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GUSA ENDORSEMENT The Hoya’s editorial board endorses Lloyd and Ramirez for executive.
GU fell to Towson 8-7 despite two late goals by Jeff Fountain. SPORTS, A12
Housing Rules Shift To Seniors
DINGELL RETIRES Veteran congressman John Dingell (D-Mich.) will not seek re-election.
SNAPSHOTS OF 4 A.M. While most of campus sleeps, some students find their solace.
Tezel Leads GUSA Race
With three days left, 28 percent still undecided
Selection process to favor seniors over juniors, eligibility will stay as is
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In an effort to make on-campus housing more enticing to seniors, the university has shifted the housing selection process to favor rising seniors over rising juniors and eliminate barriers to securing housing eligibility for seniors, the Office of Residential Living announced in an email to current freshmen and sophomores Tuesday. The university will implement these changes over the course of the next two years, and the changes will take full effect in the 20152016 academic year. In the new system, rising seniors will receive priority over rising juniors in the housing selection process — a reversal of the current rules — and rising seniors will all receive equal eligibility points, regardless of whether or not they study abroad in the fall of their junior year. Juniors will, however, retain an advantage in the initial eligibility application. Currently, rising seniors on campus for junior fall receive three housing points, and those who study abroad during that time receive four points. Juniors also receive four points. Beginning with the Class of 2016,
Trevor Tezel (SFS ’15) and Omika Jikaria (SFS ’15) are in the lead in the race for GUSA executive, with 26.6 percent of likely voters choosing their ticket, according to a door-todoor poll conducted by The Hoya on Sunday evening. Zach Singer (SFS ’15) and Dan Silkman (COL ’15) ranked in second place, with 18.8 percent of likely voters, and Ben Weiss (COL ’15) and Sam Greco (SFS ’15) came in third with 16.9 percent. Thomas Lloyd (SFS ’15) and Jimmy Ramirez (COL ’15) received 9.5 percent of the vote, and 28.2 percent of likely voters remained undecided. The poll sampled 772 students, 515 of whom identified as likely voters, and from whom this data was drawn. Of these 515 likely voters, 168 were freshmen, 151 were sophomores, 118 were juniors and 78 were seniors. “These numbers are encouraging and show that our message is really starting to resonate with Georgetown students,” Tezel said. “That being said, it’s clear that we’re going to have to move full steam ahead. This is
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POLL RESULTS Singer Tezel Lloyd & Silkman & Jikaria & Ramirez Weiss Undecided & Greco
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See the full breakdown of results from The Hoya’s GUSA poll on A6 and A7.
Campaign for SFS Study Young Alum Considers Congress Space Succeeds in ICC Suzanne Monyak Hoya Staff Writer
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After the School of Foreign Service Academic Council rallied support through Georgetown Roundtables, an online forum where Georgetown students can pitch their ideas, renovation plans regarding the Intercultural Center are underway. Renovations will include the addition of student study space similar to that found in Regents Hall and the Rafik B. Hariri Building. The SFSAC spearheaded these changes, believing the ICC Galleria to be a poorly designed space. “We call the ICC our home, but no one studies there. It also looks really bad for Georgetown in general and the SFS tours,” SFSAC President Kyle Zhu (SFS ’14) said. “We say, ‘This building is the building for the SFS,’ and then you see students sitting on the ground because there are no seating spaces. It’s just unsavory to look at.” The SFS Academic Council garnered support through its IdeaScale platform, which earned over 400 votes and strengthened the council’s proposal to the Office of the Provost.
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Proposed ICC renovations include new study-friendly furniture.
“It’s great for us because we were able to put numbers to interest,” Zhu said. The office had considered updating the ICC before the proposal’s inception, but it had not proceeded with this planning. After the SFSAC proposed renovating the ICC Galleria, the office expanded the idea to include adding study-friendly furniture to the elevator areas on the first and second floors. “They’ve talked to the furniture company that did Regents and MSB and are going to contract with them to put those types of furniture in the first two floors,” SFSAC Vice President Megan Murday (SFS ’15) said. Despite this collaboration, the project suffers from technical setbacks: Updating the building’s electricity and lighting will prove difficult. The ceiling is a skylight, which complicates hanging lights, and the concrete and brick floor needs to be taken apart in order to facilitate the addition of outlets. “In order to fix some of the issues in the ICC like lighting, soundproofing, acoustics, electrical work, that actually requires a look at the entirety of the ICC and seeing how you would change everything,” Zhu said. Procuring the desired furniture is also an issue since some fixtures include outlets. “If they want to get tables that are integrated with the electrical system, so tables have outlets, that also requires looking at it. It’s all related, it’s all intertwined. So it’s kind of like everything is dependent on each other. So you need all your ducks in a row before you can really have a conversation about it,” Zhu said. An engineering firm is currently exploring other alternatives, but the renovations remain stalled until these problems are resolved. Vice President for Planning and Facilities Management Robin Morey has confirmed that his department will support the changes. “We provide the planning, design and construction expertise for our clients.
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Twenty Georgetown alumni currently serve in Congress, 16 of whom were either elected or re-elected in the November 2012 election cycle. Nick Troiano (COL ’11, GRD ’13) is looking to join that group in 2014; though, at 24, he would stand out from his peers as Congress’ youngest representative. Troiano will become eligible to run upon his 25th birthday. Troiano announced Feb. 18 that he is exploring an independent, citizen-funded campaign in Pennsylvania’s 10th district, which has been represented since 2010 by Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.), who is seeking re-election in 2014. Should Troiano win, he would join the ranks of Rep. William C.C. Claiborne, a Democratic-Republican from Tennessee elected to Congress at the age of 22 in 1797 as one of the youngest congressmen in history. Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Fla.), 30, is the current youngest member of Congress. Troiano is a James Madison fellow with the Millenial Action Project, a nonprofit that supports young, bipartisan leaders in an effort to fight political gridlock. A former Republican, Troiano says on his campaign website that he decided to run for Congress as an independent after the government shutdown in October. Troiano hopes to become an advocate for millennials from the halls of Congress. “Our generation is drastically underrepresented,” Troiano told The Hoya. “Six percent of our Congress is under 40, and there are no 20-somethings serving. So I feel that not only is my potential candidacy important for a step toward political reform, but it’s also important to give some voice to a generation that doesn’t have one in politics.” Jeffry Burnam, a visiting professor in the department of government who taught Troiano several
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Nick Troiano (COL ’11, GRD ’13), at a 2013 rally for The Can Kicks Back, is exploring a congressional run for Pennsylvania’s 10th district. times and a man whom Troiano named as one of his inspirations for entering politics, agreed that Congress needs more youth representation. “The average age of a congressman is 60, which is grossly unrepresentative of the general population,” Burnam said. “I think there’s a thirst for new faces. I think that people are hungry for new ideas and now solutions; they’re tired of gridlock.” While 2008 saw a record high 49 percent of voter turnout for the younger generation, Troiano stressed the importance of young people involving themselves in politics beyond the ballot. “We may have voted in the most numbers ever — for example, in 2008 — but our Congress is steadily growing older and
older every year, largely because the people who are there are staying there longer and longer,” Troiano said. Troiano’s platform, which he described as “a post-partisan platform for generational equity,” centers on fiscal responsibility, economic mobility and environmental sustainability. Troiano hopes to establish an organization that would lend support to young people attempting to enter politics, inspired by EMILY’s List, a political action committee that supports pro-choice, Democratic women. “I think we need a similar organization just focused on young people to give them the encouragement and the tools,” Troiano See TROIANO, A8
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Vote Lloyd and Ramirez Georgetown students have two choices when it comes to their relationship with GUSA: engagement or apathy. As this brief election cycle comes to a close, we urge the former. Yet according to a poll conducted by The Hoya, 28.2 percent of likely voters remained undecided Sunday evening. Those voters as well as those who believe they have already made their choice should consider a ticket whose leadership has a track record of promoting engagement. We urge students to vote for Thomas Lloyd (SFS ’15) and Jimmy Ramirez (COL ’15) for the Georgetown University Student Association executive Thursday. We focused on each ticket’s platform in addition to candidates’ leadership styles and approach toward the office, criteria indicative of how the future GUSA administration will address unforeseen problems in the upcoming year. Leadership Lloyd is the type of leader we want in our corner. Relative to other candidates’ platforms, Lloyd and Ramirez’s platform offers strong advocacy to any and all who ask for it. They have shown skill in working with administrators. As resident assistants, both members of the ticket have been immersed in key issues facing GUSA, such as sexual assault policy. On the ground level, Lloyd and Ramirez have witnessed and shaped policy changes with the unique vantage point of seeing and reacting to nitty-gritty details of the policies that are at stake in this election. When questioned about the concern that their ticket has the least GUSA experience, both candidates pointed to the fact that even without years in GUSA, they are used to having more skin in the game when it comes to policy areas that GUSA traditionally handles. The GUSA president’s personal leadership is just as important as his platform, and we believe that Lloyd presents the best track record and potential for GUSA to effect change throughout the student body. Access to Benefits Discussion of unrecognized student groups’ access to benefits and campus space comprises a significant portion of this election’s debate. While all three platforms from Lloyd’s competitors share a common goal of easing restrictions on resources, none goes far enough in articulating a specific strategy to combat the status quo. Lloyd and Ramirez distinguish themselves yet again by proposing a “tiered system” that would extend some benefits and limited recognition to currently unrecognized groups. This middle ground, as they refer to it, is a more practical and plausible approach to a system unlikely to be completely reversed on first attempt. Lloyd has direct experience dealing with the ramifications of holding an event with unrecognized student group H*yas for Choice, and he knows firsthand the difficulties associated with leading a student group that often challenges Georgetown’s Catholic identity. His strategy holds the most promise of real revision in access to benefits. FREE SPEECH Most candidates address free speech at Georgetown, but only Lloyd and Ramirez have articulated precisely what they see as the current policy’s biggest flaw: the culture of “self-censorship” it engenders. Lloyd notes that, as a leader in GU Pride, he is bothered by campus advocates who suppress their own thoughts out of fear of university retribution. This hesitancy from campus activists represents a graver problem than the mere confusion over existing policies. Lloyd and Ramirez take a practical approach to reforming this tendency, focusing on how stu-
