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Georgetown clinched its Big East division title with two weekend wins.
COMMENTARY Donna Hernandez (SFS ’13) discusses her dual identity as a student and a wife.
ENTREPRENUERSHIP A new fellowship provides participants with hands-on business experience.
Diversity Initiative Stalled Penny Hung
Decision to dissolve apparel contract now rests with DeGioia
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mendations for program coordinators and leaders, were incorporated into the final policy. “We did an inventory of all the groups that bring minors to campus and looked at what the best practices were,” Smulson said. “It changed the way [the programs] did business based on the guidelines, which I think is a very good sign.” The fully developed policy released last week sets standards for treatment of minors across Georgetown’s campuses and establishes protocol for dealing with infractions. According to the policy, “abuse or neglect of minors” includes physical or mental injury, sexual
The Licensing Oversight Committee unanimously recommended that the university terminate its contract with Adidas by Dec. 15 due to the company’s violation of Georgetown’s Code of Conduct for Licensees. According to Scott Fleming, associate vice president for federal relations, the vote took place last Wednesday following months of deliberation. The committee made a formal recommendation to the Office of the President later that week. Georgetown is a founding affiliate of the Worker Rights Consortium, which issued a report in January alleging that the sportswear company failed to pay $1.8 million in severance fees to employees after one of its manufacturing plants in Indonesia, PT Kizone, was shut down. After the release of the report, LOC members sent a letter to Adidas and met with company representative Gregg Nebel in April. According to LOC member Natalia Margolis (SFS ’13), Nebel said at the meeting that his company would not bend to pressure from outside groups. “He made it clear that Adidas had no intention of paying the severance. He presented all the tools to support the workers by doing things like giving them food vouchers and helping with job placement, but he admitted that it wasn’t working,” she said. “To say, ‘We’re not going to pay you the money you’re owed, and we’re going to pay you in these food vouchers or other alternatives,’ is against the law.” Students at Cornell University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, have also expressed concern about their schools’ contracts with Adidas and Cornell terminated its contract with Adidas on Sept. 13, according to an article published in Cornell’s in-house weekly newspaper, Cornell Chronicle, on Sept. 17. The LOC was unable to meet to make a decision until last Wednesday because of scheduling conflicts among its members, which include students, staff and faculty. Fleming indicated that some members felt the relatively small size of the university’s
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Hip-hop legend Doug E. Fresh performed at Friday night’s Midnight Madness celebration, which kicked off the 2012-2013 basketball season.
Protocol for Protecting Minors Announced Sarah Patrick Hoya Staff Writer
In response to last year’s child sex abuse scandal at The Pennsylvania State University, Georgetown has launched a new Protection of Minors Policy. The policy, which was approved by the Faculty Senate in September, was announced last week in a university-wide email from the Office of the President. “We recognize that we certainly have to look at how we protect minors on campus,” Vice President for Public Affairs and Senior Advisor to the President Erik Smulson said. Georgetown began reviewing its policy regarding treatment of minors on campus after news of
Committee Asks GU to Cut Adidas
A FRESH START
Three years after University President John J. DeGioia launched his Main Campus Initiative on Diversity and Inclusiveness, several of the project’s main goals have yet to be accomplished. The initiative was introduced by DeGioia in April 2009 in response to a series of bias-related incidents — including offensive graffiti written on walls and statues and a controversial April Fools’ edition of The Hoya — and the release of a 300-page report on diversity published by the Student Commission for Unity that found that 76 percent of students “agreed” or “strongly agreed” that selfsegregation is a problem on campus. The initiative comprised three working groups that aimed to address inclusiveness and diversity in the areas of academics, admissions and student life. The groups published their recommendations between December 2009 and May 2010. Though Georgetown has successfully enacted some of the working groups’ recommendations — hiring more diverse faculty, increasing yield rates among minority students and implementing programs like the 1789 Scholarship Imperative, which aims to annually award 1,789 $25,000 scholarships to needy
FOOD TRUCKS Mobile food vendors are now required to charge 10 percent sales tax.
the Penn State scandal broke last our community.” The working group first estabNovember. According to Smulson, the review resulted in the forma- lished guidelines last April for ontion of a Culture of Care Working campus summer programs that include minors Group, a committee and used this composed of uniinitial set of versity leaders from “It is going to be a recommenGeorgetown’s three dations as a D.C. campuses that constant conversation test for the gathered informa- to make sure people final policy. tion about other uniAccording to versity’s policies and are aware of the issue Smulson, the noted how they difguidelines fered from George- of child abuse.” to town’s. erik smulson applied Vice President for Public Affairs and more than “There were a lot Senior Advisor to the President 45 different of current policies in summer proplace that we already have,” Smulson said. “We have a grams on Georgetown’s campus code of ethics. … We have an honor that included minors. Most of these summer guidepledge … so there is a culture of care that is already integrated into lines, which consisted of recom-
Dahlgren Repairs Are on Schedule
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With the restoration of Dahlgren Chapel’s foundation almost completed, administrators began interviewing candidates to redesign the building’s interior Monday. A selection committee composed of administrators from the Office of Campus Mission and Ministry, the Office of Planning and Project Management and the Office of Advancement will choose an architect to orchestrate the indoor renovations, according to Assistant Vice President of University Facilities Regina Bleck. The university hopes to install improved lighting, new seating and a custom-built organ by the end of next summer. Meanwhile, the exterior renovation of the chapel remains on schedule, according to Vice President for Mission and Ministry Fr. Kevin O’Brien, S.J. (CAS ’88). “They have completed the restoration of the foundation, and now Published Tuesdays and Fridays
they are waterproofing the base of the chapel to prevent future disruption of the ground,” he said. Landscaping around the chapel will begin in the spring. In addition, the chapel’s stainedglass windows, which were removed for cleaning at the end of November last year, will be reinstalled early next month, according to O’Brien. He added that the university aims to raise another $2.5 million to complete the work on the chapel, which will supplement the $6.2 million lead gift given by L. Francis Rooney (CAS ’75, LAW ’78) and Kathleen Rooney (SFS ’77). “We continue to fundraise for the project, but we have been very pleased with the response from our alums,” said O’Brien. “Dahlgren is the spiritual heart of the campus. And whether a donor is Catholic or not, they recognize the symbolic importance of the chapel. Because it says Georgetown has a soul. It’s more than just bricks and mortar.”
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The university is now in the process of choosing an architect to organize the chapel’s internal redesign.
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tuesday, october 16, 2012
Founded January 14, 1920
Pricey Parents’ Weekend C
On the surface, scheduling a weekend for parents of students to visit the Hilltop and reunite with their children seems like a thoughtful gesture from the university. After all, what better way to thank parents for paying roughly $60,000 in tuition fees than to present them with the dividends? The answer is quite obvious: Don’t demand a cover charge for parents’ weekend registration, especially when most of the events on the weekend itinerary don’t normally have an admission fee. Parents’ weekend, which took place last Friday through Sunday, is organized differently for each undergraduate college. Registration for the College’s program costs $45 for one parent and $65 for families. The McDonough School of Business charges a single attendee $45 and a family $75, while the School of Nursing & Health Studies has no cover charge. Each school has additional fees for optional events; for
example, there is a box lunch available at O’Donovan Hall that costs parents and students a whopping $22 and $20, respectively. Practically every minute is accounted for in the parents’ weekend schedule, and these events are supposedly the main reason for the high costs. Yet many of these events, such as a football game and soccer matches, typically feature free admission on any other weekend. The university does indeed take on a variety of expenses by organizing parents’ weekend, including overtime wages for workers and maintenance fees for venues, but the school could be a more gracious host by not demanding such fees from the weekends’ attendees. The expense of attending Georgetown is steep but justifiable. Putting a price tag on parents’ reconnecting with their children, on the other hand, is both petty and out of place.
Traffic Jam — The District was ranked the third most congested city in the United States, according to a recent report by GPS manufacturer TomTom. Election Fever — 7-Eleven will offer free coffee and election souvenirs in Village C West on Thursday afternoon. Breaking the Ice — Construction began last Thursday on the Washington Harbour Fountain at the Georgetown Waterfront, which will be converted to an ice-skating rink by mid-November. Buenos Discounts — Los Cuates on Wisconsin Avenue will be offering a 15 percent discount on any meal purchased with a GOCard through Oct. 21.
Scott Stirrett (SFS ’13) on the vice presidential debate: “The recent vice-presidential debate was one of the more polarizing events of the past few weeks. Vice President Joe Biden’s performance was either, depending on who you talked to, phenomenal or atrocious. This sharper-than-normal partisan divide can be explained by Joe Biden’s personality — his quirks are simultaneously his greatest strengths and weaknesses.” Sam Dulik (SFS ’13) on the possible new stock of members in Congress:
Flex Dollars Too Rigid Although many students jump at the chance to dine anywhere but O’Donovan Hall, being required to purchase $50 to $100 worth of Flex Dollars as part of a meal plan is not a tasteful solution. Georgetown’s Flex Dollars program should be discontinued, and the savings should go toward reducing the exorbitant cost of a meal plan. The standard 14-meal-per-week plan costs $2,083 for a semester and includes $75 in Flex Dollars, which are provided as a debit allowance on students’ GOCards. All per-week plans come with Flex Dollars, as do the 135 and 180 meal semester block plans. Flex Dollars can be spent at 17 on-campus dining venues, including private vendors like Starbucks and Students of Georgetown, Inc. Even with this variety, Flex Dollars inherently represent a restriction on students’ choices. For example, while a student can spend flex dollars at Einstein Bros. Bagels in Car Barn, he
Just Do It — Nike announced via twitter Friday that it will be opening its new location at 3040 M St., previously a Barnes & Noble, Oct. 25.
The Capitol is filled with many small-minded and ineffective politicians. Unfortunately, their incompetence distracts us from the reality that many members of Congress are the ideal products of a representative democracy: citizen legislators who represent the best and the brightest of their districts. I’m convinced that that phenomenon will grow this November.”
can’t walk across the street and use them at Wisey’s. What good does this do aside from putting more money in the pockets of Aramark, the company that manages Georgetown dining services and the food merchants with whom it has partnerships? One apparent advantage of the Flex Dollars program is that it allows students to buy food without the normal 10 percent sales tax. This discount is noteworthy, but many students on meal plans would likely be willing to give it up in order to have free discretion over how and where they spend their money. Students and their parents can already add funds to the general debit component of their GOCards, which can be spent at the same locations as Flex Dollars. If Flex Dollars are considered to be a way for parents to provide money that their children will only be able to spend on nutrition, parents should be presented with that feature as a choice, not a requirement.
