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The Nickel A A Look Inside Georgetown’s Engine Five
TM GIBBONS-NEFF Hoya Staff Writer
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mong Georgetown’s brightly colored townhouses, two red doors stand out: the entrance to the Nickel, or Engine Five of the D.C. Fire Department. Bearing the DCFD crest, only a few blocks from the front gates at 3412 Dent Place, the Nickel feels removed from the Georgetown community — an aura maintained by its firefighters. Though the men and women of the Nickel work within walking distance of the university, few students know who is behind Engine Five.
Ronit Yarden is currently investigating the potential role of the gene BRCA1 in tumor suppression. B2
Thanks to a donation, the Spagnuolo Gallery is able to exhibit pieces by notable artists, including Andy Warhol. B3
With long wait times and unsensational options, Hoya Court’s new restaurants fail to live up to expecations. B4
The Return of Gaga
With ARTPOP, Lady Gaga proves she’s continuing her reign as Queen of Pop. B5
Kelly Clarkson’s Christmas album blends a number of genres and presents original and refreshing holiday tracks. B5
NEW RELEASES ‘PERFUME’ BRITNEY SPEARS
While Britney’s classics are often songs you can dance to, every once in a while, she’ll explore a different side of music. Dropping the dominatrix act, Britney slows down on this new single off her upcoming album, Britney Jean. As a woman afraid that her boyfriend is cheating, she sings about hoping his mistress can smell her perfume on him. For those who doubted Britney’s ability to sing, “Perfume” does a lot to prove them wrong. ‘BAD DAY’ JUSTIN BIEBER
Swashbuckling Entertainment Children’s theater adapts Shakespeare for family-friendly fun PERRY STONE BUDD
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chatter of parents, teachers and small children, all of whom were awaiting the start of the show. Amid the bustle that comes with a room full of younger kids, Maita stepped onto center stage to commence the afternoon’s performance of “Painters and Pirates.” In her address to the room of expectant child-spectators, Maita thanked them for attending and made sure to mention that their participation would be essential in the events that were about to unfold. With that, the show began. With tears, excitement and near endless enthusiasm, the cast of “Painters and Pirates” was able to entertain and engage the crowd — no easy task when it is comprised primarily of a younger age group that tends to not be attentive. As the kids were enthralled with the imaginative costumes and humorous antics of the swashbuckling squad of pirates, so were the parents engaged by the clever script. “Painters and Pirates,” co-written by Maita and Haley Maness (COL ’15), is derived from Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” and the script maintains the keen wit of the source material. Along with humorous allusions and references to its Shakespearian origins, “Painters and Pirates” presents a plot that draws upon the Bard’s play while simultaneously creating something unique and family friendly. “Painters and Pirates” centers
From left, Jenny Zhou (SFS ’16), Sophia Wood (SFS ’17) and Caitlin Snell (COL ’16) entertain in “Painters and Pirates,” a Shakespeare adaptation put on by Children’s Theater.
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On Nov. 1 in Poulton Hall, members of the Georgetown University Children’s Theater group arrive to prepare for the day’s performance of “Of Painters and Pirates.” As the performers begin donning costumes and pumping themselves up for another show,
Gianna Maita (COL ’15) co-director and co-writer of the production, addressed the cast. Maita focused the actors on the performance at hand and discussed how best to make use of the space in Poulton. The cast formed a circle and began a rousing warm-up game that consisted of rhythmic wiggling and chanting. It became apparent just how much camaraderie
existed within this cast and crew, each of whom was eagerly participating in the activity. This game, however silly it may have been, set the tone for what would be a funfilled performance. Soon after the cast had finished preparing, groups of excited kids from local schools began flooding the modest performance space. The room filled with the
Justin Bieber has been in the news recently for what could be called a few bad nights. However, his new single is hardly newsworthy. Bieber has undeniable vocal talent, but his empty lyrics prevent him from living up to his potential. In the song, he sings an apology to a girl describing his feeling as “like wow,” a frustratingly silly sentiment. The song is good for light listening but if you scrutinize it too closely, you won’t like what you hear.
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Local Firefighters Reflect on Lifetimes of Service Inside the Nickel, the smell of diesel fuel and cooking remnants waft through the garage, and collections of turnout gear lie in wait for the firefighters’ next run. The automated dispatching system chirps out assignments to various parts of the city in a voice reminiscent of Apple’s Siri. Pictures of past fires — grainy stills of red and orange billowing from windows, ladders suspended in the air with jets of water gushing forth — adorn the walls of the firehouse. Men in helmets and soot smile back at visitors, moments of victory caught in fading Technicolor. Years before these photos were taken, the group that would become Engine Five was manned by horses and men on M Street. Then called Truck E, the unit moved to Dent Place in the 1940s, when it became Truck Five, then Engine Five. The Nickel gets its name from the busiest firehouse in the District: Engine 10, known to firefighters as the Dime. “So we’re the Nickel,” Lieutenant Cory Goetz explained. With an average of five calls per day, Engine Five is significantly less busy than other District stations. “It’s like a retirement home for firefighters,” said Ricardo Kingsbury, who has been a firefighter since 1993. Seven firefighters staff the engine, and a mixture of paramedics and EMTs form the ambulance crew that operates from the firehouse. Engine Five acts as first response for medical calls in the immediate area, not just fire-related emergencies — the norm for all engine companies in the District, which employs a system that brings together firefighters and medical personnel.
When a crew is on duty, they staff at the firehouse for 24 hours straight. “We’re a unit,” Goetz said. “We eat and sleep together, travel together. We’re all tight.” -------------------------------------------Though the Nickel is more a part of the surrounding community than campus, its mascot pays tribute to Georgetown. In the engine’s logo, a bulldog wears a dark blue collar with “The Nickel” stenciled in bold black type. “We go to Georgetown a lot,” Adrian “Stokey” Stokes, a veteran Nickel firefighter, said. “Usually it’s at 2 in the morning, and there’s a lot of alcohol and vomit involved.” In calls that involve the Georgetown University Emergency Response Medical Service, the firefighters see students in a more positive light. “They’re really eager,” Stokes said of the GERMS responders. “But I think they should be allowed to come outside the university and get a real taste of what it’s like.” “We have a very effective, great working relationship with D.C. Fire and EMS and enormously value their service to our community, said Kate McCLellan (COL ’14), director of public relations for GERMS. “We work together on a regular basis with Engine 5, as their close proximity to campus means that they are often the first unit to respond when we need additional resources.” Stokes’ first taste of that lifestyle came in 1990 when, as a rookie firefighter, he was sent to the busiest firehouse in the city: Engine 10, Ladder 13, also known as
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The firefighters of Engine Five have decorated a wall with memorabilia through the years. It serves as inspiration for old and new members alike.
the Dime. “It was an eye-opener,” Stokes said. “At first I thought it was a lot of hype, even throughout training.” On Stokes’ first day on the job, he ended his shift, which included three fires, with a medical call for a man who had been shot in the head sitting in the front seat of his car. “Because I’m the rookie, they say, ‘Hey, go check the guy out,’” Stokes said. “I’m shaking him, asking, ‘You OK?’ and then I see his brains hanging out. I remember when I got home, my girlfriend at the time, now my ex-wife, asks, ‘How was it?’ And I told her, ‘Hey, it’s for real.’” After eight years at Engine 10 and three years on another assignment, Stokes came to Engine Five, battered by a career in firefighting. “If you’re doing the job right, you’re going to get hurt,” Stokes said. “Been burnt on my hands, my knees, my face. … You will get broke up, you will get scars.” -------------------------------------------For firefighters, these scars are not always physical. The job takes its toll on the crew’s personal lives, too. Stokes said that more than half of all fire and police personnel nationally have been divorced during their time on the job. Both Stokes and Goetz are divorced and have grown children. “A lot of the guys say it’s because of the hours, but do you know what I think it is? I think we have that attitude, that kind of fearless edgy, attitude and we end up looking for that in women,” Stokes said. “It’s an adrenaline thing. You run into a burning building, and you end up wanting that off the job.” Stokes, who has been dating the same woman for the last four years, is now considering marriage again. Goetz lives with a woman in Pennsylvania and commutes 90 miles to work once a week. This commute is possible because each crew is usually required to work only one 24-hour shift a week, giving firefighters a lot of time off between days at the Nickel. To fill this gap, many firefighters work side jobs. Goetz worked construction for a stretch, while Stokes found himself in the carpeting business for the last 12 years, hanging up his hat only recently. The side jobs supplement a salary that hasn’t seen a raise since October 2006. According to The Washington Post, the
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Lieutenant Cory Goetz (left) and Adrian Stokes (right) have seen the ups and downs of long careers as firefighters. starting salary for a firefighter in the District is $44,302 per year, a wage that can increase to over $65,000 if a firefighter contributes 20 years of service. While other big-city departments like the Fire Department of New York have seen sizable increases over the years, with two 4 percent raises between 2008 and 2010 for FDNY firefighters, the DCFD base salary has gone unchanged. Any public dissent among firefighters regarding pay is grounds for termination by the department, in accordance with a contract the firefighter’s union has with the city. “We’re not complaining — we’re glad to be employed,” Stokes said. “We’ve been due to get something the last seven years.” “After 9/11, we were rock stars, but times change,” Goetz added.
and they just hand me one of the girls because the ambulances aren’t there yet,” Goetz said. “You’re told never to do mouth-to-mouth, but I did mouthto-mouth on this little girl and that screwed with me a little bit. I can still remember tasting the soot.” “Kids are tough,” he added. “It never gets easy.” When faced with scenes like these, Stokes said firefighters compartmentalize their experiences. Because the most gruesome incidents will generally happen only once a year, firefighters have enough time to decompress and deal with the trauma. “Pulling a few bodies here and there, it’s so spaced out, you grab them and their skin is sliding off their arms, and, yeah, as time goes on you remember, but you don’t hold on to it,” Stokes said.