dent groups can better access university benefits and exercise their rights to free speech. Sexual Assault All four of this year’s tickets want to reform Georgetown’s sexual assault policy and procedure. Ben Weiss (COL ’15) and Trevor Tezel (SFS ’15) both serve on the Sexual Assault Working Group, and Zach Singer’s (SFS ’15) platform also addresses the need for reform. However, Lloyd and Ramirez’s approach to sexual assault excels in identifying specific ways to support survivors of sexual assault and to increase awareness of the issue beyond New Student Orientation training and “What’s a Hoya?” programming. The specificity of their proposals, which include the addition of a retaliation clause to protect survivors and changing administrative procedures for taking action against perpetrators, shows a thorough understanding of sexual assault policy and the meaning of consent as well as how Georgetown can take immediate action to improve its approach to the issue. STUDENT DISCIPLINE Every campaign platform in this year’s race devoted significant attention to student disciplinary procedures, offering proposals from amnesty to allowing drinking in freshmen dorms. We are confident that Lloyd and Ramirez are best equipped to address this topic, shown through their platform and experience as RAs. A strength of Lloyd and Ramirez’s platform is that it establishes a more just student disciplinary process without reducing the Code of Student Conduct’s ability to discourage reckless behavior. Their proposal to establish a fixed time limit for notifying students about violations of the code of conduct is one example of the pair’s levelheaded approach to reform. They propose increasing funding for the Student Advocacy Office by 50 percent while raising its profile among freshmen — the students who need it most — a move that reflects their experience with managing campus life.
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DIVERSITY Only Lloyd and Ramirez have an approach that connects institutional policy with the goal of uniting all students. Put simply, merely having a big campaign tent is insufficient. While other candidates suggest new bureaucracy — Tezel’s Multicultural Council initiative, for example — Lloyd and Ramirez have the most hands-on approach to promoting diversity within the ranks. In our discussion with Lloyd and Ramirez, both candidates admitted that they had no ability to fully understand the nuanced experience of what it is like to be each minority at Georgetown. But instead of holding a series of roundtable discussions or commissioning a new GUSA special office about diversity, Lloyd and Ramirez have demonstrated that — through serving as allies and including members of minority communities in their cabinet and staff — input from all facets of Georgetown’s diverse community can be included in every relevant conversation. In their comparatively small platform, Lloyd and Ramirez propose admirable and feasible ideas that strengthen their candidacy. Rather than presenting a pipe dream to persuade voters, the pair has identified the most important issues early on, letting voters know what to expect from them. Lloyd and Ramirez bring strong ideas to the table, but most importantly, they bring themselves. For this reason, students should cast their votes for Thomas and Jimmy on Feb. 27. Thomas Lloyd is a non-staff guest columnist for The Hoya this semester. His column has been suspended during the GUSA election campaign period.
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STI Treatment Simplified — The D.C. Council passed an act allowing doctors to prescribe treatment for the sexual partners of patients diagnosed with an STI without the partner having to come in for a formal diagnosis.
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CURIOUS BY NATURE
VIEWPOINT • Edel
Finding Love in the Midst of Ambition
Despite All Our What-Ifs I
am so tired. I’m stressed out, so I’m not sleeping well. I have the usual workload, plus the extra load from the snow. I am worried about hearing back from graduate school, how I’ll perform in classes, how I’ll meet my extracurricular commitments and how I’ll do all of that while staying fit. And those are just the challenges I can predict — then there are those variables that are so far removed we hardly ever consider them, like what if my parents lose their jobs, if my brother gets sick, if I get sick, if someone dies. It’s rare, but those types of tragedies happen. And those are total game changers I can’t even begin to control for. I know I’m not alone. It’s that point in the semester where we’re all a little burned out. I was going to write about the science behind the negative health effects of stress and sleeplessness, but I don’t think that would really help anyone. We’ve all heard it before or read it in the Stall Seat Journal. Instead, I’m going to tell you a story about someone who also had a hard time sleeping at one point in his life: Carl Zimmer. Many of you probably haven’t heard of him, but he’s one of my idols. He’s an accomplished science writer, a columnist for the New York Times, an author and a blogger. Carl Zimmer was also a college student once, and, like many of us, he fell in love; his partner’s name was Esther. They graduated and made their relationship work while they were apart before living together in New York. Like many of us, Esther had
We should not worry about the aspects of our lives we can’t control. plans to change the world, but something happened: Slowly, it became difficult for her to walk up the stairs. To get out of bed. To eat. Like many of us, Esther took her time in getting to the doctor’s office, but when she did she was diagnosed with a rare form of pancreatic cancer. She and Carl tried to keep their spirits up while he worked as a science writer, but, like all of us will eventually, Esther died. She was in her mid-20s. I don’t know how to grieve at this age, and I pray I won’t have to find out. So I don’t blame Zimmer for what he did next: He started thinking about his own death and other worstcase scenarios, and he started searching for them wherever he could. For a period he suffered from hypochondria where he was sure that he, too, would be diagnosed with some rare disease, and when all the tests came back negative, he looked for dangerous stories. Zimmer decided to report on parasites in South Sudan, and thanks to this experience he’s become an expert in the field. But South Sudan is not for the faint of heart: It plays host to vicious malaria and a sleeping sickness whose only cure is arsenic. It harbors organisms that make your body their home and that crawl through your veins into your eyes, causing blindness. And then there’s the political conflict: Guns and explosions take lives every day. One night in South Sudan, Zimmer also couldn’t sleep. He looked up through a ripped mosquito net and recognized that life’s too short to try to chance death all the time and worry about what may kill him eventually. After that, he came back to America and started turning his life around. Now, he has a family and a thriving career. From an outside perspective, he seems to be pretty happy. The reality is, bad things may happen along our way. But dwelling on the what-ifs won’t make them go away, and it won’t make it any better when they do pop up. Worrying has its place when there’s an aspect of life to be controlled, but if not, you’re better off letting go. If you’re always trying to plan for the bad surprises, you’ll miss the good ones. You have to wake up to the reality of our powerlessness, but also to the hope of all the good things that may come along our way instead. Katherine Foley is a senior in the School of Foreign Service. CURIOUS BY NATURE appears every other Tuesday.
he Wall Street Journal recently ran an op-ed by Susan Patton, who is infamous for a letter she wrote in The Daily Princetonian last year, in which she urged college women to stop focusing so much on their careers and to worry more about finding a husband. She argued — both in her oped and last year’s letter — that a woman’s real happiness comes from the man she marries, not her career. As time goes on, the competition for eligible, smart men will become steeper and steeper. Thus, we better get a jump on it now and catch these eligible men or else be doomed to a life of loneliness. Her piece is problematic. There’s the sexism and heteronormativity, but she also objectifies men in a strange way. Men — Princeton men, Georgetown men and those at other “elite” colleges — are prizes for women to lock down while they’re within our reach. If we focus on our careers, we’ll be in our 30s “competing” with much younger women for a shrinking pool of men. It’s also bizarre that she only focuses this attention on women; men are exempt from the rat race for a partner. But I don’t completely disagree with Patton. Somewhere, deep down below her retro sexism, she has a point. All of us — men and women, gay and straight — should not be singularly focused on our schoolwork and our careers, but, rather, we should focus on being happy. Your career alone is never going to bring you complete happiness. Instead, it’s about love. It may sound cliche, but there’s actually proof. In 1938, researchers at Harvard decided to follow 268 men from the Harvard Classes of 1938 to 1940 to see what made them happy, collecting information on their lives at regular intervals. Not
The most meaningful moments of my Georgetown career have been with the people I love. all of them came from privileged backgrounds, and, 76 years later, they ended up scattered throughout the socioeconomic ladder. The researchers found that while someone could have a lot of money, a good career and great physical health, he wasn’t happy unless he had love in his life. Love is actually all you need. The study also found that the benefits of love weren’t just reserved for romantic relationships, they also existed in platonic ones.
