In this week’s feature, the winner of the Voice photo contest is Tiffany Kaul, for her photo entitled “Watcha Lookin At.” The black-and-white winner is Jeff Haake.
On the Editorial page, the Ed Board decries the restrictions that the University is putting on Georgetown Day, including requiring bag inspections and fencing off Copley Lawn. They note that the measures will drive students’ festivities off-campus, only further aggravating the neighbors.
In News, Eileen McFarland reports on Occupy Movement’s attempt to build strength and reassert its relevance during a general workers’ strike called “May Day” to be held on May 1.
In Leisure, Mary Borowiec reviews the Senior Art Majors Exhibition: 2012 being held in Walsh’s Spagnuolo Gallery and Walsh 102 through May 18. She notes that, through the exhibits, the common character is the depth and emotion of all the senior artists’ work.
This week’s Page 13 offers students tips on how they should prepare for the Administration’s scaled down Georgetown Day.
And, finally, in Voices, Sara Ainsworth writes about how the fictional world of The Hunger Games has recently helped her cope with the stresses of preparing for the real world.
Georgetown’s women’s cross country team wrapped up a historic season with the school’s first NCAA Division-1A National Championship today at Indiana State University. They took down Big East rival Villanova, who was looking for their third straight championship, and runner-up University of Washington.
Individually, senior Emily Infeld finished fourth in the 6000-meter run, as her 19:45 mark put her within three seconds of the winner. Earlier in the year, Infeld referred to her group as “the toughest” team and backed up her words by leading the Hoyas. The women were paced by Claire Richardson, Emily Jones, Kirsten Kasper, and Katrina Koogan, who all finished within nine seconds of each other and finishing between 33th and 46th place, respectively.
The women were not short on confidence and truly believed in each other, as their coach, Chris Miltenberg (MSB ’03), conveyed in an interview with the Voice in October:
“We train with the best people in the country every day, we run against the best competition at our meets. That gives us confidence.”
The men’s team finished in 17th place this weekend out of 31 qualified teams. The men were ranked 15th in the nation heading into Nationals and finished strong as well. This team has been a national power for some time and have only made positive strides since Director of Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Patrick Henner took over in 2007. The National Championship marks the fruition of years of hard work, especially for Infeld and her fellow seniors. Congratulations to our cross country squad on a spectacular 2011 season!
There are elegant townhouses aplenty in Georgetown, but have you ever wondered who exactly our influential neighbors residing in the multimillion dollar abodes are?
Lucky for you, this week’s issue of The Georgetowner features a two-page spread (above) showing where some of the most important and influential Georgetown residents live. Though the map is a bit hard to read, the list of VIPs is quite impressive, consisting mostly of politicians, influential journalists, and other Washington heavyweights.
John Kerry and Teresa Hines and New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd show up on N Street, while Senator Arlen Spector and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi appear down near K Street. Ben Bradlee and Sally Quinn, two former Washington Post editors, live on 30th Street, just a block away from famous Watergate journalist and author Bob Woodward.
The wide world of sports is represented, too—Paul Tagliabue, former NFL commissioner (and current chair of Georgetown’s Board of Directors), and Mark and Judy Lerner, owners of the Washington Nationals, live in Hillandale and by the waterfront, respectively. The rest of the list is rounded off by a mixture of television and print journalists, White House advisors, and philanthropists.
It’s a wonderful politically powerful day in the neighborhood!
Our licensing royalty ranking has been steadily declining throughout the decade. In the 2000-01 list, the earliest available on the CLC’s website, we were ranked 38th; by 2005-06 we’d inched our way down to 54th.
We had something of a resurgence in 2006-07, shooting up to 46th place thanks to our Final Four run. But the next year we fell back to down the 52nd, and now this year we’ve reached an all-time low of 57th.
After a mere four years as Georgetown’s Director of Athletics, Bernard Muir will be leaving for a post at the University of Delaware. Before coming to Georgetown, Muir served as the Deputy Director of Athletics at Notre Dame and as Director of the Division I NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship.
So, why he’s he making switch? Casual Hoya has some theories:
Muir’s seemingly odd move from the Big East to the Colonial Athletic Association has been linked to a variety of factors, ranging from his relationship with Georgetown President Jack DeGoia after interviewing for the same post at both Duke and Northwestern, his tense relationship with John Thompson (II), and simply a desire to go to a school that has a better football program, which is how AD’s really make their mark.
In need of a pick-me-up after this year’s disappointing season and the recent slewof desertions? Here’s a video to tide you over until Georgetown’s newest basketball player and hi-top fade enthusiast Vee Sanford hits the court next semester:
The U.S. Department of Education found that between July 2007 and June 2008, coaches of male Georgetown sports teams earned an average of $125,420 while coaches of female teams earned $53,6200 on average. Full-time equivalents who worked the testosterone end of things made $147,553 to female teams’ FTEs’ $64,344.
This compensation is comparable to Syracuse University’s pay scheme, but nothing like the disparity seen at similarly-sized Marquette University, where coaches of male teams make almost four times what coaches of female teams make, or Duke University, where salaries run $774,037 : $159,006 for coaches and $851,441 to $174,907 for FTEs.
What to make of all this? The Voice ed board had mixed feelings about the pay disparity at Georgetown, with some contending that coaches of female teams aren’t being fairly compensated if they are putting in similar hours, some asserting that the pay disparity is fair assuming that coaches of Georgetown’s high-profile men’s sports teams spend a lot more time recruiting and are highly sought-after.
Most agreed that at the heart of the disparity was sports fans’ preferences for male sports rather than female sports. What do you think?
Photo used with permission from Georgetown Sports Info.
That spiffy new t-shirt shooter that’s replaced the armpower of cheerleaders at Georgetown basketball games? It’s a Gatling Gun, reports City Paper, and it’s mighty powerful. How powerful?
“The gadget can shoot a dozen shirts 12 stories high in a matter of seconds, machine-gun style. Each shirt launch comes with a big whoosh followed by a puff of vapor from one of the rotating barrels. …. “The first time we used [the Gatling Gun], the tape that was holding the shirts together was getting blown off, it’s so powerful,” laughs Marc Goldman, who has MC’d the timeout entertainment at Hoyas home games for several years.”
Yikes. Dave McKenna explains that in 2007 1997, its oompf probably prompted Secret Service members to ask entertainers not to shoot t-shirts on the side of the arena occupied by then-POTUS Bill Clinton. The Washington Post‘s Dan Steinberg is pretty impressed by this hefty hurler, too. “Man, this is cool,” he wrote.
Photo taken from Flickr user sanchom under a Creative Commons license.
Last Thursday, when the Cuban soccer team was in town to play the US team for a World Cup qualifier, Cuban player Reinier Alcantar thought, “Thanks but no thanks on the health care and repression” and bolted from his hotel (emphasis added):
Alcantara got up from a sofa, walked down a hallway, found a service door, checked over his shoulder, stepped outside and sprinted toward freedom.
He ran, and ran, and ran. Six to eight blocks. At full speed, looking over his shoulder the whole way, worried that someone would snag him and deliver him back to the Cuban delegation. Finally, when he realized nobody was chasing him, Alcantara stopped at a corner, caught his breath, and flagged down a taxi.
He speaks very little English, but he used what he knew when he got into the taxi cab. ”Drive me far,” he told the driver, motioning with his hand. “Go far, far, far.”
His teammate Pedro Faife also ran away from the hotel Thursday. It’s a charming and exciting story, even if you think the US hates Cuba more than we need to. After the jump, Alcantara struggles not to be a fatty and discusses the world’s greatest city. Read the rest of this entry »