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MAKING A MARK
ON TO THE IVIES
A photo essay reveals the stories behind some students’ most eye-catching body art.
The men’s soccer team gears up for a twogame stint against Penn and Princeton.
The Struggle Within: A Soldier’s Hidden War GU Tries JONATHAN GILLIS
claimed Hopkins after nine years of service.
Jonathan Hopkins was a casualty of war, though not the kind he had been trained to fight. As a West Point cadet, Hopkins, now a graduate student at Georgetown, had been schooled in the intricacies of international relations. As an infantry officer, he had been drilled in effective combat techniques. He could lead a platoon of soldiers, plan an airborne assault and execute a textbook invasion. He was well prepared for a war that used guns and ammunition. What he wasn’t trained for though was a war of deception. As it turned out, that was the defining war he would have to fight. As a gay soldier during the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy years, Hopkins risked dismissal from a military that deemed homosexuality a risk to the armed forces’ cohesion. In August 2010, that policy finally
A HISTORIC WITCH HUNT The U.S. military has traditionally had a tumultuous relationship with homosexuality. In 1778, General George Washington issued the Army’s first gay discharge to Lieutenant Frederick Enslin, who was accused of sodomy. According to Washington’s General Orders on March 14, 1778, Enslin was “drummed out of camp by all the drummers and fifers in the Army never to return.” In 1916 during the thick of World War I, the Articles of War officially banned homosexuality in the ranks, but the prohibition was not strongly enforced until World War II. As young men were filtered through the draft board in the 1940s, psychologists searched draftees for effeminate features or characteristics
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For second-year graduate student Jonathan Hopkins, hiding the truth about his sexuality as a member of the military could only last so long.
MIND THE GAP: DAVIS SHINES SPOTLIGHT ON GENDER INEQUITY IN FILM
Union Deal Remains Unfinished
As the next round of hearings for the 2010 Campus Plan looms, administrators are stepping up efforts to improve the university’s relationship with its neighbors. The possible construction of a new satellite campus for the School of Continuing Studies as well as programs to clean up trash, facilitate student transportation and police excessive noise in the West Georgetown and Burleith communities are some of the newer initiatives now in place. According to Director of Media Relations Rachel Pugh, the university is considering locations throughout the metro area for a new satellite campus to accommodate SCS programs for roughly 1,000 students. The school currently houses three of its programs at a campus in Claren-
“Less trash and less garbage on the street is a good thing. ... It benefits all of us.”
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Academy-Award winning actress Geena Davis highlighted the size of the gender gap in the movie industry in her discussion about women in Hollywood in Lohrﬁnk Auditorium Thursday. See story on A9.
After six months of negotiations with food-service provider Aramark Higher Education, Georgetown University Dining Services employees have yet to sign a contract guaranteeing them better benefits. “I don’t know what to expect,” Aramark employee and union member Donté Crestwell said. “It could take three days, three months or three years.” Dining hall worker Charlene Grant said that a committee made up of Aramark officials, union members and representatives of UNITE HERE — the national service-workers union to which the dining hall employees belong — have met six times to discuss the language of the contract since the workers union’s certification. Thus far, the Georgetown parties have agreed to focus on increasing wages, providing affordable health care and guaranteeing 40 working hours per week, a 401K plan and improved pension plans, according to Grant. These targets were selected by union members after Aramark asked
don, Va., roughly a 40-minute journey from campus by Metrobus. Reacting to neighborhood concerns over off-campus student residences and rising graduate student enrollment, Vice President for Student Affairs Todd Olson said that the university is committed to creating more housing space on campus. According to Olson, the possibility of converting the Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center into student residences is still on the table. “We’ve made a commitment to add student housing, and we’re looking at options,” he said. In response to community concerns about an overflow of student trash in the streets of Georgetown and Burleith, the university has also initiated twice-daily trash patrols of both neighborhoods by maintenance workers. More than 20 tons of trash have been collected since Aug. 29. Assistant Vice President for Communications Erik Smulson said that
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Top Administrative Salaries Over Twice National Median Last year, Georgetown administrators raked in over twice as much as their peers in equal positions at doctorate-granting institutions, according to data obtained by The Hoya. Eleven top administrators earned an average of 202 percent more than the national median salary, according to analysis of the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources Administrative Compensation Survey and university financial disclosure documents. The CUPA-HR survey includes data from fiscal year 2010 for 225 public and private institutions across the country that award Ph.D. degrees. Georgetown, as well as many other top-25 ranked institutions, participated in the survey. University spokeswoman Stacy Kerr said that the survey does not provide an accurate comparison of administrative salaries among
schools, however. “Georgetown uses a variety of sources, and CUPA-HR is not representative of our peer organizations, and therefore, does not give an accurate representation,” she said. Kerr emphasized the importance of analyzing Georgetown’s differences from specific peer institutions like The George Washington University, which has a larger student body and higher tuition fees. She said that the CUPA-HR survey is too far-reaching. “It’s like comparing apples to oranges,” Kerr said. The salary topping the disparities was that of former Vice President for Advancement James Langley, who earned $423,011 in 2010 — over four times the national median salary for a comparable administrative position. Likewise, former Chief Investment Officer Larry Kochard earned $604,317 in the last fiscal year, receiving more than three times the national median compensation.
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In comparison, Carnegie Mellon, a private peer institution ranked immediately below Georgetown in the U.S. News and World Report college rankings, paid its former chief investment officer $295,552 last year, 1.54 times the national median. Meanwhile, the University of Notre Dame, positioned three notches higher than Georgetown in the U.S. News rankings, paid its CIO $1,532,859, in 2010 — 8.24 times the national median. As the highest-paid administrator on the Hilltop, University President John J. DeGioia earned $756,219, just over twice the national median. Like all the salaries examined, these earnings do not include bonuses and additional benefits, which for DeGioia totaled over $150,000. A public peer institution, the University of California, Berkeley, paid its president $277,140 in 2010 — 27 percent below the national median. GWU paid its president $905,277, almost 2.5 times the national median.
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Encouraging Student Efforts
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Each May, over 1,000 students walk across the stage at graduation without ever having stepped into a science class at Georgetown. As science currently stands, some students avoid the chemistry, biology and physics departments at all costs. In fact, students in the School of Foreign Service are unofficially deemed “safe from science.” This attitude pervades even in the College, where the math and science requirements are arguably the easiest of all general education requirements to fulfill — thanks to Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate credits. The scientific truth, though, is that when students skip out on this variety of classes, they miss out on the comprehensive education Georgetown has to offer. Science pervades our daily lives, whether in the form of health and medicine, ecology or the environment. Phrases like “stem cell research” and “the ozone layer” are frequent political sound bites. The informed global citizen needs to understand these concepts in order to be able to speak intelligently about them. More importantly, science exposes students to a more analytical approach to the world. Learning to categorize and comprehend data forces us to develop conclusions backed up by solid facts. These skills improve any argument, whether it be within an English or government paper or while formulating a presentation for marketing. While most of this conundrum stems
from the current core curriculum, the lackluster undergraduate relationship to chemistry, biology and physics results mainly from a shortage of non-major science courses. Science classes are rarely taken as electives when they are not mandatory to complete a major or general education requirement. Students may take humanities out of academic interest, but the early-morning lectures, long laboratories and potential grade point average sacrifice associated with the hard sciences often repel many a student’s exploration. Upper-level courses generally have rigorous pre-requisites and require extensive background knowledge. Sadly, this leaves only the tough introductory and a few non-major courses for the casual scientists to explore. While the classes intended for non-majors have their merits, there are simply too few of them. There is so much potential to create more interdisciplinary hybrids through team-teaching courses that would expose the student to scientific thought in another form. With the New Science Center set to open next year, it is imperative that Georgetown revolutionizes its approach to the sciences. Creating more options for non-majors while changing the core requirements among the schools would make critical lessons from chemistry, biology and physics classes a part of the student body’s vocabulary. It’s time that Georgetown students lose their blissful ignorance and end the days where students are “safe from science.”
As I reflect on the start of senior year, I realize more and more that Georgetown is a place for constant innovation by topnotch students. I have recently heard about a fantastic way to bring students with great ideas for public service and social innovation financial support. The Social Innovation and Public Service Fund is designed by Georgetown students for Georgetown students. Some of the people I respect most at Georgetown created the SIPS Fund because so many talented students here want to
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dents were not able to pursue this opportunity since funding was so limited. SIPS funding could support seed money for nonprofits and social ventures, funding for alternative break service trips, research grants and whatever else applicants propose. As the students organizing and promoting SIPS Fund tirelessly devote themselves to this mission of increasing opportunity for Hoya innovation, I write in full support of their efforts.
THE VERDICT by The Editorial Board World’s Largest Paint Party — The Program Board will be selling the everpopular DayGlow bus tickets for $20. Whatever, Whenever — ZaarlyU, a Craigslist-like service that allows students to barter various goods at their set prices, will launch this fall on the Hilltop. Close Call — Albrecht Muth, accused killer of Q Street resident Viola Drath, was forced to stay in jail after threatening to bomb Northwest D.C. Virus in 3D — Georgetown’s AMC Theater introduced the IMAX Experience with the opening of “Contagion.” Park Place and the Boardwalk — The Waterfront Park finally opened up this week, providing an outdoor space for the community to fully enjoy the waterfront and autumn weather.
“Constructional Integrity” Article posted Sept. 13, 2011 Comment posted Sept. 14, 2011 The Hoya Truth: Make no mistake, this is just about property value and keeping cars from going down neighborhood streets faster than 15 mph. First off, the tracks are not maintaining campus character as 1) They’re off campus; 2) Students are a smaller part of the population where the tracks exist; 3) The historical character was in the day hops and others taking the trolley, was a practical means to get across West Georgetown. If you’re not going to add the trolley back, there’s no point to wasting $12 million on cobblestones.
SIPS should receive additional funds. Without any more financial support from the endowment, this exercise in our Jesuit identity will fail. By contrast, the New South Student Center already has a proposal for some of the monetary support it needs. Included in the 2010 Campus Plan, the university is working on fundraising for the center. SAFE proposal money, though, could make the difference between just a new space and one fully outfitted for student needs. Any headway that can be made regarding the student center in New South should also be a priority, as we all know space is one of the highest commodities on campus. But we can’t deny that the second primary proposal last spring to install solar panels on 43 townhouses was arguably the most feasible and most easily sustainable. Despite being the most economically friendly and greenest proposal, it still remains relatively unknown across campus. By allocating a larger portion of the endowment to this eco-friendly endeavor, Georgetown would put itself ahead of the pack in environmental initiative. Naturally, all of these suggestions lack the widespread popularity that the idea of a pub in Healy Hall inspired. But brewing a mix of increased social entrepreneurship opportunities, greener campus life and better student space is something we can all raise our glasses to.
