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FRIDAY, october 26, 2012
EDITORIAL The D.C. Health Code does not do enough to ensure food safety.
The Guide explores ways to make the season’s trends your own. GUIDE, G5
RECREATION An upscale bowling alley has filed a proposal for a new shop in Georgetown.
WOMEN’S SOCCER Georgetown will play host to DePaul Sunday in the Big East quarterfinals.
Health Center Scheduling Reviewed Penny Hung
Hoya Staff Writer
Undergraduate and graduate students met with Assistant Vice President of Student Health Services
James Welsh Oct. 24. to discuss enhancing the university’s current online appointment scheduling system for the Student Health Center. The student delegation comprised Georgetown University Stu-
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Students are seeking ways to improve the effectiveness and accessibility of the online appointment request system at the Student Health Center.
dent Association President Clara Gustafson (SFS ’13), Vice President Vail Kohnert-Yount (SFS ’13) and two representatives from the Graduate Student Organization, President Paul Musgrave (GRD ’16) and Vice President of Advocacy Carina Minardi (GRD ’16). According to Minardi, the initiative began last year as a joint project between the GUSA executive board and GSO and then was passed down to Gustafson and Kohnert-Yount. “The meeting was a joint effort with GUSA and GSO because this is an issue that affects a great number of graduate students as well as undergraduates,” Musgrave said. The university implemented an online appointment request system called “My MedStar Connect” in April 2012, which allows students to request appointments, renew a prescription and review test results. To set up an account, students must acquire a personal identification number by submitting a request online and then set up an See HEALTH, A5
Yates Thefts Spike in October Guthrie Angeles
A total of 18 incidents have occurred through Oct. 24; in compar-
A rash of thefts hit Yates Field House this month, with five incidents occurring over a two-week period. In contrast, seven thefts at Yates were reported to the Department of Public Safety between January and September. Similarly, in past years there have been few thefts reported at the location during the month of October. In 2010 and 2011, no thefts were reported at Yates in that month, and only one was reported in October 2009. Overall, theft has not spiked significantly on campus this month.
“The hard thing is they can’t put cameras in [the locker rooms].”
Special to The Hoya
KAITLIN CARANO (COL ’13) Victim of theft at Yates Field House
ison, 19 thefts had been reported last month through Sept. 24. Each victim of theft at Yates within the last month had property stolen from a locker, according to DPS records. Four reports indi-
cated that items were stolen from an unsecured locker, while one report did not specify whether or not the locker was secured. Among the items stolen from the lockers were wallets, a sweatshirt, school supplies and other unspecified property. Four of the thefts occurred between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Kaitlin Carano (COL ’13) had her wallet stolen from her backpack in the women’s locker room Oct. 16 between 4:50 p.m. and 5:50 p.m. Despite having her laptop in the same bag as her wallet, her laptop was left untouched.
Commentator Calls for Collaborative Government Eitan Sayag
Hoya Staff Writer
Talk show host Chris Matthews spoke about bipartisanship and political cooperation in Lohrfink Auditorium Thursday evening. The lecture, “Making Politics Work,” was co-sponsored by the Georgetown University Lecture Fund and the Tanous Family Endowed Lecture Fund. Matthews, who is known for his hourlong talk show “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” opened the presentation by talking about bipartisanship, using the relationship of former President Ronald Reagan and former Democratic Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill as an example. “The country we built here is all about the kinds of people we sent here,” Matthews said, referring to elected representatives in Congress. “The older I get, the more I believe in the system. I just want it to work. I just want the right and the left
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Matthews recalled the cooperation he saw while working in Congress in the ’80s.
to get together and negotiate and compromise and find a way to make this thing work and stop kicking so many cans down the road.” Matthews, who served as an aide for O’Neill during his tenure as speaker, is currently working on a book about Reagan and O’Neill. “[Reagan and O’Neill] both loved the country, and in their own ways they wanted it to work,” Matthews said. “For a half dozen years in the 1980s I was on the inside politically … The Speaker of The House, an old-time liberal Democrat, and his adversary Ronald Reagan, [who was] destined to be one of the most popular presidents in history. I think I saw American government run the way it was supposed run back then.” Matthews said that O’Neill and Reagan’s relationship emphasized how bipartisanship and government ought to function. “If politics was zero sum, we wouldn’t get anywhere with self-government,” Matthews said. “Sometimes the success of a whole thing depends on good competition, a balance and where a fight makes both guys look good.” Students said they were impressed by Matthews’s speech. “I’m just voting for the first time and it’s important … to hear other perspectives,” Alexandra Daniels (COL ’16) said. “I think he has a lot of good points and that people do need to see ... what we can collaborate on and what we can agree on is more important than what separates us.” “I like that even though he is a pretty liberal guy, he still thinks that we all need to compromise and work like Tip O’Neill and Reagan did to actually make politics work,” Elyssa Skeirik (SFS ’15) said.
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Wisey’s, the popular Wisconsin Avenue deli, has filed a lawsuit for trademark infringement against competing delivery service Wiseats.
Wisey’s Sues Service Over Name, Logo
Special to The Hoya
Wisey’s #1 LLC filed a lawsuit for intentional trademark infringement against local restaurant owner Davar Ashgrizzadeh and his businesses, Minellis Pizzeria Enterpries LLC and Nimellis Pizzeria LLC. Wisey’s #1 is the parent company of Wisey’s — better known as “Healthy Wisey’s” — located at 1440 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Ashgrizzadeh’s restaurant Cafe Romeo’s, located at 2132 Wisconsin Ave. NW, became the base for Wiseats, which operates as a pick-up, delivery and catering service in the D.C. area, earlier this year. The Wisey’s complaint, which was filed Sept. 27, alleges that Wiseats copied Wisey’s name and logo earlier this year.
“Defendants did not open another location, expand or even alter CafeRomeo’s,” the plaintiff wrote in the complaint. “Defendants simply began marketing their inferior but competing products and services under the confusingly similar Wiseats mark … for the sole purpose of trafficking Wisey’s goodwill and reputation.” The two delis’ logos, menus and slogans are markedly similar. The Wisey’s slogan is “Eat Right, Eat Wisey’s,” while Wiseats’ slogan is “Eat Wise, Eat Wiseats.” Additionally, some items on the Wisey’s menu, such as a smoothie containing bananas, dates and honey, are replicated exactly on the Wiseats menu. According to a Wisey’s employee who asked to remain anonymous See TRADEMARK, A5
JUST DO IT: NIKE OPENS FLAGSHIP STORE ON M STREET
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Six Strikes You’re Out? An inspector from the D.C. Department of Health walks into a restaurant kitchen for the first time in a year. He sees a cook smoking, but the cigarette gets put out. He sees another worker with a contagious illness, but that person is told to leave for the day. The inspector identifies five other critical health violations that can’t be fixed during the inspection, but those are corrected by the time of his follow-up visit. According to health code policy in this city, that hypothetical restaurant would pass its inspection and be allowed to remain open. The code mandates that eateries be shut down if they meet or exceed a total of six violations that cannot be corrected immediately. But considering the dangers associated with unsafe food preparation, such standards are alarmingly lax. Changes to the code must be made to guarantee that food being served in D.C. restaurants passes a strict test of sanitation. Georgetown eateries have had plenty of experience with health code violations this fall. The Department of Health cited O’Donovan Hall with six critical violations during a Sept. 4 inspection, two of which were corrected during the visit and the rest of which were addressed in time for a follow-up inspection on Sept. 24. There were a total of 18 critical and non-critical violations found at food venues in Leavey Center on Oct. 3, and there has yet to be a second inspection. Critical violations are defined as those that “if left uncorrected are more likely than other violations to directly contribute to food contamination, illness or environmental health hazards.” An establishment
can be closed if it has six critical violations that cannot be rectified on the spot, but because inspections occur on an infrequent basis, “if left uncorrected” overlooks the fact that these health hazards could have already existed at a venue for many months. It can take 45 days for a follow-up inspection for non-critical problems, such as grease buildup or non-functioning refrigerators. When hundreds of meals are served at a place like O’Donovan Hall every day, the Department of Health’s lack of urgency is unacceptable. Furthermore, by forgiving critical violations that are corrected during an inspection, the DOH sends a message that sanitation negligence is acceptable during the days when inspectors aren’t watching. This process creates a culture of compliance rather than high standards. In what other area of law enforcement would such low expectations be tolerated — would a reckless driver be let off the hook after being pulled over if he promised to drive away under the speed limit? By failing to actually enforce standards, giving generous amounts of time to fix violations and permitting on-site corrections, the DOH falls short of fulfilling its mission to guarantee quality and safety. The DOH must hold eateries to a higher standard and conduct inspections more frequently. It’s unlikely that inspectors would be willing to sit down for a meal at a restaurant where they’ve just identified nearly a half-dozen critical health violations, and consumers should not be expected to do so either.
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MTV on the Hilltop — After MTV conducts a live interview with President Obama at the White House today, a film crew from the TV channel will be on campus to get student feedback, which will be aired during the program. Grand Reopening — The south entrance of the Dupont Circle Metro stop will be reopened after being out of service for eight months. Safe Streets? — The District was ranked No. 16 on Forbes’ list of “America’s Most Dangerous Cities,” which assessed violent crime rates in cities with populations over 200,000. Trains Get Upgrade — The WMATA unveiled new railway cars that feature more robust doors, spacious interiors and better handholds.
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1789 PROBLEMS by Arturo Altamirano
A Problematic Partnership The GOCard has been advertised as a way to reduce the number of cards students need to carry. But the recent contract linking PNC Bank accounts to GOCards leaves us worried that these business partners have bigger plans for limiting the options in Georgetown students’ wallets. The university announced in September that Georgetown One Cards could be linked to PNC bank accounts and serve as PNC debit cards. This is part of a national trend; over 900 contracts have been signed, often involving millions of dollars, between universities and various private banks across the country, according to a May report from the U.S. Federation of Public Interest Research Groups. Creating personal savings or checking accounts is an important decision for college students as they begin to establish financial independence from their parents. Georgetown’s partnership with PNC can mislead students at a time when they are financially vulnerable. Whether it’s printing a PNC advertisement on the back of the GOCard, allowing a recruitment table outside the GOCard office during New Student Orientation or simply giving PNC exclusive rights to this debit card service, the arrangement can come off as an endorsement of PNC’s banking services from the university. That’s inappropriate. When the university makes a business arrangement that was mostly likely based on finding the highest bidder, it does a disservice to Georgetown’s families by suggesting that the bank is also
in students’ best financial interests. Furthermore, the U.S. PIRG report noted that many debit card agreements with colleges have allowed captive markets of students to be exploited and student privacy rights to be violated. It’s not clear whether Georgetown will encounter these problems with PNC. What we do know, however, is that PNC charges higher fees than the Georgetown University Alumni & Student Federal Credit Union in almost every category. PNC has higher ATM and Visa card replacement fees, for example, and offers substantially worse interest rates. This is not meant to serve as an endorsement of GUASFCU, nor is it meant to say that the student bank should have a monopoly on campus space. It’s perfectly acceptable, for example, for Capital One to also rent space in Leavey Center. While we naturally support any fellow student group like GUASFCU, we don’t expect it to be given unfair advantages in the campus banking market. What we do hope is that such an advantage can’t be bought out by a billion-dollar giant like PNC. External university partnerships made in the banking industry are a sensitive subject. Huge amounts of money are involved — for the university and PNC, to be sure, but also for the many students who are developing their personal savings for the first time. We respect the university’s interests in capitalizing on lucrative business partnerships, but such a contract can’t come at the expense of students’ best interests.
