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A LOOK BACK
From Burleith to Cairo, The Hoya recaps the year’s biggest stories.
GUSA Half of the executive staff holds ties to GU College Democrats.
LACROSSE The men hope to secure another winning season at home against Rutgers.
GU Delays Pay Unequal Insurance Across Schools Changes Braden McDonald Hoya Staff Writer
University student health plans will not cover birth contol until fall 2013 Sarah Kaplan & Kelly Church Hoya Staff Writers
University President John J. DeGioia announced Thursday that Georgetown will take advantage of a one-year delay offered by the Obama administration before adding contraceptive coverage to its student health insurance policy. “After thoughtful and careful consideration, we will continue our current practice for contraceptive coverage in our student health insurance for the coming year, as allowed for under the current rules,” DeGioia wrote in an email to members of the Georgetown community. The university’s policy will have to implement coverage for contraceptives by fall 2013 under the regulations issued by the Department of Health and Human Services. In the weeks prior to his decision, numerous student and university groups on both sides of the issue submitted letters to DeGioia requesting that he either delay or immediately implement coverage for contraceptives. Most recently, 780 students from the Georgetown University Law Center called on the university not to take advantage of the one-year grace period. DeGioia acknowledged these requests in his announcement. “I am grateful for the respectful ways in which you have shared your opinions,” he wrote. “I hope this is helpful in clarifying a matter of concern to many of you.” H*yas for Choice President Kelsey Warrick (COL ’14) said the group plans to submit a petition from undergraduates asking DeGioia to change his stance. “Obviously, H*yas for Choice is upset with President DeGioia’s decision,” she said. “The health and safety of the Georgetown community is at stake by deciding to defer.” See CONTRACEPTIVES, A7
Despite statistics released by the American Association of University Professors earlier this month placing Georgetown faculty among the top-paid professors in the country, professors and administrators agree that the university’s faculty compensation policies are in need of improvement. According to Provost James O’Donnell, salaries for arts and sciences faculty lag behind those of professors in the McDonough School of Business and the Georgetown University Law Center, and statistics like those from the AAUP distort what Georgetown actually pays its faculty. The statistics, which were featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s 2012 Faculty Salary Survey, suggest that full professors at Georgetown will make, on average, $167,100 this academic year, representing an increase of 5 percent since last year and making See SALARIES, A5
COVERAGE The Hoya will return to newsstands with its graduation issue May 18.
2010 Average Faculty Salaries $160,000
Salaries for arts and sciences
Salaries for all professors
Georgetown arts and sciences professor data from the Consortium on Financing Higher Education Institutional Profiles Project Faculty Salary Study for 2009-2010
Georgetown total professor data from the American Association of University Professors
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Salaries for arts and sciences professors at Georgetown are about $20,000 lower than the average, a disparity that administrators have only started to address in the past decade.
RYAN BUDGET SPEECH DRAWS STUDENT, FACULTY PROTEST
Disciplinary Committee Raises Burden of Proof Matthew Strauss Hoya Staff Writer
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Protesters unfurled a banner (bottom) during Rep. Paul Ryan’s speech (top). See story on A6.
Georgetown’s Disciplinary Review Committee passed a recommendation to raise the burden of proof for disciplinary responsibility to “clear and convincing evidence” in a meeting Thursday afternoon. The recommendation will now be considered by Vice President for Student Affairs Todd Olson. Current policies dictate that a student must be found responsible for a disciplinary violation if the adjudicator believes that he or she was “more likely than not” responsible. The new standard would require a higher level of certainty on the part of the adjudicator and would apply to all violations of the Code of Student Conduct except incidents of sexual assault, for which the U.S. Department of Education mandates a “more likely than not” burden of proof. “The current system is arbitrary, it’s ambiguous, it’s confusing and it doesn’t provide for equitable outcomes consistently,” student appointee to the DRC James Pickens (COL ’12) said. See PROOF, A8
Relay Fundraising Drops 30% Lawn Barricades Nixed Margaret Viator Hoya Staff Writer
Georgetown University’s Relay For Life saw a 30 percent drop in fundraising during a year with dramatically decreased participation. The walkathon event last Friday raised $207,533, down from last
year’s profits of about $300,000 and a little more than half of the $400,000 raised in 2010. Participation in the fundraiser also declined. About 1,800 people attended the event at MultiSport Facility, and according to Co-Chair DJ Wise (COL ’13), there were between 500 and 1,500 participants
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on the field at any given time during the night. By comparison, over 3,000 people participated last year. Despite the drop in fundraising and participation, the event’s coordinators said that group morale and cause awareness remained high. “It looks like we were down in numbers, but in the ways that mattered the most, we made huge strides,” Co-Chair Ryan Muldoon (COL ’13) said. “In general, the committee members and those that attended the event were more intimately involved in the cause.” According to Muldoon, a larger group than usual remained at the event throughout the night this year. Wise added that many colleges and universities across the country have seen similar unexplainable decreases in fundraising and participation despite increased marketing throughout the year. Wise also pointed out that most Relay teams waited longer than usual to begin raising donations this year, and many did not launch their fundraising efforts until early April. “It did seem like the campus wasn’t reacting as much as they had in the past,” he said. See RELAY, A8 Published Tuesdays and Fridays
Following Public Outcry Sarah Patrick
conclusion that it was best to reorganize the day by removing the barricades,” Laverriere said. In a last-minute decision, the According to an email sent to stuGeorgetown Day Planning Committee dents late Monday night, the original announced Thursday night that Cop- security plan involved the enclosure ley Lawn will not be barricaded dur- of the Copley Lawn activity area with ing today’s Georgetown Day festivities. metal barricades so that Department The announcement, dubbed by of Public Safety officers, hired security the planning committee the “Copley guards, university administrators and Compromise,” came in response to student volunteers could ensure that widespread student no outside liquids backlash about the would be brought plan to cordon off “Whatever it might be, I into the space. the lawn. A Face- feel the emphasis should “I think it’s a book event created situation where Wednesday night be that we’re all together students work in light of the pro- on [Georgetown] Day.” c o n st r u c t i ve ly posed barricades with adminisurged students to CHRIS BUTTERFIELD (MSB ‘12), trators to get a Senior Class Committee Chair gather in protest at change done,” Leavey Esplanade Laverriere said. on Georgetown Day “I think over the and had over 1,600 confirmed attend- past few weeks, there’s been a lot of ees on Facebook as of late Thursday misinformation circulating, and it’s night. important to remember that withThe planning committee voiced out the planning committee, the day students’ concerns regarding the bar- would not be held.” ricades during a scheduled meeting Despite the change, alcoholic beverwith university administrators Thurs- ages are still not permitted in public day afternoon, according to George- parts of campus, and students found town Day Planning Committee mem- to be in possession of alcohol will be ber Greg Laverriere (COL ’12). See BARRICADES, A5 “Ultimately, the group came to the
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THE FINAL VERDICT
EDITORIALS THE LAST WORD The prevailing themes of the last eight months illustrate a year of contradictions. On the one hand, arbitration of the Campus Plan and student activism were troublingly passive. In contrast, GUSA elections and the university’s attitude toward its endowment experienced marked changes. Here now is our final word on the eventful 2011-2012 school year.
Catholic Identity Crisis The status of Georgetown’s Catholic and Jesuit identities has fueled a contentious debate throughout this year. Although extensive, these deliberations were not excessive. Rather, they are an example of exactly the kind of constant self-reflection our university needs. In February, a government professor, Patrick Deneen listed Georgetown’s transition from a liberal arts college invested in student development to a specialized, research-driven institution among his reasons for accepting a job at Notre Dame. Deneen’s comments created controversy over whether Georgetown was transitioning from a Jesuit university to a trade school. President Obama’s birth control mandate in March was also seen by some as a challenge to Georgetown’s Catholic roots, prompting further campus discussion. These conversations were valuable for Georgetown, but we believe that Georgetown’s fundamental values are not in jeopardy, as Deneen and others have suggested. Georgetown has not departed from its traditions — its Jesuit ideals are simply being adapted to the 21st century. If anything, the passage of service funding in Student Activities Fee Endowment reform, the election of Georgetown University Student Association executives who emphasized service and Catholic charity. And the strong Catholic-themed faculty response to Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) visit yesterday signal that Jesuit values are still a core aspect of life on campus. Georgetown’s emergence as a global research university — and ensuing debates about purpose and politics — should not be seen as a threat, but rather as an opportunity to uphold the Jesuit ideal of contemplation.
Students Sit Out Protests When Time Magazine named The Protester its 2011 Person of the Year, it almost certainly did not have Georgetown students in mind. As Occupy protests swept through college campuses across the country, the Hilltop remained noticeably tranquil. When Occupy D.C. was gaining momentum in October, many students from D.C. colleges participated. Few students, however, were from Georgetown. More recently, there has been disappointingly little activity concerning the racially infused death of Trayvon Martin last February. Although various campus groups have taken initiative on this issue, discussion should have gone beyond race-focused organizations. We are not suggesting that the Georgetown community should have taken a particular stance on these matters. We are disappointed, however, that the campus generally appears to have sat out these debates. Students have a responsibility as D.C. residents to engage with issues that concern both the nation and the international community during our four years on the Hilltop. While Georgetown remained markedly absent from local protests, students and alumni abroad have done a better job of making their voices heard amid international conflicts. In early November, Matthew VanDyke (GRD ’04) returned from Libya after spending eight turbulent months between prison and the battlefield. Later that month, Derrik Sweeney (COL ’13) was arrested after joining protesters in Cairo and emerged from the experience with remarkable resilience. We recognize VanDyke and Sweeney’s courage in involving themselves in international issues, even if their discretion can be called into question. Their activism exemplifies the conscientiousness Georgetown should show toward others, both at home and abroad.
Capital Campaign Launches “We’re very proud of the fact that we use our dollars well,” Provost James O’Donnell said last September when asked about Georgetown’s relatively small endowment. “We like to say that we punch above our weight.” The university, however, made an about-face on that position in October, launching a historic capital campaign designed to raise $1.5 billion for the school’s endowment over 10 years. Georgetown’s endowment is one of the smallest among U.S. News and World Report’s top 25 colleges. The campaign launched after Georgetown slipped one spot to 22nd in those rankings. The university correctly recognizes that contemporary universities need a healthy endowment, and the focus on “generations to come” is admirable. But some of the collection methods being used, including soliciting donations from recent alumni and the families of current students, are insensitive to both the current economic situation and the 3.5 percent tuition hike announced in February. Georgetown has already raised $840 million in this campaign, an admirable achievement. We are rooting for the university to reach its goal and thrive in the future, but we urge the school to remain sensitive in its pursuit of monetary gifts.
Paradigm Shift for GUSA This year’s GUSA campaigns may have redefined what we come to expect from our student government. The candidates in this year’s election were numerous and diverse: a record-high seven tickets, which included not only active members of GUSA, but also a variety of student leaders and a men’s varsity basketball player, all vying for the executive office. The campaigns also featured an emphasis on meticulously detailed and extensive platforms that became almost a point of parody. This came as an appreciated shift from the personality-driven campaigns of the past. What most set this year’s election apart, however, was a record-high voter turnout. While the increased number of voters was due in part to the tickets’ abilities to get their core supporters to the polls, this is not necessarily a negative. The strong turnout signifies greater student engagement, which in turn legitimizes GUSA. In all, this year demonstrated that the students of Georgetown are genuinely interested in who serves as their representatives. This, of course, places more pressure on the new executives, President Clara Gustafson (SFS ’13) and Vice President Vail KohnertYount (SFS ’13), to follow through on their campaign promises. GUSA has always wanted greater student engagement. Now it is up to them to perform.
Matthew Strauss, Campus News Editor Braden McDonald, City News Editor Evan Hollander, Sports Editor Victoria Edel, Guide Editor Danny Funt, Opinion Editor Leonel De Velez, Photography Editor Emory Wellman, Layout Editor Emily Perkins, Copy Chief Molly Mitchell, Multimedia Editor Michelle Cassidy, Blog Editor
Contributing Editors Kavya Devarakonda, Kathryn DeVincenzo, Meagan Kelly, Shakti Nochur, Eamon O’Connor, Michael Palmer, Mairead Reilly, Lauren Weber
A Gray Perspective — D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray speaks out against GU’s 2010 Campus Plan at the Advisory Neighborhood Commission’s monthly meeting.
Bright Students Honored — A record high of 22 graduates receive the prestigious Fulbright Award for the 2011-2012 school year.
Homecoming — Matthew VanDyke (GRD ’04) returns home after spending eight months in Libya, six of which were spent in a loyalist prison for fighting on the rebels’ side in the nation’s civil war.