“A Decade’s Worth of Apologies” Article posted Sept. 9, 2011 Comment posted Sept. 13, 2011 Anonymous: I can’t really fault you for your instinctual feelings. Rationally you know they are wrong, and you are trying to fight them. Still, you were a child, and the 9/11 attacks had such a strong impact at exactly the wrong time in your life. “Cigarette Theft Costs Vital Vittles Over $1,000 in Losses” Article posted Sept. 13, 2011 Comment posted Sept. 14, 2011 Anonymous: Only $1000? For 90 cartons? Considering a pack of cigarettes costs around $6, and there are 10 packs per carton, that means that the average consumer (ie smokers) would pay $5400 for that many cigarettes. $4400 is kind of a ridiculous mark-up. You’d think the Corp would be in a better financial position if that’s the kind of profit margin they work with on all their products. “Last Call Looms for Healy Pub” Article posted Sept. 2, 2011 Comment posted Sept. 2, 2011 Anonymous: “We take seriously the need to improve student gathering space and we want our students to feel welcome on campus,” Olsen said. It is disgraceful that an administrator in Olsen’s position can tacitly admit that campus is not currently situated to welcome students, and yet there are no repercussions for him, DeGioia, or any other member of the administration. The only things on campus that work are student run. Sure, they may not be perfect, but compare the Corp to Housing. GUASFCU to Facilities. GERMS to the Health Center. Maybe it’s time to turn the asylum over to the inmates. Things could only get better.
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Spread the Wealth After fantasizing last March about the possibility of enjoying a cold brew without having to walk past the front gates, we endorsed the Healy Pub proposal to be the primary beneficiary of the $3.4 million Student Activities Fee Endowment. Now that University President John J. DeGioia has all but quashed the idea of knocking back a few in the halls of Healy, it is time to turn to more reasonable alternatives. Under the schema worked out by the SAFE committee last spring, the Healy Pub and the solar energy proposals were deemed the favorites to receive the endowment. According to the committee, the $3.4 million in the endowment — after passing a student referendum this winter — would be divided between the two. The solar energy proposal was allocated the $170,000 it requested, which left the lion’s share of $3.23 million to Healy Pub. But now that a bar beneath the clock hands is off the table, it now falls upon the commission to make the most of the money available to the greater student body. The Social Innovation and Public Service fund draws upon Jesuit ideals to serve others by providing seed money so that students can get a head start on their social entrepreneurship initiatives. Last spring, advocates for the SIPS fund secured $1.25 after requesting $1.5 million in case the pub plan fell through. Though this is a feat in itself,
serve domestic and international communities but often lack the financial resources to realize their projects. The current proposal respectfully requests $1.5 million from the Student Activities Fee Endowment resources to help make strategic investments in Georgetown students and their ideas that advance our Jesuit commitment of service to others. Personally, I was lucky enough to win one of three Berkley Center’s Education for Social Justice fellowships to research social justice abroad this summer in India. However, over 200 additional stu-
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Asking All the Right Questions The beginning of Dis-O is a reminder of how much we have done and how much we have yet to do.
have always been motivated by doing and questioning. In my youth, I spent hours immersed in puzzles, pausing every so often to question and evaluate my progress. With growth and coming of age, I spent more time focusing on my studies and athletics rather than puzzles, while still asking myself whether I was managing my time well enough to fully nourish my mind, body and spirit. And after 18 years of living, pondering and learning, I made a choice about how I would spend my next four years. This choice, in my eyes, was a commitment. If I was admitted to Georgetown over the many other applicants who applied, I was prepared to accept that offer by engaging myself in the life of the community and putting forth what I could bring to the table. Fast forward, and I’m sitting in the Senior Class Committee office reflecting on my enrollment in Fr. Kevin O’Brien’s, S.J., class “The Church in the 21st Century.” With the imminence of Senior Dis-Orientation upon me, I felt it was most prudent to get ahead in some of my reading for the class. The first article to catch my eye was entitled, “What We Can’t Tell Freshmen,” written by former Georgetown president Fr. Timothy Healy, S.J. Since I assumed that the
article was going to be witty discourse on the inner workings of the university, I was quick to pick it up and astonished at the insight I found. “Many of the things I want to tell them they don’t have ears to hear. The first is that most of the reasons they had for coming here are either irrelevant or wrong,” wrote Healy. All freshmen have an idea of where they think they ought to be when they graduate, he went on to say. I had a slight idea myself four years ago. Healy wrote that when they come to the Hilltop and are forced to question themselves and their beliefs in the presence of the faculty and academic community. As a result, these first year students reach a deeper level of understanding. And this, I believe, is how students and people grow. It is not that students coming to Georgetown came here for reasons that were irrelevant or wrong, but rather that these visions were still developing and are still being questioned. Healy says, “In four years the motivational baggage they brought with them will be repacked beyond recognition.” This repackaging, or questioning as I call it, is the crux of learning. Reading on, I was not the least bit surprised when I stumbled across a sentiment with which I wholeheartedly agree: “The best of them (how much I long to say most of them) will all learn one lesson that, while it draws on learning, is not only of the mind. They will learn that in the university as in
any other human enterprise you only get what you give.” I so firmly believe in this conviction that I would challenge others to find an aspect of life where this lesson does not apply. Think about all of the friendships you have made, classes you have taken and activities over which you have labored. You’ll realize just how much you have grown from the passions to which you have dedicated the most. These two principles, when taken together, are the secret to making the most of your time on the Hilltop. If one questions with a faint heart, he or she will not progress significantly. In my process of doing and questioning, just as I did years ago, I decided to accept the challenge presented and dedicate myself to serving my classmates in every way I can. This includes planning activities focused on cherishing the precious time we have left together to helping connect my peers with information and resources they need most moving forward beyond the Hilltop. My encounters with other classmates through my work on the Senior Class Committee have connected me to something that is greater than myself. It motivates me and drives me and I love it. Just like every other senior Georgetown student who has found meaning in his or her endeavors, I too have discovered something special. And that’s what makes us, together, the Class of 2012. CHRIS BUTTERFIELD is a senior in the College. He is the chairman of the Senior Class Committee.
THE RAW DEAL by Anthony Mastrioanni
Using the Three D’s to Guide a Modern Life Fr. Kevin O’Brien
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arlier this year, leaders from Jesuit universities and colleges around the world gathered in Mexico City to reflect on the challenges in Jesuit higher education today. The Superior General of the Jesuits, Adolfo Nicolás, (my boss in Rome) opened the conference with a challenging talk. He warned against what he called the “globalization of superficiality.” Here is his argument: In an age when there is so much information offered to us instantaneously in so many ways, we risk becoming intellectually lazy and morally lax. With countless input from a variety of media sources, we are tempted to accept the easy answer — the one that comes to us easiest or most recently or the one rated “most popular.” With so many options given to us with the promise of instant gratification, one choice seems as good as another, and waiting seems like a waste of time. Plugged in and wired almost every minute of the day, there is little time for the solitude needed to think and pray deeply. With cell phones and MP3 players attached to our ears, we lack the quiet needed to hear the still, small voice within. In short, we are at risk of becoming superficial human beings, spreading ourselves so thin that we never go deep enough. What is secondary becomes primary; what is a distraction becomes paramount. Our thinking and feeling — and thus our commitments — become shallow, and our mind, heart and soul risk atrophy. Nicolás’s tough talk challenges me to examine how I teach and learn, preach and pray, love and serve. Each day, I examine my life by three D’s: depth, distraction and discernment. Depth is only worthy of human living. Dogs can be perfectly happy living superficially (sorry, Jack), but such shallowness will ultimately make us feel empty. I find myself skimming more, a helpful skill at times. But my cursory Internet reading has translated to reading too quickly the books, articles and essays that could fill my mind and soul. I don’t savor words and images like I used to. I’m up to 400 “friends” on Facebook (a paltry sum, I know), but that took none of the work necessary to build longlasting friendships. I ask myself: How much do I linger and “waste time” with
friends? How willing am I to invest in those friendships during difficult times of misunderstanding and do the tough work of reconciliation? Isn’t “unfriending” so much easier? I excel at multi-tasking, but at the end of the day, I wonder: What sticks? Jesuit education is about meaning-making, not collecting experiences like trinkets to display for others as on a resume. It’s so easy, as T.S. Eliot wrote, to have the experience but miss the meaning. What did I miss today? Discernment is to thoughtfully and prayerfully sift through the experiences and “data” of our lives, and then to make decisions based on who we are most deeply. Discernment helps us determine what is a distraction and what is a necessity. I get bothered by little things that really don’t matter much. My inbox is full of distractions. What really isn’t that important grabs my attention or incites aggravation. Too many material things in my life distract me from the needs of the poor. Critical to discernment is going deep within ourselves, to sort through the interior reactions, feelings, impulses and desires that we experience naturally. The insight of Jesuit spirituality is that God speaks to us through our deepest desires. But to get to them, we need to sort through the data of our interior life, like a prospector sifting sand to find nuggets of gold. Sometimes our first reaction or feeling is a distraction; there’s more underneath. To discern is to go deep. I invite you to join me in doing a regular inventory based on the three D’s. Let us strive for depth of thought and imagination as we go about the work of learning. Let us avoid needless distraction and develop a habit of discernment. As we commit ourselves to rigor in thought and analysis, let us also strive for a depth of loving, in our “friending” one another and our service to those outside our gates. Deep living is joyful living, but it’s also hard, requiring a certain asceticism — of being alone and quiet sometimes — and a certain sacrifice when we lay down a bit of our life for someone else. As we returned to the Hilltop, plates deep within the earth shifted and the whole East Coast shook. What is deepest has awesome power. Imagine what a depth of mind, spirit, character and conviction can do for our campus and our world.
Deep living is joyful living, but it’s also hard, requiring a certain asceticism.
Fr. O’Brien is the Vice President of Ministry and Mission. AS THIS JESUIT SEES IT... appears every other Friday.
Summer Reading Goes Beyond the Page Remembering Global Empathy Sarah Stodder An International Development
f you’re American, you can probably remember where you were when you heard just over 10 years ago that several hijacked planes had crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in rural Pennsylvania. For those on the East Coast, you may have been headed to what appeared to be a normal day at work or school. For WestCoasters, you woke up three hours later to the horrific news. If you were a student at Georgetown at the time, you may have mourned the faculty member who was lost that day at the Pentagon: a 31-year-old woman who was just beginning a promising career as a physical therapist at Georgetown University Hospital. Wherever you were, your view of the world changed, as did the collective memory of the country. Stories of heroism and tragedy were immortalized. Americans found their inner patriots. We nursed our pain with songs from Bruce Springsteen’s “The Rising,” an album by an American, for Americans. And rightly so — there is no day more worthy of national unity and strength. Often overlooked, however, have been the international reactions to 9/11, both on the day of the attacks and in the years since. The big news concerned possible outbreaks of celebration in Palestine, with rumors of people shooting off guns and handing out candy in celebration. While this
did occur in some areas, the U.S. media focused much too strongly on what was actually an anomaly among nonAmericans. The vast majority of the world, especially the developing world, came out with resounding gestures of sympathy and grace on that day, marking the day in history books as a day that shocked not just America, but humanity at large. The compassion came from places that many Americans would consider unlikely. In Iran, people filled the streets and even an entire stadium, holding candlelight vigils and moments of silence for the victims. The Huffington Post published a series of international postcards revolving around the Sept. 11 attacks. In a postcard written to Americans in the
Compassion came from places many Americans would consider unlikely. wake of the attack, an Iranian wrote that the only times she’d seen her mother shed tears were when “[her] grandmother passed away … and on Sept. 11, 2001.” A woman from Lebanon wrote her condolences to those affected by 9/11 in Arabic, stating that “even though I know English, I’m writing this in Arabic to show that we have solidarity and sympathy.” And from China, an anonymous person wrote, “Treasure peace, hold hands and go forward, love life, enjoy freedom.”
