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Apr 29 2013
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Apr 29 2013
The 2012-2013 term came to an end on Sunday afternoon, as GUSA held its last meeting for the year. GUSA’s members reflected on the success of Georgetown Day and gave thank yous and fond farewells in anticipation for the three long, lonesome months for which all Georgetown students, but mostly GUSA, will be deprived of GUSA’s presence. In addition, they passed bills concerning group advocacy and ways to further expand sexual assault education.
Georgetown Day was sexy and GUSA knows it
“Last year we had an anonymous student campaign to make sure that the administration didn’t barricade Healy Lawn, and that went down to the wire, in terms of what rights we would and would not have,” Student Life Committee Chair Ben Weiss (COL ’15) said. “Compare that to this year, when we had a lot of really great administrative-student conversations and deliberations. I think we can look to that as a model going forward on how we can all work together.”
Apr 25 2013
This year’s Georgetown Day, beginning at 7:00 a.m. and ending at 2:30 a.m., will feature events such as a Leo’s kegger (called Club Leo’s) for 21+ students, the return of inflatables, and a concert in the McDonough parking lot by 2AM Club, a band featured on the show Pretty Little Liars.
Inflatables, which were cancelled last year due to the administration’s attempt to scale back Georgetown Day, will return with bounce houses, obstacle courses, and a rock climbing wall from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Other events throughout the day include a Build-your-own-Bulldog, a blessing of Jesuit graves, a faculty and staff wine tasting reception, a screening of Space Jam, food trucks, and a scavenger hunt (where students can win Tombs gift cards), among other events.
Jack the Bulldog’s retirement party will also take place that day with free cookies and a photo-op. A dunk tank on the lawn will also give students the opportunity to dunk GUSA President Nate Tisa (SFS ’14) and DPS Chief Jay Gruber, according to Thomas De Bow (COL ’15), the GUSA representative on the Georgetown Day Planning Committee.
The events were largely brought about and planned with student input, according to Tisa. Club Leo’s is a revival of the beer garden, a Georgetown Day tradition that was cancelled last year along with the inflatables. From 10:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m., students who present a valid ID and GoCard will be able to drink unlimited amounts of beer for $5 to $10, depending on whether they reserved tickets or not.
Jan 31 2013
“There’s been no formal change in the planning structure,” said Former GPB Chair Tyler Simpson (COL ‘13). “This is sort of a transition year, mainly just because in the past there simply has not been an official institutional home for Georgetown Day.”
Last year, the Center for Student Programs neglected to send out an email requesting applications to join the Georgetown Day planning committee, which they had done in years past. As a result, student leaders are examining ways Georgetown Day could gain institutional permanency to avoid last year’s controversy and confusion.
“It’s just up to whatever student leaders are around to remind the administration to send out an email soliciting applications, which is not a sustainable model for a day that is the largest programming day of the year,” said GUSA President Clara Gustafson (SFS ‘13).
Despite minor changes this year, authority over Georgetown Day will not be transferred to GPB. “There’s nothing definite about it,” Gustafson said. “I think their members’ interest and expertise and planning make it a logical home, but that doesn’t mean they necessarily have the capacity currently or the desire at this moment to do that, but they did express interest. So, hopefully that’s where it could live long-term.”
She also emphasized that even if GPB were to take control, it would not become financially responsible for Georgetown Day. “That was very clear from the beginning, that the financial structure would not be incorporated for them to deal with by themselves,” Gustafson said. “We would continue to fundraise like we have in the past.”
Everything is on schedule for Georgetown Day this year, according to sitting Georgetown Day Committee Chair Andi Debellis (MSB ‘14). “We’re starting much earlier, we’re on track, everything is on time, we’ll have time to do contracts and get inflatables and any other large scale events,” Debellis said. “The setbacks have been that there’s a little bit more pushback from staff and faculty considering that it has become a scary day for them.”
Apr 28 2012
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Hope you all had a wonderful Georgetown Day and good luck with finals!
