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EDITORIAL GU’s delay in raising the evidentiary standard puts justice on hold.
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Professor Maya Roth’s office in the Davis Performing Arts Center looks every bit the domain of a seasoned theater professor — performance posters are plastered on the door, artwork lines the walls and books, papers and programs litter the tables. But for Roth, it’s far from her most important space on campus. Roth is one of five participants in Georgetown’s Faculty-in-Residence program, which allows faculty members and their families to live in university residence halls alongside the students they teach. Along with the chaplains-in-residence, these faculty members attempt to connect academics with student life in a way that enhances both facets of the Hilltop experience. Roth, the program director of theater and performance studies in the College, has resided in a spacious fifth-floor LXR Hall apartment with her husband and fiveyear-old son for the past three and a half years. She sees living with students as an extension of her role as a teacher. “Because I’m in theater — and I do creative practice as well as academic courses — from my first year,
Referendum on evidentiary standard aims for student support, will not enact change Annie Chen
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Georgetown’s GOCard Office and PNC Bank have partnered to allow students to link their GOCards to a PNC debit account, joining a national trend that has drawn criticism from higher education advocates. The new service, which became available Aug. 20, allows students to use their GOCards as debit cards to make transactions and withdraw money at all PNC locations free of charge, providing they open an account with PNC. Such university-bank relationships have come under fire for imposing a wealth of hidden fees. Rich Williams, higher education advocate for the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, co-authored a report called “The Campus Debit Card Trap” in which he revealed that accounts linked to campus cards typically carry heavy fees when students leave accounts inactive, spend in excess of their account balances or even swipe their cards at merchant terminals. “These cards can carry fees that eat into your balance, including ones for buying or reloading the
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History professor Fr. David Collins, S.J., held a meet-and-greet in his apartment in Village C West. I’ve had a really close relationship with many students,” she said. Roth holds several classes each semester in her apartment and organizes formal and informal events for students living on East Campus, often coordinating with resident assistants to attract more
GOCards Can Be Tied To PNC Accounts Meghan Patzer
ing to students, especially those whose permanent homes are far from D.C. “I don’t think quite as many students would stop by and say hi in the lobby if we didn’t have a
The Georgetown University Student Association senate voted unanimously Sunday to hold a student body-wide referendum regarding changes to the Code of Student Conduct’s evidentiary standard. If passed, the referendum would not have the power to change the standard, which is currently set at “more likely than not.” The bill is instead intended to demonstrate student support for the Disciplinary Review Committee’s proposal that the burden of proof be raised to “clear and convincing evidence” for all student disciplinary processes except those involving sexual assault. The proposal is now awaiting approval from Vice President for Student Affairs
card and withdrawing money from the ATMs,” he told The Hoya. “It’s very costly to get new bank members, so banks like to target young people before they select a bank. This is why banks have a long tradition of trying to weasel their way onto campuses.” Such partnerships have become widespread in the United States in recent years. The five largest four-year public institutions in the country, including The Ohio State University, have formed financial card partnerships. Peer institutions, including Johns Hopkins University, Northwestern University and the University of Pennsylvania, have implemented programs similar to Georgetown’s, the latter also with PNC. According to a Nov. 14, 2011 post on The New York Times’ “Bucks” blog, about 60 students held a rally at Western Washington University in opposition to what they deemed excessive fees associated with the Higher One debit accounts linked to their student ID cards. However, Fred Solomon, vice president and director of external communications and issues management at PNC, said that the product the bank offers at Georgetown has no minimum balance requirement, monthly service charge or extra fees for using the card, provided that the cards are used only for PIN-based transactions. Overdraft fees will apply when cardholders spend in excess of their account balances, though the bank has agreed to waive them the first time they are incurred within the first 12 months of accounts being opened. In an email sent to the university community last night, Director of GOCard Services Roman Fahrmann said that Georgetown chose to partner with PNC because the bank was willing to offer packages with no fees as well as free financial training workshops for students. Fahrmann said that the program is designed primarily to simplify students’ lives. Solomon added that PNC provides
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participants. These activities range from faculty dinners to themed group discussions to trips to the Kennedy Center. Her role, however, isn’t limited to that of a floor event planner. Roth believes the simple presence of a family in the hall is comfort-
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GU Free Speech Policy Condemned Alexander Galan & Kelly Church Hoya Staff Writers
On Sept. 5, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education released its list of the seven best colleges for free speech; Georgetown, which has been consistently criticized by the organization, was not among them. In January, FIRE ranked Georgetown a “red light” institution for the sixth consecutive year, citing the university’s policies on harassment and free speech as problematic. According to FIRE’s website, “red light” institutions have a minimum of one policy that “clearly and substantially” hinders freedom of speech. Such restrictions can include bans on offensive speech and any other policies that restrict student and faculty expression that Published Tuesdays and Fridays
would otherwise be protected by the First Amendment. FIRE released the 2012 free speech rankings, which were determined by surveying publicly available policies from 392 colleges and universities, in its January report.
“[Georgetown’s] policy ... contradicts its moral and contractual promises of free speech.” FIRE Report on Georgetown’s Access to Benefits Policy
FIRE highlights the university’s definition of harassment and its stance on bias-related conduct as reasons for its ranking. Georgetown’s Code of Student Conduct defines harassment as “any intentional or persistent act(s)
deemed intimidating, hostile, coercive or offensive.” According to FIRE’s website, however, for any behavior to be deemed harassment, it must meet a stricter definition. “In the educational context, harassment must be conduct ‘so severe, pervasive and objectively offensive, and that so undermines and detracts from the victims’ educational experience, that the victimstudents are effectively denied equal access to an institution’s resources and opportunities,” FIRE wrote on its website. FIRE also holds that bias-related conduct is protected by the First Amendment, unless it rises to the level of harassment. By this definition, Georgetown’s reporting and investigation of bias-related incidents See SPEECH, A5
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Justice Waits for Review Gripes about university bureaucracy are a constant refrain on the Hilltop, but let’s set one thing straight: We can tolerate years of waiting for hot Grab ’n’ Go and campus Zipcars, but every passing day that the administration drags its feet on reforming the Code of Student Conduct adds to our doubts about how seriously it takes the issue of student justice. Last April, the Disciplinary Review Committee — a group made up of students, administrators, faculty and staff — endorsed a long-overdue change to increase the student evidentiary standard from “more likely than not” to “clear and convincing.” It’s a troubling statement about the power of student leadership and the responsiveness of the administration that, five months and countless student disciplinary hearings later, nothing has been done. Vice President for Student Affairs Todd Olson has delayed his decision until the Office of Student Conduct undergoes an external review later this month. In response, the Georgetown University Student Association senate voted Sunday for a nonbinding student referendum on the issue, which will take place Sept. 27. We fully support the proposed reform, and while we appreciate the GUSA senate for recognizing the urgency of this issue, a referendum is likely not an effective way to move things forward. The basis of elected government is that office holders speak on behalf of their constituents: GUSA calls its own author-
ity into question by suggesting that it needs to check in on student support. Also, and perhaps more importantly, this unusual type of referendum risks exacerbating student disenchantment with GUSA and the administration. Students will predictably vote in favor of reform, only to discover that the result of the referendum has the legislative authority of an opinion poll. To be clear, a rephrasing of the evidentiary standard is entirely necessary. As it stands, the standard invites arbitrary interpretations from administrators and impedes justice for students. Peer institutions have adopted this higher standard, as has, astonishingly, the Georgetown University Law Center. If the branch of the university specializing in justice has adopted a different standard for administering justice, the rest of Georgetown would probably be well advised to follow suit. Student advocacy often appears to fall on deaf ears here, but in this case we worry that the university has delayed its decision to avoid the perception that it is admitting to wrongdoing and bowing to student pressure. Olson and the administration should not have postponed a decision until results come in from an external review. There are times when it’s effective to consider outside input, but in this case, true leadership requires making an immediate, necessary decision.
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Sam Dulik (SFS ’13) on the Democratic National Convention: “Former President Bill Clinton (SFS ’68) emerged from the convention as th most-lauded speaker. That’s fair — his remarks were an appealing comb nation of folksy and wonky. I’d expect nothing less from him. But I believe represents a serious challenge for the Democratic Party moving forward th its convention’s biggest standout was a 66-year-old former president who was first elected 20 years ago.” Hannah Miller (COL ’14) on the Republican platform: “Acceptance of homosexuality is here to stay, and the window of opportunity for the Republican Party to align with this shift in social norms is rapidly closing, especially considering the language of the GOP platform unveiled in Tampa just weeks ago.”
voice in local politics. In fairness to these advocates, it’s evident that poor student turnout in D.C. has been problematic. When Jake Sticka (COL ’13) was elected in 2010 to serve on Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2E, he received a grand total of nine votes. While it’s nice to have student representation in this group, Sticka’s election provided nothing close to a mandate. That said — and even in light of the fact that the ANC has a second student seat up for grabs this year — Georgetown students would get more out of their ballot by voting in homestate elections. The university’s status as the largest private employer in the District gives it clout in city politics without a student voting force behind it. There are too many tight races this year with high stakes at the state and federal levels for students to justify forfeiting that vote. Some will mock the importance of an individual’s vote in our electoral system; others recognize that every vote can make a difference. In 2000, George W. Bush won Florida, and subsequently the presidency, by 537 votes. There are approximately 250 current Georgetown undergraduates from Florida and presumably hundreds more at the other D.C. colleges. You never know beforehand if voting will make a difference, but you never know that it won’t, either. Voting rights in the District are a serious concern, and we hope that Congress will soon address the undemocratic disenfranchisement of this city. In the meantime, Georgetown students would be misguided to diminish their voice by voting here, rather than joining the battle back home in what is such a meaningful election for the future of our country.
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Cash Cabs — The installation of credit card meters in D.C. taxis has been indefinitely halted over contract disputes with VeriFone Systems, a credit card reader manufacturer.