Applications Skyrocket — The Office of Undergraduate Admissions announces that a record 20,050 applicants were received for the Class of 2016.
Disgruntled Deneen Departs — Professor Patrick Deneen Jan. 24 says he will resign at the end of the semester after seven years on the Hilltop for a position at the University of Notre Dame.
SAFE Reforms — All three proposals for the allocation of the $3.4 million Student Activities Fee Endowment are passed by a campus-wide vote.
Love for Leo’s Workers — Employees of O’Donovan Hall establish a contract with Aramark that includes a $0.50 pay raise per hour and extended health benefits.
The Price Is Higher — Georgetown’s tuition is set to rise 3.5 percent.
Rude Limbaugh — Conservative radio show host Rush Limbaugh harasses Sandra Fluke (LAW ’12) for participating in the national debate on contraceptives.
Making the Grade — Four of Georgetown’s professors are named among the Princeton Review’s top 300 professors.
Technical Triumph — Georgetown’s mobile website launchApril 19 es, providing students with current news stories, GUTS bus schedules, dining hall menus and sports updates.
THE RAW DEAL by Anthony Mastroianni
Campus Plan Hits Stalemate Sixteen months, six zoning hearings and countless debates after the 2010 Campus Plan was first submitted, extended delays are preventing the university from moving on a path toward growth and development. While much of the plan relates to on-campus improvements, the entire process has been delayed due to neighborhood resistance. Locals insist that the university house every student on campus — a demand totally devoid of compromise — and their antagonism has led to a frustrating stalemate in the approval process. Georgetown is the District’s largest private employer, and the university’s expansion should be welcomed, not fought. Neighbors’ calls for the D.C. Zoning Commission to reject the plan have put the commission in an uncomfortable position: It must either order Georgetown to stop its growth or fly in the face of local opinion. Based on the number of times the commission’s decision has been delayed, it appears that they are content with doing neither. In the meantime, despite a series of significant compromises made by the university, Georgetown is in limbo as it waits through postponement after postponement of a final decision. Just as our 2000 Campus Plan was rejected and later appealed before passing, we’d like to see the process move forward, one way or another, rather than continue down this road of inaction.
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It’s About Time — AD Lee Reed announces plans to build a new 125,000-square-foot athletic facility.
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A CANADIAN CONTENTION
VIEWPOINT • Sam Schneider & James Pickens
A Road to Better City Planning Vote on Evidentiary D Rule a Win for Justice G uring a recent visit to Southern California, I experienced great weather and horrible traffic. But even Los Angeles traffic can’t rival the D.C. area’s, where the average resident spends nearly 70 hours waiting in traffic each year. It doesn’t take much to recognize that such conditions take a toll on a city’s residents. But traffic is a symptom of far greater problems with the planning and design of American cities. Unfortunately, questions surrounding urban planning are too often left out of the national conversation, and more emphasis needs to be placed on neighborhood planning and its influence on citizens. Both in the District and across the United States, the governement needs to invest in connecting and enhancing its urban communities. Many of these problems arise from single-use zoning, which encourages devoting large areas of land to one particular use, either residential or commercial. This encourages people to live in different communities from those in which they work. Not only does this foster traffic problems, but it can also create the “urban donut” effect — urban centers remain deserted on weekends and feel alive only during work hours. Luckily, the status quo is beginning to change. After years of flight to leafy suburban communities, Americans are beginning to rediscover the benefits of population density. All but two
of the 39 U.S. counties with more than a million residents saw population increases between 2010 and 2011. The District especially has benefited from this demographic shift, as its popula-
The nature of communities forges who and what we become. tion grew at a faster rate than that of any state last year. In recent years, there has also been an increase in mixed-use developments, which allow residents to live where they work, shop and socialize. This trend is likely to reduce pollution and obesity rates and create communities that are more enjoyable to live in. To continue this trend, city governments must invest more in light rail and bike lanes. There is already a consumer demand for these programs, as the number of miles driven by
young people dropped by 23 percent between 2001 and 2009. The reality is that many members of our generation are abandoning automobiles, and public policy should take into account this change in preferences. In addition, there is a pressing need to invest in the transportation infrastructure that connects major urban corridors, such as the one between Boston and D.C. This involves investing in high-speed rail, which allows individuals and goods to travel easily between major cities. While such projects are expensive to establish, they will have a net reduction of overall transportation costs. President Eisenhower had the foresight to invest in the Interstate Highway System, and it is time to create a similar national plan for high-speed rail. For too long, countries have let metropolises grow unbridled, creating the dysfunctional eyesores that are many modern cities. Considering that the nature of communities helps forge who and what we become as individuals and as a society, it’s time to re-imagine the potential of urban life.
Scott Stirrett is a junior in the School of Foreign Service. He is the former chief of staff of the Georgetown University College Democrats and former chair and co-founder of D.C. Students Speak. This is the last appearance of A CANADIAN CONTENTION for this year.
SCRIBBLES OF A MADMAN by Ben Mazzara
eorgetown’s Disciplinary Review Committee passed a resolution yesterday recommending that the burden of proof for all disciplinary actions be raised from the current standard of “more likely than not” to “clear and convincing.” It was a vote long overdue, but more importantly, it was a decision that will improve the lives of students and the community as a whole by making the disciplinary process more just and consistent with Georgetown’s mission. In the past, when a student was accused of violating the Code of Student Conduct, administrators judged his or her responsibility using the “more likely than not” standard. As the code states: “The Complainant must present persuasive evidence that establishes that the Respondent ‘more likely than not’ violated the Code of Student Conduct.” This standard applied both when the university or another student accused a student of wrongdoing. The problem with the former standard is that it was inherently arbitrary. “More likely than not” meant that if an administrator felt there was a 51 percent chance or higher that a student was responsible for a given violation, he or she was obligated to find the student responsible. With virtually no burden of proof, it is unrealistic to think that administrators’ interpretations of the standard of guilt will be identical. The “more likely than not” standard also left an unacceptable amount of room for uncertainty and individual error when making disciplinary decisions. Frequently, students face sanctions that can be detrimental to their futures, ranging from loss of study abroad privileges to suspension or even expulsion. With such weighty consequences hanging in the balance, institutionally-facilitated uncertainty and inconsistency are simply unacceptable. To remove the flaws inherent in a “more likely than not” standard, the Georgetown University Student Association successfully lobbied the DRC for the adoption of “clear and convincing” as the new measure of evidence for determining liability. With this new standard comes a focus on concrete evidence rather than probability. The Code of Conduct’s Ethos Statement maintains that “as a Catholic and Jesuit community, Georgetown places special emphasis on the dignity and worth of every person and the love of truth.” A higher standard of proof was necessary to preserve our student rights, our dignity and our love for truth. Peer institutions such as Duke, Cornell and Penn, along with the Georgetown University Law Center, already use this
“clear and convincing” standard. In fact, here at Georgetown this requirement was already the code’s standard for appeals. While students were being held responsible on the probability that they “more likely than not” violated the code, they were, and still are, expected to reach the “clear and convincing” threshold of evidence to prove their case was mishandled. This imbalance is but one way the code used to be tilted against students — the adoption of the new standard is a way to rebalance the scales. With the greater certainty offered by the new standard, students can have more confidence in the ability of the disciplinary process to result in just outcomes. In the past students have often felt helpless in the face of a conviction, and students who were wrongly found responsible were often dissuaded from appealing because of the steeper burden of proof that they would face. Removing this imbalance will improve the integrity of the process. What’s more, the “clear and convincing” standard will help the hall directors, administrators and students on the Residential Judicial Council who hear disciplinary cases. Adjudicators will no longer be obligated to make narrow and often insufficiently informed calls about whether or not it is probable that a student is guilty of what he has been accused of — they will have to be absolutely certain. If all goes as expected, the new standard of proof should result in fewer convictions. Georgetown should be comfortable with this outcome. Preserving the dignity of students and the university’s commitment to truth must be the chief aim as we, as a community, work to become better men and women for others. Now that the DRC has voted to raise the burden of proof, the recommendation will go to Todd Olson, vice president for student affairs and dean of students, for a final decision. We hope that Olson accepts the recommendations of the DRC. If the university’s standard of proof remains arbitrary and capricious, the integrity of the entire disciplinary system is compromised, and it will neither garner the respect nor contribute to the education of students. The adoption of the “clear and convincing” standard is a major victory for students and for the integrity of the disciplinary process.
JAMES PICKENS is a senior in the College. He is the founder and former Co-Director of the Student Advocacy Office. SAM SCHNEIDER is a junior in the College. He is the current Co-Director of the Student Advocacy Office and a member of The Hoya’s Board of Directors.
VIEWPOINT • Dan Healy
Palin 2.0 an Unlikely VP Choice Journalism Program W A Major Shortcoming G
ith Mitt Romney having nicely sewn up the Republican presidential nomination, there is one major question mark left to salivate over: Whom will Romney pick as his running mate? Before giddily poring over the prospective individuals on his short list, I find it interesting to explore the process adopted by the Romney campaign. Some have speculated that Romney will name his running mate relatively early in order to consolidate his base, energize his campaign and turn the page on the divisive primary contests. That is likely wishful thinking by a ravenous media. Instead, you can count on an exhaustive, comprehensive and extended process that will prioritize the working relationship between Romney and his number two — both on the campaign trail and in a Romney administration. If you’re like me and enjoyed the “Game Change” book and movie, you caught a glimpse of running mate vetting at its worst. John McCain’s campaign exercised appallingly little scrutiny of Sarah Palin beyond the most superficial prospectus. The result spoke for itself. You can expect the Romney campaign to diligently avoid this McCain model and go out of its way to nitpick and finesse its ultimate decision. There are two diametric models of selecting a running mate. On the one hand, you seek someone who complements you in terms of geography, personality or experience. The Kennedy-Johnson ticket exemplified this model, with its regional balancing and contrast of character between the two men. Such a ticket can attract broad support but risks sending schizophrenic messages and creating antipathy and discord between the running mates. On the other hand, a presidential candidate sometimes seeks another version of himself to reinforce the core message of the campaign. No better case of this exists than the partnership
between Bill Clinton and Al Gore, two moderate young Southerners from neighboring states. Here, the benefit is a cogent message and a strong working partnership on the ticket. Yet it risks presenting a monochromatic message that inhibits outreach to diverse constituencies. Let’s say Romney opts for the first model. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) tops most people’s lists. Young, telegenic, Latino and from a mega swing state, Rubio would be the ultimate complement to Romney. Other choices include Gov. Brian Sandoval (R-Nev.), another popular Hispanic conservative from a swing state, and Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.), who is young, popular and represents diversity in the GOP. This category is rich with potential
You can expect the Romney campaign to diligently avoid the McCain VP model. candidates who balance out Romney in terms of race, ideology and geographic base. They all feature immense risk but the potential for a big Election Day payoff. But at this point, I doubt Romney will go this direction. McCain was a risk-taker and a romantic, while Romney is fastidious, cautious and unlikely to make the same mistake as McCain. Throughout his political career, Romney has placed a high premium on personal loyalty and wonkish hard work, and I am convinced that he will
look for an individual who shares his values. With that in mind, Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) could be an outstanding choice. The hugely popular, intelligent and personable senator hails from the crucial Cincinnati area of a swing state, but Portman is vulnerable for having been a lead contributor behind some of George Bush’s unpopular fiscal policies. Even so, I like his odds. I can also see Romney tapping Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-Va.), former Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-Minn.) or Gov. Mitch Daniels (R-Ind.) to fill the bottom half of his ticket. A supernova pick might be House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), whose visit to Georgetown yesterday underscored his flourishing political profile. A darling of conservatives thanks to his courageous and innovative plans on entitlement programs and fiscal policy, Ryan is young, dynamic and personable but simultaneously an intellectual and a workhorse. Although Democrats have worked to demonize his good name, Ryan as a candidate for vice president could inject some youth and vigor into the GOP ticket while rounding out the heavy emphasis on policy chops and intellectual prowess. All said, Romney might surprise everyone with a dark horse pick, such as Condoleezza Rice, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) or Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.). In presidential politics, unpredictability reigns. Romney’s choice can easily be dictated by the media coverage he receives, polling data or developments in current events. However, I have a hunch that we’ll see the number two slot filled with someone who has more in common with Romney than the two have differences.