Too often, Georgetown students lose sight of this. Life becomes about GPAs, tests, internships, jobs and graduate school. Then, we squeeze intimacy into the moments in between. We schedule friendships between meetings. We connect with people for brief moments Saturday night only to ignore them Sunday morning. But people matter. Those you interact with every day are important and interesting, and if you only see them as acquaintances and hook
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ups on your way to corporate or political stardom, you’re missing out. There was a time I was deeply jealous of friends with better GPAs and more prestigious internships and extracurriculars than me. They would succeed and be happy, while I would fail. That was a silly way to think: I have so much more to offer the world than my GPA could ever reflect. The most meaningful moments of my Georgetown career have been with the people I love. They’ve been moments of true, soul-bearing connection. Sometimes that means not doing as much as the prototypical, always-busy Georgetown student. But love — romantic and platonic — is too essential to the human experience to be missed for things that honestly aren’t as important in the long run. Life isn’t about your “academic and professional goals” — at least, it’s not just about those things. It’s about the girl down the hall who becomes your best friend. It’s about the boy in your economics class who becomes your boyfriend. It’s about the friend who you swap secrets with in the middle of an allnighter. Making those connections requires opening up and investing time. Forgoing those experiences in exchange for “academic and professional goals” means missing out on some of the most important experiences of your college career. It’s missing out on life. Instead, embrace the people around you. Focus less on the things that seem to matter a lot now — GPAs, leadership positions, awards and honors — and cultivate relationships. Because love actually is all you need. Victoria Edel is a senior in the College. She is the former Online Editor of The Hoya.
THE CHURCH AND STATESMAN
Israeli Apartheid: More Can Christianity Still Than a Metaphor Bring Sexy Back?
sraeli Apartheid Week is an annual series of events devoted to raising awareness about Israeli apartheid and furthering the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and international trade and financial sanctions. Many question our use of the term “apartheid,” but it is more than a catchy metaphor. It is a literal comparison. “Apartheid” was broadly defined by the United Nations as a system of certain “inhumane acts committed for the purpose of establishing and maintaining domination by one racial group of persons over any other racial group of persons and systematically oppressing them.” For all the talk about the conflict and inequality between Israelis and Palestinians being about pride and religion, Israeli treatment of Palestinians is about one thing: racism — deeply ingrained, institutionalized and systematic. Israel was founded on a process of “ethnic cleansing” known as the Nakba, which entailed the violent expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their homes. In many cases, Jewish villages were built in their place. In many others, the land was left to simply grow into forests. Most of the land within Israel is still owned by either the government or the Jewish National Fund, which claims Israel as the “inalienable property of the Jewish people,” forcing Arabs to continue to face restrictions on leasing and ownership. Today, that trend extends to the West Bank and east Jerusalem, creating a large-scale fragmentation that mimics the Bantustans of South Africa under apartheid. Israeli settlements have broken the West Bank into isolated communities, connected by roads heavily restricted by Israeli military checkpoints. Similarly, east Jerusalem is isolated from other Palestinian communities. It is surrounded on all sides by Jewish settlements in addition to a racially biased municipal planning policy that places restrictions on Palestinian building and allows the government to confiscate land. But in addition to physical aspects, apartheid is a deliberate economic system. In South Africa, it allowed the white minority to exploit black African labor. For Israelis, Palestinians are a cheap, exploitable labor source as well, bound in economic dependence to their oppressor. In the West Bank, there is a permanently depressed economy and a lower minimum wage than in Israel. Many of these Palestinians work in settlements for Israeli manufacturers, or as day laborers within Israel, a process that entails its own humiliating commute through cage-like check-
points. The crippling economic situation in the West Bank is the intentional product of Israeli policy that denies Palestinians access to basic resources and freedom of movement. They are confined to controlled roads with checkpoints that make short drives take hours, while settlers travel on exclusive, unrestricted roads. They face extremely limited and unequal access to water, amounting to billions in losses for the West Bank economy. Palestinians’ agricultural resources, such as the olive trees grown by so many farmers, are regularly uprooted and destroyed by settlers without justification or punishment. Meanwhile, being Palestinian is essentially criminalized, creating a racist system of mass incarceration. Israel routinely employs administrative detention powers to indefinitely hold Palestinian prisoners without trial. In the West Bank, those who do see a judge are tried in military courts, including children, and anyone could be arrested for just about anything. Palestinians have no freedom of political organization or expression. In fact, it is illegal for them to even recognize their own suffering: A bill passed in 2011 makes commemorating the Nakba an offense worthy of imprisonment. Within Israel, Arabs are secondclass citizens, identified by race on government IDs, and not even as Palestinian, but as “Arab.” Access to jobs and social benefits is conferred through military service, which Palestinians forgo rather than serve in the Israeli military that routinely commits human rights violations against Palestinians. But nowhere is apartheid more shocking than in Gaza, where the U.N. description of apartheid as the “deliberate imposition on a racial group … of living conditions calculated to cause its or their physical destruction in whole or in part” is most explicitly embodied. Palestinians in Gaza live caged, like animals under siege, without the resources to support even clean water and sewage systems. All in the name of fighting “terrorism.” It is for all of these reasons that the boycott, divestment and sanctions call must be heeded. These very tactics have a precedent in South Africa, where racism and human rights violations went unpunished by international institutions for far too long. Israeli apartheid is real, and recognizing it is the first step to combatting it.
Within Israel, Arabs are considered second-class citizens.
LEILA SHEBARO is a junior in the School of Foreign Service. She is the president of Students for Justice in Palestine.
r. Collins, awkward apparently delighted to move and solemn, apologiz- on from the supposed awkwarding instead of attend- ness of Christianity, it seems a ing, and often moving wrong worthy topic of discussion as to without being aware of it, gave what drew this daughter of two her all the shame and misery ministers to leave. which a disagreeable partner for It is clear that Perry was torn a couple of dances can give. The between two suitors, but a closer moment of her release from him look at what each had to offer was ecstasy.” reveals that her decision was, Perhaps Elizabeth Bennet’s in reality, quite clear. On one sentiments in Jane Austen’s hand, she was drawn to Chris“Pride and Prejudice” are spe- tianity out of tradition. But her cifically directed at one graceless relationship with her faith was clergyman, but they likely mir- deteriorating; Christianity is sulror thoughts that cross many len and incredibly needy. The opChristians’ minds today. tion of following her semi-atheA faith that once brought ist friends in Hollywood offered communities together for mo- a spiritually laissez-faire option ments of spiriembodied by fun, tual and civic gorgeous people. unity is quickly And to make becoming impomatters worse, tent and irreleher needy first vant. Crippled by option seemed internal fights, more interested Christians vacilin criticizing her late between infun friends than correctness and offering anything Tim Rosenberger apologies. For meaningful to Christians trying her. to apply their beShe faced the Christians are forced liefs practically choice between to accept uninspiring something that in the world, the church brings people into the clergy. demanded her them embarrasssubservience and ment rather than empower- — quite literally — a crowd of enment. tertainers. Given this stark conChristianity has become as trast, who could blame Perry for charmless and unappealing as choosing the ecstasy of freedom Austen’s William Collins, and over the drudgery of devotion? has done so for many of the Despite the crumbling of our same reasons. “Awkward and current expression of Christiansolemn” would be precisely how ity, the world has not outgrown someone coming from outside faith. Perry says she is looking the Christian community would for spiritual truth, and if Chrisdescribe traditionalist services. tians could offer it, perhaps Steeped in inaccessible ritual many others might join the fold. and convention, these services Perry says she is still searching only alienate people seeking and questioning — still looking truth from Christian sources. for a transcendent spiritual abTo be honest, our answers to solute. “how to live a good and upright Christianity should be, in a life” are confusing and contra- word, sexy. Christina Rossetti dictory. We provide tired tradi- wrote some of the most romantion rather than a paradigm of tically charged poetry ever writabsolute truth. Collins, though ten while struggling with love a well-remunerated placeholder, and faith. Much of the best mulacks intellectual heft or cultur- sic across history has been writal taste. He runs from and con- ten as a celebration of God. A demns the culture of the world healthy, vibrant faith can bring while demanding more mone- out the best virtues of the arts tary contributions from his fam- and mind. ily and parishioners. The best intellect and talent How different is today’s of our day should be embraced church from Collins’? We strug- and channeled toward the pracgle to cajole the best and bright- tical application of Christianest into declaring professional ity. Until we can embrace the religious allegiance and are fiery, brash, beautiful people of forced to accept less talented in- today’s world, the increasingly dividuals into the clergy. We are bland mass of Christianity will simultaneously losing beauty bumble just like the hapless Mr. and becoming more materialis- Collins. tic. So who was surprised when Tim Rosenberger is a sophopop sensation Katy Perry admit- more in the College. THE CHURCH ted that she no longer identifies AND STATESMAN appears every as a Christian? While Perry was other Tuesday.