Goetz remembers Sept. 11, 2001, clearly. With a different engine at the time, Goetz was dispatched to prepare for a strike against the White House that never came, due to the heroic efforts of the passengers of United Flight 93, who crashed their flight in a field in Stony Creek, Penn., before it reached the capital. “The city was empty, dead, not a soul on the streets. No vehicles, nothing, just Humvees driving around. It was like martial law,” Goetz said. Less infamous days of horror have left impressions the firefighters, too. “We had a call Dec. 22, 1995. Two-floor row house fire, just blowing … and they come out with two little girls. Five or six years old, same size as my daughters,
The tones go off and Engine 5 jumps to life. A pedestrian has been struck down near M Street and might have life-threatening injuries. The diesel roars and the garage doors go up to reveal the crisp fall air outside. Firefighter Ricardo Kingsbury watches as Engine 5 pulls down the street, sirens wailing. Kingsbury has worked for the fire department most of his life “The thing I notice about here, we’re more appreciated up here,” Kingsbury said, motioning to Georgetown’s row of townhouses. “I enjoy this job, I enjoy helping people,” he said. “If I had to work for someone the rest of my life, this is what I’d do.”
New FAA Rules Reveal Device Dependency
or those who hate being separated from technology for any amount of time, there was good news last week from the Federal Aviation Administration: The organization has lifted the ban on using electronic devices during takeoff and landing, which means passengers can now enjoy electronic entertainment — provided devices are smaller than a laptop and have airplane mode — during every stage of flight. As a frequent air traveler, technology enthusiast and self-proclaimed scofflaw, let me be the first to tell you that keeping your Kindle or MP3 player on even when the flight attendant politely reminds you to turn it off does not result in a fiery plane crash. If this were the case, I would not be alive to write this article. Fortunately for me and the passengers put at risk by my failure to comply with airline regulations, it turns out science supports what I suspected all along: This was an unHenry necessary rule. The FAA has adjusted its policy accordingly and passengers will soon be able to watch videos on a tablet, read a Kindle or even browse the web if Wi-Fi is available, all without any interruption. It is interesting that this policy was so strictly enforced when there was never really any hard scientific evidence to justify its existence. The initial concern was that the low levels of radio signals created by all electronic devices would interfere with the aircraft and create unsafe conditions. However, there is solid evidence that just about every commercial aircraft can withstand the levels of interference produced by consumer electronics. While the interference from devices has no effect most of the time, in cases of extremely limited visibility, passengers will still be asked to turn off their electronics as an extra precaution. This accounts for about one percent of flights, according to the FAA. While this precaution is probably still unnecessary, it provides the
best explanation of why this policy was first created. The window when passengers are not allowed to use an electronic device, however, is so short it would hardly prevent a risk. But, the people have spoken, and comfort has triumphed over caution. But before you get too eager and rush to keep those electronics running, remember that airlines are allowed to decide whether or not to implement this policy, and, to avoid trouble, you should always listen to the instructions of the crew over anything else. While using electronics gate to gate may seem a small convenience in the grand scheme of things, the cause for the change actually came from passenger demand. People wanted to have the freedom to stay plugged in because there was no good reason not to. The fact that this actually caused real policy change shines light on just how much modern people are exposed to and contribute to digital media. After all, why stare in awe at the magic of human Parrott flight when you could be playing Candy Crush or catching up on the latest episode of “The Big Bang Theory”? I see this policy change as indicative of a society that is progressively more accepting of technology as an integral part of our lives. As we come to better understand the devices that now play such an important role in our everyday, policies and safety regulations can better reflect accurate scientific understanding of how they work and of their long term effects. While that is certainly a good thing, it does not address the question of whether or not such intensive exposure to electronic entertainment for so many people is ultimately a good thing. The floodgates are already open on that one, however, and there’s no stopping it now. Only time will tell how the interactions between digital media and the society that consumes it will play out. Henry Parrott is a junior in the School of Foreign Service. TECH TALK appears every other Friday in the guide.
Making Strides in Cancer Research Emily Troisi
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Dr. Ronit Yarden has been an inquisitive researcher for 22 years. Since she began studying for her Ph.D. at Georgetown, she has added assistant professor of human science at the university to her resume. When she’s not in the classroom, Yarden is conducting her own research with a team of researchers and Georgetown students. In December 2012, this group published one of their most influential studies, which identified the exact protein that BRCA1, the breast cancer gene, manages and recycles; this discovery will better enable researchers to understand mutated BRCA1 genes and will hopefully lead to better treatments and cancer prevention. How should we categorize your research? What made you want to conduct this kind of research? My research involves many aspects of cancer research. In one of the main research projects in the lab, we study the role of the breast cancer gene, BRCA1, in tumor suppression. I was always very interested in research and I found it very exciting. A long time ago,
when I was deciding what kind of research I was interested in, my father was just diagnosed with cancer, so I chose cancer research. How long have you been researching BRCA1? I joined this kind of research a few years after the breast cancer research gene was identified, which was probably the mid-1990s. I was involved in breast cancer research from my early career days. During my Ph.D. at Georgetown, I studied the interaction between hormones and growth factors and breast cancer progression. What are the results of your recent research? In my lab, we believe that BRCA1, the breast cancer tumor suppressor, is involved in tagging specific proteins to be recycled. We found that BRCA1 tags a specific protein that controls cell division to be recycled. When BRCA1 functions normally, the cells are under controlled growth. The problem starts when there are mutations in the BRCA1 gene and now the specific protein is not recycled in a timely fashion, which results in loss of proper regulation of cell division. Cells divide more rapidly and incorporate more and more mutations, which leads to cancer. Did your hypothesis going into the research match the results? Research is built on many levels of knowledge and based on previous findings from other researchers in the community. The fact that BRCA1 is responsible for specific protein recycling — synthesis and destruction — was known. What was not known was the identity of these recycled proteins. We identified the specific protein, which BRCA1 is responsible for recycling. Our findings help to understand how BRCA1 controls cell division and cell growth and function as a tumor suppressor.
Ronit Yarden has made new discoveries in cancer research.
What is the process of research like? There is the technical aspect of being proficient in the lab. And then
there is the theoretical aspect. It is very exciting to formulate hypotheses and have the opportunity to test them by doing experiments in the lab. Coming up with new ideas to solve scientific and research problems and understand how new data fits or does not fit into the current knowledge is a lot of fun. What was the biggest obstacle you faced when researching the BRCA1 gene? I think the biggest obstacle for any research right now is the lack of funding and reduced funding sources because of all kinds of budgetary cuts. When you don’t have funding, it’s hard to make progress and your research slows down. What do you want to research in the future, or how do you hope your previous research will develop? Obviously, the long-term goal is to find a cure for cancer. I hope that now that we have identified the target of BRCA1, we can find ways to prevent or overcome the defects that are entailed from mutated BRCA1. What advice do you have for students interested in science or anyone wanting to do their own research some day? I think you just have to follow your passion. If you’re passionate about research, and if you want to get involved and commit to research, that’s great. You have to look around into what different professors are doing and make choices. I think it is very exciting and fulfilling, but it is a commitment. Do you have additional projects or research underway now? We have many other projects in the lab even regarding BRCA1. Another study we are involved in is the interaction of nutrition, particularly certain nutrient factors like vitamin D and breast cancer. My lab is currently involved in another exciting research project of characterizing the potential of newly discovered plant-derived molecules as an effective therapy for cancer.
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Redrawing Ideas of Pop Art Special to The Hoya
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Sophia Wood (SFS ’17) (left), a pirate, and Taylor Oster (COL ’17), Viola, perform a humorous scene together.
Student-Adapted Work Takes to the High Seas around twins Viola and Sebastian, played by Taylor Oster (COL ’17) and Mitchell Allen (COL ’17), who are forced to take the guise of one another’s identity in order to pursue their own dreams. In Maness and Maita’s play, Viola, Sebastian, Lady Olivia, Duke Orsino and, of course, Feste, are all tastefully reimagined to tell a fun-filled story about love, kindness and identity. The script of “Painters and Pirates” really shines when the character of Feste, played by Kaley Beins (COL ’14), delivers lines of dialogue directly from the characters’ humorous jests in “Twelfth Night.” It’s in these moments that Maness and Maita display a tremendous ability to cultivate the best aspects of the source material into their own play, and that clever writing was enhanced by Beins, whose performance kept the laughs coming from the children, as well as the parents, in attendance. “Painters and Pirates” also employs audience participation to keep the children engaged in the story. Characters on stage often call out to the children in attendance to tell them where other characters are, or give them direction or advice on what to do next. This culminated in pretty swift improvising that was both cute and comical. When “Painters and Pirates” had concluded, the cast provided time for a short question-and-answer session with the audience. In what was probably one of the most adorable aspects of the play, the children who raised their hands simply did so to tell the cast how much they loved the play. “When I was a freshman, I wanted to do theater, but I wanted something that wouldn’t take too much time. Children’s seemed to be the best option; it was a lower time commitment and it was fun,” Maita said after the play about her decision to join GUCT. “I worked every summer in high school with elementary students, and I’ve done theater since high
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school, so I felt as though it would be a good place to combine those two interests,” Maness added. “I didn’t do [Children’s Theater] as a freshman. I got involved as a sophomore. At the time the show was “Aladdin,” and I got to play the genie. It was a great time and I’ve been doing it since,” tech director Nathan Oakes (COL ’15) said. For the motivation behind writing “Painter and Pirates,” Maness and Maita were inspired to create something unique instead of something that already existed. “Gianna and I wanted to direct a show together, and we wanted something that wasn’t specifically a love story and that had some strong characters with distinct personalities, so we ended up deciding to write our own show so we could have more creative control,” said Maness. Because the two worked on the script over the summer, writing sessions occured over Skype and Google Docs. “My favorite part of the writing process came when we were both on campus and we got to write a scene side by side. It was really creative and fun,” Maita said. The kids in the audience become so engaged with “Painters and Pirates” and the children’s theater participants see their production as making a positive impact in the community. “You always hear about arts and music budget cuts, and I think that this [children’s theater] is a nice way to provide that for kids who may not always have access to that,” Maness said. Performances occur at Georgetown, as well as in different areas of the city. The cast puts on the production in Southeast and Northeast Washington, D.C. Not only is “Painters and Pirates” an enjoyable show — for both children and adults alike — but the people behind the writing, acting and directing were equally fun to interact with, making the entire play the perfect way to spend part of your day if you want to enjoy a little wholesome fun.