For more on the election from Stirrett and Dulik, and for campaign commentary from Hannah Miller (COL ’14) and Masha Goncharova (COL ’14), check out thehoya.com.
ALWAYS ON THE SUNNY SIDE by Sania Salman
Study Sciences Abroad With the opening of Regents Hall and talk of expanding the School of Medicine, Georgetown is clearly invested in fostering the study of the sciences on campus. Yet the university does not offer enough resources for science majors who wish to take their studies beyond the Hilltop. The Office of International Programs offers over 160 approved programs in more than 40 countries. Of those, only six integrate science or health studies and allow students to transfer credit toward their science majors. We understand that many liberal arts majors, such as international relations or political economy, are naturally suited to integrate study abroad opportunities. However, OIP should recognize that the global perspective gained from studying in another country can make a valuable contribution to any area of study, including the sciences. Studying abroad is a quintessential aspect of the Georgetown experience, with roughly half of the student body attending
a program overseas during its undergraduate career. An education in the sciences, although certainly rigorous by necessity, need not be confined to textbooks and laboratories. Just as a student in the McDonough School of Business can go abroad to study foreign economies and another in the School of Foreign Service can travel to observe a nation’s politics and culture, so too would science students at Georgetown benefit from having more opportunities to study medical and scientific practices around the globe. There is an international health major in the School of Nursing and Health Studies, so clearly the is something to global diversity of medicine. The option to study abroad is an important part of Georgetown’s cura personalis mission, providing students with a chance to expand their horizons culturally as well as academically. This opportunity should be equally accessible to all students, regardless of the nature of their coursework.
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CORRECTIONS The article “Cancer Center Opens Facility in Southeast DC” (A4, Oct. 12, 2012) incorrectly stated that the new facility is funded by a $6.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. Only a portion of the center’s research undertakings at the new facility will be funded by the grant. The “TALKING POINTS” banner (A12, Oct. 12, 2012) incorrectly attributed a quote to Georgetown volleyball head coach Arlisa Williams. It was junior setter Haley Lowrance who said, “Coach said I should have gotten hit in the head a long time ago.”
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VIEWPOINT • Edel
VIEWPOINT • Hernandez
Fat Shaming Hurts My Marriage to a Marine More Than Its Targets I H
onesty Box, the Facebook application that allows people to send you anonymous comments, was a really big deal during my freshman year of high school. I signed up for the app figuring that someone would use it to confess his secret crush to me, but in retrospect, it turned out to be a pretty bad idea. There were no anonymous expressions of love. Instead, someone wrote, “What’s it like being a big whale every time you come into math class?” That hurt a lot, and six years later it is probably the most explicit example I have of someone calling me fat. Georgetown students are, in general, very conventionally attractive. The average Jane or Joe Hoya is well dressed, manicured and thin. In fact, for a school that often prides itself on diversity, Georgetown lacks it almost completely in one area: the number of fat students. There are very few, and I am one of them. It’s odd to live in an environment where I rarely see other people who look like me. Few students at my high school were overweight, but there were fat people in the grocery store, in church and nearly everywhere else I went in my day-to-day life. I don’t understand why there are so few fat students at Georgetown, and I think that our low numbers keep those who are thin from appreciating their own privilege. I definitely understand that thin people can feel unattractive, be made fun of for their bodies or still have issues about societal standards of beauty. But there’s really not a comparison. When people look at me, they often think — based solely on my body weight — that I am lazy, out of shape, have unhealthy eating habits, have poor confidence, will never be found attractive or am just dumb. Not only have I had comments like that directed at me — though they’re usually behind my back — but I also get to hear jokes about other fat people all the time. It might simply be in a tweet, a passing comment about how someone should have reconsidered his or her outfit or a snide remark about someone’s weight gain or loss. When my friends and acquaintances make comments like these, the next question in my mind is, “What does this person think about me when I’m not around?” I’m sure that if I asked any of my friends this, they would say that they aren’t referring to me — they know I’m not lazy or gluttonous. They just mean other fat people. To quote my good friend Joe Biden, it’s still a bunch of malarkey. You don’t know
anything about people based on their body weight. You don’t know what they had for breakfast, how much they work out, whether they have a significant other or whether they’re happy with the way they look. I could say this about any other form of discrimination, and you would wonder why it even had to be said. It’s pretty obvious that assigning negative characteristics to all the members of one race, sex or gender is a bad thing to do, even though people do it all the time. But fat-shaming is still a socially acceptable form of discrimination. In February, a group in Atlanta launched an ad campaign to “Stop childhood obesity.” One advertisement showed a chubby child and read, “It’s hard to be a little girl if you’re not.” That’s a bad joke from a middle school bully, not the line that’s going to change America’s eating habits. The obesity epidemic is more complicated than little girls who like candy and video games more than they like softball and broccoli, and painting it differently is misleading and only hurts their body image. This is not just an issue for me and other fat people who face nasty comments and generalizations. Fat discrimination is also harmful for those who are not overweight. It creates an environment in which almost no one can feel comfortable in his or her own body. According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, 91 percent of women surveyed on a college campus had attempted to control their weight through dieting, with 22 percent dieting “often” or “always.” Anorexia is the third most common chronic illness among adolescents. Through rhetoric that condemns and blames people for their weight, we’ve helped make a society in which people would rather starve themselves than deal with this discrimination. I’m not saying this is the only factor that goes into complicated diseases like anorexia, but it definitely plays a part. People have to be more conscious of the way their words affect others. When you attack someone because of his or her weight, you hurt everyone who hears your words — the subject of your abuse, your friends who overhear and, ultimately, yourself. Your words have power. Use them carefully.
arrived on the Hilltop as a freshman in 2009. Yet while my classmates were preoccupied with the transition from high school to college, I was prepared for a different transition: My then-boyfriend of three years, Cpl. Eduardo “Lalo” Panyagua, was about to deploy to Afghanistan with the Marine Corps’ India Battery, 3rd Battalion. Lalo had survived his first tour in Iraq in 2008, and the news of another deployment came as a shock. On an impulse, we eloped. Lalo traveled from Camp Lejeune in North Carolina to the District. I insisted on getting married on Sept. 21 so the Earth, Wind & Fire song “September” could be our wedding song. Lalo and I received our marriage license in the morning, I headed off to my microeconomics and English classes and then rushed to New South to get ready for my wedding at the Arlington Courthouse across the Key Bridge. One of my new college friends was our witness; unfortunately, others could not attend because they did not want to miss class. A month later, Lalo was on his way to Afghanistan, and I was entering my first midterm season. To my parents’ joy, I did not get married to validate a pregnancy or to receive military benefits. I do not know any 18-year-olds at Georgetown overwhelmed with finding affordable healthcare or life insurance. Most of my peers on campus could not fathom getting married at our age, and my decision became an awkward ice breaker in conversations with
other students and professors. My feminist ideals were questioned — even though I kept my last name, opted to live on campus, continued my studies and funded my own education through scholarships, grants and a part-time job. But my marriage put my college life in perspective. I laughed when I saw students panicking over printer jams in Lauinger Library minutes before their essays were due. I, on the other hand, was preoccupied with my husband’s safety, religiously reading the news surrounding a firebase called Fiddler’s Green and operations in Marjah, Helmand Province. Every casualty report made me question whether the Marine identified was my husband, and I began to dread the officers dressed in their military uniforms walking around campus because there was a possibility that one was a casualty notification officer bringing me the news of my husband’s death. I now have a red box that sits on my desk filled with letters Lalo has written me since his first night in Marine Corps Boot Camp. In return, I wrote him a letter every day of his deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan. I sent him care packages every month containing baby wipes, heating pads and racy magazines (he appreciated the magazines most of all). Needless to say, these packages were a bit different than those parents send their children to help them survive college. Beyond the alienation of being the only undergraduate at the
time who had a spouse in the military, the toughest burden was carrying a personal connection to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Within the School of Foreign Service, I participated in many classroom discussions surrounding security studies, and the misunderstandings many 18-year-olds had about their military counterparts — who are often the same age as them — shocked and infuriated me. It was clear that the military and their families were at war, but even within one of the most prestigious programs for international affairs, the reality of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan was not felt. More veterans need to feel comfortable telling their stories, which would help embed their experience in the larger society. This comfort is dependent on the willingness of civilians to listen and not pretend to understand what war does to an individual’s identity. As a spouse, I am still trying to understand. My husband now suffers from severe posttraumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries and has been brave enough to share his story with students in several of my classes. I have never been asked about my experience as a college student who also happens to be married to a service member. I’m thankful to have the opportunity to share a bit about the lives of military families, which too often can go overlooked. DONNA HERNANDEZ is a senior in the School of Foreign Service.
1789 PROBLEMS by Arturo Altamirano
VICTORIA EDEL is a junior in the College. She is Guide editor of The Hoya.
GHOSTS OF HOYAS PAST
What’s in a Name? For Spaces, Quite a Bit S
pace at Georgetown is always in It is time that we support a student-led short supply, and for better or for proposal to name this space the “Fr. James worse this constraint has shaped our Curley Quad.” The namesake of “Curley history in many ways. The history of our Quad” was a pioneer of the natural sciencgreat space disasters and triumphs alone es at Georgetown who both loved and was could fill a book — a book likely to be in loved by his students. Devoting himself the “tragedy” genre. to Georgetown from 1833 to 1883, Curley But our close quarters have also shaped established the university as a major acathe spirit of Georgetown. They contribute demic center for the natural sciences, parto our close community and add to our ticularly astronomy. He convinced both appreciation for the precious facilities his wary Jesuit superiors and the skeptithat comprise our Hilltop. This sense of cal Holy See to approve the commission of meaning for campus space adds to the the Georgetown Astronomical Observatoimportance of the naming of our build- ry for the purpose of engaging the sciencings, both the good and es at the nation’s first the bad, so that physiCatholic university. Afcal space can become a ter helping to raise the part of the more symnecessary donations, bolic nature and spirit Curley’s contribution of our beloved univerto campus was finished sity. While Joseph Lauone year before the U.S. inger is somewhat out Naval Observatory and of luck, the lives of Frs. was used in 1846 to calHealy, Copley, Gervase, culate the first latitude White and Gravenor, and longitude measurethe Dahlgren family ments of the District. and William Gaston reThat observatory still Kevin Sullivan tain their importance presides over campus. in the magnificent While the university structures that bear The names of our campus continues its age-old their names. search for more space The newest “mem- spaces honor those who gave around D.C., there will ber” of our campus be frustration us the Georgetown of today. always building community and delays. This is why is Regents Hall, which we need to make the was dedicated on Oct. 4. space we do have meanWhile the addition of Regents Hall is ben- ingful, whether that means saving it from efitial for the natural sciences at George- endless administrative offices, bringing town, the administration has left us with farmers markets and food vendors onto much to be desired. They missed an excel- campus or making sure that spaces like lent opportunity to instill this new part Carroll Parlor and the Healy Vault stay of campus with Georgetown’s mission to preserved. As present students can attest, unite faith and science. Instead of looking the names of our community spaces both to an aloof Board of Regents, we should honor those who gave us the Georgetown have instead looked just across the way of today and give meaning to our everyday to the Jesuit cemetery, where some of the interactions. Looking out onto the lawn greatest minds in American science lie from a class in White-Gravenor or listening peacefully. to a lecture in Gaston Hall are part of a colThe opportunity with Regents Hall may legiate experience unique to this small but be lost, but there is still hope for the pleas- beautiful hilltop that overlooks the swift ant grassy space that borders Regents, the Potomac. Curley Quad deserves to be a part Rafik B. Hariri Building and Leavey Center. of that experience. Someday, this quad may be home to new Hoya traditions such as serving as a place Kevin Sullivan is a junior in the School of for watching Hoya football or sledding Foreign Service. GHOSTS OF HOYAS PAST appears every other Tuesday. when the next Snowpocalypse strikes or.