These people were physically far away from 9/11, some living in countries not altogether on friendly terms with the United States. Many of the countries that have displayed great expressions of compassion have been subject to frequent terrorist attacks themselves, which could lead them to see Americans as exaggerating the tragedy of one terrorist attack. But that seems to instead have provided even more foundation for empathy. Like Americans, these people remember where they were when they heard about Sept. 11. While Americans think of 9/11 as the foremost example of terrorism, many other countries have their own tragedies to cope with, both recent and frequent. In 2011 alone, Pakistan has already experienced 17 major acts of violence committed by terrorist groups. Afghanistan has had 15 such incidents in the same time period. Iraq has been through 20 possible cases of terrorism since the beginning of the year. India, the world’s second most populated country and a stable democracy like the United States, has experienced four major acts of terrorism in the past nine months. This does not lessen the sting of 9/11. It is not useful for anyone to weigh one country’s tragedy with another’s. Simply, it is prudent to view the 10th anniversary of 9/11 not just as a day when the world feels for America, but also when America can feel for the world. Sarah Stodder is a senior in the School of Foreign Service. AN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT appears every other Friday.
ll that new college freshmen want to do after graduating from high school is enjoy a work-free, relaxing summer before the new school year begins. The last thing we want to have due is a summer reading assignment that forces us to take time out of our busy schedules for school work. Summer reading requirements, however, are good for us. The books we read help us think critically, search for key symbols and enrich our vocabularies. Specifically, Georgetown’s 15-year-old Marino Family International Writers’ Academic Workshop encourages us to create and articulate well-informed opinions about literature and culture. Every year, the workshop asks freshmen to read a selected text and come up with three discussion questions from it. The university invites the author to speak about his or her work and the art of writing, after which students break into smaller discussion groups to talk about the it with faculty, dean and alumni mentors. Thus, this program allows its participants to share their literary analyses and engage in the scholarly debate that Georgetown students know and love. This year’s guest, Dinaw Mengestu (COL ’00), author of the required novel “How to Read the Air,” also supported the goals of the Marino Workshop. During the lecture, he spoke of how reading forces us to open ourselves up to new ideas. Whether or not we enjoyed the book, we hopefully gained some new knowledge from reading it. Regardless of if we agreed with its moral, we individually evaluated the story’s purpose. In our group discussions, we may have learned something new the information our peers shared. Furthermore, we went to the workshop to find out more about our Georgetown community and the community beyond us. As Mengestu said, “We are called together to see each other clearly.” Therefore, listening to the beliefs of those in our discussion groups helped us understand the different cultures
and personalities that are present at Georgetown. With so many nationalities represented at this university, we discovered how we may or may not be similar to people from other parts of the world. By asking questions about the author’s message and our colleagues’ backgrounds, we addressed important topics — self-identity, history and tradition — which took our conversation outside the writing. Indeed, we attend college so that we can find ourselves and become educated about how the world works. By forcing us to think of questions and concepts relating to an international text, the workshop challenges us to figure out what types of writing we like and what viewpoints we hold on major world issues like immigration. When we consider the opinions of others in addition to our own, we are intellectually stimulated. Curious as to why some think differently than others, we develop into better global citizens by continuing conversation instead of stopping it. Even if we have opposing viewpoints, we are united, in a sense, by the fact that we all had to read and study the same book. The workshop gives us another chance to share our beliefs with one another and to explore the diversity of our community. Reading the same book hopefully broadens our horizons and helps develop a feeling of respect for different interpretations. In any case, this summer reading obligation encourages us to continue reading and learning lessons from literature. Thus, the workshop’s requirement benefits us because it cultivates the analytical, communication and decision-making skills that we will need to succeed at Georgetown. It introduces us to the type of scholarly dialogue in which we will consistently include ourselves for the next four years.
EMILY MANBECK is a freshman in the College.
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YOUR NEWS, IN BRIEF
Report Reveals Bias FROM THE WEB GALLERY In Business World DEVIN URNESS
Special to The Hoya
Students and other job seekers looking to enter the business world are up against an overwhelming degree of favoritism in the workplace, according to a study released by the McDonough School of Business last month. Through online interviews with over 300 senior business executives, researcher and graduate student Jonathan Gardner found that subjective measures still play a major role in executive promotions today. “The world is still imperfect. People don’t always get the promotions they deserve,” said Professor Lamar Reinsch, Gardner’s instructor at the MSB. “We think that’s a shame, but we also think that’s the reality.” Though 94 percent of those polled said that their company has policies to avoid favoritism, more than half said they already knew whom they wanted to promote before seeing other candidates. Almost all of those executives — 96 percent in total — said that they ended up promoting the favored employee. Despite these statistics, most executives were unwilling to acknowledge possible bias in their own workplace conduct. While 92 percent of the executives said that favoritism occurs in most large organizations, only about one quarter of them admitted to practicing favoritism. The study originally served as Gardner’s capstone project for his executive master’s in leadership program at the MSB, a program designed to be a launch-
ing point for graduate students’ careers in business. “[The project] is an opportunity for students to integrate all of their learning from the program into a topic of personal or professional interest and often serves as a catalyst for further leadership development, even after the program ends,” said Melissa Trotta, the associate dean of executive education at the MSB. Gardner is now the chief operating officer and senior managing director at Penn Schoen Berland, a research firm specializing in political polling. Reinsch expressed confidence in the study’s conclusions, saying that he hoped it would have an impact in the business world. “[Gardner] and I would both hope that it stimulates people in all sorts of organizations to think about the process they use for promotions at the senior level,” he said. Reinsch added that the results of the study also pointed to several areas employees should focus on to increase their chances of climbing the job ladder “Work on being very competent, preparing yourself to do your job well,” he said. “It is also a good thing to have a good relationship with your supervisor.” He advised those entering the workforce to use the results of the study to better their performance rather than be discouraged by the findings. “Most of us at some point in our careers are going to be victims of a decision that is less than perfect,” said Reinsch. “But that’s not going to happen most of the time.” Gardner could not be reached for comment.
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GUSA Looks to Peers for Club Funding KYUYEON MIN
Special to The Hoya
In the coming weeks, students interested in bettering the club funding system will be hopping from campus to campus to analyze their peers. By sending students to eight universities nationwide, the Georgetown University Student Association’s Student Life Report Committee hopes to gather information on various advisory board frameworks before it releases its recommendations for reform of Georgetown’s student funding boards. “Our idea was to have students actually go to the front lines of these universities,” said Ronak Parikh (MSB ’12), vice chairman of the Student Life Report Committee. Student representatives plan to meet with students and administrators at the eight schools to discuss different methods of governing student organizations. Shuo Yan Tan (SFS ’12), chairman of the committee, said the group chose schools that they thought offered unique solutions to
challenges faced by university advisory boards. “Through these comparative trips, we hope to gain insights into alternative modes and structures for student programming, governance and autonomy, and thereafter provide recommendations to reform the advisory boards at Georgetown,” Tan said. A tentative list of schools includes: University of Wisconsin; University of Pennsylvania; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Cornell University; Duke University; Boston College; American University and The George Washington University. The first report on student life, which was released in 1999, focused on several aspects of campus life, including bureaucracy, funding and space. Some of the report’s recommendations continue to play out in present-day discussions, including the effort to create more student space around campus. This is the first time that comparative trips will be included in the study. “We tend to work in a certain mindset,”
Parikh said, adding that he hoped the trip would allow committee members to break free from any preconceived notions. Parikh said the committee has already received applications from several students interested in participating in the trips. While many of the applicants are members of the GUSA executive branch, leaders of campus organizations and other interested students have also applied. “We don’t want to make it a GUSA project,” Parikh said. “We want to make it a report that caters to all groups on campus.” The committee hopes to have two to three students take part in each trip. The overall cost, which will vary largely with the price of plane tickets, is estimated to be several thousand dollars. Parikh said that the trips have been funded by GUSA and by donations from alumni. Students who participate in the trips will be responsible for writing a report that will be submitted to the committee. Trips are expected to take place by mid-October, and the committee will release their report by the end of the fall semester.
Tours Introduce First-Year Law Students to the District LILY WESTERGAARD Special to The Hoya
First-year students at the Georgetown University Law Center ventured into the District on a series of tours organized by faculty and staff to familiarize students with the capital. The tours, which were offered to Georgetown Law’s 579 new J.D. candidates, were intended to introduce students to the vibrant history of D.C. Professors and administrators led trips to places like the Domestic Violence Unit of the Superior Court of D.C., D.C.’s Youth Services Center and the Shakespeare Theater. “The purpose of the tours was two-fold: to let the students get to know the faculty and to let students get to explore new areas of D.C.,” said Jessica Porras, special assistant to the dean of students at the Law Center. She added that the school is already making plans to include the tours in next year’s New Student Orientation based
on the success of this year’s program. Jewish Chaplain Michael Goldman and professor Sherman Cohn led the program’s Jewish Walking Tour, which showcased four current and former synagogues throughout the city. “Those locations are near the Law Center; they are also the beginning places of organized Jewish population, which was once centered in this part of town,” Cohn said. Goldman said that the students benefitted from visiting these cultural centers of the District. “The students got a sense of the Jewish history and presence in the neighborhood, which is undergoing a renaissance,” said Goldman. Cohn also welcomed the opportunity to interact with new students in a more personal way. “They had the opportunity to meet each other [and the professors] in an informal manner,” he said. Cohn noted that be-
cause of this casual interaction, students may more easily reach out to him later for further discussion and advice. Greta Mattessich (L ’15) took a tour of Civil War sites close to the Law Center, led by Professor Michael Frisch. “I feel like I understood the story [of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination] on a more personal basis. This really brought it to life,” she said. Mattesich’s classmate Rail Seoane (L ’14) viewed the Monument Jog, led by professor Kathryn Zeiler and Dean Sally McCarthy, as an appropriate welcome to the capital and the Georgetown community. “It served to reinforce one of the main reasons I came to Georgetown [and] D.C. You can take an hour from your work, which tends to consume law students and take a jog to the monuments or the capitol building,” he said. “The tour also added an extra level of connection to faculty and students here.”
DPS BLOTTER Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011 Theft, Leavey Center, 1 p.m. The complainant reported the theft of merchandise from inside a storeroom. There are no suspects or witnesses. The case is under investigation. Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011 Destruction of Property, New South, 12:19 a.m. An R.A. reported that an unknown person had drawn obscene pictures on the walls. There are no suspects or witnesses.
