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University services was the second-largest contributor to GU’s 2011 deficit.

Finalized Student Life Report Debuts

GUSA Groups submitted requests for about $1.5 million to GUSA Sunday. NEWS, A4


GU Runs Deficit for Robbery, Ninth Straight Year Assault

Mariah Byrne Hoya Staff Writer

The university ran a $12.8 million deficit in fiscal year 2011, continuing a trend of financial losses that began in 2003. The university’s bottom line has been in the red for nine years, despite the main campus and the law center pulling in more than $19 million collectively each year during the same time period. This year’s deficit, however, was smaller than the $25.5 million shortfall projected by the University Budget Office. Peer institutions including Boston College, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Pennsylvania have been operating at a profit through the recent

economic recession. The George Washington University also saw positive net revenue in fiscal years 2010 and 2011, although it experienced a deficit in 2009. University spokeswoman Stacy Kerr attributed the continual deficit to Georgetown’s commitment to fully meeting demonstrated financial need, research investments and the launch of the current capital campaign. According to Kerr, these initiatives, particularly the supply of financial aid, are not undertaken to the same extent at peer institutions and will help secure future philanthropy. After the Georgetown University Medical Center, university See DEFICITS, A5

Out with a bang: Clark, hoyas crush IRISH

Sam Rodman

ment of the Club Sports Advisory Board and laid the groundwork for Student Activities Fee Aiming to provide a 10-year Endowment reform. This year, the committee blueprint for the improvement of student life, GUSA released scrutinized the university’s five the final version of its Student advisory funding boards. The document also examines intelLife Report Monday. Some of the report’s recom- lectual life and university regumendations, such as hiring a lations related to student life. Tan listed the three most noprofessional director of club sports and adding satellite of- table recommendations as the fices for the Center for Social centralization of student space Justice, will require significant reservations, enhancement of cooperation from student orga- student intellectual life and nizations and the university ad- the addition of a sixth advisory board enministration compassing in order to “The recommendations groups probe enacted. viding alcoR e p o r t are specific, but ... this hol-free proCommittee Chair Shuo is just a small inkling of gramming. The report Yan Tan (SFS the possibilities.” recommends ’12) cautioned that SHUO YAN TAN (SFS ’12) a merger of Student Life Report Committee Chair the Georgewhile the town Prosuggestions are specific, they are intended gram Board and What’s After to catalyze conversation rather Dark. That new entity would collaborate with the Lecture than prescribe exact changes. “The recommendations are Fund as members of the sixth specific, but step back and say advisory board focused on ofthis is just a small inkling of fering low-cost events, like conthe possibilities,” Tan said. “Ul- certs and lectures. Other recommendations intimately, there’s so much more clude giving student organizathat can be done.” The report is the first com- tion officers online access to prehensive set of recommenda- their finances, codifying stutions for improving student life dent organization sanctions since the Georgetown Universi- and increasing opportunities ty Student Association released for faculty-student interaction. a similar document in 1999. See REPORT, A5 That report led to the establish-

SCIENCE Researchers are frustrated by the cost of academic journal subscriptions.

Hoya Staff Writer


Jason Clark hugs Jabril Trawick in Clark’s final game at Verizon Center. See A12.

On N St.

Two incidents Sunday night keep with trend of increased crime in Feb. Carly Graf

Hoya Staff Writer

Two male students were robbed at gunpoint of more than $2,000 worth of cash and other property Sunday night, according to a Metropolitan Police Department incident report. The students told MPD that they were walking near N and 33rd Streets when they saw the two suspects, both described as black males wearing dark clothing, standing against a fence. One of the suspects asked the students for a cigarette, and both students turned. One of the suspects then brandished a handgun and told the victims to “shut the [expletive] up” while the other searched through the victims’ pockets and took their property. After the theft, the suspects told the two students to turn around and count to 10. The suspects then fled toward Wisconsin Avenue. The robbery was the second of two unrelated incidents to occur on N Street Sunday. At about 2 a.m. that day, a female student reported that she believed she was sexually assaulted on the 1400 block of 36th Street, a block from the front gates. Though she could not remember the details of the incident, the victim told MPD that she either fell or was pushed to the ground by a white college-aged male with a buzz cut. The suspect was described as wearing a dark shirt and blue jeans. The victim, who suffered abrasions to the face, was interviewed at the scene by MPD detectives and agreed to go to the hospital later with a friend. These crimes are part of a string of incidents marking an overall increase in crime during the past month. The Department of Public Safety reported 57 crimes on and around campus in February, a 67 percent increase from the same period last year and a 15 percent increase since January, when 48 cases were reported. Fifteen of February’s cases are severe enough that they are being handled by MPD, more than double the seven cases referred to MPD in January. A slight increase in theft contributed to the jump in overall crime incidents. DPS reported 25 cases of theft this month, compared to 20 in February 2011 and 22 in January 2012. However, burglaries, which involve breaking and entering while thefts do not, See CRIME, A5

New CIO Prioritizes Collaboration Sarah Patrick Hoya Staff Writer

Lisa Davis, the university’s new Chief Information Officer, hopes to use her extensive career experience to change the way students interact with technology. After serving 23 years with the Department of Defense and three years as the CIO for the U.S. Marshals Service, Davis assumed her role at the university Feb. 6. “What really intrigues me is being able to come into an organization where I can effect change, be a part of that change, see an organization evolve and leave it better than when I came in,” she said. Davis said that in the past she has been known as a transformational

CIO, a reputation she plans to uphold in her new position. In her first three weeks on campus, Davis has begun working with both students and faculty to improve information technology at Georgetown, focusing on developing customer service and improving operations. Davis emphasized the importance of both establishing a standard for IT service and publicize initiatives and changes. “One of my first priorities is not only to … communicate that vision, so everyone knows where we’re going, why we’re going and how we’re going to get there, but also to ensure that investments we make from a university perspective are investments that make sense,” she said. Students who have worked with Da-

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vis in her first month have taken notice of the enthusiasm she has brought to the job. “It’s exciting to have someone in the position who can truly analyze what is going on and where we need to go,” GUSA Secretary of Information and Technology Michael Crouch (MSB ’13) said. “She’s truly going to look at the needs of all of the different players of the university and be able to develop solutions that work for every single one of them.” According to Davis, about 60 percent of the campus does not have wireless internet, and it is not feasible to rewire the oldest buildings on campus. “We must find a hybrid solution, so that we can build a solid infrastructure See DAVIS, A5 Published Tuesdays and Fridays


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Fostering a Culture of Generosity

Founded January 14, 1920

To the Editor:

Last week’s Georgetown University Student Association executive election generated an intense race, culminating in record voter turnout and a strong mandate for the winning ticket. Now that the dust has settled and Clara Gustafson (SFS ’13) and Vail Kohnert-Yount (SFS ’13) are president- and vice president-elect, the campus community can take a step back and learn some lessons from the election. The sheer number of tickets and high voter turnout show that GUSA’s influence is growing, but with this greater power comes higher expectations for the incoming administration. At first, the number of candidates seemed overwhelming and indistinguishable in this year’s election. But the seven tickets made for a particularly competitive race in which candidates were forced to develop sophisticated platforms in order to differentiate themselves. While some voters may have grown tired of the incessant campaigning, intensity brought out the best in both the candidates and voters. Last week’s elections generated meaningful dialogue in the context of both formal candidate debates and student discussion across campus. Come the actual voting period over Wednesday, Feb. 22 and Thursday, Feb. 23, a record 3,697 ballots were cast. But should GUSA fail to deliver tangible results in the next year, it runs the risk of disenchanting students for years to come. The expectation will be for Gustafson and Kohnert-Yount to deliver on their social justice-driven campaign and

enthusiastic attitude from day one. Larger ideas in their campaign, like an undergraduate research symposium and a more comprehensive administrative office of sustainability, will require collaboration and a sustained focus on those goals. The two will also have to maintain a commitment to the initiatives of their predecessors. Gustafson’s experience as a founder of the Social Innovation and Public Service fund, for example, should be an asset in implementing Student Activities Fee Endowment reform. The new administration will be most effective if it works enthusiastically to implement not only its own proposals but also those of the other candidates. The field of losing tickets contains several potential game-changers in GUSA, and the winners should take advantage of the wealth of talent and ideas their opposition represented. Gustafson and Kohnert-Yount were ultimately successful because the student body supported their platform and approach to their campaign and appreciated the experience they bring to the table. Still, with six other tickets to choose from, a majority of voters gave their first-place votes to other pairings, meaning that the new president and vice president have many students left to win over. An increased number of competitive tickets and record high-electoral participation are indicators that this year, students really think GUSA can change life on the Hilltop for the better. Now, it’s up to Gustafson and Kohnert-Yount to follow through.

Standardizing Theses At some universities, senior theses are a rite of passage. After months of painstaking research and countless cups of coffee, seniors have a lengthy treatise that they can point to as a substantial, publishable achievement. While Georgetown thankfully doesn’t require a thesis of all seniors — months of intensive research isn’t for everyone — the university should make the process more uniform for those who do want to take on the commitment. In fact, Georgetown makes the process difficult for seniors who want to write a thesis. In some departments of the College, like English and government, a student must apply to a small and exclusive honors program to write one. The School of Foreign Service offers students the chance to apply for the honors program and write a thesis; for certain SFS majors, a thesis is required of students whether or not they are in an honors program. In the School of Nursing and Health Studies, the process of honors declaration varies, but certain programs require students to apply by their second year to write a thesis senior year. Meanwhile, McDonough School of Business students do not have the opportunity to write a thesis at all; instead, each major features projects students are required to complete before graduation. Some of the university’s honors programs start

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Ending on a High Note — Men’s basketball defeated Notre Dame on Senior Day, 59-41. See our coverage on A12. Ill-Fairing Taxis — The D.C. Council is considering raising cab fares for the D.C. area. See our coverage on A5.


Into the Wild Blue Yonder — Metro employees rescued an injured American bald eagle that was trapped in a fence that ran along the Blue line in Virginia.


A Sea of Gray — Saturday’s men’s basketball game against Villanova was a 21-point win for the Hoyas and saw the highest turnout of the season.

Lights Out — The District’s Department of Transportation will turn off Dupont Circle’s traffic lights for maintenance beginning at 10 a.m. today.


so early that students cannot go abroad in the spring of their junior year, meaning they must effectively decide whether or not they wish to pursue a thesis by the time study abroad applications are due in the fall. It is also unfair to eliminate prospective honors program applicants on the basis of overall GPA. Honors programs typically require either a GPA of 3.33 overall, provided a 3.67 in classes pertaining to one’s major, or an average GPA of 3.5. Adjusting to a college course load out of high school can be difficult, and freshmen may not be planning to write a thesis when they first enter Georgetown. Poor grades during their first two semesters should not become an insurmountable hurdle to students’ pursuit of theses. For those students who may not be able to participate in the honors thesis program within their major — whether it be due to a rough first year or the choice to study abroad — departments should establish thesis classes that students can take independently of an honors program. At the very least, students should be allowed to apply to write an independent thesis. Writing a thesis is difficult enough as it is. Students shouldn’t have to jump through so many hoops just to be given the opportunity.