TALK IS CHEAP
Seminars a Core Component
fter their first few weeks at Georgetown, most students are pretty familiar with their academic distribution requirements. While these requirements differ by school, at their core, they aim to give each student a balanced education in the liberal arts. Students may chafe at being forced to take certain classes, but having distribution requirements might also spark their interest in previously unexplored academic areas. However, there is one important element missing from Georgetown’s academic requirements: a seminar course with 15 or fewer students. Students in the School of Foreign Service take a proseminar during the fall of their freshman years, and the university would do well to extend this requirement to the other three schools. The opportunity to complete a discussionbased course and interact with professors and fellow students on a personal level is a valuable part of a college education. Georgetown offers many seminar courses, most notably the Ignatius Seminar program for freshmen in the College. Yet only a portion of the freshman class can participate in this program, and many first-years spend the majority of their first terms on campus in large introductory lecture classes. While these courses are necessary to gain the foundation required for more advanced material, balancing out large lectures with seminars would make for a more beneficial and well-rounded curriculum. Many upper-level seminars in government and other subjects
are available to upperclassmen, while specific programs like the Ignatius Seminars can be taken only by first-years. Consequently, students take seminars at vastly different times during their academic careers. While this variety makes for a diverse range of classes, it can lead to a somewhat disjointed curriculum. Ensuring that
Required seminars would make for a more beneficial and well-rounded curriculum. all students are required to take a seminar would provide a continuity of experience among all Georgetown students, grounding them in a specific style of learning that is in sync with the education of the whole person. A seminar course requires active participation and engagement and gives students the chance to get to know their professors on a personal level — something that is vastly more difficult in a large lecture. The way that one learns in a seminar is different from how
one learns in the typical class. Students gain knowledge through debate and exchange of ideas rather than absorbing information from a presentation. This type of discussion develops interpersonal skills that students need once they leave Georgetown. In this way, seminar courses are actually a better reflection of Georgetown’s goal of cura personalis. Having had the experience of a seminar, students would also be better prepared for lecture courses because they would have developed the mental dexterity to adjust their learning approach when facing a new set of standards. Ensuring that all Georgetown students took a seminar would undoubtedly require administrative changes to the curriculum. Georgetown is not so large a school that the idea would be unfeasible, however, and seminars need not be limited to freshmen. Perhaps the university could phase out one semester of a general education requirement to make room for the seminars so as to not restrict students’ electives. Having a seminar requirement would improve Georgetown’s curriculum by ensuring that students in different schools have greater similarity in their education. It would educate students as human beings and better prepare them for success in the world after college. Georgetown ought to consider this change as it continues to evaluate its curriculum in order to best serve the needs of students. Dan Healy is a senior in the College. TALK IS CHEAP appears every other Tuesday.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2012
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Sleep Out Gives Students Perspective on Homelessness PENNY HUNG
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In order to raise awareness and fundraise for Covenant House, Hoya Outreach Programs and Education will hold its second annual Solidarity Sleep Out Nov. 16 on the Leavey Esplanade. The sleep out, co-coordinated by Gianna Maita (COL ’15) and Daniel Ryan (COL ’13), will run from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. the next morning. Students will sleep on the ground on the esplanade to get a feel for the experience of living on the streets. “We want to make homelessness a real idea instead of an abstract concept like, ‘I know there are homeless people out there, and I know some of them are youth and teenagers,’” Ryan said. “You spend a couple hours outside on a cold November night, and it becomes a lot more real.” The event will also include a cappella performances, a showing of
the documentary “Streetwise” and speakers from Covenant House, a nonprofit organization that provides food, shelter, clothes, transitional housing, job skills training and GED classes to homeless and runaway youth. “Basically, [Covenant House] gives them the tools they need to get back on their feet,” Maita said. “These kids are so hard working, but it’s their horrible social or family situations that prevent them from changing their lives.” Ryan, whose father is the chief executive officer of Covenant House, cited his own experiences with the organization as his reason for getting involved with the sleep out. “Covenant House reminds me that there are people out there who have it a lot worse than I ever could or ever have, and the way they can wake up every day and go out there and fight for a normal life, get a job, go to school and feel the love that Covenant House gives them, as
opposed to a traditional family — it’s just very inspirational.” He added that the sleep out aims to give students a sense of what it feels like to live in these circumstances. “It’s supposed to make people
“We want to make homelessness a real idea instead of an abstract concept.” DANIEL RYAN (COL ’13) Co-coordinator of the HOPE Sleep Out
feel uncomfortable,” he said. “We want to give ourselves a perspective we don’t have to deal with on a usual basis.” Maita added that during last year’s sleep out, the group moved inside after 2 a.m. due to extreme
cold. “Even by the time we were watching the movie, it was so cold that my CD player slot in my laptop wouldn’t open,” Maita said. “We had to pry it open.” Although moving inside made the experience less authentic, Fiona Meagher (COL ’15), a participant in last year’s event, pointed out that homeless youth do not have the option to escape the weather, which emphasized Georgetown students’ privilege. “It was crazy to think that some people don’t have the option to just go inside and use a warm bathroom or warm up,” she said. Meagher added that the event was a powerful learning experience. “I definitely don’t think I know exactly what a homeless person feels, but I think that I have more empathy,” she said. “I’ve experienced — to some degree — a taste of what they go through every night,
and knowing that makes this problem impossible to ignore. It makes you know that it’s not an experience that any person should have to go through, yet they do, so something must be done about this.” Ryan added that he hoped that people come away from the experience with a renewed sense of dedication to the problem of youth homelessness in D.C. “Sleeping outside in cold conditions, just trying to do that for one night and then trying to imagine what that’s like on a daily basis is difficult. It’s an amazing opportunity to imagine, to put ourselves in the shoes of homeless kids,” Ryan said. “I hope people will come away with a sense of urgency [and] feel the need to visit a Covenant House shelter, donate their time or money or spread the word about homelessness among youth,” he added. “I want this night to leave a lasting impression.”
Fellowship Helps Graduates Launch Business Careers MEGHAN PATZER Hoya Staff Writer
Venture for America, a two-year entrepreneurial fellowship program founded last summer by former startup executive Andrew Yang, aims to expand its presence at Georgetown in the coming semester. VFA recruits top college graduates to work at promising start-up companies for two-year periods in low-cost cities. The organization aims to create 100,000 new jobs in the United States by 2025 and to increase the amount of hands-on company development experience for college graduates who are interested in engineering, computer science and business. “My experience in VFA has differed greatly from those of fellow graduates, but I think that’s really benefitted me,” Roanne Lee (COL ’12), a member of the program’s second fellowship class, said. Lee works as an analyst at Cintrifuse, a new business initiative in Cincinnati, Ohio, that offers investment support, mentorship and workspace. She said that the experience has taught her more than a traditional job
in business or finance would have. “I went with the choice without the security of a job path that was already paved for me, and that pushed me to develop my independent skills to a much higher degree,” she said. “I’m welcomed into meetings with executives and leaders of companies and treated as a valuable member of the work force here, and I’m not sure that’s something most recent graduates find in corporate cultures.” To apply for the fellowship, students must complete an online application that includes essays, a resume and two letters of recommendation before going through an extensive three-round interview process. Once accepted into the program, fellows participate in a companygraduate matching process. New fellows speak with VFA employees to determine regional preference, areas of interest and personal skills. Once matched, fellows go through a formal interview with the selected company to ensure proper fit. Finally, fellows must attend a five-week boot camp at Brown University where they learn how to run a company. Major business leaders, including,
David Tisch, co-founder of TechStars, and Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn, act as mentors during these business training programs. “[The boot camp] provided me with technical skills, a better understanding of commodity training and a distinct vision of creating a culture of value within the start-up I was assigned to,” Lee said. “That really prepared me for all that I do now,” Though the program is only in its second year, the application process has already become highly competitive. Only ten percent of the applicants were accepted into the fellowship class of 2012, according to Georgetown’s VFA Campus Ambassador Timothy Raftis (COL ’14). Raftis, who was inspired to become a campus ambassador after attending an information session last month, is enthusiastic about the fellowship’s mission. “I hadn’t even heard of the program until three weeks ago, but when I heard Andrew Yang present the goals and the vision of the program, I was sold,” he said. “I wasn’t a senior, so I couldn’t apply for the fellowship, but I knew I had to become
a part of it, so I applied to be an ambassador.” As campus ambassador, Raftis’s main job involves raising awareness about VFA’s presence on campus through email campaigns, Facebook and hanging flyers. He said he is confident that Georgetown students will take advantage of the program. “You get to actually create something. You take ownership of something and are able to see the direct effects of your work,” Raftis said. “The attention and experience you can get in small businesses is very valuable and not something graduates can immediately get in consulting or finance, [where] you have to go through bureaucracy of company.” Raftis also pointed out the networking opportunities the fellowship provides. “Fellows are building relationships with mentors right away, which can help them tremendously later on in their careers,” Raftis said. “They also forge bonds with peer VFA fellows, and out of that, you get a network of great young talent just as passionate about entrepreneurship as you.”
