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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.”
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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.
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Two more laptops were stolen this week, according to a University public safety alert.
After a female student fell asleep shortly after midnight on Monday, an unknown suspect broke into her Harbin dorm room and stole her laptop. Another student, who lives in Alumni Square, discovered that his laptop was stolen sometime between 10 p.m. on Tuesday and 4 a.m. on Wednesday.
In both cases, the residences’ doors were not locked.
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6:45 p.m. update: At her arraignment, Baltazar pled not guilty to charges of unlawful possession of and intent to sell marijuana and the sale of drug paraphernalia. She was released from custody, but the D.C. Superior Court recommended that she undergo drug testing and treatment.
During the arraignment, Baltazar’s attorney, Brian M. Heberlig, added that his client will be meeting with “the head of Georgetown’s student disciplinary board” on Friday.
Baltazar and Heberlig declined to comment on the case after the arraignment adjourned. Her next court hearing is scheduled for November 19 at 9 a.m.
5:00 p.m. update: According to MPD’s incident report, DPS reported to members of the Narcotic and Special Investigations Division that Baltazar was selling marijuana on the Georgetown campus. In addition to a substance that field-tested positive for THC, MPD also recovered drug paraphernalia in her room.
2:10 p.m. update: Baltazar will be arraigned this afternoon in D.C. Superior Court.
Wednesday, 1:25 p.m. update: According to University spokesperson Julie Green Bataille, Baltazar’s arrest was part of an “ongoing investigation” on the part of University Public Safety and the Metropolitan Police Department.
Last night, MPD and DPS “found reason to suspect drug use” in Baltazar’s second-floor Harbin Hall room, which led to a search of the premises and her arrest. In an email to Vox, Bataille added that the investigation is separate from another ongoing investigation into the arrests of Charles Smith (SFS ’14), John Romano (COL ’14), and John Perrone, a freshman at the University of Richmond. Romano was released by authorities and was relieved of all charges against him on Monday; Smith and Perrone were charged with conspiracy to manufacture and possession with intent to distribute DMT, a hallucinogenic drug.
“We are working actively with MPD to understand if there are any connections but at this time believe they are unrelated incidents,” Bataille wrote. “We do believe both of these recent incidents are unusual events on our campus and do not represent the vast majority of Georgetown students who contribute positively to our community.”
According to an MPD incident report obtained by the Hoya, MPD officers found “a green weed-like substance that tested positive for THC” in Baltazar’s room.
10:00 p.m. update: Bataille confirmed in an email that Kelly Baltazar, a freshman resident of Harbin Hall room 229, was arrested this evening by MPD and is “now in police custody.”
Original post: This evening shortly before 7:30 p.m., a handcuffed female student was seen being escorted out of Harbin Hall by University Public Safety and Metropolitan Police Department officers. Metropolitan Police Department Officer Hugh Carew said that MPD officers arrested a suspect at 7:16 p.m. at Georgetown University for unauthorized use of a controlled substance.
Later in the evening, Carew told the Hoya that Baltazar was arrested for “possession with the intent to distribute marijuana.”
According to Leigh Finnegan (COL ’13) who overheard a conversation between DPS officers on the ground floor of the dormitory, the student’s room was searched before she was detained. [Editor's note: Finnegan is the Voice's Assistant Leisure Editor.]
Vox will update this post as we learn more.
Additional reporting by Molly Redden.
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Posted by: Chris Heller in News, Vox Populi, tags: Crime, DMT, DPS, drug lab, Drugs, Harbin, MPD, Todd Olson, Washington Post
The Washington Post is reporting that University Public Safety officers received a drug tip on Saturday morning that led to the arrests of Charlie Smith (SFS ’14), John Perrone, a University of Richmond freshman, and John Romano (COL ’14), who was released by authorities yesterday.
The report contradicts statements made by Todd Olson, vice president of student affairs, who claimed in multiple emails that “a strange odor on the ninth floor” led DPS officers to Smith and Romano’s dorm room.
The Post spoke with an anonymous law enforcement official who claimed that Public Safety officers observed a student outside of Harbin Hall smoking what appeared to be marijuana. The student, however, told the DPS officer that he was smoking K2, a legal marijuana alternative made of crushed, chemical-sprayed leaves.
