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Socioeconomics underly an unspoken divide at Georgetown, where an elite culture can create obstacles for lower-income students. GUIDE, G8

7 Students Arrested for Fake IDs Braden McDonald Hoya Staff Writer

TRACK Senior Emily Infeld won the 3000-meter at the national championships.

THEATER After 13 years in the theater department, Ted Parker will retire in May. NEWS, A7


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Seven college students, including five Georgetown students, were arrested for underage drinking and using fake identification at Rhino Bar and Pumphouse on M Street Saturday, according to Erin Mathieson, an investigator for the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration. Mathieson said representatives of ABRA’s D.C.: Double Check 101 program work closely with the Metropolitan Police Department to identify underage drinkers in bars and nightclubs surrounding university campuses in the District. She added that ABRA apprehended two underage Georgetown students in Towne Wine & Liquors on Wisconsin Avenue for purchasing alcohol with fake IDs last month. Though the students were not arrested, Towne was charged and the students’ names were sent to the university. Penalties for serving underage drinkers range from a fine to a suspension of the establishment’s liquor license. Mathieson said that while MPD must witness students’ use of fake IDs in order to charge them, they can obtain warrants to request identification from individuals who appear underage. Representatives of ABRA, however, can ask anyone to present identification. If the ID is deemed fake, ABRA will take down the student’s personal information and charge the offending establishment. “We are primarily interested in documenting everything and charging the establishment, because [serving minors] is an egregious violation,” See IDS, A6



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The Department of Public Safety has reported 19 burglaries since Jan. 1, a large portion of which have occured in three buildings at the Med Center.

Rash of Med Center Student Assaulted Break-Ins Continues In 36th St Burglary Sarah Kaplan Hoya Staff Writer

Two burglaries were reported at the Georgetown University Medical Center during spring break, bringing the total number of Med Center break-ins over the past two months to eight. The first of the two burglaries occurred in Building D between 6 p.m. Friday, March 2 and 8:30 a.m. Monday, March 5, the Metropolitan Police Department reported. According to MPD’s incident re-

port, a suspect pried open the door to an office suite and took keys from an unlocked cabinet. The suspect then entered a locked room and stole a laptop worth $300. The office was left ransacked. In the second burglary, which occurred the morning of Sunday, March 4, a suspect forced his way into several offices in the New Research Building. According to MPD’s incident report, the suspect broke open several locked desk See GUMC, A5

Sarah Kaplan Hoya Staff Writer

A student was physically assaulted in a burglary at an off-campus townhouse near the intersection of 36th and O Streets Wednesday night, according to the Department of Public Safety. DPS reported in a public safety alert that the student confronted a suspect in the residence at 9:20 p.m. The suspect said he was looking for someone, but when the student asked to look into the

Matthew Strauss Hoya Staff Writer

Hip-hop and rap artist Wiz Khalifa will headline the Georgetown Program Board’s Spring Kickoff Concert March 30. DJ Earworm, famous for his annual mash-up of the year’s most popular songs, will be the opening act. Wiz Khalifa, known for “Black And Yellow,” “No Sleep” and “Young, Wild & Free,” and the accompanying artists will perform in McDonough Arena. Tickets go on sale in Red Square on Monday, March 19 at 11 a.m. and will cost $20 for students with a GOCard and $35 for general admission. Tickets will also be available for purchase online. Executive Chair of GPB Tyler Simpson


Students basked in the sunlight on Healy and Copley Lawns this week as temperatures hit the high 70s.

First Black Undergraduate Dies Hoya Staff Writer

Samuel Halsey Jr. (SFS ’53), who died last month at the age of 87, left behind three siblings, four children and more than a dozen grandchildren and great-grandchildren. But he also left an enduring legacy at Georgetown as the first black undergraduate to be admitted to the school. Valedictorian of his high school class, Halsey had briefly studied at North Carolina A&T State University before serving

in the army during World War II. After returning to the United States, he studied accounting at Howard University before applying to Georgetown as a transfer student. In 1947, University President Fr. Lawrence Gorman, S.J., asked administrators to include at least one black student in the next freshman class. That did not happen, but as the culture of the university began to shift over the next three years, black students were admitted to graduate programs, the medical school and the law school.

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suspect’s backpack, the suspect punched him in the face and fled the residence. Two laptops, a camera and a watch were stolen in the burglary. The suspect is described in the PSA as a 30- to 35-year-old black male of dark complexion and medium build, wearing a white shirt. Though DPS posted the PSA on its website, it did not send an email alert to students. Typically, PSA emails are sent out for any kind of See BURGLARY, A6

Concert Artists Announced


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Finally, in 1950, the university accepted Halsey to the School of Foreign Service, making him the first black undergraduate in Georgetown history. “In 1949, when I was checking with the area universities, the University of Maryland and [The] George Washington University would not accept my application because I was ‘Negro,’” Halsey wrote in correspondence to Georgetown when the university established the Samuel A. Halsey Jr. Citizenship Award in 2002. See HALSEY, A6


Wiz Khalifa will perform at the Spring Kickoff Concert with DJ Earworm.

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(COL ’13) said that he expects the approximately 2,500 available tickets to sell out quickly. “I would encourage anyone who wants to attend to purchase your tickets the first day,” he said. Wiz Khalifa is no stranger to concerts geared toward undergraduates, having spent the spring of last year touring with the Campus Consciousness Tour. On the tour, he performed at 17 colleges, including Pennsylvania State University, Emory University and Auburn University. The process to select a headliner for the concert began in November, when members of GPB’s Concert Committee sent out bids to several artists. Wiz Khalifa’s management accepted the bid over winter break, and contract negotiations continued through spring break. While GPB declined to release specific expenditures, the concert’s cost exceeded the amount the program board originally allocated for concerts for this academic year. “This is the most we’ve ever spent on a concert headliner — ever,” Simpson said. “The allocation does exceed how much we had put aside for this semester, so we then looked to outside sources.” In addition to allocating a larger portion of GPB’s budget than had previously been designated for concerts, the concert committee received a contribution from the Senior Class Committee. Many students said they were more excited about this year’s concert than last year’s, when Kevin Rudolph, Dev and the Cataracts, Jason Smith, Shwayze and Cisco drew disappointing crowds. “It’s the first time all year that I’ve been pleasantly surprised by Georgetown,” Ben Seiden (COL ’15) said of Wiz Khalifa’s announced performance.

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GOCard Update Has Compromised Safety

The Spring Thrill — The Georgetown Program Board announced this week that Wiz Khalifa will be performing in the Spring Concert March 30.


Clowning Around — The Ringling Brothers arrived in Washington this week, where they will perform a series of weekend shows at Verizon Center.


Increased vulnerability is not an acceptable price for a community to pay for renovations. During spring break, the university began updating the machines that scan GOCards, which are required for entry to dormitories and various other buildings around campus, with the intent of completing renovations while the majority of students were off campus. But a failure to properly prepare for technological problems during the overhaul reflects a lack of judgment on the university’s part in regard to campus security. The update was incomplete when classes resumed Monday, and GOCard readers across campus began experiencing technical failures Tuesday. GOCard readers in East Campus, Copley Hall and the Southwest Quad remained nonfunctional for more than a day; some continued to experience problems through Thursday. The disorder that ensued was not only confusing and inconvenient for students but, more importantly, emblematic of a university failure to address security needs. Unable to enter dorms, some students resorted to propping doors open with chairs or traffic cones. Such solutions put students at risk — and in areas of campus that have recently experienced crimes. With doors propped open and left that way overnight in some cases, an important layer of campus security was removed. In light of an alleged sexual assault near the intersection of 36th and O Streets last month and recent burglar-


ies that have been reported in Darnall Hall, White-Gravenor Hall, the Med-Dent Building and student townhouses, the Department of Public Safety should actively be seeking to ramp up security. From Jan. 11 to March 15 of this year, there have been 19 burglaries in total across campus. Eight of the 19 burglaries occurred at the Medical Center alone this year. By comparison, there were three burglaries total last year and five the year before. While DPS is not at fault for the problems with the GOCard readers — that blame lies with University Information Services — it had an opportunity and responsibility to respond to the issue adequately, yet it did not. While it is understandable that officers allowed doors to remain propped open so that students could get into their dorms, the university should have had a plan in place to provide alternative forms of security to buildings that were unable to use GOCard readers during parts of the transition process. Increased presence of DPS officers in areas without functioning GOCard readers would have helped to ensure student safety while that regular layer of security was nonexistent. Such steps, however, were not taken. Thankfully, no incidents were reported in direct correlation with the security lapses, but the university’s negligence is still inexcusable. Technological failures happen, but when those failures threaten student safety, the university should demonstrate more thorough preparedness in its response.

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Georgetown’s president continues to prove that Georgetown is no longer a Catholic university. He feels that it is more appropriate to come to the assistance of a law school student, instead of standing up for Catholic morals ... Ironically, in defending Fluke, Georgetown President John DeGioia, after making uncivil comments about Rush Limbaugh and after failing to stand with the Catholic bishops on this First Amendment violation, said that this is our moment to stand for the values of civility. So Georgetown, civility is now more important than morality. CAS and GULC Grad on “Law Student Mired in Birth Control Debate” Posted March 2, 2012

THE RAW DEAL by Anthony Mastroianni

er than contraception itself, DeGioia stayed well within Catholic doctrine while addressing the Limbaugh incident. Without taking a stance on whether birth control should be offered or covered by health care providers, he was able to uphold our Jesuit values of civility and thoughtfulness. Any student should expect such highprofile administrators as university presidents to defend them publicly in a situation like Fluke’s. Among the most important responsibilities of a university president is to represent his or her institution to the public, and it would have been unacceptable for DeGioia to let the controversy slide without a response. The law school also released a statement on the issue, signed by more than 100 faculty members and about 50 representatives of other law schools, adding its perspective to DeGioia’s in criticizing Limbaugh’s attacks. While we can and should commend DeGioia for issuing an eloquent response, we also must acknowledge that doing so fulfilled his responsibilities to the university. Through his public response, he defended both a Georgetown student and the values that define our institution.