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CORRECTION The article “Fellowships Help Graduates Launch Business Careers” (A4, Oct. 16, 2012) incorrectly stated that Roanne Lee (COL ’12) is member of the program’s second fellowship class. Roanne was part of Venture for America’s first class of fellows, the Class of 2012.
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CONTEMPLATION IN ACTION
VIEWPOINT • Blatty
In Place of Innocence, ‘Exorcist’ Author: Education Provides Insight GU Abusing Identity L I
ife is only on Earth and not for long,” actress Kirsten Dunst laments in the film “Melancholia” before a rouge planet annihilates our world in a spectacular collision seen by no one. I remember a specific point in time when I looked up at the night sky through the passenger window of my father’s powder blue Geo Metro and watched my own eyes grow wide in the reflection with epiphany. Suddenly, an idea I had heard time and time again in grade school science clicked, and I realized just what it meant to be so small in a universe so big. My nineyear-old self spent the next two weeks holding on to every ledge and railing available to avoid being launched into space. In that instance, education fulfilled its raison d’etre. As a product of the public school system, I had internalized knowledge and applied it to the world around me. Ten years later, members of my generation have an enormous body of information under their belts; and we are nowhere close to satiated. Yet I do not think I am the only one who often wonders how we are supposed to tie together the knowledge we’ve gained. Education requires definition. What does an education mean — at Georgetown and across the country? The answer to this question is crucial because its consequences are so dire. Even more than ignorance, the wrong kind of education is one of the most dangerous things in the world. Knowledge is a burden transferred from our parents’ generation — it has a weight, and it comes with a price. Education bids us struggle every day to come to terms with the unspeakable crimes humanity commits against itself, from Sparta to the Inquisition to Hiroshima and Nagasaki and beyond. With every passing year, we develop a more acute sense of the lonely chill that comes
from understanding the limits of our biology and the uniqueness of the human condition, thrust upon us by intelligence, self-awareness and opposable thumbs. When, as teenagers, we first looked into the abyss of human history that is war and tragedy, we simply closed the books and directed our attention elsewhere. Yet something within us felt different. It was not the void that changed. Childhood innocence is fragile, and we lose it just as much
We have an enourmous body of information under our belts, and we are nowhere close to satiated. from our sins and the sins of others as we do from the recognition that the monsters we fear are inside us. Education confronts us with the most unchecked aberrations, perverse usages and greedy misappropriations of our shared human faculty. Our sense of security is ripped away by the cold, hard truth of human societies and the physical world with which they wrestle. Ignorance is indeed bliss, until and unless one of your differences earns you derision or expulsion from a closed society. Do not interpret this column as advocating for ignorance. Rather, I argue that education
must put something in the place of the innocence it stripped away. Education must not produce empty shells of post-modern men and women migrating between the twin fates of spiraling disillusionment and the totalitarian temptation of political ideology. Skepticism and critical thinking skills are important elements of a well-honed mind, but to leave us with those traits alone is to commit a cruel omission. Education in the truest sense must teach us to believe — believe that something in us connects us to something bigger than ourselves. Belief can take many forms: religious, spiritual, philosophical and so forth. Students must be encouraged to investigate and discover those personal values that will keep them rooted to the ground as humanity hurtles through space and time. Based on oft-quoted Jesuit values, this is the kind of education Georgetown has the potential to bring into the 21st century. Properly advertised and communicated to prospective matriculates, the Hilltop can become a place where students gather to engage in a truly holistic model of education. As current students, we ought to demand this model both for ourselves and for the broken U.S. public education system that so desperately needs reform in the place of platitudes and thoughtless legislation. Accumulated knowledge means we can look into the stars at night and see them for what they are. Philosophy, faith and personal values, developed over the course of a lifetime, allow us to imagine what could be of the world. Education also instructs us what humanity is capable of — it is belief that teaches us that good will win out in the end.
Nate Tisa is a junior in the School of Foreign Service. He is speaker of the GUSA senate. CONTEMPLATION IN ACTION appears every other Friday.
AS THIS JESUIT SEES IT...
loved Georgetown from the first day that I set my footlocker down in Healy Circle and asked an upperclassman how to find a room to put it in. I loved the Jesuits, too. In my novel “The Exorcist,” I thanked them for “teaching me to think.” Georgetown gave me the gift of a liberal education that included the keys of reason to unlock the mysteries of faith. Throughout an undeservedly wonderful life, I have been guided by the light of my Georgetown education, grounded firmly, as I had been even in my youth, in the unmatched intellectual wealth of the Catholic Church. Each time I faltered — as I often did, sometimes grievously — that light never failed to come to my rescue. What I owe Georgetown, however, is nothing compared to what she owes her founders and the Christ of Faith. It grieves me deeply that my alma mater is failing so scandalously in its debt to both, as well as to the militant Jesuits still buried there who made it so special for so long. Georgetown today seems to take pride in insulting the Church and offending the faithful. I know that some students, or the earnest Jesuit, will point out the liturgies, the chaplains, the Knights of Columbus chapter and so on. Administrators assure me that they speak to the archbishop and visit Rome regularly. I know the litany all too well. But it describes a Potemkin village, complete now with long, waving banners. Those who believe this illusion seem satisfied with their little Catholic ghetto. It contrasts so starkly with the archdiocese’s view of things. On May 10, its official publication stated plainly that, at Georgetown today, “leadership and faculty find their inspiration in sources other than the Gospel and Catholic teaching,” and that “the vision guiding university choices does not clearly reflect the light of the Gospel and authentic Catholic teaching.” Of course, the decimation of “Catholic” began long ago when we first looked with envy toward Harvard and reduced the Jesuit curriculum. The dissidents came later, some in Roman collars and others who found personal gain in the movement against Church authority. Georgetown galloped toward secularism; even crucifixes disappeared from classrooms. Then, in the early 1980s, a top New York public relations firm counseled the university that it was misguided to di-
minish its Catholic identity. Their report showed how Catholic identity was a valuable “brand” to be exploited in fundraising and recruitment. Georgetown got the memo but pursued a cynical path. In the prose, Latin quotes and other cosmetics, Georgetown would tell the world that it was “Catholic and Jesuit.” At black-tie alumni dinners, a Jesuit would be placed at every table like a flower centerpiece. The march toward secularism and moral relativism continued. Debate is the servant of truth. In this case, debating whether Georgetown is Catholic has itself become a deception. Some say yes, some say no. But it does not matter what we think. There is only one accrediting agency that gets the last word. In 1990, Pope John Paul II, a former university professor, finally issued a normative constitution for Catholic universities, Ex Corde Ecclesiae. Georgetown has a metric, but its leaders have chosen willfully to ignore it. It is not too late. I have formed the Father King Society to unite students, faculty, parents and alumni to make Georgetown honest, Catholic and better. Students and faculty have joined us. Anyone interested can contact me. The courageous are welcome. To become authentically Catholic again does not mean returning to the past. It means building something entirely new, a new way for our university to meet the world that Georgetown’s old guard might be unable to imagine. Among other things, a Catholic university will defend academic freedom against the illiberal and intolerant new orthodoxies that allow no dissension from their new truths, as is happening at Georgetown today. Our new society is named for Fr. Tom King, S.J., who, in 1991, assisted a first canonical petition to stop Georgetown’s slow separation from the Church. That petition asked the Church to strip the university of its Catholic label if it did not stop funding abortion advocacy. Georgetown reversed itself. Soon, we will ask the Church to do something quite different. Our excitement is palpable. Like Jesuit Father Karras, we do it for “love.” WILLIAM PETER BLATTY graduated from the College in 1950. He won the Academy Award for best adapted screenplay for adapting his best-selling novel “The Exorcist” for the 1973 movie of the same title.
VIEWPOINT • McDaniel
Books a Gateway to Truth Court of Public Opinion Free to Fight Hate Speech A M
professor who has been many years at a school is often asked by visitors: “Do you notice any difference between current students and those from previous decades?” I always answer that question pretty much the same way: “Look, all the students I ever have are around 20 years old. A 20-year-old is a 20-year-old. The students I had 30 years ago were just as intelligent and capable as those I have today — no more, no less.” What really counts to a teacher is not relative intelligence but what the student reads and knows, whether he wants to know and whether he is suddenly awake to ultimate things. All generations of 20-year-olds stand before the same reality, before what is. Any professor worth his salt at this or other university can recall his own “20-year-oldness,” a time when something happened that woke him up to something beyond himself. When I reread with a class the following lines from Allan Bloom in his “Shakespeare’s Politics,” I think of this question about the intelligence of students: “The beauty of words is but a reflection of the beauty of the thing; the poet is immersed in the thing, which is the only source of true beauty.” Bloom brings poetry into the context of political philosophy; after all, Socrates’ main prosecutor at his trial in Athens was a poet. Bloom comes from a tradition suggesting that we cannot understand political things unless we have some idea of all things in their order. But getting students to come to class prepared for that moment of immersion is an uphill battle. It starts with the question of missing class. I confess to being somewhat of an idealist. Enforcing attendance is a duty in justice to whoever is footing the bills, but I also think students should come to class prepared.
They should have read intelligently the matter at hand. But human nature, being what it is — in a condition of “fallen-ness,” as the orthodox theologians say — manages to miss class now and then. When this happens, I often get a note from the missing student telling me that he has flu, is at lacrosse practice or works in the White House or some law firm downtown. He tells me that he will “get the notes” from his friend Fred, who unfortunately did not have such a pressing reason to miss class. By this time, I have often written and stated in class: “Please, never tell me that you will ‘get someone’s notes.’ Class is not about notes, even mine, but about the text
Fr. James V. Schall, S.J.