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UMD Cyberattack Rugby Fundraises for Vets Draws Focus to UIS HANNAH POST
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As area universities fall victim to sophisticated cyberattacks, the University Information Security Office at Georgetown remains vigilant in its attempts to combat the 2.4 million attempted intrusions Georgetown’s network faces a day. “The entire environment of cyberattacks against higher education has just simply changed. No longer sort of this lone wolf creating nuisances or viruses, it really is sophisticated, foreign, governmentsponsored and organized crime rings that are now focusing their attention on colleges and universities,” Deputy Chief Information Officer Judd Nicholson said. While 28.3 percent of the attacks are based domestically, an additional 14 percent come from China and 6.4 percent from Russia, according to Georgetown statistics. The University of Maryland was the latest school to be targeted, after a cyberattack Wednesday compromised the personal records of more than 300,000 students, faculty and staff on its College Park and Shady Grove campuses. The database holds information dating back to 1998. The database breached contained names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth and university identification numbers, but no financial, health, academic or contact information. “I am truly sorry. Computer and data security are a very high priority of our university. … We recently doubled the number of our IT security engineers and analysts. We also doubled our investment in top-end security tools. Obviously, we need to do more and better, and we will,” University of Maryland-College Park President Wallace D. Loh wrote in a press statement Wednesday. The incident coincided with the recent implementation of mandatory bi-annual password changes for all Georgetown students, faculty and staff. In an email Wednesday, Chief Information Officer Lisa Davis wrote that the change was spurred by “increasingly sophisticated phishing and cyberattacks” on Georgetown and other universities. “We’re just such attractive targets because we have so much data, so many different kinds. It’s kind of one-stop shopping from the point of view of the hacker,” Associate University Information Security Of-
ficer Judith House said. According to Nicholson, hackers are attracted not only by personal information, but also by research information and potential information about intellectual property. Nicholson believes the recent attack at U-Md. resemble the phishing attacks on Georgetown students, faculty and staff in deliberateness and complexity. Nicholson emphasized the value of risk management and improved practices and procedures for dealing with more advanced threats in maintaining a “balance between openness and security” at Georgetown. Over the past two years, the university has been mitigating risk through the ongoing monitoring of university systems and networks, regular security reviews, system evaluation and analysis. “It is about risk management, so we do various things here in UIS to really protect the data of the institution. So, on-going monitoring of our systems and our networks. We do regular security reviews so that we can know where the risks are, and we can then proactively mitigate those. So, I think in this case, understanding the risks and then putting in place the best practices and procedures to protect our environment is really our goal right now,” Nicholson said. The new bi-annual password has been met with a less than enthusiastic response from students. Christine Kalpin (SFS ’16) saw the change as a mark of inefficiency on the part of university administration. “I’ve gotten so many spam things, and I feel like they tell me to change the password so many times, so I feel like they need to increase whatever they’re doing, try better measures of combating this,” Kalpin said. Nevertheless, administrators expressed confidence in the policy as one way to reduce the risk of attack. “Every computer and every device is an entry point to our network and the best protection is for us to do the pain-in-the-neck things that are securing our passwords. … I do understand that it’s a nuisance, but we really need you to be our partner on this,” House said. In response to the breach at U-Md., House also encouraged students not to click on links in emails, share personal information over phone, email or text and to delete texts from unfamiliar numbers or names.
The Georgetown University Rugby Football Club raised $6,000 for Dog Tag Bakery, a nonprofit organization aimed at enabling disabled veterans through entrepreneurship, with an intrasquad round-robin tournament on Friday. The idea for the fundraiser started a few years ago, when former GURFC President Robert Rosa (COL ’14), as a sophomore, took a class taught by bakery founder Fr. Richard Curry, S.J. Curry approached Rosa and the men’s rugby team this past May and asked to plan an event. Curry came up with the idea of the Georgetown bakery, located just off of Wisconsin Avenue on Grace Street, in 2011 as an effort to help veterans and their families get back on their feet by working at the bakery. According to Dog Tag Bakery Chief Operating Officer Meghan Ogilvie, 35 years of working closely with veterans has prepared Curry for this venture. “It’s a work-study program for veterans with disabilities and their spouses. The idea is that they go through a tailor-made program in the School of Continuing Studies in entrepreneurship and small business and communication, and then they work in our bakery so they get the experience of what it is to run a business or start it,” Ogilvie said. The first employee was hired in 2012, and the bakery, although still under construction, looks to launch this summer and start its program by employing 10 to 12 veterans. Rosa said the fundraiser, which was finalized in November, spoke to the Jesuit values of the university. “I wanted to do this because Father Curry has helped so many people and doesn’t ask for anything in return, so we really wanted to give back to him. It was for the veterans, but it was also for him because he’s such an incredible person who has helped so many,” Rosa said. The team absorbed associated costs to ensure that all ticket sales went to the bakery. “Any of the costs that we had to pay for referees and things we just kind of took on ourselves, so all the ticket sales and donations went directly to the bakery and the vets,” Rosa said. In order to create the teams, the rugby captain and President Alex Skarzynski (SFS ’15), rugby captain Conor Shea (MSB ’15), former President Rosa and captain Jack Sheridan (COL ’14) drafted from the roster. “We went up and down through our players and just drafted the teams, it was pretty subjective. We
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Adam Mortillaro (COL ’13) helped sell concessions to beneﬁt Dog Tag Bakery at the men’s rugby fundraiser at MultiSport Facility on Friday. wanted it to be random,” Shea said. The four teams played a roundrobin format, with no clear winner, but Skarzyinski’s team held the best record of 3-0-1. Shea noted that the fundraiser was a great way for the entire team to get more experience in the game of sevens, as most rugby games require 15 players. “We are definitely going to do it again next year because it raised a lot of money, and it was a really good time,” Shea said. “It was really good experience for a lot of the new guys who hadn’t had a game yet this season. Sevens is more ball-handling and passing-related compared to 15s, so they learned a lot more of the fundamentals and got more experience.” In addition to the games, the Georgetown University Grilling Society contributed burgers to the cause. Rosa hopes that the event, which attracted over 100 people, will be even larger and more suc-
cessful in the coming years. “My idea in setting it up this year was to lay the ground work. Next year, my hope is that other teams will come and play, like GW and American,” Rosa said. Although Rosa is graduating, the underclassmen on the team hope to carry out the tradition and cultivate the success of such fundraising tournaments. “As a freshman, it was a really fun event. I’m excited that it’s going to become an annual thing because it will only become more successful, so I’m excited to be here to make it grow,” Michael Hosbein (NHS ’17) said. “All of the guys were really on board just because of what the cause was. It was just a very small thing we can do for these men and women who are willing to sacrifice everything, a small showing of our gratitude for these heroes who have given everything for our country,” Rosa said.