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Addressing the Real Issue With all the anger, partisanship and misrepresentation that has sprung from the national debate on contraception coverage, students and alumni should be proud that University President John J. DeGioia added a voice of reason to the polarized din. DeGioia’s email to the campus community, which he sent just before spring break, put him in a controversial position in a complicated debate, and his words quickly began to receive attention in the national media. We commend him for walking the tightrope between defending Sandra Fluke (LAW ’12) against slander and upholding the university’s Jesuit heritage. DeGioia must be given credit for standing up for educated discourse amid the ad hominem attacks that have characterized the contraception debate. Rush Limbaugh’s comments about Fluke and Georgetown women can only be characterized as misogynistic; they did not engage the public in thoughtful dialogue and drew attention only for their shock value. While standing up for Fluke and her right to voice her opinions, DeGioia simultaneously shamed Limbaugh for his immature tactics. By focusing on civil discourse rath-

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VIEWPOINT • Joshua Donovan



VIEWPOINT • Katie Frederick

Dialogue Drowned By Demogoguery hen President Obama announced his mandate requiring religiously affiliated institutions to cover contraception, I was admittedly disappointed. I felt that he should have made a good-faith effort to create compromise on the issue, and I was happy to see that he finally did. Unfortunately, the damage had already been done. One only needs to turn on the news to see how toxic our political atmosphere has become. Partisanship runs so deep that the offensive comments made by people like Rush Limbaugh are more commonplace than we may care to admit. It is perhaps not surprising, then, that both sides of our political spectrum were more than happy to exploit this complex issue for their own political gains. Conservatives screamed that religious liberties were being violated with such vigor that one might think Obama had just burned a Bible. The rhetoric that Republican presidential candidates have been using to describe Obama’s “war against religion” dramatically overstates the political realities of his actions. After all, the controversy involves religiously affiliated organizations’ being compelled to pay a small amount of money for something that violates their consciences. This may sound unfair, but it happens all the time. Pacifists — including Quakers and Anabaptists — have nearly 25 percent of their tax dollars in defense spending, in violation of their religious faiths. However, the left is not free from blame either. Realizing that it would probably be easier to rally support and garner sympathy if they framed the entire problem in terms of women’s rights, liberals accused conservatives of starting a “war on contraception.” Let’s be clear: Obama’s mandate was adding coverage that had not previously existed. Even completely repealing it would simply return things to the status quo. It’s also important to realize that women who work for


Catholic organizations can go to clinics like Planned Parenthood for birth control. Rather than trying to find other ways to increase access to birth control, many on the left reacted using the same tactics of fear-mongering that had been used against them. It has disturbed me for quite some time that sound bites and bumper stickers often dominate the way that we discuss issues in American politics. Demagoguery often carries more clout than diplomacy. Consider two individuals who have both been very influential in this issue in very different ways. The first is Melissa Rogers, a scholar at the Brookings Institute and the former head of Obama’s Office for Community and Faith-Based Initiatives. The other is Rush Limbaugh, a well-known conservative radio talk show host. Limbaugh makes over $30 million each year enlightening Americans with his self-proclaimed indispensable commentary. His contributions include his now-infamous accusation that a Georgetown Law student advocating for the mandate was a “slut” and his request that she post pornographic videos of herself online. For this, he has received loads of publicity — even after apologizing. Melissa Rogers’ salary is not $30 million. Her name is not recognizable like Limbaugh’s. Yet her contribution — helping to draft Obama’s balanced compromise, which has calmed the fears of millions of Americans — has been infinitely more helpful. Rush Limbaugh has received exactly what he was looking for. While I am disgusted by people like him, I find encouragement in the fact that oftentimes, policy is written by people like Rogers, who care more about their integrity than they care about their paychecks and reputations. I pray that, moving forward, cooler heads will prevail and any dialogue on this issue will be based on substance — not on misguided talking points.

Calling Rush Limbaugh’s Bluff B y now we are all familiar with the story of Rush Limbaugh and his comments about Sandra Fluke that sparked a national controversy. Like many women, I was outraged by his words and struggled to understand why someone would think it was acceptable to say such things — especially on the air. While I understand that he is a commentator who makes his living on such outbursts, this time he crossed a line. I found great comfort in the words of University President John J. DeGioia. His message to the campus community reminded me of the importance of responding with civility and respect, rather than the hostility that was dished out to Fluke and her supporters. Aside from the distasteful namecalling and comments, it was upsetting to see how distorted Fluke’s testimony became. She never demanded to be paid for sex; she was simply making the point that many students pay upwards of $1,000 a year for student health plans that do not include birth control for women. As a fellow Georgetown University student, I know all too well the expense of medication not

covered under a health care plan. I am just one of many women who take these medications to treat common medical conditions and take offense to the idea that Fluke, myself or any other student is “having so much sex” we can’t afford the contraception. Fluke was correct in saying that these medications are often prescribed for reasons other than birth control. Ovarian cysts, endometriosis and bleeding issues are just a few examples. These are real issues that women face and have found relief for by taking birth control. Calling someone a “feminazi” for supporting such measures is both ignorant and in poor taste. Limbaugh has every right to oppose the new health insurance measures, but he should be careful to offer commentary that does not detract from the important issues. He could easily use his platform as one that promotes the truth or acts as an agent for social good. Instead, he has used it to superficially attack others; his methods continue the cycle of hatred and ignorance within our society. It is for these and many other reasons that I want to call upon Lim-

baugh to make good on a promise he made to the women of Georgetown. On his show, Limbaugh said: “I will buy all of the women at Georgetown University as much aspirin to put between their knees as they want.” There are people within this community that could use the aspirin. I invite every woman at Georgetown to demand their share of aspirin then join me in donating it to low-cost clinics in and around the D.C. metro area. Let’s take an old saying and use it to help those in our community who really are in need. Regardless of where you stand on the issue of birth control, I invite you to join me in asking that Limbaugh follow through on his words. I started an online petition for this cause; so far we are off to a great start with a little over 100 signatures to our simple plea: “Mr. Limbaugh, Make Good on Your Promise.” Though Limbaugh’s words were shocking and hurtful for Sandra Fluke and her supporters, this story still has a chance to have at least one happy ending. Katie Frederick is a Master’s candidate in the School of Continuing Studies.


Joshua Donovan is a junior in the College.



A Hidden ‘War on Women’ The Difficult, but Necessary Quest for Deeper Truths T I

he last several weeks have seen the topics of human rights and women’s rights explode to the forefront of national discourse. Through clever marketing, the non-governmental organization Invisible Children was able to make the atrocities of Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda a trending topic on Twitter and Facebook. Celebrities from Taylor Swift to Chris Brown lined up to voice their support for the publicity campaign and demand that Kony be brought to justice. And just two weeks ago, the nation was rocked with a debate over reproductive rights when a Georgetown student received a misogynistic verbal lashing from a right-wing talkshow host. Both of these causes are salient issues that require our attention. However, there comes a time when our society’s focus on hot-button social issues and popular human rights causes blinds us to darker realities within our own national borders. Among Americans, it is fashionable to proclaim support for the troops and admiration for those serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. Yet when it comes to actually matching rhetoric with action, too often our society falls short in supporting those who fight for our country. One example of this is the pervasive sexual violence currently going on within the ranks of the U.S. military. As egregious as the phenomenon itself is the scant media attention this issue receives and the blithe indifference of our society and the government toward the victims of sexual violence in the military. In our society, there is ample media attention given to the “war on women” with regard to mat-

ters of reproductive rights. However, there is hardly a mention of the same war waged within the ranks of the U.S. military. Within the general population, the rate of women sexually assaulted stands at 17 percent. However, a 2006 study by the Department of Veterans Affairs estimated that between 23 and 33 percent of women in the U.S. Armed Forces have been sexually assaulted. And these are just the cases that have been reported. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta recently estimated that the number of sexual assaults

Sam Blank

Many victims of sexual assault in our military are forced into silence. within the U.S. military was close to 19,000 in the year 2011 alone. This on its own is a moral atrocity that should evoke shame in Americans. However, even worse is the cold shoulder victims of sexual assault receive from the military. In 2010, fewer than 21 percent of the cases of reported sexual violence even went to trial. Of that number, only about half of the cases resulted in convictions. That is only a tiny fraction of the reported cases. The military itself admits that the overall number of attacks is probably six times the reported number.

This means that many victims of sexual assault in our military are forced into silence through fear, intimidation or shame. This contributes to an overall climate of permissiveness for sexual violence, with deadly consequences. Consider the case of Private LaVena Johnson. On July 19, 2005, Johnson was found dead in Iraq. She was one of the first women to die in the Iraq and Afghan Wars. She was just 19 years old. Her body was covered with bruises, scratches and bite marks. She had a broken nose, shattered teeth and a black eye. Her hand had been doused with flammable liquid and burned, and acid had been poured on her genital area. The Army ruled her death a suicide and told her family that her injuries were self-inflicted. To this day, the Army refuses to investigate the case further. When we refuse to speak out about these crimes yet demand that the perpetrators be held accountable, we become complicit in their commission as silent enablers. There is something wrong when Americans are more agitated about access to birth control and atrocities overseas than they are about the rape and murder of our own soldiers. The women who put on the uniform and fight are braver and have done more to serve this country than most in our society. The least we could do is protect them from abuse at the hands of the military itself and demand justice on their behalf. We — as a society — owe them nothing less. Sam Blank is a senior in the College. IMPERFECT UNION appears every other Friday.

n the July 2, 1751 issue of the Rambler, SamWe might think, moreover, that discovering uel Johnson remarked, “Very few have abili- abstruse truth is simply a thing of intelligence ties requisite for the discovery of abstruse and brainpower. We soon, however, run into truth; and of those few some want leisure and what I call “the Lucifer question.” others, resolution.” When reading this passage, Lucifer, the most intelligent of the angels, the word “abstruse” struck me. Its Latin origin was the one who fell. The human parallel to means “to conceal.” Today, it means “difficult to this fall is that the greatest crimes often, not comprehend or recondite.” What is abstruse is always, originate with the most intelligent. not unknowable; it is just not immediately obvi- Indeed, in the Platonic corpus, the difference ous. We have to study it, work out what it means. between the philosopher king and the tyrant The Oxford English Dictionary cites Isaac is not one of raw intelligence. In fact, the most Watts, a prominent theologian and hymn writ- dangerous tyrants are always very intelligent. er, in 1741: “Let not young students apply them- Rather, the question concerns a chosen purselves to search out deep, dark and abstruse mat- pose that directs our intelligence to a proper or ters far above their reach.” improper end. Both Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas remarked Turning once again to the quote from The that the most difficult truths Rambler, Johnson added are known only “to the wise.” that even the few who might Such things take time, discihave the talents sufficient to pline and virtue. understand abstruse truths The first principles of do not discover them bereasoning are known to evcause they lack either “leieryone. Aquinas wrote, “Cersure or resolution.” Due to tain axioms or propositions many other reasons such are universally self-evident as sickness, work, politics to all; and such are those or lack of formal training, propositions whose terms someone may never develop Fr. James Schall, S.J. are known to all, as, ‘Every the talents that he inherwhole is greater than its ently possesses. Others may part … .’ But some proposijust too lazy or distracted We do not see what is be tions are self-evident only to to ever do the work necesthe wise, who understand true, lest it demand that sary to penetrate the truths the meaning of the terms of requiring considerable effort we live differently. such propositions.” and diligence. Most intellectual controAristotle has one more thing versy takes place long before it reaches public of importance to say about why it is that abdiscussion or action. In most polities, both struse truths are not seen. Basically, it is because wise and unwise propositions can reach prac- we lack virtue or we practice vice of some sort. tice. We only see such truths if we are not using our An abstruse truth is not an unimportant one. minds to justify the things we are doing that are Indeed, it may be the most important truth of contrary to reason. all, though the fact may be that few are capable In this way, morality is related to intelligence. of knowing it. We often hear that things difficult We use our minds to justify what we are actuto understand — things requiring devotion, time ally doing when what we are doing - whether and discipline — are somehow undemocratic, we like it or not - is objectively wrong. Unless and by the same logic, insignificant. something shocking happens to us, we will not Aristotle warned us: “A small error in the be- see what is true because we do not want to see ginning will lead to a huge error in the end.” it, lest it demand that we live differently. Such This oft-cited observation implies that we need is an abstruse truth that stems from a small ersomeone to detect the small errors and the ab- ror. struse truths. In our time and place, there may not be some- Fr. James V. Schall, S.J., is a professor in the govone to fulfill this role. Thus, it may be that the ernment department. Fr. Schall, Fr. Maher and Fr. most original thinker present in our university O’Brien alternate as the writers of As This Jesuit is Plato, who died in 347 B.C. Sees It ... , which appears every other Friday.