Theft, Leavey Center Bookstore, 3:51 p.m. A student was arrested for stealing merchandise from inside the bookstore. The case is closed and the student has been charged.
Throwing Missiles, 37th & N Streets NW, 11:41 p.m. A student was detained by a DPS officer after the student was observed hitting a vehicle with a beverage can. The student was identified, and the case has been forwarded to student conduct. Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011 Simple Assault, 3600 Block of N St., 12:29 a.m. A student reported that while waiting in line to get into a party another male assaulted him. The assailant fled the scene prior to DPS’s arrival. There are no suspects or witnesses.
Drug Violation, 3600 Block of N St., 12:32 a.m. A student was reported to be in possession of a controlled
substance behind a residence. The student was identified, and the case has been forwarded to student conduct. Monday, Sept. 12, 2011 Theft, Lauinger Library, 1:31 p.m. A student reported that she left her iPhone unattended. When she returned, she found her iPhone missing.
Theft, Intercultural Center, 9 p.m. A student reported that he parked his bike on the bike rack. When he returned to the bike rack, he found that his bicycle was stolen. — The blotter is compiled weekly by the Department of Public Safety.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2011
Behind the Lines of One Soldier’s Battle With DADT DADT, from A1 and often diagnosed suspected gay soldiers with mental disorders. By 1950, the Uniform Codes of Military Justice had proscribed “unnatural carnal copulation,” including homosexual contact. The penalty for disobedience was set at dishonorable discharge and confinement, but punishment was left to the discretion of officers who could choose not to enforce the policy. Under the Reagan administration, all of that changed. Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger bolstered laws prohibiting homosexuality, effectively mandating that gay soldiers be discharged. Military spies were often posted outside gay clubs to catch gay soldiers. When the Clinton administration first introduced “don’t ask, don’t tell” in 1993, it was celebrated as a step forward in gay relations with the military. Within 10 years, it was being attacked as a formidable barrier in the way of progress. A DIFFERENT REALITY When Jonathan Hopkins arrived at West Point in 1997, he had an inkling that he might be gay. “There was some degree of realization in high school, but then denial,” he told The Hoya. “Basically I looked at it like ‘Well maybe I have these feelings, but if you want to be successful, then you’re straight, and I want to be successful, so I’m straight.’” As he continued through his four years, though, the notion that he might be gay began to develop into a concrete realization. Under DADT, he was afraid to tell any of his classmates. “Senior year I wrote in some journal on my palm pilot that I could put a password on, and I would write ‘Maybe I am,’” he said. “I wouldn’t even write the pronoun ‘I’ and ‘gay’ in the same sentence.” By the time he graduated, Hopkins knew fully that he was gay, but he told only a few of his closest
friends outside of the military. He knew that the fact would jeopardize his career, so he refrained from telling even his family. Out in the military world, he attempted to separate his sexuality from his work. “I tried to keep this compartmentalized life where you have people who are gay that you try to build
“Your time in the Army, it’s really just a game of survival. It’s ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ ...” JONATHAN HOPKINS Second-Year Graduate Student
a relationship with, and then the rest of your life. Totally separate,” he said. Even when he was deployed in Vicenza, Italy, he was too nervous to maintain a relationship with someone in the same city or even the same country. He dated a few men back in his home state of Washington, but that was the biggest risk he would take. Ultimately, he realized that such long-distance relationships would never work. In 2003, he was deployed to Iraq to take part in the initial invasion, where he led an airborne platoon into Kirkuk. After nine months, he redeployed shortly to Vicenza and then to Afghanistan to plan air assaults and prepare briefs for visiting generals. His next deployment took him to Fairbanks, Alaska, where he grew accustomed to traveling six hours to Anchorage in order to try to meet other gay men. Again, he was unsuccessful. “A GAME OF SURVIVAL” When Colin Powell introduced the idea of a “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, it looked like a major relaxation from previous policies, which had often actively pursued gay soldiers.
While the military was still wary of the implications of homosexuality on a unit, officials agreed that the policy would work as long as gay men and women kept their sexual lives private and separate. The policy was hardly meant to make gay soldiers feel welcome. According to section A 15 of the code, homosexuality still posed a major risk to the services. “The presence in the armed forces of persons who demonstrate a propensity or intent to engage in homosexual acts would create an unacceptable risk to the high standards of morale, good order and discipline and unit cohesion that are the essence of military capability,” the code read. Had the code been implemented loosely, it seemed it would have a chance to work. Instead, it was laden with provisions allowing soldiers to implicate other soldiers, even anonymously. If anything, the code seemed to draw more attention to homosexuality, not loosen the restrictions. “Your time in the Army, it’s really just a game of survival. It’s ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ and you don’t have to tell, but somebody else can figure out and they can tell,” Hopkins recalled. Despite his years of covering it up, though, he couldn’t hide the fact that he was gay forever. In 2009, while Hopkins was again on deployment in Iraq, his superior officer called him into his office. “He said, ‘I have some good news and some bad news. The good news is that you are up for an early promotion to Major. The bad news is that you are under investigation,’” Hopkins said. The officer suggested that someone could just have a vendetta, but Hopkins refused to deny the charge. It was the beginning of a 14-month process that would end in Hopkins’ discharge. “I wasn’t going to lie to him. You’re already lying the whole time,” Hopkins said. “People ask ‘What’d you
do this weekend?’ ‘Oh, I went to Anchorage and went shopping.’ ‘Why aren’t you married? Everyone in the Army is married.’ ‘I just haven’t met the right one yet.’” CHANGING TIMES LGBTQ organizations eventually began to rail against the same policy that they had originally supported. In 2008, over 100 retired military generals signed a petition advocating the reformation of the policy. Many accused the policy of fostering a community of lies and deceit that undermined the strong moral values the military sought to uphold. The issue came to a head in 2010, the same year that Jonathan Hopkins was discharged. The Pentagon ran an extensive study into the potential costs of allowing openly gay soldiers to serve in the military. The
“I wasn’t going to lie to him. You’re already lying the whole time.” JONATHAN HOPKINS Second-Year Graduate Student
resulting paper, spearheaded by Army General Carter Ham, found that any negative impacts would be miniscule and short-lived. “We conclude that, while a repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” will likely, in the short term, bring about some limited and isolated disruption to unit cohesion and retention, we do not believe this disruption will be widespread or long-lasting and can be adequately addressed by the recommendations we offer,” Gen. Ham said. In December 2010, Congress finally voted to repeal DADT as long as President Obama and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff agreed that the policy would not harm military readiness. On July 22, 2011, the president signed the bill into law.
THE POST-DADT WORLD Jonathan Hopkins is as happy as he has ever been. A second-year graduate student in Georgetown’s security studies program, he now has his first serious boyfriend and a part time job with Caerus Associates, a strategic design consulting firm. He is proud to have made it through the discharge process, which he considers the most formidable challenge he has ever faced. “It was so bad sometimes that I thought I wouldn’t make it,” he said. Despite the early demise of his previous career, he says that he doesn’t hold anything against the military. “The military is really just a big group of people, most of whom I like. I still love the Army.” His sentiment is reflected by hundreds of other former service members dismissed under DADT. According to a Sept. 4 article in The New York Times, hundreds of gay veterans who were drummed out under the previous policy have already contacted their recruiters again. “It’s a hunger,” former Army member Bleu Copas told The New York Times. “It doesn’t necessarily make sense. It’s the idea of faith, like an obligation to family.” On Sept. 20, those veterans will be able to fulfill that obligation again. On that day, the 60-day waiting period for the full repeal will expire, and DADT will be off the books forever. According to Hopkins, that transition will be a major non-event. The support, he says, is overwhelmingly present for gay soldiers, and superior officers are concerned not with sexual orientation, but with how well the job is done. He would know — after all, he served for 14 months as an openly gay soldier before the Army processed his discharge. “The transition is going to be like Y2K,” he told The Hoya. “Everyone freaked out, they crushed the grocery stores for toilet paper, and in the end, nothing happened. It’s going to be the same way.”
Student Fights to Save Page Program PAVAL RAJGOPAL Special to The Hoya
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The Corp increased its prices on 20-ounce sodas by 25 cents to compensate for rising taxes and economic pressures. The company had originally promised to keep prices at one dollar last year in the wake of the implementation of the D.C. soda tax.
Corp Raises Soda Prices to $1.25 ELIZABETH GARBITELLI Hoya Staff Writer
Bowing to economic pressure, The Corp has increased its bargain bin $1 price for 20-ounce soda by 25 cents. Last year, the D.C. government instituted a six percent tax on all sodas, sports drinks and other non-alcoholic sweetened beverages. The Corp, a student-owned company that operates several coffee houses and convenience stores, announced at that time that it would absorb the price hike and keep the price of sodas at $1 in their stores. “Something that often gets overlooked about the [dollar] coke is that it has been at [its price] for the better part of 10 years. In that time, the overall price of carbonated beverages in urban areas has increased by around 25 to 30 percent” said The Corp’s Chief Financial Officer Scott Munro (COL ’12).
Munro reports no noticeable drop in demand for the 20-ounce beverage despite the price increase, but some students were unsatisfied with the change in tone from last year. “[The Corp] had that whole campaign last year, ‘We eat the tax, because we care,’ and then they changed it. You might as well buy it from a vending machine,” Kathleen MuCullough (SFS ’12) said. Munro cited general inflation and the six percent tax on sodas as factors that ultimately became too expensive to keep the soda at its low price tag. “When pricing our products we always, always, always keep the Georgetown community in mind. Sometimes we have a choice in the matter and sometimes we don’t,” Munro said. According to Munro, 20-ounce sodas priced at a $1.25 are still a great deal compared to prices in the surrounding
area. At the University Bookstore and Epicurean and Company, soda prices run at $1.49, while campus favorite Wisemiller’s Grocery and Deli charges $1.89. Other items facing price increases are Frito-Lay chips, which will be increasing by 10 cents after the parent company’s mandate. “[Raising some prices was] not a decision we made lightly, but I feel confident that it was the best decision not only for The Corp but for the community as well,” Munro said. “If we aren’t profitable for too long we can’t give back in the same way. … As we do better, the impact our company will have can only increase.” Reza Handley-Namavar (MSB ’12) said the price hike hasn’t affected his buying habits. “It’s not that big of a total increase,” he said.