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More Bang for Your Ballot Voter registration has been a major storyline this election cycle, with both campaigns giving special attention to unregistered college students. The youth vote could be a deciding factor this year, and it is in Georgetown students’ best interests to register and vote absentee from their home states, rather than in the District of Columbia. This decision should not be taken lightly. Voting is a bedrock civic duty, and a student ought to take into account a variety of factors when choosing where to register, including emotional attachment to one’s home state and the influence of laws and leaders here versus elsewhere. However, the bottom line for us is that this year’s elections do not provide sufficient reason to register in D.C. The District is known for being unfavorable to voters: It has no U.S. senators or voting members in the House of Representatives, and it is constitutionally limited in its number of votes in the Electoral College. It’s no battleground, either, with an overwhelming Democratic base that gave President Obama 92 percent of the vote in 2008. To its credit, D.C. does a good job of accommodating student registration. One must have resided in the District for just 30 days prior to an election to qualify to vote, and registration is allowed even on Election Day. However, registering in D.C. strips away residency back home. Restoring a registration can take longer in other locales and — of particular concern to some Georgetown students — complicates a decision to later run for elected office. The D.C. government has also notoriously underappreciated college students, due, at least in part, to their minimal voting influence. Groups such as D.C. Students Speak have argued that getting more students to register and vote in D.C. would give them a greater
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CORRECTION The article “Finding Space for Faith” (The Hoya, G9, Sept. 7, 2012) incorrectly spelled Aamir Hussain’s last name as “Hussein” and did not reflect his role as president of Georgetown’s Interfaith Council. The article “Chapel Revamp Ongoing” (The Hoya, A6, Sept. 7, 2012) incorrectly stated that Gina Bleck was the project manager for Manhattan Construction Group. She is the assistant vice president for planning and project management at Georgetown.
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VIEWPOINT • Christiansen
GHOSTS OF HOYAS PAST
When Up Against Admins, A Mormon’s Take on Mitt Remember the Riots of ’63 H
tudent leaders of on-campus organiza- dent “riots,” nearly 1,000 students from both tions often lament the lack of support Georgetown and nearby universities joined they receive from the administration in similar street disruptions throughout the on critical issues. Whether it concerns the Georgetown neighborhood. Many were proavailability of study space, funding for orga- testing the arrest of their classmates the prenizations or important aspects of campus life vious night. Several students then set fire to such as housing and safety, student advocacy the Annex, faculty housing located at 37th is often a fruitless task that rarely receives any- and O Streets that was scheduled to be torn down. The police were warned of numerous thing beyond lip service. This attitude was epitomized by the lack bomb threats, including a threat to blow up of student representation during the recent the university’s gatehouse. Today, such mass student protest seems campus plan negotiations. The Georgetown almost unthinkable. But community is as much these students took to the our community as it is our streets that night, as noted neighbors’ and adminisby Georgetown historian Fr. trators’, but, having been R. Emmett Curran, S.J., “to left out of the discussion, voice a variety of grievances, Georgetown students must including ‘administrative add another advocacy issue secrecy, the mediocre qualto their existing list of grievity of theology courses, disciances. plinary measures that they When the university does regarded as oppressive and reach out to students, it is the miserable quality of the only in the most superficial cafeteria food.’” manner. At the Center for Kevin Sullivan Yes, you read that corStudent Programs’ “Bluerectly: the quality of cafeteria print” training session for The students of the past student group leaders, What will it take to really food. did not bicker in Red Square which took place over the past two weekends, students gain the attention that is over partisan issues; they united to seek real reform had the exact opposite problem. Administrators owed to the student body? from the administration. Although they may have taken subjected students to their it too far, at least they had patronizing “attention” for some fun in the process. six hours, demonstrating The result of those two nights was, at first, their complete lack of faith in students to run serious disciplinary measures and a personal their organizations and serve their peers. We have certainly seen signs of the univer- letter from the Pope scolding Georgetown stusity’s attempts to take student concerns into dents for breaking the “cloister” of the visitaaccount, such as with the New South Student tion convent. But soon after, the administraCenter and Dahlgren Chapel renovations. But tion correctly saw past the recklessness of the why does this come only after students have demonstrations and heard the undercurrent gone through great lengths to be heard? The of a call for serious reform. The result was the multi-year Student Life Report finally jump- establishment of a committee of professors started much-needed discussion about student and administrators to hear students’ concerns space, and last year’s Georgetown Day “fence and grievances in a professional and orderly scandal” was defeated only after massive up- manner. And, slowly but surely, reforms to the roar. The university addressed the contracep- Code of Student Conduct and concessions of tive mandate last year after many students and greater student independence on a number of alumni joined in a letter to President DeGioia issues were granted. A thousand-person riot through the streets demanding more information on such a critiof Georgetown would not make any friends tocal decision. What will it take to really gain the attention day. But the university should appreciate the and consideration that is owed to the student professionalism and respect that most of our body? Well, in 1963, it took two nights of stu- student leaders practice. Reciprocating that approach would unleash the energy and pasdent revelry and “expression.” On May 15, 1963, several hundred George- sion that students waste in the jungle of butown students set off firecrackers, triggered reaucracy that occupies our Hilltop. a false fire alarm and staged an unsuccessful “panty raid” of Georgetown Visitation. Kevin Sullivan is a junior in the School of ForMetropolitan Police arrested nine students eign Service. GHOSTS OF HOYAS PAST appears during the chaos. On the second night of stu- every other Tuesday.
e looks like Ken from a “baby-boomer Barbie” play set. From his plastic hair to his plastic smile, Mitt Romney has succeeded in embodying the caricature of the wealthy, detached white man. Forget his business success; it is the coldness of the candidate’s businesslike demeanor that leaves the lasting impression. As a Mormon, I cringe more than anyone. No other Mormon has ever had such a chance to transform the church’s public image. And Romney is blowing it. It hurts all the more because I believe that the Mitt we see fails to convey a depth of character forged by years of faithful church service. Ironically, that very church service may be the cause of his awkwardness. The archetypical Mormon leader prefers serenity and efficiency to emotional outbursts — you will never hear a “Halleluiah!” in a Mormon service. Most accuse Mitt of being too much the CEO; really, his fault in fact lies in being too much the bishop. Mormon men, especially, possess an acute aversion to public displays of emotion. In this patriarchal faith, men are expected to be a stalwart pillar in adverse times. Fathers, according to Mormon doctrine, “provide the necessities of life [and] protection.” Because mothers retain the role of nurturer, Mormon men, for lack of practice, are less comfortable in emotionally charged environments than they might be in making difficult decisions. As a result, Romney excels in the technical aspect of campaigning — he has far more cash in hand than Obama — but falls short in portraying the raw emotions that define real people. That said, Mormons —
church leaders especially — generally don’t have cold hearts. They really do care, and so does Romney. However, most of their real ministerial work happens behind closed doors. As Mormon missionaries, for example, Mitt and I have both wept at the struggles of those we served and rejoiced at their successes. But in both cases, we would never think of allowing them to sense our changing emotions. The church trains missionaries to teach and support, not to develop destabilizing emotional attachments. With that in mind, can anyone really fault Mitt for his awkwardness whenever he tries to convey the nobility of his ideals? For the record, Mormons passionately hope for a better world. We preach that faith is an action principle. The Book of Mormon says, “If ye turn away the needy and the naked … and impart of your substance … to those who stand in need … then ye are as hypocrites who do deny the faith.” Romney’s life is a reflection of this deep commitment. It is a well-established fact that he donates a vast sum of his wealth to charity. Perhaps less known is the anecdote that, while serving as a leader of congregations in Boston, Romney bypassed a church policy that forbade spending funds on legal assistance for undocumented workers. Displaying both charity and a bit of cheek, he instead used church funds to pay for all of these workers’ other expenses, which allowed them to use personal funds for legal fees. Contrary to appearances, Romney and Obama’s hearts both bleed with comparable empathy. Just like Obama, Romney strives for a united America with less poverty and more peace. They differ not in
their goals but in their diagnoses and treatments. To Mormon Mitt, America’s moral decay has generated the bulk of its problems, from fiscal irresponsibility to poverty. Church President Thomas S. Monson once said, “There is no counter-voice to the culture of ‘buy it, spend it, wear it, flaunt it, because you’re worth it.’ The message is that morality is passe, [and] conscience is for wimps.” To an industrious Mormon, irresponsible and selfish laziness oppose righteous behavior. Romney, shaped by his leadership in local churches, believes that only strengthening families and communities will solve the country’s woes. While Obama favors a topheavy approach, Mormon Mitt, schooled by a church structure that stresses local empowerment, sees interference of the federal government on social issues as unhelpful. Furthermore, Romney, like every Mormon, believes that America has a special role in God’s plan of happiness. The Book of Mormon teaches, “Inasmuch as ye shall keep the commandments of God, ye shall prosper in this land [the United States].” To Mormons, America is the Promised Land — literally, a new Jerusalem. Should Romney be elected president, he would hope history characterizes his tenure, like Kennedy’s or Reagan’s, not by what he did so much as by the magnitude of his faith in the American dream. Mormons, after all, do not remember our church leaders for what they have done, but for why they did it. THOMAS CHRISTIANSEN is a sophomore in the School of Foreign Service. He recently spent two years on a Mormon mission in Australia.