From now until Dec. 8 the Spagnuolo Gallery, nestled within the Walsh Memorial building, will boast a unique collection of works of various pop artists, including Andy Warhol, Jim Dine, David Hockney, Jasper Johns, Alex Katz, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenberg and Edward Ruscha in its new exhibition, “Pop Art Prints: Selections from the Condron Collection.” Each year, the gallery puts on about three exhibitions, all featuring the works of local artists. A special exhibition showcasing pieces done by students of the graduating class is presented at the end of the year. Customarily, the Spagnuolo Gallery presents two artists in the fall and one in the spring; a recent show highlighted the work of Charles Ritchie. This season, however, the works of many different artists are being displayed, although all the art is stylistically similar. Carolanne Bonanno, assistant to the gallery director, is the curator for the pop art exhibition. “This exhibition is a little bit unusual because usually what we do is … have local working artists come by and exhibit their work here,” Bonanno said. This exhibition is also unique because it was made possible due to loans from private collectors Christopher and Margaret Condron. In an email, Christopher Condron, whose son and daughterin-law both went to Georgetown, stated this is the first time they have publicly exhibited their collection, a decision made after the Condrons were asked by the Spagnuolos to do so. In an email, Margaret Condron expressed her excitement about the student presence at the opening of the art show on Saturday. “It was wonderful on Saturday to see the students in the gallery,” she wrote. Some of the student presence was due in large part to the efforts of faculty in the art and art history department who encouraged students to come to the exhibition. Ashley Saucedo (COL ’14) has been to multiple exhibitions at the gallery after being notified by the
professor in her “Art of the Book” class. “Normally, whenever there is an art exhibit, he tells us about it. I wouldn’t have known about it if he hadn’t told me,” Saucedo said. There were even students from American University who attended the opening because professors there recommended their students go. The works exhibited are very different, even within the pop art genre. “I liked that each piece was individual and stood out on its own,” said Adda Gould, a student at American University and an attendee of the opening. Instead of simply displaying works that tend to be representative of the group as a whole, such as the works of Andy Warhol, the exhibition also included pieces covering a more diverse set of styles. There were more abstract pieces with muted colors, as well as some that exclusively depicted words. However, the Warhol pieces were a familiar print of Marilyn Monroe, as well as an interesting print of Jackie Kennedy with a quality similar to that of a newspaper photo. Many of the other works are less similar to classic American pop art of Lichtenstein and Warhol. Alex Katz’s Good Afternoon portrays a person in a canoe with fairly muted colors, a far cry from the garishly bright Warhol prints. The exhibition focuses not only on displaying the art but also on identifying the eclectic techniques used to create the pieces. In order to compare various printmaking processes, Bonnano said she tried to include different types of prints. “There are even different styles working within the same technique. One lithograph may look one way, and another one might look a different way. My hope was that even if you didn’t know a lot technically going in [to the exhibit], you could at least visually compare them [the works],” she said. Some students were bothered by the small size of the gallery because it limited the number of pieces that could be presented. “It was smaller than I expected. When I first got in there, I was like, ‘This
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Works of famous pop artists are featured in a special exhibit in Walsh. is it?’” Denise Recinos (COL ’14) said. Georgetown resident Calista Tavallili stated that she most likely would not come to another exhibition unless it was larger. Other attendees did not see the size of the gallery as a drawback. “It was small, but I liked how small it was,” American University student Katie Andrews said. Gould said that the smaller space allowed the show to be cozier and more intimate. In the future, the quaint gallery hopes to grow and draw more students to its exhibitions. Many of the students who go to the gallery stop by only on the way to class or to their dorm. “We are hoping for a larger gallery space at some point, so I do hope that in putting on exhibitions, we can try to increase our public presence and get people more aware of what we do here,” Bonnano said. “Hopefully [we can] get … more students involved, get them interested in the arts.” Many of the students at the opening had not been there before, although some did say that they were aware of the gallery’s existence. “It was interesting, because I always pass Walsh and I always have seen the room, but I never knew what it was. I went inside and I was surprised,” Yury Amaya (COL ’14) said.
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To Take Stress off Its Pedestal, Find Personal Time Do you really have time to read this article? Think about it. Shouldn’t you be writing a paper, dropping by office hours, rushing to a meeting or filling out internship applications? Aren’t you busy? Our culture on the Hilltop says you should be. You should be filling your days with anything and everything. Cram as much as you can into every second, every minute and every hour. Fill your iCal until the blocks overlap and form a beautiful rainbow of colors and stress. When did being unhappy and being spread too thin become a contest? I’ve noticed that even conversations with friends inevitably turn into comparisons of who is the most stressed and most sleepdeprived. Our glorification of being busy has gone too far, and I’ve come to realize that this isn’t a
competition that I want to win. I had my “aha” moment a few weeks ago in the dead of midterm season. Like everyone else, I had a lot to do. I felt like if I just kept moving, maybe schoolwork and extracurricular commitments wouldn’t catch up to me. My typeA planning tendencies took over. I reasoned that I could take control of everything at once with a smile on my face. I have never been more wrong. I had no wiggle room and definitely no time for myself. Here’s a rule of thumb: You know you’re doing too much when you plan how many minutes you have to take a shower (10) or eat your breakfast (five). If I got distracted singing or relaxing in the warm water for even a few seconds, I would be late to whatever I was off to do. If my oatmeal was too hot, and I couldn’t eat it soon enough,
I knew I would be frantically dashing through campus to make up for lost time. Even things I love like practicing yoga and hanging out with friends were becoming stressors and chores as I squeezed them all together. I thought I could literally do everything, and it began to take a toll on me.Recently, I found
Kylie Mohr myself walking by Healy. The sun was shining, and it was a beautiful day, but I wasn’t soaking it in at all. I had my head down, glancing at my phone, making a to-do list. It hit me: This isn’t how I want to live my life. This isn’t how I want to remember Georgetown. I want to make time for what I love. That
camera sitting in my closet? I want to take it out, brush off the dust and pick up my hobby from this summer again. Those books on my nightstand? I want to actually read a novel for fun. I want to have time to surprise my friends with little adventures. I also want time to do nothing, to be spontaneous and to be relaxed. And I think you probably do too. A conversation needs to be started about why we feel it necessary to be busy 24/7 and how we can change this culture on campus. The glorification of stress and busyness isn’t healthy. Pulling allnighters doesn’t make you a better person — it makes you a tired person. Think about your interactions. When you see them praising constant, demanding schedules, change them. Change the tone of banter with your friends, talks with your parents and the voice in
your head. Remind yourself that time spent doing anything you enjoy isn’t time wasted. Remind yourself that not everything should or even can be planned. We are all driven students with big goals and dreams. Our aspirations can still be achieved with a different mindset. There will always be times of high stress; all I’m saying is it shouldn’t be the norm. We can be happier if we don’t always overschedule ourselves. We can do great things and be successful while also having down time. Let’s experience the moment we are in instead of moving so quickly to the next. I can already tell that college goes by quickly, and I don’t want to miss it between the scribbled pages of my calendar. Kylie Mohr is a sophomore in the College. HEALTHY HOYA appears every other Friday in the guide.
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PUMPKIN CRANBERRY BREAD Too excited to wait for Thanksgiving? This pumpkin cranberry bread will satisfy your turkey-day cravings without forcing you to slave away for long hours in the kitchen. Sprinkling in cranberries adds a new — and sweet — twist to a classic fall dish. Feel free to use a different type of nut or exclude them all together. Fresh-out-of-the-oven bread is a perfect snack to warm your spirits on a chilly day!
2 cups white sugar 1 can pumpkin puree 1/2 cup vegetable oil 1 cup dried cranberries 1 cup chopped walnuts
2 1/4 cups all-purpose ﬂour 1 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice 2 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. salt 2 eggs
Stir ﬂour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder and salt in a mixing bowl. Beat the eggs, sugar, pumpkin and oil in a separate bowl. Combine the dry and wet ingredients. Add the cranberries and walnuts to the batter. Pour into a loaf pan. After preheating the oven to 350 degrees, bake for 50 to 60 minutes. If you choose to use mini loaf pans, start checking the bread after 25 minutes.
Country-Inspired Dishes Draw on Unexpected Flavors ZACH GORDON Hoya Staff Writer
When heading to brunch before an afternoon at the Newseum, my friend and I ventured out to Penn Quarter to the new American restaurant Cedar. Inspired by rustic farmhouse food, Cedar blends new American style cuisine with traditional game meats and country fixings. I was surprised continually throughout our meal. Actually, surprise might be the word to describe my entire experience at Cedar. Walking in with no expectations, I certainly was not prepared for what I saw. At first glance, Cedar is a dressy-casual neighborhood restaurant with a modern hardwood aesthetic, but after sitting down and browsing the menu for a second, I looked up and realized that the decor was much different than I first thought. Covering the walls were pictures of cedar trees, and by the reception desk stood an ornate wooden Japanese folding screen. The aim is to give off a woodsy feel to complement the food, and while that may not have been achieved, they’ve definitely created an interesting space. Although decor is always something I take into heavy consideration when I judge a restaurant, nothing is more important than the food. While the meal left me incredibly satisfied, it was still very surprising. Everything on the menu looked good, and settling on what to order was a tough call. When I’m having a hard time deciding on what to order, my gut reaction is always to order either the strangest or most conservative item that looks good. The main courses weren’t all that interesting as a whole — most were variations of standard breakfast fare — but they all included a country twist. The traditional dishes they offer, like sausage, are made from game meats like venison, providing the rustic farmhouse flair they strive for. They also serve Southern dishes with a modern spin, the standout of which is the chicken and waffles served with a side of maple collard greens. I’ve had many chicken and waffles in my life, so I decided to stick to something that sounded safe and interesting — banana French toast. Little did I know that they use actual ba-
822 E St. NW cuisine: American price: $$$$ nana bread to make this French toast, which results in one of the most decadent breakfast foods I have ever tasted. Although there were only two medium-sized pieces, it was a serious struggle to finish it. Ultimately I failed and had to leave some behind, but I made sure to properly mourn the abandoned food. I also couldn’t resist getting an order of the game-meat sausages, and they were not at all what I expected. I’m not sure what I anticipated, but the sweet and somehow not too gamey buffalo sausage I had was both delicious and strange to a point of insecurity. I wasn’t actually sure if I enjoyed its taste or was just so confused by the flavors that I had no choice but to like it. I’m also a huge sucker for coffee, and the moment I laid eyes on the words “French press,” I knew that the meal was bound to be good. Especially at Georgetown, good coffee is impossible to find, so when I have the chance to drink good coffee, I take full advantage of it. Each order of coffee entitles the diner to his or her very own French press, and my friend and I each got one. Needless to say, we were very caffeinated upon our journey to the Newseum. Although a little far for many Georgetown students, Cedar is easily accessible by taking either the 32 and 36 bus, which run down Wisconsin and Pennsylvania avenues, and is a great easy place to grab a meal when over by the Mall. Fake foliage aside, Cedar provided a delicious and satisfying meal along with a great break from typical Georgetown dining. Don’t be afraid to get out there and explore the city: You never know what fake forest you’ll end up in.
