Tweetacular Tuesday: National Dog Day Edition?

Good Morning, Hoyas!

In the wake of a Stressful Midterm Week Pre-Break Part 2, yesterday was #nationalpuppyday, so Vox found a few pictures of dogs that might cheer you up.


Not sure if these are dogs or bears but they’re still pretty cute.

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Messi comes to Georgetown, and no you (probably) can’t stalk him

Whether you’re a die-hard club soccer fan or can’t bring yourself to watch more than two minutes of a game without sheepishly checking your Facebook newsfeed, you’ve probably heard about Lionel Messi coming to Georgetown this week.

For all of you ‘Muricans who refuse to believe that the word “football” entails anything else but a good ol’ pigskin: this is a really big deal.

Not only will one of the most popular soccer players of our time be in D.C., but the entire Argentine soccer team (consisting of 12 players such as Sergio Aguero from Manchester City and Javier Mascherano from Barcelona) will be training at Georgetown all week starting on Tuesday as a buildup to their match against El Salvador at FedEx Field on Saturday.

According to an article in the Washington Post, the team is paying Georgetown an “undisclosed fee” to train on its facilities both before and after the game. From there, the team will fly to New Jersey to play a friendly against Ecuador at MetLife Stadium.

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GUSA inauguration marks new era of the Funny Guys

Joe Luther (COL ’15) and Connor Rohan (COL ’15) were sworn in as the new executives of GUSA on Saturday afternoon. To a small gathering of GUSA members, family, friends, and beautiful press, they gave brief speeches and pledged their undying commitment to the tumultuous apparatus that is our student government.

Luther opened up his remarks by reminding the room of the down-to-earth demeanor with which he and Rohan intend to manage GUSA.

“On a campus known for attracting pre –professionals, GUSA has accrued a sustained reputation for attracting resume-builders, and Bill Clinton clones. GUSA is supposed to serve the students and over the years it has alienated the very people it was designed to represent,” Luther said.

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The Center for Social Justice coordinates the first ever Social Justice Week

In efforts to get students excited about certain things on campus, Vox has noticed that there have been a lot of “themed” weeks lately. From Choice Week, to Arts Week, we now have another week in our midst. Starting today, the Center for Social Justice will be coordinating the first ever Social Justice Week, which will be six days of events highlighting the wide range of social justice work from departments and organizations throughout Georgetown’s campus.

The goal of the initiative is to feature the many different social justice organizations across campus, while raising awareness for students that might be interested in becoming more involved with this social justice work.

“By co-sponsoring events with departments and organizations across campus, we hope to make Social Justice Week accessible and exciting to students who engage with any number of social justice and advocacy-related topics and issues,” said Bryn Bogan (COL ’16), one of the students on the planning team for the week.

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Ute-anized: Hoyas’ season ends at the hands of Utah in Third Round of NCAA Tournament

PORTLAND, OREGON — November can’t come soon enough.

The Georgetown men’s basketball team’s 2014-15 season came to an end Saturday night, as the four-seeded Hoyas (22-11, 12-6 Big East) fell to five-seed Utah (26-8, 13-5 Pac 12), 64-75, in front of 17,370 fans at the Moda Center.

A back-and-forth affair till the final few minutes, with six ties and seven lead changes, the Hoyas could not overcome the hot shooting of the Utes, who shot 58 percent from the field, including 8-of-14 from three-point range, to advance to their first Sweet 16 since 2007.

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We Are Georgetown and You’re Not: Hoyas prepare for Utah with Sweet 16 at stake

PORTLAND, OREGON — Fresh off their 84-74 win Thursday night against 13-seed Eastern Washington, the four-seeded Georgetown men’s basketball team (22-10, 12-6 Big East) will face five-seed Utah (25-8, 13-5 Pac 12) in the Third Round of the NCAA Tournament Saturday night. Tip-off is set for approximately 7:45 p.m. EST.