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SFS Survey Calls for More Admins Seek GU Boathouse Space, Curriculum Reform ALEXANDER GALAN Special to The Hoya


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Results of a survey conducted by the Bachelors of Foreign Service Review Committee suggest student desire for more student space and core curriculum reform. Results of the survey, which was conducted last semester, were released Wednesday. According to SFS Academic Council President Lucas Stratmann (SFS ’12), the survey was drafted by the academic council in order to better include student input in the work of the Review Committee, which was established last spring to re-evaluate the overall BSFS experience. “It’s worth noting how many students actually participated. It’s 453 students, which is a lot taking into account that the survey was really long,” Senior Representative Leticia Ferreras (SFS ’12) said. “It only shows that the SFS students are interested in improving the SFS education.” The survey was sent to all 1,590 undergraduates enrolled in the SFS. The report summarized student responses to questions pertaining to the core requirements, language proficiency tests, majors and certificates offered, teaching methods, research opportunities, accessibility of professors and student space. An overwhelming majority of the students called for a prepaid printing system like the one offered to McDonough School of Business students. In addition, 83 percent of respondents believe that the SFS needs a common space for undergraduate students. In the evaluation of the freshmen experience, 63.8 percent of the students reported viewing upperclassmen as an accessible resource for advice, but only 20 percent believed that the peer mentor program effectively provided support. “There is a discrepancy between the institutionalized attempt to form this upperclassmen and underclassmen mentorship and the actual demand for the mentorship,” Stratmann said. The report suggested that the peer mentor program move away from assigning mentors based on pro-seminars toward a more interest-based system. The report also advocated decreasing the ratio of mentees to each mentor. “A good number of the students did not choose to be in the particular proseminars they were placed in,” Stratmann said. “The allocation of mentors and students is sort of random.” The SFS is currently considering plans for a science requirement in the curriculum,

but 51.8 percent of the respondents do not support such an addition. However, only underclassmen responded to the question about a science requirement because a technical error did not include the question in the version of the survey sent to upperclassmen. “I don’t think [the data] would have been much different if upperclassmen also responded,” Stratmann said. However, Azi Hussain (SFS ’15), a freshman representative on the Academic Council, said that the exclusion of upperclassmen from the question skewed the data towards opposition to a science requirement. “I think upperclassmen would have understood more [of the role] science plays in international affairs and what such a requirement would consist of,” Hussain said. According to the survey results, students were generally satisfied with the core curriculum. Among respondents, 70.1 percent of the underclassmen found the variety of core classes satisfactory, and 90.6 percent of the upperclassmen believed the core built a solid background for an international affairs education. Underclassmen and upperclassmen, however, diverged on the relevancy of the core classes. While 38 percent of the underclassmen believed that some core classes are irrelevant, 59 percent of the upperclassman described them as unnecessary. “This trend can be explained by the fact that as you become an upperclassman, you realize there is little room to pursue classes you are interested in because of the heavy requirements,” Senior Representative Joaquin Ormeno (SFS ’12) said. The report also reflected a general call for reforms in the SFS core curriculum. Complaints included the discrepancy in the materials used by professors teaching different sections of the same class, redundant information in the four economic requirements and sometimes-unhelpful teaching assistants for large lecture-style classes. Stratmann said that though the suggestions require long-term collaboration and conversation between the faculty and students, concrete change is possible. The Academic Council will host town halls to discuss specific issues from the report. “We do realize it’s not something that we publish today and happens tomorrow, but we’re committed to following up and keeping the conversation going,” Stratmann said. “The survey will allow us to have the expression of opinion which we can leverage and influence the SFS agenda.”

Georgetown will receive a verdict from the National Park Service on the possibility of building its own boathouse on the Potomac River — an initiative that has been in flux since the 1980s — by the end of the calendar year. According to university spokeswoman Stacy Kerr, Georgetown’s primary objective is to give its crew teams prime access to a boathouse on the Potomac. The teams currently row out of Thompson Boat Center, which they share with crew teams from The George Washington University, area high schools and the surrounding community. The boathouse has been coping with

overcrowding for several years. The National Park Service recently began reconsidering a proposal to build a boathouse on the Potomac that would offer Georgetown crew teams a new home, but would be run by NPS and shared with crew teams at GWU and community members. University spokeswoman Stacy Kerr stressed that there is no firm proposal for Georgetown to share a boathouse and that the university is still actively pursuing approval to construct a boathouse for its exclusive use. “Our goal is to construct a boathouse of our own. … My understanding is that GW wants one as well, so they would presumably do the same,” Kerr said. “There is no proposal right now for GW and GU to share a boathouse.”

Associate Vice President for Federal Relations Scott Fleming said that the university has proposed to trade land currently in its possession for a tract on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, which it would use for the boathouse. This initiative was first proposed in 1998, and the university reached a preliminary agreement with NPS about the exchange. However, the approval process for a Georgetown boathouse eventually met resistance and was put on hold in 2008. While Georgetown still intends to build its own boathouse on the Potomac River, Fleming said that collaborating to build a boathouse with other users would help to alleviate community concerns about the impacts of construction on the nearby area.

East Campus to Get Temporary AC MARIAH BYRNE Hoya Staff Writer

After student protest when the university announced that residents of LXR Hall and Nevils would not have air conditioning until May, administrators said they would install a temporary generator-powered chiller next week. Heat has been turned off in both buildings and fans have become available to all rooms that request them. Pedestrian access through the LXR and Nevils courtyard was restored Wednesday, marking the end of one stage of the renovations to East Campus. The next steps for the renovations include the replacement of the emergency generator and the chiller, which controls the air conditioning for East Campus. Permanent replacement of the chiller, which failed after Nevils’ interior renovations were completed last summer, is expected to be completed by early May. “Replacement of the chiller was not a part of the scope of the Nevils renovation,” Vice President for Facilities and Student Housing Karen Frank wrote in an email.

Pedestrian access through the courtyard will be maintained while the building’s temporary air conditioning is installed, according to an email sent by Executive Director of Student Housing Patrick Killilee to residents of East Campus Wednesday evening. Students reacted vocally to the initial news that their dorms would not receive air conditioning until mid-May, as temperatures reached 80 degrees Fahrenheit early this week. LXR Hall resident David Schaffer (COL ’14) drafted an open letter to the Office of Student Housing that he submitted Wednesday afternoon. According to Schaffer, students are entitled to demand that the lack of air conditioning be addressed based on the over $4,000 that residents of LXR Hall and Nevils pay for housing each year. “I think that asking for accommodations on the pricier side is not unreasonable,” he said. Schaffer drafted an open letter online and posted it to Facebook Wednesday. At press time, it had received 369 signatures from East Campus residents, sympathizers and a self-identified medical professional.

Student complaints also received university attention through Hoya Ideas Community, an online student feedback portal. A post submitted by Michael Crouch (MSB ’13) received over 85 votes and currently has been designated as “in review” by the university. With the restoration of part of the courtyard, the security doors on N Street and 36th Street will be closed and their emergency alarms will be reinstalled. Students must enter LXR Hall and interior Nevils apartments through the Walsh lobby or the 35th Street entrance. The Office of Student Housing also cautioned that construction noise and brief disruptions to pedestrian walkways are to be expected. Part of the courtyard between Nevils and LXR will remain fenced as well. Renovations to East Campus began last summer, when Nevils apartments received new furniture, lighting and windows, renovations to their bathrooms and kitchens and updates to the fire alarm system. According to Frank, all renovations to East Campus are on schedule.


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GUMC Target of Student Wins Award for Cancer Research Eight Burglaries MARGARET VIATOR Hoya Staff Writer

GUMC from A1 drawers and caused $500 worth of damage but did not steal anything. Neither MPD report contained descriptions of the suspects in either incident. Since Jan. 21, the Department of Public Safety has reported nine burglaries at Medical Center buildings. Of these, four have occurred at Building D, four at the New Research Building and one at the MedDent Building. The total cost of damage to offices and stolen goods in the eight burglaries is more than $2,300, according to MPD incident reports. According to Director of Media Relations Rachel Pugh, the Med Center established a security work team this January in response to the rash of burglaries. The team is looking into ways to enhance security at the Med Center, including restricting access to buildings and offices and increasing data security,

among other measures. In late March the team will submit a set of recommendations to address the burglaries, which the university plans to implement immediately. Progress has been made on an investigation of a Jan. 26 burglary at the New Research Building, as two suspects who matched the descriptions of suspects in that burglary were detained by DPS officers Feb. 17 as they unlawfully entered the same building. The suspects, who had been captured on video surveillance footage from Jan. 26, were described in a DPS public safety alert about the burglary as two black males between the ages of 35 and 40 driving a white, two-door pickup truck. DPS notified MPD and barred the men from campus after the Feb. 17 incident. According to Pugh, all of the Med Center burglaries are still under active investigation.