Sam Dulik is a junior in the School of Foreign Service. He is the director for special events for the Georgetown University College Republicans. This is the last appearance of QUORUM CALL for this year.
eorgetown offers an impressive array of majors across its four undergraduate schools, including such disparate areas as medieval studies and international political economy. Yet among all these possibilities, one standard area of study remains conspicuously absent — journalism. The Hoya reported in February that Georgetown had announced plans to introduce a minor in journalism, to becoming available to students in the fall of 2012 (The Hoya, “Journalism Minor Now Accepting Applications,” A1, Feb. 7, 2012). This is an improvement, but it is not nearly sufficient. It is surprising and disappointing that a school of Georgetown’s caliber does not offer a journalism major, which would offer considerable benefits to both current students and the university’s reputation. A more expansive journalism program would be appealing to high school applicants who are interested in Georgetown but concerned about the lack of a formal journalism major. As college admissions becomes increasingly competitive across the country, Georgetown ought to use every tool at its disposal to attract a diverse and talented applicant pool. A journalism major will further solidify Georgetown’s position as one of the leading universities in the country while ensuring that the university’s academic focus is not perceived to be one-dimensional. Establishing a journalism major would also allow Georgetown students to take full advantage of a city that is one of the nation’s preeminent hubs for media activity. The District of Columbia is home to some of the titans of both old and new media, from The Washington Post and the Gallup polling organization to the as-
sortment of new media covering Capitol Hill, yet Georgetown still lacks a journalism major that could have the potential to tap into the wealth of experience and inspiration available in D.C. Georgetown is also recognized across the country as a great university for students who are politically active. The school’s strength in politics naturally lends itself to an interest in journalism, as the media is intimately connected with the political arena. Students who are pursuing careers in politics would benefit from a greater understanding of how journalists perform their jobs. The existence of a journalism major would also help cultivate a more active and informed student body on the Hilltop. A good proportion of Georgetown students stay up to speed on current events, so they would already be prepared for the civic engagement that studying journalism requires. Furthermore, these students would have outlets to immediately apply the skills that they learn in the classroom by participating in Georgetown’s studentrun media. Instituting a journalism minor was undoubtedly a step in the right direction, but it still leaves Georgetown’s academic opportunities lacking. The journalism minor alone will not draw prospective students to Georgetown, nor will it result in sufficient build-up of the necessary number of faculty in the department. A major, on the other hand, would enable students to gain the full benefits of both D.C. and Georgetown’s scholastic resources. Georgetown students need and deserve a full journalism major. DAN HEALY is a junior in the College.
FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2012
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FROM SEAS TO SKIES
I got to ... learn from some of the greatest artists of that time.
Bill Danoff (FLL ’68), Emmy award-winning songwriter and GU professor, on the musicians he saw perform during his time as a Georgetown student. See story on A8.
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Professor Francis Slakey entertained students and faculty with tellings of his adventures climbing the tallest mountain of every continent and surﬁng in every ocean. His speech coincided with the release of his new book, “To the Last Breath.”
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GU Still Investigating Labor Abuse Claims SARAH PATRICK Hoya Staff Writer
Despite the Georgetown Solidarity Committee’s protests last Wednesday, the university has not yet responded to alleged labor rights abuses by the apparel company adidas. In a letter released Thursday, Scott Fleming, associate vice president for federal relations and public affairs and interim chair of Georgetown’s Licensing Oversight Committee, announced that the university will continue exploring questions regarding the licensing agreement with adidas and the university’s code. The LOC met with adidas’ Head of Social and Environmental Affairs Gregg Nebel last Tuesday to discuss the company’s alleged failure to pay $1.8 million in severance fees to employees after the closure of its PT Kizone plant in Indonesia. In the meeting, Nebel assured the university that adidas would offer aid to employees who had lost their jobs but that, as a policy, adidas does not contribute to severance payments. But GSC member and protest coordinator Samuel Geaney-Moore (SFS ’12) described adidas’ approach as “Orwellian” and said that no amount of aid would provide the workers with the money they are owed. “[adidas is] clearly trying to avoid paying the $1.8 million they owe under the law and under the Licensing Code of Conduct,” he said. According to a November 2011 letter sent by labor rights monitoring organization the Worker Rights Consortium, Nike and Green Textile, which also used the plant, offered about $1.5 million in workers’ compensation. The letter went on to say that adidas refused to contribute, instead promising to help workers find jobs at other factories. “The contrast between Nike’s response and adidas’ is nonetheless very important to note. Nike disclosed the non-payment of severance, accepted responsibility under university codes and made very substantial payments to workers in order to remedy the violations,” the consortium wrote in an assessment released this January. “adidas did not disclose the violations, denied responsibility and refuses to pay anything.”
According to LOC and GSC member Louisa Abada (COL ’12), 300 of the 900 workers who were re-employed have already lost their new jobs. Georgetown’s Code of Conduct for Licensees says that the university is obligated to take the necessary steps to immediately correct workers’ rightsrelated violations and has the option to terminate licensee contracts if the problem remains unfixed. “It is an issue of concern to the university, and we are continuing to explore questions surrounding our licensing agreement with adidas and our Code of Conduct for Georgetown University Licensees in light of the situation these workers face,” Fleming wrote in an email. While the LOC plans to arrange a follow-up meeting with Nebel, the university’s counsel and the Collegiate Licensing Company, a date has not been announced. According to Fleming, Georgetown is waiting to see other universities’ reactions to the alleged violations, particularly the University of Wisconsin’s, the clothing for which was also made in the PT Kizone factory. “Since we are a relatively small part of adidas’ business, it is unclear that a termination by Georgetown would have significant impact on changing their response to situations like this,” he wrote. “Considering … the outcome of [adidas’] ongoing mediation with the University of Wisconsin and how other institutions are responding could result in [Georgetown’s decision’s] having more impact.” But Geaney-Moore criticized the university’s delayed reaction. “A clear violation of the code of conduct is plenty legal justification to end our contract with adidas,” he said. ” We feel that the university is a leader on anti-sweatshop issues, and with all due respect to Wisconsin, Georgetown should be the university that steps up when licensees violate our Code of Conduct.” Fleming reassured the GSC that the university’s ultimate decision will abide by the code’s standards. “We are anxious to learn the outcome of [the University of Wisconsin’s] negotiations while preserving our ability to influence adidas’ policies in this regard,” he wrote.
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Following a string of thefts at Vital Vittles this school year, Students of Georgetown, Inc. has ramped up security measures at its stores. No additional thefts have been reported at the convenience store since January.
Improved Corp Security Pays Off ALEXANDER GALAN Special to The Hoya
After Vital Vittles lost several thousand dollars in a string of thefts earlier this school year, new security features recently installed at the oncampus convenience store appear to be working. More than $6,000 worth of cigarettes was stolen from the student-run grocery store over the course of three separate thefts on Sept. 1, Dec. 6 and Jan. 23, and $200 in cash was taken from the store’s office on Dec. 1. The series of incidents prompted Students of Georgetown, Inc. to work with University Facilities and Student Housing and the Department of Public Safety to implement security measures designed to discourage further thefts. According to Stephanie Wolfram
(MSB ’13), The Corp’s chief operating officer, these measures have been successful in preventing further incidents at the convenience store. No thefts have been reported at Vital Vittles since the Jan. 23 incident. Efforts to increase security at the store focused on installing new locks and ensuring that any broken locks were fixed. “The Corp has worked with Facilities to make sure all doors have locks and [that] the structure is secure to prevent attempts to get into locked doors,” Wolfram said. “Facilities and DPS have been very helpful.” The hallway behind Vital Vittles was an area of particular concern because the offices and storage areas there are not easily visible, which prevents employees from monitoring them closely. These efforts are the most recent
phase of ongoing security upgrades at various Corp locations. Last semester, security cameras were installed at Vital Vittles and Hoya Snaxa, enabling employees to provide investigators with images of theft suspects. As an additional precaution, service directors have also encouraged staff members to exercise more awareness while on duty. “[Staff] have stuck to the new plans to help with security and have been nothing but supportive of the new measures. It has been a great turnaround,” Wolfram said. Wolfram added that The Corp continues to further enhance security at its stores. “We will maintain the current level [of security] with only plans to increase surveillance,” Wolfram said. “[We’re] making sure that we do not become too complacent.”
friday, APRIL 27, 2012
Faculty Pay Lags at GU Georgetown Day Security SALARIES, from A1 Georgetown the 16th highest-paying university of the 1,251 surveyed in the United States. Associate and assistant professors also saw a 5 percent bump in their pay, earning $109,000 and $94,400 respectively, according to the survey statistics. But O’Donnell said that the AAUP numbers mask what the majority of professors are really paid. “These numbers aren’t that helpful because they include law, business and liberal arts professors all in one clump,” O’Donnell said. “Let’s just say that some of the lawyers … do OK, and that hurts with averages.” According to a September 2010 memorandum sent by President of the Faculty Senate and Chair of the Philosophy Department Wayne Davis to the Main Campus Planning Committee regarding the faculty salary plan, average yearly pay was actually about $20,000 lower than the AAUP number when calculated to exclude professors in the MSB and the Law Center. In fiscal year 2010, the average salary for arts and sciences faculty, which includes professors in the College, the School of Foreign Service and the School of Nursing and Health Studies, was $126,782. The figure reported by the AAUP was $155,500. The average salaries for arts and sciences associate professors and assistant professors in fiscal year 2010 were $87,974 and $70,215 respectively, while the AAUP figures were $100,700 and $83,600, respectively. Data for salaries among arts and sciences faculty are not available for 2011 and 2012, but O’Donnell said there are still wide disparities between the income levels of professors in the university’s different schools, although these gaps are consistent with trends across the United States. “Each school pays its faculty according to the market and demand in that field,” he said. “At its extreme, there’s probably a full professor whom you could put side by side with another full professor, and one would be making twice as much as the other.” The AAUP figures also fail to account for the comparably low wages of full-time adjunct faculty, upon which the university has become increasingly reliant in recent years. According to Davis, there are now 200 adjunct faculty members, a figure that has almost doubled in the past decade. Georgetown employs 2,173 fulland part-time faculty members overall. Sarah Stiles, an adjunct professor in the sociology department and winner of the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2011, said that her salary of $46,162 for a full load of three courses per semester
does not compensate her appropriately. Stiles attributes her low pay to the fact that she teaches in the College. “Objectively speaking, I’ve got these facts that show I’m good at what I do, but it doesn’t matter,” she said. Stiles, who supplements her income by instructing two courses over the summer for $5,000 each, said that she sacrificed making money as a practicing lawyer because of her love of teaching. “I love my job. That’s it,” she said. “The job is labor-intensive. I have a lot of students, a lot of papers, a lot of letters and sometimes I’ll get friends saying when it comes to all these letters, ‘They don’t pay you enough to do that,’ so obviously it’s not about the pay.” Stiles recognized, however, that the income inequities between departments are endemic to the entire United States and do not represent a problem confined to Georgetown. “Academia is a fairly exploitative industry across the United States,” Stiles said. “This is not just Georgetown. … It’s the market.” Nonetheless, administrators recognized that Georgetown lags behind its chief competitors in faculty compensation and is taking measures to fill the gap. According to Davis, full professor compensation at Georgetown is 15 percent lower than the average among members of the Consortium for Financing Higher Education, a group of elite colleges in the United States that includes 31 schools. Davis said efforts to address the disparity, which include a faculty salary plan adopted in 2000, come after years of university neglect of the issue. “We’re making up for the fact that for decades, the university wasn’t responding to it,” Davis said. “From the president on down, people are aware of the problems and are fixing them aggressively. Everyone is aware that to run top-notch institutions, you have to have the best faculty.” O’Donnell added that most faculty members are aware of the financial constraints Georgetown faces. “There are lots of people who would probably accept more if we offered it to them, but I think there is broad understanding that the institution, given where we start from, has made an extraordinary commitment to increase faculty salaries,” O’Donnell said. “The faculty know and are appreciative of that fact.” Stiles recognized that the university is conscious of disparities in income between tenured and adjunct faculty. “There’s a movement afoot to create a more equitable system … so that’s in the works, to Georgetown’s credit,” she said.