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Student Groups, Leaders Dingell Departs Congress Endorse GUSA Tickets Madison Ashley Hoya Staff Writer
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All but one of the four campaign tickets running in the 2014 Georgetown University Student Association executive election received endorsements from student organizations, although all have received significant support from individuals across campus. Last year, 15 student groups officially endorsed candidates, overall, compared to this year’s nine. However, 10 of those 15 groups declined to endorse a ticket this year. Trevor Tezel (SFS ’15) and Omika Jikaria (SFS ’15) received endorsements from Hoyas for Immigrant Rights, Club Boxing, the Secular Student Alliance and the Graduate Student Organization, while Thomas Lloyd (SFS ’15) and Jimmy Ramirez (COL ’15) received endorsements from The Georgetown Voice, GU Pride and Cristo Rey Tutoring. Zach Singer (SFS ’15) and Dan Silkman (COL ’15) have received official support from the College Academic Council. At this moment, no student groups are publically endorsing the ticket of Ben Weiss (COL ’15) and Sam Greco (SFS ’15), although several individual student leaders have supported their campaign. Hoyas for Immigrant Rights voiced its support for Tezel and Jikaria’s campaign largely due to hopes for greater representation in GUSA and increased institutional support to address the needs of undocumented students, according to treasurer Chris Wager (SFS ’17). According to Secular Student Alliance President Dennis Mai (COL ’15), Tezel and Jikaria are best equipped to assist student groups in advocatin against administrative bureaucratic policies, like those concerning room reservations. The SSA also identified with the ticket’s emphasis on free speech. Additionally, the Graduate Student Organization, GUSA’s equivalent body for the Georgetown graduate student population, endorsed Tezel and Omika’s campaign. According to GSO President Samuel Osea, (COL ’12, GRD ’14), Tezel reached out directly to him to discuss how the groups could work better together if he is elected, an action that prompted Osea to make the first ever endorsement of an undergraduate candidate in the group’s history. “All these candidates have a vision, a mission of what they want to do with GUSA, but Trevor is the only one who reached out to us,” Osea said. “I think that was really proactive of him and really speaks to his character as a leader.” According to Club Boxing President Adan Gonzalez (COL ’15), Tezel and Jikaria give voice to a range of students. “Our club has members from 23 countries; we are the most diverse club on campus and proud of it. Trevor and Omika’s multicultural council gives us a voice in the GUSA system that does not exist. They are leading with a plan, not just lip service by saying ‘we support pluralism,’” Gonzalez said. In addition to groups, Tezel also received the support of Alex Cave (COL ’15), who served as Chair of the GU College Republicans when Tezel served as chair of GU College Democrats. “I’m supporting Trevor and Omika because there’s nobody I’d trust more to advocate tirelessly on students’ behalf and achieve results,” Cave said. Tezel expressed appreciation for the variety of groups and individuals that are supporting his campaign. “We feel that the diversity of groups and individuals that have endorsed our ticket show that we have a platform to address a wide variety of student interests at Georgetown,” Tezel said. “Groups like HFIR and GSO have never endorsed in GUSA elections before, and we’re proud that our inclusive approach to GUSA is reflected in these endorsements.” Lloyd and Ramirez received endorsements from several student groups, including GU Pride, of which Lloyd is currently president. Additionally, The Georgetown Voice’s editorial board released an editorial Feb. 20 expressing support for the Lloyd and Ramirez ticket, citing their commitment to representing the entire student populace. The Hoya’s editorial board also endorsed the ticket Feb. 25. GU Pride released its endorsement, written by Trans* Representative Lexi Dever (COL ’16). “Having directly benefitted from Thomas Lloyd’s leadership and abilities to advocate for our community at Georgetown, we see how passionate he is about serving marginalized communities and how effective he is at communication solutions,” the statement read. Cristo Rey Tutoring highlighted the ticket’s attention to service and community outreach, as well as their desire to expand the Community-
Based Learning program. Lloyd noted that the groups who have voiced their support for his ticket embody the priorities he is seeking to emphasize as a campus leader. “So far, these endorsements point to our bona fides on change making, diversity, advocacy and social justice priorities,” Lloyd said. Singer and Silkman received the official endorsement of the College Academic Council, of which Silkman currently serves as Treasurer. According to CAC Vice President Parnia Zahedi (COL ’15), Silkman’s work as a member of the organization prompted their endorsement of his campaign for GUSA executive. “Through his role as treasurer and three years on the College Academic Council, Dan Silkman has shown his dedication to the Georgetown student body,” Zahedi, who is involved in the Singer-Silkman campaign, said.“This is seen through his work with administrators to voice student concern regarding on-campus printing options and efforts to create a dialogue between the College Academic Council and the GUSA branch of academic affairs, among other initiatives.” Singer believes the CAC endorsement brings credibility for academic changes and influence to the ticket. “One big issue that comes up, especially recently, is that the provost’s decisions obviously have to do with academics, so the fact that the College Academic Council, the largest college of the four, endorsed us, shows that our vision … is something they agreed would be effective,” Singer said. Individual supporters of Singer and Silkman are confident in the diverse student experience the ticket brings to GUSA. “I think they represent exactly what GUSA needs right now, a great combination of student groups and GUSA experience. Dan has been involved in every club I think I’ve ever joined at Georgetown, from New South residence hall council, to Relay and [New Student Orientation] to Blue and Gray,” Mara Kelley (COL ’15) said.“He really understands student groups and understands their needs, and I think Zach has the GUSA experience that is also so necessary. I think together they have a great connection with the campus and the students and also have a great idea about the future and aren’t afraid to vocalize it.” While the Weiss and Greco campaign does not have the official support of any student groups on campus, the campaign released a statement emphasizing their desire to appeal to individual voters rather than larger organizations. “The Ben and Sam campaign has not actively sought the endorsement of student organizations, preferring to connect with voters on an individual level, rather than assume that common membership in a particular group means votes from group members will be the same,” the statement said. “We are, however, proud to have the support of student leaders from diverse groups across campus.” Individuals who support Weiss and Greco include club golf vice captain and Georgetown Speechwriting Advisory Group President Will Simons (COL ’16). “I’m supporting Ben and Sam because I believe that not only are they the most qualified candidates, I believe they have the best platform and the best approach to solving Georgetown’s problems,” Simons said. “I really do believe that Ben and Sam’s vision for Georgetown and where they want to take GUSA will be the most beneficial to students and will help students, as our social media campaign has said, achieve theirs.” GUSA Senator and Vice Chair of the Committee on Intellectual Life Ken Nunnenkamp (MSB ’16) expressed similar sentiments, and particularly commended Weiss and Greco for their realistic ambitions. “When I looked at the platforms this year, I was surprised by how much I really felt myself caring about it, I was like ‘this is something that is really effective, this is change that could really happen,’” Nunnenkamp said. “Ben and Sam are not guys who have their heads in the clouds, they’re guys who want to see real change.” Former vice presidential candidate and former College Republicans Chair Maggie Cleary (COL ’14) also expressed her support for the ticket. “As someone who is one of the only two-year veterans of the GUSA executive elections, I’d like to offer my endorsement for Ben and Sam. I’ve known Sam Greco since his freshmen year, and I have worked with him extensively during the past three GUSA campaigns,” Cleary said. “I have never met anyone on the Hilltop as effective as Greco. He is determined, hard-working, and knows the issues. I recently got to know Ben, and I’ve been very impressed with him.”
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Representative John Dingell (D-Mich.) (C ’49, LAW ’52), the longest-serving congressman in history, announced Monday that he would not seek re-election in the fall amid increasingly severe Congressional partisanship. Dingell, 87, was no stranger to political life. The congressman was first elected to his seat in 1955, succeeding his late father, John D. Dingell Sr., who had held the seat since 1933. Having served in Congress for 58 consecutive years, Dingell is not only the longest-serving congressman, but also the longest serving dean of the House of Representatives and Michigan congressional delegation, respectively. Serving under 11 presidencies from Eisenhower through Obama, Dingell never shied away from asserting his position. While the congressman supported fellow Democrat and President Lyndon B. Johnson’s civil rights bills, he opposed amendments to the bill that called for mandatory busing in Detroit. The congressman also made news in April 2006 when, alongside 10 other congressmen, Dingell unsuccessfully challenged the constitutionality of President George W. Bush’s Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 in U.S. District Court. The congressman’s ties with Georgetown run deep — he attended Georgetown Preparatory and went on to earn both a bachelor’s degree in chemistry
and a Juris Doctor from the university. Georgetown President John J. DeGioia expressed his appreciation for Dingell’s service in a statement Monday. “Through his decades of public service, and his thoughtful, careful leadership, Congressman Dingell has represented the very best of our Georgetown tradition. His longevity of service is a testament to his extraordinary dedication to his constituents and our nation,” DeGoia said. The feeling was mutual, as Dingell expressed his appreciation for the values he learned at the university in a 2013 statement to The Hoya. “Georgetown and the Jesuits gave me a great gift. They taught me about values, how to think and reason, and so much more that has benefitted me throughout my whole life. Simply put, Georgetown helped prepare me to become the man that I am,” Dingell wrote. During his time in Congress, Dingell served as Chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee and as a strong proponent of gun rights and organized labor. Dingell was noted among colleagues for beginning each Congressional term by presenting the same national health insurance bill that his father had proposed during his tenure. Entering a Congressional landscape shaped by desegregation and the post-World War II communist scare sweeping Congress, Dingell is one of a number of veteran congress-
men leaving the legislature amid cries of increasing partisanship. “I find serving in the House to be obnoxious. It’s become very hard because of the acrimony and bitterness, both in Congress and in the streets,” Dingell said at a luncheon Monday. While no challengers to Dingell’s seat have emerged in the day since the congressman’s announcement, eyes are currently trained on former General Motors executive and Dingell’s wife of 38 years, Debbie Dingell. Dingell’s constituents expressed that the congressman’s experience lent him a profound understanding of the workings of the American political system. “I think that he was a good congressman because he was so experienced, and the important thing about having experienced congresspersons is that they know how to compromise and they know a lot about how the system works,” University of Chicago student and Ann Arbor, Mich. native Mari Cohen said. Carolyn Gearig, a freshman at the University of Michigan from Troy, Mich. echoed Cohen’s remarks, noting that Dingell’s lengthy tenure reflected well on his work in Congress. “It means that we voted in a good guy who obviously did a good enough job for a really long time, so it’s a good thing that shows political stability. It’s also nice to have change and progress in our state leadership,” Gearig said.
