The last of Darnall and Harbin candidates for GUSA. Thank you for your time, voters, and we hope you find this guide helpful.
Timothy Rosenberger (COL ’16)
Rosenberger has a clear idea of that he wants to bring to the table – “Money, Cars and Food.” While improving the standard of food at Leo’s is an aim, his first priority is to improve Georgetown’s endowment by getting more members of the alumni involved in giving back to the school, and thus improve Georgetown’s college ranking.
“The first step needs to be that GUSA notices this issue at all, we need to show alumni that students care, that students are involved in this issue, and show the administration at Georgetown that students are willing to put forth an effort,” he said.
If elected, he hopes to form a committee within GUSA to look at improving Georgetown’s endowment. Tim emphasizes that improving Georgetown’s endowment is more than just increasing the dollar amount as college rankings are graded on participation. “I understand how to get alumni and past participants in various organizations involved in giving back.”
He believes he understands what it takes to get a successful endowment, and that his financial experience in running annual funds for smaller non-profits will benefit the student body if he is elected to GUSA. Rosenberger also hopes to make zip cars available to all on campus, a task that his fellow Darnall residents are sure to be grateful for if accomplished.
Ricardo Dira (COL ’16)
“I feel like I can help make Georgetown a better place for everyone,” Dira said. He believes that GUSA has clear jurisdiction over student affairs and activities. “I want to be there to make sure that the students’ best interests are represented.”
And the last of the GUSA candidates roundup! The Harbin and Darnall Halls will select three senators. Eighteen senators are running. Vox provides here the seven candidates here, with a second post to come on the last bunch.
Simons, an intended Government major in the College, hails from New York. When asked why he wants to be a senator in GUSA, he explained “I am running to increase transparency and student activism within the student government.”
He believes that the referendum on student code of conduct happening this week is an extremely vital issue. He said that “as long as we pass that referendum, we need to press the administration.”
In addition, Will thinks that there should be more opportunities for students throughout the Georgetown community. He is a candidate “open to any ideas.”He explained: “I also believe that I am the only one dedicated to increasing student activism and participation in government.”
Mariel Jorgensen (COL ’16)
When asked why she is running for GUSA, Mariel Jorgensen said, “I am interested in having a leadership role in the campus community and I want to be able to influence social life, academic life, and extracurricular life and how they interact.”
Jorgensen hopes to be a Government major in the College. She believes that the biggest issue is gaining better resources for clubs as well as introducing more networking between clubs. She explained that “the opportunities will be greater if there is more interaction between clubs, and I think that GUSA can facilitate that.”
She believes her sense of humor is what distinguishes her from the other candidates in the race. She also believes in a commitment to getting input from people, and wants “direct involvement with classmates.” She desires to bring their ideas to the table and work on a better community for all of Georgetown University.
Winter may have decided to make a (hopefully) brief return, but there’s no better way to keep warm but to chow down on some free food.
If you had the unfortunate pleasure of living in Darnall Hall your freshman year or, even worse, you live there now, then be sure to celebrate Darnall Hall Day today! While celebrating the life of John Carroll’s mother, Eleanor Darnall, much reminiscing and free food is to be had. Head over to the Darnall lobby from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. this evening.
Everything is better with chocolate, including Passover. Indulge your love of chocolate at Passover Schmooze and Chocolate Seder tomorrow, hosted by the Jewish Chaplaincy and Jewish Student Association. Listen to the Passover experiences and thoughts of some of Georgetown’s own professors from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Makom space in the Leavey Center on Thursday, and eat chocolate until you’re nauseous at the 2nd annual Chocolate Seder afterwards.
Round out the week with a global public health ethics talk, sweetened up with some cookies. Cookie Friday, a regular feature at the Bioethics Research Library in Healy 102, is going all out this week with a talk about normative theories concerning global health and welfare and completely free Sweet Rose Bakery cookies. Be sure to stop by the library from 4 to 5 p.m.
At 7:27 a.m. today, a University staff member discovered that an administrative office suite in Darnall Hall had been burglarized. According to a public safety alert, a Department of Public Safety and Metropolitan Police Department investigation this morning revealed that a computer and a safe were taken from the office suite.
The PSA does not include any information about possible suspects. DPS requests that anyone who has information regarding this incident, or who noticed any suspects before or after the incident, to contact them immediately at (202) 687-4343.
On Wednesday afternoon, a student’s laptop was stolen from his Darnall dorm as he slept. Since Sunday, seven laptop thefts have occurred on campus.