Ignites Campus Debate
BARRICADES from A1 required to either assist with cleanup or pay a $75 fine, a number that has increased by $25 from last year. In an email sent Wednesday night to the senior class, Senior Class Committee Chair Chris Butterfield (MSB ’12) addressed the altered characteristics of this year’s Georgetown Day. According to Butterfield, changes were implemented because of several offenses committed by students during last year’s festivities. Individual students toppled a Port-O-John,
’12), who was also a member of the planning committee, urged students to recognize the committee’s efforts despite ongoing dissatisfaction with particular aspects of the day. “I think the portrayal by certain students of the planning committee has been remarkably unfair and quite petty,” Meaney said. “I don’t think there has been ample recognition of the hard work these people did given [the event’s] complicated past, and I think the Georgetown student body is better off for all the work these students did.”
punched a security officer and threw full beer cans. “As a student community, we have to address these incidents; they are a part of our behavior we have to own,” he wrote. Butterfield emphasized the importance of community and students’ responsibility to respect how their peers choose to spend their day. “Whatever it might be, I feel the emphasis should be that we’re all together on that day,” he wrote. Former Georgetown University Student Association President Mike Meaney (SFS
Gelardin Buys New Equipment Emma Hinchliffe Hoya Staff Writer
Gelardin New Media Center will soon begin loaning out Kindle Fires and Apple iPads in addition to a variety of new, upgraded audio and video equipment as part of Lauinger Library’s ongoing efforts to step up its technology credentials. Gelardin has offered Kindles for one-month rentals for the past year and chose to order five additional Kindle Fires in
applications such as iMovie, GarageBand and Photoshop, as well as a wireless keyboard and case. According to Gelardin Department Head Beth Marhanka, students, faculty and staff equally utilize available equipment, and she expects that the new electronics will appeal to all patrons of Lauinger Library. “The reason I love that we can have these resources in the library, as opposed to a department, is that they’re open to the entire community,” Marhanka said. Reaction to the announcement seems somewhat mixed. “I think that it’s a novel idea, and I think it would really be a game-changer,” Michael Salgueiro (COL ’15) said. But Zoey Krulick (SFS ’15) said she doubted that many students would utilize the tablets. “I just can’t see myself going through the trouble of renting one out when I could just use my computer,” she said. In addition to iPads and Kindles, Gelardin will also acquire two new professional cameras, 10 new mp3 recorders, three professional camcorders and a multimedia projector.
response to the e-reader’s popularity. Since Amazon does not currently permit libraries to purchase and circulate online materials, library patrons must purchase books to be read on the Kindles themselves. Inspired by the success the SFS-Qatar campus library in Doha had circulating iPads last semester, Gelardin has now chosen to follow suit. The iPads will be available for twoweek rental periods beginning this summer and will include
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Gelardin New Media Center is set to acquire new iPads, Kindles and new audio and visual equipment.
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tuesday, APRIL 27, 2012
ANC Candidate Hopes to Spark Student Awareness
Zoning Commission Votes To Approve ATF Proposal
Hoya Staff Writer
After Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2E completed a redistricting process this year, it is likely that students will have a chance to win two spots on the commission in next year’s election. With Jake Sticka (COL ’13), incumbent student commissioner, set to conclude his term in November, Peter Prindiville (SFS ’14) launched his campaign for one of the two student seats. If elected, he would serve for two years. Though the campaign is still months away, this summer, Prindiville must gather the signatures of 25 students eligible to vote in D.C. in order to be put on the ballot. The Hoya sat down with Prindiville to talk about his goals and the challenges he will face. The Hoya: What are the key tenets of your platform? Prindiville: I would want to first and foremost support students. We can do a lot more than everyone thinks [on issues of] police enforcement, transportation and zoning. Zoning directly affects the university when they want to expand. … I want to help establish a dialogue … with students and the neighborhood and I think the ANC is where that can happen. My final point is to encourage engagement. I think [that it’s] extremely important for students to get involved in neighborhood affairs. I knew what the ANC was, but I never was engaged. … I never knew how to get involved, or that it was important to get involved. … It’s really easy for the student voice to get lost when the only voice[s] that [show] up at meetings [are those of] disgruntled neighbors. The Hoya: What do you think needs to be changed about the way the university and the surrounding neighborhood relate? Prindiville: I think the most important part … is dialogue. We need bona fide efforts to sit down at the table and talk these things out. … With the campus plan, the chair of the ANC and some members from [both] the administration of [the Citizens Association of Georgetown] and [Burleith Citizens Association] de-
cided to sit down for a number of talks about the campus plan. But it was the administration and the neighborhood, no students. Legally, we are given representation on this commission. My role in that is going to be [to] foster communication between the students, administration and the neighbors. The Hoya: Is there anything you would change about the ANC as an institution? Prindiville: I think we’re already seeing change. This is the first year [that] we’ll actually have two student representatives and I think that’s an important improvement. … It gives the students representation on par with the neighbors, which is what they deserve as residents of the neighborhood. … The institutional culture really can change. … I think this “us versus them” mentality is unhealthy. The Hoya: Do you have any plans for getting students out to vote? Prindiville: I was in Red Square [Wednesday] registering voters. Right now, my major hurdle is getting my petition signed and verified, and to do that I need 25 registered voters. … Once I’m eligible, I’ll push hard to register voters and get them out to vote. … There’s usually low voter turnout and I want to change that. … I think that [low voter turnout] gives us a lack of legitimacy in a sense. The Hoya: How can your representation on the ANC be used as a source of student empowerment? Prindiville: I plan on using Twitter and Facebook and most likely an email newsletter to let students know when meetings are coming up … [and] what the issues … on the agenda [are]. As more students go to … meeting[s], they’ll begin to realize they have a say in what affects them. The Hoya: Your term would start in November and end two years later, by which point you will have graduated. How will you make that work? Prindiville: I think right now I’m prepared to complete the term. I obviously can’t look into the future and see what my life will be in a year and a half, but I’m thinking seriously about doing a five-year grad program here.
Ryan Defends Budget Plan, Critized for Cuts to Welfare Emma Hinchliffe Hoya Staff Writer
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) came under fire from both students and faculty during a speech on his “Path to Prosperity” budget plan in Gaston Hall Thursday. Organized by the Georgetown Public Policy Institute, the speech was part of the annual Whittington Lecture, a series created to honor Leslie Whittington, a former dean of public studies in the Georgetown Public Policy Institute, who died in the 9/11 attacks. In his speech, Ryan criticized the Obama administration for its spending increases and spoke about the severe consequences a large deficit could have on the nation’s economic future. “The hallmarks of the president’s government-centered agenda are that policy after policy takes from hardworking Americans and gives to … special interests,” Ryan said. Ryan’s plan aims to reduce the national deficit to below 3 percent of gross domestic product by 2015. Additionally, he said he would reduce the size of government to 20 percent of the overall economy by the same year. To these ends, the Ryan plan reduces future funding to welfare programs, including Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps and Pell Grants. Midway through Ryan’s speech, a group of students from Georgetown Occupy unfurled a banner over the Gaston Hall balcony that read “Stop the War on the Poor.” Georgetown Occupy member Cole Stangler (SFS ’13) criticized Ryan’s cuts to welfare. “Paul Ryan’s entire budget is class warfare in service of the 1 percent,” Stangler said. “He’s doing [their] dirty work.” But Ryan, who frequently uses his Catholic faith to support his budget plan, said that it is Obama who has promoted class warfare through rhetoric about tax cuts and expressed hope that a new administration could solve the
deficit problem. “Only with the right leadership in place can we move forward with the idea of leaving our children with a stronger nation than the one our parents left us,” Ryan said. After the lecture ended, the Georgetown Occupy members joined protesters from Catholics United, a nonprofit organization that promotes social justice found in Catholic teaching. “As Catholics, we care about the less fortunate. We’re here to say, Paul Ryan does not speak for us,” Executive Director James Salt said. Before Ryan’s arrival on campus, Fr. Thomas Reese, S.J., senior research fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center, crafted a letter challenging Ryan’s interpretation of Catholicism. The letter was signed by 90 faculty members across a variety of departments. “Ryan has been talking so much about how Catholic social teaching inspired him and influenced the drawing up of his draconian budget,” Reese said. “I felt it was imperative that we respond and challenge him because we think he is totally misrepresenting and misusing Catholic social teaching.” The letter confirmed Catholic social teaching’s commitment to helping the very poor and criticized Ryan for embodying the philosophical views of Ayn Rand rather than Catholicism. “I think a lot of people don’t realize how far left a lot of the Catholic teachings of social and economic justice are,” Karen Stohr, a philosophy professor who signed the letter, said. Reese clarified that the signatories do not object to Ryan’s presence on campus — only his budget plan. “We welcome him to campus because it provides an opportunity to talk about Catholic social teaching and how moral and religious values should influence political decisions,” Reese said. “I think it’s a great opportunity to have a conversation, dialogue, even an argument on campus about moral values and politics.”
Hoya Staff Writer
The university’s revised plan for the Athletic Training Facility was unanimously approved by the D.C. Zoning Commission last night, more than five years after the initial plans for the building were approved. The architectural plan was met with concern by the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts and the Old Georgetown Board, both of which are responsible for judging the structural aesthetics and design quality of construction in Georgetown. The modified plan was developed with the aid of USCFA and OGB and is 40,000 square feet smaller than the original architectural scheme presented to both organizations last fall. The current design has a stacked two- and four-story style that leaves room on the lower section of the building for a green roof. According to architect William Gridley, the university is aiming for a LEED gold certification and also seeks to create a water collection system
on the roof of the taller portion of the ATF. At the hearing, university officials stressed the need for Georgetown to upgrade its athletic facilities to attract prospective student athletes. “This is not a want or a luxury. This is a necessity,” Athletic Director Lee Reed said at the hearing. “It is about delivering on a promise to all students and about investing in athletics for years to come.” Men’s basketball Head Coach John Thompson III also testified that the quality of the university’s current facilities does not reflect the competitiveness of Georgetown’s athletics. “We traditionally and currently have been at the top of the Big East,” Thompson said. “But our facilities are at the bottom.” The commission was receptive to the university’s concerns. “Something has to be done,” Zoning Commission Chairman Anthony Hood said. “We have to get into the 21st century at some point.” Despite concerns about the displacement of the tennis
GUCD Dominates GUSA Staff Annie Chen
Hoya Staff Writer
The progressive platform of GUSA President Clara Gustafson (SFS ’13) and Vice President Vail Kohnert-Yount (SFS ’13) aligned with the ideals of many Georgetown University College Democrats members this past campaign season, a factor that played a role in recent executive staff appointments. Seven of the 14 Georgetown University Student Association’s executive staff members were at one point active members of GUCD, and six held leadership positions in the organization. Kohnert-Yount was also the group’s previous president. The GUSA executive branch is divided into staff and cabinet members. Applicants for cabinet positions were drawn from the entire student body and approved by the GUSA senate in March, while all staff members were directly appointed by Gustafson and Kohnert-Yount. According to GUSA Chief of Staff Jake Sticka (COL ’13), former vice president of GUCD, it is common for GUSA executives to choose staff members from among their personal acquaintances. “You know certain people on campus, and when selecting a staff … you’re going to go based on some of the people you know already,” Sticka said. Kohnert-Yount agreed with Sticka’s comment, acknowledging that staff selection was based on the executives’ existing knowledge of applicants. “We built our staff based on people that we knew were capable,” Kohnert-Yount said. According to Sticka, the themes of the campaign were compatible with the values of many Democrats, and the number of GUCD members on
the staff reflects enthusiasm for that platform. “I think it’s fair to say a lot of the platform initiatives that we outlined during the campaign are those that are in line with some things that Democrats might agree with,” Sticka said. “And that’s the campaign that we ran, and that’s the campaign that won the election and that’s how we’re going to govern.” But Sticka emphasized that applicants’ political ideologies were not factored into the appointment process. “Trying to suggest that people in our cabinet and staff are some how screened for partisanship isn’t reflected in the reality of who’s been selected,” he said. Several executive staff members indicated that the number of members from GUCD — half of the staff — accurately reflects the population of the student body that participates in the club. According to Director of Communications and GUCD member Michael Madoff (SFS ’13), membership on GUCD’s listserv currently hovers around 2,700 students, more than 35 percent of the undergraduate population. “It’s important to remember that College Dems is the biggest organization on campus,” Madoff said. Gustafson and KohnertYount’s GUSA platform also drew wide support from GUCD members during the campaign. “I thought their platform was really great in terms of recognizing that LGBTQ students have certain needs at Georgetown that aren’t being met,” Deputy Chief of Staff and College Democrats member Lisa Frank (COL ’13) said. “I had this perception that [GUSA] was [a] very white male
DPS BLOTTER Friday, April 20, 2012
possession of a fake driver’s license.
Public Urination, 33rd and Prospect Streets, 1:59 a.m. A Metropolitan Police Department officer observed a male suspect urinating in public view. The case was closed with an arrest.
Theft, Lauinger Library, 1:39 p.m. A student reported the theft of a cellular phone.
Drug Violation, Poulton Hall, 11:30 p.m. A Department of Public Safety officer found a group of suspects smoking marijuana in the area of Hoya Kids Learning Center.
Public Urination, 36th and N Streets, 2:10 a.m. A DPS officer observed a male suspect urinating in public view.
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Drug Violation, Henle Village, 12:32 a.m. DPS officers and university staff received complaint of a suspicious odor at the listed locaiton and recovered drug paraphernalia from the suspects.