Today, we see what were once called books disappearing into sundry online formats. at hand.” This text is what is follow-up inspections did not enforce the timeline required by violators to be read, not someone’s notes. When we finally get to the text, no doubt, we can still run into several problems. We have the modern thinkers who tell us that all texts are just interpretations. We also find that the text may be a translation, say from Greek or Latin. “How good is even the best translation?” we
wonder. We do have courses in which we find original texts carefully gone through. We then come to the question of how to read a book. Mortimer Adler wrote a book with that very title, still an excellent book. Peter Redpah outdid Adler by writing one called “How to Read a Difficult Book.” Today, with a combination of delight and dismay, we see what were once called books disappearing into sundry online formats. I gave a talk last fall at Dartmouth called “But What Is a Book?” I bring up these discussions of class and books, I suppose, so that I can recall another favorite passage of mine that I think every 20-year-old of any era will ponder. To do so is one of the ways to begin wisdom. Remember that the Old Testament tells us that “the fear of the Lord” is the beginning of wisdom. Aristotle tells us that it is wonder. Both are right. Leo Strauss, in a famous passage, tells us that we are lucky if we are alive during the time in which one or two of the greatest minds of our kind are alive. My addendum to that observation is that even if we are alive when such minds are alive, chances of our recognizing them are pretty slim. In some sense, such is the confusion of the modern mind: We are fortunate if we recognize anything great. Strauss’ advice to us was that we could only find the great minds, say Aristotle or Aquinas, in their books. Hence, we had to read their books carefully and, as I like to add, often. Reading a great book once is never enough, however fortunate we are to do so. But reality is not ultimately in books but in things, in persons, however much books and poets get us to them.
Fr. James V. Schall, S.J., is a professor in the government department. He is one of the alternating writers for AS THIS JESUIT SEES IT…, which appears every other Friday.
ark Stern argued in his column “No Suppression of Stupidity” (A3, Oct. 23, 2012) that Metro’s recent attempt to censor racist advertisements was a violation of free speech. The ads, sponsored by the anti-Islamic American Freedom Defense Initiative read, “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad.” “There is no doubt that the AFDI’s posters are offensive and ridiculous, but hatefulness and stupidity have never been cause for censorship in the United States,” Stern wrote. “It is only by protecting the speech of those whom we like least that we preserve the liberties we cherish most.” He’s right, of course. But to leave the story at that — not to go beyond a wistful sigh that there’s nothing we can do to stop people like AFDI founder Pamela Geller from posting hateful messages in our public space — makes it seem like the victory must lie on the side of hate speech. On the contrary, many individuals and religious groups, including members of the Georgetown community, have responded to these ads exactly in the manner that First Amendment watchdogs would want: by making their own voices heard in support of love and tolerance. It started in New York when, after these ads were posted in the subway system, people responded with vandalism. Some ads were slapped with a sticker saying “RACIST,” while others were covered in black spray paint. Then, counter-ads started to run in D.C. and New York. United Methodist Women ran an ad saying, “Hate speech is not civilized. Support peace in word and deed.” The Council on American-Islamic Relations posted a quote from the Quran: “Show forgiveness, speak for justice and avoid the ignorant.” Sojourners, a Christian organization, posted an ad stating simply, “Love your Muslim neighbors.” Closer to home, a group of Georgetown students have been going to Metro stations and distributing flyers supporting peace. Our very own Rachel Gartner, rabbi and director of Jewish chaplaincy at Georgetown, wrote a piece for The Washington Post denouncing the
ad and calling on Jewish Americans to speak out against it as an obligation of their faith. “As a rabbi, I insist on the responsibility to speak out against hateful speech,” Gartner wrote, “particularly when it comes at least in part from one of our own. Judaism teaches [that] anyone who has the ability to intervene but does not is held responsible [by God] for those sins.” Gartner makes an important point: the First Amendment guarantees not simply a right, but also a responsibility, to speak out and take responsibility for the consequences of our speech. These ads are meant to incite fear and hatred of Muslims, equating savagery with jihad and, by extension, with Muslims. This tactic is crude, offensive and irresponsible. Anti-Islamic propaganda has real consequences for the daily lives of Muslims and non-Muslims around the country and around the world. U.S. media rarely provide a platform to share the experiences of the Muslims who are vilified in public discourse. When the other side of the story is never told — when all we see are depictions of Muslims as terrorists intent on jihad — it becomes easy to accept racist stereotypes about who is “civilized” and who is “savage.” These attitudes creep into policy decisions just as they spur horrific hate crimes. Speech has consequences. Censorship is not the answer. More speech is better, especially in cases such as this. It is significant that the response to these ads has overwhelmingly been one promoting love. On a topic that too often incites a squabbling match rather than meaningful debate, Jews, Christians and Muslims have refused to take the AFDI’s bait. Instead, they are using it as an opportunity to come together against intolerance. Juxtaposed with the AFDI’s ad referring to human beings as savages, the ads calling for peace, love and justice expose the AFDI ad for what it really is: racist, cynical and hateful. They shame the AFDI for dishonoring its right to free speech so egregiously. MORGAN MCDANIEL is a senior in the School of Foreign Service. She is chair of the Center for Social Justice advisory board for student organizations.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2012
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The Hoya Roundtables, which were started by Chief Operating Officer Chris Augostini last fall, have continued to increase dialogue between students and faculty. Augostini said he was inspired to create Hoya Roundtables after students who interned in his office during the summer of 2011 expressed interest in having more venues to communicate with university administration. “They said to me, ‘We have to be candid. We don’t feel like we have an adequate amount of vehicles to engage the administration when there’s an issue we’re confronting,’” he said. Augostini proposed Hoya Roundtables, an initiative that allows students to present their questions directly to administrators, at his first staff meeting in July 2011. “The goal of the roundtables is very straightforward,” Vice President for Public Affairs Erik Smulson said. “They represent a new effort on the part of the administration to be responsive to the concerns of students.” A total of five Hoya Roundtables were held last year, focusing on technology, sustainability, auxiliary services and facilities. 15 to 30 students attended each event, though turnout peaked at 100 for the roundtable on sustainability, according to university spokeswoman Stacy Kerr. This fall, the university implemented ideas brought up in both the roundtable discussions and on IdeaScale regarding technology, including better printing services in Lauinger Library, more power strips in the library and expanded WiFi on campus, according to Augostini. This year’s first roundtable discussion took place Oct. 15. Topics ranged from updating technology to revamping facilities, but the event mainly focused on student dissatisfaction with changes to O’Donovan Hall. Roughly 24 people attended, according to Kerr. In response to the volume of student concerns about Leo’s, the university will hold a second roundtable discussion later this semester, focusing on food services and facilities because
of the volume of student feedback regarding these topics. In addition, the administration is developing a plan to gather feedback from students about the changes to housing and facilities that will be implemented as a result of the 2010 campus plan agreement. Because of the roundtables’ recent popularity in the undergraduate community, the university will begin holding roundtable discussions for each of Georgetown’s graduate schools as well, according to Augostini. Students said they are pleased with the direction the roundtables are headed. “The opportunity to talk with toplevel administrators in an open environment is … great,” Sam Greco (SFS ’15), a student who attended the Leo’s roundtable said, though he added that the events sometimes lack focus. “More specific topics might encourage more students to come,” he said. “The fact that the meeting lasted nearly three hours, and the majority of students there only were concerned with Leo’s, might have deterred some from coming.” Lydia Brown (COL ’15), another student who attended the Leo’s discussion, agreed that increasing participation in the roundtables ought to be a university priority. “Roundtables are limited in their potential impact on the community,” Brown said. “When community members do not attend, and particularly when underrepresented groups of students attend only in small numbers … the comments made at roundtables will not adequately or accurately reflect the breadth and diversity of student experiences and perspectives.” Augostini remains positive that Hoya Roundtables and other vehicles for communication, like IdeaScale, will continue to increase the administration’s transparency. “We want the students to know that we don’t just sit behind walls. We’re not just behind a computer,” he said. “With these roundtables and other vehicles for communication, we want to a dynamic environment around the question of how can we always better serve.”
While switching schools is rare for Georgetown students, the university’s intra-school transfer program provides students the wiggle room necessary to explore multiple directions for their academic careers. According to Associate Director of the McDonough School of Business Undergraduate Program Lisa Scheeler, about 25 students transfer into the business school and roughly the same amount transferred out each year. Meanwhile, last spring, 20 students transferred into the College and 30 more transferred in this fall, Jessica Cianci-Dausch, an assistant dean in the College, said. Finally, according to Associate Dean of the School of Foreign Service Mitch Kaneda, 43 students transferred into the School of Foreign Service this academic year and nine students transferred out. Assistant College Dean Tad Howard said that the ease of transferring provides an opportunity for academically qualified students to adjust their environment to fit their interests better. “Students have already been admitted to Georgetown, and if they’re in good standing, they’ve proven 90 percent of what they need to prove,” Howard said. “So we may approach [transferring] with a little more flexibility.” Students who wish to transfer must apply by the end of their spring semester sophomore year, a timeframe that allows students to think through their decision and ensures that they can still graduate on-time. Each school requires a form signed by the student’s dean and a one-page essay explaining the reasons for transferring. The SFS also requires a grade point average of 3.3 or higher. “The application was so easy,” Emma Newins (MSB ’15), who transferred into the MSB from the College to study finance, said. Although students may easily navigate the application process, transferring credits and beginning new coursework is more difficult. “When I transferred, I still had
three required operations and information management courses to take, and I still have to take one more this semester,” Brigid Lenahan (MSB ’13), who decided to pursue finance in the MSB instead of the College, said. “The work [in the MSB] is different than the College too, because the College was so much work on your own time, which works well for me, but now group projects makes the work on other people’s time,” she said. However, some students were able to begin fulfilling their new program’s core requirements before being accepted, making the process smoother. “Because I had recognized that I wanted to transfer early on in my freshman year, I registered for classes in such a way that I was able to fulfill requirements for the SFS while still technically being in the College,” said Alden Leclair (SFS ’15), a student who trans-
“Students have already been admitted to Georgetown, and if they’re in good standing, they’ve proven 90 percent of what they need to prove.”
TAD HOWARD Assistant dean, Georgetown College
ferred from the College to the SFS at the end of his freshman year to study international politics. Janine Duffy (SFS ’14), who transferred to the SFS from the College at the end of her sophomore year, said it was a positive experience because it was easier to pursue her interests. “The College just didn’t have what I wanted because I felt pretty limited once I picked a certain major,” Duffy said. “But I felt the SFS, on the whole, was a lot more open, and I could tailor my concentration to what I was most interested in.” On the flip side, Lenahan chose to transfer because the business school provided more structured courses for her interest.