After almost 200 years of service to the legislative branch, the U.S. House of Representatives Page Program was retired in August. But one student is drumming up support so that high-school students can continue to enjoy the same experience he did. Carlos DeLaTorre (COL ’13) founded the Save the Page Program, a group dedicated to preserving youth opportunities on Capitol Hill. The group has used a variety of tactics to further that cause, from raising awareness among alumni of the program to directly petitioning Congress to reconsider its decision. On Sept. 23, the organization will undertake a Day of Action, during which a group of supporters will call their representatives in support of the program. The cutting of the House Page Program is now a matter of national discussion. The Congressional Black Caucus now supports the moves to revive the program, and pundits like Maureen Dowd of The New York Times have written articles lamenting its cancellation. The House Page Program was created in 1827, although the use of messengers to pass notes between representatives dates to the First Continental Congress. Pages undergo a rigorous selection process before being nominated by a Congressional representative to serve in the position. In addition to performing administrative duties like carrying notes and delivering legislation, the pages are required to attend classes when Congress is not in session. The job is often hectic, but most Georgetown alumni of the Page Program agree that their experiences were enriching, even life-changing. “It is one of the fondest memories of my life,” said Gaby Perla (SFS ’14), who served as a page in the summer of 2009. Perla worked in the Coat Room and recalls being tasked with remembering the names of all 256 Democratic Representatives. When the House was in session, she raised the American flag over the Capitol Building. Through her experiences on the
Hill, Perla said that she gained a deeper understanding of public policy and the legislative process. While many budget hawks acknowledge the educational benefits of the program, they say it adds dead weight to the budget. With the upswing in cell phone usage and inter-office communication by email, the House Page Program was added to the chopping block in the latest cuts. “This decision was not easy, but it is necessary due to the prohibitive cost of the program and advances in technology that have rendered most pageprovided services no longer essential to the smooth functioning of the House,” said House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in a joint statement announcing the cancellation of the program. DeLaTorre disagrees with that logic, arguing that the program affords invaluable experiences to participants and promotes civic engagement at the grassroots level. “I can really trace wanting to be a leader, to be a problem solver as a result of the program,” said DeLaTorre, an officer of the Student Activities Commission and a spring 2008 page. “I would say that after the program, I really found myself.” Rather than demanding a return to the old system, Save the Page Program instead proposes a reformed House Page Program that is both fiscally sustainable and beneficial to the legislative process. Some possible reforms include lowering the number of pages, assigning pages to specific committees or members of Congress and schooling the pages in their residential quarters rather than in the Capitol building. According to the group, such changes would cut the cost of the program to about half of its original $5 million price tag. Ultimately for DeLaTorre, the crux of the issue transcends budgetary politics. “It’s not about former pages or the members of Congress blocking this decision,” he said. “It’s about 14 to 15 year-olds looking for an opportunity and trying to go to the Hill and parti -cipate in the legislative process.”
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GU Readership Program Holds Strong as Others Falter ANDY MILLER
Special to The Hoya
Although The George Washington University recently cut its Collegiate Readership Program due to lack of interest, Georgetown’s own service will not suffer the same fate any time soon. According to The GW Hatchet, GWU ended the USA Today-sponsored service, which provides free daily copies of The New York Times, The Washington Post and USA Today to students, in late August due to budget cuts and a lack of student interest in the program. The Georgetown University Student Association restarted Georgetown’s subscription to the same program last spring, distributing papers
in Lauinger Library, Red Square and Sellinger Lounge, after its suspension in Fall 2010. By financing the $12,500 service out of its own pocket, GUSA provides the program with a reliable source of funding that it lacked in previous years. It is an investment that GUSA leaders say they plan to continue making on a yearly basis as long as the service remains popular with students. According to Tyler Sax (COL ’13), a Finance and Appropriations Committee member who was instrumental in negotiating the contract with USA Today, bringing the Collegiate Readership Program completely under GUSA’s budget has been the key to the service’s sustainability. In previous years, the program had relied on contributions from multiple stu-
dent groups. “We wanted to make it something line-item in the budget, so that it would be here year to year,” Sax said. “With the Student Activities Fee Endowment reform, it was something we were able to do without taking away from other student activities.” While funding for the service is no longer a problem, many students have questioned the value of bringing the program back given the increasing tendency of students to get their news online. The results of a survey conducted by Interhall in Fall 2010 showed that under 50 percent of students had been in favor of reinstating the subscription. Jed Feinman (COL ’12), a former GUSA presidential candidate, be-
GU Launches Initiatives Targeting Tensions Created by Campus Plan TOWN TIES, from A1
university crews pick up trash that hinders the aesthetic of neighborhood streets. “Whether Georgetown trash or not, we pick it up. It’s just a good investment in the neighborhood. Less trash and less garbage on the street is a good thing,” said Smulson, who has called these new measures “quality of life investments.” “It benefits all of us,” he said. Excessive street noise and waste were among the main reasons many neighborhood organizations called upon the university to provide housing for 100 percent of students on campus in coming years. Other programs put into effect by the university include a new late-night M Street shuttle, which transports students from Healy Gates to Georgetown bars and restaurants, as well as a bolstered police presence in the neighborhood. Olson stressed that this recent push for amicable relations reflects a longstanding tradition of cooperation with the surrounding community. “These new innovations build on a
long commitment to engage neighbors, the MPD and students,” he said. According to Olson, last year’s doubling of patrols by Student Neighborhood Assistance Program — a university-sponsored service that patrols the streets of West Georgetown and Burleith addressing student rowdiness and noise before MPD involvement — has been received positively by students and neighbors alike. While the university hopes to accommodate neighbor grievances, Olson said that the team of administrators handling community relations still wants students to be able to maintain an independent lifestyle in their off-campus residences. Accordingly, administrators have refrained from imposing a party registration system or keg limit for offcampus houses. “We have to strike a balance on these issues,” he said. Alykhan Merali (SFS ’13), spokesman for the student advocacy group DC Students Speak, said that the M Street shuttle and trash collection program would benefit both Georgetown students and the surrounding community. “M Street shuttles are definitely
things that can also benefit students — not only will they smooth over relations with neighbors … at the same time, students will have access to wherever they want to go in the neighborhood,” he said. “This is something where both students and neighbors are gaining.” Jake Sticka (COL ’13), the student commissioner on the Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2E, said that these new measures position the university well for the next hearing. “[The plan] is not a radical shift that some of the individuals in the neighborhood have made it out to seem. It is a plan that will allow the university to continue functioning as a high-level institution for the next 10 years, and [the new programs] say it will do so in ways that are very positive for the community.” Administrators said that they are continuing to iron out the details of the more controversial aspects of the campus plan, such as the proposed oncampus loop road and the need for 250 more beds on campus, in the buildup to the D.C. Zoning Commission hearing on Nov. 17.
lieves student money should be spent on services other than the distribution of print media throughout campus. “If the majority of Georgetown students read media on the web, they should most certainly have to pay for it themselves,” Feinman said. Despite the increasing use of online news services, the free papers have been extremely popular with students since their return to campus. “When I go past the Intercultural Center, the papers are gone by noon, so students are obviously reading the papers,” GUSA Vice President Greg Laverriere (COL ’12) said. He added that GUSA is still credited for any unused papers on days when papers are not picked up because of bad weather or other reasons.
Many students enjoy the tangible aspect of newspaper that digital subscriptions cannot provide. “It allows you to go through systematically and choose what you want to browse,” said Christian Chung (SFS ’13), who grabs a a paper almost every day. “Sometimes people don’t always have the ability to carry their laptops everywhere.” Laverriere recognized that students’ methods of accessing news are changing, but he feels that the popularity of the service speaks for its sustainability. “It’s obviously not a great time in the world for print media,” he said. “But as long as students demonstrate that its something they’re interested in, GUSA will continue to invest the money.”
AN APPLE A DAY: FARMERS’ MARKET RETURNS
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After last week’s farmers’ market was almost rained out, students enjoyed sunshine and shopping for fresh produce at the weekly market on Healy Lawn Wednesday afternoon.
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GU Drops One Spot to 22nd in College Rankings
Student Loan Default Rate Falls for Alums
Hoya Staff Writer
Georgetown dropped one spot in the U.S. News and World Report college rankings Tuesday, coming in at 22nd on the annual list after swapping spots with the University of California, Berkeley. In a separate list of rankings based on high school counselor evaluations, Georgetown slipped from sixth to a tie for ninth. Georgetown also ranks 26th on a list of “Best Value” schools. University administrators gave little credence to the magazine’s latest evaluations, however. “[The U.S. News rankings] are just their opinion based on a random set of numbers,” said Charles Deacon, dean of undergraduate admissions. University Provost James O’Donnell agreed, saying the rankings fail to tell the whole story. “It would be inappropriate for us to change our behavior just because we want our ranking to change, because they are such an imperfect science,” O’Donnell said. “At the same time, because they have a large visibility, it would be silly for us not to pay any attention to them at all.” O’Donnell said he still believes the top-25 status remains a significant distinction, as it helps in donation solicitation and faculty recruitment. “If you’re right around 20th, you could really belong anywhere from 15th to 25th,” O’Donnell said. “The basket of universities that we’re more or less clumped with on the list feels about right.”
Deacon said that he considers Georgetown a top10 school, citing in-house analysis on how the university fares when accepted students are choosing between it and other institutions. “We will beat every school except one that’s ranked ahead of us between 11 and 21,” Deacon said. “That’s why we don’t worry so much about these rankings. It turns out that the schools that we have the greatest overlap with in terms of admitting students where it was a close competition is Duke and Penn.” To calculate the rankings, U.S. News uses a complex formula that weighs many factors including peer evaluations by other universities, high school counselor ratings, freshman retention rate, six-year graduation rate, class sizes, faculty pay and credentials, admissions selectivity and financial resources. One of the biggest inhibiting factors for Georgetown’s U.S. News ranking is its relatively small endowment. At just over $1 billion, Georgetown’s endowment amounts to the smallest among top-25 schools. “We’re very proud of the fact that we use our dollars well,” O’Donnell said. “We like to say that we punch above our weight. I think it’s a mark of achievement that we get to be a top-25 school with the amount of money that we have.” Another category of “academic reputation” is calculated through surveys given to university administrators and high school counselors. Each university’s president, provost and dean of
admissions is given a survey, although Deacon and O’Donnell said they decline to participate. “When I get that survey and am asked to rank Alabama State University, I know nothing about that,” Deacon said. “I’ve been advocating for more high school counselor evaluations for a long time because they know a lot more about different colleges than we do. That’s their job.” Critics of the ranking have long noted that there are ways for universities to game the system. Deacon said that Georgetown does not engage in such activity, but he noted how easily admissions data can be manipulated. For example, under its Early Action admissions system, Georgetown has an 18 percent freshman acceptance rate. According to Deacon, if the university were to switch to the binding Early Decision system utilized at many other institutions, the acceptance rate would drop to around 13 percent. Using the Common Application — which Georgetown does not do — is another way to expand applicant pools and deflate acceptance rates. “It seems our applicants don’t buy into these U.S. News ratings,” Deacon said. However, he added that he worries that the rankings misrepresent Georgetown to students who may not have as much access to other information about colleges. “Unfortunately, we also want more of the students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds who don’t have as much guidance, and to them we say that we’re underrated,” he said.