Drug Violation, LXR Hall, 9:09 p.m. A DPS officer reported finding a small quantity of a weed substance that tested positive for THC.
ID Card Violation, 1300 Block of 36th Street, 2:47 a.m. A DPS officer reported finding a suspect in
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courts beside McDonough Arena, Commissioner Peter May asked that the university be given flexibility to modify its plan so it would not have to attend another zoning hearing. Although the university will continue to consult with USCFA and OGB to modify the architectural design, the approval of the Zoning Commission represents a milestone in the plans for the ATF. “We’re very appreciative to have their support,” university spokeswoman Stacy Kerr said. “Our student athletes spoke very clearly for the need for facilities. We are excited to have the ability to move forward with this project.” Though the Old Georgetown Board initially approved designs for the facility in 2006, construction plans ground to a halt in 2008 due to the economic downturn. The plans had to be reconsidered because the time period initially set for construction had expired when the university resumed its major development projects in 2009.
insiders club — definitely not the kind of organization I saw myself being in,” Frank said. “But I was really excited to knock on doors in the [Southwest] Quad to talk about what it meant for me to have two progressive candidates running.” In fact, the administration’s staff selections featured four women in addition to the two female executives. The previous GUSA administration included only one female staff member. Director of SAFE Reform Implementation Colton Malkerson (COL ’13), who ran against Gustafson in the presidential election, pointed out that it was not surprising to see GUCD members on the executive staff. “I don’t think it’s unexpected to see some of the staff comprised either of former or current members of the College Dems,” Malkerson said. “I don’t think their campaign was presented as though they weren’t going to be a slightly more progressive executive.” He also pointed out that political affiliation has little relevance to executive staff roles. “Yes, you could say I’m a conservative voice on the staff. But I personally don’t think my job description and why I’m on the staff is to offer some sort of political analysis on the different issues,” Malkerson said. “My job is to implement SAFE reform, and that’s what I’m going to do — nothing more, nothing less.” Co-Director of GUSA Summer Fellowship Stephanie Kuo (MSB ’13) echoed Malkerson’s sentiment. “I think you pick your people based on merits, qualifications and their experiences,” Kuo said. “What really matters is shared passion, shared ideas and shared vision.”
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Hospital Overbilled Medicare Alex Styer
Special to The Hoya
Georgetown University Hospital overbilled Medicare by over $659,000 between 2009 and 2010, according to a recent audit released April 9 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General. The audit reviewed 265 inpatient and outpatient claims and found that only 131 of the claims complied with Medicare billing requirements. While the hospital has acknowledged that the remaining 134 claims were incorrectly filed, it is currently disputing the amounts of some of those charges. The hospital has confirmed $24,718 of the overcharges as billing errors but is currently disputing and reviewing claims pertaining to the remaining $634,653. “We continue to work closely with OIG to determine a final resolution to this issue,” Marianne Worley, director of media relations for Georgetown University Hospital, wrote in an email. The hospital’s Medicare contractor had previously flagged the 265 claims as at-risk for incorrect filing. The OIG conducts be-
tween 250 and 300 hospital audits each year after being notified of such at-risk claims and frequently finds evidence of overbilling. “This is extremely typical, extremely routine,” OIG spokesman Donald White said. “This is just an audit. There is no suggestion of any willful wrongdoing or criminal activity.” White added that the volume of overcharges is unsurprising. “The hospital will continue to provide documentation, coding and compliance education to coding and billing staff, attending physicians and residents on an ongoing basis,” Paul Warda, vice president for finance and chief financial officer of Georgetown University Hospital, wrote in an official response to the audit. The executive summary of the official audit attributes the errors to a poor understanding of Medicare billing procedures and a lack of adequate controls to prevent the inaccurate filing of claims, an issue the hospital plans to address. “The hospital will continue to monitor and audit internal controls and remediate any identified errors,” Warda wrote. ERICA WONG/THE HOYA
Albright Receives Top Honor Matthew Strauss Hoya Staff Writer
Madeleine Albright, former U.S. secretary of state and a Georgetown professor, will be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom later this spring. The award is the highest honor an American civilian can receive. Albright served from 1997 to 2001 under President Bill Clinton as the first female secretary of state. A White House press release applauded Albright for her role in expanding the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, fighting terrorism and ethnic cleansing in the Balkans and working to contain the spread of nuclear weapons. One of her former students, John Tass-Parker (SFS ’13), described Albright as the ideal recipient of the award, which recognizes contributions to the interests of the United States or other significant endeavors.
“She is an incredible individual and embodies the spirit of the United States and what it stands for. She is the ultimate recipient for it,” Tass-Parker said. According to Dane Shikman (SFS ’13), who is a student in Albright’s “America’s National Security Toolbox” class, her experience makes Albright an effective professor. “It is one of those classes that at the end of four years will make my Georgetown experience unique. It makes you feel proud of what you did here at Georgetown,” Shikman said. Carol Lancaster, dean of the School of Foreign Service, echoed student praise of the former secretary, who is now the Mortara distinguished professor of diplomacy at Georgetown. Lancaster wrote in an email that the award will serve to recognize Albright’s impressive service as a U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, sec-
retary of state and in other government positions. “We are also very pleased and grateful that our students can learn from professor Albright and her wide-ranging experiences in foreign policy,” she wrote. Speaking about all of this year’s recipients, President Barack Obama said he looked forward to recognizing their achievements. “[The recipients] have challenged us, they’ve inspired us and they’ve made the world a better place,” he said. Albright is one of two Georgetown professors who will receive the award this year. World War II Polish resistance fighter and former Georgetown professor Jan Karski (GRD ‘52) will receive the medal posthumously. Hoya Staff Writer Margaret Viator contributed to this report.
Although Capital Bikeshare has not turned profits since its inception, in keeping with trends for bike-share initiatives nationwide, city officials are pleased with the program.
Wheels Turn, but Not Profits Lily Westergaard Hoya Staff Writer
Though Capital Bikeshare failed to turn a profit last year, the deficit is unlikely to affect the service’s ability to operate. Since its launch in September 2010, Capital Bikeshare has lost about $7 million on operating costs. According to an article in The Chicago Tribune, bikesharing programs across the country are unprofitable largely because they have to foot the bill for the redistribution of bicycles from areas of high to low traffic. Docking stations and bicycles are funded by the federal government. But David Cranor, a chief blogger on WashCycle, a selfproclaimed “cycling advocacy” blog based in D.C., argued that profitability is not the point of bike-share programs.
“Bikeshare could turn a profit by raising their prices a little or providing less service,” he said. “But that isn’t the goal. It’s run by the transportation departments and the goal is to transport people. … It’s a governmentrun entity and so the goal is not to raise money. No more so than libraries or police departments.” John Lisle, a spokesman for the District Department of Transportation, agreed. “Transit systems typically are subsidized for riders,” he said. “What people pay for on Metro, bus or train rides [does] not cover … the cost of providing that ride. We should look at Bikeshare the same way, as just another means of public transportation.” Cranor added that bike-share programs bring other benefits in addition to being an alternative means of transportation.
“There are people using Capital Bikeshare who haven’t been on a bike in years. Studies show that people report using [public] transit more after using Capital Bikeshare than before. All of this brings less pollution, less congestion, greater mobility [and] health benefits,” Cranor said. “In addition, it positions D.C. as a city on the cutting edge.” Lisle said that while he considers Bikeshare’s revenues to be sound, he hopes the operation will someday break even. “If you look at our operating expenses, we’re actually doing really well in terms of the revenue. The system is very successful and we’re very satisfied with the revenue it’s bringing,” he said. “Obviously, we’d like the system to pay for itself, and we’re hopeful that that will happen.”
GU to Utilize Grace Period CONTRACEPTIVES, from A1 In contrast, Kieran Raval (COL ’13), who signed a letter asking the university to clarify its position earlier this month, was pleased with the announcement. “I think it was important for President DeGioia to come out and say specifically, first of all, what the university health policy is, that it does cover [contraception] for therapeutic purposes,” he said. “I think it’s wise of him and the university to take the time and space that they’ve been granted to review how the regulation will affect Georgetown as
a Catholic and Jesuit university.” In response to DeGioia’s announcement, Georgetown Law Students for Reproductive Justice issued a letter of its own. The group expressed concern with DeGioia’s decision and the fact that he did not meet with LSRJ. “We believe President DeGioia’s decision is an affront to the health concerns of the Georgetown student body. … It is disrespectful that President DeGioia, as the head of our university community, did not at least meet with students who have expressed legitimate and important concerns,” the letter read.
Sandra Fluke (LAW ’12), the former co-president of LSRJ and a subject of focus in the contraception debate since she testified before the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee in February, expressed her concern that this most recent decision might affect alumni donations. Fluke said that she would bear this announcement in mind when she is contacted to donate to the university. “I’ll remember that in addition to how it felt the first time my friend told me that she was losing her ovary as a result of this policy,” she said.
Hilltop Grads Flock to Hill Lily Westergaard Hoya Staff Writer
For Lori Rowley (SFS ’83), who worked as a congressional intern during her university years, the move to working as a Capitol Hill staffer after graduation was a logical one. “The Congressman and his staff already knew me and my work product as their intern. The transition was pretty easy,” she said. Ex-Hoyas have long been a formidable presence on the Hill. Thirteen members of the House of Representatives and seven members of the U.S. Senate are Georgetown graduates. But in addition to these public figures, graduates can be found working behind the scenes in almost every government office building. According to the university’s Office of Federal Relations, 17 Georgetown alumni serve as officials for the administration of President Barack Obama alone. Rowley began interning on Capitol Hill soon after graduating and credits her Georgetown education with helping to launch her career. “The academic experience prepared me so well [that] I passed the [Foreign Service Officer Test] the first time I took it,”
Rowley said. Sean Foertsch (SCS ’05), an assistant working in the Department of Veterans Affairs, recalled the fiercely competitive nature of applying for a job on Capitol Hill. “I can remember being so excited about getting a call from a chief of staff to come in and interview, but then my excitement quickly faded as I learned that the interview pool was quite large. But I got the job,” he said. He said the strong presence of Georgetown alumni creates a sense of solidarity and community on the Hill. “Getting a degree from Georgetown … is an introduction into a community that becomes part of your life,” Foertsch said. “Our school is a special place, and it is not hard to see how it binds us to each other.” Scott Fleming, Georgetown’s associate vice president for federal relations, said that having so many alumni in the federal government can be beneficial to Georgetown students in a variety of ways, such as when students have trouble with work visas. “We interact a lot with Capitol Hill,” Fleming said. “We do not receive preferential treatment, but sometimes doors can
be opened and direction given.” Foertsch, for one, has mentored Georgetown students seeking employment in the government and values the new connections he has formed with Hoya alumni on the Hill. “I have both hired Hoyas and worked with them,” he said. “It is always a nice thing to see a Georgetown degree listed on a resume.” Jonathan Ossoff (SFS ’09), a senior assistant to Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.), maintains regular contact with the federal relations team and has returned to campus to appear on career panels. He considers a Georgetown education good preparation for a job on the Hill. “Many of the challenges that we’re dealing with I studied from a theoretical perspective in school,” he said. “That training has helped me understand the implications of policy we debate up here.” Ossoff described his job, which includes finding staff for Johnson and writing legislation for the Department of Defense, as demanding yet rewarding. “It sometimes requires you to make difficult policy decisions that impact people’s lives with imperfect information and little time,” he said. “It can be frustrating [but] … it’s often thrilling.”
Young Alumnus Dies Sarah Patrick Hoya Staff Writer
Recent Georgetown alumnus Florian Lorenz (MSB ’10) died earlier this week due to complications from a chronic heart condition. An international student from Switzerland, Lorenz left his mark on Georgetown, working in both the McDonough School of Business Technology Center and the Office of International Programs and serving as the president of Georgetown UNICEF during his senior year. Describing her brother, Christina Lorenz (MSB ’12) said, “He was always in a good mood, he always helped everyone who asked him and he was always very rational. … When I
needed help, he told me not to worry and comforted me,” Because of his heart condition, Florian knew there was a possibility that he could die at any time, but, according to his sister, he never lost his optimism. “He wanted to live life like a normal person,” Christina said. Florian’s best friend at Georgetown, Brata Yudha (MSB ’10), said that his friendship with Florian blossomed during the first day of International Students Pre-Orientation. “He was the first person I met,” Yudha said. A memorial service was held in Florian’s honor in Copley Crypt Chapel Thursday.