SCRIBBLES OF A MADMAN by Ben Mazzara
TALK IS CHEAP
Easing a Tough Transition
s the academic year begins and the dents will not work as hard if they don’t receive Class of 2016 gets acquainted with letter grades or that covered grades give first-years Georgetown, freshmen are finding an edge over other students in the same course. that adapting to college life isn’t easy. New However, I am sure that most Georgetown stustudents face a multitude of challenges, and I dents would apply themselves regardless of if question whether the university is doing all it their grades weren’t official. Covered grades help put students on an equal playing field, allowing can to help them succeed. There are several measures Georgetown freshmen to take academic risks without fear of could take to ease new students’ academic hurting their scholastic prospects. A second measure that would improve stutransition. Such initiatives include instituting covered grades for the first semester, lengthen- dents’ academic experience is lengthening the ing the add/drop period and expanding the Ig- add/drop period. Traditionally, add/drop starts natius Seminar program. Implementing these on the first day of class, a Wednesday, and ends ideas would give first-year students a richer the following Friday. Georgetown should extend the add/drop deadline at least to the Tuesand more manageable experience. A policy of “covered grades” for the first se- day after the current deadline. This would give mester of college means that students would re- students an additional weekend to plan their schedules while adding two ceive marks of “satisfactory” more class days to attend or “not satisfactory” on their courses and evaluate waitlist transcripts, rather than tradioptions. Some courses meet tional letter grades. Georgeonly twice during the curtown could still keep a record rent add/drop period, which of students’ letter grades for is not nearly enough time the first semester, but that for students who are considinformation wouldn’t be pubering multiple course possilic, and those grades wouldn’t bilities and extracurricular factor into a student’s GPA. responsibilities to make an Several universities, notably informed decision. Given Johns Hopkins, have adopted that the course workload this system. Dan Healy in the first week of school Covered grades would is light, students would still allow new students to adhave plenty of time to catch just to the rigors of college courses without feeling ex- Covered grades allow fresh- up if they joined a class tocessive pressure, especially in men to take academic risks ward the end of registration. Georgetown should also academic areas that may be foreign to them. Success in without hurting their GPAs. expand and further emphasize its Ignatius Semicollege is about more than nars program. Restricted to grades, and the fall semester incoming students, these of freshman year is a crucial period for determining interests and learning small discussion classes offer freshmen the opto be self sufficient. The added stress of knowing portunity to build strong relationships with that performance will affect a long-term GPA can professors and find their voices in the classprevent students from becoming fully immersed room. My Ignatius Seminar, “The End of Education,” remains, even three years later, the most in the Georgetown community. Additionally, having covered first semester stimulating class I have taken at Georgetown. grades would allow students to take electives These seminars offer a refreshing contrast to in unfamiliar academic areas without fearing large lecture halls, and they force students to damage to their GPAs. The first few courses taken engage in course material on a deeper level. Georgetown has taken steps to orient firstin college account for one-eighth of a student’s GPA, and it is unfair and unproductive to put years during their first days on the Hilltop, but first-years in a hole simply because they are still there remains room for improvement. The uniadjusting to the rigors of college academics. Cov- versity should implement these changes in order ered grades would provide even greater help to to promote a fairer, stronger and more balanced international students, whose adjustment to life academic experience. in a new country and to a new education system Dan Healy is a senior in the College. TALK IS is substantially more challenging. Critics of covered grades often say that stu- CHEAP appears every other Tuesday.
VIEWPOINT • Manrique & Skolnicki
Reading Into DC Schools
ne of the advantages and greatest responsibilities of being involved in D.C. Reads is that tutors are constantly compelled to assess how the public school system affects students on individual, institutional and systemic levels. The quality of education in the District’s public schools is dependent upon the ways in which government institutions create an educational framework that teachers and administrators must follow. Typically, educated adults come to D.C. with a specific political agenda and have little regard for the needs of DCPS students. Because of this, we feel compelled to advocate for our students. As tutors and teacher aids, we are given a firsthand view of the complex demands that these schools face. The current system places great emphasis on statistical progress, creating an urgency to raise students’ scores on tests such as the D.C. Comprehensive Assessment Study. In practice, school administrators and teachers treat students’ D.C. CAS assessments as guidelines around which to structure their classrooms. Reading groups are formed based on students’ D.C. CAS test scores, stratifying students and allowing for little student progress on either end of the spectrum.
While it’s difficult to provide an alternative method for measuring academic achievement, we believe that the D.C. CAS creates a high-stakes testing culture that translates into an uncomfortable and ineffective learning environment. Such an atmosphere contributes to a growing disconnect between students and the material they are learning. Learning becomes a chore, rather than a process of intellectual growth and empowerment. As Georgetown students, we have all participated in the same kind of learning process in which our tutees are currently engaged. At an early age, we had to learn basic reading, writing and math skills that paved the way for us to get where we are today. Within the next decade, the students in our program will have to make decisions about higher education. Hopefully, they will be in a place where their options are not limited by unfair assessments of their academic capabilities. Unfortunately, the current D.C. Public Schools system is not that place. Students’ futures here are compromised by an institution that has historically and systemically worked to their disadvantage. Ward 3 elementary schools have an 82 percent proficiency level
in reading, whereas Houston Elementary in Ward 7 has a 40 percent proficiency level. We cannot put our faith in such a system if it cannot be held accountable for its own disparities. Does our Jesuit education not ask us to challenge these kinds of social injustices? It is our civic duty to utilize the resources that we have as college students to address the inequalities that limit the futures of local youth. As rich as our Georgetown education may be, we often fail to take the time to put our knowledge into practice. We need to assess our surroundings and provide solutions to problems in our own city. As a nation that prides itself on creating future leaders, we tend to overlook the fact that a high-level education is not accessible to all. As advocates for D.C. youth, we feel that we have an obligation to bridge the gap that exists between our students’ performance in school and their personal attitudes toward learning. We want students to feel a sense of ownership over the learning process, not alienation from it. ELISA MANRIQUE is a junior in the College. CAT SKOLNICKI is a senior in the College. They are both coordinators for D.C. Reads.
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The Road Less Traveled: Life as a Super Senior HIROMI OKA
Hoya Staff Writer
Legend has it that if you step on the campus seal at the entrance to Healy Hall, you will not graduate on time. Whether or not that story is true remains to be seen, but for some students, taking an unconventional path through Georgetown is not a myth. According to U.S. News and World Report’s 2011 college rankings, about 13 percent of Georgetown undergraduates do not graduate within four years. The reasons for prolonging one’s academic career range from choosing a five-year plan to having to take a leave of absence due to a health condition. When Four Isn’t Enough For Julian Sesma (COL ’13), the decision to remain on the Hilltop for a fifth year made good academic sense. As a biology-theology double major and a premed student, Sesma could graduate on time only by taking a full course load during both the academic year and summer. Instead, during summer 2011 he remapped his academic plans to include another year at Georgetown. “Yes, I wanted to spread out my schedule. Yes, I wanted to think about what I was going to do after my fifth year. And at the end of the day, I still had some requirements to finish up,” he said. Sesma said he also wanted an extra year to enjoy Georgetown’s social scene and explore more opportunities. “I think Georgetown has a lot to do with building relationships with other Hoyas, and that’s one of the main things I’ve gotten from my Georgetown experience,” he said. “Building relationships in the context of the university is the thing you’re going to carry with you.” Sean Quigley (SFS ’13), however, never considered taking additional time to complete his degree. Quigley, who is currently on a leave of absence, began the process of applying for medical leave last spring after a combination of schoolwork, extracurricular activities, family issues and insomnia created an unmanageable load. After serving as editor-in-chief of The Georgetown Voice, co-director
of the Improv Association and a member of the foreign service fraternity Delta Phi Epsilon, Quigley said he pushed himself too far. “I joined all those groups my freshman year, so I had done three years of the grind of Voice, improv, fraternity stuff and schoolwork, and my grades had always been fine,” he said. “For me, it was just kind of an endurance thing. I was tired of do-
“I was super disconnected socially. I could hardly show up to my job at The Corp. I knew something was wrong.” ANNA MARTIGNETTI (COL ’12), Member of The Corp
ing it all. I fell one semester short.” Quigley said that his dean, Maura Gregory, ultimately suggested that he take medical leave in order to get back on track. “I [have] to give them credit, because it was Dean Gregory’s idea for me to take this leave of absence, and I wouldn’t have even known it was possible to get this semester scrubbed off my transcript,” he said. For some students, taking a leave of absence becomes a matter of medical necessity. Former Super Senior Anna Martignetti (COL ’12) considered taking a medical leave of absence after feeling sick during her sophomore year but did not make the decision until the illness worsened her senior year. “I was super disconnected socially I could hardly show up to my job at The Corp. I knew something was wrong,” she said. Martignetti was rushed into surgery for appendicitis complications when she returned home for winter break, and she went on medical leave the following semester. “When I left, it didn’t feel as strange, because being physically sick at school is just as isolating as being sick at home,” she said. Rewriting the Plan The decision to remain on campus an extra year or to apply for leave re-
quires coordination across multiple university departments. According to Anne Sullivan, senior associate dean of the college, voluntary leave is nearly always approved, while medical leave requires more careful consideration because each student’s situation varies. “The college deans are fully supportive of students taking a leave of absence, for good reason,” Sullivan wrote in an email. “We do not pressure students to ‘stay in school,’ and we certainly do not pressure students to rush through the degree.” After making the decision to take a leave of absence, students work with university counselors to develop a plan for their time away. Quigley’s leave agreement stipulated that he receive treatment for his insomnia and find a job. “Almost always, there is no academic credit to be earned while on leave — the leave is a ‘leave’ from the academic enterprise to do other worthy and interesting things, or to respond to a family crisis or some other circumstance where stepping out of the degree for a period of a term or a year is a good idea,” Sullivan wrote. Christopher Dicks (SFS ’12), who took two separate medical leaves of absence, went to sessions at Counseling and Psychiatric Services to decide what to do during his time away from campus. Toward the end of his leave, Dicks took summer classes at American University to readapt to academic life. Students who forgo the typical four-year Georgetown experience say that on-campus resources proved invaluable. When contemplating taking an additional year, Sesma went to Associate Dean of Georgetown College and Director of Catholic Studies Fr. Ryan Maher, S.J., for advice. “Fr. Maher reminded me you’re a human being,” Sesma said. “He provided an alternative to [the four-year route].” Dicks agreed, noting that his dean periodically checked up on him during his time away. “It took more agency on my part to make sure there would be that much of a system but I feel like when you ask most people to help, they’re willing to help,” he said.