David Solomon (MED ’12) gained national recognition for his research on the genetics of cancer last Friday when he won the Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award. The award, which is sponsored by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Wash., recognizes achievement in the study of biology. Solomon and 12 other recipients will present their work at a symposium being held at the center on May 4. The award is a special recognition of Solomon’s years of continual research on a gene that can cause brain tumors and other types of cancer. Two years ago, while working in a lab that studies brain tumors, Solomon discovered a gene whose mutation may account for the abnormal number of chromosomes found in virtu-

ally all types of cancer. “I was doing … an analysis of brain tumor samples to identify new potential cancer genes [and] I stumbled upon a gene that appears to be important in the development of cancer by causing abnormal chromosome numbers,” Solomon said. Solomon spent the next two years working on a paper about the gene, STAG2, which was eventually published in the prestigious journal Science in August 2011. According to Todd Waldman, an associate professor at the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center who mentored Solomon, the discovery is a critical step in cancer research. “Early on in the discovery of the cancer gene, we knew it was a big deal. Once [Solomon] made the initial observation that the gene was mutated in a significant fraction of tumor samples, at that point, we knew the discovery was an important one,”

Waldman said. Solomon added that the discovery of the STAG2 gene is of particular importance because it mutates in a broad spectrum of human tumors, including the skin cancer melanoma and the bone cancer Ewing’s sarcoma. “All cancers from breast cancer to colon cancer have an abnormal number of chromosomes. It is a fundamental feature of cancer biology. This discovery is a potential explanation for why that happens,” he said. While Waldman lauded Solomon’s discovery, he added that much more about the subject remains undiscovered. “It definitely is a major hurdle that has been overcome … [Solomon’s] discovery makes it possible for us to look for those novel therapeutics that could kill cancer cells that have the wrong number of chromosomes,” he said. “Still, there is a lot of work ahead.”


David Solomon (MED ’12) discovered a gene that may contribute to the development of cancer.

DPS BLOTTER THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2012 Alcohol Violation, New South, 1:21 a.m. Department of Public Safety officers responded to the listed location to assist a resident assistant who was investigating a loud noise complaint. DPS encountered underage students consuming alcoholic beverages. The case has been referred to the Office of Student Conduct. FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2012 Drug Violation, New South, 11:08 p.m. DPS officers investigating a suspicious odor made contact with students of a room in the listed location. Drugs and drug paraphernalia were confiscated. The case has been referred to the Office of Student Conduct.

Defacement of Property, New South, 3:53 a.m. DPS officers were dispacted to the listed location in response to a call in which urine was found on the floor in front of a student’s door and on the door handle.



Burglary, New Research Building, 8 a.m. Staff members reported that their suite was broken into, inner offices accessed and property stolen. The case is under investigation.

Disorderly Conduct, 36th and N Streets, 11:42 a.m. DPS officers made contact with an inebriated student who was being disorderly. The case has been referred to the Office of Student Conduct.

Theft, Lauinger Library, 12 p.m. A student reported that her unattended laptop and personal items were stolen from the table at which she was studying. Shortly thereafter, the student found all her items at a different table.


MONDAY, MARCH 12, 2012

Theft, Healy Hall, 1:50 p.m. A staff member reported that her unattended laptop was stolen from her desk.

Burglary, White-Gravenor Hall, 9:15 a.m. A staff member reported that an unknown person entered a room by force and stole a laptop. The case is under investigation.


Drug Violation, New South, 11:05 p.m. DPS officers investigating a suspicious odor made contact with the residents of a room. Drugs and drug paraphernalia were confiscated. The case has been referred to the Office of Student Conduct.

Burglary, Building D, 12:10 p.m. Numerous offices were broken into and items were stolen from the listed location. The case is under investigation.


TUESDAY, MARCH 13, 2012 Attempted Burglary, Darnall Hall, 8:30 a.m. A staff member reported an attempted burglary at the listed location. Damage was caused to the door. The case is under investigation.

Theft, ICC Bike Rack, 9:05 p.m. A student reported that his secured bicycle was stolen from the bike rack. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14, 2012 Burglary, 3500 Block of O Street, 1:30 a.m. A student reported that his residence was burglarized by way of an open window. A backpack was stolen. Burglary, Darnall Hall, 7:27 a.m. Two adjoining suites were discovered burglarized by way of forcible entry and several items were stolen. The case is under investigation. Theft, Copley Hall, 12:30 a.m. A student reported the theft of her GOCard and credit card. The blotter is compiled weekly by the Department of Public Safety.


Substitute letters in order to reveal a well-known quotation. Each letter consistently represents another.


SUDOKU Fill in the grid so that each row, column and square contains all digits 1-9.




What the designer said when the garment was finished: THAT’S A “WRAP”

They need to stand the signpost up so that the arm reading Kaysville points in the direction of Kaysville, the town they had just come from. With one arm pointing the correct way, the other arms will also point in the right directions.






Metro to Buy New Rail Cars Zosia Dunn

Special to The Hoya

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority plans to introduce new Metro cars starting in 2013 to replace older cars suffering from wear and tear. According to a WMATA news release, the agency is set to purchase of 364 of the new rail cars, known as the 7000 series, from the design company Kawasaki Rail Car, Inc. The total cost of the purchase will likely be more

than $700 million. The oldest currently running Metro cars, those in the 1000 series, are slated to be replaced first. Designs for the new cars include ergonomic seats, spring grip handles and a closed-circuit camera system to enhance security. The cars will also include display screens that allow passengers to track and plan their trips. In addition to improvements for passengers, the new cars are expected to result in long-term cost

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Technical Difficulties in gocard upgrade

savings for WMATA because of increased carrying capacity. Each eight-car train, the standard configuration, will have room for an additional 40 passengers. The lighter weight and increased durability of the new cars will also reduce energy costs, and the new railcars are expected to have longer life spans than current ones, according to officials. Further, the introduction of such a large number of standardized cars is expected to make repairs and maintenance more efficient.

Officials Target Fake ID Use IDS, from A1 Mathieson said. Mathieson added that an offending student’s personal information is forwarded to his university, where he often faces disciplinary sanctions. According to Mathieson, ABRA targets establishments based on tips from D.C. universities and students. “Sometimes students will … give us information. [They’ll say,] ‘Hey, you know, my friends go to XYZ bar. I know someone who goes here all the time.’ They’ll give us that information that way. That’s how we monitor specific locations,” Mathieson said. A representative of ABRA will be stationed in Red Square Friday afternoon to answer questions about underage drinking, drinking laws and the role of ABRA as part of the administration’s efforts to educate students about underage drinking. Mathieson said ABRA and area universities hope that the in-


Students propped open the door to Kennedy Hall after the GOCard reader at the entrance to the dorm malfunctioned this week. Several other residences have experienced similar issues as the university updated GOCard technology during the past two weeks.


ABRA representatives will be stationed in Red Square Friday after five Georgetown students were arrested at Rhino Bar last weekend.

formation provided by the program will enhance safety and alleviate concerns associated with

underage alcohol consumption in addition to reducing the use of fake IDs.

Ignite Aims to Spark Conversation Sam Rodman Hoya Staff Writer

Ignite Georgetown, a speaker series to be held this month, hopes to up the intensity of lectures with fast-paced presentations on topics from university history to Batman. The program brings together 20 students and faculty members who will give five-minute lectures on topics of their choosing. The event is unique, however, in its format — each presentation consists of 20 slides that autoadvance every 15 seconds. Although Ignite talks are held in more than 100 cities, Georgetown became the first university to hold Ignite talks last spring. Alex Henderson (COL ’12) organized the series last April after attending an Ignite talk in his hometown of Charlotte, N.C. Henderson said more than 150 people attended the university’s first Ignite event last year,

a much higher number than he anticipated. Topics presented ranged from Norse mythology to Ecuadorian gang violence. Twenty speakers will take the stage again at 8 p.m. on March 21 in Reiss 103 to share their knowledge on a variety of subjects. Evan Monod (COL ’14), who has cerebral palsy, will talk about the portrayal of disabilities in pop culture. “I’m very prone to conversation, so being able to condense what I want to say was challenging, but I think it’s rewarding,” Monod said. Michael Fischer (SFS ’13), a columnist for The Hoya, participated in last spring’s Ignite talks and will lecture on the history of the university this years. “I feel personally, having been on campus for over three years, that one thing that Georgetown lacks is the opportunity for students to share their passions, particularly their academic pas-

sions,” he said. Other presentations this year will include an overview of the nonprofit organization Invisible Children by Kirsten Harris (SFS ’14), a talk on the history of Batman and the character’s cultural significance by Nick RisCassi (COL ’13) and a discussion about composing and producing hiphop songs by Tate Tucker (COL ‘14). The event’s four-person executive board hopes to add another speaker series next fall. Henderson would like to eventually integrate the program with academic departments and student organizations as a platform for presenting the results of research projects or raising awareness about social issues. “What’s nice about Ignite is that it is essentially a format rather than an organization,” Henderson said. “It’s a forum for conversation that can be used for a wide variety of purposes.”

Halsey Broke GU’s Racial Barriers HALSEY, from A1 Until the middle of the 20th century, Georgetown lagged behind many of its peer institutions with regard to racial issues. Middlebury College, the first college to admit black undergraduates, did so in 1823. Harvard University’s first black student graduated in 1870, Yale’s in 1874 and the University of Pennsylvania’s in 1883. According to Georgetown historian and former professor Fr. Emmett Curran, S.J., Georgetown wavered about whether or not to admit its first black student. “It was … prejudice that they didn’t think it was in their tradition to admit African-American students,” Curran said. “This was traditionally a very Southern school, and I think that tradition lingered the longest in the College.” Georgetown College did not admit a black student until the 1960s. Curran described the university as isolated and cut off from the wider Georgetown neighborhood, which was predominately black until the 1940s. He added that the few black graduate students on campus at that time often went unnoticed. “That was a time when the [School of Foreign Service] had two divisions — a day division and an evening division — and all

the black students were enrolled in the evening division. They really weren’t all that visible,” Curran said. “I daresay [that] your typical Georgetown University undergraduate did not know African Americans were attending [the school at that time].” It was in this environment that Halsey began his first days on the Hilltop. Despite the isolation and discrimination he faced, Halsey excelled. By the time he graduated, many of his professors were lobbying for him to attend Georgetown Law, though he ultimately decided not to. Finding a job after graduation proved another battle for Halsey, as many employers refused to hire a black man — even one with a college degree. But Halsey wrote that Georgetown provided support during his job search. “During the period [between] September 1953 [and] December 1956, I mailed approximately 300 applications for employment but received not a single offer of employment,” Halsey wrote. “In my efforts to find employment, the support of officials at Georgetown University was truly outstanding. I will never forget it.” Halsey eventually went on to receive an MBA in accounting from Michigan State University in 1963. He then served in the Air Force’s Audit Agency from 1957

to 1976 and founded his own management firm in 1991 along with his son, Paul. The university established the citizenship award, which honors outstanding black alumni, in Halsey’s name to ensure that his legacy would remain alive at Georgetown. That same year, University President John J. DeGioia presented Halsey with the President’s Medal, an award that has also been gifted to Afghani President Hamid Karzai and Bishop Desmond Tutu. Despite the recognition Halsey received, his son said that he did not speak frequently about his accomplishments. “He was pretty humble about attending [Georgetown],” Paul Halsey wrote of his father in an email. Halsey was buried in Arlington National Cemetery on March 7. Georgetown’s director of affirmative action, Michael Smith, spoke at the ceremony. “When [Smith] stood up during the funeral service and talked about what Georgetown stood for — its Jesuit principles and focus on the character of students and potential students’ character — it was quite the compliment, because he said in the decision makers’ application of Georgetown’s high ideals, my dad qualified and embodied those ideals,” Paul Halsey wrote.

