lloyd (SFS ’15), Meghan Ferguson (COL ’15), and Nicholas Werner (MSB ’17), have put in a lot of hard work to make this event possible.

In an interview with Vox, Werner said, “My goal for the conference is two-fold. Firstly, I’d like to see the compatibility between holding religious beliefs while also holding an LGBTQ identity discussed and reconciled, which for many of us in the community is a real internal struggle. Second, I want other schools to see the Georgetown model of successful LGBTQ support.”

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Club (Sports) or Die: Boxing

In this week’s Club (Sports) or Die, Vox reached out to the Georgetown University Boxing Club team. While boxing itself may be a highly individual sport, outside of the ring there is a powerful sense of camaraderie.

“Club sports like boxing bring people together who share a passion and can build friendships from that. I have made many friends from being on this team, and it’s also taught me a lot about discipline and hard work both in and out of the ring,” club boxing member Sinead Schenk (COL ’17) explained to Vox in an interview.

For co-captain Jeffrey Wong (MSB ’16), the team dynamic of boxing becomes obvious during practice. “We help each other prepare for fights together by training and pushing each other to work harder in practice,” he told Vox. “And when fight time comes, we hope to be as prepared as possible so that each of us is confident in each other to compete at a high level in the ring.”

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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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