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Update: Georgetown Love Professions launched today. “Send your professions of love through the wonderful world of Facebook and let your special someone know that they’re loved!”
Apparently, Georgetown students are more likely to compliment than insult each other, at least publicly. In the past week, two anonymous Facebook pages started, “Georgetown Compliments” and “Georgetown Insults.” The students behind these Facebook accounts will not reveal their identities, but will repost any compliment, or insult, about another student, campus organization, or group, on their respective pages.
Since Monday, Georgetown Compliments has reached 1,085 friends and continues to grow. In the past 24 hours there were approximately 60 “compliments” to various students. Both Compliments and Insults post any message sent to their account, without revealing the identity of the student who sent in the compliment or insult.
Compliments were, naturally, pretty tame. “Fakher Elfayez is the coolest freshmen on campus and I’m so glad to have gotten to know her :),” one comment read.
Georgetown Insults started in reaction to Compliments, but still only has 400 friends. The idea behind “Insults” is to let out any frustration on about campus organizations or groups. When asked about how “Insults” began, the owner of the account wrote in a Facebook message to Vox that the page was created to “troll” Compliments.
Some were called out for their political views:
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Wednesday night at 10pm, “Saxa Silence Dogood” and “Cura P. Workinggroup”—ostensibly Georgetown students—created an event called “Georgetown Day Study Group on Leavey Esplanade.” Within the span of three hours, 1,000 had clicked “attending.”
Although the maximum capacity of the Leavey Esplanade remains unclear, it was probably not calculated to include a sixth of the student body—plus kegs and kiddie pools. Or kiddie pools filled with beer. But where there’s a will, there’s a way. If nothing else, Georgetown Day roamers have the will to study.
In any case, given the administration’s resolve to
kill all the fun hamper the Georgetown Day festivities, a thousand students and counting are in the market for an alternative to the nostalgic fun-fest fostered by inflatables on the lawn.
Submitted for your enjoyment, dear readers, are some highlights from the “Study Group” wall:
The event creators refer to themselves as “The Committee.”
Videos posted: “(You Gotta) Fight for your Right (to Party!)” by the Beastie Boys, and “We’re Not Gonna Take It” by Twisted Sister, and “Fuck the Police” by N.W.A.
Hashtags employed: #De-OccupyHealylawn, #hoyapride
And, last but not least, our beloved Derrik Sweeney (COL ’13) encourages the comparison to the Egyptian revolution:
As of 2:12am, 1,174 clicked “attending” on the event page.
Meme: John Sapunor
Editor’s note: This post has been updated to spell two real students’ names correctly. The Voice sincerely hopes the two weren’t offended by our error.
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University President Jack DeGioia—better known as the guy who welcomed us all to campus with sticker speeches and will give us all firm handshakes when we leave—is on Facebook. Sadly, his profile picture is not this.
But in more important news, I totally saw this coming!
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With a tip of our cap toward Slate and the GW Patriot, here’s our end-of-the-semester summary.
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Take note, couples: Your turkey might be tough to swallow this Thanksgiving.
After tracking more than 10,000 Facebook relationships, British journalist and designer David McCandless graphed users’ breakups against the calendar year. The result? Breakups peak in the spring and late fall during college students’ mid-year vacations. Thanksgiving is the first time many students go home, which may explain the high frequency of breakups that continues until Christmas.
In other words, you might want to add an extra :) or <3 to those texts this weekend.
Image: Information is Beautiful
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Georgetown, Divest! will re-emerge this semester to oppose the University investment policies, after attempting to end practices last semester that allegedly violate the University’s Catholic and Jesuit identity.
In a Facebook message sent to Divest! members, David Schwartz (SFS ’12), a leader of the group, criticized the University for failing to invest in a socially responsible manner.
“[W]e have been deceived to believe that ethics are a part of Georgetown’s investment history,” Schwartz wrote. “Now, as students, faculty, and clergy of Georgetown University, we must stand up for social responsibility in its investment policy.”
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If you’ve been on Facebook in the past few days and you’re friends with anyone at Georgetown, you’ve probably noticed the rapidly growing “KEEP PHILLY PIZZA FROM GETTING SHUT DOWN” group pop up in your newsfeed.