Connor Gregoire, Editor-in-Chief

tions from seniors and young alumni have a big impact in funding scholarships and helping to free up other funds in the budget. Indeed, that is why the Senior Class Fund takes as small or as large a gift a person can make. Philanthropy must be cultivated, and it is a necessary tactic to use even the smallest amounts of giving to get young alumni in the habit of giving back to their alma mater. The idea of philanthropy is not limited to the giving of massive means, or even means at all. Giving time, talent or funds to your alma mater is always appreciated and will allow for the next generation of Georgetown students to shape the world as we know it. Count me as one of the people who find themselves incredibly blessed to be given the opportunity to make a difference, no matter how small (and it’s pretty small) in my early 20s. Let us not bicker over requests from the university but simply respond by either giving what we can, or not. It is certainly a choice.



High Hopes for New Exec

I write in response to the editorial entitled “Right Idea, Wrong Donors” (The Hoya, A2, Feb. 23, 2012). This editorial not only misses the point of the university’s current capital campaign completely but also uses at least somewhat questionable claims about the university’s financial sensitivity to back up its main argument: that current students and young alumni should not be asked to donate to Georgetown. The idea that Georgetown’s raising its tuition by 3.5 percent each year through 2016 is a reflection of the university not realizing the financial hardships evident in our current economy simply misses the mark by a wide mile. If it weren’t for generous alumni philanthropy, that increase would likely be higher. Because tuition covers only part of what it actually costs Georgetown to educate students, all students benefit from alumni philanthropy. In aggregate, even small contribu-



I will never give to Georgetown. It is insulting and insensitive to be charged one of the highest costs of attendance in the country and then be hit up for even more money before and after graduating. I have made enough sacrifices to this university already. And don’t claim that we owe it to Georgetown. I earned my accomplishments, Georgetown didn’t give them to me and I paid handsomely for the product Georgetown sells — college degrees. There are no favors to be repaid.

Anonymous on “Right Idea, Wrong Donors” Posted Feb. 24, 2012

THE RAW DEAL by Anthony Mastroianni

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VIEWPOINT • Preston Mui


VIEWPOINT • Dennis A. Williams

Inequality Stats Miss Big Picture A Deeper Diversity


n a recent issue of THE HOYA, Brian Shaud argued that rising income inequality in the United States has exacerbated a number of social ills and threatens to destroy the promise of the American Dream (“The Growing Wealth Gap,” A3, Feb. 6, 2012). Liberals are missing the point when it comes to inequality. I don’t deny that inequality exists, that it matters or that it’s a problem. But I think that focusing on income inequality is misleading and distracts us from the real problems that face America in the 21st century. The principal statistic on income inequality is the gini coefficient — basically an index of income dispersion in a country. The gini coefficient as a measure of injustice, however, it is problematic in a subtle way. First of all, income is not an accurate measure of well-being. Consumption — spending money on the things that make our lives better — is. Take Warren Buffet, who has a very high income but also donates 99 percent of his wealth. His personal consumption is not nearly as high as his income. The inequality between his life and ours is far lower when we consider how much he actually consumes. In fact, if we raised Buffet’s taxes, the burden wouldn’t fall on him in any meaningful way because he isn’t using his fortune for himself anyway. As it turns out, data published in an article in The New York Times by W. Michael Cox and Richard Alm (“You Are What You Spend,” Feb. 10, 2008) suggest that the increase in consumption inequality has been far lower than the increase in the gini coefficient.

Secondly, the gini coefficient is influenced by many things other than social inequity. People tend to earn more as they grow older, so different age dispersions can change the gini coefficient. Some of us will choose to work long hours as investment bankers, consultants or lawyers, while others will place a higher value on leisure. Some of us will choose to forgo income now for income in the future. When it comes to a social justice viewpoint, it could be argued that all of these are morally neutral decisions. Any increase in the gini coefficient from these factors represents the outcomes and interactions of many perfectly acceptable actions and preferences. In fact, some negative aspects can decrease the gini coefficient, and some positive factors can increase it. The financial crisis wiped out a large portion of the income gains of the top one percent, especially in the financial sector. If American immigration laws changed to allow more poor immigrants to work in the United States, we could lift a large number of people out of poverty even as our gini coefficient increased. Finally, not all inequality is necessarily bad. Bill Gates and Steve Jobs earned their riches mainly by providing useful products for the rest of us, and the majority of us are better off because of them. Those who do a lot for the world deserve high incomes. This isn’t to say that there are no unjust causes of inequality. In fact, there are plenty of examples. On one end of the distribution, we have a pub-

lic school system that, regardless of what you think of the proposed solutions, consistently under-educates and underserves at-risk children. On the other end, special interest and corporations have hijacked the policy-making process. Both of these are terrible social ills that increase inequality. Note that in all of these cases, inequality is a symptom of what’s wrong in our society, not the disease itself. Rather than obsess about a meaningless number, we should focus on ensuring that our rules and institutions are fair. If you’re concerned that low-skilled workers have poor job prospects, changing the tax code to redistribute income is treating the symptom. The better response is finding a way to increase our skilled workforce. If you believe corporations are fleecing the public, taking over regulatory committees and earning huge profits, the correct response is to find out how to stop the revolving door between corporations and politics. Increasing the corporate tax rate misses this completely. The gini coefficient is a poor measure of injustice, and those of us concerned about societal inequality shouldn’t get hung up on a simplistic and unreliable measure. Focusing on income inequality ignores the real problems. We should instead focus on ensuring that the rules of the game are not rigged in favor of special interests. That guarantee of a fair and honest process, not the guarantee of an outcome, is the American Dream. PRESTON MUI is a junior in the College and president of Hoyas for Liberty.



or most of its history, the majority of American higher education has been segregated by law or custom on the basis of gender, religion, national origin or race and ethnicity. The reason is simple: Americans on the whole have never believed that everyone should be educated. This is true even of our sad public education system, and so despite the remarkable changes of the past 50 years, it is no surprise that higher education remains as much a system of stratification as of democratization. Our discussions of diversity, however, tend to overlook that history. Diversity is often expressed as a no-fault remedy for an unacknowledged crime. The idea of diversity has become a marketing tool. Like wi-fi, fitness centers, sushi bars and on-campus arenas, it is an amenity of the modern college. For some, it has become a strategic means to a practical end — an essential component in training an elite manager class for a global economy. Yet still, after 30 years of effort, its advocates must confront resistance ranging from the glassy-eyed indifference of most college students to the affirmative-action opponents who will bring the battle once more to the U.S. Supreme Court this year. Resisters tend to see diversity as a contrived impediment to the natural order of things, which is a system that reinforces privilege for the more affluent. Any presumably neutral process in which the winners were predominantly poor and colored would be immediately dismissed as flawed. The game, in other words, is so thoroughly rigged that we are all trained to believe that the losers could not possibly win. The preferences are so entrenched that it is difficult to discern how much the system supports the status quo, from the way knowledge is conveyed and assessed to the way education is paid for.

A fair competition would reward the smart and talented according to their natural distribution among the population pool — regardless of where they come from. This would be a natural diversity that would not depend on adding weight to scales that were built to be imbalanced. And this would require a radical rethinking and repurposing of education. In a public forum on affirmative action more than eight years ago, University President John J. DeGioia mused aloud that perhaps it was time to reclaim the language of social justice in the diversity debate. To do that would be to recognize that diversity is not a noble act of charity. Segregation is something that Georgetown practiced for nearly 200 years while alumni built up considerable advantages in status, wealth and educational opportunities that benefit their progeny today. Diversity is what “we” as the majority do for ourselves to make us better people. In the process, we make room for some of “them” so we can learn from them and feel better about ourselves. Justice is what we do because it is the right thing to do, especially if that means we end up sacrificing power. If you believe that Georgetown exists to maintain the social status of the one percent, then diversity can be just a program, something that some people do while the rest of us go on about our business. On the other hand, if you believe that a Georgetown education should be for the greater glory of God and the salvation of humanity, then it is a blessing to be shared by anyone with the talent, the dedication and the heart to acquire knowledge for that end. DENNIS A. WILLIAMS is the director of the Center for Multicultural Equity and Access.


Advice to the GUSA Elect



A Growing Center of Education I

t would be impossible to replicate Qatar’s Education City project, a massive campus that houses educational facilities from elementary schools to branches of research universities, anywhere else in the world. There are eight Western colleges here in Qatar — a successful transplantation of the academic strengths, cultures and scholarships of Virginia Commonwealth, Weill Cornell Medical School, Texas A&M, Carnegie Mellon, Northwestern, HEC Paris, University College London and Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service. It took America over a century to build academic prestige. It took Qatar around a decade. This, however, couldn’t have happened in any other place at any other time. It takes political wherewithal, small size, money, open minds and room for development (and a dash of authoritarianism to get things done). The emir of Qatar realized when he came to power in 1995 that this country could not eternally survive on its natural resources alone. Since then, he has taken measures to advance his country with a concrete plan: Qatar National Vision 2030. One of the first priorities of this idealized future is to develop an educated population. Qatar is smart when it comes to many things. They have a compliant foreign policy, an intriguing dichotomy of being open while still preserving their culture and a grounded knowledge of how to utilize their abundant financial resources. But the most innovative idea Qatar has ever developed is Education City, now known as the Hamad bin Khalifa University. It’s an idea that will be heralded as one of the greatest educational inventions in history. And it will likely never be duplicated. Kuwait, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have skyscrapers,

natural resources and progressive attitudes. Saudi Arabia has all but the latter. Oman has a well-written plan for the coming decade as well. All Gulf countries have the money, but it takes a combination of factors to make an idea like Education City a reality. Kuwait has not taken the initiative to become independent from oil or from America; Bahrain has sectarian issues, Oman doesn’t have the political power and Saudi Arabia is too traditional. Most people think that the UAE would be better for Education