Candidates Propose Budgets Matt Gregory Hoya Staff Writer
Candidates for the 2014 Georgetown University Student Association election have submitted their proposed administrative budgets for the upcoming year. These budgets illustrate similar fiscal plans among the different campaigns regarding aspects of GUSA responsibility, although, in some instances, candidates have chosen to allocate sums of money to fund unique initiatives. Presidential hopeful Ben Weiss (COL ’15) and his running mate Sam Greco (SFS ’15) requested $49,500 in university funding, the most of any ticket. This was followed by Trevor Tezel (SFS ’15) and Omika Jikaria (SFS ’15), who asked for $44,800, and Thomas Lloyd (SFS ’15) and Jimmy Ramirez (COL ’15), whose budget called for $43,600 in spending. Zach Singer (SFS ’15) and Dan Silkman (COL ’15) requested the least amount of money, asking for $39,800 in funding. Last year, the current executive pair of Nate Tisa (SFS ’14) and Adam Ramadan (SFS ’14) called for $44,600 in their proposed budgets. Tisa justified the slightly increased budget proposals of the running candidates. “All four [candidates] budgets are slightly larger than past years’, which seems appropriate. As GUSA continues to grow, it makes sense that our budget also exhibits responsible growth,” Tisa said. Even though much of GUSA funding is discretionary, all candidate teams are required to allocate $14,000 for Collegiate Readership, which provides copies of The New York Times, The Washington Post and USA Today in selected locations across campus. All candidates have chosen to allocate $1,500 toward the Georgetown University Farmers Market, which is held on Copley Lawn during the spring and fall. Additionally, Tezel requested $20,000 for the GUSA Fund, Weiss’ and Singer’s budgets called for $15,000 for the fund, while Lloyd’s proposal asked for only $12,000 to fulfill this purpose. On all budgetary proposals, the GUSA Fund occupies the largest non-mandatory allocation for the campaign. “The GUSA Fund has been a huge help in co-sponsoring dozens of group events and individual initiatives. Right now it receives $15,000, but we think its performance has justified more,” Tisa said. Weiss and Greco’s budget, in addition to including standard items like $2,000 in executive discretionary funding, also includes some unique proposals, including paying $1,500 for the implementation of a “Food Truck Friday,” $2,500 for a dedicated community service day
and $1,000 for the inception and development of Encyclopedia Georgiopolitanica, which according to the platform website will be an “encyclopedia detailing the history of Georgetown’s students, student life and student organizations.” The Georgetown-centric encyclopedia is just one of Weiss and Greco’s planned innovations. Their campaign also aims to allocate $5,000 towards the creation of a new Georgetown website, hoyalife.com, that would serve as a central location for various services, including a place for study room reservations, an events calendar and job listings. “Ben and Sam will work to create hoyalife.com, the ultimate website for every student service at Georgetown,” Weiss and Greco’s platform states. “Altogether, hoyalife.com will finally unite all those disparate student services in one, easily accessible service.” Lloyd and Ramirez’s budget most notably allocates $4,500 toward the “What’s a Hoya?” program, an orientation initiative designed to introduce freshman to university values and opportunities. Under their platform, the current program would be expanded
$2,000 in the budget will go to support these events, organized and executed by other groups.” Singer and Silkman’s budget also sets aside $1,000 for the Leadership Fund, an institution designed to provide financial support to students seeking to run for various elected positions on campus, and dedicates $2,000 to an “Innovation Fund,” which will provide financial resources for unanticipated projects that develop throughout the year. In addition, their budget allocates $500 for a research symposium and $1,300 for the GUSA senate to use as discretionary funding. Tezel and Jikaria’s budget allocates $2,000 to the reinstitution of TurboVote, an online program designed to enroll Georgetown students as voters in national, state and local elections. The program was instituted under the administration of Clara Gustafson (SFS ’13) and Vail Kohnert-Yount (SFS ’13), but was not included last year under Tisa and Ramadan. The pair’s budget also requests funds for an undergraduate research symposium, the “RU Ready” sexual assault prevention initiative, an initiative paying for students to go out for coffee with professors called “ProfCoff” and the conduction of a report on university accessibility, designed to prompt a reconsideration of the university’s disability policy. Another notable difference in Tezel’s Nate TISA (SFS ’14) budget is its lack of GUSA President any funding to the to encompass different events Student Advocacy Office. Lloyd’s promoting particularly ben- campaign has pledged $750 to eficial messages or causes for this organization, which lobstudents. This initiative would bies on the behalf of students “allow student groups to have charged with disciplinary viotheir events branded by GUSA lations, and Weiss and Singer as ‘What’s A Hoya?’ events,” both plan to provide the SAO Lloyd and Ramirez’s platform with $500. states. “These events will talk The SAO, which is officially critically about safety, diversity a part of the GUSA executive, and social justice.” will not endorse a particular In addition, Lloyd and candidate. However, organizaRamirez seek to promote sus- tional advocates are free to work tainability projects on campus, with and support whoever they improve accessibility and hold please. SAO co-Director Ben Manan art fair and showcase, sup- zione (SFS ’15) said that funding porting each of these initia- is not essential to maintaining tives with a proposed $1,500 their services. fund allocation. Lloyd’s ticket is “I appreciate all of the supalso requesting $2,250 to make port the SAO has gotten from improvements to Georgetown all of the tickets. An increasing athletic facilities, including in funding wouldn’t necessarily the renovation of North Kehoe help. The main reason the SAO Field and the refurbishment of has been successful has been currently underutilized spaces, because of the dedication of such as Harbin Patio. our advocates and the partnerSinger and Silkman’s cam- ships we have formed with the paign also specifically allocates administration, allowing us to funding to expand the “What’s advocate for change,” Manzione a Hoya?” program, although said. “The university has comtheir proposal only asks for mitted itself to the success of the $2,000 for this purpose. SAO, so the increase of in fund“By expanding ‘What’s A ing is not essential.” Hoya?’ to partner with more According to Tisa, the actual groups and offer new and ad- administrative budget ended up ditional types of programming, being less than the proposal, afGUSA will help expose fresh- ter the GUSA Finance and Appromen to new perspectives,” Sing- priations Committee made cuts, er and Silkman wrote in a cam- although specific figures were paign statement. “Much of the not available as of press time.
“As GUSA continues to grow, it makes sense that our budget also exhibits responsible growth.”
2014 GUSA Poll
Feb. 23 door-to-do
STATE OF THE RACE
Who do you plan to vote for in the GUSA executive election? 515 likely voters of 772 polled
Trevor Tezel & Omika Jikaria
Zach Singer & Dan Silkman
Ben Weiss & Sam
28.2% Undecided 35.1%
Who do you think is the frontrunner? 673 responses While Trevor Tezel leads among likely voters, 35.1 percent of students polled believe that Zach Singer is the frontrunner in the race. Ben Weiss is perceived to be in the lead by 29.4 percent of respondents, and Tezel ranks third, with only 26.6 percent of students polled believing him to be in first place. This question did not include an option for “no response,” so respondents include students both likely and unlikely to vote.
GUSA’S ROLE ON CAMPUS
Do you approve or disapprove of the job Nate Tisa and Adam Ramadan are doing as GUSA executives?
How closely are you following the GUSA election? 769 responses 34.1%
35.4 percent of students approve of Nate Tisa and Adam Ramadan’s job as GUSA executives, while 4.4 percent disapprove and 60.2 percent were unsure. Last year, 45 percent approved of the performance of GUSA executives Clara Gustafson and Vail Kohnert-Yount, and 4 percent disapproved. 51 percent responded “no opinion.”
ATTENTION PAID TO GUSA
Not closely at all
Not very closely
Very closely PERCENTAGE OF RESPONDENTS
When it comes to campus life, how relevant do you think GUS 769 responses
RELEVANCE OF GUSA
Not very relevant
Not relevant at all
Very relevant PERCENTAGE OF RESPONDENTS
FEBRUARY 25, 2014
Poll Shows Gender Gap in Singer, Tezel Supporters
oor survey by The Hoya
POLL, from A1
9.5% Thomas Lloyd & Jimmy Ramirez
going to be an incredibly close election.” “The fact that Trevor’s in first is to be expected; he’s been running for the longest amount of time and of all the candidates has the most ingrained support,” Singer said. “The fact that we’re pretty close shows that there are a lot of great candidates out there talking about the issues.” While Tezel led the poll when respondents were asked, “Who do you plan to vote for?” many students thought that Singer would be in the lead. When asked, “Who do you think is the frontrunner in the race?” 35.1 percent of all respondents — not just likely voters — answered Singer and Silkman. Weiss and Greco were seen as the frontrunner by 29.4 percent of respondents, and Tezel and Jikaria were seen as the frontrunner by 26.6 percent. “I think that comes from the good presence Dan and I have built over two and a half years on campus. Talking to a lot of people, this was a pretty good team we’re putting together — respect for that, respect for the ticket we can bring together, that’s where the frontrunner status comes from,” Singer said. “As GUSA chief of staff, I think it comes with the territory as well. We’ll see how that plays out — now people have seen our name for a while, and hopefully it’ll turn into votes.” Tezel suspected Singer’s status as the perceived frontrunner stemmed from his platform. “I think that probably speaks to the platform from which Zach and Dan are running. They’re certainly trying to run as the candidate of the GUSA institution of the current administration. That kind of approach might give students that idea,” Tezel said. “However, I’m reassured by these results because it shows that regardless of what students expect the next GUSA administration to look like, they have a very clear idea what they want. What they want is going to be the results we see on election day.” Weiss was surprised by his own results in this category. “I’m very surprised we had a high number of people assume we’re the frontrunners,” Weiss said. “I hope over the next few days I can convince a few of those people we are the right choice to lead the student body next year.”