SAO Lauds Policy Change PROOF, from A1 Pickens was one of three students on the DRC, which also included former Georgetown University Student Association President Mike Meaney (SFS ’12) and graduate representative Fitz Lufkin (COL ’11). The remaining members include student affairs administrators and university faculty. The final decision now rests in Olson’s hands. “He ultimately has the final say about whether he will accept our recommendation, send it back to the committee for review or reject it. All three have happened in the past,” Pickens said. “We hope that he would look upon the
recommendation of the committee favorably since we spent three meetings on [the issue],” Lufkin added. Representatives of GUSA’s Student Advocacy Office, which was founded in the spring of 2011 to advocate students’ rights in the university disciplinary process, praised the higher standard of evidence. “This is a really significant benchmark, simply for the fact that we haven’t really had any kind of long term, macro-level accomplishments as an office,” said SAO co-director Sam Schneider (COL ’13), also a member of The Hoya’s Board of Directors. “Student code of conduct reform … [is] something that the office is very dedicated to.”
GU Relay Fundraising Lags RELAY, from A1 In previous years, Georgetown’s fundraising efforts were comparable to those of much larger schools, including Virginia Tech and the University of Georgia. But recently, Georgetown’s ability to compete has stagnated. Virginia Tech raised $570,695 this year, while the University of Georgia’s relay raised $276,442. “It is simply difficult for a school of just 6,000 students to compete with schools of 25,000,” Muldoon said. Rachel Carrig (COL ’13), the top individual fundraiser for Georgetown’s relay and captain of the Hoya Blue team, expressed frustration with the fundraising process and said that her success was partially due to her contacts from previous years. Kendall Sarson (COL ’15), whose team raised over $1,400, said that she found it difficult to get people to donate.
“I think that part of the problem is that people don’t know where the money goes,” Sarson said. According to Wise, the event committee aims to have a stronger presence on campus next fall, with a kickoff event planned for either October or November. The group will also take greater advantage of social media in its marketing strategies. “One of the things that we saw that was successful [was] the sharing and liking of photos through social media, particularly Facebook,” Wise said. New event Co-Chairs Emily Moffat (COL ’13), Dan Silkman (COL ’15) and Molly Paris (SFS ’13) were announced Thursday evening. “This year was kind of a rebuilding year. Sometimes, when you focus on that, you lose a little bit of the numbers,” Moffat said.
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For Grammy-Winning Prof, Country Roads Led to GU Meghan Patzer
Hoya Staff Writer
Music professor and two-time Grammy Award winner Bill Danoff (FLL ’68) continues to excel in his career as a songwriter after six years of teaching courses in the department of performing arts at Georgetown. Growing up in Springfield, Mass., Danoff’s musical interests sprouted when he started to play guitar at nine years old. He began writing his own music at age thirteen, but his musical career was truly inspired during his time at Georgetown in the mid1960s, when he studied Chinese at the Institute of Languages and Linguistics. “My years at Georgetown were very turbulent ones,” Danoff said. “The war in Vietnam was escalating, and demonstrations were growing. An entire counterculture, fueled by rock and roll and a sense of self-empowerment, was taking place among many young people here.” Danoff discovered rock and roll at Cellar Door, a music club on M Street that closed in 1981. Cellar Door was a premier spot on the D.C. music scene throughout the 1960s, featuring performances from Jimmy Buffett, Miles Davis, James Taylor, Neil Young and Danoff himself. “I worked there first as a doorman and then as a lights and sound man. I got to see, know and learn from some of the greatest artists of that time,” he said of the club. While working at the Cellar Door in 1966, Danoff met John Denver, then the lead singer for a folk group called the Mitchell Trio. Neither man knew that the ensuing partnership would project both into fame. After graduation, Danoff granted himself two years to
attempt to launch a musical career, and put together an act called Fat City that played at local clubs and various peace demonstrations. Approaching the end of his two-year goal, Danoff’s band landed a deal with ABC Probe Records and subsequently recorded an album. It was around this time that Denver learned of Danoff’s songwriting talents. He heard Fat City sing “I Guess He’d Rather Be in Colorado” at a club on M Street and asked the group if he could record a cover of the song. Danoff obliged. “It was the first of our songs recorded by someone else, and it led to us being booked at the Cellar Door together, Fat City opening and John Denver the headliner. We had mostly soldout shows and it was during that week that John came back to our apartment after hours and we showed him ‘Take Me Home, Country Roads,’” Danoff said. Denver immediately loved the song and rushed to New York to record it. “Ironically, I had never even been to West Virginia when I wrote the opening lyric,” he said. The song peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1971. Danoff remained part of Fat City until 1976, when the duo added Jon Carroll and Margot Chapman to form the Starland Vocal Band, which quickly gained national fame with its song “Afternoon Delight.” “I got the title from a table tent in Clyde’s promoting its afternoon snacks,” Danoff said. The song eventually garnered the band five Grammy nominations and two awards. Danoff also sang the song for classmate and former President Bill Clinton at the White House
for the Class of 1968’s 25th reunion in 1993. One of the first Georgetown Entertainment and Media Alliance Rocks shows, which feature notable university alumni, inspired Danoff to consider a permanent return to Georgetown. “At the show I met Anna Celenza, who was heading up the Program of Performing Arts at Georgetown. She asked if I ever thought about doing what I do in a classroom,” he said. After mulling the possibility, Danoff accepted a lecture position at the university. “He is an incredibly thoughtful and caring professor who, despite his fame and talent as a songwriter, is incredibly humble and generous with his time,” Celenza said. “When I was department chair, there were at least three occasions when students dropped by my office to say ‘Thanks for hiring Bill Danoff!’ … It was nice to know that he was connecting with students in such a meaningful way.” Anthony DelDonna, chair of the music program, echoed Celenza. “Student feedback has been warm and highly enthusiastic,” he said. “Students praise his friendly and encouraging personality and first-hand knowledge of the music business.” Danoff will highlight the upcoming GEMA Rocks show on May 4th and 5th and will then travel to Aspen, Colo. in October to perform at the 15th Annual John Denver Tribute Concert. “As for writing, I’m going over old sound files and lyrics looking for things I like that I never got around to finishing. So there’s probably an album in there waiting to be done,” he said.
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TOP OF THE KEY
10. UCLA — Yes, the Bruins underachieved in this season. But now Ben Howland — who can definitely coach — has his back against the wall. With the addition of future diaper dandies Shabazz Muhammad, Kyle Anderson and Tony Parker, Howland should have UCLA in shape to win the Pac-12 and be a major threat in the NCAA tournament. 9. Michigan State — This won’t be the same team without Draymond Green, but the Spartans will still contend in a Big Ten that will easily be the country’s best conference. Tom Izzo is consistently ready in March and a top-10 recruiting class will keep Michigan State in the hunt in a very tough league.
5. Ohio State — Jared Sullinger is gone, which surely knocks Ohio State down a peg. But it’s a mistake to write off the Buckeyes just because of that. The 2012 tournament showed that this team is a lot more than Sullinger, and with Deshaun Thomas staying, Thad Matta should have himself another contender, both in the Big Ten and in the national picture. 4. Michigan — John Beilein led his team to a 24-10 finish this year, and the future looks even brighter in a Big Ten that is every bit as stacked again this season. Point guard Trey Burke’s decision to stick around in Ann Arbor for his sophomore season, coupled with a strong recruiting class, means this year’s iteration of the Wolverines will do even better than last year’s.
It’s hard to see Kentucky not winning the title.
8. North Carolina State — Not since Jimmy V ran around the floor after winning the national title have the prospects for the Wolfpack seemed so bright. Just as Burke’s return helps Michigan, C.J. Leslie — as Georgetown fans know — is set to be a tremendous asset for State. Plus, Mark Gottfried has brought in several stellar recruits to help add to the hype in Raleigh. 7. Florida — The defection of Bradley Beal to the NBA certainly hurts the Gators, but they were a top-five team last season that just caught a bad matchup against Louisville in the Elite Eight. Look for Florida to get more production from its returning players, notably Kenny Boynton, and to be once again the only real competition for Kentucky in the SEC. 6. Kansas — The Jayhawks were rocked by Kentucky in the national championship and then watched as Thomas Robinson and Tyshawn Taylor departed the program. But with Jeff Withey coming back to Lawrence alongside one of Bill Self’s best groups of recruits, it would be surprising if Kansas doesn’t win the Big 12.
Kentucky Looks Best Early A fter the melodrama — complete with tragic ending — that was Nerlens Noel’s recruitment, I’ve been trying to put next year’s basketball season (and Kentucky’s continuing dominance) out of my mind. And while my beloved home state briefly adjourns from basketball for the few weeks each year surrounding the Kentucky Derby, it’s never too early to start making predictions about hoops and hardwood. So, without further ado, here is my preseason top 10:
3. Indiana — The Hoosiers are finally back where they belong after a long interlude following the firing of Robert Montgomery Knight. Cody Zeller is one of the nation’s best big men and Tom Crean’s squad hardly loses anyone. Throw in a solid freshman class, and Indiana should head to Atlanta.
2. Louisville — Rick Pitino’s squad overachieved to reach the Final Four in 2012, but next year’s team shouldn’t be a surprise. If guards Peyton Siva and Russ Smith — as well as center Gorgui Dieng — mature, the Cardinals will be a tough matchup for anyone they face. 1. Kentucky — The Wildcats, sadly, are the defending national champions. Even worse, they picked up Nerlens Noel to give John Calipari another top recruiting class. It’s hard to see Kentucky not winning the title, but then again, Calipari deserves one season where all the one-and-dones don’t make a cohesive unit. All told, I don’t think Kentucky’s likely to be dethroned, especially because the tournament is being held in Atlanta, so close to Lexington that the Wildcat faithful wistfully calls it “Catlanta.” But even with that advantage, it’s possible — even likely — that one of the others will have “One Shining Moment” when the nets get cut down. We’ll have our answer in 339 days.
Evan Hollander is a sophomore in the School of Foreign Service and deputy sports editor of The Hoya. This is the last appearance of TOP OF THE KEY for this year.
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Redshirt junior infielder Mike Garza is the team’s leading slugger and his 60 hits are the most on the team this season. Garza also leads the team with 29 RBI and five home runs.
Hoyas Half-Game Behind In Big East Tourney Chase PATRIOTS, from A12 the plate but could not capitalize. The Hoyas found themselves in the same situation in the bottom of the ninth but again left men on base, sealing the defeat. With a difficult weekend conference series at Pittsburgh (19-20, 4-11 Big East) on the horizon, the Hoyas have picked a bad time to drop their last few games.
They currently sit ninth in the Big East standings, with only half a game separating the Blue and Gray from its first conference tournament appearance in 25 years. But if the Hoyas intend to make their postseason tournament dream a reality, they will first have to get through a very tough Pittsburgh team. “On paper, [Pittsburgh is] having a down year, but the
game isn’t played on paper and I know they’re a good team that’s trying to gain some momentum,” Wilk said. “They’re probably looking at us as their chance to get back into the Big East playoff picture, so it promises to be a dog fight.” First pitch for the first of two games in Pittsburgh is slated for 1 p.m. Saturday, while Sunday’s game will also start at 1 p.m.
Hoyas Swept in Senior Day Series Against ’Nova Rachael Augostini Hoya Staff Writer
After honoring its two seniors on Senior Day, the Georgetown softball team (19-29, 3-12 Big East) looked to send them off with a triumph against Villanova (30-20, 4-12 Big East) Wednesday. The Hoyas hosted the Wildcats in their final home series of the year but ended up dropping both games of the doubleheader. After the Blue and Gray honored senior pitcher Mackensey Carter and senior outfielder Cara Savarese for their four years of service to the program, the Wildcats got on the board first with an unearned run in the third inning. With two outs in the inning, Villanova junior first baseman Valerie Ortega singled and then scored when the next batter reached and advanced on a Georgetown error. The Hoyas did not take long to respond, however. In the bottom of the inning, the Hoyas tied the game on two singles from junior first baseman Jordan Hansen and sophomore left fielder Taylor Koenig. But Georgetown’s bats fell silent for the rest of the game, failing to produce any more hits. Villanova, on the other hand, thrived, totaling 11 hits in the game. Despite their strong offensive performance, the Wildcats could not add the winning run until the sixth, when they plated three more runners for the 4-1 victory. The Hoyas come up short again in game two of the doubleheader, although that game proved to be much more competitive.