Nikhil Lakhanpal

Qatar is the perfect — and only — fit for the mega-university concept. City, but that’s far from the truth. There is no unity among the emirates, and there is severe inequality. Other regions of the world would be unable to recreate Education City, regardless of financial power. East Asia faces language barriers between countries; Europe (even without the euro crisis) doesn’t feel the immediate need for human development; American culture simply wouldn’t be accepting of the idea of a “megauniversity.” Education City is not one unified culture of athletic and academic strength, unlike the American

idea that college should be various unique cultures unified under one name. In the United States, college life is one unified culture of athletic and academic strength. Here, it is a combination of separate college cultures unified under one name and location. Qatar is the perfect — and only — fit for the mega-university concept. The education component of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, the organization responsible for Education City, is what makes Qatar different from the other Gulf countries. It has finances, the absence of political obstacles, diplomatic savvy, small size and a relatively progressive attitude. These features are the same that attracted FIFA to Qatar for the 2022 World Cup, and they’re the same features that will likely bring the Olympics here in 2020. Worldwide, people complain about the human rights issues in this region, but without a massive manual labor force, the efficiency necessary to achieve the Qatar National Vision 2030 would be absent. The fact that the majority of the students in Education City aren’t Qatari is a nonissue as well. Most graduates of the different branch campuses here plan to work here, regardless of national origin. The culture of Qatar might change as the native Qatari population becomes smaller, but this tiny peninsula in the Persian Gulf will become only richer in human and financial capital. Education City is at the center of it all, and if other countries think they can replicate it, they are, at least for the present, dead wrong. Nikhil Lakhanpal is a freshman at the School of Foreign Service-Qatar campus. CUTTER, KUH-TAWR, QATAR appears every other Tuesday.

fter two weeks of giant flags, Ru- istrative interests converge, but some of bik’s cubes, parody campaign the most important problems require videos and an entire forest’s GUSA to stand up against the adminworth of fliers, at last the Georgetown istration on behalf of students. When University Student Association execu- visions diverge and the student body tive election is complete. needs an advocate, GUSA must fight. In a remarkably competitive election, GUSA, at times, must be a gadfly to the I congratulate Clara Gustafson (SFS ’13) higher-ups at Georgetown, pestering and Vail Kohnert-Yount (SFS ’13) for and persisting in its biting until those their victory. The celebration phase for in charge wake up and listen to student them must be short, though, for there voices. is much that needs to be done. And for If I can offer one suggestion to the all the campaign hours, makeshift mot- new executives, let it be this: Make hutos and obligatory promises, the future mility the fundamental virtue of your of their administration remains com- administration. Reach out to the other pletely transparent. candidates who took part in this impresHere’s my one piece of advice, chan- sive election campaign, and bring them neling the spirit of a certain Hoya and into your administration; some of their former U.S. President: Don’t forget, it’s ideas might be better for Georgetown the students, stupid! than your own. Acknowledge that GUSA It is easy to promise the moon in an is only one part of Georgetown that can election campaign. But now GUSA and only leave a small but lasting impact on Georgetown return to reality: We are our university, and even then only with full-time students great dedication and with limited energy, a little luck. resources and atDon’t try to tention spans. The change Georgetown incoming adminis— instead, seek to tration will have to love Georgetown prioritize and keep and the students its focus on stuhere to the best dents. of your ability. All GUSA should not, else, including a cannot and does not healthier and better Michael Fischer exist to solve every Georgetown, will issue ailing the uninaturally follow. versity. That’s the The eyes of GUSA is only one part of Georgetown now reason why Georgetown possesses Georgetown that can only fall on you. We look an institutional to you for leaderleave a small but lasting ship, for inspiraframework: so the burden doesn’t fall for passion. impact on our university. tion, on one organizaThe campaign was tion. Gustafson and the easy part. MisKohnert-Yount should let these other takes will be made. Accept them. Battles institutions handle their specialties and will be lost; show no signs of discourageforemost assignments. GUSA can and ment. Challenge the Georgetown comshould at times play a supporting role munity, in particular the undergradufor such groups, but GUSA has its own ate students, to be more authentic. unique niche at Georgetown: student Student leaders come and go. It is all life. but certain that five years from now few Sustainability is an important issue, will remember a particular administrawhich is why we have a Sustainability tion. Don’t let this fact instill despair, but Office under the Senior Vice President. instead encourage resolve. For in the end, Diversity, too, needs to be addressed — Georgetown — this Hilltop, Jesuit educathere are no less than five Georgetown tion, the Hoya spirit, what happens here institutions already devoted to it. Social — is larger than all of us. It will endure justice is a fundamental aspect of a Jesu- all of us. It will persist after us. As student it education — hence why Georgetown leaders, whether as president of GUSA created the Center for Social Justice. Yet or of the most obscure organization on there are no other organizations with campus, we seek not fame, nor honor, as much potential and reach on behalf nor success, nor approval. Instead, we of students as GUSA. If GUSA will not hope that, long after we have graduated, work to devote the vast majority of its a new student will feel the impact of our time and energy to improving students’ time on the Hilltop and think Georgerights, space and experience, then no town is better for it. one will. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. But may The new executive branch will have Georgetown live forever. plenty on its plate: The organization serves as the primary conduit between Michael Fischer is a junior in the School students and the administration. Dia- of Foreign Service. CURA HOYANALIS aplogue is easy when student and admin- pears every other Tuesday.






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Carly Rosenfield (COL ’14), Co-chair of Georgetown Leaders for Unity and Equity, about taking on tough topics in the group’s weekly discussions. See story on A5.



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Students and Occupy Wall Street sympathizers gathered in Red Square Sunday afternoon to discuss the movement and its relationship with the university’s Jesuit values at a teach-in organized by Georgetown Occupy.

SFS-Q Strengthens Local Ties SARAH KAPLAN Hoya Staff Writer

Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service in Qatar signed an agreement with Qatar University Sunday to establish a five-year partnership between the two institutions. “We … are proud to partner with Qatar University, to build synergies wherever we can,” SFSQ Dean Gerd Nonneman said in a press release. The partnership will facilitate academic exchanges and faculty research collaboration and will also allow faculty to teach at both institutions. Students who

attend either university will now be able to take classes at both campuses. According to Judith Bennett Henry, a spokeswoman for Qatar University, the agreement is part of the university’s efforts to strengthen its ties to communities in Qatar and around the world. “This is definitely a continuation of the trend. Qatar University has built very solid partnerships with local, regional and international institutions over the years,” she wrote in an email. Bennett Henry also said she

hopes the partnership with SFS-Q will facilitate a relationship with Georgetown’s D.C. campus. Nonneman said the partnership would signal Georgetown’s willingness to contribute to communities in Doha and the Middle East as a whole. “We hope our exchange of expertise leads to long-term relationships of mutual benefit among teaching faculty, staff and administrative leaders, and will help serve the needs of Qatar and the region,” he said. Hoya Staff Writer Braden MacDonald contributed to this report.

GUSA Receives $1.5M in Requests ANNIE CHEN

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Student organizations requested over $1.484 million at the annual Georgetown University Student Association Budget Summit Sunday. The GUSA Finance and Appropriations Committee has about $960,000 to allocate this year due to the increase of the Student Activities Fee to $150 per student. This increase was approved as part of the Student Activities Fee and Endowment Reform referendum in December 2010. GUSA itself was the only organization that did not request more funding. The newly elected executives, Clara Gustafson (SFS ’13) and Vail Kohnert-Yount (SFS ’13), requested $23,400. GUSA President Mike Meaney (SFS ’12) and Vice President Greg Laverriere (COL ’12) requested $28,000 last year. The Georgetown University Lecture Fund, which moved under the purview of the Student Activities Commission in 2005 for greater freedom over its operations, returned to GUSA for funding this year. According to Lecture Fund Chair John Gwin (SFS ’12), the group is requesting funds from GUSA because of the stipulations SAC has imposed on its

budget. Each of the five student organization advisory boards requested more funding Sunday than last year. Despite the removal of the Lecture Fund, which comprised 17 percent of SAC’s budget in the fall semester, from under SAC’s jurisdiction, the commission asked for over $205,000, an increase of $125,500 from last year’s request. According to SAC Chair Jack Appelbaum (COL ’14), increased funding would accommodate newly formed student groups and expand the commission’s newly formed ad hoc account, which allows groups to propose events not originally included in their budgets during the semester. “There [are] a lot of needs among clubs and organizations, and SAC’s budget reflects that,” GUSA’s Finance and Appropriations Committee Chair Colton Malkerson (COL ’13) said. The Performing Arts Advisory Council requested $255,640 for a new air conditioner in the Poulton Hall Theater and other renovations, requests which were made last year but denied by GUSA. Fin/App Committee members again questioned the legitimacy of allocating student activities fees for such purposes. According to Malkerson,

those issues should be paid for by University Facilities and Student Housing. The Center for Social Justice Advisory Board for Student Organizations requested $204,987 to fund additional Alternative Spring Break trips due to a record number of applications this year. It also targeted $7,000 of its requested fund to make the Kino Border Immersion trip, which currently receives most of its funds from Campus Ministry, an institutionalized Alternative Spring Break Trip. Director of Student Programs Erika Cohen-Derr represented the Center for Student Programs and requested $16,489 for the purpose of purchasing a golf cart to help CSP programs operate more efficiently. Cohen-Derr promised to look into cheaper vendors when Fin/App Committee member Yupang Chang (MSB ’15) questioned the high cost. “We’ll try to fulfill the requests, but I don’t think anyone will get the entire amount they requested. The math just doesn’t work,” Malkerson said. The Fin/App Committee will issue a draft budget Wednesday, which will then be open to comment by clubs and the public. The GUSA Senate will ratify the finalized budget after spring break.