“I started taking [College] requirements, and I felt lost. I was too practical for the College. Then I took a Stats 040 course and realized that I missed math and numbers,” she said. “I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but in the MSB, networking is built in, and it seemed like getting you a job was the focus.” Leclair also said that job concerns played a role in his decision to transfer. “If I was going to study international relations, why wouldn’t I study at one of the best and well known [schools] in the world? Some of the classes that are important to international relations … I don’t know if I would have taken,” he said. “Employers will know that all these [courses] are a part of my degree.” Howard said he hopes that transfer students are not completely overlooking their interests to secure a more practical future in hard economic times. “I’d like to think that once they’re here, we can help them see the many different ways to understand practicality, and that schoolhopping for those reasons is unnecessary,” he said. However, Howard also lauded the university for creating an environment in which students have the freedom to change their minds until they find the path that best suits them. “Students room with students from other schools, take classes with each other, watch the debates, throw footballs, eat meals with each other,” Howard said. “Outside of the dean’s offices and the majors, there’s great fluidity socially, culturally and even academically, so it’s easy to get a sniff of what’s happening over there and to want to explore the possibilities.” Students rarely transfer back to their original schools, according to both Howard and Scheeler. “In my nearly five years at Georgetown, I can recollect no instance of a student transferring out and then back in to the MSB, or vice versa,” Scheeler said. Howard sees transferring as a way for students to remain academically active. “Some just feel the need to stay in constant motion,” he said.
FRIday, october 26, 2012
Students Advocate for More Thefts Pending Investigation Efficient Scheduling System YATES, from A1
HEALTH, from A1 account through the program’s website. Minardi said the new system is important, especially for graduate students whose university-provided health care plans mandate that they use the Student Health Center. “We only get our health care through the health center, so before we can get any sort of other treatment, we have to go to the clinic,” she said. “This is a big problem for students who live off campus, who have to go there prior to going to any [emergency room] or anything, so not getting an appointment is incredibly difficult and frustrating.” Though the new request system is meant to make scheduling appointments easier, KohnertYount said it needs to become more user friendly. “You need to submit a request, then you wait a week for a pin number, then you need to pick up the PIN number in person, then it’s still not connected to your NetID,” she said. “It’s just a very long and confusing process.” Students can obtain pin numbers either by submitting an online request or being a patient at the Student Health Center. She added that the system is not sufficiently advertised to be useful to students. “[The system] is buried deep in a random paragraph on a remote page on the website,” she said. “Very few people on campus know about it, much less use it.” Approximately 200 students — less than 1 percent of the student body — have enrolled in the program, according to Welsh. Musgrave agreed that increasing awareness about the program is key. “We will also be educating students. We really hope to make this a priority in a way that I don’t think it has been for the health center, administration or MedStar,” he said. “It’s one of those things that when you’re receiving the care versus administering the care — small changes and knowing how the system works can really change how you use it.” Kohnert-Yount said she also wants to increase awareness about the program to ensure that the system is efficient and effective, especially because it can be difficult to secure an appointment at the health center over the phone. Kohnert-Yount cited her own experiences with the health center as her reason to push for change. “Recently, I had a bad throat infection, and I called the Student Health Center and was put on hold for 20 minutes, so I hung up. I called again, was put on hold for 20 minutes again, so I hung up again and tried a last time,” Kohnert-Yount said. “After being put on a hold again, I gave up and just left a message. No one has gotten back to me about it yet, and this was a few weeks ago.” She later decided to go to an off-campus doctor
that night. Other students recalled their own difficulties in securing an appointment with the student health center. Anna Hernick (SFS ’16) had to choose between waiting five days for an appointment or sitting in a waiting room for two hours. “I was told that there were no ‘sick’ appointments available until Tuesday of the next week,” Hernick said. “The woman told me I could try to get a walk-in appointment if I didn’t want to wait five days to see a doctor. The next day, I headed to the Student Health Center in the morning and waited for two hours before I saw a doctor.” Despite these complaints, Welsh said that the Student Health Center is fully staffed. “The Student Health Center is staffed with seven full-time or part-time physicians, five full- or parttime nurse practitioners and two full-time registered nurses,” he wrote in an email. The center had a temporary reduction in its staff after two physicians went on leave and another two resigned, but Welsh said that those positions have now been filled. “The new physicians should be seeing patients within the next week or so, pending full credentialing by the hospital,” he wrote. Though frustrated with the appointment request process, Musgrave complimented the center’s service. “The quality of care offered at the clinic is very good. It may just be a clinic, but the doctors are fantastic, the nurses are nice and the whole medical care part has been fantastic,” he said. Students agreed with the initiative to push for a more effective online scheduling system that was posted on IdeaScale by Kohnert-Yount Oct. 13. Thus far, the idea has received 238 votes. “I believe there definitely should be an online booking system that is available at all hours,” Aeysha Chaudhry (NHS ’15) said. “That would save students time instead of waiting on the phone for 20 minutes to make an appointment.” Kohnert-Yount added that the online scheduling system would help students schedule more timely appointments. “Being able to be seen that day is so important, especially when you’re sick,” Kohnert-Yount said. “We hope that with increased awareness and usage of the online scheduling system, students will be able to fit appointments as soon as possible around their schedule.” Minardi addressed more generally how she feels the problem can be solved. “What I think really needs to happen is that the communication between students and the health center needs to improve,” she said. “It needs to be a collaborative effort, but the willingness to serve the student population is there. And that’s very important.”
Carano said that while it is difficult to ensure security in a locker room, she thinks more can be done to prevent theft at the field house. “I talked to DPS, and they had had a few of these thefts happen, and they said the hard thing is that they can’t put
cameras in [the locker rooms],” she said. According to Carano, she was not aware of a theft problem because it hasn’t been publicized. “I go to Yates all the time, and I’ve never had a problem.” Carano suggested that increasing awareness about thefts from the location would be helpful in preventing future
crimes and that Yates should continue to advertise the ease of renting a locker or encourage members to bring a personal lock to secure their belongings. All of the theft cases are still pending investigation, according to the DPS website. Representatives of DPS did not respond to requests for comment.
Wiseats Faces Infringement Suit MENUS, from A1 because speaking to the press could jeopardize his job, Wiseats’ appearance on the market has been confusing to customers. “[Ashgrizzadeh] is trying to confuse customers, and it’s working,” the employee said. “Customers have called Wisey’s to complain about orders that Wiseats screwed up, and others have called us asking if we opened another store.” The employee alleged that the infringement began when Ashgrizzadeh recruited a Wisey’s employee who was willing to divulge the deli’s recipes. “The salads and smoothies on Wiseats menus are all Wisey’s recipes,” the employee said. “But they weren’t able to get a cook to jump ship, which is why they [aren’t able] to copy our sandwiches.” The employee also alleged that Ashgrizzadeh had his menus made by the same printing shop that Wisey’s
uses, Korea Monitor, Inc. The printing shop, however, did not put its own information on the menu for Wiseats. Though Wisey’s menus bear the publishing information from Korea Monitor, Inc., the Wiseats menus are devoid of any publisher
“We’re a small business, and we help out the community, so to have someone come and ... steal from us is horrible.” An anonymous wisey’s employee
information. The company would not confirm whether it was responsible for printing the Wiseats menu. However, the two delis’ menus have comparable formats, color schemes and coupon inserts and are identical in size.
According to the Wisey’s complaint, Ashgrizzadeh’s copyright infringements on their menus have negatively impacted the deli’s business. “[They] are intentionally defrauding D.C.-area consumers and maliciously profiting by quite literally brazenly stealing and injuring the reputation and goodwill that Wisey’s has spent years building,” the filing said. “The defendants are competing in the exact same product market from a location on the same street as Wisey’s, selling a knock-off product and hoping that unsuspecting consumers will not notice until it is too late to cancel their order.” The anonymous Wisey’s employee echoed the sentiments of the complaint. “We work hard to make a good product,” the Wisey’s employee said. “We’re a small business, and we help out the community, so to have someone come and blatantly steal from us is horrible.” Wiseats staff declined to comment.
H2Bro Open Despite Glitch Andrew Wilson Special to The Hoya
Student-run beverage delivery service H2Bro has floundered this semester after a technical mistake on their website said it was closed for business. Though H20Bro manager Will Roth (MSB ’14) corrected the mislabeled site this week, he said that the company needs to increase on-campus awareness. “The site definitely didn’t help us through the fact that it said that, and so I think we could probably do a better job as to getting our name out there,” he said. Along with fellow manager Noble Carpenter (COL ’14), Roth plans to continue to increase H2Bro’s clientele this year. Currently, the company averages about 40 customers each week, an increase from the original 10 customers each week when the company was founded in 2009.
Founders, Andrew Pence (SFS ’12), Brian Kim (COL ’12), Peter Hadjipateras (COL ’12) and Bowen Williams (SFS ’12), developed the idea during their freshman year, but current H2Bro managers are looking to expand the company’s presence on campus. However, its original founders graduated last May, leaving the delivery service in a transitional period. Efforts to expand H2Bro’s scope to other parts of the District, including The George Washington University, were unsuccessful last year. “At first it went well, then the school got aggressive with [the company],” Roth said. “They were a little skeptical of an outsider just coming in and delivering water to the dorm.” But Roth noted the benefits of H2Bro’s student leadership at Georgetown. “We’re students, we have access to the dorm and we can bring it right to your door,”
he said. “The few people we’ve talked to have said, ‘Thanks guys — you’re providing a service to the school.’ Parents love it.” Outside of H2Bro’s loyal base of customers, many students have either not heard of the service or never thought to use it. “It was a great concept,” Carla Frank (COL ’13) said. “I never used it. It occurred to me, but I don’t know why I didn’t.” Roth and Carpenter hope to increase H2Bro’s presence on campus this semester through advertising. “We really want to start being more aggressive with our advertising, and that will be Facebook, that will be tabling [and] that will be flyering,” Roth said. Despite numerous setbacks, Roth and Carpenter are still committed to their business. “We invested a lot of time in this company our first two years, so it means more to us,” Carpenter said.