“A Year of Closure” Oftentimes the final year of a fiveyear stay on campus can be the most difficult because many familiar faces have left. During her senior year, Martignetti lived in Dupont Circle instead of on campus. “I felt a distance from my peers because they wouldn’t take that time to take care of themselves,” she said. “When you’re so sick at school, it’s easy to leave and harder to come back.” Dicks, who currently resides in Tenleytown, says that the undergraduate experience is not something that interests him any longer. Although he worked at The Corp and was involved in New Student Orientation before his leave of absence, he explained that he now feels disconnected from other undergraduates. “There’s such a difference between an 18-year-old and a 22-yearold … a 19-year-old and a 23-year-old. … There’s nothing bad or terrible about it — it’s just a different experience,” he said. Because of his commuter status, he said he feels more like a gradu-
“Be sure that you don’t take on too much. ... You can only run yourself into the ground for [so] long before you just can’t go on.” SEAN QUIGLEY (SFS ’13) Former editor-In-chief of The Georgetown Voice
ate student. At the same time, he sometimes struggles to relate to old friends who have already graduated. “All of them have these exciting new careers, and it’s weird to feel like I could be doing that, too, but I’m still in school right now,” he said. “It’s weird to feel like a transient person going between age groups.” Dicks added that the culture of Georgetown makes it difficult for to make a decision to extend their time at college. “The biggest challenge of it [is] that there’s no visible presence to
people who have shared that experience,” Dicks said. “There’s even some social stigma attached to it, especially at Georgetown … [They are] very prescriptive; once you’re here after the first years, you’re here for four years and that’s it.” Sesma said that he experienced mixed feelings while watching the College’s graduation procession last spring. “I was thinking, ‘Man, that’s my class right there,’” he said. “But on the inside I thought, ‘I’m excited about this year because I still have a good chunk of friends that are here, and I have a chance to be on the Hilltop another year.’” While some students are more eager to leave the college life, others want to relish their last moments before becoming adults. “I thought I would feel out of place, but in a lot of ways, I’m glad that my college experience isn’t over,” Quigley said. “Talking to my friends who have graduated, they’re [saying], ‘It’s weird for me now to be at a random keg party on N Street,’ because they’re adults. “I’m glad that I still have that excuse to do the dumb [things] that college kids do,” he added. Quigley, who plans on returning for the spring semester, hopes that his story can serve as a cautionary tale to freshmen who try to do everything. “Be sure that you don’t take on too much, because you can do it for the short term, but you can only run yourself into the ground for [so] long before you just can’t go on,” he said. However, Dicks said that his story also demonstrates the beneficial aspects of taking an additional year to graduate. “It’s almost a little more beneficial to see your friends go through that transition before you, because then they’re also able to give you advice about applying for different jobs and what it’s like to be in different sectors, and it’s kind of nice to feel like you have people who have gone before you,” he said. Sesma is exploring a variety of options after graduating, including taking a position with student development at the School of Foreign Service in Qatar or going to seminary or medical school. “It’s another year to be grateful and give thanks to God,” he said.
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Speech Policy Under Fire Workforce Study Released SPEECH, from A1 directly violates the the protection of free speech. Georgetown’s treatment of non-school-affiliated clubs, particularly H*yas for Choice, has also called the university’s free-speech policy into question. These clubs are permitted to set up tables to promote themselves exclusively in Red Square, which is a designated free-speech area on campus because the federal government funded its construction. In theory, H*yas for Choice and other nonaffiliated groups are permitted to table in Leavey Center in the case of inclement weather, but according to Kelsey Warrick (COL ’14), president of H*yas for Choice, access for nonaffiliated student groups varies from week to week because Leavey Center is not a designated free-speech area. “One week, we will be able to table with no issues, and another week, we’ll be sent out into the cold,” Warrick said. However, both Warrick and Vice President Haylie Jacobson (SFS ’15) said that Georgetown has been very receptive to allowing a club like H*yas for Choice to function on campus. “We are fortunate that Georgetown gives
groups they don’t officially support, like HFC, the opportunity to speak freely in certain settings, namely Red Square,” Jacobson said. FIRE, however, cites such unequal treatment of clubs as a violation of free speech. “Georgetown’s Access to Benefits Policy denies groups like H*yas for Choice equal treatment among student groups, contradicting its moral and contractual promises of free speech,” FIRE wrote on its website. While FIRE lauded Georgetown for allowing Secretary of Health and Human Services Katherine Sebelius to speak at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute’s Tropaia awards ceremony despite backlash from a series of religious and pro-life groups, the organization stressed that the university cannot be selective in its application of free-speech policy. Despite the consistently low ranking from FIRE, Georgetown Director of Media Relations Rachel Pugh stood by the university’s free-speech policies. “We believe that our speech and expression policy is very appropriate for our campus community and offers students broad freedom of expression in keeping with our mission as a Catholic and Jesuit university,” Pugh said.
PNC Partnership Questioned PNC, from A1 a convenient ATM network that can benefit students long after they graduate. “PNC has an important presence in many of the markets where Georgetown students will ultimately take jobs,” he said. Representatives of the Georgetown University Alumni and Student Federal Credit Union, which serves a large swath of the Georgetown student community, declined to comment on the announcement. Georgetown students had mixed views on the service. Courtney Kishbaugh (COL ’15) said she preferred to keep her debit account separate from her GOCard. “I already have a debit card, and I don’t mind having to bring that along with my GOCard when I need to get cash,” she said. “I also know the terms of service very well with the bank I now have a card with.” Rebecca Aklilu (MSB ’15) echoed Kishbaugh’s sentiments. “I think the service might be suited more to freshmen who come in with that service available, but for returning students who have already set up their banking plans, I’m not sure what a big difference this will make,” she said.
Alex Jung (SFS ’13), on the other hand, praised the practicality of the option. “It’s very convenient,” she said. “As long as students are aware of [the conditions] beforehand, it sounds fine.” PNC and the GOCard Office have been working together to ensure the program is implemented successfully. According to Solomon, Georgetown employees in the GOCard Office have been trained to deal with the card linkage, and PNC is sending representatives to campus to promote the program. Upperclassmen with GOCards issued in past years and other staff interested in having their GOCards serve as their debit cards must request new GOCards. The university is waiving the replacement fee for a new GOCard in those instances. Fahrmann added that students need not worry about spending from the wrong account when they use the linked card, as the GOCard and PNC account balances will be kept separate. “All GOCard terminals only accept GOCard transactions from the card. ATMs and PIN-based debit merchants only accept PNC transactions from the card,” he wrote. “GOCard is the only card you will need on and off campus.”
Kelly Church Hoya Staff Writer
A new study released by Georgetown’s Center on Education and the Workforce last month shows that education level and gender both affected employment during the recent recession and recovery. According to Tamara Jayasundera, Georgetown research professor and co-author of the report, the study was initially aimed at understanding the differing effects of the recession and recovery on men and women. “We started off trying to understand the story behind the ‘mancession’ and the ‘mancovery,’ and then we saw that there was a bigger story,” she said, referring to the fact that men have been disproportionately affected by the economic downturn of the last few years. But as time went on, the research team’s focus shifted to include the effects education level had on employment, and their findings were significant. The study reveals that students who obtained a bachelor’s degree or higher were
less vulnerable to the recession than other students. Since the beginning of the recession, jobs that require a bachelor’s degree have increased by 2.2 million. In comparison, jobs that require only a high school degree or less have decreased by 5.8 million. However, Jayasundera cautioned that not all holders of a bachelor’s degree were immune to unemployment trends during the recession. “It’s … saying they were better off. It’s not that they didn’t get affected — they did get affected. Overall, as a group, they were better off than those who didn’t have a degree,” she said. The study also found that male, college-educated workers suffered more job losses than women. However, they led the recovery by adding 2.3 million jobs for college graduates. In addition, the types of jobs that men take have changed in the aftermath of the recession. “We’re seeing more men move into female-dominated fields,” Jayasundera said. Natasha Bowman, an adjunct professor for the School of Continuing Studies who specializes
in human resources, thinks that this trend will continue as the job market continues to recover. In addition, she believes that women will soon come to dominate the workforce. “According to the study, women are still accepting lower salaries than men, which makes them more attractive to employers,” she said. She also suggested that recent employment trends will make graduate school and other specialized forms of study more attractive. “I think it’s important to continue with your schooling [and] get some kind of graduate or specialty degree that distinguishes you from others in the job market,” she said. “It’s absolutely significant that Georgetown students are made aware of this data and they know the importance of staying in school and finishing their degree. Employers are actually paying for degrees now.” Jayasundera echoed this sentiment. “Sticking through and completing your degree seems to be the best thing you can do during this recovery,” she said.
Panel Recounts Balkan Horrors Emma Hinchliffe Hoya Staff Writer
Imam Sabahudin Ceman recounted his experiences in a concentration camp during the Balkan War before a hushed audience in Riggs Library Monday afternoon. “In 1992, I was taken from my home,” he said. “I was tortured, as were many others, but by the will of God, I survived. … It would be easy if this were only my experience, but there are so many people who share what I do.” Ceman spoke on a panel organized by the Berkeley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs at the event “Legacies of War and Reconciliation in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Living Together in the Future.” It featured four panelists with a range of experiences in the Balkan region and was moderated by Berkeley Center Director Thomas Banchoff. The event coincided with the International Prayer for Peace
in Sarajevo, the largest annual prayer gathering in the world, which runs from Sept. 9 through 11, 2012. The panelists discussed specific actions to be taken as well as broader ideas about reconciliation in the region. “There is a hunger to learn more about peace; there is a hunger to dream about peace for this country and beyond,” said panelist Andrea Bartoli, dean of the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. Panelist Nida Gelazis, senior associate for European studies at the Woodrow Wilson Center, explained more practical ways that Bosnia and Herzegovina can continue to rebuild. “It’s the integration of the west Balkans into NATO that’s really important,” she said. “It’s the process of [working with your former enemies] and becoming a member of NATO in itself that is transformative.”
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Monday’s panel discussed violence in the Bosnian Civil War.
Ceman described his wish for reconciliation and forgiveness among the Balkan people. “I do not hold any hatred or wish for retribution in my heart. This is not a way to live,” he said. Maryann Cusimano Love, associate professor of politics at the Catholic University of America, shared her expertise about the violence women face during war. She noted that rape is often used as a tool of war and also described the work of women’s faith-based non-profit organizations. “There was an attitude of ‘boys will be boys’ [and] women are the spoils of war. This has been going on for all of humanity. Sisters in the religious communities did not take that lightly,” she said. Students were affected by the panelists’ calls for peace. “I thought it was interesting that the main theme of the speakers’ presentations was moving forward instead of seeking retribution for the past,” Dana Sievers (SFS ’14) said. Ceman echoed this sentiment in his presentation. “There’s a basic right of peace and justice for all. Justice and peace are two wings of one bird. We cannot fly with one wing only. There is no peace without justice. There is no justice without peace,” he said. “I do not know how long it could take, but this is what my hopes are, so future generations don’t have to experience what I did.”