VFA and its partner companies pay fellows an annual salary of $38,000 for their work and grant $100,000 investments to top fellows who successfully start businesses at the end of their two-year term. VFA Director of Corporate Development Mike Tarullo, who is responsible for choosing VFA’s partner companies, seeks out promising companies in cities that are supportive of VFA’s mission. Currently, VFA has 49 partner companies in Providence, R.I., Cincinnati, Ohio, Las Vegas, Nev., New Haven, Conn., New Orleans, La., and Detroit, Mich., but plans to expand its presence to two to four more cities in the next year. “VFA plays a vital role in allowing these small start-ups to get talent that they otherwise wouldn’t be able to recruit because they don’t have budgets for campus recruiters or interns in the pipeline,” Raftis said. “VFA bridges that gap and gives them a fair shot at getting talented and driven graduates.” VFA and the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative will co-sponsor Georgetown’s Entrepreneurship Day Nov. 9.
Tuesday, october 16, 2012
Policy Sets New Standards Work Remains for Initiative For Addressing Abuse DIVERSITY, from A1
MINORS, from A1 abuse or negative treatment of any individual under the age of 18. The policy applies to all buildings, facilities and areas owned and operated by the university. To enforce this standard, the policy requires all people over 18 who lead or participate in programs or activities involving minors to undergo training and a criminal background check. Training includes learning methods for recognizing signs of abuse or neglect and developing ways to protect minors from abuse. Non-university organizations must submit documentation proving that program members underwent training. The policy also highlighted the importance of a reporting system, which mandates that members of the university com-
munity call Georgetown’s Department of Public Safety or the Metropolitan Police Department if they notice suspicious activity. Community members also must inform the Office of Compliance and Ethics about concerns. According to Smulson, the university’s next task is to ensure that the campus understands the new policy. “It is very much an ongoing process because now that we have the policy in place, we have to increase awareness that we have the policy and that this is an issue,” he said. He added that the university hopes to bolster the policy’s message by bringing speakers to work with student groups and talk about child abuse throughout the year. “It is going to be a constant conversation to make sure people are aware of the issue of child abuse,” he said.
GSC Petition Influenced Committee’s Decision ADIDAS, from A1 contract with Adidas would render the termination irrelevant, but he also said that the size of the contract was not a major stumbling block in passing the recommendation. Margolis said that money should not be a factor in the decision. “While it might not make a huge impact financially for Adidas, I think the fact that Georgetown is making the stance that we care might make an impact for other universities,” Margolis said. “It makes a huge moral statement.” An online petition created by the Georgetown Solidarity Committee through change.org, which called for the university to sever its contract with Adidas, played a role in the decision. According to GSC member Julia Hubbell (COL ’15), the petition garnered 172 signatures between its launch on Sept. 18 and its submission to the LOC last week. “Certainly, the petition was a factor in
the LOC’s discussions,” Fleming wrote in an email. “The committee considered a variety of comments and perspectives throughout the time that the matter was before the committee since last academic year.” Though University President John J. DeGioia will have the final say in cutting ties with Adidas, Hubbell said that she expects the committee’s actions to weigh heavily on his decision. “It is just an advisory body, but the LOC recommendations are taken very seriously,” she said. “Up until Dec. 15 we are going to continue talking to admins from the student perspective and make sure the action is completed.” Fleming also expressed confidence that the university will follow through on the LOC’s suggestion. “The disposition of our recommendation rests with the university administration, and I can tell you that it is actively under consideration,” he wrote. “I would expect a decision in the not-too-distant future.”
students — other issues remain unresolved. Current students and alumni who were involved in the initiative are now voicing concerns about whether the university has acted on the remaining recommendations, particularly those of the academic working group. According to Saaliha Khan (COL ’13), a diversity fellow in the Office of Campus Ministry, the initiative has faded from the forefront of university policy over the past few years. “[The university] used to send out all-school blasts about the initiative, the working groups and the recommendations that were being implemented,” Khan said. “Recently, though, I haven’t seen anything.” SCU member Zenen Jaimes (SFS ’13) expressed similar concerns. “All the recommendations were kind of pushed aside, despite the fact that many students spent a lot of time on it to try to address a real problem,” Jaimes said. “[The school] simply moved forward without it, and the conversation about diversity on campus sort of ended with it.” Vice President for Institutional Diversity and Equity Rosemary Kilkenny pointed to several of the working groups’ recommendations that have already been enacted, including the hiring of more minority faculty members and the successful implementation of diversity fellowships for professors and students. According to Kilkenny, two Black professors, eight Asian professors and one Latina professor have been hired on the main campus since last winter. She added that the university is now in the process of diversifying other administrative areas, including chaplains- and facultyin-residence, professional staff and resident assistants. Additionally, the Doyle Initiative, a program that encourages faculty to discuss topics of diversity and tolerance during lectures, ensures that professors broach the topic of acceptance in the classroom. “Faculty [members] are continuing to take advantage of that
program by enhancing their pedagogical approaches to teaching,” Kilkenny wrote in an email. During the past two academic years, nine undergraduate diversity fellows — including Khan — have been assigned to the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Affirmative Action, the Office of Campus Ministry, the Center for Multicultural Equity and Access, the LGBTQ Resource Center, the Women’s Center, the School of Nursing & Health Studies and the Center for Child and Human Development. “Diversity … is a collaborative effort that permeates the campus,” Kilkenny wrote. Kilkenny said that the initiative is still in the implementation phase but that students have expressed frustration about the initiative’s slow progress. “We were under the impression that the university would, in a timely and open fashion, let us know which recommendations would be accepted and which wouldn’t, but that hadn’t come to pass by the time I graduated,” said Ryan Wilson (COL ’12), a member of SCU and a co-chair of the admissions and recruitment working group. “We had no idea about what was being done.” Wilson pointed to components of the initiative that have stalled, particularly the academic working group’s recommendation that the university develop its minority studies programs. “The academics working group had put forth recommendations for expanding the African American studies department and creating formal African American, Latino and Asian American studies majors,” Wilson said. “The school has yet to act upon these recommendations.” According to the SCU’s 2008 report, 95 percent of Georgetown’s peer universities — defined as all other members of the Consortium on Financing Higher Education and all Jesuit schools — already have an African American studies major. Another two-thirds have a Latin American studies major and one-third offer majors in Asian American studies. Additionally, around 70 percent of these schools include diversity courses in their core curricula, another primary con-
cern for students involved in the initiative. “We don’t see a focus on diversity education curricula, and that is needed in order to foster respect [for diversity] on campus,” Khan said. According to Khan, a lack of student advocacy has allowed the university to stall on the implementation of the working groups’ recommendations. “[The university] needs to step it up,” she said. “I know that many students still care very much about the initiative, both for diversity in the university and to ensure that Georgetown becomes a more welcoming place. But in terms of the administration and holding them accountable, we as students need to push a little bit.” But concern about on-campus diversity is felt at the administrative level as well. Director of the Center for Multicultural Equity and Access and Associate Dean of Students Dennis Williams said that the Supreme Court’s ruling on Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin — an ongoing case challenging the constitutionality of affirmative action policies — could affect Georgetown’s efforts to recruit more minority students. “We should also be prepared to do what is necessary to continue to enroll significant numbers of previously excluded students if the U.S. Supreme Court rules that colleges cannot consider race in admissions,” he wrote in an email. But according to Jaimes, increasing minority enrollment will not address larger issues about tolerance on campus. “There’s a difference between having the diversity in the numbers and actually feeling that our campus is a place where diversity is valued,” he said. According to Wilson, this change will only happen if students ensure that the university keeps the initiative at the forefront of its agenda. “This is not the first time nor will this be the last time that [a diversity initiative] will be debated on campus,” he said. “The most important thing to do is to research and reach out to people so we stop doing the same work over and over again.”
HBO Writer Engages Students Minali Aggarwal Special to The Hoya
Georgetown students enjoyed a candid discussion with writer and producer the HBO series “Entourage” Doug Ellin in Lohrfink Auditorium Monday evening. Ellin began the discussion with stories about his early years as an aspiring stand-up comedian in Hollywood. His film career formally launched when he was 22 years old and wrote a short film called “The Pitch.” “Somebody saw the film and liked it enough to get me a job as a production assistant at New Line Cinema [film studio], so I worked in the mail room,” Ellin said. “But then the president saw my film and wanted me to go from working in the mailroom to producing a $35 million movie with him.” Ellin declined the offer and instead chose to attend film school to learn about the in-
dustry, after which he went on to direct films such as “Phat Beach.” After discussing his path to becoming the writer of a hit HBO series, Ellin entertained questions from many “Entourage” fans regarding his inspiration. “I wanted to do a show about me and my friends. I had to make it something I could relate to,” Ellin said. “I wanted it to be a show that showed how 18-to 34-year-old guys actually talk and act.” Despite the current popularity of “Entourage,” Ellin said that the show’s early ratings were shaky. “Based on the numbers, we didn’t know if people were even watching the show, so we were prepared to get hit by negative reviews,” Ellin said. “But surprisingly, The New York Times said we were the best show on television in 2003 and we even got Golden Globes for it.”
Ellin encouraged students interested in the film industry to go out and work hard to fulfill their goals. “There’s no structure to the business. You could make millions off of your first film or spend your entire career trying to convince people that you can do it; you never know,” he said. “But if you really want to do it, get yourself out there as quickly as you can, meet someone in the business, charm him and get him to read your stuff.” Much of the conversation centered on questions from the audience regarding specific scenes from episodes of “Entourage.” “I thought it was cool how down to earth Doug Ellin was with us,” Elliot Rosenfield (COL ’16) said. “He spoke to us like we were his close friends, which made it easy to see why so many people, myself included, love ‘Entourage’ and feel like they can relate to it so well.”
