The old Saxaspeak collapsed shortly after it became a mere repository of Georgetown Google Alerts. Will this Saxaspeak suffer the same fate? Editor-in-Chief Marissa Amendolia and Online Editor Meghan Bartels say no, in a blog post:
Saxaspeak will provide more regular and, occasionally, more casual coverage of the events and trends that affect Georgetown students….it will augment our customary high-quality and in-depth coverage with shorter, more frequent pieces to keep up with the pace of life at Georgetown. The blog is also designed to simplify the search for information by collecting relevant news links in one place.
Bartels told Vox that TheHoya chose the Saxaspeak name because they thought it was suitable, and because of name recognition among older students.
Although Bartels is currently the only blogger on the Hoya‘s Saxaspeak staff, she said she expects to create her own blogging staff separate from the paper soon.
As she announced yesterday, after a semester of terrific blogging, Juliana Brint is leaving Vox to become managing editor of the Voice. I’ve been elected blog editor in her place (some of you may remember that I was editor for Spring Semester ’09).
I’m pleased to introduce Imani Tate and Hunter Kaplan, who will be joining me as assistant blog editors. Tate has been a member of the Voice‘s editorial board and a frequent blog contributor for the past semester; Kaplan is a former editorial board member and cover editor. Both are capable writers and reporters and will go a long way toward helping me fill Brint’s big shoes.
I’ll never let go, blog readers, I’ll never let go…
Well guys, it’s been quite the semester, but my time as Blog Editor is coming to an end. Vox will be in the very capable and experienced hands of Molly Redden, who many of you will remember as last spring’s Blog Editor.
Before I leave to go back to the print edition as Managing Editor, though, let’s look back at some of the good times we’ve had this semester:
According to the blog’s first post, the website redesign team has heard from over 80 members of the Georgetown community so far. The main concerns they’ve expressed are that the new website needs to “deliver compelling content in a variety of formats; enhance functionality and use of multimedia; improve navigation, search functionality and user experience; and redesign mobile interfaces.”
The blog explains that this will be the first redesign in seven years, and the Office of Communications hopes to have the new website up in a year.
Written by an anonymous junior in the College, The Venus Flytrap was started earlier this week and has already tackled classic topics like Chicken Finger Thursdays and SafeRides with aplomb and a lot of expletives.
To give you an idea of the author’s balls-out writing style, here are her thoughts on the new Hariri Building:
I walk in and BAM! It was like I went to real school, a school that cares whether or not our buildings look like Soviet compounds (I’M TALKING TO YOU MR LAUINGER ARCHITECT). Mr Hariri, be proud. As if b-school kids didn’t have enough to be excited about, what with every damn government bailout funding their future jobs (AHEM kid I know that sucks that’s going to work for Fannie Mae), now they have their OWN PERSONAL DEATH STAR.
Seriously, this building’s bricks are really just balled-up hundred dollar bills dyed to look different shades of grey. I’m pretty sure that those lights look so yellow because they’re emitting pure beams of gold and fairy dust. Realistically I know I need to leave Georgetown with an MRS degree since my College majors ain’t gonna help me get shit, so expect to see muh ass parked in the center of this glorious structure every damn night trying to lure an MSB boy into my venus fly trap.
Given The Georgetowner‘s focus on the social scene, it’s not surprising that Georgetown Week is largely focused mostly on neighborhood events (think of it as sort of like the Saxa Speak for the adult set). The blog also offers some neighborhood news coverage, though, recently featuring a summary of the latest ANC meeting, an analysis of the state of Georgetown’s trolley tracks, and a rundown of the Citzen’s Association of Georgetown meeting.
As always, Vox is happy to have more blogging company!
A few weeks ago, Georgetown basketball blog Casual Hoya ran a post about a YouTube video of two male Georgetown students jumping off the Key Bridge into the Potomac River. The feat was fantastic enough to earn mentions on a few otherblogs, and it seemed all that would come of the escapade was that people would be awed by Georgetown students’ diving skills, if a little worried about their lack of common sense.
However, since the blog posts went up, the jumpers seem to have had a change of heart regarding their public notoriety. The YouTube was pulled and blogs who had written about it were asked to take down their posts. Casual Hoya removed theirs, but another blog, William World News, left its original post up and published the email its author received.