Leavey Center cuisine: Fast Food price: $$$$
EMILY MANBECK Hoya Staff Writer
Those who know me well know that I love fast food. Greasy, healthy, sweet, you name it — if there’s a line to a cash register or drive-through window, I’ll be in it, waiting for quick, yummy goodness. However, my views on this culinary “style,” if you will, have changed drastically since dining at Hoya Court’s two new establishments over the past few days. I give them sympathy since they’ve just opened and are working on pulling it all together, but sadly, Salad Creations and Elevation Burger just don’t match up to similar restaurants around here. But the new Hoya Court has one advantage: the new paint job and increased space make our food court much more comfortable and inviting. SALAD CREATIONS Earlier this week, I decided to grab a late lunch at Salad Creations. With only one other person ahead of me in line, I was shocked that it took almost an entire 15 minutes for someone to serve me. To add to that, my quarter of an hour waiting gave me an opportunity to appraise the salad stations, which are noticeably lacking meats, cheeses and vegetables. When someone finally took my order, it became clear that none of the staff knew where the ingredients were or really what the recipes called for. My server paused for about two minutes before starting my salad because she didn’t know what was in a Chinese Chopstick salad. In another five minutes, she had mixed the lettuce, chicken, wontons and mandarin oranges but stopped before informing me that they did not have the recommended dressing, Asian peanut. I asked for Balsamic vinegar instead, but I believe I ended up with the vinaigrette instead, as the dressing was a lighter color and a thicker
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Salad Creations fails to live up to the Sweetgreen standard, with a long wait time and average meals. consistency. After hungrily waiting 22 minutes for a salad and soda, I shook my salad once again for good measure and dug in. I did not immediately sense any issues with the meal, and I even liked how finely chopped all of the ingredients were. But as I continued to eat, I became more and more turned off by the salad. The ambiguous dressing was very watery and made all of the lettuce, wontons and chicken disgustingly soggy. The chicken, though cooked, was cold, and the number of add-ins far exceeded the amount of lettuce — making this salad more of a chilled teriyaki chicken dish with spring greens on the side. Besides the poor service and menu, what also shocked me were the prices. Though the selection is large — you can choose from rice bowls, paninis and three categories of salads or wraps in addition to make-your-own — they make you pay anywhere from $6.99 to $8.99 for their unappealing dishes. I don’t see why Georgetown selected Salad Creations over Chop’t or Sweetgreen, especially because the latter was created and is still run by our own alumni. Even though the Georgetown staple is a farther walk and charges higher prices, at least I always leave with a smile and finish my salad wishing for more.
ELEVATION BURGER Later that same evening, I decided to dine at Elevation Burger, a joint much like Five Guys and Good Stuff Eatery that serves specialty and custom burgers as well as several sides and milkshakes. Again, I waited 15 minutes in line for a cashier to take my order. In contrast to Good Stuff and Thunder Burger, Elevation Burger does not serve signature burgers built around flavors or culinary styles. Instead, it separates itself from the competition by offering different amounts of meat and/or veggie patties. The Elevation Burger contains two beef patties with the option of cheese, and the Vertigo Burger allows you to stack anywhere from three to ten patties. Putting all of that behind me, I ordered a one-patty cheeseburger with ketchup, a side of fries and a soda. I waited another 15 minutes for my burger and fries, and became even more annoyed. After returning to my seat with a to-go bag in hand, I eagerly began eating my fries. Served in a small paper dish, these fries were very thin and crunchy, leaving hardly any room for tasting the soft, warm potatoes inside. The burger was average — not bad, not great. Unlike Salad Creations, however, its prices are reasonable for the quality.
HAPPY HOUR BLUEBERRY BASIL MOJITO
mysmallpotatoes.com For anyone who equates summer with a mojito in hand, try this fall version to bring back some of that warmerweather happiness. Easy to make and packed with a variety of flavors, it’s a delicious and sophisticated cocktail that is a necessary addition to your drink repertoire — for any season. Take around four or five leaves of fresh basil, 2 tbsp. of dark brown or raw sugar and 2 tbsp. of fresh blueberries and mash them together in a cocktail shaker. Squeeze in the juice of a whole lemon and mix again. Add ice, 2 oz. of vodka and shake. Pour into a glass (do not strain) and add a splash of soda water.
delish.com Because it is no longer possible to ignore the bitter chill of the encroaching winter, this warm cocktail should help you get through a cold night. The classic winter flavors of cinnamon and hot apple cider are wonderfully comforting, and this treat not only requires just a few ingredients but also is incredibly easy to prepare. Rim your glass with sugar and cinnamon, and make sure it’s a good thick coating, as these flavors will make all the difference (approximately 1 tbsp. of each per glass). Add 6 oz. of hot apple cider and 1.25 oz. of Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum, then mix together to even out the flavors.
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Cedar’s options range from game meats to decadent Southern dishes, such as their banana french toast, which is made with real banana bread.
WOMEN IN BUSINESS CONFERENCE
D.C. A CAPPELLA FESTIVAL
AMPLIFIED VOICES CONCERT
WHERE: Gonda Theatre WHEN: Friday, 5:30 p.m. INFO: performingarts.georgetown.edu PRICE: Free
WHERE: Raﬁk B. Hairiri Building WHEN: Saturday, 9:30 a.m. INFO: guwli.georgetown.edu PRICE: Free
WHERE: Gaston Hall WHEN: Friday, 7 p.m. INFO: performingarts.georgetown.edu PRICE: $10 general, $8 students
WHERE: Gaston Hall WHEN: Sunday, 3 to 5 p.m. INFO: internationalpeaceandconﬂict.org PRICE: $20 general, $10 students
“Hamlet,” the first play in the 2013-2014 Theater & Performance Studies season, opens this weekend. Friday’s performance includes a special pre-show event. Several scholars will be discussing the enduring nature of Shakespeare’s plays. The panel includes an artistic director of the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, and the author of an interpretation of “Hamlet” entitled “Twelve Ophelias.”
The theme of this year’s conference is “Leadership Through Influence: Tipping the Balance in Your Favor,” and the keynote speaker will the COO of BBC Worldwide America. Workshops and breakout sessions will focus on personal branding, smarter spending and articulating your vision. The event will close with a discussion by three distinguished women in business on the topic of conveying power.
This Saturday, the Georgetown Phantoms will be hosting the second part of the annual D.C. A Cappella Festival. Three Georgetown groups, The Phantoms, Capitol G’s and Saxatones, will be performing, as well as the NYU N’Harmonics and Yale Whiffenpoofs. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door on Saturday. Get yours now and take part in this Georgetown tradition before they sell out!
Support efforts to end the Israel-Palestine conflict while listening to the music of Peter Yarrow of ’60s folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary. The event will be hosted by the owner of D.C. institution Busboys and Poets, and will also feature performances by Jordanian vocalist Farah Siraj and Brooklyn-based Bethany & Rufus. All proceeds will go toward grassroots peacebuilding efforts in the region.
friday, NOVEMBER 8, 2013
Clarkson Originals Get Festive WRAPPED IN RED Kelly Clarkson Breana Moret Hoya Staff Writer
Like the decorations that appear earlier and earlier every year in stores, Christmas albums have begun to encroach on Halloween’s October territory. And while I don’t believe in listening to Christmas music before Thanksgiving, Kelly Clarkson’s Wrapped in Red may force me to make an exception. The album is a standout, likely to be up there with Mariah Carey’s Merry Christmas and the compilation effort of producer Jimmy Iovine, A Very Special Christmas. Wrapped in Red is a mix of jazz, pop-rock and country. Because it’s a holiday album, the sounds blend together well, allowing for Clarkson to move in and out of genres, infusing Christmas classics with her fresh pop sensibilities and newfound country sound. The lead single, “Underneath the Tree,” is a radio-ready single that’s just what a modern Christmas song should be: upbeat and catchy, with a killer saxophone solo. In the current musical landscape, where holiday songs are usually uncreative and forgettable, Wrapped in Red offers up five original songs, all worthy of your Christmas playlist. The sweetest and most genuine of those five is “Winter Dreams (Brandon’s Song),” dedicated to Clarkson’s new husband, talent manager Brandon Blackstock. The song builds throughout and gives off a sense of the real love Clarkson has for her new husband. In the vein of “Santa Baby,” “4 Carats” is a song addressed to Santa, asking for a variety of expensive gifts. This is the most pop-infused track to make an appearance on the album. “Every Christmas,” another original, channels a distinct jazz sound and the type of melodic wailing characteristic of Etta James and Ella Fitzgerald. The bigband sound of the song matches Clarkson’s powerhouse voice and makes for another highlight on the album. The obligatory rendition of “Silent Night” comes toward the end of the album, beginning a shift in the songs toward the more religious and somber. Country superstars Trisha Yearwood and Reba McEntire make an appearance on the recording. Halfway through the song, the three go into an a cappella harmony and give the most beautiful rendition of the song I’ve heard in a long time. The last song on the album is “Oh Come, Oh Come Emmanuel.” Clarkson is the sole voice on the track, save for a steady undertow of hums in the background. She captures the eeriness of the song by keeping the track simple and the focus on her voice. As the last track, you can’t help but feel that you’ve ended up in a different place than you did with the cheerful Wrapped in Red opening. And that journey makes Clarkson’s record such a standout and one to be listened to for years to come.