Journal Boycott Targets Rising Subscription Costs HIROMI OKA

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As the cost of subscriptions to scientific journals continues to rise, academics at the university and across the world have begun to voice their frustrations. More than 7,300 researchers have joined a boycott of Elsevier, a prominent publisher of science journals. The protest began in January, when Timothy Gowers, a mathematics professor at Cambridge University, declared in a blog post that he would no longer edit, contribute to or referee Elsevier publications. Gowers’ announcement came a little more than a month after two Representative Darrell Issa (R-Calif) introduced the Research Works Act for consideration by the House of Representatives. The bill would make it illegal for federally funded research organizations to require scientists to make their studies freely accessible online and originally garnered support from Elsevier and other publishers. Since the start of the boycott, thousands of researchers, including Georgetown chemistry professor Richard Weiss, have joined Gowers. In response, Elsevier retracted its support of the RWA in a statement issued Monday. Elsevier is not the only for-profit company in the academic publishing industry, but according to many professors, it has built a reputation for overpricing its materials. “Of all the publishers, Elsevier is the one that gives the most concern,” Wesley Mathews, a professor in the physics department, said. “Elsevier is a strictly commercial publisher. They’re in it for profit.” Journals like Elsevier bundle article access according to subject, forcing subscribers to purchase articles they may not want in order to read the articles they’re looking for. According to Gwen Owens, head of the Blommer Science Library, purchasing three bundles could cost more than $100,000. Though the university already has print copies of most important journals, it is willing to pay database fees for the ease of online access, Owens said. “We’re paying not for the intellectual content of the material. We’re paying for the convenience of people being able to access it from their desktop or at home,” she said. Chemistry department chair YuYe Tong agreed. “For science, particularly physics and chemistry, archival is very important,” he said. “How easy it is to access the [archives] beyond 10 years has become a very important

part of scientific research.” In 2010, 272,871 full-text Elsevier articles were requested by Georgetown users, a figure that increased to 278,884 articles in 2011. Tong emphasized that rising costs have negatively impacted scientific advancement because they affect scientists’ use of previously published findings. “They charge such high prices to the library that it impedes the scientists’ [ability to] access collectively the work that they have done,” he said. In a press release responding to the boycott, Elsevier noted that the average cost of downloading an article has never been lower and is one-fifth of the cost it was a decade ago. But Owens countered that, for Georgetown, the average price for a chemistry journal subscription rose more than 24 percent from 2006 to 2011, while the cost of the average biology journal subscription increased by more than 40 percent. According the Mathews, the impact of rising journal costs will grow this summer with the completion of work on Regents Hall, the university’s new science facility. “The number of [postdoctoral fellows] associated with the sciences will double, the number of graduate students will probably double and the number of undergraduate [science] majors will go up substantially as well,” Mathews said. “There are going to be a lot more people who will need access to the scientific literature.” According to Owens, other libraries have begun to cancel some of their subscriptions. “There’s got to be a point at which we say we can’t do this anymore, and some major universities have already hit that point where they’re starting to cancel journals,” she said. “When enough libraries hit that point, [the publishers’] market is diminishing. They can’t keep bleeding us.” However, Mathews said that increased costs may play a role in rising prices. “They are in business to make a buck and it’s an area where making a buck is increasingly difficult,” he said. Still, Tong hopes that the boycott, combined with recent efforts by the National Institutes of Health and other organizations, will help increase access. “Slowly, slowly maybe online publication and free open access will force those for-profit companies to lower their prices,” Tong said. “In this regard, I think this boycott is doing a good service for the scientific community.” Representatives of Elsevier declined to comment.


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Group Promotes University Projected to Report to Diversity Dialogue Balance Budget by 2016 Serve as Omika Jikaria

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In less than a semester, Georgetown Leaders for Unity and Equity has evolved from an idea into an organization that meets weekly to encourage dialogue and design plans of action that address diversity issues. Co-founder Stephanie Frenel (SFS ’12) felt compelled to start the organization, which meets every Thursday, in order to confront the frustration she has felt while dealing with diversity issues on campus. The group is centered on conversations about race and related to race and its cultural associations. An integral part of these discussions is the developed of the plans of action, or an ideal plan to address specific issues within the community. The meetings are led by the six board members and have recently been opened to all interested students. “One of the reasons we keep coming back is because we can talk about racial tensions in a

place that isn’t strictly about unity,” Communications Coordinator Elisa Manrique (COL ’14) said. While the group aims to foster conversation, GLUE’s leaders understand that race and related issues can be contentious topics. “We’ve come to know this is an uncomfortable issue that hits everyone differently,” Co-chair Jescinta Izevbigie (SFS ’14) said. However, according to Co-chair Carly Rosenfield (COL ’14), tackling tough issues is one of the group’s goals. “There is value in having conversations in a comfortable place,” she said. “However, there is immense value in being uncomfortable.” The group is working to expand its presence on campus by promotings its blog and targeting students who are interested in social justice. Rosenfield emphasized the importance of continuing to reach out to students. “The idea that we’re in a postracial society is becoming more prominent, but there is more progress to be made,” Rosenfield said.

DEFICITS, from A1 services are the largest contributor to the deficit. University services, which encompass many administrative offices, auxiliary services, university information services, athletics and other departments, reported a shortfall of $5.4 million last year. The budgetary unit has been running a deficit since 2004. This year, university services brought in $131.9 million in revenue, which includes funds from campus support, tuition, gifts, auxiliary enterprises and returns on the endowment and investments. Expenses, which were $137.3 million this past fiscal year, range from rent, utilities, insurance and faculty and staff salaries and benefits to debt interest, repairs, travel, business functions and supplies, services and library books. Also included in costs for 2011 were construction on Regents Hall, renovations to Nevils, the installation of wireless internet in residence halls, the implementation of the Georgetown Management System — a new human resources and financial management portal — and settlements with MedStar Health, which operates the Georgetown University Hospital.

Georgetown’s Financial Plan 20132016 expects the next two fiscal years to see increasing deficits for both university services and the university’s total net operations. According to the projections, however, both should make it into the black in fiscal year 2016. “In the plan just adopted by the board [of directors] earlier this month, the deficit in university services will be eliminated over a multi-year period,” Kerr wrote in an email. “This will be accomplished by slowing the growth in expenditures between now and [fiscal year] 2016.” The financial plan attributes an expected decline in revenue over the next two years to costs associated with the 2010 Campus Plan, the university’s aging infrastructure, increasing security and an expected slowdown of gains to the endowment. The university plans to limit university services expenses to 1 percent growth each year between 2013 and 2016 by implementing more cost-effective business policies, including consolidating support services and eliminating services if operational costs exceed benefits. According to Kerr, the contributions from the capital campaign will also help move the university into the black.

Roadmap REPORT, from A1 Vice President for Student Affairs Todd Olson noted that many of the recommendations, such as weekly office hours held by Olson and University President John J. DeGioia, are aligned with initiatives that the university is currently pursuing. According to Olson, the administration wants to look seriously at the report’s recommendations and identify areas in which it wants to improve. “We want to engage in ongoing conversations with students,” Olson said. “All these issues are very much worth talking about.”

Crime Rises in Council Will Consider CIO Hopes to Revamp Tech February Taxi Rate Increases Emma Hinchliffe Hoya Staff Writer

A proposed $0.66-per-mile fare increase for D.C. taxicabs could take effect within the next month. The proposal was first submitted in December. It was amended earlier this month and is now being considered by the D.C. Council. After revisions, the plan includes an increased per-mile rate of $2.16 from $1.50, an increased waiting time rate of $25 per hour from $15 and a 50-cent charge per piece of baggage handled by the driver. The starting rate will remain at $3. “We thought that at airports

where drivers put luggage in the trunk, they ought to be compensated for it,” D.C. Taxicab Commission Chairman Ron Linton said. Linton said that reactions from passengers have been positive, but for some students, the increase in the per-mile rate will create challenges. “Since we have no Metro stop and the [Georgetown University Transportation Shuttle] buses are running more and more infrequently, taxis are really important to students,” Craig Melcher (MSB ’13) said. “This fare increase will definitely make it more difficult to get around.” The proposed changes will be voted on by the D.C. Council after a 30-day public comment period.

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with all these additional capabilities we want to bring to the university,” she said. The first step for Davis is to merge all university email accounts into the Google-supported Hoyamail system over the summer. Students already use this platform, but faculty email accounts are spread across five different systems. Davis has also been involved in developing a Georgetown mobile application, a platform that will launch within the next two months. Aside from focusing on structural improvements, Davis wants to gauge students’ thoughts on the university’s technology through a summit in April. “The whole idea of the technology summit is to get people excited about technology innovation and

have people collaborating on solving problems,” she said. The event will feature small-group problem-solving discussions and presentations by vendor companies. Davis said she is inspired by the energy she feels on campus and looks forward to working with students. “It’s always nice to have the latest tool, but really technology should be about, ‘How does it make me more productive? How does it help me manage my time? How does it help me be more effective with what I’m doing day-to-day?’” Students who have talked with Davis believe that she has the tools to answer those questions. “If [Davis] continues to keep the dialogue open with students about what their needs are, she’ll be able to judge that she’s going in the right direction,” Crouch said.

CRIME, from A1 decline significantly, falling to two from nine cases in January. The month also saw a greater incidence of harassment than any recent month. Five cases have been reported since Feb. 1, while none were reported in January. The remaining cases include two cases of destruction of property, five cases of public indecency and three drug violations. Of the 57 incidents reported, 15 were referred to MPD, eight were closed by DPS, eight were referred to student conduct and 26 are still pending investigation. Hoya Staff Writer Matthew Strauss contributed to this report.


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Alum Launches Financial Website Aimed at Students KELLY CHURCH

Bell is also an active member of Common Sense, a financial literacy program at Georgetown that is sponsored by the George Eighteen months ago, Eric Bell (GRD ’12) R. Houston Memorial Fund, the Office of Stuleft a job at Citigroup to start his own com- dent Financial Services and the Georgetown pany. University Alumni & Student Federal Credit Armed with a Georgetown business degree Union. The program works with professors, and experience working in wealth manage- experts and alumni to present workshops on ment, Bell aimed to create a website that helps financial topics. young adults understand their finances. Bell has presented two workshops and will “There’s no basic set of skills that people are be teaching a third this spring. taught growing up,” he said. “You shouldn’t “That whole program is a good overview have to have a finance degree to make good of a lot of things that you need,” he said. “It decisions.” doesn’t have to be so numbers oriented. It’s For Bell, even years of business classes did got to be something … approachable.” not prepare him to manage his own finances Bell said that his time at Georgetown after graduation. equipped him with valuable tools for getting “I got out into the real his business up and runworld, and a lot of the ning. things that I had learned, I “You shouldn’t have “It’s really Eric’s passion didn’t embrace in the way to have a finance that drives his success,” that I should,” he said. professor Jim Hunt, who The website, called Yo- degree to make good taught Bell while he was Bucko, has now evolved to decisions.” at Georgetown, said. “You specifically target college can see that in everything students and people in ERIC BELL (GRD ’12) he does.” YoBucko Founder their 20s. It features a variProfessor Smith Wood ety of tools for understandtaught Bell in a class called ing personal finances, including articles, “Implementing the Plan.” The class focused videos, a forum for asking personal financial on launching a venture, to which Bell came questions and several worksheets and calcula- prepared with his own specific idea in mind. tors to keep track of budgeting and investing. Both Wood and Hunt have extensive realBell’s goal is for YoBucko to become the world experience when it comes to launching trusted source of financial information for a business. Wood said he has started seven young people. He aims to increase the num- companies and both he and Hunt have taken ber of resources it offers and hopes that stu- numerous companies public. dents will be willing to contribute both ques“We have made just about every mistake tions and articles. you can make,” Wood said. According to Bell, the site taps an emerging According to Bell, however, that is exactly market of young professionals. what makes their experience valuable. “Financial companies aren’t focused on us “They can help businesses that are startnow, because we aren’t that profitable yet. But ing because they know what they are talking we’re going to be,” he said. about.”

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ANC 2E commissioners, including student representative Jake Sticka (COL ’13), far right, considered testimony about D.C.’s new food truck regulations at their monthly meeting Monday night.