Undergrads, Alums Tutor Online Sarah Patrick Hoya Staff Writer
Georgetown students and alumni stand on call to assist with pressing homework questions as InstaEDU tutors. Launched last May, InstaEDU, an online tutoring service based in California, provides high school students with one-on-one academic support around the clock. “I think that one-on-one relationships in education are very important, especially since class sizes are getting bigger, and research shows how detrimental that can be to students,” InstaEDU co-founder and CEO Allison Johnston said. According to Johnston, roughly 24 Georgetown alumni and students currently serve as tutors for the company. Alexandra Kenin (COL ’01) recently became an InstaEDU tutor to maintain her French skills. “I thought it was an interesting service. I majored in French at Georgetown and thought it was a good way to continue using the language,” she said. The InstaEDU website revolves around a chat feature that allows students to connect with tutors. By typing a subject into the search box, students are provided with a list of available tutors who can answer the questions based on their spe-
cialties. Students can chat with tutors through Google or Facebook at any time, and all chats link back to the InstaEDU website, where students and tutors can access a private lesson place. These secure online locations allow students to upload homework assignments so both the student and tutor can write on the assignment. Video chat is also available in this shared workspace, and no special software is required. “We have a lot of enthusiasm from our tutors because it is a very flexible job, and students love it, too, because they have access to homework help throughout the night, and it’s more fun to get help from college students,” Johnston said. Kenin echoed this statement. “What I think is the best is the always-on functionality [of the website]. A lot of times, you don’t know what your questions will be before cramming for a test, so it’s good to have someone to reach out to at 11 p.m.,” she said. Though she praised the general concept of InstaEDU, Kenin suggested one improvement for the website. “They should better gauge the level of knowledge of the tutor when matching students with tutors,” she said. Alison Johnston, her brother Dan Johnston and Joey Shur-
tleff, all graduates of Stanford University, cofounded the startup company after noticing that students living outside large cities did not have access to low-cost academic resources outside of school. “InstaEDU makes great tutors more accessible, regardless of time and location,” Alison Johnston said. Tutoring sessions do not include time limits but come with a fee of $22 per hour. Tutors receive a wage of $20 per hour. “Private tutoring can be costly for families, and at the end of the day, most families cannot afford it,” Alison Johnston said. “With InstaEDU, 10 minutes of tutoring corresponds to a couple dollars, which is a more manageable price.” Though InstaEDU launched less than six months ago in May, Alison Johnston wrote in an email that the company has already hired over 1,000 tutors, all current students and alumni of top colleges like Georgetown. “We’ve had a really great response from tutors because of the flexibility of the job, and they can earn $20 from a dorm room,” Alison Johnston said. Potential tutors must submit an application that includes questions about previous tutoring experience, subject of specialization and the reason for their interest in the job.
Discipline Vote Set for Sept. 27 REFERENDUM, from A1 Todd Olson, who told The Hoya last week that he would delay his decision until the Office of Student Conduct had undergone an external review set for early this fall. According to GUSA senate Transition Chair Nate Tisa (SFS ’14), the bill was proposed in support of an open letter GUSA sent to Olson last week that urged him to expedite his approval of the change. “[The delay] wasn’t acceptable to us, because the committee passed the recommendation in the spring. It’s very, very urgent. Every week we don’t pass this recommendation, more students are harmed by this flawed standard,” Tisa said. The voting process will resemble that of the Student Activities Fee Endowment referendum, which was held last January; all students will receive an email with a link to an online ballot. The text of the referendum urges a swift adoption of the stricter evidentiary standard. “The ‘more likely than not’ standard of evidence for disciplinary procedures has proven a disservice to students and enforcers alike,” it reads. “This change must be implemented with the utmost urgency.”
The referendum will be held on Sept. 27, concurrent with the external review and with the general elections for the GUSA senate. Tisa pointed out that the date was specifically set in order to show the external auditors that students support the evidentiary standard change. According to GUSA’s open letter to Olson, the Georgetown University Law Center and several peer universities, including Duke, Cornell and the University of Pennsylvania, use the “clear and convincing” standard. GUSA senators expressed their support of the referendum and their disappointment with the university’s lack of action. “The very frustrating disciplinary process we have here makes me feel we’re almost barbaric or archaic in a way,” senator Zach Singer (SFS ’15) said. “The fact [is] that it doesn’t look like you’re doing it, but you don’t have evidence to prove yourself innocent. … I find it incredibly ridiculous.” The referendum must receive at least 2,000 votes to be considered valid. Of those votes, a majority must be affirmative for the proposal to pass. Tisa stressed that the referendum result will not be a binding change to the university policy but will in-
stead prove students’ support for the change. “This is the most official action we can take,” Tisa said. “It’s meant to show people in the [Office of Student Conduct] that the student body isn’t going to forget about this. It’s not something that’s transitory or [will be] dropped. This is something that’s here to stay. We’re going to continue to pressure for this change.” GUSA senator Jay Factor (COL ’14), however, expressed concern about the nonbinding nature of the referendum. “If [they] pass it by whatever percentage, and then still nothing happens, thi s seems like students might get cynical towards GUSA, at least a little, in terms of being able to express our opinions any time, but we can’t do anything to change,” Factor said. According to GUSA President Clara Gustafson (SFS ’13), the Student Advocacy Office plans to collect testimonials from students who are willing to share their experiences with the Office of Student Conduct in the disciplinary process. The testimonials will then be presented to the auditors of the Code of Conduct Office. Olson declined to comment on issues pertaining to the evidentiary standard at press time.
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Xerox to Evaluate GU Printing Costs Sarah Patrick Hoya Staff Writer
Georgetown has secured Xerox to conduct an assessment of printing options and access across campus, Chief Information Officer Lisa Davis announced in a university broadcast email Monday afternoon. According to the email, the university established a working group consisting of faculty and staff from main campus, the Law Center and the Medical Center to evaluate the total cost of printing, copying, faxing and scanning on campus. Davis said that the university has partnered with Xerox in the past and looks forward to working with the company again to make these improvements. The assessment will also address the age and state of the equipment with the ultimate goal of reducing the cost and increasing the efficiency of printing. According to Davis, the work-
ing group, which was formed last month, will also address how to improve sustainability, centralize university printing services and standardize the vendor, all of which will decrease printing costs. “I think by focusing on all of those areas, we will have a more modernized capability, a more sufficient … capability and it will be easier and more sustainable for all consumers,” Davis said. Assessment activities will go live on Sept. 25, and Xerox’s analysis and data collection will begin Oct. 25 and last approximately 30 days, culminating in final recommendations at the end of November, according to Davis’s email. The data that Xerox gathers will assist the university in calculating the current cost of printing and determining the necessary improvements to decrease student and university financial burden. “It is very exciting, because there are huge possibilities to modernize how we are doing printing across Georgetown,” Davis said.
Chaplains- and Faculty-in-Residence Enrich Dorm Life FACULTY, from A1 five-year-old kid running around,” she said. Roth also sees her on-campus residence as essential to balancing her roles as a parent and a teacher. “Since having a child, I cannot imagine how I would do all that I did before, and indeed now even more, if I didn’t live on campus,” she wrote in an email. While they can’t always compete with the entertainment value of an energetic kindergartner, Georgetown’s Jesuits-inresidence bring a spiritual element to the residence halls, while simultaneously serving as mentors, like Roth and her colleagues. Fr. David Collins, S.J., holds open houses every week in his eighth-floor Village C West suite. All students are invited to stop by for good conversation and, if
they’re lucky, Collins’ excellent hot cider and cookies. “It’s an unstructured way for students to come up and, in fact, raise issues that they want to talk about,” Collins said. “The advantage of putting so much emphasis on unstructured open house is that it allows themes to be set by students.” According to Collins, a history professor, the experience of living in a residence hall allows faculty to interact with students they might never otherwise encounter. “I like the wide range of spontaneous interactions with students,” Collins said. “I have history students in the classroom. I have Catholic students in the church. ... [Being a Jesuit-in-residence] is completely outside those two main contexts.” For Fr. Dan Madigan, S.J., an Australian
priest entering his first year as LXR’s Jesuit-in-residence, the experience represents a chance to expand his understanding of American college life. “I was very interested to meet RAs — that was an eye-opener, because I didn’t go to a school like this,” Madigan said. “I went to undergrad in Australia, and we always go to state university as commuters, so we don’t have the sense of 24/7 residential contact.” A theology professor, Madigan echoed Collins on the value of meeting a more diverse group of undergraduates. “One of the things I wanted to do was get to know a broader cross-section of students,” Madigan said. “We make a lot of the fact that this is a Jesuit university, but many students never get to meet a Jesuit.” Fr. Matthew Carnes, S.J., the chaplainin-residence in Kennedy Hall, served as a
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School of Foreign Service Qatar’s Dean Gerd Nonneman and the Diplomatic Institute’s Hassan Bin Ibrahim Al Mohannadi formed a partnership between the two institutions Sept. 4.
SFS-Q Enters New Partnership Braden McDonald Hoya Staff Writer
Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service in Qatar has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Diplomatic Institute at Qatar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, continuing a recent trend toward stronger ties with local institutions. While the partnership is primarily intended to train and educate the ministry’s staff, Waleed Khan, marketing and media manager at SFS-Q, said the relationship provides perks for both SFS-Q and the Diplomatic Institute, which is responsible for training the ministry’s officials. “SFS-Q’s expertise in international relations benefits the institute, and the institute’s network of career diplomats can mentor and support the growth and development of future diplomats from SFSQ,” he wrote in an email.
As part of the agreement, SFS-Q will cooperate with the Diplomatic Institute to help develop its academic courses, bolster its research and facilitate training of the ministry’s executive leadership. The two institutions will organize joint conferences and workshops, and students will be encouraged to do volunteer work through the Diplomatic Institute. In addition, Khan said the partnership could create opportunities for student internships at the Diplomatic Institute in the future. “Development of internships is definitely something that will be explored further,” he wrote. “We hope that we are able to create opportunities for students to enrich their in-class knowledge with expert speakers and presenters from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and with potential apprenticeships.” Khan said that a working
group composed of representatives from SFS-Q and the Diplomatic Institute will convene within a few weeks to determine how best to maximize the partnership’s benefits for both parties. “The signing of the [agreement] is just the inauguration of the relationship, and in the long term, both parties will gain a lot,” he said. In his remarks at the signing of the agreement Sept. 4, Gerd Nonneman, dean of SFS-Q, said that the memorandum of understanding continues a trend of bolstering relations with other institutions in Qatar. “Our mission has always been to contribute to developing Qatar’s national capacity,” he said. “Now, with Qatar playing a critical diplomatic role on the world stage, this is the right time for an agreement of this type in order to support the growing needs of the country and the region.”