Search for Spiritual Vibes Hampers M.I.A. Matangi
Gaga Entrances With Raw Sound
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M.I.A.’s Matangi is an album four years in the making. With a release delayed for over 12 months due to disagreements between the artist and her record label, Interscope, Matangi has a lot of hype to live up to. M.I.A. has described the album as “spiritual,” titling it after the Hindu goddess of music, and the majority of the album dwells in this lofty world. As always with M.I.A., however, she is at her best when she steps back down to earth. Matangi’s starting track, “Karmageddon,” lacks the impact typical in an M.I.A. opener. Slow and dreamy, the song effectively sets the tone for the rest of the album. Gone are the winding synths and sharp political commentary from 2010’s MAYA, yet M.I.A. hasn’t made a full return to the masterful sounds she displayed in Arular (2005) and Kala (2007). The first half of the album drags on, with tracks like “Only 1 U” and “aTENTion” existing in a realm somewhere between M.I.A.’s success of the past and the sounds of the present. The album’s most bizarre components come with “Exodus” and “Sexodus,” two songs with identical lyrics. While the concept is interesting, it falls flat in its execution, as the music in the two tracks is almost identical as well. Both songs are credited as a collaboration with R&B artist The Weeknd, but his influence is difficult to identify, his vocals only echo faintly in the background. Given the lengthy amount of time it took to record Matangi, it is almost shocking that both tracks made it on to the final version. Previously released in early 2012 as part of the Vicki Leekx mixtape, “Bad Girls” is the album’s standout track. Powered by the aggressive lyrics and multicultural beats that have become M.I.A.’s standard, the track was a breakout hit. In classic M.I.A. fashion, it was accompanied by a controversial music video, pushing the single to even greater popularity. After almost two years, and the song still feels fresh. “Bad Girls” is also the album’s most traditional pop sounding track, and it seems as if M.I.A.’s struggle to reach a more spiritual sound limited her potential.
This year seemed to spell the end for Lady Gaga. First, she broke her hip and fell out of the spotlight after undergoing major surgery. Then, she was forced to cancel the final leg of her Born This Way Ball tour. Even Gaga’s Google searches were at an all-time low, indicating that her popularity was slowly fizzling while the world moved on to bigger and better things. The pop music scene readily replaced Lady Gaga’s void with the stark minimalism of Lorde and tongue-tipped twerking of Miley Cyrus. But Gaga is a fighter — and a clever manipulator of all things media. So in August, she prepared a comeback of the ages, equipped with a healed hip, a bucket of face paint, an inundation of costume changes and a new single off her upcoming album, ARTPOP. But that, too, fell flat. Thus, as August transitioned into September and then October, and as Gaga’s promotions for ARTPOP revved into full swing, the situation left critics, fans and foes all wondering: Was this really the end of Lady Gaga? Would ARTPOP be a flop? Or worse, would it be the bombastic pop mess that was Born This Way? Thankfully for her, the answer is no. Gaga even reveals this in the opening lines of “Aura,” the leading song off of ARTPOP during which she croons and blatantly rejects any lingering notions of her 2013 slump. She’s announcing it to us
M.I.A.’s new album takes a trip to another world. Like with “Bad Girls,” Matangi’s other successes are rooted in identifiable influences. “Warriors” is reminiscent of past M.I.A. songs like “Bird Flu” and “Lovalot” and sounds like it could easily belong on one of her previous albums. “Double Bubble Trouble” and “Y.A.L.A.” contain beats that sound like they were crafted by trap artists such as Flosstradamus or D.J. Snake. “Bring The Noize” has all the energy present on the tracks from MAYA coupled with a cleaner sound. M.I.A. has always put a lot of emphasis on her albums titles, and intentionally or not, they tell an interesting story. Arular and Kala were named after her father and mother, respectively. The albums found the artist creating and perfecting a new and unique sound, born out of the influence of a plethora of cultures and musical genres. Following the unexpected success of “Paper Planes,” MAYA was named after the artist herself. Containing harsher sounds and controversial lyrics, the album almost seemed a dare directed at the hordes of listeners who jumped on the bandwagon — either they could like the real M.I.A. or they could jump off. And now comes Matangi. The album certainly lives up to its spiritual name. She spends the majority of Matangi drifting around, displaying her self-proclaimed lack of care about the music industry. After a highly influential and talked about career, perhaps M.I.A. deserves a trip into another world. But we can only hope that her next album finds her reborn back to earth, and that it doesn’t take another four years to do so.
Lady Gaga’s new tracks are diverse, raw and honest.
ARTPOP Lady Gaga herself: A new era of Lady Gaga has arrived. ARTPOP brings a revival of everything we know and love about Gaga — and then some. The icy synth beats reminiscent of The Fame have made their glorious return. Throwbacks to ’70s funk and ’80s glammetal swirl alongside trap and house beats, and Gaga reawakens the references to the sex, drugs and drama that originally garnered her acclaim when she burst onto the music scene in 2008. More than being just a sinful pop confection, ARTPOP also displays Gaga’s genuine variety and craftsmanship as an artist. One moment she’s reining in Janis Joplin-style growls, and the next moment she’s purring out breathy Mariah Carey-esque lifts. Sometimes she begins sing-talking and other times, she sweeps into soft, almost unrecognizable ranges. Each song sounds like it was performed by a different artist. The beauty of ARTPOP, though, is that it all works — for the most part. Gaga’s rap venture “Jewels and Drugs” falls flat, and the album’s title track “Artpop” is nothing remarkable. Nonetheless, Gaga easily makes up for her misses with songs like the catchy “Gypsy” and the raging industrial track, “Swine.” Songs flow from one to the next: Towards the end of the album, fans are led through the marijuana high of “Mary Jane Holland,” only to crash down into the piano ballad “Dope.” By the time it gets to its final song, “Applause” — the alleged flop of a single that was hurriedly dropped in August — ARTPOP has already made you forget that 2013 was a supposedly “bad” year for Gaga. In her new song, “Fashion!,” Gaga evocatively cries out that she “owns the world.” Within five years of stepping onto the music scene, Gaga has once again proved that she has mastered fame, fortune and, most certainly, music. Despite the kinks and doubts of previous months, the new era of Lady Gaga has arrived and it’s all about letting inhibitions go and “living for the applause.” ARTPOP deserves a standing ovation.
girl meets world
TV Turns Fat-Shaming Into Cheap Comedy
reat humor is subversive. Think of George Carlin’s famous “Seven Dirty Words” bit: It was funny that he was cursing, but it also made relevant points about censorship. There’s nothing funny about a bully picking on a nerd, but making fun of the bully can be powerful and liberating — and, of course, funny. But there are the times when the person being bullied goes along with the jokes, where they internalize that hatred and turn it back on themselves. I think that’s what’s happening on Rebel Wilson’s “Super Fun Night.” Rebel is fat. She’s also funny and smart, has a law degree and writes her own show. Weirdly, that show is awash with fat jokes which constantly bring Rebel’s character Kimmy down. Take last week’s episode. Kimmy bonds with her co-worker, Kendall, over horrible ex-boyfriends. She talks about how she dyed her hair pink after someone broke up with her because he said she was boring, but then she realized that he’d been lying. He really broke up with her because she was fat. What could have been a touching, unique moment took a bizarre turn when Kimmy and Kendall decided to take revenge on that ex by
convincing him that Kimmy was now across as a ball of stereotypes from thin and hot. What? When the plan someone who has never met a fat inevitably went awry, even Kendall person. While Rebel seems comfortwondered what the point had been able with her weight, Kimmy is the and noted that Kimmy was the loser furthest thing from that. It’s not only weird, but also boring. in the joke. She also said recently, “As long as I Rebel’s character is socially awkward and single, but she’s also a look like this, I’m going to make fat high-powered and successful lawyer. jokes. All comedians have to use their She could have showed up at her ex’s physicality, so I use my size.” I agree — there’s nothapartment and showed ing inherently wrong him what a smart, inwith Rebel poking fun at teresting women she is. her size. Self-deprecating Instead, she and Kendall humor is a comedic stanprove that ex right — Kimdard. But when Rebel’s my is boring and fat. Fat women are jokes. Victoria Edel Kimmy is the butt of another joke about her being It’s not like Rebel isn’t conscious of the issues fat women face. unlovable or her constantly eating or When rumors were flying this sum- her being uncomfortable with herself, mer that she was about to sign onto a it’s hurtful. It’s like Rebel thinks that weight loss program, she told “Extra,” I should be ashamed of who I am be“I don’t really care what I look like that cause I’m fat the same way Kimmy is much. And I think that women out ashamed of herself. Rebel’s show puts there should just be happy with how down fat women week after week. Mindy Kaling’s “The Mindy Project” they look, and they shouldn’t really grapples with many of these same istry to conform to any stereotype.” Imagine what a great show “Super sues, but in a much more interesting Fun Night” could be if it focused on way. Her character, Dr. Mindy Lahiri, a woman who actually believed that. presents a much more complicated It’s not Rebel’s job to create an inspi- and compelling portrait of an awkrational character, but Kimmy comes ward, chubby woman.
Lahiri feels like a direct response to that judgment of Mindy. Dr. L thinks she’s awesome — she wears outlandishly bright clothes, and she expects the best from men who are interested in her In addition to being a great doctor, she’s also incredibly narcissistic, sort of vapid and messes up constantly. And sure — sometimes they fall into the fat jokes trap. Mindy is also often the victim of cruel jibes at the hands of her friends. But they usually exist to puncture that inflated ego or to show how awful other characters on the show are. The point is not to pity her like the way the audience is supposed to feel so bad for Rebel’s Kimmy. Granted — Mindy is “fat” only by Hollywood standards, but, generally, the fat jokes have a much better purpose. If Rebel took a page out of Mindy’s book and realized that her character didn’t have to be a sad bunch of stereotypes, “Super Fun Night” would be a more interesting and innovative show. Until then, I don’t think I’ll keep watching. Victoria Edel is a senior in the College. GIRL MEETS WORLD appears every other Friday in the guide.
ALLISON HILLSBERY, ANDREW SCHLENGER & EMILY TROISI Special to The Hoya
around town This annual festival features an assortment of films that will surely appeal to a broad audience. This year’s films touch on serious issues such as food and sustainability and international conflict, but they also dabble in more light-hearted subjects such as trying your luck on national game shows and the tooth fairy. The festival will be running in many locations.
‘Bridesmaids’ Drive-In Screening
Do you have a car? If not, it’s OK, because Union Market will be accepting viewers of all means of transportation at this Friday’s screening. The final film being shown, Bridesmaids, will be projected on a three-story wall outside of the market. Drivers are welcomed to park and view, while non-drivers are encouraged to picnic on the lawn. Several market vendors will be present serving savory fare.
