As a pundit, Williams hopes to encourage thoughtful debate.
“Above all, I want to emphasize the importance of keeping the public conversation going in the United States,” he wrote in an email. “Both progressives dismissive of Middle America and Tea Party activists alike seem to be in a hurry to hurl insults instead of engaging in debates over what’s best for the country.”
Looking to go out tonight but not sure what to wear? Use up all your good costumes already?
The Washington Post has a few suggestions for college-themed costumes, including “Can of Four Loko,” “Mark Zuckerberg,” and of course, the Georgetown-themed “Alleged Georgetown DMT Lab Scientists.” From the Post‘s college blog, Campus Overload:
Throw on a Georgetown sweatshirt and maybe a white lab coat, drink your beverages out of a mason jar but do not actually try to create DMT yourself—it’s a crime.
With Halloween only a few days away—and a weekend of themed parties, Lupe Fiasco, and the Daily Show rally ahead of us—we figure Georgetown students are going to wear some great costumes.
Why not show us your favorites?
Until Monday morning, we’re accepting submissions for our Halloween costume contest. Send a photo of your best costume to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll announce a winner next week. (Don’t forget to include your name, year, and school.)
The prize? A bag of old candy corn we found in the Voice office. And something else that’s nice too, we guess.
Don’t eat the candy corn, though. Candy corn is gross.
At least two Georgetown students are competing to become “America’s Next Great Pundit” over at the Washington Post.
The contest, which awards a three-month stint with the Post to the winner, received approximately 1,400 entries earlier this year. Out of those 1,400, 50 were selected by Post staff for the vote.
PhD candidate Conor Williams (GOV ’11) and Alex Bodaken (COL ’12) are currently second and seventh, respectively, in the pool of candidates. While both wrote sample columns about the impact of the D.C. mayoral election on education reform, their styles and backgrounds seriously differ.
We learned two things about Vox readers this weekend: They have a knack for Japanese poetry, and they really, really like free stuff. Although it was hard to choose, here are our five favorite Homecoming-themed haikus.
Homecoming, not I
The library calls my name
Think twice re: law school
The poets snagged themselves tickets to see an advance screening of Freakonomics, a film co-directed by Georgetown alum Heidi Ewing (SFS ’00), tonight at the E Street Cinema at 7 p.m. See the rest of the winners after the jump.
Vox has a bundle of tickets for an advance screening of Freakonomics, a documentary adaptation of the best-selling book, that we want to give to our readers. So, we stole one of New York Magazine‘s recurring gimmicks: the haiku contest.
The screening is next Monday, September 27, at 7 p.m. at the E Street Cinema.
To enter, leave a comment below telling us what you’re doing this weekend during Homecoming—in five-seven-five syllabic form, of course.
Submissions are due on Sunday at noon; we’ll post our favorites on Monday morning. (And don’t forget to leave an email address where we can reach you if you win.)
To get things started for all you bards and troubadours, here’s an example:
For the final round of our “Worst Idea” feature, we’re turning over the nomination process to the wild world of Vox commenters.
Think you know Georgetown’s worst idea ever? Let us know in the comments. On Thursday night, we’ll wade through the submissions and pick out our favorites. Then, we’ll pit the best of the best against one another in a vote on Friday.
And just because we love you all, we’ll give a prize to the commenter who nominates the winning idea. (The prize is a mystery. IT COULD BE ANYTHING.)
We’ve read some greatideas already, but we think you all can do even better. So tell us, what do you think is Georgetown’s worst idea?
Now for the fun part. When students move back to campus in August, we’ll be out in full-force, handing out these lawn signs to anybody who asks for one. If you already know you’ll want to display one of these beauties on your lawn, let us know at email@example.com.
Thanks again to everybody who submitted ideas or voted for their favorite signs.
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You guys impress the hell out of us.
In the past week, you flooded the comments and our inbox with some great submissions for the 2010 Campus Plan sign contest. It took some time—and a little bit of Photoshopping—but we managed to whittle it down to the five best entries.
We’re putting the contest to a vote now, meaning that you all get to decide which sign will be mass-produced and distributed in late August.
Do you like the “Beware of college students” and “Raising property values since 1789″ signs, both submitted by Alison Crowley (COL ’11)? How about Steven‘s “Complain to my landlord, not to my school” sign? Or perhaps one of the other two entries?
Take a look at your choices, ponder over them a bit, and then vote for your favorite after the jump. The contest will end at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, July 15, so vote while you still can.