The Hoyas remain undefeated whenever J.J. pops balloons at the Verizon Center
Even though Vox brought you photos of Jack and J.J. earlier this week, Georgetown University Athletics uploaded this video today of J.J. in action at the Louisville game. If you didn’t make it to the game, you can still see him tear apart those balloons.
Our adorable mascot-in-training is finally ready for the big leagues. After months of doggy boot-camp, Jack Jr. will make his first appearance at a Georgetown basketball game, according to an email from Jack & J.J.’s caretaker, Fr. Christopher Steck. Instead of eating a box, J.J. will attack and pop balloons of the opposing team’s colors during the first half.
In addition, J.J. will be wearing an exceedingly cute jersey designed by Huggy Duggy, a company founded by Hoya entrepreneur Laura Farina (COL ’83). See photos after the jump.
Finals week has taken a toll on Vox lately, but Comments of the Week will be running regularly. This past week, we saw the disappearance of the Healy clock hands and the selection of commencement speakers.
No current students were involved in the clock hand theft, only a well-meaning alumnus on the hunt for history’s greatest lost treasures. But what do the clock hands have to do with history’s greatest lost treasures?
It all started when a rival treasurehunter accused my great uncle Theodore Gates of that my great uncle Theodore Gates sunk the battleship Maine and started the Spanish-American War. I had to defend my family and find the truth, which somehow led me on a chase for the lost platinum hoard of the Committee of 300. One clue led to another until I discovered that the latitude and longitude coordinates were sealed into the Healy tower clock hands after they survived the British burning of Washington in the War of 1812 and were eventually given to Georgetown as a gift for harboring America’s founding documents during that troubling time. The clock hands form a sort of puzzle that only a master historian/treasure hunter/puzzle enthusiast/Georgetown alumnus/somehow both dashing and approachable man such as myself could figure out.
Yesterday, the Healy Clock thieves posted on CollegeCraig, a website for students to buy, sell, and trade items, offering to return the clock hands in exchange for the tall order of Jack Jr. and a negotiable two cents USD. The ransom, posted at 2:50pm on Thursday afternoon, is written as a poem.
“We have your key to make Hoya history/ And since we’re not much for the publicity/ we’ll give it back in double, but don’t want any more trouble. The semester is getting late so stand down/ bring us the dog and wait wait wait,” the poem reads. But he’s just a child!
Jack Jr., also known as J.J., came into the world of Georgetown in late March, and is a mere five months old. He currently resides in New South with Jack the Bulldog and caretaker Rev. Christopher Steck, S.J., and reportedly has a “mellow personality.” Jack Jr. is the mascot-to-be of Georgetown.
Whether or not the university will cave in to these demands is to be seen. For now, the clock hands remain under the stewardship of Reaper, Goliath, and Juliet.
On Wednesday evening, GOP presidential contender Newt Gingrich spoke to a sizable audience in Gaston Hall, while a protest of slightly smaller size took place outside Healy Hall.
If we told typical that a former Vox editor was Chair of GU College Republicans, he might actually die of shock.
“[Editor's note: Stangler is a Voice staffer]”
[Reader's note: excuse me while I die of shock]
Very Impressive thinks very highly of the protestors‘ loquacious expostulation, based on a de/gendered-Baudrillardian discourse of granulated subjectivity:
You must have gone to college Gina!!! You already sound like a po-mo professor infused with some lefty mysticism (voices amplified by their collectiveness). Great work. For the perplexed, a great guide on how to speak post modern. You are an inspiration to us all.
In two weeks, a four-month-old bulldog puppy named Jack Jr., or J.J., will join Jack the Bulldog as a Georgetown mascot-in-training. The puppy was a gift from bulldog breeders Janice and Marcus Hochstetler, the parents of two Georgetown students. In a University statement, Jack’s caretaker Rev. Christopher Steck, S.J., noted that J.J. has “the bulldog penchant for wrestling and already enjoys ripping boxes apart.”
“J.J. has a very mellow personality,” Steck said. “He likes to sit in laps and is curious about the sights and sounds of the world.”
On the afternoon of April 13, the University will hold an official welcome party for J.J. A website will allow students to track J.J.’s progress as he travels from his birthplace in California to the Hilltop. You can also check out this Facebook page for more photos and information about J.J. He’s also on Twitter.
J.J. will live with eight-year-old Jack in Steck’s New South residence, taking classes on box-eating and nap-taking. As he has since 2003, Jack the Bulldog will still appear at Georgetown games in the fall, while J.J. learns the ropes.
“Jack’s presence will provide important support to J.J., since the older dog is already comfortable with his life as a mascot at Georgetown,” Steck said. “J.J. will be looking for signals from Jack, and Jack’s enthusiasm in different environments will encourage J.J.’s own.”
J.J.’s arrival signals the beginning of a transition period from one mascot to another, as age begins to take a toll on our current mascot. Jack tore his ACL while jumping onto a couch earlier this year, and is expected to have surgery in April.
“We are extremely grateful for the Hochstetlers’ gift of a new bulldog puppy to the Georgetown community,” said University spokeswoman Stacy Kerr in a statement. “We are thrilled that J.J. will be joining Jack the Bulldog on campus.”