New Site Shares Tips on DC Andrew Wilson Special to The Hoya
Hoya Hub, a student-designed website seeking to serve as a guide to Georgetown and Washington, D.C., will launch Nov. 4. D.C. native Felipe Ernst (MSB ’14), the website’s creator, said he wants to use the site to share his knowledge of the city with other students. “I realized the lack of information that students knew,” Ernst said. “The thing is [that] no one is from D.C., and you get to learn the ropes, but this website is going to be a source of information by students and for students.” The site will be organized into nine sections, three of which — education, social and sports —will be included in the initial launch. The remaining six — housing, marketplace, news, food, services and health — will be added later. Ernst is particularly excited about the education section, which he said will be an improved version of RateMyProfessors.com. It will include data and commentary about Georgetown professors that will be compiled at the end of each semester. “You need a tutor? Go to our site. You need a teacher evalua-
tion? Go to our site,” Ernst said. While students will be able to use Hoya Hub for free with a valid Georgetown NetID, Ernst plans to gather revenue from promotional deals from partnerships with local businesses, including Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company on Wisconsin Avenue, as well as other bars and restaurants in the D.C. area. Ernst said the site will promote these businesses, and in return, he will be able to cover his $10,000 startup costs. Ernst and his brother Alejandro, a junior in high school, developed the idea for the website in January 2012. Hoya Hub has since expanded to include Vice President of Marketing Vincent Korth (MSB ’14), Head Editor Charles Rice (SFS ’14), Vice President of Operations Danny Lohrfink (MSB ’14), Vice President of Human Resources Brian Saslow (MSB ’15) and Chief Technology Officer Michael Perrenoud, a senior programmer analyst for GEICO. According to Korth, the group initially sent surveys to students to gauge interest in the site. They then sought support from a board of advisers that includes Steven Gerbsman, chief executive officer of Gerbsman Partners,
a consulting and investment banking group, Ricardo Ernst, a Georgetown operations and global logistics professor and former deputy dean of the McDonough School of Business, and Hossein Fateh, president and chief executive officer of DuPont Fabros Technology, Inc., a real estate trust and data center operator. Ernst recently contacted Compass Partners, a group founded at Georgetown that helps college entrepreneurs get started on business ventures by offering grants and fellowships. Despite the support for Hoya Hub, Ernst said that the launch has been a long time in the works. “The hardest part of launching the website is the execution,” said Ernst. “You can get the people together, but the hardest part was to follow the deadline and stay motivated. There were times when I didn’t think it was going to work out.” Overall, however, Ernst is optimistic about Hoya Hub’s future and hopes to introduce the site at other local universities. “We really want to expose kids in Georgetown to these things in D.C., not just in Georgetown,” Ernst said.
FRIday, october 26, 2012
Tombs Lunches Facilitate Georgetown’s Roosevelt Student-Faculty Dialogue Institute Revitalized Madison Ashley Special to The Hoya
This October, students in McCarthy Hall can forgo the O’Donovan Hall experience to eat with a professor at The Tombs. Launched last February by Hall Director Lamar Dawson, the McCarthy Hall “Out to Lunch” program provides students with a unique opportunity to connect with professors outside the classroom. Previously, resident assistants held faculty-student programs that included pizza dinners in common rooms with a professor, but according to Dawson, these initiatives were neither effective nor engaging. “What I was finding was that [Resident Assistants] would invite professors to have a presentation on the floor, and yeah, there’d be free pizza, but no one would come. “ Dawson said he wanted to establish a new program that students would actually want to attend. “So I was thinking, ‘What do students really like, and what can they learn at the same time?’” he said. “Students love The Tombs, and people love a free lunch, so what if we took our professors out to lunch to break down some of those barriers and just have a relaxed conversation?” So far this semester, Dawson has organized six lunches, and roughly six to 10 students have attended each, along with an RA and a professor invited by the Office of Residence Life. RAs organize the lunches, helping to break the ice between students and teachers. At the end of the meal, they
“The students were tremendously engaged, drawing linkages between the events in Syria and coursework that they had studied in their various classes,” she said. Other professors who have participated said they found that the program gives them a glimpse of student life outside the classroom. “It is easy for both faculty and students to forget that faculty were once undergraduates,” assistant professor in the department of human science Maureen Basha, who led a discussion on the final presidential debate Monday, said.
“These lunches help remind me of the student point of view and the joys and challenges of being an undergraduate.” Dawson chooses preliminary topics for discussion and each professor revises the subject to suit his or her interests. The most popular discussions have been ones that relate to social issues. “Students really crave being able to talk about what it means to be a Georgetown student,” Dawson said. Brian Monahan (COL ’15), an RA in McCarthy, agreed. “The conversation felt very organic and natural, and I think everyone benefited from discussing things that were mutually interesting for everyone at the table,” he said. For many students, the lunches present an opportunity to befriend people in their dorm whom they would not normally meet. “Sophomores tend to stop trying to meet people in their hall and building, so this is a nice way to get that started,” McCarthy resident Tania Ryseck (MSB ’15), said. “I met people in my building who I now can say hi to in the elevator, which is nice. It makes for a better community.” In the future, as the program becomes more institutionalized, Dawson said he wants students to play a larger role in planning each lunch. “I want to purchase preloaded gift cards to The Tombs, and students would be able to take initiative and invite one of their current professors to lunch — maybe one in whose class they’re struggling or just someone they want to get to know a little better.”
than the prosecutor, an act that led to the conviction of Scooter Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff, who had leaked the private information. Bennett pointed to the Miller case as one that taught him that the justice system is not infallible. “This case definitely pointed out some of the catches of the judicial system,” he said. “The prosecution saw leaking confidential information as a very bad thing, but on the other hand, we have the idea that reporters have a right to protect their sources [because] if they always had to reveal them, they could never go about their jobs properly.” Bennett also discussed his time representing Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky scandal in 1998. According to Bennett, Hillary Clinton had hired him to investigate the case. “I was called in one day after being referred to the Clintons by some of their colleagues and friends, and at first, it was certainly a surreal experience,” he said. “That said — after I said ‘Mr. President, how are you?’ it was like any other client, and we would have some really honest discussions.” Bennett also pointed out some details of the scandal that are often overlooked. “It’s not unfair to say that the President exercised some pretty bad judgment in that situation — no question about it — but one of the things that struck me was one day, I talked to him four times on the phone. It was getting late in the afternoon, and I had a conference call for another case, so when I let him know I needed to run, he said, ‘That’s fine, I have to get back to Iraq,’” Bennett said. “Beyond all the nonsense, the man did a great job of compartmentalizing to keep up with the real issues.” During the question-andanswer portion at the end of the presentation, a student asked if Bennett ever had any hesitation about representing Clinton. “This was a great example of handling a crisis, and one that applies to everyone’s lives,” he said. “The important thing about handling these situations is getting the truth out, and getting it out right away.
You can’t cover it up. That’s where everything goes south.” Finally, Bennett addressed his involvement in the Iran Contra Affair, a 1986 scandal in which U.S. officials illegally sold weapons to Iran, which had been under an arms embargo at the time. Officials had hoped the sale would secure the safe release of seven hostages and facilitate U.S. Intelligence aid to Nicaraguan contras. Bennett represented former defense secretary Casper Weinberger, who was one of 14 officials to be indicted in wake of the controversy. According to Bennett, although 11 of the officials were convicted, he was able to grant Weinberger enough time to be pardoned, in the final days of former President George H.W. Bush’s term. “Beyond the law, this really hit home the power of the pardon,” Bennett said. “No matter how outrageous — or the criticism on to whom [pardons] are given — they exist as, in my opinion, the single greatest power of the president.” One student asked him to describe a situation in which his beliefs conflicted with those of his clients; Bennett responded that his opinions should not matter when considering a case. “I’m a great believer that everybody is entitled to a defense,” he said. “Our system says that guilt or innocence isn’t determined in a lawyer’s office; it’s up to the government to prove guilt. Our constitution gives everyone, without bias, the right to representation, and I believe in that.” Bennett concluded by commenting on what he called the most important aspect of his life. “You have to put happiness and fulfillment over everything. Anybody that tells you that you can’t be successful and have a career is lying,” he said. “I’ve done it, and I always put my family first. That’s what I’m most proud of.” This message hit home for his audience. “Beyond seeing this lawyer who has been amazingly successful, it was great to have him give us some life lessons too,” student Max Malec (COL ’15) said. “It really added so much to the reputation of this man who has represented so many powerful people.”
also pay for the lunch using a portion of the floor funds collected at the beginning of the semester. The group meets for an hourlong meal at The Tombs, and discussions have included the uprising in Syria, the Occupy movement and the presidential debates. Assistant Dean of the School of Foreign Service and professor Elizabeth Arsenault led the discussion about Syria last February. She said she was impressed by student turnout and participation in the discussion.
“It is easy for both faculty and students to forget that faculty were once undergraduates.” MAUREEN BASHA Assistant professor
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The Georgetown University Roosevelt Institute was reestablished after a two-year hiatus this summer by Asjed Hussain (SFS ’15), current president of Georgetown’s chapter. Founded in 2009 by Carolina Delgado (SFS ’12), the Georgetown chapter of GURI is part of the Roosevelt Institute Campus Network, a national student think tank focused on policy research and proposal and includes more than 85 chapters nation wide. It was disbanded in 2010 because of a lack of interest. However, it was reestablished over the summer after Hussain heard Delgado speak at an informal Carroll Fellows event where alums spoke to freshmen fellows about their experiences at Georgetown at the end of last year. “I heard about the incredible things Carolina had done during her time here; however, it seemed that the Institute never really took off before,” he said. “I approached her after her talk and told her that I wanted to take it over, so she provided me contacts with the national organization, which is how we got it all started.” The national Roosevelt Institute organization is separated into six major parts, called centers, which focus on six areas of policy: economics, education, healthcare, energy and environment, equal justice and defense and diplomacy. GURI follows the structure established by the national organization: Each center holds meetings once a week at which the approximately 50 members brainstorm solutions to policy situations and learn how to write policy. Policy chairs serve as the teachers after attending a training session in the beginning of September. Each member then uses these skills to produce a policy piece by the first week of December, that promotes a solution to a specific problem. The pieces are sent to the national organization, and 10 pieces are published in the Institute’s publication, “10 Ideas.” “These pieces really have promise of creating solutions,” Hussain said. “Beyond having
the potential opportunity to be published as an undergraduate, some of these authors meet with members of Congress and heads of government to advocate for their solutions.” Over the summer, Hussain selected VP Dao (SFS ’15) to serve as vice president of the chapter. Both Dao and Hussain then recruited seven students to serve as chairs during the first week of September. The two sophomores began advertising GURI at this year’s Student Activities Fair. According to Hussain, nearly 100 freshmen signed up at the event “With such a positive response, it certainly furthered my conviction that students were looking for this type of opportunity on campus, given the levels of political activism and international awareness typical of Georgetown students,” he said. The group also established a Facebook page to advertise the first information session, which, according to Hussain, attracted 30 people. Policy center meetings began during the last week of September, and each center has held two meetings so far this semester. “I was really glad to have found out about GURI because I’m planning to get involved with public policy as a career, and given the nature of many Georgetown students feeling the same, I was looking for a group that gave me the opportunity to explore it.” Courtney Kishbaugh (COL ’15), a current member of the economics center, said. This year, GURI was approved by the Student Activities Commission, and Hussain said he hopes to attain funding from SAC, which would allow him to publish a Georgetown-specific policy journal. In the meantime, GURI has a blog on Tumblr that provides students who are looking to write shorter policy pieces with a space in which to publish their work. “This is a unique opportunity for Georgetown students, as we’re taught by many policymakers and policy implementers from whom we gain advanced insight,” Dao said. “We wanted to form a group and forum for students to peel back politicizing and really look for the solutions that politics often muddles over.”