WHERE: Alexandria, Va. WHEN: Thursday through Sunday INFO: alexandriafilm.com PRICE: Prices vary (some free)
WHERE: 1309 Fifth St. NE WHEN: Friday, 6 p.m. INFO: unionmarketdc.com PRICE: Free
WHERE: 1940 Ninth St. NW WHEN: Saturday, 6 p.m. INFO: dc.nerdnite.com PRICE: $10
WHERE: 641 D St. NW WHEN: Saturday, 8 p.m. & Sunday, 7p.m. INFO: woollymammoth.net PRICE: $35 to $75
Alexandria Film Festival
Attention all Georgetown nerds: Head out to DC9 for its monthly Nerd Nite. Put down the books, grab a drink and listen to volunteers give presentations about various topics. The featured topics this Saturday will discuss spy satellites, hackers and even diarrheal disease. Embrace your inner nerd for one night this weekend — you’re guaranteed to pick up some great topics of conversation in the process.
This play revolves around a southern family dealing with the aftermath of the death of their patriarch. While dealing with some heavy issues, “Appropriate” sprinkles in some dark humor that will keep the audience entertained. Come out to the Wooly Mammoth Theatre this weekend and watch as the family weeds through their possessions and comes across some controversial family secrets.
friday, november 8, 2013
’NovaVisits for Senior Day Hoyas Play Host to Three Teams in Home Finale VILLANOVA, from B8
comparison, three Hoya players — senior forward Steve Neumann, sophomore forward Brandon Allen and freshman midfielder Alex Muyl — have combined for 23 goals. But Villanova’s lack of an accomplished goal scorer could actually make life harder for the Georgetown back line. “You have to do a lot more homework and not be so keen on just one player, but know all their tendencies and know all their players’ strengths,” sophomore defender Cole Seiler said. Another noteworthy aspect to the Wildcats’ style of play is their physicality. The team has combined for 24 yellow cards this season and has been penalized 204 times. Their opponents, by comparison, have been called for just nine yellow cards, and Georgetown has been shown 12. Of Villanova’s 24 cautions, seven of them belong to junior midfielder Oscar Umar. The Hoyas have faced physical teams before, and Seiler is confident in his team’s ability to handle anything thrown at them. “We should be fine,” Seiler said. “We’ve been having a good week of practice and took a little bit of a break at the beginning to give our legs a rest. We’re ready to get after it.” Though postseason play will likely bring the Hoyas back to Shaw Field, Friday’s game is the last of the regular season for the six seniors on Georgetown’s roster, all of whom will be honored before the game. This crop of seniors has 53 wins over four years, the most of any graduating class.
JULIANA ZOVAK Hoya Staff Writer
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Team leaders: Senior midfielder Joey Dillon (top) and senior forward Steve Neumann (bottom) are both captains.
Down to the wire
Expansion’s Real Meaning R ecently, Toronto Maple Leafs CEO Tim Leiweke spoke about the NHL’s expansion plans, saying that two teams could be added in the near future. Like many, I’m skeptical of Las Vegas and Kansas City, Mo., two of the most likely destinations. Las Vegas is a warm weather city, where the NHL struggles, and Kansas City is so close to where the St. Louis Blues, which Forbes ranks as the lowest-valued NHL franchise, play. Seattle and Quebec City, the other two cities that Leiweke named, could work — especially Quebec City — but there are many other factors to consider when any sports league tries to expand. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has expressed an interest in expanding the NFL to both Los Angeles and London. The latter expansion destination raises many concerns. There may be enough NFL fans for a game or two per year in London, but are there enough for eight home games? And how bad would the travel disadvantage be? Would the team need a second base in an East Coast American city? There are a lot of legitimate questions surrounding possible expansion in any sports league, but we can actually learn more about the way the leagues’ executives are thinking than anything else. To start with the NHL, the fact that the NHL is thinking of expanding now proves that last season’s lockout was, frankly, B.S. The biggest criticism of the league in the past 25 years has been its hastiness in expanding to cities that seemingly have about as many diehard hockey fans as Georgetown has students. A staggering 13 of 30 franchises have a negative operating income, and even non-hockey fans can identify that a problem might just be that the NHL has teams in hockey hotbeds like Phoenix, Raleigh and Miami. The NHL cited severe financial problems a year ago, and many pointed out — correctly, in my opinion — that the league’s money issues were mainly of its
own doing. Now, the NHL feels comfortable enough to expand into two more cities, thereby doing the exact thing that got them into this mess — while still feeling that they can make money off of the idea. No league in a dire situation would actually do such a thing, which, if there’s a positive message to take from all of this, means that the NHL owners feel that their recent growth will continue. The NFL’s expansion history isn’t as bleak as that of the NHL, so the NFL’s current expansion plans aren’t as powerful of proof that its executives were being disingenuous during the league’s lockout, but it still says something about the league’s outlook only two
Expansion ideas show more than we realize years after a work stoppage. But there’s one other issue that the NFL has which other leagues do not have to deal with at the same level: concussions. By now, you probably have heard predictions that the NFL won’t be around in 20 or 30 years, and my guess is that this situation plays into the league’s expansion plans more than we realize. If your product won’t be there in the future, wouldn’t you try to squeeze every penny out of it in the present? The NFL may not care if expanding into another country dilutes the product and slows the growth of the league way down the line, because “way down the line” may not exist. If the next 10 to 15 years are the NFL’s final time to rake in big bucks, it will naturally try to do whatever it can to make sure that its last stand is a good one. The NBA’s plans for expansion are not nearly as
imminent as those of either of the two previous leagues, maybe because it realizes that expansion would only dilute its product the same way that the NHL watered down its product in the ’90s. Seattle currently has an enthusiastic potential owner, a huge fan base and the possibility of a great new arena, and the NBA still doesn’t want to go there. As Grantland editor Bill Simmons has said, the NBA is using Seattle as a threat to other league owners to keep their franchises in order, because there’s always the possibility of moving there. Sacramento’s owners did just about everything to show that the city couldn’t keep an NBA franchise, and the NBA still didn’t move the team to Seattle. Even if there’s a city that’s ready, the NBA is luckily avoiding overextending itself. I can’t remember anyone even pondering expansion talks in MLB over the past few years, and that should tell us something. Anyone who has heard the word “steroids” or is familiar with MLB’s revenue sharing policy knows that the league is far from perfect, but MLB has avoided the problem of biting off more than it can chew in recent years. The league has a major problem of small market teams not spending the money that they’re receiving due to the luxury tax or the massive TV deal that MLB just signed, so the league could only face more problems by letting other small-market teams into the mix. MLB is also the only league of the four that hasn’t experienced a lockout in the past two years, so, even though too many MLB owners still cry poverty, it’s nice to have a league in which the owners don’t try to make up for their own mistakes by taking games away from the fans. Tom Hoff is a junior in the McDonough School of Business. Down to the Wire appears every Friday.
This weekend, the Georgetown volleyball team will face the three new additions to the Big East conference for the first time. Xavier, No. 9 Creighton and Butler all travel to Washington, D.C. to take on the Hoyas (1013, 4-6 Big East) in a busy weekend. In their first year as members of the Big East Conference, all three teams boast winning records. With no previous game experience to draw upon, facing all three teams in one weekend presents the Hoyas with a steep learning curve. “It’s exciting for us to play people that we don’t know. It doesn’t normally happen at this point in the season,” Head Coach Arlisa Williams said. “I think on the other side of that though is, ‘Hey, we don’t know them,’ so we just don’t know how good they’re going to be. We get a good idea from video, but video doesn’t always show the true team.” Xavier (16-9, 7-3) has only lost two conference matches — against Creighton and Marquette, both of whom are ranked in the top 15 of the NCAA standings. The Musketeers are coming off a hard loss to Marquette, where junior setter Aubree Smith had 46 assists, 22 digs and nine kills, falling one short of a triple-double. Georgetown will then have to face No. 9 Creighton (16-6, 7-3) who is tied for second in the conference. The Blue Jays have six players averaging at least 1.5 kills per set. However, Creighton lost recently to St. John’s, who the Blue and Gray have beaten, so depending on which Hoya team shows up, it could be anyone’s game. “One of the things we’ve been focusing on this week is just coming out hard from the beginning,” Williams said. Georgetown will also need to jump to a quick lead against an explosive Butler team (19-6, 6-4). Butler has a strong offensive front. In the Bulldogs’ last match — a three-set sweep of DePaul — they managed to have three players in doubledigit kills. Georgetown will turn to its own offensive machine, outside hitter Lauran Saar. The sophomore was named to the Big East Honor Roll this week for her performance against Villanova, in which she had a season-high 21 kills and 14 digs in her 15th double-double of the year. I think that Lauren makes a huge difference,” Williams said. “She’s passing extremely well, she plays good defense and she is very patient with her swings and takes them when they’re there. She really helps our team elevate to another level.” Junior middle blocker Dani White and junior outside hitter Alex Johnson are also integral offensive pieces, while junior libero MacKenzie Simpson leads the defensive effort. Sunday will be Senior Day for the Hoyas,
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Senior defender Colleen Dinn helped the Hoyas to another shutout over St. John’s. who have three seniors: right-side hitter Brooke Bachesta and redshirt seniors outside Annalee Abell and libero Whitney Jencks. Abell has been a force for the Hoyas this year, while Bachesta and Jenks have contributed the occasional momentum changing plays. And momentum is what the Blue and Gray need this weekend. They’ve struggled with consistency this season, having good games when they come out strong early but struggling to pull themselves out of holes even with late game rallies. A quick start was key in the Hoyas’ latest win against Villanova last weekend, when they jumped out to a quick lead in the first two sets, dropped the next two and came back in a thrilling fifth set to secure the victory. “I think that last week we played really well in sets one, two and five, and our players recognize that we have to come out hard,” Williams said. Georgetown will have to come out firing on all cylinders and be able to make quick turnarounds in between games, as it does not have much resting time this weekend. “I think the biggest challenge this weekend is playing three matches in a row. That is a lot of volleyball — a lot of important volleyball — in a very short period of time,” Williams said. In the final home stand of the season, Georgetown is seeking to break .500 in its conference record with a weekend sweep. And Williams can’t stress enough the importance and power of the home court advantage. “We need fans in the stands,” she said.