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As the number of borrowers who fail to make payments on their federal student loans reached a 10-year high, Georgetown’s student default rate decreased. Bucking national trends, Georgetown’s default rate decreased slightly from 0.9 percent to 0.8 percent, while default rates for private institutions increased from 4.0 to 4.6 percent, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Education. These statistics represent loans that came due between Oct. 1, 2008 and Sept. 30, 2009 and include all students who defaulted on those same loans before Sept. 30, 2010. In this time, rates for all collegiate institutions nationwide have jumped by two percent to 8.8 percent, nearly doubling since 2005. Over 3.6 million borrowers from around 5,900 schools entered repayment during this time period, and more than 320,000 defaulted on their student loan debt. Borrowers who defaulted after Sept. 30, 2009 are not included in the reported figures. Patricia McWade, dean of the Office of Student Financial Services, said that Georgetown students appear to manage their loan repayments well. “This number includes all the university, with law and medical indebtedness being quite high,” she said. “Sounds like we have it under control and that our graduates are able to repay their loans.” Of the 2,560 Georgetown students whose loans came due during this time period, 23 defaulted. This rate compares favorably with the averages of private institutions as well as the rates of peer institutions. Duke University had 13 defaults out of 1,834 borrowers for a default rate of 0.7 percent, while Vanderbilt University saw a default rate of 1.7 percent for 29 defaults out of 1,564 borrowers. Cornell University’s results mirrored Georgetown’s with 23 defaults out of 2,687 borrowers. While the nation’s top universities are not struggling with high levels of default
among its graduates, institutions nationwide, especially for-profit universities, continue to see very high levels of default. The for-profit default rate rose from an already high 11.6 percent in fiscal year 2008 to 15.0 percent in 2009. “They [Fiscal Year 2009 rates] are the highest rates that they’ve been in 12 years,” said Deputy Undersecretary of Education James Kvaal in a conference call with members of the press. The increase in default rates is not a large surprise to those in the Department of Education, given that the borrowers in the report had loans come due at the height of the economic downturn and recession in late 2008 and the large part of 2009. “These hard economic times have made it even more difficult for student borrowers to repay their loans, and that’s why implementing education reforms and protecting the maximum Pell grant is more important than ever,” Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in a Department of Education press release. Scott Fleming, Georgetown’s vice president for federal relations, said that these increasing default numbers could come into play in the next budget debate when the budgets for Pell grants and other federal aid programs might be at risk. “[The default rates] will certainly be used by individuals who want to see cuts in federal loans and federal aid programs,” he said. “My point is that it is very important that people delve into the details so that they do not do something reactive that will hurt all students.” Fleming pointed out the fact that the largest bulk of defaults and increases in defaults falls on for-profit schools, not institutions like Georgetown. The security of aid programs in the looming budget battle remain to be seen but the current administration remains steadfast in its support for federal student aid programs. “The administration takes affordable student loans very seriously,” Kvaal said. “We continue to believe that college can be one of the best investments of a lifetime.”
Actress Talks Gender Roles HIROMI OKA
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Geena Davis, Academy-Award winning actor and founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, discussed the general lack of female roles in the movie industry at the McDonough School of Business’s Lohrfink Auditorium Thursday. “The reason nobody notices [the gender discrepancy] is because that’s all we’ve seen in the entertainment industry,” she said. Davis spoke as part of the MSB’s Distinguished Leaders Lecture, in collaboration with the Georgetown University Women’s Leadership Initiative. She engaged in a Q-and-A-style conversation with Norean Sharpe, senior associate dean of the MSB, while fielding questions from the audience. “She was hopeful and realistic,” Sophie Guntram (COL ’13) said. “She embodies a strong businesswoman, wife and mother.” Before the lecture began, Davis emphasized the importance of the terminology “actor” versus “actress.” “We don’t need a cute little ‘–ess’ at the end,” she said. The hour-long talk featured comments ranging from the portrayal females in animated movies to the effects of television on young children. “They very often don’t have room for spinal columns,” Davis said of women in animated pictures. When an audience member asked about
the effects of male-dominated literature being turned into movies, Davis responded with the example of “Coraline,” a book by Neil Gaiman that was turned into a film in 2009. She stated that the novel had Coraline saving herself, but in the movie, the protagonist was saved by a boy. “Everyone is operating under a sort of terror that if they somehow get labeled a women’s movie, [audiences] won’t go despite the fact that so many movies starring women have been giant successes,” she said. The actor also highlighted the various studies conducted by her eponymous institute and the statistics it has compiled. According to Davis, the more hours of television a girl watches, the fewer career options she thinks she has. For a male child, increased exposure to television can cause sexist tendencies. For Davis, the normalization of the lack of female roles is responsible for current trends. “What we need to do is make everyone conscious,” she said. Davis stated that when informed of the number of females working for film studios, the corporations wanted to change those statistics. To conclude the discussion, Davis answered a question aimed at the global impact of media with few female roles. “Eighty percent of the entertainment media consumed worldwide is made here, so we’re the ones exporting this image of what women can be,” she said. “Why can’t we send better messages?”
Dining Union Talks Have Yet to Produce Contract LEOS, from A1 the group to choose five important themes to emphasize as negotiations continue. Karen Cutler, Aramark’s director of communications, declined to comment on the specifics of the contract negotiations, saying that the average length of time it takes to finalize a contract can vary greatly. Grant said she expects to see significant progress by this winter. One of the tangible changes on which the union and Aramark have settled is the recognition of seniority. As determined by a verbal agreement, Aramark will now allow employees who have worked on campus the longest to have first choice when selecting shifts. While deliberations on a final contract are far from complete, O’Donovan Hall employees say they have noticed an improved work environment since their union was certified. “Now we have dignity in the workplace … we have a voice,” said Cathy Andersan, an employee who has worked on campus
for 29 years. While Andersan said conditions are not perfect, Crestwell also noticed an improvement in treatment by upper-level employees as the chief contributor to the shift. “It went from a stressful environment to a stress-free environment,” Crestwell said. Dining hall worker Bill Holt said that Aramark management is now receptive to union members’ input. He hopes that unionization will eventually bring about a mutual respect between employers and workers. “There is still a need for total fairness amongst everyone,” he said. Like the employees of Georgetown University Dining Services, Aramark employees at Loyola University Chicago formed a union last November in a partnership with UNITE HERE. According to The Loyola Phoenix, union members continued to struggle with finalizing negations several months after being certified. In March, Aramark directors refused to meet with Loyola employees.
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Hoyas Open Fall Season in N.C. 9/11 Waves Still Felt Across Sport MAGGIE MAWN
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The Georgetown women’s tennis team will start off their season tomorrow at the UNC-Wilmington Collegiate Invitational, where the Hoyas had a successful, if rainshortened, showing last year. The invitational, which will feature players from Furman, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia as well as host UNC-Wilmington, should be a good chance for the Blue and Gray to demonstrate their off-season improvements. Notably missing from the Hoyas’ contingent will be Stephanie Wetmore, who spent her final year of eligibility as a Georgetown player after graduating from UCLA. Wetmore, now an assistant coach with the team, was a dominant
force for the Blue and Gray last year and was named team MVP after posting a 25-9 record at first singles. She was Head Coach Gordie Ernst’s first-ever player to make the all-Big East team. “The girls have played with her before,” Ernst said of Wetmore. “They really trust her ... when she has something to say, they listen.” While Ernst admits that his team is “rusty” after a long off-season, he is optimistic that his experienced squad — aided by some new young talent — will not disappoint. Ernst is looking towards players such as senior Lauren Greco, who finished last season with an overall record of 19-12, and sophomore Maddie Jaeger, who finished 16-13 overall, to build on their experience
from last season and have solid tournaments. Ernst is also excited about the potential of some of his younger players, particularly freshman Sophia Panarese. “She’s is a great kid and a great competitor,” Ernst said of the Milton, Mass. native. In general, though, Ernst is just excited to see his charges take the court for the first time this year. “I want to see close matchers that end with a victory,” Ernst said. “I want the girls to step up, work hard and bring the competitive fire.” The UNC-Wilmington Collegiate Invitational begins today and will run through Saturday. The Hoyas return to the Hilltop next weekend when they host the three-day Georgetown classic.
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Senior midfielder Kelly D’Ambrisi leads the Hoyas with 21 shots despite spending much of the year in a primarily defensive role.
Familiar Nemesis Awaits GU at Home WOMEN’S SOCCER, from A12 the Blue and Gray are a mere 1-4-2 all-time when playing at Seton Hall. Last season, it was now-senior midfielder Kelly D’Ambrisi’s late strike which propelled Georgetown to a 2-0 victory at North Kehoe. The North Jersey hosts play a 3-5-2 formation — an unusual tactic, especially in women’s soccer. While the Pirates will attempt to apply heavy pressure and thus contain the Hoyas in specific areas of the field, the visitors are prepared to focus on quick ballmovement in hopes of catching the undermanned back line out of position. “It’s a tough system to play against, but if you can move the ball quickly and change the point of attack you can really punish the team,” Nolan said. “If you can break that pres-
sure you tend to have good moments, and that’s what we were working on yesterday in practice … basically we’re trying to move the ball faster than their back three can react.” Georgetown returns to the friendly confines of North Kehoe on Sunday to face Rutgers (5-2-0), against whom the Hoyas have inexplicably struggled to find results in years past. Due to a combination of uncharacteristic team performances and poor luck, the Blue and Gray have beaten the Scarlet Knights just once since 2005, including last season’s 1-0 loss in which Georgetown could not overcome an early corner-kick tally from the Scarlet Knights despite performing well on the road. The Hoyas also have motivation to avenge that loss because this early-season meeting could have a lasting impact on the division
standings. Georgetown and Rutgers were predicted to finish second and third in the standings behind last season’s national champion Notre Dame, and the two teams are expected to be in fierce competition for a spot in the division’s upper echelon throughout the year. “We’ve got our bogey team here on Sunday. For some reason we haven’t had the success against [Rutgers] that we’ve had against many other Big East teams, here or up there” Nolan said. “They’re well coached, well organized and they’re a good team … We’re hoping this’ll be a weekend we can come away with two wins and start the Big East conference schedule play from a good note.” The Hoyas will kick off at 7 p.m. tonight against the Pirates in South Orange, N.J. Sunday’s start against the Scarlet Knights is set for noon at North Kehoe Field.