GU Sees Major Spike in Burglaries This Year BURGLARY, from A1 burglary or violent crime. The incident Wednesday night was the fourth burglary in the area this week and is the 19th burglary to be reported by DPS since the beginning of the calendar year. By comparison, DPS reported a total of three burglaries during the same time period last year.

In the PSA, DPS stated that there have been eight burglaries at residences in the Metropolitan Police Department’s second district, which includes the Georgetown area, during the past two weeks. DPS advised students to keep doors and windows locked at all times and cautioned against confronting burglars.


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Theater Adviser Retires After 13 Years Leading ASB Starts

Long Before Trip

Meghan Patzer Special to The Hoya

Ted Parker, technical adviser to the university’s co-curricular theater groups, will retire this semester after 13 years in the department of performing arts, leaving a legacy of strong collaboration with students. Parker’s arrival transformed the department from a program with four staff members and no official academic program to a strong theatrical community backed by two majors and three minors, according to Director of Theater and Performance Studies Maya Roth. Parker was inspired to teach after holding a substitute teaching position at a high school in Montgomery County, Md. “I had been working with a graphic design firm, but I realized that it really wasn’t what I wanted to do, and I needed to be in the theater, and I discovered I needed to be with students,” he said. According to Parker, his love of working with students played an important role in his decision to teach at Georgetown, at which both students and staff were involved in the interview process. “Day to day, week to week, year to year, it just changes all the time, and that’s fabulous. The caliber of the students is just absolutely extraordinary,” he said. “I spend more of my time holding them back than egging them on.” When Parker was hired in 1999, the performing arts department had no consistent venue for student productions. According to Roth, Parker was instrumental in advocating for the construction of the Davis Performing Arts Center. Parker also supported Roth in developing an academic program that incorporates co-curricular theater groups. Beyond the establishment of an academic department, Parker has played a major role in establishing the theater community as one of collaboration. “He brings a rich history and character to the department while still helping to [propel] things forward. He

Kelly Church Hoya Staff Writer


Technical Adviser to Co-Curricular Theater Groups Ted Parker has served as an important mentor to students with whom he has worked. doesn’t mind getting his hands dirty and is often seen working side by side with a student, guiding them in learning a new skill,” Tobin Clark, production manager of the department, said. At Georgetown, Parker has taught courses on production techniques, stage management and scene and lighting design while serving as technical adviser for the university’s cocurricular theater groups. “Ted’s role in co-curricular theater is difficult to describe to anyone outside of that world. Even just the hours that he puts in are hard to believe,” Amelia Powell (COL ’12), executive producer of the Nomadic Theater, said. “He is always here late at night to attend our meetings and on weekends helping us build our sets and hang our lights.” According to the students he has worked with, Parker’s extensive experience in design and production makes him an invaluable teacher. “He’s a walking encyclopedia of theater,” Laurel Charnetsky (COL ’12), executive producer of the Mask & Bauble Dramatic Society, said. “I’ve helped in making a lot of sets over my years here

and there seems to be nothing that Ted doesn’t know how to build. … He can tell you how every lighting instrument operates and the science behind it.” Charnetsky also feels that Parker is able to uniquely connect with his students. “When there’s a difficult situation and we’re not sure how to handle it, Ted is always there to ask for guidance. … And he truly cares about us, as people outside the theater as well,” she said. Parker has been involved in performing arts in Washington, D.C., since 1968, working with the Kennedy Center, Washington Performing Arts Society and Ford’s Theater, among other organizations. He also co-founded The Actors’ Center, a nonprofit corporation that promotes regional participation in the performing arts. Upon leaving the university, Parker plans to live part-time in the Languedoc region of France, due in part to its proximity to theater festivals. “When you’re stopping doing something you really like, you need another adventure to look forward to,” he said.

For most participants in Alternative Spring Break programs, the experience lasts a week. But for ASB leaders, the trips are the culmination of a process that begins almost a year before the first day of break, according to Ray Shiu, director of student leadership and special programs at the Center for Social Justice, which coordinates the ASB trips. “This year’s leaders have been working diligently since April 2011 to prepare and plan for ASB 2012,” Shiu wrote in an email. Alongside Shiu, leaders must negotiate trip fees and insurance policies and sign contracts with the organizations they will be working and living with. “There’s definitely a lot of logistical stuff,” Sammy Magnuson (COL ’12), a leader for the Habitat for Humanity trip to Mobile, Ala., said. “Those are the kinds of things that you don’t really realize.” While leaders work to coordinate the logistics of their individual trips, ASB’s planning committee oversees the marketing, fundraising, training and reflection aspects of the trips overall. According to Marketing Chair Sarah Mason (MSB ’12), the committee seeks to improve the program every year and ensure the trips are meaningful for students. “For the Alternative Spring Break program as a whole, our main goal every year is to increase our outreach on campus and create as diverse an applicant pool as possible,” she said. “I made a point to reach people we hadn’t necessarily reached before.” Mason hopes that the program will expand to ensure that future trips will be open to more stu-

dents. “Ideally, it would be great if everyone who applied could go on a trip,” she said. “It’s really hard to be selective when everyone you’re choosing from is committed to give up their spring to volunteer or perform some kind of service.” According to Magnuson, planning isn’t just about hammering out the details and making sure the trips runs smoothly. “I think that it’s really important that the planning board really instills in the leaders a deep sense of purpose for the trip,” she said. Manguson also highlighted the importance of establishing clear goals for the trip. “I think that what I really try to emphasize [to students] is … ‘why does it matter that you are specifically here?’” she said. Despite the obstacles, trip leaders said the organization process is a rewarding one. “I think for people that want to be leaders, it can sound intimidating — the amount of time that goes into it — but the more work you put into it, the more you get out of it,” Becca Egan (NHS ’13), Magnuson’s co-leader on the trip to Mobile, said. Magnuson agreed. “You have to put in meaning to get meaning out,” she said. Manguson added that ASB trip leaders experience the same personal growth and get the same opportunity for reflection as participants. “I came out with just as much and I learned just as much as everyone else,” Manguson said. “There were some very thought-provoking conversations. Not only did it make the work more meaningful, but it also made our Georgetown experience more meaningful.”


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Hoyas Drop Dragons in Philly Rachael Augostini Hoya Staff Writer

The Georgetown softball team (10-15) bounced back from a disappointing eight-game losing streak to reach double-digits in wins Wednesday by shutting out Drexel (6-10), 3-0, in Philadelphia. Freshman pitcher Megan Hyson led the Hoyas with seven shutout innings, striking out five and allowing just four hits. She also contributed to her own stat line by getting a hit and scoring one of the Hoyas’ runs. Hyson’s success on offense came after Head Coach Pat Conlan rearranged the batting order to put her at the top of the lineup. “Megan is an excellent ball player,” Conlan said. “We moved her into the leadoff position in the batting order because she is doing a great job of getting on base.” After two uneventful innings, Hyson got it started for the Hoyas in the third by advancing to third on a ground out after a one-out double to left center. She then scored on a wild pitch with junior catcher Shikara Lowe at the plate. The Hoyas built up their lead in the fourth in-

ning, helped in part by sloppy fielding from the hosts. Senior first baseman Cara Savarese reached on an error to start the rally, and was sacrificed to second by senior Mackensey Carter. A single from sophomore infielder Madeleine Giaquinto advanced Savarese to third before sophomore second baseman Hannah Slovacek hit a single of her own to score the senior and put the Hoyas up, 2-0. “We had timely hits, many walks and we laid down the bunt when we needed to move the runner over,” Hyson said. “We came ready to play today.” Sloppy fielding hurt the Dragons again in the seventh inning, as the Blue and Gray scored again on another error. “We took better care of the ball ... and didn’t give Drexel opportunities to make something happen,” Conlan said. Drexel senior infielder Caprice DeMirjian was able to get two hits off Hyson but the freshman shut down the rest of the hosts’ lineup, allowing only one runner past first base all game. The Hoyas travel to Baltimore today for the UMBC Spring Classic. The Hoyas will begin against St. Francis (Pa.) at 11:25 a.m.



Miami’s Style Won’t Pay Off Seniors Hope for Title Run

The women’s basketball team watched Monday’s selection show at the Faculty Club.

FRESNO, from A12 Georgetown is led by junior guard and recent selection to the WBCA allregion team Sugar Rodgers, whose 18.9 points per game topped the Big East scoring charts. However, the Hoyas’ strengths lie on the defensive end, where the Blue and Gray are known for their relentless pressure, which in turn sparks their offense. Georgetown holds opponents to just 51.9 points per game by limiting them to a 33.6 percent shooting mark. The Hoyas’ opponents have reached 60 points in just five games this season.