The poll also revealed a gender gap between Singer’s and Tezel’s supporters. Among likely female voters, Tezel received 31.3 percent of the vote while Singer received 14.4 percent of the likely female vote. Conversely, Singer received 24.8 percent of the vote among likely male voters, while Tezel took 20.7 percent among men likely to vote. “I think a lot’s been made of Omika being the only woman in the field over the last couple of days. News coverage, it’s painted the other candidates in a light that’s a little different. There’s a lot more women on our campaign team. … It’s not from a lack of women on our team,” Singer said. “With a 10-point spread, I think it’s fair to say there’s a gender gap. Ideally we’d seek to narrow that spread a little bit.” “I think a breakdown like that might in some ways speak to the effort on the part of our ticket, not just in Omika’s gender, but in the policies we’re supporting and the way we’re going about doing that, so that appeals to female voters,” Tezel said. “I don’t think you could entirely contribute that gender gap to the fact that we have a female on our ticket, while at the same time I don’t think you can ignore that fact.” Lloyd, who is president of GU Pride, led among voters who identified as LGBTQ, with 36.7 percent of the vote. However, the sample size for this category was small, with only 42 LGBTQ respondents and 30 who identified as likely voters. “I would expect to be in the first or second choice of the vast majority of LGBTQ folks on campus,” Lloyd said. Lloyd and Weiss also responded to their respective positions in these results. “It’s pretty much what I was expecting,” Weiss said. “This is one of the more competitive races I remember. Both Trevor and Omika and Zach and Dan have run incredible campaigns. I’m pretty happy we’re right there with them, from what I can tell.” “Obviously it’s disappointing to us,” Lloyd said. “On one hand, Jimmy and I were the last ticket to assemble — we had the slowest ground game coming out of the gate. The last few days are the time to turn some of those undecided voters. With The Voice endorsement and my performance in the debate, we look forward to picking off parts of the other tickets in other rounds of voting.”
DEMOGRAPHICS Lloyd Singer & Ramirez & Silkman
Tezel & Jikaria
Weiss Undecided & Greco
Race White 337 likely voters
African-American 32 likely voters
Hispanic/Latino 39 likely voters
Asian 72 likely voters
American Indian 1 likely voter
More than one 31 likely voters
The Hoya conducted a campus-wide, door-to-door poll of Georgetown students Sunday night in advance of the Georgetown University Student Association executive election Wednesday, Feb. 26 to Thursday, Feb. 27. Although the polling method is not scientific, it was designed to reduce sample bias and provide transparency on demographics. More than 20 Hoya staff members administered the anonymous survey Sunday evening in all 15 campus dormitories and apartment buildings and on five streets in Burleith and west Georgetown selected for their high proportion of student residences. Polling began at 8 p.m. and was completed by 9:30 p.m. The schedule and locations for polling were not announced beforehand. A total of 772 Georgetown students completed surveys, which asked students about their views on the relevance of GUSA and the performance of the current GUSA executives, their views of the current election — including their vote choice — and a series of demographic questions. Respondents were also asked whether they planned to vote in Thursday’s election, allowing the results of some poll questions to be narrowed to a set of likely voters, which number 515 in the aggregate. These measures limited readership bias and prevented respondents from being polled twice and were designed to be representative of the student body. However, as was the case last year, respondents to the poll were mostly underclassmen, likely because of the relative inaccessibility of junior and senior housing. Thursday’s election will be conducted using a system of ranked-choice voting, where voters number candidates according to their preferences. The Hoya’s poll asked only about a voter’s first choice, which provides a meaningful snapshot of the state of the race but does not address the ranked-choice element of the election.
LGBTQ LGBTQ 30 likely voters
Not LGBTQ 481 likely voters
Class Year Freshmen 168 likely voters
Sophomores 151 likely voters
Juniors 118 likely voters
Seniors 78 likely voters
222 likely voters
291 likely voters
Lloyd & Ramirez
Singer & Silkman
Tezel & Jikaria
Weiss & Greco
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Seniors Gain Housing Points Asian-American HOUSING, from A1 all seniors will be allotted four housing selection points regardless of whether or not they go abroad; all juniors will receive three points. Executive Director of Residential Services Pat Killilee saw the change as an opportunity to give approximately 500 eligible seniors the chance to live where they want. “You could have these senior communities, so a group of seniors who want to live together on campus can all be in a townhouse, they could be in the Village A rooftops, they can be in a Nevils,” Killilee said. Killilee viewed the studyabroad distinction as unnecessary. “The students that we worked with — and this is based with their conversations and feedback with their peers — they didn’t feel that there needed to be that differentiation, that you shouldn’t get extra points because you lived off campus the fall semester of your junior year,” Killilee said. Additionally, Killilee took care to incorporate student preferences into the new housing timeline announced in the email, which will take effect starting with the Class of 2017. The housing eligibility process will now take place during the late spring of sophomore year instead of in October, followed by selection, which currently takes place in March. “Between 55 and 60 percent, depending on the survey, said they wanted to see the housing selection process all in the spring semester. And only about 30 percent of the
students surveyed wanted to keep it the way it was,” Killilee said. “We sort of looked at the residential experience and how to better that,” Georgetown University Student Association Campus Living External Board appointee Megan Murday (SFS ’15) said. “And so as part of those conversations we started talking about how students pick housing, and how that’s a really disruptive time for students, and that it’s very stressful and that it doesn’t seem to really work well with anyone’s schedule.” The Office of Residential Living included students throughout the restructuring process, from brainstorming to reviewing potential ideas. The office created a focus group composed of Killilee, Murday, Inter-Residence Hall Council Representative Molly Egilsrud (SFS ’15) and GUSA Vice President Adam Ramadan (SFS ’14). “We would meet with Pat just to sort of figure out how we could make a system that better suits the current and future realities of Georgetown, and how to bring students back on campus and upperclassmen back on campus,” Murday said. Implementation of the new housing timeline was postponed to next year because of to complaints from sophomores planning to study abroad next fall who would have been excluded from the process, an unforeseen challenge of the new timeline. Although the sophomore housing selection process has not been changed yet, minor changes do remain a possibil-
ity. “The only other thing that we’re looking at right now is to see if we can manipulate the system so that students can pick blocks of rooms with their friends,” Murday said. “We really want to build sophomore communities. And so part of that might be transplanting some of the freshman communities onto a new floor.” “These policies and procedures that you use … very few are set in stone, you really have to revisit them, because student culture changes and student needs change,” Killilee said. Students have expressed satisfaction with this change. “I think that is good, because I know it’s pretty popular for a lot of seniors to live off campus, but that is really expensive. I know a lot of seniors, personally, who can’t afford to live off campus and who are looking to have on-campus housing all four years,” Austin Wolff (COL ’16), who will be a senior when the change takes effect, said. “To me, just to know that there’s more of an appreciation for seniors living on campus, I don’t see a problem with it.” Molly Robustelli (COL ’16), who will also be a senior during the 2015-2016 school year, has already signed a lease for off-campus housing during that year. “If I hadn’t already figured out housing, it probably would make me re-evaluate which years I would want to live off campus,” she said. “But I would still want to live off campus either junior or senior year.”
ICC Redesign Moves Forward ICC, from A1 We integrate the clients’ programmatic requirements and, to the extent possible, ensure we meet the project goals, objectives and budget,” Morey wrote in an email. Planning and Facilities Management will ensure that all codes are followed in order to avoid technical issues. “Effective programming and planning and design can help mitigate technical challenges during construction activities while ensuring we meet our client’s requirements as well as building code compliance,” Morey wrote. The first two floors of the ICC are more likely to undergo timely renovations because they do not suffer from the same structural complications as the upper floors. The complexity of these structural issues precludes the SFS Academic Council from offering a time estimate for the project. “[The Provost’s Office] doesn’t want us to talk about timeline yet, so out of respect to them we won’t. But the engineering firm is doing the study this semester,” Murday said. However, the council hopes the new furniture will be moved into the first and second floors by the end of the semester. According to Zhu, some professors have already raised
opposition to the project because of potential noise problems. However, the proposal might include soundproofing offices in order to eliminate this problem. “This issue of noise because professors who are faculty members who have offices in the space are already complaining about loud noises, and they are afraid that if you increase the volume or usability of the space, that that now is going to get out of control so how do we soundproof their offices or make it so that it’s not a bothersome thing?” Zhu said. The changes will allow for more student traffic and might also affect More Uncommon Grounds, which is located in the ICC Galleria. The storefront might extend its hours to accommodate student traffic, but the preliminary nature of the plan precludes an imminent decision. “We would absolutely be open to adjusting our schedule in response to student demand if traffic to the ICC increases, but we don’t need to make any firm decisions on this until the project is further along,” MUG Director and future Corp CEO Sam Rodman (MSB ’15) wrote in an email. The ultimate goal of the project remains to transform the ICC into a space where student collaboration is possible.