Against the Utes, the Hoyas will look to earn a spot in the coveted Sweet 16 for the 12th time in program history, as well as for the first time since 2007.

“We’re not here, we’re not playing in this tournament to say we won one game,” Georgetown Head Coach John Thompson III said during his press conference with the media Friday. “That’s not why we’re in this thing. I think our teams feel we still have some unfinished business, and we’re anxious and excited to play tomorrow.”

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Serving Up: Basil Thai

Wisconsin is like a mini-streak of the tundra and sometimes the only thing that can warm up your soul on that Avenue is noodles and rice.

Vox is am convinced that is what the lunch gods preached as they created Basil Thai, a place where one can forego Georgetown glamour in favor of a homey atmosphere and incredible food.

The restaurant is tucked into a brick wall and is the size of a big living room; the mango-colored walls make it feel like a wise old woman’s kitchen. Circular mirrors speckle the room, and light comes in from a few small windows. Near the kitchen the lamps glow orange and a wood bar holds cat statues and bonsai trees. Light jazz music plays, the kind you’d hear during the mellow scenes of Woody Allen movies.

Our waitress was ever-smiling and actually seemed genuinely concerned for the state of Vox‘s vegetarianism. She brought us free spring rolls and then proposed vegetable alternatives to every option Vox mentioned on the menu. Vox took her advice to order yellow curry with tofu, but only after some agonizing.

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GUSA report and petition regarding 2018 Campus Plan calls for student mobilization

On Wednesday, the GUSA Campus Plan Subcommittee released a detailed report on the impacts of the 2010 Campus Plan on the Georgetown student body. This report encourages proactive student engagement in the collaboration process for the upcoming 2018 Campus Plan, starting with a petition.

As listed in the report, the 2010 Campus Plan included multiple undergraduate housing requirements: an additional 385 students housed on campus by fall 2015, the movement of all 65 students in Magis Row closer to campus by fall 2016, and the long-term, athough not legally binding, goal of housing at least 90% of undergraduates on campus by fall 2025.

The GUSA report stresses the importance of student involvement in the 2018 Campus Plan negotiations. The plan, a 20-year binding agreement, will have to account for the aforementioned provisions for increased on-campus student housing from the 2010 Campus Plan.

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Office of Residential Living offers new housing options for study abroad students

As of this week, the University housing policy announced last year that prompted outrage from students has officially been overhauled—or at least, significantly improved.

Detailed in the housing selection book, the policy stated that those studying abroad in the Fall of 2015 could not enter the housing lottery in the Spring of 2015 and thus, would not be guaranteed housing upon their return to campus.

This clearly had negative implications for students planning on studying abroad; as the Students Against Restrictive Housing Policy Facebook page stated, “This policy essentially states that any student who wishes to receive desirable, on-campus housing must forgo Fall study abroad which severely limits many students’ ability to take advantage of study abroad programs.”

Measures taken by Will Simons (COL ’16), Declan Kelly (COL ’17), and Ken Nunnenkamp (MSB ’16), however, have allowed for significant changes to be made to the policy.

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NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-2nd Round-Georgetown vs Eastern Washington

On to the Next One: Hoyas fly by Eastern Washington to advance to Third Round

PORTLAND, OREGON — The doubters may rest.

With 13-seed Eastern Washington leading Georgetown 24-17 with 8:12 remaining in the first half, all of the ingredients were there for another March disappointment from the Hoyas against a double-digit seed.

Senior center Joshua Smith and senior forward Mikael Hopkins were sitting on the bench due to early foul trouble. Eastern Washington junior guard Tyler Harvey already had scored 10 points and appeared well on his way to another 25-plus point night. And the Hoyas were playing in front of a hostile Moda Center crowd flooded with Eastern Washington fans adorned in red, who made the five and a half hour trip from the Cheney, Wa. campus.

Despite all these adverse factors, Georgetown Head Coach John Thompson III and his team would not let the Eagles, as well as the Hoyas’ most ardent critics in the national media, have their way.

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