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ast Sunday, we all paused to remember the 10th anniversary of a defining moment of our generation: the attacks of Sept. 11. On a level unseen since the Cuban Missile Crisis, our nation was gripped with a sense of fear and panic. All the safety we’ve felt as Americans suddenly came crashing down during the violent attacks of that day. Just as it has countless times before, sports allowed us to put the patriotism and fear of the day in perspective. This weekend, football players — accustomed to being simply men behind masks, raw athletes prone to using brute force to achieve their objective — turned into patriotic symbols with red, white, and blue cleats and memorial messages on their gloves. In one of sports’ most anonymous professions, an NFL referee quietly jogged onto the field with a small American flag in his back pocket before kickoff. This weekend served as a reminder that the most beautiful thing about sports in all of this is that it remembers. Despite the fact that there are almost no similarities between the sporting world of September 11, 2001 and today, athletes of all races, teams and sports took part in mourning loss and celebrating patriotism. How different are the two worlds we’re trying to compare? On that day in 2001, the University of Miami was ranked No. 1 in football and was well on their way to one of the most dominating national championships seasons of all time. Now? Miami is living in fear of the death penalty from the NCAA after a scandal of epic proportions. The largest baseball storylines of that day are even more irrelevant in the present. On Sept. 10, 2001, the sporting world was heralding Barry Bonds as a hero after he belted his 63rd home run on his way to a record-breaking 73 that season. Since then, Barry Bonds is only known as a joke, a walking Mister Potato Head. In the pre-9/11 world, steroids in baseball were only quietly questioned and not yet the subject of a congressional hearing, massive scandals and phenomenal cover stories (if anyone would
like to help Manny Ramirez explain why he was caught taking female fertility drugs, he’d love the help). In the NFL, Kerry Collins had just “resurrected” his career with an impressive Monday night performance against Denver. In Collins’ case though, this resurrection has lasted for another 10 years: He started on Sunday for the Indianapolis Colts while qualifying for AARP benefits. Shouldn’t there be a rule in football that if it’s been 13 years since your DUI scandal, you should be forced into retirement, or at least a rule for a decade-long limit on any comeback attempt? The current crop of young athletes, entertaining us with their skills, precision and antics, were not even in the ranks of professional sports when the events of 9/11 occurred. In baseball, the reigning National League MVP was only 18 years old and still living in Toronto at the time of the attacks. These players were not there to stand beside the New York Yankees as George Bush threw out the ceremonial first pitch of that year’s World Series, nor were they able to rush into NFL stadiums with American flags proudly waving behind. For the most part, the athletes we watched honor America last weekend were children at the time of 9/11. That’s what made Sunday even more special. You didn’t have to be a member of the Yankees to feel the pain of the attacks, nor did you necessarily have to even be from New York. On Sept. 11, 2001, millions of people across the country went through the same experience. For that reason, we were able to connect with every MLB player with an American flag sewn on the back of his uniform. As we watched the members of the University of Florida football team take the field with an American flag in their arms, we watched a group who were mere middle schoolers at the time of the attacks represent our nation. Much has changed in the last 10 years, but the sense of respect and remembrance we saw this weekend showed that the ever-evolving world of sports will always lend our nation as much support as it can. Corey Blaine is a junior in the McDonough School of Business. THE BLEACHER SEATS appears every Friday.
Georgetown Places Premium on Offensive Improvement at Yale FOOTBALL, from A12 Facility on Saturday night against Patriot League rival Lafayette, the Hoyas are sure to be prepared going into their contest with Yale. “We prepared really hard all week,” senior defensive end Andrew Schaetzke said. “We are going into the game ready to play.” In last Saturday night’s low-scoring affair, punts and field position were the name of the game. Sophomore punter Matt MacZura, who was named Patriot League Special Teams player of the week, played a big part in keeping the Leopards far from the end zone. He racked up an average of 35.8 yards on nine punts, two of which landed inside the 20 yard line. “Special teams was huge and our field position was big,” MacZura said. “Our coverage team and snapper did a great job getting the ball back and covering deep and it had a huge impact on the game.” The defense was also all over the field, lead by Schaetzke and defensive backs Wayne Heimuli and Jeremy Moore, and hopes to continue its impressive performance, albeit with some improvements. “The defense came together in the second half, especially, and made some big plays at some opportune times,” Schaetzke said. “But we can improve on penalties, especially, and stopping the big pass. There is always room for improvement”. Adding to the Blue and Gray’s thirst to start the season 3-0 is the memory of last season’s loss against Yale. The Bulldogs drove down the field in the final 1:37, down two points, to win the game on the final play of the game when quarterback Patrick Witt ran the ball into the end
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Junior quarterback Isaiah Kempf, shown scrambling against Davidson, has thrown no interceptions this year after throwing two in six games last season. zone for a one-yard touchdown. Witt returns this season for his senior season as perhaps the best quarterback in the Ivy League and a dangerous presence against any defense. Last season he recorded 2,216 yards and 12 touchdowns through the air. “They have an excellent quarterback; last year they rolled a bunch of yards against us,” Kelly said. “We have to slow them down so we can
get more opportunities for our offense.” Catching passes from Witt are Chris Smith, who snagged 46 catches last season, and Gio Christodoulu, a big play threat who averaged over 14 yards per reception and finished the season with 563 yards. Smith and Christodoulu are also both dangerous on special teams, as the kick and punt returners, respec-
tively, and have been a focus during this week’s preparation. “We have to do a great job on our coverage units. We are well aware of [them],” Kelly said. “They have an excellent punt and kickoff return game and we are working especially hard on our coverage units this week.” The Yale offense is also aided by running back Alex Thomas, who racked up 710 yards on the ground.
On defense, the Bulldogs are anticipated to have a major turnover from last season, as no returning player recorded more than two sacks in 2010. The Bulldogs do, however, bring back linebacker and captain Jordan Haynes, who racked up 102 tackles, including 10 for losses. Kickoff is set for tomorrow at noon.
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Cardinals Challenge GU Defense Broncos’ Rise Not Without Controversy RACHAEL AUGOSTINI Hoya Staff Writer
EMCH, from A12 astounding record of 61-5 in his five years at the school. He set the foundation for what is perhaps the most riveting single season for any team in FBS football history. Chris Peterson, who had been the offensive coordinator at Boise State for the previous five seasons, took over for Hawkins after the 2005 regular season and went to work immediately to brand his own type of football. The Broncos had already been labeled as a perennial powerhouse by the media, but Petersen felt slighted by the annual lack of a big bowl invite. Soon, however, he began embracing the underdog role. He hyped his players up every week by convincing them that they not only needed to win, but win handily to silence their detractors. And win they did. The 2006 Boise State team won 12 games in a row, beating teams by an average score of 40-16 in the process. It set them up for a colossal showdown with storied football powerhouse Oklahoma in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. In a game for the ages, The Broncos defeated the Sooners 43-42 in overtime on a Statue of Liberty play for a twopoint conversion. Scout.com rated this as the second-best finish in the history of college football. The entire country rejoiced. For the first time ever, a non-automatic qualifying school won a BCS bowl. The results in the college football world were incredible. The discussion about implementing a playoff, not bowl, system intensified solely because of Boise’s Fiesta Bowl victory. Boise State has continued its success with Petersen, currently owning a record of 62-5, another BCS bowl win and triumphs over powerhouses like Oregon, Virginia Tech and Georgia. But, they are not the little school in Idaho that the media
has portrayed them to be. In an offseason riddled with scandals at high-profile schools like Auburn, Ohio State, Oregon, and Miami (Fl.), they have slipped under the radar. This summer, the NCAA found Boise State guilty of lack of institutional control for violations in five sports, including football. The football violations alone are staggering. The NCAA claims that 63 prospective student athletes received illegal benefits, ranging from recruiting to impermissible housing and even transportation violations in the football program for five years. Contrast that with Ohio State. Five student athletes, including Terrelle Pryor, were charged with exchanging memorabilia for tattoos. The last time I took a math class, I learned 63 is much greater than five, but you wouldn’t know it since ESPN had daily front-page coverage about Ohio State while letting Boise State fall under the radar completely. When I search for “Ohio State” on ESPN, six of the first 10 articles are somehow related to this latest Ohio State charity scandal. When I do the same for Boise State, I get only one article about their recent severe punishment. The media simply cannot have it both ways. Boise State is either an elite team that deserves the same scrutiny that more established schools receive, or they are truly a mid-major that doesn’t deserve the same hyped media coverage — for both on-field and off-field performance. But since the Broncos got away relatively unscathed while the aforementioned schools took big public relations hits, you could say they now have a few more victories over BCS schools under their belts.
The Georgetown field hockey team (23) returns home this weekend for backto-back games. They open their Big East season against Louisville (4-2) on Saturday morning followed by another morning game Sunday against Towson (2-3). After returning from a disappointing road trip where they split their two games, the Hoyas certainly have their work cut out for them against the Cardinals. Louisville is second in the Big East standings to Connecticut and has always been a strong force on the field hockey pitch. The Cardinals, who were ranked in the top 20 earlier this season, have as many losses as the Hoyas do wins. Their only two losses have come against current No. 11 California and then-no.11
Wake Forest. Senior midfielder Hayley Turner was recently named Big East field hockey offensive player of the week and is the Cardinals’ leading goal scorer. Louisville is typically a strong team for the duration of the game, but both the Cardinals and Hoyas tend to play stronger in the first half. The Cardinals, however, play a looser second half because of the insurance they give themselves from their first half success. In order for the Hoyas to be in the game against Louisville, they must come out strong on offense and have a stable defensive game for both halves. Louisville has scored 10 goals in their last two games, but it is important that the Blue and Gray keep their composure despite the Cardinals’ highpowered offense. Towson will be the easier of the two games for the Hoyas this weekend. The
Tigers, however, have come out strong in their last two games — performances that hint at their potential. Once again, junior forwards Catherine Shugrue, Annie Wilson and the rest of the Georgetown offense will need to continue to show up big for their team. Junior goalkeeper Briana Pereira will be critical in both games this weekend. She will face tough shots from two aggressive offenses, and any mistakes from the Hoyas’ defense will be costly. Georgetown has already proven that they can score, especially after their scoring rampage against Holy Cross this past weekend, but the key to two victories this weekend will be limiting its opponents’ opportunities. The Hoyas will play Louisville Saturday at 11 a.m. Saturday and Towson at 11 a.m. Sunday. Both games will be held at American University.
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Hoyas Try to Rebound After Loss at GW VOLLEYBALL, from A12 responded by jumping out a quick 11-5 lead. A kill by redshirt sophomore middle blocker Annalee Abell allowed the Hoyas to extend their lead to 21-10 at one point. The Colonials had the answer, though, exploding for a 14-3 run that tied the set at 24-24. A George Washington service error and a service ace by senior libero Tori Rezin gave Georgetown the set, 26-24. With the match at 2-1, George Washington would go on to win two straight games, 25-20 and 15-11, and the match, 3-2. The Colonials’ 2-1 lead in the fourth set ensured they would not trail the rest of the match. Senior setter Ashley Malone recorded a solid .364 hitting percentage and led the Hoyas with 43 assists, 16 digs, and three service aces. “Ashley is an extremely knowledgeable and talented player,”
Williams said. “She can run a very diverse offense and put all of our hitters in a position to get kills.” Junior middle blocker Lindsay Wise compiled a team-high 12 kills and also contributed a service ace, a solo block and a dig. “Lindsay is a huge blocking presence for us and has stepped up her game offensively this year,” Williams said. The Hoyas will travel to Shenandoah Valley, Va. this weekend for the James Madison University Classic. Their first match is today at 5 p.m. against Appalachian State. On Saturday, they will face off against James Madison and Eastern Tennessee State. “We will take each match as it comes, make sure that we are well prepared and that each player plays her role,” Williams said. “It should be a fun weekend.”
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Junior midfielder Andy Reimer scored his first goal of the season in the Hoyas’ 2-2 tie at Michigan last weekend.