After being asked where he got the drug, the student then led to officer to Harbin room 926.
The law enforcement official who spoke with the Post added that a search of the dorm room found “five small pill capsules containing suspected DMT.” An additional search of Perrone’s car turned up “several empty capsules with traces of suspected DMT.”
According to a Metropolitan Police Department incident report, which collaborates the anonymous official’s account, officials also discovered “a green plant substance, a carbon dioxide cannister, homemade smoking devices, a grinder, a jar containing a red liquid substance, and a styrofoam cooler with dry ice and several jars containing a clear liquid substance,” as well as “a suitcase that has a strong chemical odor and contained ammonia, salt, lighter fluid, rubber gloves, and a turkey baster” in the dorm room.
Photo: Max Blodgett
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Tuesday, 6:45 p.m. update: According to an email sent to students by the University Housing Department, Facilities Management will test each residence hall’s fire alarm system this week.
Between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. tomorrow, Darnall and New South will be tested; LXR, Nevils, and the Southwest Quad will be tested later that day between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. On Thursday, Copley, Henle, Village A, and Alumni Square will be tested between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.; Village C will be tested on Thursday between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Original post: In an email sent to the Georgetown community shortly after 11 p.m., Todd Olson, vice president of student affairs, and Rocco DelMonaco, vice president of university safety, provided yet another update about the Saturday’s Harbin Hall evacuation and DMT arrests.
Despite the failure of the “audible portion” of Harbin’s fire alarm system, the email reads, the redundancies built into the system allowed the University to evacuate the building quickly. In response to the malfunctioning system, the University will test “all on-campus residence locations” later this week.
“We purposefully build redundant means of effecting evacuations into our emergency plans in order to address life safety issues in multiple ways,” Olson and DelMonaco wrote. “Our actions on Saturday—including triggering the fire evacuation system and having multiple staff and law enforcement personnel make personal visits to individual residences, are examples of these redundancies.”
According to the email, the production of DMT is “an isolated event” that is “not something we have experienced before on our campus.”
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7:30 p.m. update: Earlier today, NBC Washington has additional details about the chemicals found in Harbin 926. While searching the room, the officers discovered “a pickle jar filled with a red substance, six mason jars containing a clear substance, and a turkey baster” as well as “a black suitcase [that] emanated strong odors.”
Original post: As reported earlier TBD, the Hoya and DCist, the Metropolitan Police Department charged two Georgetown freshmen and a freshman at the University of Richmond for manufacturing a controlled substance.
Charles Smith, John Romano, and John Perrone were held for questioning on Saturday after University Public Safety officers investigated a strange odor on the ninth floor of Harbin Hall. The officers discovered their so-called “drug lab” shortly after 5 a.m., which prompted an early-morning, building-wide evacuation. The three men were later arrested and removed from campus.
Early reports claimed that they were attempting to produce methamphetamine, however, Drug Enforcement Administration officials later confirmed that the drug was dimethyltryptamine, commonly called DMT.
DMT, a Schedule I drug, is typically consumed for its hallucinogenic properties, according to the DEA Office of Diversion Control. Due to the short hallucinogenic effects associated with the drug, consuming DMT is also known as “the businessman’s high.”
According to the University’s Student Code of Conduct, a student who “intentionally manufacture[s] counterfeit or controlled substance” can be charged with a Category C violation—”the most serious level of infraction.” Category C violations “likely” result in disciplinary suspension or expulsion.
Smith, Romano, and Perrone will be arraigned in court on Monday morning, according to TBD.
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Shortly after sending an email to the Georgetown community this evening, Vice President of Student Affairs Todd Olson sent a message to the parents of students about the arrest of two Harbin Hall residents.
Olson also emphasized the rarity of discovering a drug lab in a dorm room.
“This kind of incident is very unusual in our community,” he wrote in the email. “Please know that we work actively to educate our students and to enforce our policies and the law.”
The majority of the text of the email reflected the earlier message, which confirmed the production of DMT on the ninth floor of the dormitory.
“Please know that the DEA has informed us that there was never a health risk to students in Harbin,” Olson wrote.
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So if you were a passerby or a (formerly) displaced Harbinite with a camera phone, tweet your photos of the chaos @GtownVoice or upload them to the Georgetown Voice Flickr group and we’ll put them up on Vox!
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