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Georgetown Law professor and attorney Robert S. Bennett (COL ’61) spoke about three trials that defined his career in McNeir Auditorium Tuesday night. Bennett, best known for representing former president Bill Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky scandal, also played a role in cases surrounding the Valerie Plame and Iran-Contra affairs. His talk was co-sponsored by the Lecture Fund and the College Dean’s Office. “I sought to bring Bob Bennett to campus because I knew he would offer a unique and interesting take on what happened behind the scenes during some of America’s most iconic scandals,” Chris Mulrooney (COL ’14), vice chair of internal affairs for the Lecture Fund, said to introduce Bennett. “But beyond his unique perspective, Bob is an engaged member of the Georgetown community who cares about students here on campus.” After graduating from Georgetown University Law Center in 1964, Bennett went on to receive a degree from Harvard Law the following year. After graduation, he returned to the District to work as a clerk for U.S. District Court Judge Howard Corcoran and then became a federal prosecutor. “Beyond the high-profile cases and high-paying contracts, in being a federal prosecutor, I dealt with rape, murder and extortion cases that gave me a true sense of fulfillment in knowing I was putting some really bad people away,” Bennett said. Bennett later entered the field of private law. At the beginning of his talk, Bennett described how he represented Judith Miller, a writer at the Washington bureau of The New York Times who disclosed the identity of undercover Central Intelligence Agency Operative Valerie Plame in what became known as the Plame Affair. During the trial, Miller was jailed after being found in contempt of court after refusing to cite her sources. Bennett worked out an agreement with prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald that allowed Miller to reveal her notes to her lawyer rather
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Pinstripes, a restaurant chain that also offers bowling and bocce, may be among the new tenants of the soon-to-be-renovated Shops at Georgetown Park. The restaurant has submitted a proposal to the D.C. Board of Zoning Adjustment to build a new venue in the mall and hopes to open within a year. Pinstripes locations’ fine-dining atmospheres, complete with a wine cellar and upscale decor, set them apart from the traditional bowling venue, according to founder and CEO Dale Schwartz. “We’re very, very different. We’re just a … quality venue that is unlike any other out there,” Schwartz said. Schwartz said that he seeks to replicate the ambience of high-end hotels such as the Four Seasons or the Ritz Carlton. According to Schwartz, Georgetown is an ideal location for Pinstripes because of the nature of the neighborhood. “We tend to look for high-quality markets with residential communities that have an appreciation for sophisticated fun,” Schwartz said. Not everyone shares Schwartz’s enthusiasm for a bowling alley in Georgetown, however. As reported in local blog DCist, some residents, such as David Miller, are concerned with the consequences of developing a bowling alley in Georgetown.
“As recreation, it’s a great idea. But there are three main concerns: noise, noise and noise,” he told DCist. “I don’t believe there’s any concern at all about the who, what, where it is in that mall and the impact it may have on the residents above it.” In particular, many residents who live in the condominiums in the upper levels of the Shops at Georgetown Park worry about the noise and the vibrations from a game of bowling. “In every one of our locations, we get concerns,” Schwartz said. “It’s mostly people that really don’t initially fully understand how different we really are from any bowling or, for that matter, entertainment venue. In every location we’ve done, after we’ve simply talked to the local residents and anybody else about the issues, we’ve in every case been able to get people very comfortable with what we are doing.” Currently, Washington only has one bowling alley open to the public: Lucky Strike in Chinatown. Unlike Pinstripes, Lucky Strike offers the more traditional bowling alley staples of pizza and tacos. If the BZA approves the proposal, the Georgetown location will be Pinstripes’ fifth venue in the United States. Pinstripes currently has three restaurants in Illinois and one in Minnesota. Schwartz also indicated interest in expanding to multiple locations in the metropolitan area. “Over time we would consider doing one other, maybe two other, locations in the VirginiaMaryland-D.C. area,” Schwartz said.
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Rose Addition Boosts ESPN Hoyas Seek Big East Win In Competition With TNT W DEMONS, from A10
ith the NBA season about to begin, public charter school — the Jalen Rose LeaderESPN and ABC unveiled their new ship Academy — in Detroit and contributes to his hometown through a variety of commustudio team last week. Former Laker great Magic Johnson and nity projects. He co-produced “The Fab 5,” ESPN’s enlongtime analyst Mike Wilbon will return alongside popular Bill Simmons. Despite Sim- thralling account of his college years at Michimons’ reputation as a zealous fan and critic, gan. And Rose has already worked with Simmons through Grantland, telling stories of his the group still lacked something. In order to compete with TNT’s crew of Er- NBA days and some of the all-time greats with nie Johnson, Kenny Smith, Shaquille O’Neal whom he played. Barkley, like Rose, has a personality that has and Charles Barkley, ESPN needed a superstar — someone who could command attention transcended the sporting world. A published just by opening his mouth. Someone like Ste- author, he’s expressed interest in running phen A. Smith, Terry Bradshaw or Dick Vitale. for governor of Alabama and has become a Enter Jalen Rose. Most famous for his role weight loss spokesperson for Men’s Health. in Michigan basketball’s “Fab Five,” Rose is a Basketball-wise, they’re cut from the same cloth. Barkley’s tenacious on13-year NBA veteran, dedicated court demeanor mirrors the philanthropist and owner of a hard-nosed, in-your-face play Los Angeles-based production exhibited by Rose. Both men company. His career highlights experienced great personal and include over 13,000 total points team success as well. and three consecutive trips to In 1993, Barkley made it to the Eastern Conference finals. the NBA Finals and lost to MiAll of that was an easy task, chael Jordan. Seven years later, however, compared to the cruRose made it to the Finals and cial role Rose will have to play if lost to Kobe Bryant. The paralESPN is to compete with TNT’s Matt Bell lels are significant. high-wattage cast. Wilbon and The biggest similarity shared Ernie Johnson, respectively, play the role of host. Magic and Shaq Underneath the by Rose and Barkley is their authenticity. Basketball fans cancel out each other’s rhetoristreet-baller are tired of hearing the same cal incompetence. Simmons will analysis of every issue. likely rival Kenny Smith, leaving facade is a true cliched Neither Rose nor Barkley would Rose with large shoes — size 16, to be exact — to fill in measuring renaissance man. shy away from a $50,000 fine if it meant speaking candidly in up to “Sir Charles” Barkley. front of the camera. Rose, if anyone, is the man for In fact, Rose has been harshly criticized for the job, having already garnered widespread his verbal degradations of the Duke and Ohio public eminence. Rose relates his gripping life story in a seg- State basketball programs. Barkley has taken ment of ESPN’s “30 for 30” documentary series. controversial comments a step further, statBorn in Detroit, his biological father — whom ing in a 1993 interview, “I’m not paid to be he never once saw or spoke to — was Jimmy a role model. I’m paid to wreak havoc on the basketball court.” Walker, the No. 1 pick in the 1967 NBA Draft. The lights are on, the stage is set and the Recruited by Michigan, Rose led a basketball revolution that defined the early part of 2012-13 NBA season is upon us. It promises the 1990s. Although he played second fiddle to be one of epic proportions, with perhaps to Reggie Miller in Indiana for many years, three of the greatest teams ever assembled Rose was known around the league as one taking the court in Miami, Los Angeles and of the game’s smoothest talents. A self-pro- Oklahoma City. But with the additions of claimed trash-talker, he retired as one of the Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose, the shows that league’s more outspoken characters, along- bracket the games will be far more than timeside the likes of Dennis Rodman and cable filling side acts. They will be performances all their own. rival Barkley. Underneath the street-baller facade is a true renaissance man. Since playing his final game Matt Bell is a freshman in the McDonough in 2007, Rose has dabbled in the film, music School of Business. FRESH OUT OF PHILLY and television industries. He’s started his own appears every Friday.
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Senior midfielder Ian Christianson (6) scored his second goal of the season Wednesday in Georgetown’s win over Seton Hall.
Seton Hall Rematch Key Amid Uncertain Landscape PIRATES, from A10 who began to dictate the tempo in the game from that point on. Twenty minutes into the second half, that uptick paid off. A cross from freshman forward Melvin Snoh on the left flank found Christianson, who hammered it home to break the deadlock and put his side finally on the board. Wiese believes that Christianson’s tally, in terms of turning the tide in the contest, continued where Gomez’s stellar stop left off. “When Ian scored his goal, it changed the game, too,” he said. “I think it really took the air out of Seton Hall. The game felt pretty comfortable [for us] from that moment on.” Despite the two teams’ respective confidence levels at that point, however, the win remained still very much in the balance. Insurance for the Hoyas only came late in the game, when a Jimmy Nealis-Steve Neumann-Allen combination in the 89th minute ended up in the back of the net to ice the victory. Following the final whistle, both sides had to immediately turn their attention to Saturday’s return game on the Hilltop, as Seton Hall will be fighting to secure a tournament berth while Georgetown looks to pick up its bye. Because of the four-way tie in the Blue
Division, a number of scenarios in terms of finishing order are still on the table. Another win against the Pirates will be enough to guarantee at least a top-three seed for the Blue and Gray; the other scenarios — dependent on the other games’ results — are out of their hands. If Saturday’s action doesn’t clear things up in the title race, a tiebreaker involving Marquette — the only one of the three teams whom Georgetown defeated — would be ideal. To get to that point, however, the Hoyas will need to surmount the tough challenge of beating a good team in back-to-back games. “There’s not much in it — there really isn’t,” Wiese said. “We just have to be sharper [and] we have to do a little better in terms of what we were trying to do going into that game. “We’ll make a couple of adjustments, but for the most part, you know your lineup, and you’ve got to compete. You’ve got to want it more. And then when the game opens up in the second half, can you take advantage of it?” Since Saturday is Senior Day, the contest — slated to start at 1 p.m. at North Kehoe Field — will hold extra meaning for Wiese’s team, and the coach expressed a desire to see his team’s highly touted leaders go out on top. “Hopefully, we can send them on their way with a Big East trophy in their hands. That would be great.”
to figure us out a little bit, how to defend us. I think what’s happening is [sophomore midfielder] Daphne [Corboz] is starting to get far more attention — she’s starting to get man-marked a little bit — which is challenging for her,” Nolan said. “Teams have started to figure out that if they clog the middle of the field and force us to play out wide, it takes us away from what we do really well.” One encouraging sign for
the Blue and Gray is that its defense this season has been top notch, so even one goal may be enough against the Blue Demons. “Against DePaul [last game], we struggled to break them down, but they never looked like they were going to score.” Nolan said. The Hoyas’ defense, led by redshirt freshman goalkeeper Emma Newins, set a school record with 12 clean sheets this season. One key to the team’s success, according to Nolan, is knowing that Newins can provide an important stop.
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Sophomore midfielder Daphne Corboz leads the Big East in goals, points and shots and will have a big role Sunday.
