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I know that we at Vox pulled a fast one on you devoted readers just last week when Vanya announced that Georgetown’s blog of record was going to be under new (but sort of old) management for the next two weeks. Well, as much as I’ve enjoyed being back here, I’m afraid that once again, it’s time for us to spend some time apart.
Starting this evening, Vox is going to be shut down temporarily until Monday, while our website developers get a brand spankin’ new site up and running. Until then, we’ll continue to update our Twitter and Facebook accounts, so you won’t be completely Voice-less.
See you all next week!
Photo from 123 Greetings.
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Earlier today, Georgetown students noticed that attempts to access many of the University’s websites, including such necessities as Blackboard and Hoyamail, were met with an error screen. According to an email sent by Beth Ann Bergsmark, the Senior Director of Academic and Information Technology Services, earlier this evening, the glitch was caused by “an unexpected network disruption” that lasted from approximately 4:45 p.m. to 6 p.m. After 6, University Information Services began to slowly but surely get its websites working again, and all were restored over the following three hours.
Below is the full text of the email:
Dear faculty, staff, and students,
This afternoon at 4:45 PM there was an unexpected network disruption affecting service to our data center that lasted until 6:00 PM. This caused Georgetown services, such as GUMail, Hoyamail, GUCalendar, departmental websites, and other services to be temporarily unavailable. UIS was able to restore services beginning at 6:00 PM with all enterprise applications being verified by 9:00 PM. We are going to continue to monitor the situation to prevent or mitigate a recurrence.
I apologize for the disruption. I encourage you to contact the UIS Help Desk at 202-687-4949 whenever you notice a disruption in service.
Beth Ann Bergsmark
Senior Director, AITS
University Information Services
Although Blackboard was frustratingly one of the last sites to be restored, it is a little disappointing that it came back so early—makes pulling the “UIS ate my homework” excuse that much trickier.
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About a week ago, some high school sophomore and Hoya hopeful took to Yahoo! answers to ask the Internet about his/her chances of getting into Georgetown. The kid asked for high school GPAs and SAT scores, and one of his two respondents gave him a legitimate, thought-out answer. But this commenter doesn’t even go to Georgetown. The post’s other respondent, identified only as “George,” gave Georgetown its best endorsement since the Athletics Department bought ad space on Justin Bieber’s forehead.
Dude, I attend Georgetown University, and all I did in high school was smoke pot. Don’t strees yourself too much….
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For all you Georgetown gals who previously had no way of knowing the top ten items you need in your fall wardrobe (if you don’t only wear J. Crew, that is), or where to go on a small venture outside of Georgetown this semester, your days of worrying are over–Her Campus has come to the rescue!
Her Campus, an online magazine geared towards the female college demographic, began two years ago when three Harvard students wanted to provide a publication specifically geared towards college women. The categories in the publication include style, health, love, life, career, and world, and the site now caters to over 100 campuses across the United States. We’re not sure why Georgetown has been so late on this bandwagon, but earlier this month, it finally arrived! The Georgetown page includes such categories as news, campus celebrities, campus cuties (!), blog, photos, and upcoming events.
Notable campus celebrities include the beloved Hangover star Bradley Cooper (COL ’97) as well as former president Bill Clinton (SFS ’68). Surprise, surprise. The photos section features a snapshot of a crowded Lau 2 during the third week of school (although whether the students are working or procrastinating while scoping for campus cuties is up for debate). In upcoming events, the much anticipated and appreciated Dayglow Paint Party coming up this Saturday holds a spot alongside the current art exhibition in Walsh’s Spagnuolo Gallery.
And, most importantly, Campus Cuties is currently featuring Jack Allen (COL ’13), whose ideal Georgetown date apparently includes dinner at the waterfront followed by a movie.
So for all you ladies just itching to find out what’s up and happening right now for Georgetown girls, you might want to check the site out. Or if you just want to nominate your favorite administrator or statue of our founder for Campus Cutie, Vox fully supports that.
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While Georgetown University waits for its campus-wide wireless network, the rest of the District faces its own battles of the Internet.
A yearly report by the Communications Workers of America on the Internet speeds of the fifty states (as well as DC, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands) ranks the District as having the 42nd slowest Internet in the country.
The report shows that though the median download speed in Washington has gotten faster since last year, the District’s ranking to fell from 37. The three fastest states are Delaware, New York, and New Jersey. California ranks 13th.