ANC Debates Food Trucks SARAH PATRICK Hoya Staff Writer

Discussion of new food truck regulations monopolized the Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2E’s monthly meeting Monday night. The commission voted to send a letter to the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs requesting an 18-month pilot program for food trucks in the neighborhood and a ban on trucks’ ability to park in residential permit areas. The general sentiment expressed toward DCRA’s regulations, which would allow most food trucks to park in legal parking spots so long as they pay the meter, was negative. “We are going to take another shot at this and solicit some more opinions from the community and some businesses who do not like those regula-

tions,” ANC2E Chair Ron Lewis said. Andrew Kline, a representative for the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington, said the association is hesitant to support the vending trucks. “As the trucks increase, they’re going to need more places to go, and I don’t think there’s any doubt that they will expand to other areas, which could be a good thing, but we see the other side of it,” he said. No representatives of DCRA or the D.C. Food Trucks Association appeared at the meeting to defend the regulations. Commissioners Lewis, Tom Birch and Jake Sticka (COL ’13) — who represents the district containing the university — voiced support for a possible pilot program, though Birch insisted that ANC2E request the enforce-

ment of strict trash control in its letter. While food truck discussion dominated the meeting, Lewis also briefly acknowledged the D.C. Zoning Commission’s decision to delay its ruling on Georgetown’s 2010 Campus Plan and stressed that the ANC will remain actively involved in the ongoing proceedings. “We will participate actively and the university will of course participate actively and input from the community is of course welcomed,” Lewis said. Commissioner Ed Solomon also gave an update on the rehabilitation of O and P Streets. Solomon said that while construction on the western part of the 3300 and 3400 blocks of P Street has been completed, residents of O Street can expect more construction in the coming months.





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Colleges Consider Smoking Bans ALEX STYER

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While a number of universities across the nation are considering limiting smoking on campus, administrators at Georgetown are not planning any changes to current policy. The Georgetown University Medical Center became smoke-free as of January 2011. Health Education Services Director Carol Day said that campus officials have discussed the possibility of tightening smoking restrictions on the main campus in the past, but a university-wide ban remains unlikely. “I believe that we’re not readily moving in that direction,” Day said. Though 12.8 percent of Georgetown students identified themselves as tobacco users, according to the 2010 National College Health Assessment, the university aims to limit smoking on campus. “It is the policy of Georgetown University to achieve an environment as close to smoke-free as practically possible,” the Student Affairs

policy reads. This means that smoking indoors is forbidden campuswide and is prohibited within 25 feet of entryways, windows and air vents, according to university spokeswoman Stacy Kerr. Some students said they did not think a total ban was necessary. “As long as smokers are outside, that’s alright with me,” Sydney Dinenberg (SFS ’14) said. Others, however, thought a ban could be beneficial. “[Smoking] is harmful to the body,” Rashawn Davis (COL ’14) said. “[The ban] is a tactic that can save students’ lives.” At The George Washington University, a group of students known as the Colonials for Clean Air have been spearheading a movement to make GWU’s campus more smokefree. According to the group’s website, the goal is to change GWU’s policy to prohibit smoking within 25 feet of university buildings. “We are gaining more and more student support and we are very excited about it. [GWU] just had student

elections and we were able to add a referendum on the ballot asking whether students would support the change in [GWU’s] outdoor smoking policy. The results showed that 66 percent of the voters would be in favor of the change,” Neela Satyanarayana and Jahmeilia Paul, two second-year graduate students leading the campaign, wrote in an email. Other schools considering a ban include Harvard University and schools in the University of Texas system. Harvard’s Student Life Committee debated an antismoking proposal at a meeting last Thursday, according to a Feb. 24 article in the school’s student newspaper, The Crimson. Meanwhile the policy shift in Texas came after a state agency, the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute, adopted legislation requiring grant recipients to prohibit smoking in and around buildings in which research is conducted. “I think we’re ahead of the wave … but there certainly is a wave,” Bill Grimson, the executive director of the institute, told the Texas Tribune.

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SFS Explores Business Classes Daniel Corry

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The School of Foreign Service is exploring the possibility of offering more business classes within its curriculum due to student interest. The potential decision to incorporate more business classes was catalyzed by student feedback SFS Academic Council President Lucas Stratmann (SFS ’12) personally received from peers. The council emailed a survey to all SFS undergraduates Wednesday in order to gauge opinions on the addition of the business courses. The results will be compiled after this coming Wednesday. “I can’t say how realistic the chances are,” Stratmann said. “If there’s a

certain demand, there’s a good chance that there will be business classes.” The administration has yet to formulate a timeline for the inclusion of business classes in its programs. It also has not decided whether it would offer business classes specific to SFS students or incorporate McDonough School of Business classes into the curriculum. One concern with the addition of business classes is a possible overlap with the International Business Diplomacy certificate. The certificate combines the political and economic focus of the SFS with more business-oriented coursework, including accounting and finance, and emphasizes the role of business in international relations.



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Stratmann said that the popularity of the certificate was a major reason for the decision to potentially add a wider array of business coursework to the SFS. “It makes sense,” he said. “A lot of SFS alumni are going into business or investment banking, and many students are also interested in seeing how business interacts with international relations.” Jerrod MacFarlane (SFS ’15) shares Stratmann’s sentiment that business classes will add a new dimension to the SFS curriculum. “I think it’s a really good idea,” MacFarlane said. “Business classes in the SFS will help us to see both the political and economic ties throughout the world.”

Site to Connect DC Students Heather Flynn Hoya Staff Writer

Campus Society, a social network slated for release to D.C. university students this spring, aims to combine the social and professional spheres. Founders Rashid Ajami (COL ’12) and his cousin Oliver Muller intend to only allow users with universityaffiliated email addresses to register and leave posts related to campus life on their universities’ profiles. “With all of these social networks like Facebook and Twitter, you start with your own profile, so we thought, what if we take the university and make that the profile instead?” Ajami said. “It’s a bit of a different concept.” Ajami and Muller see the website, which they have

been developing for six months, as a solution to the lack of online overlap between the academic and social aspects of college. Muller, who works at Standard Chartered Bank in Dubai, is responsible for the financial side of the project, while Ajami serves as the university connection. The pair has also enlisted creative design and marketing experts. According to Muller, each campus will have its own page where users can view and post messages, as well as apply filters to tags so that they focus on specific areas of interest, such as tutoring, complaints and housing. “We wanted to create a website that would make life for students easier by putting everything concentrated in one place,” Muller said. According to Sophia

Chumburidze, head of marketing, the site also has the potential to serve as an important tool for networking and career building. “There’s going to be a large alumni portion to it as well, so that you can maintain your contacts and network after you graduate,” she said. Muller and Ajami said they have already secured close to $1 million for use in the website’s first year and hired 10 interns from Georgetown and The George Washington University. Campus Society will launch at Georgetown, GWU, American University and George Mason University. Muller and Ajami anticipate making Georgetown’s page available first before introducing the other three school’s sites.


Students played cornhole in Red Square at the Hoya Blue Pep Rally Friday before the men’s basketball team’s games against Villanova and Notre Dame Universities.




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GU Uses Strong Second Half to Dismantle Hurting ’Nova Michael Palmer Hoya Staff Writer

Less than a minute into Saturday’s game, freshman forward Otto Porter took an elbow to the mouth, injecting a sense of drama into what was expected to be a casual Saturday afternoon. Slumping Villanova has suffered through one of its worst seasons in program history, a down year that was symbolized when freshman forward JayVaughn Pinkston landed on top of a loose ball and rolled his ankle in warmups before facing Georgetown. The Wildcats are just 4-12 in the Big East, making Saturday’s contest the first time the Hoyas had played an unranked Villanova team in four years. But that did not stop the Wildcats from playing hard. After Villanova junior forward Maurice Sutton’s elbow caused him to bite down on his tongue, Porter left the court with blood gushing from his mouth. But the resilient Georgetown squad managed to turn a setback into an opportunity. The aftermath of Sutton’s flagrant foul allowed the Hoyas burst out of the gate, scoring six straight points and limiting the Wildcats to only nine in the first 12 minutes. But after taking a 16-point lead late in the first half, things quickly got sloppy. With junior forward Hollis Thompson, senior guard Jason Clark and senior center Henry Sims all sitting due to foul trouble, four freshmen and a sophomore were left to close out the half. “Every possession is important. You can have a bad series in the first half that will affect if you win,” Head Coach John Thompson III said. Porter, who returned later in the half, bailed the Hoyas out with a three-pointer that took a fortuitous bounce off the back of the rim, flew straight up and fell calmly through the net, giving the Hoyas a seven-point lead at the half.

Nevertheless, Villanova was able to match Georgetown shotfor-shot through the first six minutes of the second half, until Sims changed the pace of the game with a dominant performance on the glass. With Georgetown up by eight, a missed jumper by Porter led to a sequence where the Hoyas grabbed four consecutive offensive rebounds, including two by Sims, who finally ended the series with a tip-in. The team’s effort ignited the crowd and restored the Hoyas double-digit lead. From there, it was no contest. “There was a lot of effort tonight going after the ball,” Thompson III said. “Henry particularly — there were several plays [not just] when you’re standing under the basket and you get it, but you see him running in from the perimeter, and he either gets it or keeps it alive for someone else to get it.” Georgetown went on a 20-6 run over a 10-minute second-half stretch, putting the Hoyas up 20 with just three minutes remaining. The Hoyas’ defense was so stingy in the second half that the Wildcats managed just two field goals in the final 15 minutes of the game, finishing with just 28 percent shooting. The Blue and Gray’s dominance on defense was complete. Georgetown out-rebounded Villanova, 41-24, and held the Wildcats to just 14 field goals for the game. But offensively, it was not a fantastic night. Georgetown turned the ball over 14 times and shot just 3-of-13 from beyond the arc. Free-throw shooting hurt the Hoyas again, as they shot just 16-of-23. Georgetown also committed 22 fouls in the game, including four by Sims and five by freshman forward Greg Whittington. The Hoyas will find out whether their defensive intensity can translate to offensive success in a hostile environment this week, as they travel to Milwaukee to take on No. 8 Marquette.


Junior forward Hollis Thompson had 10 points, six rebounds and four assists in Saturday’s win over Villanova.