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Apr 27 2012
Vox was graced by a multitude of interesting comments this week. From heated discussions of the meaning of Catholicism to the news that the administration would barricade Georgetown’s largest celebration, the commentariat delivered.
The Voice is too disorganized to subvert Georgetown as a whole. We have singular targets at a time. Really, there is very little direction at Leavey 424. Have you seen our office? (Also, Typical, we’ll be sure to add you to the masthead in the fall.)
Apr 26 2012
A historic moment for administrative relations with the student body, this decision was made amid serious protestations from the student body over the fairness of the proposed scaled back Georgetown Day.
Last night students were proposing an alternative Georgetown Day site to continue the celebrations without movement restrictions. Letters were sent to President John DeGioia from students asking him to “please take down the barricades, put a stop to the plan to kettle us, and restore our freedom of movement on Friday.”
“We applaud the planning committee of Georgetown Day 2012 for their work to listen to the concerns expressed by students. We appreciate that the planning committee found a way to incorporate the students’ concerns into the efforts they have made to ensure a safe and fun day,” University spokeswoman Stacy Kerr said.
The Planning Committee’s email called it a “Copley Compromise”:
Apr 26 2012
In a lengthy email to the senior class late last night, Senior Class Committee chair Chris Butterfield (MSB ’12) defended the controversial decisions of the Georgetown Day planning committee. Butterfield placed the responsibility for the scaled-back nature of the event on Georgetown students and our behavior. The full email is available after the jump.
In the email, Butterfield suggested that the expansion of the security barricades from just surrounding the beer garden to enclosing the entirety of Copley Lawn is an acceptable response to inappropriate behavior by a few students in the past.
Butterfield simultaneously rejected and employed, in the space of a few words, the logic that the actions of a few represent the entire Georgetown undergraduate community:
While scolding Georgetown students, Butterfield also said the decision to forgo the beer garden was supposedly made out of a sense of community. “We entertained the idea of having a beer garden, however seniors agreed that seemed to work more against the idea of community than toward it, segregating those who were 21 from those who weren’t,” Butterfield said. Earlier this semester, the administration claimed that the beer garden and inflatables were taken away because students hadn’t become involved in the planning process sooner.
The changes made to Georgetown Day will divide the student body much more than the beer garden supposedly did last year, for it will push the celebrations back into dorm rooms and off-campus townhouses. If Hoyas are celebrating Georgetown Day together anywhere, it will be on Leavey Esplanade, not Copley Lawn.
Apr 25 2012
In an email to the student body that would make Orwell proud, the “Georgetown Day Planning Committee” announced that Copley Lawn will be barricaded on Friday. No liquids will be allowed to pass through the metal barriers, which will be monitored by
While Coca-Cola is a sponsor of the event, that doesn’t mean you’re allowed to bring their products onto Copley Lawn. Woe betide anyone who attempts to drink a carbonated beverage on Copley Lawn Friday afternoon. The Committee also gleefully warned that anyone who attempts to climb over a metal barricade to access Copley Lawn will receive a citation from the fun police.
While the “all-student planning committee” sent the email, this group has existed for less than a month, and the email itself was sent from The Division of Student Affairs’ email address. It was the head of Student Affairs, Jeanne Lord, who expressed concern in March about the transformation of “a celebration of the campus community” into “a celebration by…the student community.” Students can celebrate the end of the school year, but only in University-approved ways. Even if the University has approved of the standard Georgetown Day celebrations for several years, they’re not going to fly this year.
The metal barricades and the University’s recent decision to eliminate the fun parts of Georgetown Day notwithstanding, the Committee insists this year’s celebrations will be the “best ever!” and the “best yet!”
Until this year, Georgetown Day did celebrate Georgetown. At the end of a long year, community members came together to have fun and celebrate their accomplishments over the previous two semesters. When GAAP weekends have coincided with Georgetown Day, potential students were attracted, not put off, by the carnival-like atmosphere.
Apr 24 2012
Alexander Olesker notes that since God is no longer caught up in helping Tim Tebow, He can go back to herding LOLcats to their graves.