“I think when we play loose and free on the defensive end, that’s when we play much better basketball, because then that gives us the freedom to be looser on the offensive end,” WilliamsFlournoy said. “Now we’re getting steals, pushing in transition and we’re able to play our style.” But as stifling as their defense has been, the Hoyas have been plagued by poor shooting throughout the season. Their 34.8 field goal percentage was among the Big East’s worst marks, and they were held to just 45 and 32 points in their past games — defeats against St. John’s and

West Virginia, respectively. “Consistently going hard. I think that’s our main problem, because we have a lot of talent,” Magee said. “We’ve definitely been working on scoring and not taking as many jump shots — penetrating and using our height, our strength to our advantage. We’re working towards correcting a lot of our mistakes, and I’m excited about that.” Tipoff is set for 12:20 p.m. Sunday afternoon at Carmichael Arena in Chapel Hill. The winner will face the victor of the contest between No. 4 Georgia Tech and No. 13 Sacred Heart in a secondround game Tuesday.


he Miami Marlins enter 2012 with a brand new park will surely fade under the hot Miami sun new ballpark, a new name, a new manager, as August approaches, and the potentially cancera new superstar and an entirely new image. ous environment set up with such a team will beWith all of their offseason upgrades, the Marlins gin to feed its demise. seem poised to join the Heat as the latest Miami Even if the clubhouse culture doesn’t catch up team to blow up on the national stage. However, with the Marlins, karma certainly will. Hidden the Marlins will still struggle to realize their new underneath the announcements of offseason expected returns in what looks to be a loaded Na- changes is the fact the team recently unretired the tional League East due to the nature of their up- number of late team president Carl Berger, alleggrades. edly without asking his family’s permission first. The offseason for the Miami Marlins can be char- Further, the team did so at the request of a player acterized as a pursuit of flashiness. The Marlins recently demoted to the minor leagues. replaced their 81-year-old head coach in favor of If that sounds like a franchise ready to make the loud, boisterous and sometimes-vulgar Ozzie strides in the right direction, you may want to quit Guillen. Rather than sticking with their traditional watching Charlie Sheen’s “Major League” and recolor scheme of black and teal, the visit the chemistry of the last few team opted for the brighter orange, World Series winners. Or in more blue and yellow. Even the Marlins’ recent news, take the story of the new ballpark features a fish tank recent Super Bowl losers, the New behind home plate. England Patriots, who cut a player The move towards loudness and two days before the game. These flash is evident in the team’s free may be examples of coincidences agent signings as well. The Marlins in sports, but after the collapse of made huge offseason moves to the Miami Heat immediately folsign Jose Reyes, Carlos Zambrano, lowing their mocking of the fluCorey Blaine Heath Bell and Mark Buerhle. As ridden Dirk Nowitzki, can these we have seen in the past, Zambrafans afford to test the sports gods? Even the Marlins’ no possesses an often-dangerous Completely ignoring the personfiery personality. ality involved — and these new ballpark features aloneissues Not to be left out is the current could be substantial enough Miami Marlins roster. After seeing to keep Miami from a World Series a fish tank behind the upgrades made throughout title — the Marlins have the wrong home plate. the team, young outfielder Mike formula for success. Of their preStanton revealed that his name is vious two World Series-winning really “Giancarlo,” and has officially joined the rest teams, the common thread has been a dominant of the Marlins organization in its quest to trade in pitching staff led by young talent. the pedestrian old for a flashier new. In 1997, the Marlins featured 22-year old Livan All of these changes and acquisitions have been Hernandez and in 2003 were led by talented young made under the assumption that the bright lights guns Dontrelle Willis and Josh Beckett. of Miami can house the huge egos and personaliIf Miami wants lightning to strike a third time ties — which it very well might. However, in light in South Florida, it will have to employ a different of the great Red Sox collapse of 2011, it must be formula, as it brings 32-year-old Mark Buerhle, the noted that clubhouse culture plays a bigger role in recently injured Josh Johnson and the seemingly deciding champions than any expert will have you washed-up Carlos Zambrano to the mound. believe. What is currently working for the Miami Despite their recipe for disaster, these Miami Heat may not be best for their MLB counterparts. Marlins will be fun to watch. When the Miami This isn’t to say that the Marlins haven’t made heat picks up and the tempers flare, they could begreat strides. To the contrary, their last-place finish come MLB’s most entertaining team. Every sports in the NL East of 2011 will certainly not be repeated website is quick to deem the Marlins as “making a with a roster this talented. The new-look Marlins splash,” when they’re actually setting themselves will likely impress on the field, and their atten- up to take a plunge. dance, which ranked last in the league last season, should improve with a new ballpark and a new imCorey Blaine is a junior in the McDonough age. School of Business. THE BLEACHER SEATS apBut inevitably, the luster of the new lineup in a pears every Friday.



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Freshmen Impress in Blowout CelEE Belmonte Hoya Staff Writer

Georgetown came away with two big wins Wednesday as the men’s and women’s tennis teams crushed the University of the District of Columbia (6-1, 1-2) at the McDonough Outdoor Tennis Complex. Coincidentally, both teams won 7-0. With the victories, the men’s record improved to 8-5 on the season and the women advanced to 7-4 for the year. While Head Coach Gordie Ernst was happy all around with the win, he was particularly impressed with the men’s freshmen and sophomores in Wednesday’s victory. “[Freshman] Shane Korber snapped his sevengame losing streak and got the win over a really strong player,” Ernst said. Korber’s victory came at No. 5 singles, which he won 6-4, 6-1. Sophomore Andrew Dottino had an impressive performance, battling in both his 8-6 doubles victory with freshman partner Alex Tropiano and his 6-2, 3-6, 10-8 victory at the No. 3 singles spot. “Andrew won his 11th match in a row. Now that’s a story,” Ernst said. “He is a fighter and a tough guy. He always finds a way to win.” With the victory over UDC under its belt, the Georgetown men’s team has now set its sights on another cross-town rival. The squad takes on George Washington a week from today. After defeating Troy, GWU has improved to a record of 5-6 on the year, and Ernst knows next Friday’s match will be a challenge. “This is a big match for us,” Ernst said. “GW is our true rival. This is the best team they have ever had, and our guys are really fired up.” The Georgetown women also won their Wednes-

day match against UDC in straight sets, but Ernst was not surprised by the 7-0 victory. Since the Firebirds are not ranked and the Hoyas had already defeated No. 3-ranked Division II Lynn University, 5-3, Georgetown was well prepared for the match. “UDC was not particularly challenging,” Ernst said. “After beating Lynn, we knew what level UDC would be.” Despite the weak opponent, Ernst was cheered by the depth of his squad. Sophomore Madeline Jaeger, who won an exciting 6-4, 7-5, 10-8 battle at No. 6 singles against South Florida March 11, is the perfect example of how competitive the women are. “Madeline has been our most improved player,” Ernst said. “She can beat anyone in our lineup. She is a total gamer and competitor. She is always ready to battle for the Hoyas.” With freshman partner Sophie Panarese, Jaeger helped the Hoyas pick up the doubles point on Wednesday with their 8-1 victory over the Firebirds. The match was clinched by senior Lauren Greco’s 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 1 singles. The women will next face Richmond. Fresh off a 7-0 win over St. Joe’s, the Spiders will head into next Wednesday’s match against the Hoyas with a record of 6-2. “Richmond is a good team,” Ernst said. “This will be a really good judge of where we are right before we head into the final crunch.” But despite the Spiders’ strong record, Ernst is confident in his squad. “I think we are better,” Ernst said. “We can win this one.” The men will play at George Washington at 2 p.m. next Friday. The women will take on Richmond at 2 p.m. at the McDonough Outdoor Tennis Complex on Wednesday.

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Junior attack Dina Jackson scored two goals and had one assist Wednesday.

JHU Flattens Georgetown Ryan Bacic


Hoyas Lose on Walkoff Homer Kyle Franco Hoya Staff Writer

In its first game following a week-long spring training series in Florida, Georgetown watched their 7-1 lead disappear as they fell to Mount St. Mary’s (5-9), 10-9, on a walkoff two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth. Georgetown came out hot in the first three innings, notching two runs in the first and five in the third. In the top of the first, an RBI single from senior catcher Kevin Johnson and a sac fly from sophomore first baseman Steven Anderson got the Hoyas on the board first. Bases-loaded singles from freshman infielder Ryan Busch and senior catcher Nick Geary tacked on three more runs in the third, and junior centerfielder and leadoff man Justin Leeson capped off the big inning with another two-run single to increase the Hoyas’ lead to 7-1. Pitching for the Hoyas was freshman Will Brown, who through two innings of work had only surrendered one run. Following the Hoyas’ productive top half of the third, though, catastrophe struck for the true freshman. In the bottom half of the inning, Brown surrendered both a solo home run and a tworun home run to cut the Georgetown lead to 7-4. The Hoya offense would counter in the top half of the fifth thanks to the bat of redshirt junior shortstop Mike Garza. After Leeson and junior outfielder Paul Bello each reached base, Garza roped a single down the left field line to plate two and push the lead to 9-4. After the Hoyas gave up another run in the bottom half of the sixth, Head Coach Pete Wilk sent out junior reliever James Heine to take over pitching duties in the seventh. Although Heine got a quick first out, things quickly unraveled for the Hoyas. An error by Garza, a hit batter and an infield single loaded the bases for Mount St. Mary’s. Following a two-run single and another error on the infield, the Blue and Gray’s lead was cut to only one run. Following a scoreless eighth and top half of the ninth, the stage was set for Mount St. Mary’s senior left fielder Tom Healy. Junior reliever Charles Steinman recorded the first out of the inning with ease

before hitting a Mount batter in a 3-2 count. With the winning run on base, Healy ripped a 0-1 pitch over the right field fence to complete the Mount St. Mary’s comeback and sink the Hoyas. Despite putting up nine runs, Georgetown could not overcome the four errors it commited. “[Errors] cost us the game,” Wilk said. “We make two fairly routine plays yesterday, and we don’t lose that game. … We’ve given away at least two games with shoddy defense in the past 10 days.” Johnson, Leeson, Garza, Geary and junior Danny Poplawski each had two hits on the day, while Anderson tallied three. The loss is the second straight for the Hoyas, who fell to Bucknell, 18-3, in their last spring training game at the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational. In their nine-game spring break stretch in Florida, the Hoyas had the opportunity to go head-tohead with the future of baseball in Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon when Georgetown took on the Washington Nationals. Led by hard-throwing lefty and recent draftee Matt Purke, the Nationals kept the Hoyas off the scoreboard and shut them out, 3-0. The Blue and Gray followed the game against the Nats with two wins against St. Bonaventure. The tide quickly turned for the Hoyas, though, who then dropped three straight to Bowling Green, Northeastern and Yale. The Hoyas rebounded with victories against Yale and Iowa but were crushed in their last game against Bucknell. The trip to Florida allowed the Hoyas to face some new competition and provided some necessary preparation for challenging conference series on the horizon. “Overall, it was an excellent experience and we became closer as a team down there, and some of our younger guys got a taste of playing time and experience that will help us in the long run,” Wilk said. Before the Hoyas move on to conference play, they will take on local rival George Washington in a three-game series this weekend. The battle for M Street will commence Friday at Shirley Povich Field, with first pitch slated for 3 p.m.