Profs Talk Innovative Learning Eitan Sayag
Special to The Hoya
University of California, Santa Barbara professors Linda Adler-Kassner and John Majewski spoke to Georgetown faculty about the different methods of utilizing innovative ways of thinking in the classroom in Lauinger Library Monday afternoon. The event was organized by Director of Writing Curriculum Initiatives Sherry Linkon and was sponsored by the Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship, a program that offers tools and resources to facilitate learning for students and faculty. Adler-Kassner and Majewski discussed the importance of understanding threshold concepts, which are unique lenses used to
analyze a specific discipline, so teachers can learn how to teach complicated ideas to undergraduate students. Majewski and Adler-Kassner applied their ideas in their respective history and writing courses at UC Santa Barbara. Adler-Kassner’s English students were all in Majewski’s history survey course, so the two collaborated when teaching the concepts. Both professors emphasized the importance of identifying, understanding and applying threshold concepts in their subjects. “One of the things we teach students [is] good taste,” Majewski said. “We are teaching them the values of how historians evaluate arguments and that, yes, there are different interpretations of history, but there are
certain evidentiary standards that historians use to evaluate arguments and competing narratives.” The event was part of a series of lectures that will contribute to an ongoing discussion concerning the revision of the general education writing requirements on campus, according to Linkon. “I wanted them to share the notion of threshold concepts and to give us an example of what happens when faculty in an academic discipline – a traditional discipline like history – start talking with people in writing as a discipline: What [do] they learn from each other?” Linkon said. “From my sense, just seeing what happened in someone else’s teaching can help all of us feel like … this would be a worthwhile thing to do.”
tuesday, october 16, 2012
Sales Tax Hits Food Trucks In College Admissions,
Facebook Now a Factor
Kelly Church Hoya Staff Writer
Food trucks in the D.C. area are now required to charge a 10 percent sales tax in accordance with a new law enacted Oct. 1. The D.C. Council approved the tax in May, requiring vendors that bring in more than $3,750 worth of sales revenue in a quarter to charge the 10 percent tax. This is the same tax that brick– and-mortar restaurants are already required to charge. Previously, all food truck vendors were required to pay an annual $1,500 fee. Vendors that bring in less than $3,750 per quarter will still pay this fee rather than the 10 percent tax. According to Andrew Huff, D.C. Council director of communications, this change is one of many that food trucks may encounter as the D.C. Council tries to put food trucks and traditional restaurants on more even footing. “In our eyes, this helps to level the playing field and legitimize the food trucks and the food truck industry as businesses in the District of Columbia,” Huff said. According to Mike Lenard, treasurer of the D.C. Food Truck Association and owner of the TaKorean food truck, this shift is a welcome one. “We’ve never been unwilling to do something like this,” he said. “It was just never law before. …
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Sales from food trucks, which now appear on campus Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, are taxed as of Oct. 1. It’s obviously a big shift, but what we’re really advocating for is the regulations that will allow us to be treated more like normal businesses.” There has been a recent push to expand the presence of food trucks on Georgetown’s grounds as one of several initiatives to bring student socializing back to campus. Owing in part to efforts by the Georgetown University Student Association, food trucks are now on campus from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
According to Vail KohnertYount (SFS ’13), GUSA vice president, the new tax should not affect this initiative or students’ willingness to purchase from the trucks. “I don’t think this will have a significant impact on the popularity of the late-night food trucks that GUSA advocated to bring to campus, and we hope that the food truck industry here in D.C. will continue to grow so that they can continue to bring their delicious wares to our campus,” Kohnert-Yount said.
SFS-Q Develops Arabic Program Braden McDonald Hoya Staff Writer
Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service in Qatar announced the launch the Arabic Language Teaching Initiative for Heritage Learners in an Oct. 1 press release. The program is designed for native Arabic speakers and aims to fulfill a need for higher-level Arabic education that is lacking in Qatar, according to Director of Communications Moamer Qazafi. According to a study led by a team of researchers from SFS-Q, education levels in standard Arabic among Doha students in primary and secondary school were three years below their age level. “The program … comes [amid] mounting concerns about the effectiveness of Arabic-language teaching in Qatar in the Gulf re-
gion, especially in light of the limited ability of many Arab highschool and even university graduates to function at the highest professional level in Arabic, regardless of their other qualities and skills,” a September press release said. According to Qazafi, SFS-Q partnered with Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Northwestern University in Qatar and Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar to develop the program and intends to offer classes throughout Doha’s Education City after they are launched on the Georgetown campus this semester. “People from all Arab countries would benefit from the program. Thus, we are open to sharing our expertise with our current partners and sharing what we learn seeking expertise in this specialized area,” he said.
In the press release, SFS-Q Dean Gerd Nonneman said that SFS-Q’s wealth of research on native Arabic speakers and its strong Arabiclanguage offerings positioned it well to launch the program. The school is also developing new textbooks, extracurricular activities and an online component to accompany the launch of the intensive language course. Qazafi said that the launch of the new program is in line with SFS-Q’s mission of contributing to Qatar’s growth and development. “This is just one of the ways that we are supporting the people of Qatar in developing talent at the highest professional level,” Qazafi said. “This fits very nicely into Georgetown’s mission in Qatar, which is to provide students and the community with a holistic educational experience.”
New Students Find ESCAPE Caroline Welch Special to The Hoya
Amid the bustle of college life, the ESCAPE First-Year Experience has given students the opportunity to leave campus, take a break and reflect on their experiences. Run by the Office of Campus Ministry, the retreat was created to uphold the Jesuit ideals of spirituality and reflection. The Class of 1990 proposed the idea for ESCAPE after realizing it regretted the lack of reflective experiences during its first year at Georgetown. Arthur Calcagnini (C ’54) endowed the program with $1.5 million to enhance Georgetown’s Catholic and Jesuit mission in 1990. Now in its 22nd year, ESCAPE has evolved into a 27-hour spiritual, but nondenominational, overnight experience that offers freshmen, transfer and international students the opportunity to make new friends and leave the District for Shepherd’s Spring Outdoor Ministry Center, a retreat center in Sharpsburg, Md. “We’re very rooted in the Jesuit tradition of reflection and introspection, but we’re open to people of any faith and tradition or no faith and tradition,” Sean Huang (COL ’14), one of this year’s ESCAPE student program coordinators, said of the program’s mission. “While we’re not exactly secular because we use Ignatius values of reflection, we design the program to accommodate all students.” ESCAPE Director Bridget Sherry said the issues explored during the retreat are as important to today’s freshmen as they were in 1990. “The model on which ESCAPE is built is one that has really stood the test of time,” Sherry said. “I think that speaks to the questions that [students] are wrestling with at this point in their [lives]: ‘What do I want to do with my life? What makes me happy?’ and ‘What
brings meaning to my life?’ We see ESCAPE as an introduction to the path of reflection.” ESCAPE offers 12 retreats throughout the year, each of which comprises about 15 to 30 participants and 13 upperclassmen team leaders. The 2012-2013 ESCAPE team is composed of 39 sophomore, junior and senior leaders, who apply for the position after the last retreat in February and remain on staff for one year. Many leaders are returning ESCAPE participants who wanted to give back to the program. “Georgetown wasn’t a place that I automatically fell in love with,” Magdalena Buczek (COL ’13), an ESCAPE student program coordinator, said. “What I found beautiful about ESCAPE was that everyone’s walls and guards just go down, and you realize that other people are feeling the same way that you are. I can say right now … that I love [the school]. The program has given me a lot, and I felt very passionate about giving back.” Team leaders and faculty speakers lead talks that are central to each retreat. Three student leaders give speeches about their precollege, freshman year and senior year experiences, and one faculty member typically shares insights about life after college. After the speeches, students separate into smaller, hour-long discussions to share personal stories. “It was such a relief to learn that everyone is going through the same things I am and that everything will all work out in the end,” Kylie Mohr (COL ’16) said of her experience on ESCAPE’s September retreat. “I learned that, surprisingly enough, college is a time to be selfish and a time to find what works for you, to stay true to yourself, to love yourself and to put yourself first.” Faculty speakers, such as Fr. Patrick Conroy, S.J., related to Mohr
on a personal level. “Two nuggets of advice that Father Pat told me on ESCAPE really stood out,” she said. “Don’t be afraid, and keep people in your life that make you feel alive.” Sherry also commented on the effectiveness of adult speakers. “As a Jesuit institution, we hope that students come in tune to the values and the principles of what they want to do in life,” Sherry said. “Because the questions ‘What do I want to do with my life?’ and ‘What do I do if I encounter setbacks or failures?’ … don’t go away after college.” ESCAPE is in the midst of undergoing a major expansion. The program is now in its third year at Georgetown’s campus in Qatar, where coordinators seek to promote its Jesuit values overseas. Sherry, who traveled to Qatar three years ago to train the new staff, remarked on the programs’ similarities. “There are different customs that have to be abided by,” Sherry said, “but we can see in the Qatar program how ESCAPE is translating to a very different cultural and religious context and thriving.” The program will also be moving to a new permanent home next year, a contemplative center in Bluemont, Va., endowed by Arthur and Nancy Calcagnini. “It will be here, in the Calcagnini Contemplative Center, where the members of our community [can] seek out our deepest inner truths, discover the best version of ourselves and renew our commitment to our mission,” University President John J. DeGioia said at the center’s ground-breaking ceremony last fall. For now, retreats at the current center provide participants with a much-needed chance for reflection and relaxation. “The trip can be summed up into good food, good fun, good company and a chance to reflect on life,” Huang said.
Admissions officers are checking Facebook pages and Google search results of potential applicants with higher frequency than ever previously reported. A Kaplan Test Prep survey released Oct. 4 found that 27 percent of admissions officers use Google and 26 percent use Facebook as a means of evaluating potential candidates for admission. While this figure represents only a slight shift from 2011, when 20 percent checked Google and 26 percent Facebook, there was a notable change from last year in the number of admissions officers who found online material that had an adverse impact on an applicant’s admissions prospects. Of those admissions officers who check either Facebook or Google, 35 percent said they discovered damaging material, as opposed to 12 percent last year. Admissions officers listed vulgarities written in blogs, alcohol consumption in photographs and evidence of other illegal activities as among the types of online content that reflected poorly upon the applicant. “The traditional application — the essays, the letters of recommendation — represent the polished version of an applicant, while often what’s found online is a rawer version of that applicant,” Jeff Olson, vice president of data science at Kaplan Test Prep, wrote in the organization’s press release about the survey. Students are now taking a variety of preventative measures to shield their Internet presence from the scrutiny of admissions officers. Many high school seniors now attempt to keep their pages clean of any pictures that show them drinking or partaking in other illegal activities.
“I just made sure not to be in those photos,” Sylvain Kauffman (COL ’16) said. “I’d heard horror stories about people losing scholarships [because of incriminating photos].” Some high school seniors, however, use a different approach and attempt to prevent admissions officers from even finding their pages. “I got rid of all the vowels in my name and changed my email to a non-existent one,” Anastasia Savoretti (MSB ’16) said. Kenna Libes (COL ’16) was taken aback when her Georgetown interviewer added her as a friend on Facebook but immediately changed her privacy settings to control what she could see. “I went through my posts like a whirlwind cutting off her visibility,” Libes said. In contrast to the growing trend toward scrutinizing candidates’ social media activity and Internet presence, however, Georgetown admissions officers said they typically do not use Facebook or Google to learn more about an applicant. Only 15 percent of colleges nationwide have a policy governing whether their admissions officers are allowed to examine applicants’ Internet presence, of which 69 percent prohibit officers from doing so. “It is not a valuable use of time for Georgetown’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions to use social media and Google to make inquiries about prospective students,” Margaret Lysy, associate director of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, wrote in an email. However, Lysy did not entirely rule out the use of Facebook or Google in cases where the admissions office might need more information about a candidate than provided on the application. “It is possible we could use one of these tools, but it would be an exception,” she said.