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rom the earliest of ages and in all sports, part of FIFA to end discrimination have not afbefore scoring titles and league MVPs, fected Suárez. there come sportsmanship awards: symOn Feb. 6, however, the Liverpool striker bols of hard work, competitiveness, fair play had a chance to put the incident behind him. and courteous conduct. It had been questioned whether Evra would For too many, however, these trophies are be ready to shake hands with Suárez during received as mere glorified effort awards, the customary pregame handshakes, but on given to those who try to succeed but sim- game day, the Manchester defender conceded ply don’t have the natural talent to realize that he was ready to move on. Suárez, howevthe excellence to which they aspire. It is er, had decided that he was the victim, and it when children grow ashamed of these types was the man from Liverpool that refused the of prizes — when they would rather not be handshake. recognized at all than be recognized for beIn the youngest divisions of sports, athletes ing nice or gracious — that people like Luis learn that they must always shake hands, reSuárez become high-profile international gardless of the result. For someone who was stars. entirely responsible for an earlier incident Suárez was just another under-the-radar tal- to refuse to make amends shows that we still ent in professional soccer, playing for Ajax — a have a long way to go in the realm of sportswell-known club team in Holland — when he manship. potted 49 goals in 48 appearances during the But hope remains. In a Mexican soccer 2009-2010 season. At that summer’s World league game in early February, a player on Cup, Suárez scored three the Pachucan team went crucial goals to lead his down injured with possesteam to the quarterfinals sion of the ball and play when, for the first time, the was halted. As is customUruguayan striker became ary, the game resumed a source of international with a “drop-ball,” simicontroversy. larly to a faceoff in hockWith the score tied in the ey. It was expected that final minutes of extra time, out of etiquette, the opSuárez stood on the goal posing team, Estudiantes, Arik Parnass line defending a Ghana would simply return the corner kick. In the seconds ball to Pachuca. Instead, Unlike Suarez’s punchthat followed, the Uruguaythe Estudiantes player an blocked two sure goals took the ball and ran up save in the world cup, off the line, the second of field, eventually earning racism is by no means an a penalty kick. The coach, which he punched away with his hands. Suárez shocked by his team’s beinstinctive reaction. was red carded, but Ghana havior, could have simply missed the subsequent penlectured his players on alty kick and went on to lose the game. While sportsmanship after the game. Instead, he many felt that Suárez had acted in an un- gave his penalty-taker a rare command: miss. sportsmanlike manner — or, to put it bluntly, In so doing, the Estudiantes coach preserved that he had cheated — I defended the action. the integrity of the game. Even though his After all, there are rules and punishments team trailed, 3-0, and a comeback was unin sports for a reason. Suárez saved a goal. likely, the small gesture made international Whether his save was instinctive or strategic, headlines. he and his team were punished appropriately, Sportsmanship is a complicated concept and Ghana simply didn’t capitalize on their because it seems to run contrary to the winopportunity to win. at-all-costs attitude that permeates the world My sympathy for the accused, however, ends of sports. But respect for the other team, for there. Last October, Suárez — who had moved the fans and for the game is paramount at any on to Liverpool in the English Premiership — level, and so long as players like Luis Suárez was accused of verbally abusing Manchester continue to dilute soccer’s reputation as “the United defender Patrice Evra with racial slurs beautiful game,” there is much work to be and was subsequently handed an eight-match done. ban. Unlike Suárez’s punch-save in the world cup, racism is by no means an instinctive re- Arik Parnass is a freshman in the action. It has no place in any sport, and it is College. CANDID CANADIAN appears every demoralizing that massive campaigns on the Tuesday.




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St. John’s Stifles GU Offense STORM, from A12 However, the offenses started to click after this point, with St. John’s holding onto a slim lead until the Hoyas managed to tie it up at 17 with five minutes to play in the half. A dominant scoring run highlighted by a three from junior guard Sugar Rodgers and a layup from senior guard Alexa Roche gave Georgetown a lead, but St. John’s had an answer. Down 27-18, the Red Storm responded with a run of their own and closed out the half down only two. Senior forward Tia Magee sat on the bench for much of the game due to foul trouble, and her absence showed in the Hoyas’ lackluster effort. “I can take a lot of personal responsibility as a leader [and] as a senior,” Magee said of her foul trouble. “It hurt our team a lot.” Both teams came out running in the second frame and pushed the ball in transition. The result was more foul trouble, as each team reached the bonus by the nine-minute mark. And despite missing some easy layups to begin the half, the Red Storm clawed their way back and grabbed a 40-36 lead with seven

minutes left in the game. A big three from sophomore guard Briana Brown and two free throws from junior guard Eugenia McPherson increased the St. John lead to 45-38, with five and a half minutes to play. The Hoyas tightened up their defense but couldn’t hit the necessary shots down the stretch. Some untimely fouls and a missed three by senior guard Rubylee Wright with under a minute left sealed the hosts’ fate in a disappointing McDonough finale. “I hope that this is a learning experience for them to know that you have to play hard every time you step out on the floor,” WilliamsFlournoy said. “[The seniors] put too much in it for it to end like this at home.” Rodgers led Georgetown with 13 points, but her 6-of-25 shooting effort contributed to the team’s miserable 27 percent mark from the field. The Red Storm also outrebounded the Hoyas, 44-31, as freshman forward Amber Thompson recorded 15 boards. With its regular season concluded, Georgetown will now head to the Big East tournament in Hartford, Conn. The Hoyas will receive a double-bye as the No. 4 seed and will play their first game this coming Thursday.

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Sophomore attack Jeff Fountain attempts a pass against Maryland Friday night.

Maryland Crushes Georgetown TERPS, from A12 to open the second half, stretched the Terps’ lead to 9-4 and put the momentum squarely back on the visitors’ side. Two other Maryland players chipped in to score during the third quarter, while Georgetown could manage only one goal — scored by senior attack C-Jay Engelke — in a period that was markedly different from the game’s second quarter. “You’re playing a lot of defense [and] guys are getting a little bit tired on that end. And then maybe you get a lot impatient on offense and the snowball keeps getting bigger and bigger and keeps rolling down the hill,”

Urick said. It went from bad to worse for the Blue and Gray in the fourth quarter, as the Terrapins scored five goals in a row to stretch their lead out to 11 and put a rivalry victory out of reach for Georgetown for the third straight year. The game’s final minutes saw a flurry of Georgetown goals, but it was a classic case of too little, too late for the hosts. Six different Hoyas scored during the garbage-time outburst — Angel, Engelke, Casey, senior midfielder Francis McDonough, redshirt sophomore defender Tyler Knarr and sophomore midfielder John Wujciak. That impressive, albeit ultimately futile, close to the game should provide the Hoyas with

some encouragement going forward. But Georgetown, which boasts one of the nation’s toughest schedules once again, will need to elevate its game to get past rivals such as Harvard, Duke, Syracuse and Notre Dame. “We’ve got some work to do. It’s a work in progress. We knew they’re a very good team, a team that played for a national championship last season,” Urick said. “We’ve got to take a long hard look at what we did and build off the things we did well and make sure we correct the things that weren’t so good.” The Hoyas will take to the field next on March 3, when they take on Detroit Mercy at MultiSport Facility. Faceoff is set for 1 p.m.


GU Rocks Wake Tournament Kyle Franco Hoya Staff Writer

The Georgetown bats continued to surge this past weekend in Winston-Salem, N.C., as the Hoyas scored 37 runs to win three out of four games at the Wake Forest Invitational. With a victory against Cincinnati (1-5), two against UMBC (0-4) and a loss to host Wake Forest (4-4) in the weekend finale, Georgetown improved to 6-2 on the young season. Coming into the weekend, Head Coach Pete Wilk was concerned about the depth of his bullpen due to injuries and stressed the need for his starters to go deep into games. Led by senior starting pitcher Will Harris, the Blue and Gray silenced Wilk’s concerns in their first game of Friday’s doubleheader against Cincinnati. Harris threw four flawless innings before running into some trouble in the top of the fifth, when the Bearcats tagged Harris for five runs to go ahead, 5-0. Not to be outdone, the Hoyas stormed back with 11 runs over the next three innings to take a commanding lead. The Georgetown attack was led by a crippling grand slam from senior Andy Lentz in addition to three RBI from junior Paul Bello. Harris came back strong and threw two more solid innings before leaving the game in line for the win. Junior reliever James Heine stifled the Bearcats for the final two innings of the game to cap off an 11-6 comeback win. The Hoyas continued their massacre of opposing pitching staffs in their second game of the day against UMBC. With freshman starter Will Brown on the mound, the Hoyas again fell behind early, 3-1. Similar to the first game, though, the offense exploded for 12 runs over four innings to knock UMBC out of the game. Bello led the way for the Blue and Gray once again with four RBI. Bello was complemented by a two-run home run from redshirt junior Mike Garza and a four-hit, two-RBI day from sophomore Steve Anderson. The Georgetown bullpen again stepped up tre-

mendously, with redshirt seniors Pablo Vinent and Tommy Isaacs and junior Charles Steinman allowing only one hit combined over the final four and one-third innings. On Saturday, the Hoyas took the field against UMBC for a second time. Just like in the teams’ first meeting a day before, UMBC was routed by the merciless Georgetown lineup, 11-4. The Blue and Gray saw production from every level of their lineup. At the top of the order, junior leadoff hitter Justin Leeson went 4-of-6 on the day while senior Rand Ravnaas tallied two RBI on three hits, including a solo home run. The lineup’s greatest success, though, came from the six and seven slots. Six-hitter junior Corbin Blakey went 3-of-4 with three RBI, while sophomore Christian Venditti smoked a two-run homerun as part of his monster 2-of-4, four-RBI performance. Sadly overshadowed by the surplus run support was sophomore starter Jack Vander Linden. Vander Linden gave up four runs over eight strong innings of work, earning the victory and preserving the thinly spread bullpen. Wake Forest brought the Hoyas back down to Earth in the tournament finale Sunday, edging out the Blue and Gray, 5-2. Despite solid efforts from junior starter Thomas Polus and the bullpen, the Hoyas surrendered five unanswered runs over the first eight innings. The offense that had been running on all cylinders in the first three games of the weekend finally succumbed to the long weekend of play. The only sign of life came in the form of a two-run home run by the Anderson in the top of the ninth. The Hoyas had to be pleased with the weekend’s performance. Not only did they improve their record to 6-2, but they found a new pitching force in Vander Linden and new offensive threats in Bello and Anderson. Veterans Ravnaas, Leeson and Garza all had productive weekends. The Hoyas will face Navy on Wednesday in Annapolis, Md., with first pitch slated for 2 p.m.


Freshman forward Otto Porter racked up 15 points and six rebounds against Villanova.