Seniors Lift GU in Rankings Michael Liu

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While most Georgetown students scattered far from the Hilltop over spring break, the sailing team competed won several major events. The Hoyas traveled to Charleston, S.C. and Annapolis, Md. the first weekend of the holiday, sailing in the Charleston Women’s Invitational and the Graham Hall Team Race. In the Graham Hall Team Race at the Naval Academy, Georgetown finished first out of a 16-team field that included some of the best in college sailing. The regatta was organized as a three-stage round robin: the first round included all 16 teams , the second round narrowed the field to eight, and the final round included the top four performers. The Hoyas went 13-2 in the first round, 5-2 in the second round, and 2-1 in the final round to secure the victory. Impressive team sailing, led by junior Chris Barnard and seniors Evan Aras, Sydney Bolger and Pete Johns, steered the Blue and Gray to 20 wins and five losses overall en route to the first-place honors. The Hoyas also performed well during the women’s invitational in South Carolina. Georgetown finished third out of nine teams, recording 94 points in the A division and 119 points in the B division for a total of 213 points.

After the regattas ended, the team stayed in Charleston the next week in order to prepare for races on March 10 and 11: the St. Mary’s team race in St. Mary’s City, Md., the Navy Spring Women’s Interconference regatta in Annapolis and the John Jackson Memorial team race on the Potomac in the District. The preparation paid off, as the Blue and Gray notched first-place finishes in St. Mary’s City and Annapolis. At the St. Mary’s Team Race, sophomore Teddy Mark, juniors Chris Barnard, Leslie Cowen and Hilary Kenyon and seniors Pete Johns, Evan Aras, Tory Lynch and Kate Canty combined for 15 wins and six losses overall to beat ten rival top-tier sailing teams. The women’s team was even more dominant, finishing first of 20 in the Navy Spring Women’s Interconference. Seniors Sydney Bolger and Rebecca Evans displayed both talent and experience in their 33-point victory. At home on the Potomac, the Hoyas finished fourth out of eight teams. The team sailed well in the first round, but struggled in the second, which led to several uncharacteristic losses against lower-ranked opponents. Despite the mediocre finish, spring break was encouraging for Georgetown and the team catapulted to No. 4 in the coed College Sailing rankings and No. 3 in the women’s rankings.

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Although the Johns Hopkins women’s lacrosse team may not rival their male counterparts in terms of tradition, you wouldn’t have known that from their thumping of Georgetown (23, 1-0 Big East) Wednesday. The visiting Blue Jays jumped out to an early lead and were never threatened by the Hoyas, who lost, 16-12. “I thought Hopkins came out more prepared than we were, with more energy and more emotion, and that was expressed in the first [10 minutes],” Georgetown Head Coach Ricky Fried said. “We need to show up with a little more energy.” The Blue Jays had a fast and furious opening, leading by as much as seven in the first half. Even though they dominated possession and made offensive opportunities rare, four different Georgetown players managed to score before the break — including sophomore midfielder Hannah Franklin with 0.6 seconds left — but when the whistle blew it was still only 10-4 JHU. After the intermission, junior attack Dina Jackson scored a quick goal for Georgetown, which was a sign of better things to come in the second half. The Hoyas

actually outscored the Blue Jays, 8-6, in the second period. “Tactically there [weren’t] a lot of changes” at halftime, Fried said. “It’s just that we executed better.” But that better execution was not enough. Aided by strong fan support from nearby Baltimore, Johns Hopkins kept calm and reacted 30 seconds after Jackson’s goal with a score of their own on the advantage call, pushing their lead back to six. It never dwindled below four the rest of the way. Any long-shot thoughts of a comeback were put to rest after the Hoyas failed to capitalize on a prime free position opportunity with 1:32 left. But Fried was more disappointed with the game overall than that one missed opportunity. “I thought [in] the last four minutes we played the way we’re capable of playing consistently, but we can’t play four minutes out of 60 and expect to beat a team of that caliber,” Fried said. Two glaring stats stood out in this one for the Hoyas: shooting percentage and turnovers caused. Coming into the game leading the nation with 14.5 forced turnovers per contest, Georgetown could only manage six against Johns Hopkins. Also, the Hoyas still man-

aged to top their opponents in total shots, as they have in every game this season, but the placement of those shots once again came back to haunt them. To Fried, this was ultimately the difference in the contest. “I think the decision-making is good as far as the shots that we’re taking. I think the goalie is making some good saves, but I think we’re also making it easy by shooting the ball in the middle of the cage an awful lot,” he said. This was the third straight loss for this Georgetown squad, who came into the season with high expectations. The Hoyas fell to thenNo. 5 Florida and No. 5 Duke over spring break — by scores of 12-9 and 14-7, respectively — and while the caliber of those opponents makes a loss nothing to be ashamed of, Fried wishes that his team would take more away from those kinds of tough games. “I think that [learning from our mistakes] is the biggest challenge that we have right now,” he said. The Blue and Gray are going to need to absorb all of the lessons that they can from Wednesday’s game, and do it quickly: No. 3 North Carolina is on the dance card tomorrow. The game is slated to start at 1 p.m. at MultiSport Facility.


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March Madness: Tips For a Winning Bracket I

’ve been doing bracket pools for as long as I can remember, because lowstakes gambling is the sacrament of Kentucky’s two official religions: College basketball and horse racing. Today, in an attempt to impart some of that wisdom upon you — and to prove that my brain hasn’t turned to mush from watching 15 games of the Big East tournament — I weigh in on the questions about this year’s Big Dance: Q: Did the committee snub the Big East by putting South Florida in a play-in game and leaving Seton Hall out entirely? A: No. Anyone who endured watching South Florida’s play in the Big East tournament knows that the Bulls aren’t ready for prime time. And while the system of automatic bids means power conference teams left out will always be better than some mid-majors that get in, Seton Hall had a losing season in the league and a weak nonconference schedule. The Pirates’ early Big East tourney exit sealed their fate after their upset win over Georgetown looked to have put them firmly in the tournament field.


a floor general to a wincing turnover machine. With Henson, the Tar Heels wouldn’t have lost to Florida State in the ACC championship game. Without him, they wouldn’t have beaten Duke in Durham. I’m putting a very big question mark around North Carolina in my bracket. Q: Speaking of Florida State, what about the Seminoles and the rest of the ACC? A: They’re dangerous, but so is the rest of the ACC. If everything goes according to plan, Florida State’s second-round showdown with Cincinnati will be an entertaining matchup, albeit maybe not be one the Seminoles can win. Because of a favorable draw, it’s not out of the question that North Carolina State would be in a position to shock Georgetown in the second round. And Virginia has been dangerous all season, but a season-ending injury to its starting center put a dent in its tournament hopes. But if we want to talk about undersold ACC teams, we have to mention Duke. The Blue Devils haven’t done much wrong, and have turned a corner of late. They have the talent and the experience to make it to New Orleans.

Q: Syracuse and Kentucky Q: Why does Michigan State really haven’t done much always peak in March? wrong. What do their title A: Tom Izzo is a maestro chances look like? at scheduling, putting A: Surprisingly bleak, at in tough early season Evan Hollander least from my angle. Fab matchups that prepare Melo’s ineligibility means his team for the Big Melo’s ineligibilty that the Orange are in a Ten and then the Big of hurt, and certainDance. In fact, his 2000 means the Orange world ly aren’t a lock to make it team lost seven games, to the Sweet 16. The including four in the are in a world of even Wildcats are in a better nonconference schedhurt. position, but their loss ule, before closing the to Vanderbilt in the SEC deal in the Big Ten and championship raises questaking a national title. With such a capable coach and one of tions about what will happen when the nation’s best players in senior for- they face good teams and come out ward Draymond Green, Sparty is prob- somewhat flat-footed. The answer is deably the No.1 seed likeliest to make it to batable. And really, there’s no way the basketball gods will let these teams get the Final Four. to the Superdome, right? Q: How do the Spartans’ Big Ten rivals stack Q: If those teams can’t win, who can? And up in the Dance? A: While the Big Ten could very well who are the Cinderellas? have their best year in recent memory A: I’d put my money with Michigan and send several schools to the Sweet State and Kansas. Both of these teams 16, I’d bet against it. Ohio State is tal- fit the classic championship profile ented but erratic, and consistency is and are playing well at the right time. one of the most important factors in They also benefit from favorable draws tournament play. Wisconsin doesn’t on the road to the Final Four. For dark play enough offense to have a chance horses, look to New Mexico, Gonzaga against the nation’s better teams. Mich- and San Diego State. And for the truigan might be the surprise of the entire ly bold among us, there’s always that league, and it’s certainly possible that long shot that Vermont will knock off the Wolverines can go a long way. In- North Carolina. diana looked like a great wise-guy pick If you are foolish enough to back that as recently as a few weeks ago, but the Hoosiers struggled away from Assem- idea up with money — and even if you bly Hall this year even before Verdell aren’t — your luck has probably run Jones III’s recent injury further dented out by the time you read this. You do, after all, have a 1-in-100 million trillion their chances. chance of having a perfect bracket. But Q: How much does John Henson’s injury there’s always next year. Until then, enjoy the madness. mean to North Carolina? A: The difference between Chapel Evan Hollander is a sophomore in the Hill and New Orleans on March 31. From painful experience, Georgetown School of Foreign Service and a Deputy fans know that wrist injuries can be Sports Editor of The Hoya. TOP OF THE KEY devastating, reducing a player from appears every Friday.


Junior attack Travis Comeau scored six goals in Georgetown’s win over Detroit Mercy. The Hoyas jumped into the national rankings following a win against Harvard over spring break.