Environmentalist Discusses Preservation of Amazon Tia Baheri
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Ecuadorean environmentalist Ivonne Baki discussed her country’s efforts to preserve the Amazon Rainforest in Intercultural Center Friday afternoon. Baki, whose presentation was sponsored by the School of Foreign Service’s Center for Latin American Studies, is a former ambassador to the United States and the Secretary of State for Ecuador’s Yasuni-ITT initiative. Launched in 2007 by Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa, the initiative seeks to prevent oil drilling in the Ishpingo-TambocochaTiputini oil field in Ecuador’s Amazon Rainforest. Baki, who lived in Lebanon during the Lebanese War, said she initially aspired to be a peacekeeper. “I realized [during the bombings in Lebanon] how difficult it is to create life and how easy it is to destroy it in just a second. It’s unacceptable,” Baki said, “I thought [being a peacekeeper] was what I would do with my life, but then I visited the Yasuni.” One of the most biologically diverse ecosystems on the planet, the Yasuni rainforest was threatened because of the vast oil reserves beneath it. As part of the initiative, Ecuador promises to prohibit the extraction of oil from these fields in exchange for half of the monetary worth of the reserves – $3.6 billion – from the international community.. Baki explained that the monetary compensation to Ecuador is an integral part of the model. “Ecuador is a developing country. It needs a lot of investment in education and infrastructure,” she said. “It is an oil-dependent country, and the easiest thing for us to do would be to [extract the oil], but we are committed to the environment.” She also detailed the negative ramifications that could come from the rainforest’s
destruction, including global warming and the loss of biodiversity. “Actually, in the long-term, it would not be economically profitable to extract the oil,” Baki said. “You would lose [the longterm] resources that the forest provides.” An important part of the initiative includes educating the local population about how to preserve the forest so the citizens of Ecuador can benefit from its resources. The program grants locals the tools necessary to take charge of the conservation effort. “Social development is the most important part of our investment,” Baki said. “The most important part of what [the people in the Yasuni area] are asking for is work. We have to empower women and educate children.” Recently, Baki has met with government officials in several countries, including the United States, to talk about monetary pledges for the United Nations Development Group, Yasuni Trust Fund. So far, the fund has raised $200 million and is projected to meet its $3.6 billion goal in the next 13 years. However, Baki said it is even more important that she meets with civilians and students because the largest donations are individual contributions and because she relies on student support to raise awareness for the initiative. “[Washington] is where they make the laws, and this is about creating laws. I want Georgetown University to take this ... to Congress — take the [lead] and make this known.” Baki said “This is the only planet we have.” Students who attended the event applauded the project’s innovative approach to sustainability. “This is a great example of the innovation being applied in the realm of development these days, bridging concern for the environment and issues like sustainability in ways that are totally new,” Alex Blake (GRD ’14) said.
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tuesday, october 16, 2012
more than a game
WNBA Fails to Thrill Fans A fter a grueling 34game, five-month regular season, the Minnesota Lynx are facing the Indiana Fever in the WNBA Finals. If you like watching sports that lull you to sleep, make sure you tune in to catch the excitement. If you prefer watching sports that have more fans than players, you should probably stick with football and playoff baseball. The WNBA is mired in irrelevance: You have to go to the back page of the sports section, read the box scores in fine print and thumb through stories of offseason deals and NASCAR controversies before you even get to it. Its regular-season games are about as popular as high school football games, and the attendance, TV ratings and profit margins all attest to its lack of a fan base. Founded in 1996, the league barely made it through its first decade of existence. During the mid-2000s, the NBA spent over $10 million per year to keep the WNBA financially solvent, and its teams still lost money. This year, league attendance is at a paltry 7,400 fans per game, a number that has been steadily declining since its peak of 11,000 in 1998. The league’s main sponsor is the cell phone shrimp Boost Mobile, and even with ESPN and ABC television contracts, average viewership is only at 270,000 per game. To put that in perspective, the NBA regularly eclipses two million viewers every night. A large part of the reason for the WNBA’s anonymity is the fact that it is so hopelessly overshadowed by the behemoths of the industry. The NBA, MLB and NFL all produce significantly better products than the WNBA. With a season that overlaps each of these professional sports, women’s basketball
does not stand a chance. They are all competing for media attention and airtime, and the boys always win. Ladies, I am not a misogynist. I support women’s athletics. Some of my fondest sports memories are of watching Abby Wambach — the pride of my hometown of Rochester, N.Y. — strike headers into the back of the net while leading the U.S. women’s soccer team in thrilling runs at both the World Cup and the Olympics. I took a great deal of pride in watching our female Olympians compete this summer. So this is not a criticism of
Perhaps the league was created not to make a profit but to make a statement. women’s sports. This is a criticism of women’s professional basketball. Maybe I have a weird taste in sports. I like action. I like home-run swings and goalline leaps. I like diving headers and swift footwork. I like looping curveballs and 5-yard pounds up the middle. I like it when dunks aren’t the exception but the norm, as they are in the NBA. I also like tradition. I honor legendary figures and respect the records of the past. Excitement keeps us entertained in the short term, but history keeps us loyal. But the WNBA is neither exciting nor historical.
Despite the challenges, however, the WNBA keeps chugging along resiliently. While it does not make much money, attract many fans or make a lot of headlines, was being popular ever its purpose? Perhaps the league was created not to make a profit but to make a statement. Just as women are making advances in politics and education, they are also trying to break the status quo in an industry dominated by testosterone. “ESPN W,” a new website dedicated entirely to women’s sports, mirrors this revolution against the status quo. The website is run by women writers and analysts, who rarely appear on the parent website. They are creating their own niche in sports journalism, filling it with stories like the resurgence of Baylor women’s soccer and the death of an LPGA official of West Nile virus. With about as many Facebook likes as my own column, they are not exactly grabbing a lot of attention. But at least the website exists, right? The importance of women’s sports transcends their entertainment or historical value. They are here simply to challenge the boys. That challenge is ultimately a weak one. Ideology and identity statements make for a nice, fluffy story. But it has created a sport founded upon sand. When you get down to the basics, sports are about entertainment, and women’s basketball will always be less spectacular and less appreciated than any show men put on. If you want real gender equality, then, you’ll have to look somewhere else besides basketball.
Nick Fedyk is a junior in the School of Foreign Service. MORE THAN A GAME appears every Tuesday.
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Junior forward Steve Neumann scored once and notched another assist as No. 10 Georgetown defeated No. 4 Marquette on Saturday in a key conference matchup.
Win Revives Big East Hopes
MARQUETTE, from A10 box, Neumann once again lined up to take the ensuing free kick. When the whistle blew, the Hermann Trophy Watch List honoree deftly curled a shot around the wall and into the bottom-right corner of the net to restore his team’s advantage. “Brandon did a great job to earn the free kick at the top of the box,” Neumann said, “and I just placed it in the corner and was fortunate enough for it to go in.” And while it may have been Marquette that came into the contest known for its scoring prowess on set pieces, it was Neumann that made his mark in that category on Saturday. The Blue and Gray were unlucky not to have gotten a couple of goals from the run of play, as senior left back Jimmy Nealis hit the crossbar in the 62nd minute and Neumann glanced a header off the upper 90 in the 69th. “We could’ve had a few more goals and given our defense a little more [of a] cushion at the end, but they did a great job in the last 10-15 minutes with-
standing Marquette’s push, just to clear out all the set pieces and corners and free kicks,” Neumann said. Indeed, the hectic final stretch included a barrage of offensive opportunities for the Golden Eagles, including one sequence in the 78th minute when the ball ran right across the goalmouth but somehow went untouched. But despite the intense pressure, the Hoya defense held strong — allowing only three shots on goal the entire game — to preserve the win. “That’s something we had talked about ... all throughout training leading up to this game — they’re a very attacking-minded team, and they go forward very quickly,” Muller said. “We just made sure going forward that our back line was organized and in good spots, and communication was huge. We were able to do all of those things right today.” The result of that success was the biggest regular-season victory in Head Coach Brian Wiese’s seven-year tenure. Prior to Saturday, the highest-ranked opponent the Hoyas had taken down under Wiese’s guidance
was a sixth-ranked Connecticut squad at home in 2006. After the game, Wiese made a point of singling out the upperclassmen for their leadership against Marquette but, above all, kept things in perspective. “I think from our point of view, the result — the three points — is the most important thing, but how we managed to keep their game at bay was [encouraging],” he said. “[Games like these are] going to prepare us for the NCAA tournament, for getting into Red Bull [Arena] and hopefully trying to win the league.” To accomplish those last two goals, securing the full nine points from the last three games — and, with them, a firstround bye in November’s Big East Tournament — will be essential. Wiese stressed that his team is taking each game as it comes, with the next item on the docket being a fixture tomorrow at Providence (3-7-2, 1-3-0 Big East). The Friars are in must-win mode from here on out in order to avoid missing the tournament entirely. Kickoff against Providence is slated for 3 p.m.
tuesDAY, october 16, 2012
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Senior middle blocker Lindsay Wise (13), shown here against Villanova, had 10 kills — including five in the fourth set — against South Florida Sunday.