Porter, Hoyas Smoke ’Cats Lawson Ferguson Hoya Staff Writer

After Tuesday night’s 18-point loss at Seton Hall, No. 9 Georgetown (21-6, 11-5 Big East) bounced back with a vengeance to blow out an overmatched Villanova team, 67-46. Although the Wildcats (11-17, 4-12 Big East) briefly made the game interesting with a 14-5 run at the end of the first half, they couldn’t sustain that level of play over the full 40 minutes. The game started well for the Blue and Gray, although freshman forward Otto Porter paid quite the physical price. Starting in place of benched sophomore starting point guard Markel Starks, Porter caught an elbow in the mouth from Villanova junior forward Maurice Sutton on Georgetown’s first possession, which ended with a midrange jumper from junior forward Hollis Thompson. “I really don’t remember,” Porter said when asked about the incident. “[I was] going after the ball and just got hit.” While Porter was helped off the court to tend to his bleeding mouth, the referees consulted the video monitor and assessed Sutton a flagrant foul. Porter’s replacement, fellow freshman Greg Whittington, hit one of the resulting free throws before sophomore forward Nate Lubick hit a corner three. The Blue and Gray scored six points before the Wildcats even got the ball. “I was fired up, and so were my teammates,” Porter said. “I think they read my mind.” “We’re a family,” senior guard Jason Clark said of the team’s reaction to Porter’s injury. “We have each other’sbacks.” Propelled by the game-opening six-point outburst and helped by swarming defense, the Hoyas raced out to a huge lead. After a pair of Porter free throws with 5:30 left in the half, Georgetown had a 17-point cushion and the rout appeared to be on. But the Wildcats, who were playing without freshman forward JayVaughn Pinkston after he rolled an ankle during warmups, battled back as the Hoyas’ offense suddenly went cold. One 15-2 Wildcat run later, it was a four-point game and the Villanova delegation made itself heard in a packed Verizon Center. “We had some guys in foul trouble. We had a younger group on the court that looked like a younger group on the court,” Head Coach John Thompson III said. “During that stretch ... [junior guard Dominic] Cheek got open for a couple threes [and] on the offensive end we

were just standing around. I think as a group they were out there like a drunken sailor just trying to think too much instead of just play.” Indeed, it was a Cheek three that ultimately cut the lead to four with 1:29 left in the half. Thompson III elected not to call a timeout, and Porter rewarded him for his confidence when he hit a long three with the shot clock ticking toward zero. “My teammate was saying ‘clock,’” Porter said of his shot. “The clock was winding down, so I had to get it off.” “That was a big play because it was the end of the shot clock and we had a good defensive possession and we let it go,” Villanova Head Coach Jay Wright said. “We just gave him a little too much space. ... It was a big shot.” Buoyed by Porter’s shot, the Hoyas came out in the second half looking much like the team that dominated the first 15 minutes of play. The Blue and Gray attacked the basket with a renewed sense of purpose after the break and were rewarded for their efforts. Just 6:02 into the second half the Hoyas had shot more free throws (eight) than they had during the entire first half (seven). Senior center Henry Sims hit one of those free throws to give the Hoyas an eight-point lead, but the defining moment of the second half came on the team’s next possession. Porter, Whittington and Sims combined for four offensive rebounds on a seemingly endless Georgetown possession before a Sims tip-in restored the double-digit Georgetown lead and brought Verizon Center to life. Freshman guard Jabril Trawick, who played 21 minutes in Starks’ absence, drew an offensive foul on the ensuing Wildcat possession, and the Georgetown lead wouldn’t dip below 10 points again. “There was a lot of effort tonight going after the ball,” Thompson III said. “We have to continue doing that.” In a way, that possession was a microcosm of the game. The Blue and Gray went through long stretches of the game when there seemed to be a lid on the basket, but they dominated the Wildcats on the boards to the tune of a 4124 rebounding edge. Five Hoyas — Thompson, Sims, Clark, Porter and Whittington — tied for the team lead with six rebounds apiece. “I thought we were very good today,” Thompson III said. “They’re not healthy right now, but from our perspective ... I thought we were 180 degrees from where we were the other day.”






Young Talent: High Risk, Reward


ast Saturday, the Washington Nationals inked franchise player Ryan Zimmerman to a six-year, $100 million contract extension. There’s also an option for a seventh year that would lock up the third baseman through 2020 after the deal kicks in for the 2014 season. The fourth overall pick in 2005, Zimmerman has seen the Nationals at rock bottom and will lead the club as it contends for a playoff spot as soon as 2012. Given recent contracts signed by players in a similar position to Zimmerman’s — most notably Troy Tulowitzki of the Colorado Rockies and Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers — the deal is a win-win for both Zimmerman and Washington. Although he likely could’ve squeezed the Nats for more money by waiting for free agency to sign his next contract, this deal provides Zimmerman with immediate security with a team he ultimately wanted to stay with for the long term. From the Nationals’ perspective, there’s significant risk in extending a player, even one of Zimmerman’s caliber, for so long and at such a high price. Zimmerman has been somewhat injury prone over his career, as he missed time with a shoulder issue in 2008 and was out for two months last year with an abdominal injury. A healthy Zimmerman, however, is likely worth more than the $16.7 million average annual salary, given his success at the plate producing a well-above-average .296/.370/.499 “slash” line (batting average/on-base percentage/slugging percentage) over the past three years. Zimmerman has also proven to be an excellent defender at the hot corner with a UZR (ultimate zone rating, a wellregarded defensive sabermetric to analyze fielding ability) that is third in baseball since 2009, just behind the Rays’ Evan Longoria and Rang-

ers’ Adrián Beltré. Ultimately, extending Zimmerman was a necessity for the struggling Nats, as the prospect of losing the star to free agency loomed. In other circumstances, though, many teams and players have been agreeing to long-term extensions far in advance of a player’s free agency. The Tampa Bay Rays have also been especially aggressive in signing their young players, such as

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There’s significant risk in extending a player for so long and at such a price. Longoria and pitching phenom Matt Moore, to long-term deals early in their careers, with the goal of providing their young stars long-term security while potentially saving money by avoiding several years of arbitration. Signing such players may seem like an unnecessary risk, since the volatility in young, hyped prospects is higher than one might imagine. Players who excel in the minor leagues and demonstrate the potential to excel in the Bigs quite often fail to make the next step when they get there. Players like the Tigers’ Delmon Young are projected to be superstars but often turn out average,


at best. Likewise, injuries — especially among pitchers — can derail careers in an instant. If teams elect to do what the Rays did with Moore, they run the risk of being saddled with lengthy contracts that can’t be adjusted downwards after catastrophic injuries, as would be the case in arbitration. On the other hand, if Moore makes the progress that many expect, the $3-to-7 million he’s slated to make will be dwarfed by the $10 million-plus the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw will probably make for the same seasons. Furthermore, the extension includes three club options that can keep him a member of the Rays through 2019 at a fraction of what he could command were he to hit free agency. Weighing the pros and cons, I ultimately endorse taking the potential multimillion-dollar risk and extending players early in their careers if they appear to be budding stars. For teams with limited funds, like the Rays, it is almost a necessity if they wish to have any shot at competing. The window of opportunity is short, and teams have to find any way they can to extend it. Although he has just a handful of Major League innings under his belt, the Rays’ extension of Matt Moore had to be done, and I applaud the Rays’ front office for continuing to be aggressive in locking up their core players for the long term. Zimmerman and Moore might go laughing to the bank now, but the Nats and Rays may have just sealed their futures as dominant league forces for years to come. Preston Barclay is a sophomore in the McDonough School of Business. TURNING TWO IN THE 202 appears every Tuesday.



Senior center Henry Sims taps the ball in as Notre Dame defenders look on. Sims had 12 points and six rebounds on the night.

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Senior forward Adria Crawford, shown against Seton Hall, is second on the team in rebounding.

Georgetown Sneaks Past ’Cuse MATT CARLUCCI

27, at halftime. Georgetown started the second half just as it had started the first, Georgetown’s collective sigh using an 8-0 run in the opening of relief could be heard echoing minutes of the frame to take a 38-37 throughout the cavernous Carrier lead. Syracuse refused to shy away, Dome on Saturday afternoon, as though, Quickly regaining the lead the No. 15 Hoyas (22-6, 11-4 Big East) and building it up as large as eight squeaked out a 65-62 victory in the points. final minute over a feisty Syracuse But the Blue and Gray benefited squad (17-12, 6-9 Big East). from careless Syracuse ballhanIn their previous matchup on Jan. dling, snagging 15 steals and forcing 15, the then-No. 18 Hoyas drubbed 24 total turnovers. Syracuse’s lack of the Orange, 69-42, at McDonough ball security allowed the Hoyas to Arena. Saturday’s game was much remain close down the stretch, and more competitive, as Syracuse had the visitors tied the game on a Rodgcontrol for most of the game. The ers’ three with two and a half to play. game came down to junior guard That trey was the 251st of Rodgers’ Sugar Rodgers’ three-point play career, the most in program history. with 39 seconds remaining, which The pesky Orange kept on fightsealed it for Georgetown. ing, though. Senior forward Iasia “Of course we knew it was going Hemingway, who led Syracuse with to be a tough game,” Head Coach 20 points and 15 rebounds, connectTerri Williams-Flournoy said. “They ed on a jump shot to put her team had been playing extremely well up, 62-60, with just over a minute and shooting the ball extremely remaining. Rodgers, however, was well.” keen on responding. The start of the game appeared Following a Georgetown timeout, to set the stage for another blowout. the Hoyas inbounded the ball lookThe Hoyas opened up a 10-3 lead ing to pull even. They promptly gave on the heelstiming of two quick perfect for buckets the ball to Rodgers to allow her to do from senior forward Tommacina what she does best. Rodgers not only McBride, who was making her first sank a shot to tie the game, but was your holiday specials start of the season. The tides quickly fouled in the process and drained contact turned, however, as the Orange re- her free throw to give the Hoyas a sponded with a 13-3 run and led, 32- 63-62 lead with 39 seconds to play.

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“In the end, we spread the floor and gave Sugar an opportunity to get to the basket. She made a play and that’s what big-time players do,” Williams-Flournoy wrote in a statement. Following a missed three by the hosts, senior guard Morgan Williams made a pair of free throws to give Georgetown a 65-62 lead. Another failed Syracuse three-point attempt as time expired gave Georgetown the win. Rodgers finished with 21 points to lead the Hoyas. She had help from senior guard Rubylee Wright and senior forward Tia Magee, who scored 14 and 10 points, respectively. Wright added four steals and Magee pulled down nine boards as well. The win clinched a double bye for Georgetown in the Big East tournament, which begins on March 2. Some lingering concerns remain heading into the tournament, however, most notably the Blue and Gray’s shooting struggles. The Hoyas shot a woeful 30.6 percent from the floor against Syracuse, lowering their season percentage to 35.9 percent — better only than Providence in the Big East. Moreover, Georgetown was outrebounded, 43-27, a statistic that could hurt Georgetown come tournament time.

points on 1-of-5 shooting, committed four fouls, turned the ball over once and failed to grab a single rebound. “I thought Henry did a good job defending Cooley,” Thompson III said. “He makes you work. ... Henry’s [going to] sleep well tonight. If you guard him, you’re tired.” “This is by far his worst effort,” Brey said. “For him to play 25 minutes and not get a rebound is staggering.” By the midpoint of the second half, the hosts’ lead had expanded to 16, and it was obvious that the Fighting Irish had no solution for Georgetown’s defensive intensity. Coming off an abysmally poor 4-of-31 performance from behind the arc in a surprising loss to St. John’s on Saturday, Notre Dame wasn’t much better from long range Monday night. No single player made more than one trey, and the team shot just 3-of-17 from behind the arc. “To go through a game and only allow them to take 17 threes is a big deal,” Thompson III said. “Our closeouts were good [and] we did a good job of protecting the three-point line.” When all was said and done, Notre

Dame’s 41-point output was the team’s worst regular-season total since 1983. “I’m very impressed with them defensively,” Brey said. “That may be the best defensive team we’ve played against this season.” Although both Sims and Clark were emphatic that they tried to approach Monday night’s contest like any other game, they did pause for a few brief moments of reflection in the press room. “It was very big for us,” Clark said. “We talked about it before. We wanted to leave with a bang. We didn’t want to go out with a loss [and] we wanted to do the best we could on the court to get a win.” “We won,” Sims said simply when asked to describe his biggest takeaway from the game. “It was good to see a lot of the family members who I haven’t seen in a long time, [but] it was just good to leave here with a win.” The Blue and Gray travel to Milwaukee on Saturday for their final game of the regular season. Awaiting them will be the No. 8 Marquette Golden Eagles, who blew a 17-point lead with 13 minutes left in a loss at Verizon Center in January. A win would secure the Hoyas a double-bye in the Big East Tournament.