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Freshman pitcher Lauren O’Leary started for Georgetown, but it turned into one of her worst outings of the season. Although she gave up 13 hits, her teammates kept the Hoyas in the game on offense. In fact, Georgetown’s bats had eight hits in the second game. Still, the Wildcats put the Hoyas in a hole early when they took a lead in the second inning. Georgetown responded with one run in the third but Villanova answered right back with one run each in the fourth and fifth innings to take a three run lead. The Hoyas staged a comeback in the sixth, putting them back in the hunt for the win. With two outs and runners on first and second, a passed ball advanced them to second and third, and a single up the middle from sophomore pinch hitter Samantha Findling scored both runners. But despite the valiant effort, Georgetown didn’t get the extra run it needed to tie the game and dropped yet another one-run game. The Hoyas will complete their season this weekend with a road trip to Louisville (44-2, 13-2 Big East). The Cardinals are currently ranked tenth in the nation, having lost only two games this season and none at home. It will be extremely difficult for Georgetown to present much of a challenge to Louisville’s powerful offense and strong pitching. If the Hoyas were to eke out a win, it would be a huge upset. Georgetown will kick off its final series tomorrow with a doubleheader. The first game is set to start at 2 p.m in Louisville, Ky.
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Terri Williams-Flournoy took the Hoyas to the Sweet 16 in the 2010-2011 season.
Coach Put Georgetown on College Basketball Map COACH, from A12
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Senior midfielder Erin Lovett kicked off scoring in both halves against Maryland.
GU Faces Off With Rutgers For Last Tourney Spot TERRAPINS, from A12 that we could beat them and [that] we had the opportunities there for us,” Lovett said. While disappointed in the loss, Fried also recognized that his team came out of the locker room well in the second period. “[In the] second half, I thought we responded really well,” Fried said. “They played the same players, we played the same players pretty much, and we just played a little bit more aggressively [and] had a higher sense of urgency.” Other than serving as some good experience against a top opponent, the game was fairly insignificant for the Blue and Gray, Fried said. The NCAA tournament is still on the table for Georgetown, but only if they win the Big East championship, for which they still need to qualify. That is why Saturday’s game against the Scarlet Knights (9-6, 4-3 Big East) is so critical for the Hoyas. The two teams will compete for the fourth and final seed in the conference tournament semifinals. The game should be fairly evenly matched, especially because the personnel for both teams seems similar. “[Rutgers is] midfield-oriented, similar to us,” Fried said. “They’re athletic, they have some good
size, good speed. I think we probably have a little bit more depth […] in the midfield, and I think our defense is a little bit more athletic than theirs.” One major area that really hurt Georgetown in its loss to Maryland was draw controls. The Terrapins dominated in the circle, snagging 23 of 31 draws en route to a huge possession advantage that limited the Hoyas’ offensive opportunities. If it is to beat Rutgers on Saturday, Georgetown must improve there. But to Fried, the game won’t come down to talent or the x’s and o’s. Instead, it is going to come down to which team wants the win more. “Honestly, I think it’s all mental; [it’s a question of] who’s going to show up and who’s going to be engaged the whole time,” Fried said. “And I think if we do that, we’ll be fine. If we don’t, it’s going to be a dogfight, and Rutgers is coming in here trying to get the same thing we are.” With the championship berth on the line, this game is what these players have been waiting for all season: the winner moves on, the loser is gone. “It’s the biggest game of our season. Whoever wins the game is going to the Big East Tournament, so it’s a [must-win],” said Lovett. The opening draw is slated for 1 p.m. Saturday at MultiSport Facility.
END OF AN ERA The pieces were all in place for Williams-Flournoy to achieve just that in 2011-12. The seven recruits who had started the revolution were seniors, Rodgers had another year of experience under her belt and Big East powerhouse Connecticut looked mortal for the first time in years. The Hoyas were ranked in the national top 10 by most media outlets, and expectations on the Hilltop were running high. And, as it happened, 201112 was by no means a bad season. Georgetown beat 11 teams in a row to close out the 2011 calendar year, finished 23-9 overall and earned a double-bye in the Big East tournament. Rodgers led the Big East in scoring and the Blue and Gray defense gave each of their opponents fits. But in the season’s most crucial moments, the Hoyas’ stout defense still could not make up for the severe dearth of offensive firepower beyond Rodgers. West Virginia, for example, held Georgetown to a paltry 32 points in the first round of the Big East tournament. The Hoyas earned a No. 5 seed in the NCAA tournament and beat Fresno State handily before falling flat against Georgia Tech in the Round of 32. Just like that, the illustrious careers of Tia Magee, Rubylee Wright and the five other members of the Class of 2012 came to an unceremonious end. “They gave everything they had to this program,” Williams-Flournoy said of her seniors. “They know what they’ve done for this program, and that will never be touched by any other group that comes in here, because they put Georgetown on the map.” Then, suddenly, on April 2, Williams-Flournoy was introduced as Auburn’s new head coach. AFTERMATH Williams-Flournoy’s decision to leave for Auburn was understandable. The Tigers compete in the SEC — historically, the most competitive wom-
en’s basketball conference in the country — and have made the NCAA tournament 16 times, including three championship game appearances. But despite its rich history, Auburn has fallen on hard times of late: The Tigers have missed the cut the last three tournaments, and Fortner resigned following an ugly 13-17 performance in 2011-12. For a coach — especially a muchhyped, relatively young one like Williams-Flournoy — there are few more exciting challenges than restoring a oncegreat program to its former glory. Still, it remains hard to shake the feeling that the newest Auburn coach left behind unfinished business at Georgetown. Yes, the senior core that fueled Williams-Flournoy’s frenetic presses will be gone next season. But Rodgers has one more year, rising sophomore guard Taylor Brown showed flashes of star potential last season and the incoming freshman class features two of the nation’s top 60 recruits. The team will look different, but Williams-Flournoy undoubtedly would have helped make Rodgers’ senior season a year to remember. Unfortunately for the Hoyas, that won’t be the case. The Georgetown athletic department is now faced with the unenviable task of replacing the woman who turned a program around. And unless Georgetown pulls a wild card and successfully lures Geno Auriemma away from Storrs, the new coach will have big shoes to fill. But all hope is not lost. Even if truly replacing Coach Flo may be impossible, the national attention that Williams-Flournoy brought to Georgetown during her tenure should allow the program to attract a high-profile, qualified candidate to take the reins. The Hilltop community may be sad, perhaps even jealous, to see WilliamsFlournoy leave for Auburn. But more than anything else, the program is indebted to her — and to this year’s seniors — for finally instituting a winning culture at McDonough Arena.
2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
AUG. 27, 2004
Georgetown hires WilliamsFlournoy to replace former Head Coach Pat Knapp.
FEB. 28, 2006
A 71-57 loss to USF ends the Hoyas’ 10-17 campaign, the worst season in WilliamsFlournoy’s tenure.
MARCH 26, 2009
The Class of 2012, which would go on to be the most successful ever, arrives on the Hilltop.
GU knocks off Richmond in the third round of the WNIT MARCH to seal its first 15, 2010 20-win season since 1993. The Hoyas make the NCAA tournament for the MARCH first time since 27, 2011 UConn edges 1993. out GU for an AUGUST Elite Eight bid 2011 in the NCAA Williamstournament. Flournoy serves as a APRIL 2, Team USA 2012 assistant Wiilliams- coach in the Flournoy World Univerleaves GU sity Games. to coach at Auburn.
FRIDAY, april 27, 2012
The Bleacher Seats
Matchups: The True Source of the Modern Perfect Game W
hen Randy Johnson threw his perfect game in 2004, my mom came to my room to wake me up so I could witness what she described as an event that only happens every “five years or so.” And she was right, of course: The last perfect game before Johnson’s was David Cone’s in 1999. A perfect game is one of the rarest feats in sports. In fact, the number of pitchers who have thrown them is almost as small as the number of people who have walked on the moon. And as expected, Mark Buehrle threw the next perfect game a full five years later against Tampa Bay — singlehandedly causing me to lose my fantasy baseball matchup that week. Since Buehrle’s achievement, though, the rate of perfect games in baseball has exploded. The following year, Dallas Braden and Roy Halladay each earned a place in the history books, and Armando Galarraga’s near-perfect game almost made the list. In addition to the two perfect games, the 2010 season saw four no-hitters. A relatively quiet 2011 followed with only three no-hitters, and this year, Philip Humber threw baseball’s 21st perfect game on April 21. The rise in perfect games is not necessarily problematic, since they add excitement to the sport, but it is shocking. Since Cy Young threw the first perfect game of the modern era in 1904, there have been four decades without a perfect game. Previously, the most prolific era for this achievement came between 1964 and 1968, when three gems were tossed in five
years. As a comparison, three perfect games were recorded in a 10-month span from July 2009 to May 2010. The rise in perfect games could be attributed to the rise in dominant pitching. Just last year, the American League MVP was a pitcher — something that 23 other pitchers can boast — and was the first award given to a starting pitcher since 1986. But Humber, Braden and the near-perfect Galar-
It’s still impossible to say whether the current trend in perfect games will continue. raga prove that explanation wrong. Of the three, Galarraga hasn’t pitched a major league game since May 2011, Braden’s career record is 2636 and Humber had never even pitched a complete game before achieving perfection. With the exception of Halladay, the most recent group of hurlers to throw a perfect game is more of a motley crew than an all-star team. What, then, is sparking the recent wave of perfect games? The evidence seems to point to good matchups and a pinch of luck. Hum-
ber threw his perfect game against the Mariners, who are currently last in the AL in on-base percentage. Braden’s perfect game, came against a team that ranked 13 out of 14 in the AL in batting average. But Nolan Ryan never threw a perfect game despite being one of the most dominant pitchers in the game, and of the last 50 Cy Young winners, only three have thrown a perfect game — showing that the achievement isn’t necessarily correlated with ability. The statistics above indicate that the recent wave of perfection comes from fortuitous situations, but also important is the emphasis on control in pitching. Last week, Bartolo Colón threw 38 consecutive strikes, and in his perfect game, Humber threw 57 strikes of his 96 pitches. But it’s still impossible to say whether the current trend in perfect games will continue. If history has taught us anything, it is that perfect games are largely a random meeting of the right pitcher on the right day against the right team. While there is skill involved, the event really just comes down to luck. The club of those who have thrown a perfect game is quite small. Going forward, Humber surely hopes to be more like Roy Halladay than Dallas Braden or Armando Galarraga, but this outcome is unlikely. At least for one day, Humber was perfect, something even reigning AL MVP Justin Verlander can’t say. Corey Blaine is a junior in the McDonough School of Business. This is the last appearance of THE BLEACHER SEATS this year.
Georgetown Aims to Qualify Relay Teams in Philadelphia Ashwin Wadekar
and Field and Cross Country Patrick Henner believes that his Hoyas should rise above these distractions. After excelling in individual events over “Athletes have to go out and just focus on the past two weekends, the Georgetown track what they can do,” Henner said. “You can’t let and field team will send its relay teams to competition affect what you want to do [in a Philadelphia this weekend to test their mettle race].” against stiff competition in the prestigious It might seem counterintuitive that the Penn Relays. quality of the competition affects a race of Last week, half the team went West to Wal- individual athletes, but pacing plays a major nut, Calif., for the Mt. SAC Invitational, where role in determining a runner’s performance. the team faced several foes among the best it If the pace of the race is faster than usual for a has seen this year. Some runners, like junior given athlete, he may unconsciously speed up. Rachel Schneider, were able to overcome the Breaking out of the predetermined race plan fast pacing, but others, such as sophomore means the athlete is likely to burn out during Chelsea Cox, fell flat. Still, Director of Track the race and finish with a slower time than he wanted. The Hoyas should expect exactly that sort of situation at the Penn Relays, which always figures to be a grind for the team but is also good preparation for postseason events. This year’s invitational will draw athletes from such schools as Miami, Florida State, Auburn and Arkansas, as well as a host of schools from the mid-Atlantic. The last time the men’s 4x400 meter team ran was at the Colonial Invitational at George Mason on April 14. The squad, consisting of sophomore Hansel Akers, senior Austin Perron and graduate students Toby Ulm and Kevin Wilson, won the event with a time of 3:13.34. The point of regular-season events is not to win, however; it is to qualify for postseason play. The time that the men’s team posted is not good enough to qualify for either the Big East championship or the first round of the national championships, and Henner knows that the team needs to focus to reach its goal of 3:08. “On the men’s side, we need to have [Akers] or Perron do a good job leading off,” Henner said. “We can’t have our best runner, [Wilson], leading off.” The women’s squad also pulled out a victory at the same invitational, as Cox, senior London Finley and juniors Tenille Stoudenmire and Amanda Kimbers earned a close victory with a time of 3:40.34. Henner would also like to see this time come down by at least three or four seconds. “We’ve got to put it all together,” Henner said. Putting together a consistent race has proven to be difficult, but relays are generally where the Blue and Gray excel, and Henner is FILE PHOTO: SARI FRANKEL/THE HOYA confident in his team. Action started in PhilaFreshaman Annamarie Maag was part of the delphia today, but Georgetown is not sched4x800 relay team that won at George Mason. uled to compete until this weekend. Hoya Staff Writer
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Junior Brian Casey has had his best season to date this year and will need a solid performance Saturday if the Hoyas are to secure another winning season.
