On Saturday evening, in Healy Hall, GUSA executives-elect Nate Tisa (SFS ’14) and Adam Ramadan (SFS ’14) took their oaths of office and officially became the new leaders of student government.
Outgoing GUSA President Clara Gustafson (SFS ’13) swore Tisa into office.
“I, Nate Tisa, do hereby affirm that I will faithfully execute the office of the president of the Georgetown University Student Association and will, to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the constitution and bylaws of the student association,” he said.
Ramadan, incoming vice president, took his oath of office immediately after. Outgoing GUSA Vice President Vail Kohnert-Yount (SFS ’13) read the oath of office to him. He chose to place his left hand on Georgetown at Two Hundred and explained his symbolic reasoning for doing so later.
“In his speech, Nate said that we are at a crossroads, and, truth be told, it’s not only Georgetown that stands at a crossroads, but the Jesuit identity,” Ramadan said. “As a campus, we can drift away from tradition and just kind of wander off or we can reignite the fire and the passion in the community that have defined Georgetown for so long and bring the love and acceptance that this tradition has taught for the past 224 years. Part of the reason I brought that book is that it shows where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re going.”
Once Tisa and Ramadan were sworn in, each gave a brief address. After thanking Gustafson and Kohnert-Yount for their work as the preceding GUSA executives and thanking his campaign team for their support, Tisa addressed the unsuccessful GUSA tickets. “To me, the most remarkable thing about this campaign wasn’t the differences between the [different tickets'] platforms, but the similarities and the agreements,” Tisa said. “The student voice was very loud and clear on this, and we plan to move forward on those issues of agreement.”
… even though you probably won’t be able to get this close
Even though tomorrow’s inauguration is set to be a more subdued affair than that of four years ago, Vox knows Georgetown students will turn out to watch the inaugural in heavy numbers. After all, each student’s tenure only offers him or her one presidential election and one inauguration.
Tomorrow, Barack Obama will be inaugurated for his second term as the 44th President of the United States. Inauguration typically occurs on Jan. 20, but the 20th is a Sunday this year. Inauguration was moved to Monday, which is also Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
At noon today, President Obama was sworn-in privately, but he will take the Oath of Office and give his inaugural address publicly in front of the Capitol Building at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow.
Many Hoyas will flock to the National Mall and the Capitol to experience history. Here’s what you need to know before walking out the door tomorrow.
There were a limited number of tickets to watch the inauguration on the Capitol Grounds, but tickets are not required to view the inauguration on large TVs set up on the Mall. The Mall is open 24/7, but if you arrive before 7 a.m., you will be asked to leave periodically due to security sweeps.
The parade route runs along Pennsylvania Ave., and the street will be blocked off from the White House to the Capitol Building. If you are walking to the Mall, you will have to walk south toward Constitution Ave. Along Constitution Ave., there are specific points of access to the Mall, as well as parade route entry points. This map will help you plan your walking route and shows exactly where the parade starts and ends.
The parade begins at 2:30 p.m. and tickets are not required for viewing, but you are not allowed to lineup along the parade route before 7 a.m.
Metro planners estimate that 500,000 to 800,000 people will be using public transportation on Inauguration Day. To accommodate all of the visitors, Metro has extended hours beginning at 4:00 a.m. on Monday and continuing until 2:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning. Given the large amount of people who will be using public transportation, certain Metro stations, Archives, Mt. Vernon Square and the Smithsonian, will be closed. More information and a link to calculate the best route using the Metro can be found on the Metro website.
In a strange coincidence, the Presidential Inauguration/Martin Luther King Jr. Day long weekend will also promote something quite opposed to public service—binge drinking.
Well, not necessarily, but over 150 District bars will be open for extended debauchery starting tonight until Tuesday, Jan. 22. The D.C. council approved later last calls for certain bars last summer as way to generate easy tax revenue for the District government during the period of inauguration festivities. The later closings are estimated to rake in $750,000 for the local government.
Not all bars are eligible to stay open, however: Only 154 have been cleared to serve liquor till the wee hours of the morning and only so long as they serve food until 2 a.m.
Recent graduate of Howard University’s math department Roland Carter, now working as a Data Analyst at Friends of Choice in Urban Schools, produced a nifty interactive map detailing where the select establishments are and how far they are from the nearest Metro station. You can filter by Metro line, quadrant, and neighborhood.
Other than that, after the jump are Vox‘s choices for where to head to take advantage of later bar hours. Most Georgetown favorites—Tombs, Rhino, and McFadden’s (I guess?)—aren’t on the list. Take it as an opportunity to try some new places. Read the rest of this entry »
In an email blast, the Office of Student Housing informed students of the special housing guest policy during the 2013 inauguration. For the period between Friday, Jan. 18 and Tuesday, Jan. 22, students are permitted to host a maximum of two guests, which they must register with the housing office beforehand.
The email includes a friendly reminder that, as always, subletting isn’t allowed.
They also suspect that students will want to “gather” in townhouses and apartments during the long weekend. Although Housing hopes student gatherings are “fun and safe,” party rules still apply.
Due to the long holiday weekend, we are expecting students will want to gather in apartments and townhouses. We want you to have a fun and safe gathering and to remind you that University policies remain in effect.
The University adopted a nearly identical policy during the 2009 inauguration, even though this year’s email doesn’t include the line “we reserve the right to limit the number of parties in a given area.”
The District is bracing for hundreds of thousands of visitors on Inauguration Day, though 2013′s affair is expected to be more subdued than 2009′s.
In the interest of keeping you informed about the fine city we live in, Vox is starting a new feature, the District Digest, which will be a quick-and-easy guide to the most interesting and important D.C. stories of the week.
The big, sad, awful story of the week was the shooting at the Holocaust Memorial Museum on Wednesday. James von Brunn, an 88-year-old white supremacist, opened rifle fire at the museum, killing security guard Stephen Johns.
Plans for the District to get a voting representative in the House were derailed on Tuesday when Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton announced that she had decided to kill the D.C. House Voting Rights Actdue to the Ensign Amendment, a provision tacked on to the bill that would have all but eliminated the District’s gun control laws.
This week, the Voice printed a top-notch photo essay of Inauguration weekend in D.C. But we know that’s not enough. Below are more photos captured by Voice reporters of this week’s city-wide fete, in place of photo of the week.