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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia with his wife Maureen at the Lombardi Gala silent auction. Other notable guests included former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue.
NFLPA Partners with Georgetown to Fight Cancer GALA, from B8 eradicate cancer in general just like the hard working men and women at Lombardi cancer center do.” To accept the award in his place, the NFLPA asked Fitzgerald’s longtime mentor and friend, 2012 Hall of Fame inductee and current ESPN analyst Cris Carter, to attend. Carter gave an emotional speech about watching Fitzgerald grow up and seeing him deal with the death of his mother. “To be able to stand here in the place of one of the kids that I mentored is truly one of the highlights of my life,” Carter said. “Ten years ago, I sat in a room and talked to his mother … and on that day in 2003, we made a promise to Carol Fitzgerald that we would take care of her son and look after him no matter what.” Last year, Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots, was given the Award. The guest list was studded with Washington elites, including Justice Antonin Scalia, who
said he had attended before. “It’s a great event,” Scalia, who was with his wife Maureen, told The Hoya. “We look forward to it.” The black-tie affair included a cocktail reception, a silent auction, a raffle for a 2014 Lexus and a three-course dinner. While the event struck a festive tone, the seriousness of what was behind the event was not far from the guests’ minds. Former Redskins quarterback Doug Williams also spoke briefly about the importance of new and innovative cancer treatments and research. “The wonderful thing about this 27th anniversary is that in the short time all of us have been together — nearly 27 years — we have seen light years in what research has been able to do to cure this hideous disease,” Williams said. “Our hope is that we can say this isn’t our parents cancer anymore. This isn’t even our cancer anymore, and for the kids that we love … we want to be able to tell them there used to be something called cancer.”
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Late Additions Provide Much-Needed Depth RICHMOND, from B8 a good time to be at Georgetown.” Richmond, though, will pose a tough first challenge for the Hoyas. Last season,
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Senior lacrosse player Kelyn Freedman (top), senior tennis player Kelly Comolli (middle), senior Jasmine Motton (bottom).
Richmond finished ninth in the Atlantic 10 with a 16-16 record, earning itself a spot in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament. “[Richmond] is really well coached. They have excellent balance, big posts inside that are athletic and tremendous threepoint shooting,” Lewis said. “They play hard and play well together. They look like us in some of the schemes that they employ both offensively and defensively.” The Spiders return two starters and 10 letterwinners from last year’s squad. Among these returning players are senior guard Kristina King and redshirt junior forward Genevieve Okoro. King was Richmond’s leading scorer last season, as she averaged just over 13 points a game. Prior to this season, King was named to the preseason allconference second team. Okoro is returning after suffering a seasonending knee injury just six games into last season. Prior to her injury, though, Okoro was a dominating force. In the six games, she averaged a double-double, with just over 10 points and 11 rebounds a game. “We are going to focus on who their go-to players are, if you will,” Lewis said. “But we can’t lose site of the fact that all of them are very capable. These [players] are highly recruited, Division I scholarship athletes. We will try to take away some of their strengths and minimize the abilities of certain players. I think overall it is not a matter of focusing on this player or that player.” A key difference in tonight’s game will be defense. The Blue and Gray will try to prevent the Spiders from having any easy opportunities, including layups and second-chance shots. This defensive mindset in turn will create Georgetown’s offense, according to Lewis. “[We can] create a tempo off of our defense,” Lewis said. “By either turning them over or defensively rebounding the ball, [we can] successfully push it and get early opportunities [on offense]. One of the goals is to have a minimum of 40 transition attempts.” Despite having six returning players, the Blue and Gray are a relatively inexperienced team. The Hoyas have five freshmen on the roster, and with high expectations they are expected to have an immediate impact. “[The freshmen] are an interesting group,” Lewis said. “Each of them will have to find their own level. We will start a couple of them, and all of them will play [tonight]. They bring different degrees of abilities and skill sets. The thing we are focusing on [with them] is getting better each day, but this is their first collegiate game.” The patchwork team of Lewis, the Hoya veterans, the freshmen, and Comolli and Freedman will try to prove that teamwork is more than just a catchphrase. “Regardless of the outcome [tonight], we are expecting excellence,” Lewis said. “I know they will demonstrate the kind of togetherness and pride in each other, the team and the university that everyone can really be happy with.” The Blue and Gray will open their season tonight when they play host to the Spiders. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at McDonough Arena.
swimming & diving
In Big East Quad Meet, GU Faces Stiff Competition Madeline Auerbach Special to The Hoya
Today, the Georgetown’s men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will travel to Piscataway, N.J., to compete against Rutgers, Seton Hall and Villanova in the Big East Quad Meet. Rutgers hosts its second meet in a row, having beaten Wagner on Oct. 25. The combined efforts of the men’s and women’s teams led to their decisive victory, in which the Hoyas rackied up 181 points and the Seahawks only scored 119. Villanova, on the other hand, heads to Rutgers coming off losses on both the men’s and women’s sides against former Big East foe UConn on Nov. 2. Seton Hall arrives in Piscataway with an away win under its belt after beating Providence 175-118 on Nov. 2. Each of the three opponents have individual strengths that will pose strong competition for the Hoyas. “Rutgers and Villanova are the strongest women’s teams, but really, all the teams are strong and will provide a good test,” Head Coach Jamie Holder said. “Rutgers seems to be stronger than last year. I know Villanova graduated a great class last year, but they are still very good, and Seton Hall also has a strong team and several very good freshmen.” Georgetown has its own strengths as well. The team dominates in distance races, the butterfly and individual medleys, according to Holder. The senior captains on the men’s side, Christian Kilgore, Matthew Mandel and Josh Tucci, are all holding significant leadership roles, as are the senior captains of the women’s side, Allison Fulenwider and Michelle Konkoly. The 2013 season also consists of some notable freshmen
in the mix for the Blue and Gray. “We have a great freshman class all around but Molly Gaynor, Katie Duncalf and Sarah Grundman have really had an impact so far, and on the guy’s side, Evan Grey, Martin Vanin and David Chung have really stepped up so far,” Holder said. Gaynor, Duncalf and Grundman each won two individual events apiece at the Boston College meet. Vanin joined forces with junior Michael Young, along with Kilgore and Mandel, to snatch up a first place victory in the 200-meter medley versus BC. Competing with other Big East opponents is always an advantage for Georgetown. With the conference championships looming at the end of February, getting a feel for the largest threats in the Big East is extremely helpful for the Hoyas. “It is a great opportunity to swim against Big East competition and gives us a chance to race some of the same teams we will at conference championships, so in that sense, it is significant,” Holder said. Though the team is looking ahead in this sense, the Blue and Gray strive to focus on each meet without being caught up with past meets or future competitions. “It was good to get the win, but I think we are taking all of our competitions one at a time and just going to go out and give it our best each time out,” Holder said of the win against BC. Georgetown will head to Rutgers with a motivated frame of mind, hoping to prove they can be competitive in the conference. “[The meet] is just another stepping stone in our journey this season. I just want them to get up and race,” Holder said. The races will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Nov. 8 and 10 a.m. on Nov. 9 in Piscataway, N.J.
GU Opens Season Abroad OREGON, from B8 remember,” Smith said. “So getting to go to South Korea to play against Oregon — a team I used to play against — is going to be fun.” Despite not experiencing game action on the Hilltop, Smith has been able to practice with the team since he arrived last spring, which has smoothed his learning curve on Georgetown’s trademark Princeton offense. “When I first got here, I was really confused,” Smith said. “It was hard. Being here for almost a year now, being able to practice with the guys here now, I’ve picked it up.” Weight issues plagued Smith at UCLA, but the junior told reporters Monday that he has improved his conditioning substantially since the beginning of the year. “I’ve noticed a really big change,” Smith said. “That’s from being able to do a bit of practice to being able to do a full practice to feeling better running up and down the floor.” NCAA issues were resolved in Smith’s favor, but Oregon was left disappointed this week when sophomore guard Dominic Artis and sophomore forward Ben Carter were suspended before the team left for Seoul for selling shoes they received from the team. Artis started as the point guard on last year’s Ducks squad, which won the Pac12 tournament and fell to eventual national champion Louisville in the Sweet 16. Oregon also has to contend with the graduation of both of last season’s starting forwards, Arsalan Kazdemi and E.J. Singler. However, the addition of UNLV transfer Mike Moser — who, like Smith, also played at UCLA — will be dangerous for the Ducks in the post. Likewise, Oregon boasts a strong perimeter and could present problems for Georgetown from beyond the arc. Without Otto Porter and Greg Whittington, the Hoyas are expected to run the ball through Smith as much as
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Junior guard Jabril Trawick (top) and senior point guard Markel Starks (bottom). possible while also counting on Starks and sophomore guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera to create opportunities. Defense, however, may be the team’s biggest focus going into its first game. “We’re not going to be as long defensively, but we can be just as good defensively,” Lubick said. “You’ll see us
pressure the ball a bit more and wreak havoc on the defensive end, which is how we’re going to win games.” If that’s true, it’ll start in Seoul. Tip-off against the Ducks is set for 8 p.m. The game will be televised live on ESPN. Hoya Staff Writer Laura Wagner contributed reporting.