Hoyas Set To Honor Seniors URICK, from A12 Indeed, Rutgers has three players with goal totals higher than any Georgetown player, including five tallying double figures. Senior midfielder Will Mangan and redshirt sophomore attack Scott Klimchak lead the Scarlet Knights attack with 27 and 24 goals, respectively. Reilly is confident, however, that the Hoyas’ defense will be up to the challenge. “I think the defense is finally coming together as a cohesive unit,” he said. We’ve put together a great week of practice thus far, and we just need to continue to put the right foot forward. I have no doubt that this group will continue to get better each day and ultimately come to play Friday night.” Reilly also spoke highly of senior goalie Matt Winter, whose 12 saves against Syra-
cuse — including four in the fourth quarter — kept the Hoyas going all the way to the victory. “I can’t say enough about Matt’s ability to step up for us in big games,” Reilly said. “He has kept us in a lot of games. Playing in front of a goalie like Matt really helps the confidence of the entire defense.” This will be the 15th consecutive season in which Rutgers and Georgetown have met each other on the lacrosse field, with the Blue and Gray winning the last 14 of those matchups. That will be another streak on the line under the lights on Friday at MultiSport Facility. Head Coach Dave Urick and the rest of the coaching staff will honor the team’s 16 seniors in an on-field Senior Night ceremony at 6:45 p.m. Opening faceoff is set for 7:06 p.m.
Women Finish Last, Men Prepare for Big East Tourney Leonard Olsen Hoya Staff Writer
As the Georgetown men’s golf team prepares for the beginning of their Big East championship, the women’s squad is looking ahead to next spring after an eighthplace finish in their conference tournament. Held April 22-24 in Orlando, South Florida emerged as the victor in the women’s championship. The Hoyas’ 103-over par 967 through the three days was the worst in the tournament. Barring a highly unlikely NCAA invite, the women will have to regroup over the summer in preparation for their second season under Head Coach Katie Brophy. But despite the last place finish, the Blue and Gray could be cheered by some strong individual performances. Sophomore Alice Choi, in particular, performed very well and fin-
ished 14th individually at 19-over par. Junior Katie Skinner finished in 27th overall and seniors Joan Dulieu and Eunae Jo were close behind in 29th and 30th, respectively. Junior Audrey Dalton finished in 40th place. While the women have returned to the Hilltop, the men are making their final tune-ups for their portion of the championship, which will run April 29-May 1, also in Orlando. “It is our last event of the season and one we try to peak for every year,” men’s golf Head Coach Tommy Hunter said. “A lot is on the line, and the guys know it is going to take three solid rounds to compete with the front-runners.” The high stakes Hunter is referring to is the NCAA tournament bid that the Hoyas could earn automatically with a Big East championship victory. But high-
caliber teams such as Notre Dame, St. John’s, Louisville and South Florida are standing in Georgetown’s way. Five golfers will represent the Blue and Gray in Orlando: seniors Brian Dorfman and Taylor Hall in the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, freshman Greg Podufal at No. 3, sophomore Charlie von Arentschildt at No. 4 and junior Justin Edwards at No. 5. “Dorfman and Hall will lead the way; they are experienced and know what it takes to succeed in an event like this,” Hunter said. “Podufal certainly is battle tested, as is von Arentschildt, [and] Edwards continues to gain confidence in each competitive round he plays.” The tournament tees off in Orlando at noon Sunday and Hunter and his team are anxious for the start. “We are excited to get down there and for the first ball to get in the air,” he said.
MEN’S LACROSSE Hoyas (6-6) vs. Rutgers (6-8) Tonight, 7 p.m. MultiSport Facility
friDAY, APRIL 27, 2012
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Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach Dave Urick
Unanswered goals scored in the first half by Maryland in their 19-10 win over Georgetown in women’s lacrosse Wednesday night.
GU Faces Rutgers Hoyas Hope to Earn Big East Bid In Season Finale Ryan Bacic
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Fresh off of arguably its biggest win of the season, the Georgetown men’s lacrosse team (6-6, 2-3 Big East) will play host to Rutgers (6-8, 1-4 Big East) tonight in its season finale with a winning season on the line. The Hoyas’ offense seems to be firing on all cylinders coming into the matchup with the Scarlet Knights, as the team scored eight second-half goals in their come-from-behind victory over Syracuse last Saturday. Senior captain and midfielder Gerry Reilly attributed the offensive eruption to good possessions and smart shot selection. “I think it was really just a matter of getting shots on cage,” Reilly said. “We had some guys really step up, like [sophomore attack] Jeff Fountain at attack and [junior] Dan McKinney [in] the midfield. [Junior attack and midfielder] Brian Casey has been consistent for us all year, and he really stepped up in the fourth quarter [against the Orange]. I think the offense had some great possessions, and when different guys step up, it takes some of the pressure off and opens up more opportunities.” Casey notched yet another hat trick against Syracuse in what has been his best season on the Hilltop so far. Even more impressive is that all three of his goals came in the fourth quarter and secured the victory for Georgetown. He wasn’t the only one who had a big game for the Hoyas, though. Senior midfielder Zack Angel added to his team-leading goal total, scoring the first of four unanswered Georgetown goals in the second half. Finding the net against Rutgers should not be a problem for the Hoyas’ balanced attack, as the Scarlet Knights’ porous defense allows 10.5 goals per game.
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Senior Gerry Reilly leads the Hoyas in ground balls. Head Coach Dave Urick said that he does not fear an offensive letdown from his team now that time has quelled the adrenaline rush from the Syracuse game. “This gives us an opportunity to have a winning season. That’s very important, and our guys want to achieve that,” Urick said. “I’ve been impressed with how they’ve conducted themselves this week. Even with no chance for the postseason, they have come out and worked very hard and had the right attitude.” In his 21 seasons at Georgetown, Urick has never coached a team to a losing record. A win tonight would preserve that impressive streak, but Urick knows that it will be tough against the dangerous attack Rutgers will put on the field. “We just have to be aware of some of their prolific goal scorers,” Urick said. “They have some guys that carry the load for them, scoring-wise, and we need to make sure to match up with them.” See URICK, A11
With the season hanging in the balance this weekend as they compete against Rutgers, the Georgetown women’s lacrosse team couldn’t be faulted for being a bit distracted during Wednesday night’s game against out-of-conference foe and No. 5-ranked Maryland (173, 3-2 ACC). The Hoyas (8-7, 4-3 Big East) fell into a 12-3 halftime hole they could never dig themselves out of and went on to lose, 19-10, in College Park. The Hoyas actually got off to a dream start, as senior midfielder Erin Lovett won the opening draw and singlehandedly broke down the Terrapins’ defense to score an unassisted goal just 35 seconds into the game. The quick 1-0 lead she provided, however, would prove to be her team’s only one all night. Over the next 15 minutes of the half, Maryland scored seven unanswered goals and then another five straight tallies sandwiched between Georgetown goals from freshman attack Caroline Tarzian and junior midfielder Sophia Thomas. The result was a tough nine-
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Senior defender Kelly Barnes (16) had three ground balls against Maryland. goal deficit for the Hoyas at the break. “I thought in the first half we played very tentatively, and [Maryland is] very good, so when you play tentatively against a very good team that’s very athletic, you look even slower,” Georgetown Head Coach Ricky Fried said. The Blue and Gray sharpened their play after the intermission and Lovett once again got her team on the board first. This time, though, Georgetown
matched Maryland stride for stride, with each squad earning seven goals in the second half. It was a confident performance that Lovett wished she had seen from her team in the first half. “I think we just had to have the mentality going into the game that we had going into the second half, knowing See TERRAPINS, A10
Georgetown Falls Short to George Mason Kyle Franco Hoya Staff Writer
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Redshirt junior Billy Cosmopulos pitched two perfect innings against George Mason.
Despite a late-inning three-run surge led by freshman shortstop Ryan Busch and junior third baseman Trevor Matern, the Georgetown baseball team (18-22, 5-10 Big East) fell, 6-3, to George Mason (29-15, 13-8 CAA) to extend its losing streak to four games. The loss marks the Patriots’ second victory over the Hoyas this season, as the Blue and Gray fell on the road, 128, earlier in the season. Freshman pitcher Max Allen started on the mound for the Hoyas but lasted only two innings after surrendering two runs, which were partially the product of three walks. Redshirt junior Billy Cosmopulos came on to relieve the freshman and tossed two perfect innings before being replaced by junior Thomas Polus. Polus and redshirt senior Pablo Vinent were each tagged for two runs in their combined three innings on the mound. Head Coach Pete Wilk believes that
problems on the mound have played a large part in the Blue and Gray’s skid. “We haven’t had consistent starting pitching other than [senior Will] Harris for a while now, and that puts strain on every other aspect of our game. Our offense has cooled off collectively as a group, and the results have reflected those two issues.” But Georgetown pitchers weren’t the only Hoyas struggling Tuesday, as the lineup was able to produce only three hits over the first seven innings. However, Georgetown was able to trim the deficit in the seventh. After being hit by a pitch to lead off the inning, senior catcher Kevin Johnson came around to score on a wild pitch. Busch followed with a sacrifice fly to plate junior first baseman Danny Poplawski, who had reached base on a single. Matern capped off the scoring with an RBI double that let senior second baseman Andy Lentz score. Behind 6-3 in the eighth, the Blue and Gray brought the tying run to See PATRIOTS, A9
Williams-Flournoy Leaves Legacy of Success on Hilltop PAT CURRAN
Hoya Staff Writer
Earlier this month, Georgetown women’s basketball Head Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy announced that she was taking her talents to Auburn to fill the head coaching position recently vacated by Nell Fortner. The announcement was met with predictable excitement in Alabama and sadness on the Hilltop; in her eight years at Georgetown, WilliamsFlournoy had revitalized a mediocre program and brought the Hoyas into the national spotlight. It remains to be seen whether Georgetown will be able to find a comparable replacement, but one thing is certain: “Coach Flo” made an impact here that will not soon be forgotten.
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Terri Williams-Flournoy, pictured during the 2011-2012 season, led Georgetown back to national prominence during eight seasons here.
A PROGRAM IN LIMBO When Williams-Flournoy accepted the job on the Hilltop, George W. Bush was in his first term as U.S. president. Fewer than one in five Americans owned an iPod, and the iPhone hadn’t been invented yet. The Carolina Panthers were in the Super Bowl; Facebook was a fledgling website; “occupy” was something you did
to an airplane lavatory. And the Georgetown women’s basketball program was struggling. It’s not that the Hoyas were embarrassingly bad. They usually managed to scrape together a few Big East wins and finish around .500 overall. But despite featuring talented players like forward Rebekkah Brunson (COL ’04) — who had an impressive eight-year WNBA career — and Katie Smrcka-Duffy (COL ’01) — whose professional career was nipped in the bud by injuries — the Blue and Gray of the early 2000s never earned an NCAA bid. So when Head Coach Pat Knapp left Georgetown to take the helm at Penn, Williams-Flournoy, then an assistant at Southwest Missouri State, accepted the challenge. Her first few years weren’t exactly revolutionary: The Hoyas failed to break the .500 mark in her first three seasons, and even 2007-2008’s 15-14 finish was hardly awe-inspiring. But in 2008, all that changed. NEW LIFE Bolstered by her strongest recruiting class ever, Williams-Flournoy instituted a high-pressure defensive sys-
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tem and a run-and-gun offense that allowed her new personnel to thrive. The Blue and Gray notched their first 20-win season of the millennium and made it to the Women’s National Invitation Tournament quarterfinals before falling to Boston College. The addition of superstar freshman Sugar Rodgers (COL ’13) the next year was the final piece in WilliamsFlournoy’s puzzle. With the defense as sharp as ever and Rodgers leading the offensive charge, the Hoyas ripped off 50 wins over the next two years, made the NCAA tournament twice and nearly knocked off No. 1 Connecticut in the 2011 Sweet 16. The performance earned WilliamsFlournoy numerous accolades, including The Hoya’s Coach of the Year award and a spot on the USA Basketball coaching staff for the 2011 World University Games. But there was still unfinished business. “You’ve got to get to the Final Four,” Williams-Flournoy said in 2011. “You just have to get to it. I experienced the Final Four as an assistant, but I could only imagine doing it as a head coach.” See COACH, A10