Jesuit-in-residence for five years at Santa Clara University. He is taking his first crack at Georgetown’s program this semester and is in the process of organizing dorm activities that go way outside the box. “I’m going to lead a secret Jesuit tour,” Carnes said. “Essentially, at nine at night we go with flashlights to different historical sites, get keys to see secret places around campus ... and finish up with ice cream at my apartment.” Whether they’re leading trips to the Kennedy Center or simply providing desserts and advice, it’s clear that faculty-in-residence are a useful — and possibly underutilized — resource for students. “Their events bring together people from different floors who would otherwise not meet each other, but I don’t think students take enough advantage
of the opportunity,” Giulliana Gonzalez (NHS ’14) said. “I think they’re a very good support network, even if you’re not religious. The chaplain I had wasn’t my denomination, but they were still a great support. Just because you’re not religious doesn’t mean you’re not in need of a chaplain.” And despite the fact that Georgetown students have a reputation for playing nearly as hard as they work, faculty-inresidence say that dorm life is no more chaotic than is typical for a college community. “I hear less student noise where I am now than I did in the house where I was living before,” Cadigan said, referring to an all-Jesuit residence on 35th Street. Collins agreed, with one caveat. “Other than when the Yankees won the World Series, I’ve never been kept up at night,” he said.
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Junior kicker Matt MacZura made two field goals in Georgetown’s 13-10 win over Wagner.
Field Goals Cement GU Victory WAGNER, from A10 punt that went to the 1-yard line,” Kelly said. “[Our] defense held them, we had a good return and we got a touchdown.” After throwing one incomplete pass, Aiken rushed the ball for 12 yards and a touchdown, giving Georgetown a 10-7 lead. Wagner’s next drive came to nothing, as the stellar defense — junior defensive back Dustin Wharton had nine tackles, and McCabe had 13 tackles and one sack — once again stopped the Seahawks. “Obviously, our defense played very, very well,” Kelly said. “[Wagner is] a good football team.” More penalties on Wagner kept Georgetown’s next drive going, but Aiken turned the ball over on downs. A series of short Seahawk rushes set Wagner’s kicker up for a 44-yard field goal, which tied the game with just over five minutes to go. After getting a first down on
a 28-yard rush, Georgetown faltered on third down with four yards to go. But the Hoyas caught a game-winning break when a penalty went against Wagner on this season’s new rule relating to punt formations. “We obviously drill it in their heads,” Kelly said. “We don’t let them do it in practice, so they don’t do it in the game.” The new rule, which was instituted for safety reasons, prohibits “players from leaping over blockers in an attempt to block a punt,” according to the NCAA. “I didn’t see them,” MacZura said. “We’ve talked about [the rule change] a lot this year. We’ve put a lot of emphasis on that, and obviously, it worked out in our favor.” The 15-yard penalty against the Seahawks gave the Blue and Gray an automatic first down. Aiken and Macari then teamed up again to move the chains further down the field, setting MacZura up for a field goal with the game tied at 10-10 and 1:42 left.
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“You’ve kind of always got that in the back of your head,” MacZura said. “I was glad we got in the position to give our team the W.” The junior calmly knocked down the 35-yard attempt, putting Georgetown up 13-10. “We’ve done it so many times in practice,” MacZura said. “I think we were ready for it, and you’ve just got to embrace the situation.” Wagner was unable to score on the ensuing drive, turning the ball over on downs. Aiken, who led a charge that put up 312 yards of total offense compared to just 244 for the Seahawks, took a knee after the return, sealing the Hoyas’ win. “I couldn’t have asked for a more exhilarating win,” Aiken said. “For me, it was a great experience. It was everything that I’ve worked for.” Next up for Georgetown is a date with Yale Saturday at MultiSport Facility. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.
he law is bizarre. It’s amazing how over what to do with those who don’t often it tries to bend the truth, comply with our principles and values. demanding that we close our eyes You’re not supposed to cheat or steal or as it manipulates the record books and play dirty. You’re not supposed to bribe crafts a new reality. Technically speak- recruits with money and wild parties. ing, Lance Armstrong never won seven But it happens, and when people cross Tour de France titles. Joe Paterno never the line, it makes us look bad. won 409 games. Reggie Bush never won We become defensive, because sports the Heisman. are ultimately a reflection of us as a Seriously? That’s not how history is society. People love excitement and viowritten. I’m pretty sure I remember lence, cut in line, cheat on tests, break watching Lance Armstrong leave other the law, act recklessly — and athletes do riders in the dust, climbing to the top of the same. With all the cameras flashing, the podium as a champion. I remember it’s just a little harder for them to keep watching Joe Paterno win game after it under wraps. game, paving a legacy as one of the most Are you really surprised to hear that successful college coaches of all time. I the Patriots were secretly taping an opremember Reggie Bush dance around ponent’s defensive signals? Are you redefenders, striking the ally shocked that baseball Heisman pose in the end players took steroids to zone. get bigger, stronger, faster Forget the side-stories. and better? Did you reForget the scandals. If ally not think that there you concentrate on pure were bounty-hunting prosports, on the coachgrams in the NFL? ing genius and athletic We live in a violent, talent, the records can greedy, exploitative never be diminished. world. We’re all trying to Nick Fedyk Sure, the off-the-field get ahead, one way or anstories do matter. Just other. Sports are no exceplike every other profestion. We’re all trying to sion, sport is an industry So if it’s not about with an ugly side. Some get ahead. Sports sports, why do we punathletes do bad things ish the sport? Why, when are no exception. USC gave benefits to Reg— really bad things. Sex scandals, doping and gie Bush and O.J. Mayo, money laundering carry did the NCAA wipe out punishments for a reathe records on the field? son. There are panels Why, after Paterno helped of judges, advisory boards and strong- cover up a monster, does Paterno’s stats armed commissioners who carry out page have a bunch of zeros in the win this duty — sometimes a little too se- column? verely. Fine them, jail them, suspend them. We cringe at the barbarity of the But what’s done on the field is done. You Saints’ bounty-hunting scandal. We can’t erase the fact that USC was the naberate Penn State for glazing over the tional champion in 2005. You can’t erase horrific Sandusky disgrace. It’s hard to all the yards and touchdowns that Regforgive athletes who kill dogs, use drugs gie Bush scored. You can’t erase the 111 and cheat on their wives. games that Joe Paterno won since 1998. But that is not because they are athSure, some judge or commissioner letes. Once the situation gets ugly, the can sit in his office and decide to wipe sports part goes out the window. When the record clean. It’s a technicality. we see our superstars participate in But in the end, the record prevails. unethical behavior, there’s a public You can’t erase your memory as easily outcry for justice — not because they’re as you can erase a number on the comathletes, but because they’re human be- puter screen. The championship banner ings. stays in your head. Coaches and athletes are held to the Unethical athletes or coaches might same standard as every person in every be tarnished by bad reputations, but 100 profession. We scoff at Barry Bonds and years from now, they’ll also be rememBernie Madoff, Tiger Woods and Mark bered for all that they accomplished on Sanford. The Penn State and USC scan- the field. dals were not about football. Tiger’s scandal was not about golf. Even the ste- Nick Fedyk is a junior in the School roid era was not about baseball. of Foreign Service. MORE THAN A GAME It’s about us as a society as we mull appears every Tuesday.
Title Defense Starts With Good Finishes Matt Emch
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Starting right where they left off last year, Georgetown’s cross country teams opened their seasons in impressive fashion, with the women winning and the men finishing in second in two Saturday meets. The No. 3 women’s team, trying to defend last season’s national championship despite the graduation of All-American Emily Infeld (MSB ’12), took first place at the Dartmouth Cross Country Invitational in Hanover, N.H. Georgetown scored 33 points, easily outdistancing secondplace Dartmouth — which finished with 57 — and Big East rival Syracuse, which ended with 67. Other top-flight programs who competed in the event finished behind the Orange. The handy win for the newlook Hoyas was led by two AllAmericans, senior Rachel Schneider and junior Madeline Chambers, who finished third and fifth, respectively, with times of 21:32 and 21:35 in the 5950-meter course. Sophomore Annamarie Maag finished right on Chambers’ heals in sixth place with a time of 21:35. Seniors Emily Jones and Kirsten Kasper rounded out the top 10 with times of 21:47 and 21:54. The sixth and seventh runners for the Blue and Gray also had impressive showings, as sophomore Hannah Neczypor came in 13th place and junior Jenna Davidner placed 17th.
Returning to the Hilltop after Saturday’s event, the Hoyas met their new coach, former Georgetown runner Mike Smith (COL ’03), who was publicly named to the position Monday. The No. 14 men’s team had a strong showing as well, finishing second of nine teams in the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational in State College, Pa. No. 21 Princeton soundly beat Georgetown, however, earning 25 points compared to the Hoyas’ 57. Penn State was came in third with 78 points. Sophomore Ben Furcht placed sixth overall in the meet with a time of 26:25 on the 5.2-mile course. Running as a pack, the Hoyas finished in quick succession. Senior Andrew Springer and All-American graduate student Mark Dennin, two Hoyas whom Director of Track and Field and Cross Country Patrick Henner raved about in the preseason, finished behind Furcht in seventh and 10th, respectively. Junior Max Darrah, meanwhile, finished right behind Dennin in 11th place. Rounding out the lineup, sophomore Austin Gregor ended in 24th at 26:47, picking up 23 points in the team competition for the Blue and Gray. Both the men’s and women’s teams showcased the depth that gives them a fighting chance at the Big East championship. The Blue and Gray will now have two weekends away from competition to adjust to Smith before both teams return to action in the Paul Short Invitational in Bethlehem, Pa., on Sept. 28.
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Junior defender Mary Kroening was critical to Georgetown’s 1-1 tie with Santa Clara.
Cardinal Hands Hoyas First Loss STANFORD, from A10 pieces, which we’ve defended well, but we didn’t seem to respond after they got the first one. The shame is that I felt we had some pretty good chances in the opening minutes of the game.” Nolan was referring to Corboz’s three corner kicks in the first 10 minutes, none of which made it past the solid Stanford defense. The Cardinal, mean-
while, stayed off the board until senior midfielder Mariah Nogueira headed in a free kick from senior defender Rachel Quon in the 12th minute. Nogueira’s header sparked a threegoal rally over the next 22 minutes for Stanford, which allowed the Cardinal to cruise to an easy victory in which five different players scored. “We shot ourselves in the foot — we gave up four goals on set pieces, between corner kicks and free kicks,”
Nolan said. Georgetown will look to rebound from the blowout loss this Friday at North Kehoe Field, where they will play host to Seton Hall (5-3) at 3 p.m. “I told them afterward that it just wasn’t our day,” Nolan wrote. “We came out here two years ago and had two tough losses and ended up going to the NCAA tournament and the Elite Eight, so there is a good chance for us to bounce back.”