Victories Move Hoyas Into Top 25 LAX, from A12 over the last three games. Redshirt senior goalie Matt Winter started for the first time in his career against Detroit and made 11 saves while only allowing six goals in the game. Winter made an even bigger impact against the Crimson at the end of the week, racking up 12 saves, including two critical deflections in the final minutes of the game to preserve the Blue and Gray’s one-goal advantage. With the win over the Crimson, the Hoyas — who were unranked when the season began — broke into the national polls and sat at No. 18 when Mount St. Mary’s visited on Tuesday night. But Georgetown didn’t come out of the gate playing like one of the nation’s top teams. Although four different Hoyas scored in the first half, the Mount prevailed on seven of 10 face-offs and was tied with the Blue and Gray, 4-4, at the intermission. After the break, the situation only worsened as four different Mount St. Mary’s players scored and Angel’s second goal of the game barely kept Georgetown in

contention. The Mount’s offensive explosion was made easier by bad face-off play from the Hoyas, who only earned one of six faceoffs in the third period. “We just needed the ball. Their face-off guy was doing a very good job against us and we went with [sophomore midfielder] Chris May and that was a huge difference in the game,” Head Coach Dave Urick said. “Even when we did get [the ball] in the third quarter we managed to throw it away a few times.” But with May in the game, the Hoyas experienced a dramatic reversal of fortune. Georgetown didn’t allow Mount St. Mary’s to take a single shot on goal and — despite six saves from the Mount’s goalie — the Hoyas connected on four straight goals. Angel scored his third goal of the game in the fourth quarter, sealing his second straight hat trick, and Comeau also joined in the scoring barrage. But the fact that such a late comeback was needed to beat the Mount does raise some red flags for the Hoyas. “We knew they were a good team coming in here and for our guys it’s important that they

understand it. It’s a mid-week game following a Saturday game and you’ve just got to deal with it,” Urick said. “[It] doesn’t look like we dealt with it all that well but we’ll take it. It’s a one-goal win and I’m not putting quality points behind it. It’s not for the time capsule but we just have to learn from it.” Still, Angel’s play has to be heartening, especially in light of a forearm issue that has limited him. But despite those limitations, he’s scored nine goals in Georgetown’s last three games. “[Angel’s] a gamer. He hasn’t practiced that much. … Maybe he’s more frustrated than the rest of the guys,” Urick said with a laugh. “We’ll be shutting him down and he won’t be practicing the rest of the week. I’m not sure what we’ll get out of him this weekend. It was a case of whether we could play him tonight or on Saturday and we decided that tonight was the game we needed to get him out there. And I’m glad we did.” Georgetown will begin league play on Saturday when they play Providence in the Hoyas’ Big East opener. Faceoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. in Providence, R.I.


Georgetown Takes On Upset-Minded Belmont in First Round BELMONT, from A12

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fourth in the country — and scored over 60 points in all 34 games they played this year. By contrast, the Hoyas scored just 69.1 points per game and won four games this year with less than 60 points. Belmont Head Coach Rick Byrd’s squad is a deep one, as four players average at least 10 points per game and a fifth averages 9.8 per contest. The headliner is junior guard Kerron Johnson, who leads the team with 14.1 points per game while also averaging a team-high 5.2 assists per game. Unlike several of his teammates, Johnson isn’t a deadeye three-point shooter at 32 percent, but he has made more than 60 percent of his shots from inside the arc and has gotten to the line nearly 200 times on the year. Johnson’s backcourt mates — junior Ian Clark and senior Drew Hanlen — are the second- and thirdleading scorers on the team, averaging 12.7 and 10.9 points per game, respectively. The 5-foot-11 Hanlen, who had never shot over 37 percent from beyond the arc until this year, currently leads the team with 91 threes on 189 attempts (48 percent). Clark is no slouch from deep either, as he made 88 threes at a still-impressive 41 percent clip. By contrast, Georgetown junior forward Hollis Thompson led the Hoyas with 55 makes

from three-point land. The Bruins’ frontcourt is dangerous as well, as senior Scott Saunders averages over 10 points and five rebounds per contest despite playing just over 17 minutes per game. Saunders is joined by classmate Mick Hedgepeth down low for Belmont. Hedgepeth’s numbers have slipped a bit since a stellar sophomore year, but he still snags six rebounds per game and scores nearly 10 points per contest on efficient 53 percent shooting. Belmont’s admittedly weak schedule featured just two tournament teams — Duke and Memphis — but the Bruins played both of those teams on the road and acquitted themselves well. They opened the season with a one-point loss at Cameron Indoor Stadium before fading down the stretch against the Tigers after playing them close for 30 minutes. If Georgetown is able to slow the game down, the Bruins will be in trouble. The Blue and Gray’s length and athleticism have been giving teams fits all year, as they finished second to South Florida in Big East scoring defense at 59 points per game. Ultimately, if the Blue and Gray can control the pace of the game it would take a Jordan Theodore or Armon Bassett-esque performance from one of the Bruins’ many shooters for the Hoyas to tumble to their fourth consecutive NCAA tournament loss.


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Fairfield at Sacred Heart Today, 3 p.m.

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Iona at Cincinnati Tomorrow, Noon

“In the postseason, I’ve seen the craziest look in my teammates’ eyes — passion like I’ve Senior forward Tia Magee never seen before.”



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Freshman forward Otto Porter and the Hoyas tip off at 3:10 p.m. today in Columbus, Ohio.

Hoyas Hope to Avoid Third Straight Collapse LAWSON FERGUSON Hoya Staff Writer

After vastly exceeding expectations in the regular season and earning a No. 3 seed in the Midwest Region of the NCAA tournament, Georgetown (23-8, 12-6 Big East) opens tournament play at 3:10 p.m. today in Columbus, Ohio. Awaiting the Hoyas is No. 14 seed Belmont (27-7, 16-2 Atlantic Sun), which earned a tournament bid after winning the regular and conference tournament titles. The last time these two teams met was in the 2007 NCAA tournament, when the No. 2-seeded Blue and Gray started

their run to the Final Four in style with a 25-point thumping of the Bruins. This year Belmont enters the tournament as one of the hottest teams in the country. The Bruins have ripped off 14 straight wins, 11 by double digits, since a one-point loss to USC Upstate on Jan. 21. Winning big has been a theme for the Bruins this year, as they have used a potent offensive attack to outscore opponents by over 19 points per game in their 27 wins. The Bruins averaged 81.5 points per game — good for See BELMONT, A11

Heading into the national championship for indoor track, senior Emily Infeld could have called herself a Big East champion, a seven-time All-American and a school-record holder. Now she can add national champion to that list. Infeld took the 3000-meter event with a time of 9:15.44 and earned 10 points for the Hoyas, who finished tied for 16th with Baylor. Nobody on the men’s side had qualified for nationals, although sophomore Andrew Springer came within two seconds of qualifying for the 3000m at the Big East championship. The women’s distance medley relay team, comprised of Infeld, sophomore Chelsea Cox and juniors Amanda Kimbers and Rachel Schneider also represented Georgetown and finished in fourth place with a time of 11:06.53. The squad earned five points for the Blue and Gray. “They ran too much to win instead of being out there competing and having fun,” Director of Track and Field and Cross Country Patrick Henner said. Despite a solid performance at nationals, though, the result still fell short of expectations. The DMR team shattered a school record earlier this year and two weeks later set a Big East record. This version’s team featured Kimbers instead of senior London Finley, but the other three legs remained intact. “It’s a pretty special thing that a fourth place at DMR is disappointing,” Henner said. Going into the last leg, Cox handed the baton and the lead off to Infeld, one of the best anchors in the country. With 100m to go, though, Infeld started to fade, and was overtaken by the Washington, Oregon and Dartmouth anchors, respectively. “It was almost that she competed too hard in the DMR,” Henner said. “That’s how all four of them ran. Emily competed very hard and took the lead … but it was a case where she was trying too hard the whole race.”


Senior Emily Infeld won the 3000m race at the indoor track championship.

The competitive Infeld responded by edging out redshirt junior Deborah Maier of California the next day to take the 3000m run. “Not a whole lot of athletes can turn around like that,” Henner said. “She ran with great execution, and [she was] so relaxed. … Emily [is] the kind of athlete that can put the past behind her and come out with a different strategy.” But much of the credit is attributed to Head Women’s Cross

Country Coach Chris Miltenberg, who has worked closely with Infeld throughout her career at Georgetown. “I think Chris Miltenberg did a great job of putting things in perspective and framing Infeld for the 3000m the next day,” Henner said. The national championship wrapped up the indoor season for the Hoyas, who now prepare for the outdoor season that begins at the end of the month in North Carolina and California.



Georgetown Draws Casey’s Goal Gives GU Narrow Win Fresno St in Tourney EVAN HOLLANDER Hoya Staff Writer

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When No. 5 seed Georgetown (22-8) makes its third consecutive NCAA tournament appearance in an opening round date with No. 12 seed Fresno State (28-5) Sunday afternoon, this year’s veteran squad will hope to hit the Big Dance floor with some new moves in Chapel Hill, N.C. The Blue and Gray, which had made the field just once in program history before 2010, also started out as a No. 5 seed in last season’s tournament. After defeating Princeton and Maryland in the opening weekend, the Hoyas narrowly fell to topranked Connecticut in the Sweet 16. This year, Georgetown finished fourth in the Big East but fell in the conference tournament quarterfinals to West Virginia, so the Hoyas are determined to send their sevenmember senior class off in memorable fashion. “We have to take it one game at a time and just focus in on it. If we take it one game at a time we’re going to get there,” senior point guard Rubylee Wright said on reaching the tournament’s late stages. “We’re good enough to be there.” And senior forward and co-captain Tia Magee knows that finding

the motivation to succeed under the bright lights won’t be a problem for her or her teammates. “In the postseason I’ve seen the craziest looks in my teammates eyes — passion like I’ve never seen before,” she said. “We’ve played some hard basketball in the postseason … with the aura, the atmosphere and this team … we all come together.” They’ll have to, since Fresno State, like Georgetown, is no stranger to March Madness in recent years. The Bulldogs have qualified for five successive NCAA tournament appearances. They are, however, winless in their four previous NCAA appearances. This year they claimed the Western Athletic Conference’s automatic bid by routing Louisiana Tech, 89-61, in the conference title game. The Bulldogs, led by WAC player of the year Ki-Ki Moore’s 16.6 points and 7.2 rebounds per game, also won the regular season league crown. “They’re a three-point shooting team. … You’re looking at a team that makes almost 10 threes a game,” Head Coach Terri WilliamsFlournoy said. “They play hard, very scrappy defensive and they’re a very good team … even as small as they are, they’ll still be tough.” See FRESNO, A9


Junior midfielder Brian Casey scored the game-winning goal in Georgetown’s 10-9 comeback win over Mount St. Mary’s Tuesday night.

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Trailing 8-5 at the beginning of the fourth quarter, the No. 18 Georgetown men’s lacrosse team (31) dug in on defense and exploded on offense to squeak past Mount St. Mary’s (2-3) Tuesday night, stretching their win streak to three games. The Hoyas have been on a roll since dropping their season opener to Maryland. In two games that bookended MT. ST. MARY’S 9 Georgetow n ’ s GEORGETOWN 10 s p r i n g break, the Blue and Gray showcased strong defense to dispatch Detroit Mercy, 12-7, on March 3 and then upset No. 20 Harvard, 11-10, on Saturday. Junior attack Travis Comeau took over the game early against an overmatched Detroit Mercy squad en route to a six-goal night. He was helped by senior midfielder Zack Angel, who had three fourth-quarter goals that helped key the win for Georgetown. Angel had another hat trick against the Crimson, and his offensive output was met with stellar performances from junior attack Jason McFadden, who also scored three goals, and Comeau, who had two. But it wasn’t just the solid offensive rotation that buoyed Georgetown See LAX, A11

The Hoya: March 16, 2012  

Friday, March 16, 2012