The email claims that a Georgetown administrator saw the video on Casual Hoya and now the two jumpers are facing expulsion:
Please remove your September 22nd regarding the YouTube video “Descending from Heights” from your blog ASAP!
These students are under threat of expulsion because of this post and the Casual Hoya blog post. I’m sure they appreciate the notoriety, but an administrator who follows Casual Hoya saw this and brought it to the attention of Student Conduct. The YouTube video is no longer accessible, and the Casual Hoya post and other blog posts have also been removed. It would greatly help if the post from your site was removed, as a Google search for the appropriate terms brings up your blog. Please remove this so these students don’t get expelled.
As far as Vox can tell, there’s no clause in Georgetown’s Student Code of Conduct [PDF] banning bridge-jumping. The only violations under “Category C” (expulsion-worthy offenses) are arson, use (or attempted use) of dangerous objects, manufacturing or selling drugs, manufacturing ID cards, physical assault, sexual assault, stalking and theft.
We checked with Georgetown’s Director of Media Relations Andy Pino to see if there is any truth to the expulsion claim, and we’ll let you know when he gets back to us…
With so many sexual assaults occurring in the Georgetown neighborhood in the last year and a half—including two in one week at the beginning of the school year—the University is not the only one finally acknowledging the serious issue of sexual assault on campus.
Since most of these attacks seem to follow the modus operandi of the infamous “Georgetown Cuddler,” local and national news networks and bloggers have flocked to the issue, either to report on the attacks or challenge the affectionate title of “Cuddler.”
In case the Voice‘s reporting hasn’t been enough for you, Vox has compiled a roundup of outside coverage of the crimes.
The Washington Post grappled with the issue of the wide range of descriptions victims have given for their attacker, but also observed that, despite the seriousness of some of the attacks, there doesn’t seem to be widespread fear in the campus community.
Local blog DCist took issue with both the softhearted nickname of “Cuddler” as well as the University’s lackluster response to the issue, particularly the initial characterization of the August 30 attack as a burglary.
Top women’s rights blog Feministing took the “Cuddler” issue very seriously, pointing out that using cute nicknames for a sex offender “excuses the attacker, dismisses violence as acceptable, and condescends to survivors.”
The main points were that Qatar doesn’t offer the same academic quality as the main campus, and that students there aren’t exposed to Georgetown’s real campus culture. There are also complaints that SFS-Q is “a glorified finishing school for the royalty of Qatar and the surrounding Gulf States.”
After lying dormant for awhile, a current SFS-Q student happened to find the post and left a passionate response, reigniting the debate.
In his response, the SFS-Q student argues that while the culture at SFS-Q is different from that of the main campus, most students spend some time in D.C. during their college career and SFS-Q offers opportunities—like Service Learning trips—that the main campus doesn’t.
Not content to the disagreement lie, Fear and Loathing Georgetown posted its own lengthy rejoinder, attempting to rebut the claims made by the SFS-Q student and sticking to its original diagnosis of the school.
Move-in time is a rather stressful period for everyone, but some of us handle it better than others. One neighbor who’s not quite enthused by Georgetown students’ return? “Alison,” the author of the blog Holden It Together.
In a Saturday post she welcomed us back a list of expectations, starting with this:
1) If it is at all possible, it would be lovely if you could keep your used condoms and your underwear out of my tree.
She goes on to explain that she will respectfully wait until 2 a.m. to call the police about parties, will not be amused if you throw up on her steps and would appreciate us taking care of our trash.
Overall, a fairly reasonable list of requests. But then the next day, she launched into a full-on tirade about how lazy, entitled and sweaty we all are:
Returning from my run this morning, my little slice of quiet historic DC heaven has been taken over quite literally by an army of parents carrying load after load of crap from their respective mini-vans with mid-western plates into the neighboring houses …
The actual students are standing around chatting and drinking $5 coffee … I also refrain from asking [from asking one mother for her] email addresses to send pictures of their daughters’ multiple night time visitors and panties that will inevitably end up off of their bodies and somewhere in my neighborhood …
The international students won’t arrive until the very last minute, sending their “people” to set up their houses and purchase their books. It is a wonder how they survive the school year alone, but they must have learned to wipe themselves and order in.
Inert and inept as we may be when it comes to moving, there are a few things we’re capable of, according to Alison: throwing obnoxious parties, making crime rates increase, and waging war against residents.