Update, 11:06 a.m.: In an email to Vox, GUSA Election Commissioner Adam Giansiracusa (SFS ’12) wrote, “We hope the campaign remains positive, and that this is the last time anything like this occurs.”
Original post, 2:22 a.m.: Earlier tonight, the American flag turned massive GUSA campaign poster in Red Square, which belongs to the Colton Malkerson-Maggie Cleary ticket, was vandalized with the spray-painted words “U.S. WANTED FOR MURDER!” The ticket’s other large poster in Red Square was torn down. The Department of Public Safety has classified the incident as vandalism. For now, the torn down poster has been placed over the vandalized portion of the flag poster.
Both GUSA Speaker Adam Talbot (COL ’12) and GUSA presidential candidate Colton Malkerson (COL ’13) were at the scene tonight. Talbot said, ”I hoped campaigning would remain positive. This is an exceptional incident, it injects an unfortunate dynamic into the race. I had hoped candidates could stick to the issues and making Georgetown a better place.” He added, ”There is no way to infer that it was another campaign.”
Malkerson told the Voice, “[The flag] wasn’t meant as a political statement. It was meant to be eye-catching and celebrating the fact that we’re in Washington D.C.” In a Youtube video posted from Red Square, Malkerson said, “I’m not sure if they were targeting our campaign or the flag or the message, whatever it is, either way we’re going to keep doing our campaign.” The campaign plans to make the flag “look just as good as it was before.”
Photo: Rachel Calvert
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Posted by: John Flanagan in News, Vox Populi, tags: Burglary, Campus Crime Watch, Crime, Defacement, DPS, Fraud, MPD, Theft, Trespassing
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With the latest attempted Village A burglary in mind, Vox wants to remind everybody to lock their doors. Also, two incidences of fraud also occurred this week; if you become a victim of fraud or theft, don’t forget to deactivate your GOCard, which can be done through the GOCard website.
To report an emergency, call the Georgetown Department of Public Safety at (202) 687-4343 or the DC Metropolitan Police Department at 911. To report other suspicious behavior, call the DPS tip-line at (202) 687-2320.
Wednesday, October 27
1:00 PM – THEFT (Hariri). A wallet containing two credit cards, insurance card, and cell phone were stolen from an unsecured area. No suspects or witnesses have been identified.
2:15 PM – THEFT (Hariri). A wallet containing a credit card, driver’s license, and social security card was stolen. No suspects or witnesses have been identified.
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Earlier this week, the Hoya reported a rise in bicycle thefts at Georgetown. Vox recommends that students register their bikes with the National Bike Registry. (Bicycle registration, which was required in D.C. until 2008, is potentially the only way to recover a stolen bicycle.) When locking up those bikes, remember: U-locks with steel cuffs are the best, and always lock the front wheel.
In other news, Fall is well underway on the Hilltop, which means one thing—gourd-like squash are being displayed on porches. Sadly, there’s no pumpkin registry in D.C., so be vigilant against this seasonal blight of pumpkin larceny.
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