Obama talks poverty, bipartisanship at Georgetown

President Barack Obama participated in a discussion Tuesday morning at the Catholic-Evangelical Summit on Overcoming Poverty with Arthur Brooks of the American Enterprise Institute and Robert Putnam of Harvard University. McCourt School of Public Policy professor E.J. Dionne moderated the panel in Gaston Hall.

Georgetown President John DeGioia noted in his introductory speech that Obama has worked to combat poverty through programs such as My Brother’s Keeper. The initiative provides mentors for young men living in poverty to help them reach high school and college graduation as well as obtain a job and support their families. Read More

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GUPD and Metro Police arrest Leavey Center robbery suspect

A suspect matching the description of one of the two muggers that robbed two Georgetown students at gunpoint has been arrested, according to an email sent to the Georgetown community by GUPD Chief Jay Gruber. The suspect, who was apprehended by GUPD around 5 p.m. Friday, allegedly committed the robberies Wednesday night. One student was robbed outside the MSB building and the other was robbed on 31st Street, around the corner from the Georgetown AMC theater.

According to Gruber’s email, the suspect was “found in possession of the weapon used in the campus armed robbery,” a silver revolver. He’s now en route to D.C. Jail after processing at MPD’s 2nd District Station.

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D.C. is finally getting a Snapchat story!

Get your front-facing cameras ready, humans, and prepare to represent Georgetown well on a world stage. D.C. is finally getting to join Riyadh and London as a Snapchat Story city today! It’s going to be focused on the Arsenal of Democracy World War II Victory Capitol Flyover, which is happening around noon at the Mall. The flyover is a celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Allied victory in Europe, or something. Go, take noisy selfie videos, and celebrate the end of your finals by getting ten seconds of fame.

Crime report: Two armed robberies in Georgetown, one on campus

Yesterday evening, two armed robberies in the Georgetown neighborhood were reported to the Metropolitan Police Department, with one occurring on Georgetown’s campus. 

The first occurred in at the Hariri Building, home of the McDonough School of Business between 9:45 p.m. and 10:12 p.m. According to the police report from the Metropolitan Police Department, a male and female approached the victim and demanded that they hand over their cellphone and wallet. While one suspect took the phone and wallet, the other “brandished a silver handgun and directed it at the victim.” The victim cooperated and was left unharmed.  Read More

Vox rises from the dead, introduces new editors (pt. 1)

Where has Vox Populi been for the past week, you ask? Preparing for finals, sitting on the lawn, stress eating, and planning for the wars to come. Today, we rise from the dark corners of the untapped internet. The following is an introduction to James Constant, one-third of the new Vox leadership team. Look out for introductions of his fellow editors tomorrow and Friday night. Reduced posting will continue through the end of finals. Summer Vox scheduling will begin on Monday. 

jamesifJames Constant was born on a windswept isle, in a time so far gone in both space and memory that nothing but the fading whispers of the elders remains of it. He is the seventh son of a seventh son, as quick with his wits as he is with a blade to a foul Crownling’s throat. Seeing the quickness of his strong peasant hands and the impish banter with which he addressed even a noble of the House of Glwyniwys, the prince seized James and carried him, bundled on the back of a mare, to his castle nestled in the hills above Glantowynrun, the provincial capital. The prince saw that the young lad had the talents to one day become part of the Twelvers, the secret order of jester-knights that guarded the royal family. Read More

Aramark workers on the record: Erenia Pacheco

16095440180_c1a12e53a4_kIn light of the recent negotiations between Aramark and its workers’ union, the Voice has done a series of on the records with Hoya Court and Leo’s employees. This week, the Voice sat down with Subway worker Erenia Pacheco. More interviews can be found here.

What do you do at Subway?

Well, I do a little bit of everything. I pretty much know how to do everything from baking bread, to prepping, to being a front line cashier, to washing dishes.

What would you say the best part of your job is?

Satisfying our customers, you know, making somebody’s day. Like, sometimes they come, and they have, they look sad or, and I just make like a little joke and then make their day and they smile  … [Students] are like ‘You guys are awesome. You guys are clean. You guys are outgoing. You guys have a good sense of humor. You guys make us laugh when we have a bad day.’ Read More

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Rally by Official Street Preachers emerges ahead of Westboro Baptist Church picket

Update 2:38 p.m.: The Official Street Preachers regrouped at the front gates after being escorted off of Red Square. According to one member of the Official Street Preachers, the group “had no idea” there was a protest planned by the Westboro Baptist Church.

They left campus before 3 p.m. in order to avoid the WBC protest. The OSP member called the WBC a “fake Christian group.”

Students were gathered around the OSP in counter-protest. Some held signs that read “I support equality” and “Hoyas for Others.” Various members of GUPride and the LGBTQIA community at Georgetown wore “I Am” shirts. Students are expected to gather in greater numbers for the WBC counter-protest.

Original post: The Official Street Preachers were picketing on Red Square this afternoon, just hours before the planned start of a protest by the Westboro Baptist Church. They were escorted off campus by the Department of Public Safety.

Come back later today for more information and coverage of the Westboro Baptist Church protest and counter-protest. Read More


Main campus exec faculty green lights diversity requirement

On Friday, April 24, the Main Campus Executive Faculty voted to approve the “Engaging Diversity/Differences” proposal which would incorporate diversity into the undergraduate core curriculum. Over 35 students gathered outside the meeting in Dahlgren Quad for a final show of support for the proposal. The vote is one of the final steps in the process of implementing a new core requirement.

Professor Ian Gale, chair of the MCEF, explained that other bodies must still approve the proposal even after Friday’s vote. “Once the MCEF has approved the proposal, it must still go to Provost [Robert] Groves, President [John] DeGioia, and the Board of Directors for final approval,” he wrote in an April 13 email to the Voice. The Board of Directors is expected to vote in June.

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GUSA exec comes out in support of GUPride’s counterprotest of Westboro Baptist Church

832138887_484754In a statement released Thursday, April 23, GUSA President Joe Luther (COL ‘16) and Vice President Connor Rohan (COL’ 16) announced their support of GUPride’s solidarity event in response to the Westboro Baptist Church’s planned protest on April 27.

“Joe and I will be participating on Monday, and we urge the rest of the student body to join in as well,” Rohan wrote in the statement.

According to GUPride President Campbell James (SFS ‘17), many different members of the Georgetown community will be present at the event, such as various student groups, Rabbi Rachel Gartner, and Fr. Raymond Kemp, who will give a closing interfaith prayer.

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Georgetown celebrates Earth, announces the second coming of compost

Georgetown’s celebration of Earth Day 2015 on Wednesday, April 22 marked an advance by students and the university in taking action to reduce waste.

In a press release dated March 23, Georgetown Dining and the Office of Sustainability announced a new composting program that will keep all kitchen waste and 25 percent of post-consumer waste from Leo O’Donovan Dining Hall and Epicurean out of landfills.

The move comes after a much-advertised composting initiative in 2012 that failed to materialize. On September 6, 2012, the Voice reported University Recycling Manager William Del Vecchio denying the truth of the statement on the Georgetown Dining website that “90 percent of all waste from Leo’s Dining Hall is composted.” Though 25 Magis Row townhouses composted their waste for a garden, “The Voice was repeatedly rebuked by contacts at Georgetown Dining when reporters asked for elaboration on composting practices, and was not given permission to enter the kitchen to observe the composting process.” 

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