GU Hopes to Hold Princeton Winless MEN’S SOCCER, from A12 that — but then again that’s always the goal.” On Sunday, Georgetown will take on defending Ivy League champion Princeton (0-2-1) at home. The Tigers went scoreless in their season opener, tying the College of Charleston, 0-0, before losing to both Furman and Farleigh Dickinson by one goal. Princeton is led by freshman forward Cameron Porter, who has two points on the season after scoring the Tiger’s lone goal against Farleigh Dickinson. Junior goalkeeper Max Gallin has played in all three games with
eight saves to his credit. Last season Princeton went 13-4, earning a perfect record in seven Ivy League games. The Tigers defeated Yale, 2-1, to earn the Ivy League title before losing to UMBC in the first round of the NCAA tournament. “Princeton is the defending Ivy League champion and they also have a lot of the key components from last year returning. I think we’ve got two teams ahead of us that I would expect to be in the top half of the Ivy League at the end of the season,” Weise said. “We put them on the schedule because it’s going to be something that will help us,” he continued. “From a ma-
turing point of view it will test us. Hopefully we can come out on the right side of both results.” Georgetown is 2-0-1 overall against the Tigers, with last season’s meeting ending in a 1-1 tie. The Hoyas outshot the Tigers 21-14, but couldn’t find the winning goal after 110 minutes of play. However, the Blue and Gray is prepared to avenge both their loss to the Quakers and the tie against the Tigers. “The guys are confident. They’re not afraid of anybody,” Weise said. “They know what they have to do and that they’re going to have to be good in order to get results against both of these teams.”
Weekend Regattas Offer Learning Experience ASHWIN WADEKAR Hoya Staff Writer
The Georgetown sailing team will travel across the Northeast this weekend, taking on competition from all over the country in three separate regattas. The team, especially the No. 2 ranked men’s squad, looks to build on its strong start to fulfill its lofty expectations. The women’s squad will brave the frigid temperatures of Hanover, N.H., when they travel to Dartmouth with Head Coach Michael Callahan. Morning temperatures are expected to hover around 30 degrees, with a light wind pushing the temperature on the water even lower. Up against more than just the frigid weather, the Georgetown women will face top-25 competitors from across the nation. Some of the best sailors on the team look to battle Boston College, Stanford and Brown — teams Callahan believes will be the toughest tests of the year for the Hoyas. Meanwhile, the Hoyas will send a delegation to New York to face off against
equally difficult competition. The conditions call for warmer temperatures on the open water, but that also bodes for more wind and waves for the Blue and Gray. The regatta in New York will attract teams from the Hoyas’ conference, where Georgetown will send a coed group to maintain a strong footing against their opponents. The Blue and Gray will send two of their top senior women, Sydney Bolger, from Long Beach, Calif., and Rebecca Evans, from Cohasset, Mass. A second coed group will travel to MIT to sail on the Charles River, a narrow test that offers virtually no wind. Of the three teams the Hoyas will send to Boston, none have ever sailed on the Charles River before. “We probably prefer the conditions in New York,” Callahan said. “We race better when we have wind as opposed to the randomness of the Charles.” Still, Callahan is confident in the teams he is sending to MIT. “We’ve got three great skippers and crews, even if they haven’t sailed there,” he said.
These three regattas will offer plenty of tough competition for the Hoyas. The team is spreading out its sailors evenly across the three events, giving each a chance to win while making sure everybody gets more experience under their belts. “The focus is not on winning but on spreading out sailors and trying to get good competing in,” Callahan said. But Callahan believes that each team is talented enough to win if they race to their potential. “I would never put [my team] in a situation where they would be totally overmatched,” Callahan said. Callahan views the fall as an opportunity to improve and to peak for the spring season, when team national championships take place. Individual racing championships, the focus of junior Chris Barnard’s efforts, take place at the end of fall. “Sailing is not the be-all and end-all of life,” Callahan said. “If we don’t win regattas, we won’t be entirely upset. But we work hard and we are looking for some reward.”
WOMEN’S SOCCER Hoyas (6-2) vs. Rutgers (5-2) Sunday, Noon North Kehoe Field
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2011
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WHAT’S INSIDE: The Georgetown women’s tennis team sends several players to Wilmington, N.C. this weekend.
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NJIT at Seton Hall Today, 11 a.m.
Maine at Providence Today, 2 p.m.
St. Francis at St. John’s Today, 7 p.m.
“There’s not a lot broken, so I’m not going to try and fix it.” — Women’s soccer Head Coach Dave Nolan
Cinderella Georgetown Takes On Ivy League’s Best Story Gets Free Pass MAGGIE LAW
Hoya Staff Writer
After a successful series in Michigan last weekend, the Georgetown men’s soccer team (3-1-1) has spent its week preparing for a pair of Ivy
League contests against Penn and Princeton. Last Friday, the Hoyas snagged yet another double-overtime victory — this time against Michigan State — before tying Michigan, 2-2, on Sunday. The upcoming weekend will
prove just as challenging for the Hoyas. Last season their two opponents finished at the top of the Ivy League, with Penn coming in second to Princeton. Georgetown will begin by traveling to Philadelphia to take on Penn,
Riding the Pine
hen Boise State became an FBS (formerly Division I-A) team in 1996, they yearned to be one of the big boys of college football. The school had success in its past, even winning a Junior College National Championship in 1958 and an FCS National Championship in 1980, but was willing to put any previous achievements on the line in hopes of competing in the highest level of college football. Their transition started off on the wrong foot, as they went through three coaches in three years and were losing support quickly. But in 1998, Dirk Koetter took over the program and posted a record of 6-5. The momentum picked up in the offseason, and Broncos fans developed moderate expectations. Koetter went above and beyond those expectations, going 10-3 and 10-2, respectively, in his last two years. Dan Hawkins picked up where Koetter left off. After an 8-4 season, Hawkins’s team went 12-1, winning 11 straight games and finishing the year ranked No. 15 in the AP poll. Seemingly overnight, the new team with a blue field from Idaho had burst onto the scene. And oh, did the media take notice. Hawkins’s teams continued to rattle off one fantastic season after another. ESPN loved every second of their historic rise because they were the first non-BCS team to have sustained periods of winning. They were painted in such a light that they looked like a Cinderella story for the ages — no big athletic budget, an intimate field with blue turf and players who played simply for the love of the game. Even though Hawkins’s teams never slew any giants, he had an absolutely See EMCH, A11
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Junior midfielder Ian Christianson scored one of the Hoyas’ two goals in last weekend’s win over Michigan State.
Hoyas Drop Close Match to Crosstown Rivals KEITH LEVINSKY Hoya Staff Writer
The Georgetown volleyball team (5-5) suffered a tough loss to crosstown rival George Washington, 3-2 (25-20, 25-20, 26-24, 25-20 and 1511), on Tuesday. The match was a makeup of the final game of the D.C. Challenge from August 27, which was postponed due to Hur-
ricane Irene. “The loss to GWU on Tuesday night was heartbreaking,” Head Coach Arlisa Williams said. “We played well but inconsistently and know that we missed GWU 3 some big oppor tuGEORGETOWN 2 nities.” The Hoyas won the first and
the third set and played Colonials tight in all the others. The match was close from the start, each team always within three points of the other. After a kill by sophomore outside hitter Brooke Bachesta tied the first set at 20, the Hoyas never looked back. Georgetown finished the set on a 6-0 run that was highlighted by three service aces by se-
Georgetown (6-2-0) emerges from nonconference play into the always treacherous Big East far from unscathed, with a number of starters still sidelined by injuries sustained during the opening weeks of the season.
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Redshirt senior midfielder Ingrid Wells has tallied 11 points this year, most on the team.
Luckily for the Hoyas, the new look lineup fared just fine last week. “We’ve had three shutouts in the last three games against three decent teams,” Head Coach Dave Nolan. “There’s not a whole lot broken, so I’m not going to try and fix it.” Georgetown has rebounded well from the team’s two-game skid in early September, defeating Virginia Commonwealth 1-0 before returning to the Hilltop last weekend for a 2-0 win over James Madison and a 1-0 victory over St. Francis. However, as the Blue and Gray travel to Seton Hall (4-1-2) tonight to kick off the Big East campaign, they are well aware of the challenges which accompany league play. “The conference games have a little bit more bite to them,” Nolan said. “The stakes are higher, and certainly in the first couple of games when everyone’s still playing flat out for everything, you tend to get a lot of emotion and a lot of enthusiasm, and this weekend’s going be a challenge.” While the Pirates are projected to finish in the cellar of the Big East National Division this season, the Hoyas know that the trip to South Orange is never as easy as it seems. Georgetown holds a 3-0-1 advantage in the teams’ past four meetings, but See WOMEN’S SOCCER, A10
nior setter Ashley Malone. George Washington was in control for most of the second set. The Colonials did not let their lead shrink below three points following a kill that made the score 1612. They would go on to take the set, 25-20. In the third set, Georgetown See VOLLEYBALL, A11
Georgetown Travels to NJ To Open Big East Schedule Hoya Staff Writer
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which is looking to rebound from a pair of losses in California. The Quakers are 2-2 on the season after losing their last two games to San Diego and San Diego State without scoring a single goal. The team had seven goals in its first two games, however, claiming victories over local rivals La Salle and St. Joseph’s. “I think we have two very hard games ahead of us. Penn has a very talented team,” Head Coach Brian Weise said. “They came into Georgetown and beat us last year. And they have a lot of key components back from the team that beat us, and they have an excellent recruiting class to add to that.” Penn freshman midfielder Duke Lacroix has two goals and two assists to lead the Quakers in scoring. The rookie scored both his goals in Penn’s win over Saint Joseph’s, earning him Ivy League Rookie of the Week in early September. Freshman goalkeeper Max Kurtzman has played all 360 minutes in net and has made 12 saves so far this season. Last season, Penn finished 13-6 overall with a 5-2 conference record, earning themselves 2nd place in the Ivy League. The Quakers downed Georgetown, 3-1, on North Kehoe Field last year with a pair of goals in the second half. “I feel like Penn is one of the top teams in the Ivy League and winning at their place is going to be a challenge,” Weise said. “We’re going to have to play very well to do
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Sophomore running back Nick Campanella rushed for two touchdowns in the Hoyas’ season opener.
GU Seeks Revenge in New Haven ANDREW LOGERFO Special to The Hoya
Following wins against Davidson and Lafayette to open the season for the second straight year, Georgetown heads north to New Haven, Conn. this weekend to challenge Yale in the Ivy League squad’s season opener. The Bulldogs handed the Blue and Gray their first loss of
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the 2010 campaign, which also happened to be Yale’s opener. To walk away with a win and run their record to 3-0, the Hoyas are aware that they must put together a better performance than they produced last Saturday. “On defense we gave up a couple big plays and on offense we have to be more consistent moving the football,” Head Coach
Kevin Kelly said. “We have to score more points. Fourteen points in our league is not going to get it done.” Coming off a season in which they went 7-3, the Bulldogs were chosen to finish third in the Ivy League preseason poll. But after a hard-fought, emotional win at MultiSport See FOOTBALL, A10