In Pair of Big East Tests, Hoyas Squander Chances Will Edman
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The Georgetown volleyball team (6-14, 0-7 Big East_ thought a two-game road trip to Pittsburgh (12-10, 3-5 Big East) and South Florida (12-9, 4-4 Big East) this weekend would present an opportunity to notch its first Big East win. Instead, positive expectations became disappointment as the Hoyas lost both matches despite making their fight with the Bulls a five-set thriller. The Blue and Gray began the trip with a four-set loss to the Panthers on Friday. Breaking from its pattern this season, Georgetown began the match in forceful fashion by winning the first set, 25-20. Head Coach Arlisa Williams attributed the quick start to better practices in the days leading up to the match. “This week, we tried to define the details we needed to improve on and made sure we hit our spot every time on base defense and dropped our hand six inches on the angle,” Williams said. “Focusing on the details makes all the difference.” Although Georgetown began well, Pittsburgh began to wrest momentum away after the first set to assume control of the match. The Hoyas turned in a listless performance from there, losing the second set, 20-25, and then dropping the next two, 18-25 and 2025, respectively. However, Georgetown could take heart in several solid individual performances, as senior middle blocker Lindsay Wise hit .400 to set the tone for an outstanding weekend and sophomore libero MacKenzie Simpson recorded 22 digs over the two games. That included Sunday’s game, where Georgetown put on a spirited display at South Florida despite being mired in a losing streak that now stretches to 13 games. Its strong effort against USF ultimately fell short, however, as it fell in five wild, backand-forth sets. The Hoyas allowed the Bulls to establish and maintain a comfortable lead in the first set, losing 15-25. In one of many large momentum swings, however, the Blue and Gray roared to a 5-1 lead in the second frame. Georgetown was never challenged in the set, as the team hit an outstanding .316 and went on to win, 25-17. “[USF’s] gym is loud and energetic, and we had to get used to that in the first set. They came out excited to be home and excited to play,” Williams said. “In the second set, we decided to step up our game, serving tougher and passing better. We had a great
set, and we did some great things as a team. But, as has been the case so many times this season, Georgetown could not sustain this excellent play. South Florida, led by junior outside hitter Kayla Walton and sophomore outside hitter Valerie El Houssine, took control and dominated en route to a 25-13 win in the third set. Once again, Georgetown bounced back, pulling away in the latter stages of the fourth set to take it, 25-18. Williams cited the set as a special moment for a team which had lost four consecutive matches in four sets before Sunday. “In the third set, [USF] fought back like every team always does, and we couldn’t sustain our momentum,” Williams said. “I’m super proud of the team for this weekend, though, because in the fourth set, we said, ‘You know what, we’re not backing down,’ and we kept on fighting and fighting until we won.” Williams was effusive in her praise of Wise, who recorded five kills on five attempts in the fourth set alone and finished the match with 10 total on the day. “We have talked to [Wise] about details like getting to the net a half-second faster in transition,” Williams said. “She’s worked her butt off, and now she’s reaping the rewards.” In the decisive fifth period, the Hoyas could not hang with the Bulls, who won the final four points to close out the match. Williams cited minor errors that shifted momentum as the main reason for the 10-15 loss. In defeat, Georgetown was helped by strong statistical performances from many of its standout players. Sophomore outside hitter Alex Johnson recorded a double-double with 16 kills and 14 digs, sophomore middle blocker Dani White contributed 15 kills and junior setter Haley Lowrance added a game-high 43 assists. The Hoyas will now have to look to a fourgame homestand to record their first Big East victory. Despite all the setbacks, Williams still believes that a win is around the corner. “As difficult as it is to lose again, we’re playing better volleyball,” Williams said. “We can see wins coming. I don’t know when they’re going to come, but we just keep focusing on areas where we’re deficient. We tell the team that we need to believe in ourselves, believe in each other and trust each other. We can beat anybody on any given day.” The Hoyas will play host to Notre Dame Friday at 8 p.m. in McDonough Arena.
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Hoyas Fall Below .500 After Fourth Defeat LEHIGH, from A10 Kevin Kelly said. “The defense did a heck of a job against a very good offense. We didn’t score when we had the opportunities. To me, the difference in the game was the red zone.” And while the red zone was Georgetown’s Achilles’ heel, sophomore quarterback Stephen Skon fared well under constant blitzes in his third collegiate start, going 16-for-27 with 176 yards passing. The Long Island native went down in the third quarter with an apparent ankle injury, but he was able to come back in place of still banged-up senior quarterback Isaiah Kempf and junior quarterback Aaron Aiken to lead the Hoyas on one last impressive drive, which gave them a chance to force overtime. “[Skon] did a heck of a job,” Kelly said. “He did exactly what we asked him to do.” Unlike in some previous games, Georgetown got off to a quick start on Saturday. After senior cornerback Jeremy Moore recovered a fumble at Lehigh’s 31-yard line, the Blue and Gray quickly drove to the end zone and took an early lead on junior running back Nick Campanella’s 2-yard touchdown run. That score held for the next 18 minutes, as both sides settled into a physical defensive struggle. Lehigh had one chance to tie the game, but sophomore cornerback Daniel Wright intercepted a lofted pass towards the end zone. Finally, however, Lehigh broke through after recovering Skon’s fumble off of a sack. The Mountain Hawks took advantage of their short field, and a 1-yard pitch evened the game at 7-7. Although it appeared that Lehigh had all the momentum after forcing a three-and-out and driving into Georgetown territory on its next possession, Moore had plans of his own. The 5-foot-11 senior pounced on a poorly thrown screen pass to come up with an interception and the game’s biggest highlight, an 80-yard touchdown return that gave the Hoyas a 14-7 lead. “What defensive player doesn’t want to score?” Moore said after the game. “I know the team looks for me to be that game-breaker, and I just look to continue to be that player every game.” The advantage Moore gave the Hoyas held until halftime — but not without some drama. In the last minutes of the half, Moore came up with two more interceptions to give his team ample chances to boost its lead. But a blocked 22-yard field goal and a missed 48-yard kick at the end of the half prevented the Blue and Gray from increasing their advantage. That hurt out of the locker room, when the Mountain Hawks came out sharp, driving 76 yards to tie the game at 14-14 on a 1-yard run. The drive was highlighted by a key third-down conversion: a 40-yard pass downfield on a blown coverage. Third-down defense has been a strength for the Hoyas this season — they lead the Patriot League with just a 28.9 percent conversion rate allowed on third downs — but the Mountain Hawks went 8-for-16 in Saturday’s game. And, in the end, they got the one that counted. “I wish we had some third downs back,” Kelly said. “We had them in third-and-long sometimes, and we let them off the hook.” With the game tied, both teams then went
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Sophomore quarterback Stephen Skon had no touchdowns against Lehigh. through a long scoring drought. Georgetown’s defense was tested, but key fumble recoveries by Wright and junior outside linebacker Dustin Wharton helped the Hoyas escape trouble. Wharton chipped in with 11 tackles, while senior linebacker Robert McCabe, the nation’s leading tackler, had 16 of his own. That wasn’t enough, though, to prevent Lehigh from taking the lead. After a failed fourth-down conversion by the Blue and Gray, the Mountain Hawks completed a 42-yard pass and took a 17-14 lead on a 29-yard field goal. Yet the game was far from over. After each side had two unproductive possessions, the Hoyas got the ball at their own 21-yard line with no timeouts and 1:22 remaining in the game. With his back against the wall, Skon methodically led Georgetown to Lehigh’s 23-yard line with 25 seconds remaining. Instead of going for the win, Kelly chose to run the ball to set up a 37-yard field goal attempt. Kelly acknowledged after the game that his conservative decision had at least something to do with the last time the Hoyas were in a similar position, when Aiken threw a gameending interception that sealed Georgetown’s loss to Yale. “We wanted to get into position where we could go into overtime,” Kelly said. “We did turn the ball over against Yale and that did pop into my head.” The snap on the kick was low and junior kicker/punter Matt MacZura’s ensuing field goal attempt was wide left, leaving the Blue and Gray in shock after a painful 17-14 loss. With the Hoyas squandering their chance for a statement win, the squad picked up their first conference loss and now face tough questions before they play Colgate (3-3, 1-0 Patriot League) Saturday at 1 p.m. That game will be played in Hamilton, N.Y.
GU Excels at Pre-Nationals Patrick Musgrave Special to The Hoya
The Georgetown cross country program continued its march towards postseason success this weekend when the women’s team finished fourth and the men’s ninth in the NCAA Pre-National Invitational in Louisville, Ky. The event, held on the same course as this year’s national championship, was designed to prepare the women’s team for a title defense — that is exactly what Head Coach Michael Smith thought his team did. “They ran exactly how I wanted [them] to, which is the most important thing when evaluating their performance,” Smith said. “They executed their race plan perfectly, and that same race plan in five weeks will deliver some great outcomes.” The Blue and Gray was led by sophomore Annamarie Maag, who took 22nd place with a time of 20:32. She was followed by teammates junior Madeline Chambers, who finished in 20:43 and took 30th, and senior Rachel Schneider, who was
33rd with a time of 20:47. Senior Kirsten Kasper and sophomore Katrina Coogan rounded out the scoring for Georgetown, coming in 38th and 40th places, respectively, both with an offical time of 20:54 but with Kasper finishing 0.4 seconds ahead of Coogan. “It’s really exciting right now, I think the team has the potential to be one of the best in the country if they keep racing and training this well,” Smith said. The men’s team also kept up its streak of promising results, finishing ninth of 40 teams despite withholding graduate student Mark Dennin, arguably its best runner, for training purposes. “Obviously, you never sit there after a meet and think that ninth place is good, but our team is making a lot of progress,” assistant coach Brandon Bonsey said. “We had a lot of guys that had great races, and our training is great, so when the time comes, we will be ready to go.” In Dennin’s absence, front running duties were taken over by senior Andrew Springer, who finished 36th with a time
of 23:56. He was followed by freshman Darren Fahy, who was 70th, wrapping up his first collegiate race in 24:14 flat. Sophomore Miles Schoedler was hot on Fahy’s heels, taking 71st in 24:14.04. “I was really happy with how Darren and Miles stepped up this weekend,” Bonsey said. The final two scorers for the Blue and Gray were junior Max Darrah and senior Ben Furcht, who took 86th and 88th places, with times of 24:21 and 24:22, respectively. “We’re going to get ready to run well at Big Easts. We’re going to make sure the guys are rested and ready to run their best there,” Bonsey said. “The reason that we didn’t cut back for the regular season meet was so we can be at our best for the postseason.” After having the coming weekend off, both teams will be back in action Oct. 26 at the Big East Championship in New York, N.Y. “We’re going to continue to just keep working hard, and good things will happen,” Bonsey said.