“I’d always rather win a game 1-0 than 5-1,” Nolan said. “Emma has been a big part of that because there have been games that we’ve won, 1-0, that would look like she wasn’t involved, but she’s had to step up and make big saves at crucial moments in the game. Newins has been remarkably consistent in net this season regardless of her team’s offensive performance. She made crucial late saves in victories against Rutgers and Notre Dame — games in which Georgetown outshot their opposition a combined 26-10 — to preserve leads as well as in draws against Santa Clara and Louisville — games in which the Blue and Gray was heavily outshot, 4020, to avoid defeat. “That’s the sign of a good goalkeeper: When you’re not being tested, [you] can you keep your focus and concentration and still make a big save at the right time.” Nolan said. Newins will have to be at her best to contain the Blue Demons. Georgetown takes on DePaul at North Kehoe Field on Sunday at 1 p.m. for a place in the Big East tournament semifinals.
Victory Bolsters GU Hopes Will Edman
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After spending the majority of the conference season in the Big East cellar, the Georgetown volleyball team (7-15, 1-8 Big East) looks to climb up the standings this weekend after recording its first conference win of the season in a three-set sweep of DePaul (7-15, 2-7 Big East) last Sunday. “This group works so hard, and we knew that good things would come,” Head Coach Arlisa Williams said. “I’m excited that good things came last weekend, and I’m hoping we can build on [them].” Although the Hoyas are relieved to have a win under their belts, the players hope to avoid complacency by sustaining their momentum and recording more wins. “I’m not sure the [team’s] mood has changed,” sophomore outside hitter Alex Johnson said. “It’s one win; it’s not like a championship. We should’ve had way more than one, but we’re just trying to work hard and get another one.” That chance will come this evening, when Georgetown faces Marquette (18-4, 8-1 Big East). The Golden Eagles, second in the Big East standings, suffered their first conference defeat of the season on Sunday, losing to No. 13 Louisville in four sets.
Marquette boasts a duo of attackers that might be the best in conference in senior right-side hitter Holly Mertens and senior middle blocker Kelsey Mattai. While the Golden Eagles look superior to the Hoyas on paper, Johnson argues that the Blue and Gray should not be overlooked. “Marquette’s someone … we can beat. It’s just whether we play all the way to the end or not,” Johnson said. “We’ve been confident every weekend despite what the record shows. We all believe that we can do it. I’ve never thought that a team was better than us and [that] we can’t beat them.” Johnson has been Georgetown’s most versatile player this season, spending time both as the team’s primary hitter on the front line and as a defensive specialist in the back row. In both roles, she has been successful, leading the Hoyas in kills with 3.65 per set and placing second with 3.33 digs per set. In the win against DePaul, Johnson spent most of her time on the attack, recording 12 kills on a whopping 46 attempts. While Johnson said that she feels she makes more of an impact in the front row, Williams said that Johnson must continue her all-around play in order for Georgetown to have success.
“Alex is talented in both areas,” Williams said. “We know that in the back row she’s going to pass great, she’s going to keep us in system and she’s going to dig some balls, and in the front row, she’s going to score for us. It’s a coin flip on every different day. She’s got to play all around, and that’s what I expect of her.” Georgetown’s weekend will end with a clash with Syracuse (9-15, 1-8 Big East) in a battle of the two teams at the bottom of the Big East standings. The Hoyas will undoubtedly be confident against the Orange, who are mired in a five-game losing streak. Although Syracuse’s slump does not compare to Georgetown’s recently broken 14game losing streak, the Blue and Gray’s recent win gives the Hoyas a psychological advantage, one boosted by playing at home. “As I’ve said all year long — this team has had a great attitude, they’re coming in every day, they’re working hard and morale is high,” Williams said. “It feels good to have the win, but we still know that there’s work to be done, and I think they have that in mind.” Georgetown plays Marquette at 8 p.m. tonight before facing Syracuse at noon Sunday. Both games will be played in McDonough Arena.
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Lafayette QB Poses Threat Slew of Ranked Rivals LEOPARDS, from A10 “There are a lot of numbers in the box,” Kelly said. “There are a lot of reasons you don’t run the ball well, and that’s probably one of the reasons.” Yet the focus this week in practice has not been on offense but rather on the generally reliable defense. Against the Raiders, the Hoya defense, led by senior linebacker Robert McCabe — Georgetown’s all-time leading tackler — put in its worst effort of the season. Lafayette runs a spread offense, which forces one-onone matchups on the outside. Georgetown has struggled against the formation this season and will have to brace for pressure on the Blue and Gray’s defensive backs.
Making Georgetown’s task even tougher is Lafayette’s senior quarterback Andrew Shoop, who has looked very sharp so far this season — tossing nine touchdowns compared to only two interceptions — and boasts a 140.1 quarterback rating. “[Shoop] is playing very well, and they have got a great scheme,” Kelly said. “We have another challenge as far as the secondary is concerned this week.” Even with the uncertainty on both offense and defense this week, however, Kelly believes the game will come down to a single concept. “It’s really the same story every week,” Kelly said. “It’s all about execution and taking care of the football.” The Hoyas look to snap their
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Senior linebacker Robert McCabe will need to lead a stronger defense Saturday. four-game slide as they travel to Easton, Pa., tomorrow. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.
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Allegations Dent Livestrong LIVESTRONG, from A10 this has taken on … my work for our foundation.” Now he and his charity have faced a rapid decline hand in hand. When he fell from grace, Lance had successfully intertwined his career, story and charity into one entity. In a Nike advertisement that aired during Armstrong’s return to cycling after a brief retirement, the cyclist explained that he was not returning to the sport to again be the target of accusations. The ad was aired amid a backdrop of videos of cancer patients struggling with their disease. Looking back, his choice to respond to doping accusations by reminding everyone of his mission to end cancer was wrong. At the time, however, it was
a part of the Lance Armstrong brand so many people bought into. As Lance fades from sporting fame, his charity may very well follow. Lance has stepped down from his position within the organization, but the very core of the charity was built upon his story. Armstrong and Livestrong may not be able to be separated, but — for the sake of those fighting cancer — they should be. For better or for worse, Lance is tied to the charity and to the community of those around the world fighting this terrible disease. None of this is to say that Lance, the cyclist, acted wrongly in using performance-enhancing drugs. In his seven Tour de France wins, Lance beat the best cyclists in the world, who were also ille-
gally enhancing their performance. His charity is also no less admirable in light of the allegations against its founder. But just as Lance linked his charity and story to his career, the downfall of his career will surely reverberate on his charity. For all of those fighting cancer and for all who have lost family members to cancer, Armstrong’s decision to lie about doping allegations while hiding behind his charity can be seen as an insult. Livestrong remains an innocent victim in the Lance Armstrong saga — a charity with a great mission sullied by the lies of its founder.
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The Georgetown cross country team, aiming to repeat as the women’s national champion, will take on its toughest test to date today in the Big East championship at Van Cortlandt Park in New York City. Coming off a fourth-place finish at NCAA PreNationals two weeks ago, the women’s side has turned in a solid work tab for today’s event. “Now that we’re only a month out from NCAA nationals, we’re getting closer to form, and each meet shows a little bit more of what we’ve really got,” Head Coach Michael Smith said. “We’re not going to be as sharp tomorrow as we are going to be in November, but we’re starting to get sharp and things are coming together nicely.” Seniors Emily Jones, Kirsten Kasper and Rachel Schneider will provide experience for the Blue and Gray’s roster today. They will be joined by juniors Madeline Chambers and Jenna Davidner, sophomores Annamarie Maag, Hannah Neczypor and Katrina Coogan and freshman Samantha Nadel. “This is a really awesome squad. We don’t have somebody like current graduate student Emily Infeld (MSB ’12) who is going to go out and get first or second place in most of the meets,” Smith said. “However, we have a pack that is hard to break up. While all the other schools might have one or two frontrunners, our pack is hard to handle.” That pack mentality has given the Blue and Gray a big advantage. A rule of thumb is that the gap between a team’s first and fifth runners should be below 45 seconds. At the Paul Short Run in late September, the Hoyas had a 33-second time gap between its first and fifth runners. A few weeks later at Pre-Nationals, that gap was down to 20 seconds. But simply posting a solid number in that area will not be enough in a conference that is among the nation’s most competitive. Georgetown’s women boast a No. 9 national ranking, but Providence and Notre Dame are not far behind at No. 10 and No. 19, respectively. “I would be shocked if Providence did not go for a shock-and-awe strategy, pretty aggressively running from the front. Since this is such a small field, our athletes have to judge whether or not to cover the moves being made or just wait and stay disciplined. It really is going to be a chess game,” Smith
said. “As always, we’re still building to the national meet, moving forward and getting better.” Smith’s team might find extra motivation knowing that the last time Georgetown claimed the women’s Big East title was 11 years ago, when the championships were last held at Van Cortlandt Park. The Hoyas are just as promising on the men’s side, because they are utilizing the same training regime as the women. As a result, they are more rested than they have been all season but still practicing to build towards the middle of November. “Our training has been going really well, and this is the first meet where we’ve been going in with our legs under us, so hopefully, the guys will be feeling more chipper than they have been going into the last few meets,” assistant coach Brandon Bonsey said. The Blue and Gray will be without the experience and course leadership of All-American graduate student Mark Dennin, who won the Paul Short in late September but has not competed since then as part of his training for the NCAA championship. Senior Andrew Springer will likely be the frontrunner, contending for an individual championship. He will be joined by seniors Ben Furcht and Dylan Sorensen, juniors Brian King and Max Darrah, sophomores Colin Leibold, John Murray and Miles Schoedler and freshman Darren Fahy. “The biggest key on this course is running the downhills well. There are a lot of hills at Van Cortlandt, so I think we can make a huge impact on the down hills because our team probably has the best leg speed of any team in the race,” Bonsey said. “So that’s where we’re going to try to make our moves and make sure we get in good position.” Just as on the women’s side, the men’s race will include several nationally ranked squads challenging No. 27 Georgetown, including No. 16 Syracuse and No. 25 Villanova. Louisville, led by a pair of Kenyan freshmen in Japhet Kipchoech and Ernest Kibet, will also be making a strong case for itself on the course. With three weeks to go until the NCAA championship, the Hoyas are beginning the final stretch today. For his part, Bonsey thinks the team is ready. “This is the first of the meets that we’re really going to try and run well at, and we’re in a good position to do that. All fall, it’s been a progression — our guys get better week after week. So we’re excited.”