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Georgetown’s field hockey team (2-4) rebounded in the second leg of its Missouri swing, defeating St. Louis, 4-1, on Sunday after falling, 2-0, to Missouri State Saturday. The Hoyas played solid defense in their first game of the weekend, holding the Bears (2-3) scoreless for 59 minutes before two Missouri State goals, scored less than two minutes apart, broke the contest open at the 60-minute mark. The Blue and Gray’s offense was better than the final score suggests, with Georgetown outshooting Missouri State, 12-8. Senior forward Catherine Shugrue took six shots, with senior midfielder Katy Wingo and freshman midfielder Emily Weinberg tallying two apiece. A barrage of shots, however, was not enough, as shaky goaltending meant the Hoyas came up short. Missouri State keeper Andrea Bain notched six saves on the afternoon, while Georgetown senior goalie Briana Pereira had just two. Despite the disappointment of their fourth straight loss, the team came out strong against the Billikens (1-6) on Sunday. Senior midfielder Kimberly Keating, the team’s leading scorer, notched the first goal of the game just five min-
utes in. Freshman midfielder Meghan Murphy then earned her first-ever collegiate goal off a pass from senior midfielder Lauren Thistle. Shugrue also shook off the frustration of Saturday’s game, joining in the scoring barrage to help Georgetown amass a 3-0 lead at the intermission. “It was our best overall game of the season. The team stuck to the game plan and played as a cohesive unit,” Head Coach Tiffany Marsh said in a statement. The Hoyas kept control of the contest in the second half, with Shugrue connecting on a pass to fellow senior forward Annie Wilson for Georgetown’s fourth goal of the game. Although the otherwise hapless St. Louis managed to put one point on the scoreboard, Pereira and her five saves gave her opponent no chance to recover. While the Blue and Gray cannot be happy with their record thus far, they are only one win away from equaling last year’s win total. After playing on the road three weekends in a row, the Hoyas get a crack against Providence — the only Big East team they beat last season — in their first home game. Without a permanent home on campus, the field hockey team is moving its home field from American University to the University of Maryland this season. The Hoyas will make their debut in College Park when they take on the Friars at 4 p.m. Friday.
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Senior midfielder Ian Christianson scored the goal that equalized Georgetown to a tie with Wisconsin.
Hoyas Tie Badgers in Thriller WISCONSIN, from A10 with his first goal of the season, later adding the game-winning goal seven minutes into overtime. That heroic second-half effort didn’t carry over to the Wisconsin game on Saturday, as Georgetown once again found itself down early — this time off a Badger corner. After taking the lead, Wisconsin immediately bunkered, dropping deep into its own half in an attempt to hold on to its slim lead. The space may have been clogged, but such a defensive strategy also meant that Georgetown was gifted 63 minutes of virtually unhindered possession. Junior forward Steve Neumann was taken down in the penalty area in the 65th minute, and senior midfielder Ian Christianson buried the rebound off his ensuing penalty kick to even the score. From there, it was just a question of whether the Blue and Gray would be able to emulate Friday night’s
ending. A number of close calls in regulation and in each of the overtime periods ensued, but in the end, a winning goal eluded the Hoyas. “I think the guys feel like [failing to convert the game-winner] makes it feel a little bit more like a loss,” Wiese said, noting that Riemer came back to the Hilltop “devastated” by his inability to find the net on Sunday, despite his stellar outing two days before. Senior center defender Tommy Muller sat out against Wisconsin as a precaution after coming back from a minor leg injury to start against UIC. Freshman midfielder Cole Seiler started both games, paired first with Muller against the Flames and then with junior Ted Helfrich against the Badgers. When Muller is completely healthy, Seiler and Helfrich will battle it out for the second spot, but with Wiese pointing to the great upside that Seiler brings to the table, it seems as though the rookie will
be the more likely starter going forward. Even in the face of the extremely high level of competition behind the scenes, though, the camaraderie of the team defines the Hoyas when they take the field. Wiese described how all of the players on the bench were standing arm in arm, totally focused and zeroed in, as Christianson walked up to take his penalty. “When we get to games, they’re absolutely one team, and they’re very supportive,” Wiese said. “All 25 of those players are absolutely dialed in to what the team’s goal is. And while we kick and fight and scratch and claw at each other’s faces on the practice field, I think there’s a real great feeling of brotherhood to them on game day.” At 5-0-1, Georgetown is off to the best start in program history and will look to continue its success when it heads to Princeton, N.J., on Friday to take on the Tigers. The game begins at 7 p.m.
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Senior blocker Lindsey Wise has 59 kills so far this season.
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Going into last weekend’s Third Degree Sports Invitational, Georgetown’s volleyball team (6-2) was undefeated, displaying impressive depth and confidence. After a tough weekend against strong competition, the Hoyas look to regain their early-season magic — and quickly — as they head out on the road for another match today. Georgetown knew that sweeping the competition in Richmond over the weekend would be a tough task, but they were still taken aback by the stellar play of Appalachian State (2-8) in their first match on Friday. “We thought maybe if we could overpower [Appalachian State] a little bit, we would be okay,” Head Coach Arlisa Williams said. “But they came out and dug so many balls and just kept bringing things back over the net, and we were not in a position to terminate.” The Hoyas took two of the first three sets thanks to standout sophomore outside hitter Alex Johnson, who had game-high totals in kills, digs, service aces and hitting performance. Appalachian State, however, took advantage of Georgetown’s mistakes to roar back, forcing a close fifth set that the Mountaineers won, 15-12. “We had 30 unforced errors, and they had 19,” Williams said. “You do not beat a team when you are giving away that many points, especially a good team.” Georgetown had its best match of the tournament against physically superior Virginia (4-5) on Saturday. The Hoyas comfortably won the first two sets, 2519, thanks once again to Johnson and fellow sophomore Dani White, a middle blocker. The third set was much closer; the Blue and Gray faced an intimidating
12-6 deficit against the Cavaliers but dug their way out of the hole en route to a 25-21 win. “We came out composed. Everybody played an even game of volleyball,” Williams said. “Even when we went down in the third set, we stayed composed the entire way, and that really helped us to do what we needed to do on the floor.” VCU (9-2) was Georgetown’s biggest threat going into the weekend, and the Rams did not disappoint. Appearing overmatched, the Hoyas dropped the first two sets, 25-14 and 25-20. But, exhibiting an encouraging never-say-die attitude, the Blue and Gray fought back to take the third set, 25-23, and only narrowly dropped the fourth set — and with it, the game — 27-25. “Once we got our legs under us, we battled back,” Williams said. “But they were just too big and their libero was too fast for us to overcome the deficit.” Luckily for Georgetown, they get a chance to return to form and pick up a victory when they take on Delaware (1-7) today in another road match. On paper, the Hoyas appear to have a distinct advantage over the Blue Hens. But as the Appalachian State match proved, Georgetown must be ready to compete in every match or face the very real danger of losing. Nonetheless, Williams is confident that the Blue and Gray can win — if they play to their full ability and execute the right tactics. “They have got a big block in front, but they have got some areas in the back line where they are deficient,” Williams said. “If we can make sure we have got good swings past the block, we should be okay.” The Hoyas’ match against Delaware takes place today in Newark, Del., at 7 p.m.
y earliest memory watching tennis is of the 1999 Wimbledon final, which pitted my childhood idol Pete Sampras against his longtime rival Andre Agassi. It is also my earliest sporting memory: Despite being Canadian, I didn’t watch the 1999 Stanley Cup finals in which Brett Hull’s controversial foot-in-thecrease goal gave the Dallas Stars their first cup. Super Bowl XXXIII, contested that year, meant little to me. I now know it was John Elway’s last hurrah, becoming the oldest player ever to be named Super Bowl MVP, but I couldn’t tell you the color of the Broncos’ jerseys, whether there was rain or shine or even the final score. As a first-generation North American, I was brought up playing — and, by association, following — less traditional Western pastimes. I never played lawn bowling or cricket, but my weekend mornings were spent on the tennis court and my afternoons on the soccer field. I would have to look online to tell you that Brad Richards began his NHL career in 2000. But I could recall off the top of my head that Andy Roddick began his professional tennis career that same year, before truly placing himself amongst the tennis elite in 2003. As a young tennis player growing up, I wanted to be Andy Roddick. He was brash, confident and fearless — a typical American combo — and he hit the ball harder than anybody in history. Many still see Roddick as a bad boy, in the mold of a John McEnroe or Jimmy Connors, but one without the Grand Slam titles to back up his bravado. But in a sport in which Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer-esque politeness is the norm rather than the exception, anybody that wears his heart on his sleeve is made to look like a detriment rather than a credit to the game. But that’s not the way I see it. It was refreshing as a 14-year-old to hear Roddick respond to an
idiotic question about how he felt following a tough Australian Open semifinal loss with, “It was miserable. It sucked. It was terrible. Otherwise, it was fine.” It showed us that he wasn’t a robot. It showed us that he wasn’t just able to accept the loss and move on. It showed us that he cared. As a tennis player and, more generally, as a competitor, I had felt that same helplessness many times. I know I wasn’t the only one who loved that Roddick wasn’t afraid to convey his emotion out loud. In many ways, I grew up with Andy. I may not
He was brash, confident and fearless — a typical American combo. have known him personally, but he was the first athlete I followed from the day he began his pro career, and when I stepped onto the court, I wanted to be like him. I’m not going to tell you that Roddick was unlucky to compete during the age of the greatest elite talent in tennis history, because ultimately, little about his legacy has to do with how much he won or whom he beat to get there. It may sound childish to say, but Roddick’s lasting influence is that he was the coolest tennis player in a period of cliche, civility and monotony. He didn’t care who he was playing; he would simply hit them off the court. These days, Roddick seems like an afterthought in tennis. De-
spite the influence he has had on tennis in the United States — as its de facto number one for years, in the contributions he has given to the community and in his mentoring of young, up-and-coming American players — critics seem willing to move on without even saying goodbye. I won’t claim that I’ve continued to cheer for Roddick recently the way I did in my youth. The fact is, tennis’s elite four of Federer, Djokovic, Murray and Nadal are four of the best of all time, and if you don’t cheer for one of them, you get left behind in tennis circles. But when Roddick lost in the third round of Wimbledon this summer to David Ferrer, he looked around the stadium and slowly exited as if he were soaking in the atmosphere for what might be the last time. The Olympics came and went, and sure enough, it was on his 30th birthday that Roddick announced that this U.S. Open would mark the end of his career. There were those who romanticized the end in their minds, wondering if Andy might go out the way Pete did exactly a decade earlier; by winning it all. But those who know tennis knew that Roddick never really had a chance. The game had passed him by. For one final tournament, however, it was nice to have a reason to follow the American, to cheer after every ace, to sigh after every backhand error and to smile at every glimpse of the dominating power that made him so exciting. He was the first athlete I followed, and seeing him walk off that court felt as if a journey of my own was coming to an end. Andy Roddick’s contribution to the sport was never going to be decided by the number of titles he won; inspiring a generation of young tennis players should be enough to make one deserving of a proper goodbye.