Overtime Win Secures Bye TOURNAMENT, from A10 a great job keeping it in their half. Everyone was hungry for a goal after that and we broke them down a little bit.” Notre Dame had an opportunity of its own in the 60th minute, but freshman keeper Emma Newins made a beautiful diving save to preserve the 1-0 Hoya lead. “I thought there were two crucial moments. First, Colleen made a great play on the goal. That gave us a little bit of energy when we needed it,” Nolan said. “Then, Emma made a fantastic save and stopped [Notre Dame] from gaining any momentum.” In the 74th minute, the Blue and Gray’s leading scorer, sophomore midfielder Daphne Corboz, scored the final goal of the match by tapping in a cross from sophomore forward Audra Ayotte to put the team up, 2-0. “You had probably the two best teams in our division trying to compete for a divisional crown, so [the win] does mean a lot. Also for the NCAA, it will be a significant
game for the resume,” Nolan said. The weekend would only get better from there, with Georgetown defeating DePaul in a 1-0 overtime thriller. The Hoyas’ offense was held in check throughout regulation, as the Blue Demons packed the box and prevented Georgetown from finding any holes. But DePaul’s defense could not contain Georgetown in the end, with the breakthrough coming in the eighth minute of overtime. Junior forward Kaitlin Brenn flipped the ball to sophomore forward Vanessa Skrumbis off of a free kick taken by junior defender Mary Kroening. Skrumbis then lofted the ball over the DePaul keeper for the golden goal, giving the Hoyas the 1-0 win. “Once it gets into overtime, anything can happen on a set piece. We felt that that it was always going to be scored on by a mistake or a moment of brilliance,” Nolan said. “But thankfully for us, [Skrumbis] made a great play to put the
ball in the back of the net.” The Georgetown defense, which posted its twelfth shutout of the season, held DePaul to only one shot in the game. “[Our defense] has been fantastic,” Nolan said. “It has been crucial for us to get Emma back in goal because she gives us so much confidence and when you need her to make a save, she does.” With the weekend wins, Georgetown claimed the Big East National Division crown for the first time ever and sealed a bye to the Big East quarterfinals. “It is a great reward for the kids for all the work they have put in. Every year I challenge the [players] to make their own history,” Nolan said. “I challenged this group not to recreate someone else’s legacy, but … to do something no one else had done.” Having already made history, Georgetown will have a chance to begin the next chapter on the right foot when it travels to Villanova Friday for its final regular season game.
Mets Fans Underrate Slugger BELTRAN, from A10 Some turned away from the sport altogether, some flocked to the nearby Blue Jays and some went for popular teams like the Red Sox or Yankees. Seeing former Expos like Pedro Martinez and Cliff Floyd — later to be joined by Brian Schneider, Livan Hernandez, Fernando Tatis and Endy Chavez — on the New York Mets gave me a soft spot for them, as did my already fervent hatred for the rival Phillies. What sealed the deal on my adopted fandom, however, was when the Mets signed Carlos Beltran as a free agent that offseason. The Puerto Rican native’s time with the Mets, which spanned from 2005 to 2011, is looked upon by many — Mets fans and otherwise — as a debacle. Because of the failure of the team as a whole, most think about only the final three campaigns, in which Beltran failed to stay healthy in even one season for more than 100 games. When asked to think further back, the lasting image is of Beltran, bat on his shoulder, taking a called third strike with a chance to tie it up in Game 7 of the 2006 NLCS, against — once again — the Cardinals. There is little in sports that infuriates me more than the perception of Beltran’s time in New York as a letdown; it simply contradicts the sta-
tistics. Among all-time Mets outfielders (in his time with the team), he ranks fourth in batting average, third in home runs, second in runs batted in, sixth in stolen bases, first in onbase-percentage and second in slugging percentage, winning three Silver Slugger and two Gold Glove awards while with the team. And that’s just in the regular season. When many look at Beltran, they see him “choking” on that famous Wainwright curveball in the NLCS. Then again, those are likely the same people that think “clutch” can be an actual characteristic of an athlete. The fan consensus may point to Beltran’s having been unable to carry the Mets to a World Series, but the numbers paint a different picture. On-base percentage and slugging percentage have come to be viewed as statistics that paint a reliable picture of a hitter’s prowess. Among players with at least 100 post-season plate appearances, Beltran ranks No. 1 alltime in Major League Baseball in both categories. Second and third in those categories,are Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, and the comparisons are not altogether close (1.297 on-base + slugging for Beltran compared with 1.211 and 1.208 for Ruth and Gehrig, respectively). Nine years after Beltran’s first heartbreaking NLCS loss to the Cardinals, the 35-year-old
is hoping to ride the St. Louis magic to a title — or maybe to help renew it. The Cards, after all, would likely not still be playing had Beltran not hit .444 against the Nats with an unthinkable 1.486 OPS, two home runs and that rally-starting leadoff double in the ninth inning of last week’s Game 5. It’s been tough for the city of Montreal to see the Nationals have the success on the field that the Expos only had in 1981. For Mets fans, positive notions of Beltran may be restricted to the future successes of Zach Wheeler — the prospect acquired in exchange for the outfielder from the Giants. I will always remember Beltran as the player who gave me hope at a time when my interest in baseball was waning and as the batter who turned the lights out on the Nationals, at least for one season, the way those lights were shut out permanently for baseball fans in Montreal. He is arguably the best postseason hitter in the history of the game, but he’s so much more, too. Hopefully, Carlos Beltran’s legacy will be defined by what he has accomplished and not by what he failed to do in one autumn at-bat in St. Louis.
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WHAT’S ONLINE Georgetown’s field hockey team lost twice this weekend, running its losing skid to 10 games. thehoya.com
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Shots by Georgetown’s field hockey team at No. 3 Connecticut Saturday. The Huskies had 39 attempts.
Hoyas Earn Quarterfinal Berth Wins over DePaul and Notre Dame give team ﬁrst-ever Big East division title CAROLYN MAGUIRE Special to The Hoya
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Senior defender Tommy Muller netted the opening goal in the No. 10 Hoyas’ 2-1 win over No. 4 Marquette Saturday.
GU Boosts Resume With Marquette Win RYAN BACIC
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Facing its third top-10 opponent in its last three Big East games, the No. 10 Georgetown men’s soccer team (12-2-1, 3-2-0 Big East) knew that it needed to finally come through on Saturday. A loss to then-No. 2 UConn two weeks ago had been followed up by a 3-0 defeat in South Bend to then-No. 10 Notre Dame, suddenly leaving the Blue and Gray in a dangerous position. No. 4 Marquette (12-1-0, 3-1-0 Big East) provided an opportunity during Parents Weekend for both a bit of redemption and a much-needed resume booster, and the Hoyas took it with aplomb, winning by a final score of 2-1. “It was a huge win for us,” senior defender Tommy Muller said. “The whole year, we’ve known we have the quality to beat top-10 teams, and it didn’t fall our way [against] UConn and Notre Dame. So today we really wanted to make a statement and beat a top-5 team, and we did that, so we’re very pleased.” “The losses definitely were tough to handle for us, especially the UConn game, [when] we came out here and played our game and played very well and just were unfortunate to be on the
wrong side of that result,” junior forward Steve Neumann added. “But to come out here and get this win in front of all the alumni and all the fans was just very big for the program [and] very big for this year going forward.” Neumann played a key role in his side’s milestone win, with his free kick service getting the on the board in the 22nd minute. The Pennsylvania native lofted a ball into the box on the restart following a Marquette foul, and senior defender Tommy Muller flicked it into the top-right corner to give Georgetown the early lead. The ever-active Neumann nearly added another eight minutes later following a scramble in front of goal, but his near-post shot was ably stopped by the Golden Eagle keeper. The save gave new life to the visitors, who evened the score in the 35th minute off of a beautiful dipping volley from outside the 18-yard box. In spite of customarily dominating possession in the opening half, the Hoyas were forced into the break all square. That deadlock wouldn’t last long, however. After freshman striker Brandon Allen was fouled just outside the See MARQUETTE, A8
The No. 11 Georgetown women’s soccer team entered the weekend looking to make history — and that was exactly what it did. The Hoyas (14-1-2, 7-0-1 Big East) won their first Big East division title and clinched a bye to the Big East tournament quarterfinals by defeating Notre Dame and DePaul. Georgetown began the weekend with a resume-building win, knocking off No. 24 Notre Dame (11-4-2, 7-1-1 Big East), 2-0, on Friday at North Kehoe Field. But facing a formidable opponent and battling difficult weather conditions, the Blue and Gray struggled in the first half. “The weather had a lot to do with [our slow start],” Head Coach Dave Nolan said. “It was really difficult because every time we tried to pass the ball, the wind would hold it up and we couldn’t adjust to that differ-
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Sophomore forward Vanessa Skrumbis scored Georgetown’s lone goal in the Blue and Gray’s overtime win over DePaul Sunday. ence.” But in the second half, with the wind now at their backs, the Hoyas came alive. Just five minutes into the half, junior forward Colleen Dinn collected a blocked cross from junior forward Kaitlin Brenn and drove the
ball past the Notre Dame keeper. “It was a pretty even game up to that point, and we definitely needed the break early to really get into gear,” Dinn said. “[After that] we did See TOURNAMENT, A9
More Heartbreak in Loss to Lehigh JOSH SIMMONS
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The Georgetown football team (34, 0-1 Patriot League) knew that, in order to pull off the upset over No. 10 Lehigh (7-0, 1-0 Patriot League), it would have to force turnovers and minimize its own mistakes. Despite executing that game plan to perfection, the Hoyas came up just short in a heartbreaking 17-14 defeat against the Mountain Hawks Saturday. While the Blue and Gray had just two turnovers, their defense forced seven — four interceptions and three fumble recoveries. But Georgetown once again failed to finish drives, as its defensive effort was made moot by a 1-for-3 red-zone effort. “It’s a team game,” Head Coach
Junior running back Nick Campanella completed a seven-yard run for the ﬁrst touchdown in Saturday’s 17-14 loss to Lehigh.
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Freshman Bradley Hayes (42) dunks the ball during Georgetown’s ﬁrst men’s basketball practice Saturday afternoon, which was open to reporters as part of the school’s media day.
or Washington, a Game 5 elimina- when a midseason trade to the Houston tion after a 6-0 lead was as heart- Astros gave him the chance to compete breaking as defeats come. For me, in his first postseason. the game, the comeback and the series That fall, despite fielding big names held a different significance. like Clemens, Oswalt, Pettitte, Berkman, The fall of 2004 was a rough time to Kent, Biggio and Bagwell, the Astros be a baseball fan in Montreal: came up short in the NLCS, While eight teams looked tolosing to a St. Louis Cardinals wards the upcoming playoffs team led by a young Albert Pu— the final regular season jols. games a formality for most What should be remem— more than 31,000 people bered most about that postrode the Metro to Montreal’s season, however — if one looks Olympic Stadium to see their beyond the Red Sox and YanExpos for what would be the kees — is how Beltran, then final time. Arik Parnass a lesser-known commodity, Watching postseason basetied a postseason record with ball in the month that foleight home runs, accomplishlowed should have been tough, but, like ing the feat in only 12 games, five fewer many, I was captivated by a talented wild than all-time home-runs leader Barry card team in the National League with an Bonds needed to hit the same number emerging star who seemed to have been in 2002. waiting for just such a stage to emerge. When the 2005 season started, MonCarlos Beltran, a product of the Kan- trealers needed a new team to support. sas City Royals farm system, was 27 — See BELTRAN, A9 six years into his major league career —
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