District neighborhoods with the fastest speeds are Foggy Bottom and Dupont Circle. The greater Deanwood and Fort Dupont areas have the slowest speeds.
Compared to the rest of the world, the United States’ Internet speed ranks 25th. So by the time you’ve finished reading this, someone in South Korea has already finished a sporcle quiz.
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Georgetown has had its share of campus celebrities over the last few years: Charlie Cooper, that kid who shot the toilet, the governator’s daughter, the iPod vigilante, and a host of bloggers, just to mention a few.
Joey Pearson (SFS ’14) seems to be the latest edition to our G-list celebs. Pearson’s YouTube account, the earliest entries of which feature Pearson singing hymns and pop songs while video blogging, has lately consisted of his Village C dorm room, advice for fellow freshmen, and stories about his experiences on campus.
Freshman tales aside, guy’s got some talent—he’s recorded five albums, according to an interview with the Hoya, and appeared on Star Search as a child.
The tragic flaw of many bloggers is thinking that anyone gives a shit about what they have to say. But, we have to give Pearson credit; he clearly loves Georgetown, he wants other students to enjoy college as much as he does, and the kid’s got a pretty good voice. (The thousand people who subscribe to his YouTube account don’t hurt his cause either.)
Welcome to the club, Joey. Just try to avoid ending up on Gawker.
After the jump, we’ve got some of Pearson’s latest clips about the bookstore and NSO.
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Although our Prefrosh Preview series is over, we still have one more thing to share with Georgetown’s newest students—Twitter.
While plenty of stories end up on Vox, we cover even more through our Twitter account. So, follow us. You might even end up on Twuesday Tweetacular.
To help the social-media inclined get adjusted to Georgetown campus life, we also made a few nifty lists that cover as many Georgetown-related accounts as we could find. (If we missed anything, be sure to let us know in the comments.)
If you’re interested in student groups, sports, academics, student media, grad programs, University services, or the professors who use Twitter, we’ve got you covered. (And we made a list of our favorites too.)
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Posted by: Chris Heller in News, Vox Populi, tags: Beth Ann Bergsmark, Cisco Systems, David Lambert, Irrelevant animals, RIP Media Adapters, Technology, The Internet, UIS, Wireless
Remember when we declared that “Georgetown is still not even close to being a totally-wireless campus?”
Boy, were we wrong.
Over the next academic year, University Information Services (UIS) will overhaul the network infrastructure of Alumni Square, Copley Hall, Darnall Hall, Harbin Hall, Henle Village, LXR, Nevils, Village A, and Village C.
That’s right—when UIS finishes its upgrades, every residence hall at Georgetown will have wireless internet access.
“Working with University leadership, we recognized that there’s many areas on campus that need wireless internet access,” UIS Director Beth Ann Bergsmark said. “But, everybody agreed that the residence halls are a priority.”
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Lau, you filthy, filthy library, you!
Over at one of City Paper‘s blogs, the Sexist, Amanda Hess has been doing a series on glory holes and public sex in D.C. in honor of “Glory Hole Month.” Today, she set her sights on the offerings of local colleges. She used postings from Gay Universe, a now-deserted website from the internet’s infancy (circa 1999/2000), to highlight the top spots for anonymous gay sex.
What was Georgetown’s glory hole destination? Lauinger Library! Unfortunately, while you can still see Lau listed on the page of D.C. Cruise Spots (NSFW), the actually thread about it has been lost in the sands of internet time. Tragically, it looks like we’ll never know exactly what Lau’s turn-of-the-millennium sex scene was like…
Libraries were the most frequently cited collegiate cruise spots, with AU and Gallaudet’s making the list as well. Particularly entertaining is the section about GW, which cites both Bell and Corcoran Hall as sex spots gone sour. In 2000, Corcoran recommended thusly: “Loud door makes time for recovery. Lots of hot GW studs await at both the urinal, and the stalls!” But two years later someone warned, “WATCH FOR UNDERCOVER COPS!!!!! ESPECIALLY ON THE WEEKENDS. I DON’T GO THERE ANY MORE, I’VE SEEN TO MANY MEN GET ARRESTED. IT’S NOT WORTH IT.”
Photo from Flickr user decaf, used under a Creative Commons license.
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