GU Hopes to End on High Note Celee Belmonte Hoya Staff Writer
After falling to Syracuse in its final home game, the Georgetown field hockey team (2-15, 0-5 Big East) has two more chances to tie last season’s win total with a third victory. The slumping Hoyas will take on Villanova (6-12, 1-3 Big East) in their first game. The Wildcats are mired in a shorter — but still lengthy — series of defeats, having lost six straight games since Sept. 30. Villanova is led by sophomore forward Leah High, who has scored eight goals and notched three assists on the season. Nevertheless, the Wildcats have been badly outscored this season, scoring 25 goals compared to 49 by their opponents. “Villanova is always a heated game. They are one of our biggest rivals, and there is always a big crowd because a few of our girls are from Pennsylvania,” Head Coach Tiffany Marsh said. “We are excited for the atmosphere and to play under the lights.” Georgetown’s Sunday match, the finale of the 2012 season, will be even tougher, given that the opponent is No. 11 Lafayette (13-1, 4-0 Patriot League). “Lafayette is doing really well this year,” Marsh said. “They are having one of their best years. They [even] broke the top 25.” The only blemish on Lafayette’s record is a loss to Penn State on Sept. 2. Since then, the Leopards
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Freshman forward Sarah Butterfield has notched two assists this season. have been led to 11 straight wins by a tandem of two stellar sophomores, defender Jenna Seybert and midfielder Brittany Blass. While that may make it difficult for Georgetown to upset Lafayette, Marsh believes the emotions of a tough season will work in the favor of the Blue and Gray. “It is hard to end the season on the road,” Marsh said. “But I hope we can end on a good note. I feel like we have grown a lot this year.” This weekend, the Hoyas travel to Pennsylvania, facing Villanova Friday at 7 p.m. before matching up against Lafayette Sunday at 2 p.m.
WOMEN’S SOCCER Hoyas (14-2-2) vs. DePaul (9-9-2) Sunday, 1 p.m. North Kehoe Field
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2012
Georgetown’s field hockey team ends its season with a trip to Pennsylvania. See A9
I hope we can end on a good note ... we’ve grown a lot this year.
Field Hockey Head Coach Tiffany Marsh
Shots by junior forward Steve Neumann in Georgetown’s 2-0 Wednesday win over Seton Hall.
Hoyas Defeat Pirates, Face Quick Rematch RYAN BACIC
talented team — it kept [the ball] and moved it against us, I think, as well as anyone we’ve played. We On a day marked by upsets around had a hard time kind of finding our the league, the No. 6 Georgetown rhythm.” men’s soccer team (14-2-1, 5-2-0 Big One reason Wiese felt his team East) got the job done in somewhat had such a tough time finding that less attention-grabbing fashion rhythm was the long layover beagainst Seton Hall (6-10-0, 2-5-0 Big tween games; in a deviation from East), winning, 2-0, on Wednesday the usual two-game-a-week schedin South Orange, N.J. ule, Georgetown had not had a fixBecause No. 8 Notre Dame de- ture in seven days heading into its feated No. 5 Marquette and No. 3 matchup with Seton Hall. Connecticut lost on the road to Big Add to that overly long rest that East bottom-feeder it was a weekday Providence, there game on the road, is now a tricky four- “Hopefully, we can and it might come way impasse atop send them on their as no surprise that the Big East Blue the Hoyas strugDivision. George- way with a Big East gled to gain a foottown, Connecticut, hold in the openNotre Dame and trophy in their hands. ing 45 minutes of Marquette are tied Outshot 6-3, That would be great.” play. heading into the fiand with a 3-2 disnal day of the reguBRIAN WIESE advantage in corMen’s soccer head coach ner kicks, the Blue lar season. In order to grab and Gray went into one of the three Big East Tourna- the locker room looking for some ment byes under this year’s new for- kind of an offensive catalyst. mat, Georgetown will need to musAs things turned out, it would ter a repeat performance in their come from the exact opposite end rematch with Seton Hall at North of the pitch. Kehoe Field on Saturday. “Right after halftime, they had a Wednesday’s win was an essential good, left-footed, curling shot that one to stay in the division race, and was going into the upper corner, thanks to second-half goals from and [sophomore goalkeeper] Tomas senior midfielder Ian Christianson [Gomez] made just a great save on and freshman striker Brandon Al- it,” Wiese said. “That’s one of those len, the Blue and Gray were able to things that, for our guys, was a little take care of business. bit of a wake-up call and a little bit As Head Coach Brian Wiese noted, of a spark.” though, the result did not come easSeeing Gomez come up with that ily. save reinvigorated the Blue and Gray, “It was a very competitive game,” See PIRATES, A8 Wiese said. “Seton Hall is a very
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Redshirt freshman Emma Newins has played a big role in goal for the Hoyas this season, and Head Coach Dave Nolan says they need another stellar effort in this weekend’s Big East action.
DePaul Looms in Tournament ARIK PARNASS Hoya Staff Writer
Although the Georgetown women’s soccer team (14-2-2, 8-1-1 Big East) may have been hoping for a second kick at the can against rival Villanova, it will instead take on DePaul (9-9-2, 5-6-1 Big East) in the Big East tournament’s quarterfinals Sunday at North Kehoe Field. That’s because the Blue Demons decisively defeated the Wildcats — who had beaten the Hoyas, 1-0, in Georgetown’s regular-season finale last weekend — in a 3-0 victory in the play-in game yesterday. While recent history favored a tilt against Villanova, Georgetown actually found more success against DePaul this season. Two
Nolan Prepared for Second Start JOSH SIMMONS Hoya Staff Writer
Mired in its first four-game losing streak since 2010, the Georgetown football team (3-5, 0-2 Patriot League) must find a way to quickly turn things around and pick up a victory at Lafayette (5-2, 2-0 Patriot League) tomorrow night. Georgetown struggled to slow Colgate’s rushing attack and big-play potential last weekend, allowing a whopping 707 total yards on offense — 330 rushing, 377 passing — in a 5736 loss. “We did a poor job of coaching last week, we did a poor job of executing
the defense and we did a poor job of tackling,” Head Coach Kevin Kelly said. “That equals a lot of yards and a lot of points.” Offensively, the Hoyas did have a lone bright spot: freshman quarterback Kyle Nolan, who was making his first collegiate start. He entered the picture after sophomore Stephen Skon was added to Georgetown’s already extensive injury list at quarterback, which still includes senior Isaiah Kempf and junior Aaron Aiken. The freshman responded in a big way, throwing for 260 yards and three touchdowns and leading the offense to 36 points. Nolan’s performance even surprised Kelly — and
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Junior running back Nick Campanella played a key role in Georgetown’s hot start but is now without fellow junior Dalen Claytor in the backﬁeld.
has earned him a start again this week. “We didn’t know what we had until last week,” Kelly said. “The thing [Nolan] brings is that he is a really intelligent football player. He knows the offense. He can throw the ball downfield, which is another threat that the defense has to defend that will help your run game.” Given those added dimensions, the Hoyas hope that they will again be able to narrowly escape the Leopards. Last season, Georgetown notched a 14-13 win that went right down to the wire and was secured by a late forced fumble. “Lafayette’s a very good football program, and they had a lot of injuries last year,” Kelly said. “That was a very close game, and the game could have gone the other way.” Winning again will be a tough task, especially because much-improved Lafayette has already exceeded its win total from all of last season and is playing in front of its home crowd. “They have got a red circle around Georgetown because we beat them the last two years in close games,” Kelly said. “We expect a battle Saturday night.” One area the Blue and Gray is keen to improve heading into Saturday’s contest is its rushing attack. At the beginning of the season, the tandem of junior running backs Nick Campanella and Dalen Claytor was instrumental in the team’s starting 3-1. But Georgetown’s ground game has been held in check for four straight losses. Claytor will miss his second straight game due to a shoulder injury, and Kelly expects opponents’ defenses to continue to crowd the line of scrimmage with a young quarterback at the helm. See LEOPARDS, A9
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weeks ago, the Hoyas defeated the Blue Demons, 1-0, on sophomore forward Vanessa Skrumbis overtime goal. Georgetown Head Coach Dave Nolan expects the rematch with DePaul to be just as closely contested. “DePaul is a very difficult team to play against because they’re set up very well defensively,” Nolan said. “If you look at their last five or six games, they tied Villanova, 0-0, they lost to Notre Dame, 1-0, in overtime [and] they lost to us, 1-0, in overtime. They’re a very strong defensive team.” The win over Villanova on Thursday also showcased their offensive intensity, with the three goals serving as the Blue Demons’ second-highest output of the sea-
son after a 4-0 win against Pittsburgh. The Blue Demons hadn’t scored in three consecutive games — at Villanova, at Georgetown and against Notre Dame — and only broke through in the 68th minute Thursday courtesy of freshman forward Elise Wyatt, who also scored in the 77th minute for her fourth and fifth goals of the year. While the Blue Demons seem to have finally broken their scoring drought, the Hoyas are having trouble finding the back of the net themselves, with Skrumbis’ goal being the team’s only marker in the past two games. “I think that teams have started See DEMONS, A8
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Armstrong Scandal Rebounds on Charity
n the past decade, there were There was a time when a shortage few sports figures as inspiration- of the bands created an entire social al as Lance Armstrong. Whether division within my middle school you were watching him destroy the of kids who had a Livestrong wristfield in the mountains of the Tour band and those who did not. The de France or watching his Nike com- charity became something few othmercials, getting caught up in the er organizations could — an icon. Lance Armstrong story was about The icon, of course, was based becoming a part of something big- on Lance’s story and his Tour de ger than yourself because at the France victories. When Lance stood height of his triumphs, he wrapped on the podium in Paris wearing his his career and image into his cancer Livestrong band, he inspired Ameriresearch charity. cans to donate to his In light of the cause and, even more evidence presented importantly, inspired against him in the those battling cancer past months, it is to keep fighting. almost impossible As the victories to watch his Tour piled up, so did victories without the support for the doubt. Yes, he might charity. Nike joined have been doping forces with the charCorey Blaine in a sport full of the ity in 2004 and bepractice, but the angan branding merswer to the question with the For many years, chandise he asks in his “What Livestrong name. am I on?” Nike comCycling teams even almost everyone mercial, is steroids added a ring around — something that sported the iconic the sleeves of their tarnishes his legacy with the yellow wristbands. uniforms forever. iconic yellow band. In portraying himOver the course of his self as a clean hero career, Lance Armin a dirty sport, Lance’s own words strong built his charity around his have come back to haunt him. His story and his career. efforts for cancer research are an Throughout his career, Armeven bigger victim of the fallout of strong raced hand in hand with his the nearly irrefutable evidence that charity. Almost every public stateArmstrong doped during his career. ment he made included a mention Since 1997, Lance Armstrong’s of his charity. In fact, Lance stated charity, Livestrong, has raised about he was giving up the fight to clear $500 million for cancer research. his name from U.S. Anti-Doping For many years, almost everyone Agency charges because of the “toll sported the iconic yellow wristbands. See LIVESTRONG, A9