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Collegiate field goals made by junior Matt MacZura, who scored both of them Saturday against Wagner
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once called “world’s best coach,” was quick to praise his former assistant. “I can’t imagine a better situation for Former Hoya standout Mike Smith Georgetown than to choose Mike Smith (COL ’03) will return to his alma ma- as a coach,” Daniels wrote in a Georgeter as the new women’s cross country town press release. “Flagstaff’s loss is head coach and assistant track and field definitely Georgetown’s gain. I believe coach, the university announced Mon- Mike can be one of the most outstandday afternoon. ing college coaches this country has He replaces Chris Miltenberg (MSB seen.” ’03), his teammate for four years at While living in Flagstaff, Smith also Georgetown, who left the Hilltop last worked with the U.S. Olympic Commitmonth to become director of track and tee and founded Team Run Flagstaff, a field and head cross country coach at nonprofit that organizes community Stanford. running programs for runners of vary“Mike’s experience as both an athlete ing ability levels. and as a coach of all ability levels has In an op-ed in the Arizona Daily Sun, prepared him well to lead our women’s Erin Stout of Running Times praised distance program,” Georgetown Direc- Smith’s work with Team Run Flagstaff. tor of Track and Field and Cross Coun“His spirit and genuine kindness try Patrick Henner said in a statement. have inspired all ages and abilities to During his collegiate career with the run, which itself is a feat,” Stout wrote. Blue and Gray, Smith was a team co- “Smith’s departure leaves so many captain and received with deep sadness all-Big East and All- “His spirit and and bewilderment American honors. Afabout how we will ter graduation, Smith genuine kindness survive without qualified for the U.S. him.” Olympic Trials with have inspired.” Smith takes over ERIN STOUT the team in a very a marathon time of Editor, Running Times 2:19:43. favorable spot, with This summer, Miltenberg leaving Smith worked with the Japanese wom- behind the No. 3 team in the nation. en’s marathon team at the London Henner, who coached Smith during Olympics. Two Japanese marathoners his collegiate career, emphasized the finished in the top 25 in that event. continuity that the new coach brings to Smith also worked with Olympians the program. as an elite athlete liaison for Hypo2 “Under Mike’s guidance, the underSport Management in Flagstaff, Ariz. lying principles and philosophy that In that position, he was responsible for have brought so much success for our managing a training camp for 147 of women’s track athletes over the past this year’s Olympic athletes. 25 years will not change,” Henner said. Before working at Hypo2, Smith “Mike will also bring in fresh new ideas worked for renowned physiologist and gained from his experiences to move running coach Jack Daniels, Ph.D., at our women’s program forward.” the Center for High Altitude Training in Flagstaff, Ariz. See A8 for full coverage of this Daniels, a well-known trainer of weekend’s cross country meets. Olympic athletes who Runner’s World
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Georgetown’s football team (2-0) broke open a tied game late in the fourth quarter when junior kicker Matt MacZura nailed his second collegiate field goal attempt, going on to a 13-10 win over Wagner (0-2). The low-scoring contest was the first career start for Georgetown junior quarterback Aaron Aiken, who was playing in place of injured senior Isaiah Kempf. “We rallied around Aaron Aiken,” senior linebacker Robert McCabe said. “He managed the game well. Everyone had to step up and play that much better, and everyone did that.” After a dismal opening drive, the Hoyas punted to the Seahawks, who used a series of short rushes to move the chains. When Wagner senior quarterback Nick Doscher completed a 12-yard pass to sophomore tight end Bryant Watts, Wagner gained a 7-0 lead. “We weren’t tackling very well, and then we made some mistakes,” Head Coach Kevin Kelly said. “What we told them on the sideline was, ‘It wasn’t them; it was us.’” Aiken and junior running back Nick Campanella managed to get the ball into the red zone, but — in a recurring problem on the afternoon — the Hoyas stalled near the goal. “I know we moved the football,” Kelly said. “But we didn’t finish drives, and we didn’t score in the red zone.” MacZura’s 21-yard field goal, his first in college, sailed through the goalposts to put the Blue and Gray
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Junior quarterback Aaron Aiken completed 18 of 38 attempts. on the scoreboard, though they would still trail 7-3 as the first quarter wound down. And that was how the tally would remain for nearly two quarters, with both teams lifeless in the second and much of the third quarter. “We knew this game was going to be [about] defense,” McCabe said. Wagner’s opening drive of the second quarter ended in a fumble recovered by Georgetown sophomore defensive lineman Richard Shankle. With senior running back Chance Logan leading the charge, the Hoyas brought the ball all the way to the 4-yard line but could not sustain the momentum, turning the ball over on downs. McCabe and two untimely penalties bailed Georgetown out on the
next drive, which ended when McCabe sacked Doscher for a loss of eight yards. Unfortunately for the Hoyas, the ensuing Georgetown drive also ended with a sack, when Aiken, who had a much shakier outing than he did a week ago against Davidson, lost seven yards on third down, leading to a punt from the Blue and Gray to end the first half. The Seahawks and Hoyas both struggled after the break, but after Wagner punted from its own 1-yard line and sophomore wide receiver Kevin Macari returned the ball 33 yards to Wagner’s 12-yard line, Aiken was finally in position to score. “We did a heck of a job on the See WAGNER, A8
California Trip Ends in Defeat Pat Curran
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Senior Andy Riemer scored two goals in Georgetown’s win over UIC.
GU Stays Unbeaten Ryan Bacic
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Prior to the men’s soccer team’s game at Illinois-Chicago on Friday night, Georgetown Head Coach Brian Wiese and his staff discussed how their team would likely react if — for the first time this season — it were to find itself down a goal. As it turned out, Wiese and his team would get two chances to observe the Blue and Gray in that situation over the weekend, and the final verdict in each case was positive. A 2-0 hole against UIC became a gutsy 3-2 overtime win, and an early 1-0 deficit at Wisconsin ended up as a 1-1 double-overtime draw in a contest that nearly turned into a second straight comeback victory. Each scenario helped to reinforce what the coaches had already suspected about this year’s Hoyas: They’re talented, they’re confident and they don’t back down. In the first game, a quick start by the Flames in their home debut sent
the Hoyas into the break trailing by a pair. With few offensive chances to their credit, Georgetown didn’t look like a squad on the verge of anything special. But that didn’t faze them. “The great thing about our team is that when we were addressing them at halftime, there was never panic,” Wiese said. “I told them at halftime that if we can keep it to a two-goal deficit, if we can just keep it at two, I guarantee we’ll win the game. “I believed it, and I think I said that because I was looking at them, and I think they believed it too even before I said it.” That belief was partially validated in the 68th minute, when freshman striker Brandon Allen scored for the fourth time in four games to put Georgetown within one. From there, Wiese knew that the next two would come in only a matter of time. Sure enough, senior winger Andy Riemer equalized 11 minutes later See WISCONSIN, A9
With a blistering six-game winning streak to open the season, the Georgetown women’s soccer team has played its way into the national top 25 once again. If there were any weekend that was likely to spoil an unblemished record, though, it was this past one. The No. 23 Hoyas (6-1-1) began their West Coast road trip Friday with a 1-1 tie against perennial power Santa Clara (2-2-2) in the first round of the Stanford Nike Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif. But a spectacular offensive effort from No. 5 Stanford (4-1-1) put the Blue and Gray on the wrong end of a 6-0 decision Sunday afternoon, sending them home with their first loss of the young season. Friday’s match started quietly enough, with neither team on the board when the halftime buzzer sounded, but the second frame was a different story. Santa Clara senior midfielder Lauren Matheson knocked in an unassisted goal off a deflection just over five minutes into the second half. The Georgetown response came just two minutes later from freshman forward Sarah Adams, who scored from 10 yards out after receiving a feed from sophomore midfielder Daphne Corboz. But except for that two-minute flurry, the game was a defensive battle. Neither team would score again for the remainder of regulation or in double overtime — largely due to the efforts of redshirt freshman goalkeeper Emma Newins, who tallied a career-high 14 saves for the Blue and Gray. “Emma was fantastic tonight.
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Junior forward Kaitlin Brenn had three shots against Santa Clara. She made some terrific stops, including that shot in the first overtime that was just spectacular,” Georgetown Head Coach Dave Nolan wrote in a press release, referring to a game-saving block in the 102nd minute. Adams, senior midfielder Christina O’Tousa and junior forward Kaitlin Brenn all had chances to score in the overtime period, but none of them found the back of the net. The Hoyas were outshot, 20-10, and held only a 2-1 advantage in corner kicks but left the pitch with a draw. “I don’t think people realize what an important game Santa Clara was,” Nolan said. “In recent
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years, Santa Clara has been the team to beat in the San Francisco area, not Stanford. … That was the game we felt we needed to go get a result in.” Georgetown took Saturday off to prepare for a Sunday date with the tournament’s host, which hadn’t lost at home in 56 games. The Cardinal defended its streak in dramatic fashion, lighting up the pitch for six goals on 22 shots while holding their opponents scoreless on only four. “It was a tough day at the office,” Nolan wrote. “The hard part is that three of their goals came off set See STANFORD, A8