more than a game
Chiefs: Undefeated for Now
alfway through the NFL regular season, it is hard to believe that the Kansas City Chiefs are the only team with an undefeated record. In the AFC West, everyone focused on the high-powered Broncos offense, and analysts gave little thought that another team could challenge them for the division lead. The Chiefs were supposed to be near the bottom — exactly where they have been in the past. Last year, the Chiefs were arguably the worst team in football, finishing with a miserable 2-14 record. Quarterback Matt Cassel looked jittery in the pocket, running back Jamaal Charles seemed to have lost his pop and the porous defense regularly gave up 25 to 30 points per game. Attendance at Arrowhead Stadium was lackluster, with embarrassed fans regularly donning paper bags over their heads. This year is a completely different story. Those same fans just broke the record for the loudest stadium crowd in the world a few weeks ago. What on earth happened in Kansas City? First of all, the Chiefs have found a way to be the top-ranked defense in the entire league. Under the leadership of veterans Tamba Hali, Brandon Flowers and Eric Berry, the Chiefs are allowing only 13 points per game and outscoring opponents 215-111 this season. On the offensive side of the ball, Charles once again has had flashes of brilliance, averaging over 120 total yards per game. In fact, he is on pace for a remarkable 2,000yard season and to shatter his previous career highs in touchdowns, receptions and
yards per game. Charles’ electricity is complemented by quarterback Alex Smith, whom the Chiefs picked up from the 49ers in the offseason. Although he is probably one of the most boring quarterbacks in the NFL — rarely throwing the ball more than 10 yards down the field — he has not made too many mistakes this season, losing only two fumbles and throwing four interceptions thus far. And, Andy Reid is at the
Can Kansas City remain undefeated? helm, hired in the offseason after being fired by the Philadelphia Eagles. The “giant red tomato with a mustache” has coached Kansas City to wins over Dallas, Philadelphia, Cleveland and others in nine straight weeks, and he even beat the Jaguars by 26 points — the franchise’s largest margin of victory since 1963. Entering its bye week, the stats all point in Kansas City’s favor. They have the best record, the fewest turnovers, the strongest defense and broke the decibel record for the loudest game in NFL history. Still, something does not feel right. After all, it is the Chiefs. They are good — but maybe they are not the best. Can this historically underperforming franchise really
be better than the Seahawks, Broncos, Colts or Patriots? They still have a “0” in the loss column, but the record only tells half of the story. Who have they really beaten? Wins over the Jaguars, Giants, Raiders and Texans were cakewalks, and against better teams they barely managed to squeak by with a victory. Meanwhile, the 8-1 Seahawks have only lost one game, a narrow defeat at the hands of the impressive Colts, and the 7-1 Broncos still have the most high-powered offense in the league. I don’t think the Chiefs’ fairy tale will last much longer. They face the Broncos in Denver next week, and I’m betting Kansas City will be handed its first loss of the season. The rest of their schedule gets harder — they play the Broncos again after Thanksgiving and finish off the season with games against the Colts and Chargers. In a way, the Chiefs are like a flashback to traditional smash-mouth football. They have the old-school recipe for success: run the ball and play defense. With the advent of high-flying offenses and arms like Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers, many teams have abandoned this style of play. Perhaps that is why the Chiefs’ run is so unexpected: We have simply forgotten that the oldschool method still works. Kansas City’s improbable run to the top has surprised analysts and thrilled fans, but only time will tell if the Chiefs’ strong start will conclude in a storybook ending. Nick Fedyk is a senior in the College. More Than a Game appears every Friday.
Men’s Soccer Georgetown vs. Villanova Friday, 2 p.m. Shaw Field
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Rutgers seems to be stronger than last year.
Swimming & Diving Head Coach Jamie Holder on the upcoming Big East Quad meet
Victories clinched in the fifth set by the volleyball team, which has played eight five-set matches.
GU Bolsters Roster, Hoyas Take On Depleted Ducks Preps forRichmond EVAN HOLLANDER Hoya Staff Writer
Just days before the season opener, Hoyas add three new players CAROLYN MAGUIRE Hoya Staff Writer
In an offseason characterized by personnel changes — player transfers and the resignation of the head coach — the roster for the Georgetown women’s basketball team underwent further changes Wednesday and Thursday. In the two days leading up to the team’s season opener in McDonough Arena against Richmond, Interim Head Coach Jim Lewis added three new players to the roster, increasing the number of players from 11 to 14. Seniors on the roster Kelly Comolli and Kelyn Freedman, both already student athletes for Georgetown, will join the women’s basketball team for this season. According to Lewis, Comolli and Freedman were added because of injuries. Comolli is also currently a senior captain on the tennis team. A four-year letterwinner for basketball in high school, Comolli graduated as the third leading scorer in program history. Freedman joins the basketball team already a decorated lacrosse player at Georgetown. A senior lacrosse captain, she is coming off a stellar junior season where she was named All-Big East First Team and All-South Region Sec-
ond Team. In addition to lacrosse, Freedman also played basketball and ran cross country in high school. She is her high school’s alltime leading scorer in basketball ,with 1,225 career points. “We’re most appreciative of the lacrosse and tennis programs and their respective coaches for the Georgetown spirit they have shown in allowing Kelly and Kelyn to help us,” Lewis said according to the Georgetown athletic website. Lewis made one final addition when he added Jasmine Motton to the roster on Thursday. Motton, a former manager and marketing assistant for the women’s basketball team, will add even more depth at guard for the Hoyas. In her final two seasons of high school, Motton averaged over 12 points a game, according to maxpreps.com. Tonight will also be the first game for Lewis at Georgetown, who was hired just two weeks ago following the resignation of former Head Coach Keith Brown and is eager to begin his coaching career on the Hilltop. “I feel like a kid in a candy shop — I am serious. But that is the way I would expect to feel coming in to a place like Georgetown, in my home area,” Lewis said. “There is a wonderful group of young women to work with and excellent coaches and supporting staff. I am not just saying that. It has been a terrific two weeks now. It is See RICHMOND, B7
It’s been a long seven months since Georgetown ended last season with an early ouster from the NCAA tournament. The final leg of the journey, though, was the longest. After making a nearly 7,000-mile trip in the middle of the week, the Hoyas begin the 2013-14 season tonight playing in the Armed Forces Classic, a nationally televised, oneof-a-kind game against No. 19 Oregon on Camp Humphreys, an American military base in Seoul, South Korea. With all the hype surrounding the game, Head Coach John Thompson III spent the days leading up to the trip emphasizing to his team that the 40 minutes of game time would be no different than any other contest this season. They obviously got the message. “This is a real game. This is a business trip,” senior forward Nate Lubick said. “It’s strange to have that as your first game, whether it’s the 15-hour flight or staying in army dorms, but we have to approach it like it’s a normal game.” It’s the second Asian trip in three years for the Hoyas, who travelled to China in a preseason exhibition trip before the 2011-12 season. And last year, Georgetown also opened the season on a military installation, although that Jacksonville, Fla. game against Florida was cancelled at halftime. Given that experience, the Hoyas seem to be taking the trip in stride. “We played in it last year,” senior guard Markel Starks said of the Armed Forces Classic, which honors members of the United States military. “With one or two new guys, it’s nothing. For
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“This is a business trip,” senior forward Nate Lubick said regarding the Hoyas’ trip to South Korea to play Oregon in the Armed Forces Classic. the veterans, this is nothing.” The Blue and Gray also face off tonight against an unusual opponent Pac-12 schools have been few and far between on Georgetown’s non-conference schedule in recent years. “We don’t get to play Pac-12 teams very often,” Lubick said. “They have a different style of team than you see in the rugged Big East.”
The Hoyas do get a leg up over the Ducks — whom they last faced in 2006 — with the addition of UCLA transfer Josh Smith. The big man, who was ruled eligible for the beginning of the season, dumped 15 points on Oregon in 2011. “I haven’t played a game since I can See OREGON, B7
GU Plays for First-Round Bye In Last Regular-Season Game ANDREW MAY Hoya Staff Writer
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From left to right: Executive Director of the NFL Players Association DeMaurice Smith, Director of Georgetown Lombardi Louis Weiner and NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver Cris Carter.
Event Raises Half-Million LAURA WAGNER Hoya Staff Writer
When NFL players make headlines for their off-the-field exploits, it’s usually bad news. On Saturday, however, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald garnered positive attention when he was awarded the NFL Players Association Georgetown Lombardi Award at the 27th Annual Lombardi Gala, the proceeds of which benefit the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. This is the second year that Georgetown has partnered with the NFLPA to present the award, which is given to a fig-
ure in sports whose life has been affected by cancer and is dedicated to promoting cancer research. The gala raises approximately one-fourth of the philanthropic funding for Georgetown Lombardi. The gala, held at the Washington Hilton, was well attended this year, with an estimated 1,000 people buying tickets priced at $500 each, raising approximately $500,000. “The ability to connect with extraordinary people like [Executive Director of the NFLPA] DeMaurice Smith and the NFLPA gives us greater visibility and brings awareness to our cause,” Louis Weiner, director of the
Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, said. This was Smith’s fourth year as an honorary co-chair of the event. “Any opportunity we have to bring a little bit of football to something that’s not football is a good thing,” Smith said. Though Fitzgerald was unable to attend the event in person, he sent a video message to those in attendance, thanking Georgetown Lombardi for the award and sharing his own story. “In 2003, I lost my mother to a long battle with breast cancer,” he said. “My goal is to See GALA, B6
With just one game remaining in the regular season, the Georgetown men’s soccer team’s postseason positioning is still up in the air. Friday’s home match against the Villanova Wildcats (8-8-1, 3-5-0 Big East) is the last of an 18-game schedule that began in August, but the final day of the season will determine No. 8 Georgetown’s Big East tournament schedule and opponents. Georgetown (12-4-1, 5-2-1 Big East) currently sits in third place in the Big East with 16 points, two behind second-place Xavier. In order to finish in one of the top two spots and earn a bye in the first round of the tournament, the Hoyas will need a win and help from around the conference. A loss by Xavier to Butler or a Marquette loss to DePaul, coupled with a win against Villanova, would secure the Hoyas at least second place. If both teams lose, then the Hoyas would earn the top spot in the Big East regular season with a win. If Xavier and Marquette both win or tie or if Friday’s match results in a tie or loss, then Georgetown will host a first round game in the tournament. “You have to win one less game [with a bye] against good teams. The silver lining of not having a bye is that it’s another game and another win, and from a big picture point of view, it strengthens your NCAA tournament position,” Head Coach Brian Wiese said. The Wildcats are not only coming off of a 1-0 loss to Xavier, but also lost close matches to Big East rivals Butler and Seton Hall. The stakes are high for Villanova, who needs not only a win over Georgetown but for both Butler and Seton Hall to lose this weekend in order to win a spot in the Big East tournament. On the other hand, Villanova has recorded impressive wins over St. John’s and No. 25 Creighton. Georgetown suffered a
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Sophomore forward Brandon Allen has 10 goals and three assists this season. tough loss to St. John’s, also facing elimination from tournament contention last Saturday, and will know not to underestimate teams near the bottom of the conference. “One of the hardest things to do is to end a season of a team and the careers of seniors,” Wiese said. “That’s what we dealt with against St. John’s. You have to be extra good to do that to a team.” The Villanova offense has scored 21 times this season, averaging more than a goal per game. These goals were recorded by 11 different players, and no single player has scored more than three this year. By See VILLANOVA, B6