Vox Gets into Treble: Travel tunes

Whether you are going by plane, train, bus, car, or a more creative form of transportation, Vox has the perfect mix of tunes for your Easter break travels.

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Cry Me a River-a: DSR to Enter NBA Draft, Will Forego Senior Year

Georgetown junior guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera announced Tuesday that he will forgo his final year of eligibility and will submit his name for this June’s NBA Draft. Smith-Rivera plans to sign with an agent, removing all possibility that he will return next season.

“D’Vauntes has decided to enter the NBA Draft,” Georgetown Head Coach John Thompson III said in a press release. “He has given a great deal to this program and we will do everything we can to help him pursue his goals.”

This was a surprise announcement by Smith-Rivera, considering many NBA Draft experts, such as ESPN, DraftExpress, and NBA Draft Net all have him pegged as a player who will go undrafted in June. In fact, all three services have Smith-Rivera ranked outside of their Top 100 player rankings. For reference, there are 60 selections made in the draft.

Smith-Rivera led the Hoyas in scoring this past year, 16.3 points per game, as well as assists, 3.2 per game, and was an All-Big East 1st Team selection. The Big East Preseason Player of the Year entering this season, Smith-Rivera had nine games this season with at least 20 points and finished his junior season ranked 18th all-time at Georgetown with 1,386 points.

This will be a huge loss for a Georgetown team that will lose two starters, guard Jabril Trawick and center Joshua Smith, from this year’s NCAA Tournament team to graduation. If drafted, however, Smith-Rivera will become the first Hoya to be drafted since Otto Porter, Jr. was selected 3rd overall by the Washington Wizards in the 2013 NBA Draft. Overall, nine Hoyas have gone on to play in the NBA under Thompson. Only six have been drafted (Jeff Green, Roy Hibbert, Patrick Ewing Jr. DaJuan Summers, Greg Monroe, and Porter Jr.). Three players, Chris Wright, Henry Sims, and Hollis Thompson have played in the NBA after going unselected.

Photo: Noah Buyon


Students begin to question new Heckler posts, coup in talks

Credit: Georgetown Heckler Facebook

Recent articles from the Georgetown Heckler regarding Vice President of Student Affairs Todd Olson are beginning to raise eyebrows among the student body. 

Since the GUSA election of Joe Luther (COL ’16) and Connor Rohan (COL ’16) and their subsequent departure from the Georgetown Heckler (where they were editor-in-chief and managing editor, respectively), students have been wondering who has taken the reigns of the online humor magazine. 

“I really liked the direction in which Joe and Connor had taken the Heckler,” one student, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, noted. “I guess I was just surprised. My roommate showed it to me and said, ‘Isn’t this so weird?’” 

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Tweetacular Tuesday: Fake Laughs, unfair rankings, and unfriendly reminders from the registrar

Aaaand to start us off on this sunny Tuesday, we have a friendly (read: abrasive) reminder from the University Registrar to complete pre-registration for the fall of 2015. Unfortunately, Vox can barely stop sneezing due to the abundance of pollen currently in the spring air, so she’ll pass for now.

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President of NARAL Pro-Choice America visits Georgetown

Last Wednesday, President of NARAL Pro-Choice America Ilyse Hogue began an eloquent recount of the political state of abortion rights within 30 seconds of walking into White Gravenor. Her seamless transition into speech for the event, which was organized by H*yas for Choice, befits her role as one of Elle Magazine’s “10 Most Powerful Women in D.C.”.

“When we are denied abortion access, women get trapped in cycles of poverty, we can’t finish our education, we can’t go on and get jobs and contribute to society in the ways that we know make society better, but we also can’t make conditions so that we have a wanted family that’s taken care of,” Hogue said, presenting the academic groundwork for her organization’s support of abortion.

During her presentation, she discussed how America has departed from the Roe v. Wade decision of 1973, which outlawed states from banning abortion except for during the third trimester of pregnancy. Despite this ruling, states have been able to enact laws that implicitly block a woman’s ability to obtain an abortion. Texas, for example, recently passed a law requiring hospital-level upgrades that closed thousands of abortion clinics.

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Senator Marco Rubio seeks to overturn D.C. gun law

There is a senator going after a DC law, and no, it is not Ted Cruz.

This time, it is Senator Marco Rubio who is attempting to not only overturn all of DC’s gun laws, which are some of the strictest in the country, but also prohibit legislators from enacting additional laws to restrict gun ownership.

According to DCist, if overturned, District residents would have an easier time buying concealed weapons not only in DC, but also in Maryland and Virginia, states that have lenient gun laws.

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GUSA roundup

GUSA passes legislation to promote inclusiveness in student organizations

On Sunday evening, the GUSA Senate overwhelmingly voted to pass a legislative measure that will encourage Georgetown’s on-campus student organizations to have more inclusive admissions policies, specifically for upperclassmen and transfers.

Currently, some student organizations either do not accept applications from juniors or seniors at all, or they consider these applications less seriously than the applications of underclassmen.

Joe Picozzi (COL ‘17) and Sara Margolis (COL ’16) introduced the measure. According to Margolis, while some of these student groups do have practical reasons for rejecting upperclassmen applications—such as having an extensive, semester-to-year long training program—other student organizations have not provided legitimate reasoning for their blatant discrimination.

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National Zoo debuts two (adorable) Andean bear cubs

After a stressful week month of midterms, Vox wanted to share a bit of animal adorableness with you on this Monday morning.

This past Saturday, the National Zoo publically debuted two 19-week-old male Andean bear cubs. The two cubs, who were born at the zoo in November, were named Mayni and Munirim after votes from their fans.

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Senator Ted Cruz seeks to overturn two D.C. laws

Senator Ted Cruz is seeking to overturn two DC acts, the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act and Human Rights Amendment Act, on the basis that they violate religious freedom.

The Non-Discrimination Act prohibits employers from discriminating against those who have abortions or use birth control, and the Human Rights Act prevents religious educational institutions from denying funding to gay and lesbian student groups.

Cruz has not been the only one involved with this issue. As dcist reported, Heritage Action for America, an advocacy group, as well as other conservative organizations have encouraged Congress to oppose these acts. On the other side of the debate, more than 50 women’s rights and gay rights groups have pushed to maintain these laws so that “those who work and study in the District are treated fairly”.

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Talks with Vox: Creators of OWN IT Helen Brosnan and Kendall Ciesemier

Ladies, leave your men at home (or bring them to Gaston Hall to learn about female leadership), because this Saturday, March 28 is the second annual OWN IT Summit.

This week, Vox sat down with the creators of the OWN IT Summit, Helen Brosnan (COL ’16) and Kendall Ciesemier (COL ’15), to get some insight into the high-profile event.

Vox: How did you first get the idea for OWN IT?

Helen: We met when I was a freshmen and Kendall was a sophomore in the student group, GU Women and Leadership. We were in the group, trying to help form it, and we wanted to do this kind of big meeting at the end of the year, and the more we got into planning it, it became a bigger and bigger thing because we were like “Wow, this is a real issue on campus.” We thought, what about doing this meeting in the frame of leadership? No matter who you are, where you’re from, what your trying to do, let’s find out the best skills and best advice you can get to be the best sort of leader when you graduate. The more we went on, the more we had people say, “Thank God you’re talking about this, this is such a necessary conversation,” and I think people want an avenue and venue to talk about this.

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