The group, started by Alex Carroll (COL ’11), who has done on-campus marketing for the pizza joint in the past, the group’s description claims that “[The] ANC is threatening to close down Philly Pizza, so they need our help to continue business. We need a 1,000 people to join this group for them to stay alive!”
And they’re well on their way to the 1,000 member mark. The group was just started on Sunday evening and already has more than 870 members.
According to Carroll, one the owners of Philly P, Matt Kocak, told him that the ANC is pushing to make them close earlier, around 11 p.m., which would be a significant blow to their business.
Kocak asked Carroll to create the Facebook group so that he could demonstrate to the ANC that his business has student support.
The Voice recently covered the testy relations between Philly P and the ANC, and it seems tensions have only mounted in the past few weeks. Look for more about the current dispute in this week’s paper!
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When it was revealed last week that the School of Foreign Service standby, Map of the Modern World, was undergoing a curriculum revitalization and getting a new professor, students and alumni were quick to voice their outrage.
A Facebook group, “Take Back Map of the Modern World,” quickly cropped up, and its membership has skyrocketed to nearly 700.
While Facebook groups are all well and good, the administrators of the group realize the real key to effecting change is putting pressure on administrators. To that end, in the group’s leaders encourage members to e-mail the Dean of the SFS, Carol Lancaster, and other administrators:
Nothing demonstrates opposition like a letter. If every person in this Facebook group took the time to write one, we would get what we want. It doesn’t have to be too long if you are pressed for time. The most important thing is the number of people writing to express their opinion. It takes 2 seconds to join a Facebook group, but it takes effort to express your opinion in a letter.
Unfortunately, their encouragements haven’t proved too effective yet. When asked how many letters and e-mails she has received about the Map changes, Lancaster wrote in an e-mail this Monday that she has only received 20 complaints so far.
That’s no way to make sure SFSers of the future have to learn about Vanuatu and Kyrgyzstan!
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Bring back the old Map!
As we reported yesterday, the School of Foreign Service institution, Map of the Modern World, is undergoing major changes this year. Turns out SFSers aren’t taking too kindly to the alterations.
They’ve started a Facebook group in protest, “Take Back Map of the Modern World.” The group currently has 392 members, including SFS Academic Council Representative Josh Mogil (SFS ’11) and former Map TA Helen Burdett (SFS ’11).
The group’s description explains their grievances:
Just because Dean Reardon-Anderson wants to take over the course, it doesn’t the course material should change … Map of the Modern World is a pillar of the SFS, and we urge the new Dean to reconsider his changes, not to the class called Map, but to that SFS institution called Map.
Keep Map and its cherished contents intact. Some additions to the course are always warranted, as there have been new developments occuring all the time. That isn’t the same as gutting the course. It’s just one of those binding forces that brings all of us in the SFS together
The group encourages members to invite all their friends in the SFS so that the deans will understand that students don’t support the “watering down” of Map.
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What’s black and white and read all over?
Read Vox‘s coverage of the Tuesday night forum here.
Many of you have been asking where to find this year’s Hoya April Fools’ issue online. Finally, you can.
For starters, The Hoya posted it as a PDF last night, (which to my knowledge they have never done before with an April Fools’ issue), but those interested in why people were so offended by The Hoya‘s issue might want to view the articles here, where the Facebook group entitled “The Hoya: Discrimination Is Not A Laughing Matter” has scans of 24 articles from the issue with their offending passages underlined.
They’ve also annotated each article with relevant commentary (“‘Ryan Westen’ is a pseudonym for Brian Kesten, who is the Chairman/Founder of the Student Commission for Unity, a research and advocacy group of students addressing diversity issues at Georgetown”) for your benefit. (They also gave Vox Populi a lot of link love—thanks guys!)
Hopefully, their annotations will prevent future news fails like the one perpetrated by a certain Wonkette-turned-newswriter, whose first mistake was assuming that “Ryan Westen” was either a nom de plume or “was just ‘in character,’ portraying a very, very stupid ignorant idiot.” Whoops.
Scan courtesy “Not a Laughing Matter” Picasa Web Album.
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