According to a public safety alert, the student left a door “unsecured,” which allowed an unknown suspect to enter the room and steal the laptop. There were no signs of forced entry.
14 on-campus laptop thefts have been reported to the Department of Public Safety this month; a total of 27 have been reported this semester. Three other laptop thefts were reported in University-owned buildings on Wisconsin Avenue, while another theft occurred on the 1400 block of 37th Street in September.
While standing outside of Darnall Hall at 10:15 p.m., the student approached the man’s vehicle, assuming that he needed directions. (The PSA describes the man as “in his 40′s [and] wearing a striped plaid tee shirt and khaki pants.”)
When she reached the vehicle’s passenger side, she noticed that the driver “was exposed.” As she backed away, the man yelled for her to come back and tried to open the passenger side door.
The man was last spotted driving towards Reservoir Road. The student did not report his license plate.
Last Friday, the D.C. Regional Chapter of the Anti-Defamation League commended Georgetown for its quick response to recent bias-related incidents.
In a press release, ADL Regional Director David Friedman highlighted the Department of Public Safety’s “rigorous investigation and swift apprehension of a suspect in the recent bias related graffiti incidents on campus.”
“The University’s response sent a clear and unequivocal message that Georgetown will not tolerate hate crimes and expressions of bigotry,” Friedman added.
Last week, DPS apprehended a freshman student allegedly responsible for the bias-related incidents, which happened in New South and Darnall Halls on September 6 and 11. The suspect is accused of drawing swastikas and writing the word “Hitler” on whiteboards in the two dormitories.
First Kober Cogan and now Darnall? Gosh, everybody disappears for the summer and Georgetown suddenly starts to fall to pieces.
Signs posted inside Darnall Hall reveal that the University recently began an “asbestos abatement project.” The project, which involves removing both floor tiles and mastic putty, is slated to run through the end of the month.
But, there’s good news. (Aside from the inevitable Darnall: The Sitcom storyline about asbestos.) The asbestos removal is part of a larger renovation project in the dormitory. Incoming freshmen lucky enough to live in Darnall next Fall will have the pleasure of … new carpeting!
“This summer, [the University is] working to remove and replace carpet in Darnall,” University spokesperson Andy Pino wrote in an e-mail. “As is the case with many buildings from this era, some of the floor tiles underneath the carpet contain asbestos.”
The University hired both a professional, EPA-certified contractor to remove the asbestos-laden floor tiles, and an environmental consulting firm to oversee the process.
And for those of you who are now terrified to walk past, in, or near Darnall—fret no longer. According to the sign posted inside the building, the University also hired an “industrial hygiene contractor” to “analyze air samples during and after asbestos abatement.”
But then again, we’re pretty frightened every time we walk inside Darnall.
After the jump, we’ve got a scan of the notice posted inside Darnall.
Behold, the confusingly goofy trailer for Darnall: The Sitcom, a new GUTV show that’s premiering on February 16. Bland but enticing, the trailer is a puzzling string of clips in which students allude to roommate troubles, killer elevators, and how awful it is to be in the basement of Darnall.
Luckily, GUTV’s Programming Director Richard Rinaldi (MSB ’12), who is also the show’s executive producer, enlightened Vox about the show. His e-mail description is pretty delightful, so we’ll just let it speak for itself:
“Darnall: The Sitcom is a story about seven friends who are stuck living in the worst dorm on campus and their adventures that follow. Along the way, they encounter everything from being locked in Darnall’s basement by their diabolical RA to attending their first party in Henle. Fabian Fondriest plays Christian, a basketball player who just wants to be normal—even though Mitch, a team member played by Daniel Lima, wants him to spend more time with the team.
“Best friends Norah (Zoe Lillian) and Hillary (Angela Morabito) are actually polar opposites, as they’re slowly finding out. Supporting cast members include Petar Georgiev as Greg, Hillary’s awkward love interest, Yuko Shimada as Yuko, a sharp-tongued floormate, and Kate Newman as Andrea, a typically quiet but very intelligent friend.”
We’re nowhere near as excited we are for the reality show in production about Georgetown Cupcake, but nonetheless, we’re intrigued. The show is co-produced by Dunja Panic and sophomore Chris Cronbaugh. Megan Acheampong, a Darnall resident, is the creator and head writer, and Rinaldi and freshman Bobby Kaminski are also on the writing team.
“Darnall will premiere at 8 pm on February 16, 2010 in Sellinger Lounge and air on GUTV (RCN channel 60),” Rinaldi wrote, having said, “We at GUTV are really excited about it.”