GU Positive on Weekend WOLFPACK, from A12 us and showed great composure in pressure situations for a freshman.” “Our at-bats this weekend were really great,” Lowe said. “Our line-up from one to nine can get the job done.” The Blue and Gray offense was again stellar against Toledo on Saturday, but their efforts weren’t enough to complete a weekend sweep of the Rockets. Though the game started out relatively slowly, Toledo went on to score five runs in the fifth inning to take a 7-1 lead. The Hoyas responded with a seven-run inning to take the lead again before the Rockets clawed back with two runs of their own to steal the win. Lowe led the offense with three hits. “I thought we played hard in our losses, but we did not take care of the ball,” Conlan said. “I think the biggest thing the team needs to focus on is not letting one error lead to many more errors,” Lowe said. “When we keep our composure and play one pitch at a time is when we play our best.” The second game of Saturday’s doubleheader was much worse for Georgetown, as Kent State won an 8-0 laugher and only

two Hoyas recorded hits. “I thought our performance on the field was inconsistent compared to our previous weekends,” Conlan said. “However, I thought our attitude and positive energy remained constant for us.” The Blue and Gray were able to salvage the weekend on Sunday by eking out a win over Lehigh. Lowe, Carter and Findling had the only three hits for the Hoyas, but the pitching and defense made the relatively meager offensive output stand up in the 4-3 win. Trailing 2-0 going into the sixth, the Hoyas put up two runs in both the top of the sixth and the seventh. Lehigh responded with one run in the bottom of the seventh, but the Hoyas’ defense stood strong to earn their second victory of the tournament. “I thought the team showed a lot of fight this weekend,” Lowe said. “Fight isn’t something that can be taught, and what is great about this team is we never give up and we fight until the very last pitch is thrown.” The Hoyas travel to Kissimmee, Fla., Friday to participate in the Citrus Classic Tournament. The first game is set for Friday at 2:30 p.m. against Illinois State.


WOMEN’S LACROSSE Hoyas (0-0) vs. Delaware (2-1) Tomorrow, 4 p.m. MultiSport Facility



WHAT’S INSIDE Michael Palmer analyzes the men’s basketball team’s win over Villanova in the Gray Out game Saturday afternoon.

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Army Syracuse

Penn State Notre Dame

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UMBC Rutgers


Drexel at Villanova Tonight, 7 p.m.

Siena at St. John’s Saturday, 1 p.m.

Lafayette at Rutgers Saturday, 1 p.m.

“I think as a group they were out there like a drunken sailor, just trying to think too much Men’s basketball Head Coach John Thompson III on his team instead of just play.”



Hoyas Shut Down Notre Dame LAWSON FERGUSON Hoya Staff Writer


Junior guard Sugar Rodgers scored 13 points, but shot 6-of-25 from the field in Georgetown’s home loss to St. John’s Monday afternoon.

Georgetown Drops Last Home Contest LEONARD OLSEN Hoya Staff Writer

The No. 12 Georgetown women’s basketball team (22-7, 11-5 Big East) dropped a disappointing late season contest to visiting No. 18 St. John’s (218, 13-3 Big East) Monday afternoon at McDonough Arena, 54-45. The Hoyas led for much of the game but unfortunately fell victim to a late St. John’s run and were not able to recover. “We didn’t come out motivated. We didn’t come out ready to play hard,”

Georgetown Head Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy said. “I’m truly disappointed with my team’s effort today.” The game started as a defensive struggle, as St. John’s didn’t crack the scoreboard ST. JOHN’S 54 until six minutes in. GEORGETOWN 45 Each team had registered only two field goals with 11 minutes left in the half, and the score stood at 6-5 in favor of St. John’s. See STORM, A11

Not all blowouts are created equal. In some, the winning team pulls away late and piles up garbage-time points to pad the margin of victory; in others, the winning team is so thoroughly dominant that it becomes obvious five minutes into the second half that the other team has no chance. Monday night fell decidedly in the latter category, as No. 11 Georgetown (22-6, 12-5 Big East) throttled No. 20 Notre Dame (20-10, 12-5 Big East), 59-41, on Senior Night at Verizon Center. Although freshman forward Greg Whittington set a new career high with an efficient 15 points on six shots to lead all scorers, it was the seniors who shone brightest in the last NOTRE DAME 41 h o m e g a m e GEORGETOWN 59 of their Georgetown careers. Guard Jason Clark and center Henry Sims scored 13 and 12 points, respectively, while grabbing six rebounds apiece. Sims, who leads Georgetown in assists, had five dimes on the game after recording zero against Villanova Saturday. “Sims is so good with the ball,” Notre Dame Head Coach Mike Brey said. “It’s a unique team that he is the leading assist guy. I’ve really never seen anything like that. They really play well off him.” The Hoyas were buoyed by the return of starting sophomore point guard Markel Starks, who was benched for Saturday’s win and sat out for the first 5:35 of this game before checking in. “I decided to play him, and I thought he was fine,” Thompson III said. Starks’ first bucket, a tiebreaking layup in transition with 8:51 left in the first half, sparked a 7-0 Georgetown run that helped the hosts go into halftime up 10. Sims played a starring role in the Hoyas’ half-ending outburst, scoring or assisting on 10 consecutive points before an unassisted spinning Clark jumper accounted for the last points of the frame. “The karma wasn’t good tonight, [and] a lot of that was Georgetown’s


Freshman forward Greg Whittington had a game- and career-high 15 points in the Hoyas’ 59-41 win over Notre Dame Monday night.

doing,” Brey said. “Even though we were down 10 at halftime, we were hanging on for dear life.” The Fighting Irish started with the ball in the second half, looking to cure its first-half offensive struggles that resulted in 35 percent shooting and five turnovers. After the teams traded turnovers on their first few possessions, senior guard Scott Martin hit a three to pull the visitors within seven. They


wouldn’t get any closer the rest of the game, though, as the Georgetown defense held them to 7-of-24 shooting the rest of the way. Junior forward Jack Cooley, who entered the game averaging more than 12 points and nine boards per contest, was particularly ineffective. Matched up against Sims for much of the game, he struggled with two See IRISH, A11


Terps Rip Hoyas in Season Opener Georgetown Ekes Out Win to Close Weekend EVAN HOLLANDER Hoya Staff Writer

The Georgetown men’s lacrosse team (0-1) stumbled out of the gate last Friday night, losing its season opener to No. 7 Maryland (2-0), 1611, at MultiSport Facility. The Terrapins got off to a quick start on a drizzly evening with senior midfielder Joe Cummings scoring two goals in less than 40 seconds to give Maryland a 2-0 advantage. Georgetown junior attack Jason McFadden had a solid unassisted goal to cut MARYLAND 16 the lead in half, but GEORGETOWN 11 Maryland answered with four straight goals, including two to open the second period. Facing a potent Maryland offense, the Blue and Gray were ultimately unable to do enough in the other facets of the game to make up for their offensive disadvantage. Overall, the Terps and Hoyas were even with 15 faceoff wins apiece, while Maryland collected 33 ground balls to Georgetown’s 29. “We knew going into the game [Maryland’s] faceoff kid was excel-


contributing two hits and both of the Hoyas’ runs. The Blue and Gray fell apart later in the game, though, The Georgetown softball team (7-5) allowing at least one run in each of traveled south this weekend for the the last four innings. Senior pitcher N.C. State Wolfpack Challenge in Ra- Mackensey Carter took the loss for the leigh, N.C., and came away with two Hoyas. wins and three losses. In game two, the Hoyas found the The Hoyas started the tournament offensive coordination they had been on a bad note Friday missing in the first afternoon after losgame. Sophomore outing their first game “Fight isn’t somefielder Taylor Koenig to the Wolfpack thing that can be led the Hoyas’ offense (7-7) by a score of with two runs, a hit 9-2, but rebounded taught. ... We never and three RBIs. Junior later in the evening Shikara Lowe give up and we fight catcher with an 8-0 win had two hits and drove against the Univer- until the very last in two runs, while sity of Toledo (2-7). freshman pitcher LauSaturday brought a pitch is thrown.” ren O’Leary gave her pair of losses as the best performance to PAT CONLAN Hoyas lost, 9-8, in date with a two-hit Softball Head Coach their second game shutout. against Toledo and “I thought we had then fell, 8-0, to Kent State (4-6). The some solid pitching efforts,” Head Hoyas squeaked out a 4-3 win over Le- Coach Pat Conlan said. “Lauren picked high (1-5) to close out the tournament. up two wins for us and showed great In the opening game against N.C. composure in pressure situations for State, sophomore infielder Samantha See WOLFPACK, A11 Findling did all the offensive work,

Hoya Staff Writer


Senior midfielder Zack Angel scored two goals and had one ground ball in Friday’s game, but Maryland soured the home opener by blowing out the Hoyas.

lent. He’s obviously one of the best. We knew that was going to be a big part of the game,” Head Coach Dave Urick said. “We had our chances. But the 50/50 grounders in the first half — we weren’t that good at it. We maybe got a little better in spots, but that needs to get a whole lot better.” Georgetown hit a groove as the clock wound down toward half-

time, with junior midfielder Brian Casey scoring two goals and assisting senior midfielder Zack Angel on a third. But if the Blue and Gray had momentum coming out of the intermission, Maryland’s Cummings quickly put a stop to it. His goal, one of two quick Maryland strikes See TERPS, A10

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