“We see the ICC as a building that houses a lot of these classrooms, but it is a space where students go to class and then leave,” Murday said. Kristen Sullivan (SFS ’17) expressed support for the project, which also aims to solidify a strong SFS identity through the establishment of a community location. “I almost feel like each school has its own building. So SFS has ICC, the Nursing School has St. Mary’s or Reiss and then MSB has Hariri, so I feel like SFS students can identify the most with the ICC,” Sullivan said. However, other students expressed doubts about the effectiveness of this project. “You can’t add furniture and call something a study area,” John Harrison (COL ’16) said. “More student space is never a bad idea in theory, but ICC just doesn’t have the room to be an actual student space.” There were also concerns about how long it would take to finish the serious changes like digging into the ICC concrete in order to update the lighting and electricity. “I don’t really mind as long as it doesn’t exceed the four years, because then just from a selfish perspective, if it’s still under construction when I’m a senior and I just dealt with all the construction it’d be a little annoying,” Kathleen Daly (COL ’17) said.
Young Alum Aims for Congress TROIANO, from A1 said. “I’d like to prove a model for how a young person can successfully run for office, and then maybe in 2016, recruit and support more young people doing the same thing.” Before Troiano will officially declare his candidacy, he has set benchmarks for fundraising and support, including raising $25,000 in online contributions and getting 1,000 online signatures of support. “To me, that’s not only a demonstration of the potential support I would have, but also will allow me to launch an effective campaign,” Troiano said. Troiano acknowledged, however, that as a young candidate he would not have access to the same set of resources as his older competitors. “One of the biggest barriers is the money in politics,” Troiano said. “I don’t have as large of a network as someone who is twice my age, nor do the people in my network have as much money as someone twice my age.” Troiano would also face chal-
lenges running as an independent. Since 1949, only six congressmen have been elected to the House of Representatives running as an independent, none of whom are currently in office. During his time on the Hilltop, Troiano served as a Chair of the Georgetown University Student Association Finance and Appropriations Committee and founded The Can Kicks Back, a bipartisan campaign to lower the national debt; experiences, he said, that prepared him well for his campaign beyond the front gates. “To me, whether it’s in student government or in school or in life or in work, people have to work with each other to get things done, and you’re not all going to agree with each other all the time to do it, but you put your community first,” Troiano said. “And I think that’s what’s wrong with our national politics, how they’re too busy thinking all the time, and doing nothing for the country.” Former GUSA Vice President Greg Laverriere, (COL ’12) who worked closely with Troiano on
the “Do We Have a Deal Yet?” national campaign to push politicians to compromise on the federal debt limit, commended Troiano’s decision to run. “I have nothing but the utmost respect for him. When I saw on Facebook that he had decided to run for Congress, I was really excited for him,” Laverriere said. “He was always really committed to the issues and fighting for what was right.” Former GUSA senator Tim Rosenberger and College Republicans board member (COL ’16) was encouraged by Troiano’s run. “It’s always wonderful to see recent Georgetown alums getting involved in politics,” Rosenberger said. Rosenberger, who as a member of College Republicans was aware of Troiano’s involvement in The Can Kicks Back campaign, anticipated that his platform would center on national debt issues. “I think that’s going to be his primary focus, and he definitely is somebody that knows a great deal about that,” Rosenberger said.
Students Confer in DC Gene Choi
Hoya Staff Writer
Georgetown University and The George Washington University co-hosted the 2014 East Coast Asian American Student Union Conference from Feb. 21 to 23, marking the first time since the conference’s inaugural event 37 years ago that the conference was hosted by multiple universities in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. The panel events, workshops and closing ceremony took place in Georgetown’s Intercultural Center, whereas all other events were held on GWU’s campus. Since 1977, ECAASU has focused on bringing together college students from the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. “As its official mission statements says, the ECAASU works to inspire and educate attendees through invigorating cultural performances, numerous workshops and several opportunities to interact with several other AAPI advocates across the East Coast,” said Christine Chen, a panelist and assistant director of the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The conference, which drew over a thousand Asian American students and advocates, began with an address by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on Friday evening at GWU’s Charles E. Smith Center. Saturday’s events, also held in Foggy Bottom, consisted of group workshops. The night was capped with a formal gala at the Grand Hyatt, during which White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford spoke. Sunday’s events, held on Georgetown’s campus, were based on leadership and professional development. The event was mainly focused on employment opportunities and experiences for Asian-Americans in the workplace. Georgetown University hosted over 10 workshops, with counseling mentors from diverse backgrounds. “We need to change the perceptions of AsianAmerican professionals by some employers,” professor of public communication at American University Scott Talan said. “Branding yourself in a proper way can make potential employers see beyond your Asian stereotypes—stereotypes that can create a lot of stress for Asian-Americans both on and off the workplace.” Talan also added how crucial the internet is in promoting one’s image to employers and the need to utilize technology accordingly. “Our lives are becoming more and more connected to the digital world. We can’t ignore that,” Talan said. “That’s why it is especially important to create the right digital brand presence online, since employers are increasingly searching [for] their employees through the Web.” Pathways Programs Officer at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Piyachat Terrell, a panelist at the event, similarly noted the importance of self-advertising when looking for federal jobs in particular. “Federal employment opportunities can be a rare opportunity not only for Asian-Americans,
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The ECAASU conference, held Feb. 21 to 23, brought over 1,000 students to D.C. but for anyone in general,” Terrell said. “That’s why you need to market yourself properly, and most importantly, look for niche jobs within the federal agencies that you can market your AsianAmerican identity best.” Terrell emphasized using the advantage of being both Asian and American, and also cited a need to be proactive in searching for the ideal job. “The EPA’s goal, ultimately, is to provide access to federal job opportunities and offer environmental education training,” Terrell added. “But it is ultimately you who need to find the appropriate job that you have a comparative advantage in and take advantage of that.” The relationships forged during the three-day event last far beyond the conclusion of the conference. “This conference is a great way to meet other Asian American students and form tight-knit relationships with them,” student organizer Grace Tien said. “We are excited to be organizing this year’s event, and I hope many participants will be able to find other peers with similar interests and goals.” ECAASU Conference Associate Director Annie Yan (MSB ’14) discussed what she hopes participants learned at the conference. “Our theme this year was ‘Mission Ignition: Championing your Cause’ because we wanted to create a forum of stereotype-breaking discussion, to form a community, and to get people interested in AAPI issues,” Yan said. “We wanted people to experience the social opportunities at the conference, but we also wanted to inspire passion and an engagement in advocacy that helps Asian students feel free to pursue their professional dreams.” Georgetown students appreciated the advice and expertise shared at the conference. “Growing up in Tennessee as an Asian-American wasn’t easy, and many people would often expect me to get perfect math or science scores in my high school,” Daniel Kim (COL ’17) said. “I had a hard time dealing with those stereotypes, but this conference helped me a lot with making a brand out of myself so that I can be seen beyond the expectations people might have about me. It was also amazing to share my experiences at a personal level with other peers with similar concerns.”
TUESday, february 25, 2014
Before the Sun, a Different Hilltop Maddy Moore
Special to The Hoya
COURTESY GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY
University President John J. DeGioia congratulated the five John Carroll Award winners in Miami, Fla., Saturday.
Campus is silent. Most buildings are closed. The majority of students have gone to bed with the exception of a few lit dorm rooms and some studying in main buildings, such as Lauinger Library and the Rafik B. Hariri Building. As Thursday melds into Friday, it is too late for most people to be out and too early for most to be awake. This is 4 a.m. at Georgetown University. 4:05 a.m. The second floor of Lau totals 10 students. The students are broken up in two smaller groups and one individual sits in a cubicle working. Three students congregate around a table, staring blankly at textbooks and giggling nervously. They are all studying for a biochemistry midterm later that day. One of the students, Margaret Horak (NHS
’15), describes her increased stress levels the night before an exam. “I study up to it, but the night before the exam, I’m up all night. I can’t sleep,” Horak said. The members of the group, mostly majoring in various sciences, all usually go to sleep around 3 a.m., but because of the test, they are hoping to fill their remaining time with more studying. They chose the library because it keeps them from avoiding distractions or falling asleep. 4:11 a.m. The change of setting is a common practice for other students, too. Phil Cho (MSB ’14) is on his way to the library because he knows he has something to finish. “I try MSB and other places but usually end up going to Lau. I can’t really work in my room,” Cho said. He rushes to finish his paper
Alumni Weekend Heats Up Miami Sydney Winkler Special to The Hoya
John Carroll Weekend, the annual celebration for alumni, family and friends of the university, was held in Miami, Fla., from Feb. 20 to 23. The Georgetown University Alumni Association has sponsored the event since 1952. “John Carroll Weekend has become an increasingly important and well-attended opportunity for the Georgetown community to come together, to be inspired, engaged and reminded of what makes Georgetown so special,” Alumni Association Executive Director William Reynolds said. The weekend included four days of events ranging from social activities to academic lectures, covering a wide variety of topics including sustainable energy, sports and Latin American business. Most events were held at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel. The celebration drew distinguished speakers, wellknown faculty members, alumni from all undergraduate and graduate schools and Latin American leaders. Notable speakers included former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, former National Football League Commissioner and Chairman of the board of directors Paul Tagliabue (CAS ’62) and National Geographic Emerging Explorer and filmmaker Alexandra Cousteau (COL ’98), a water resource management advocate. “There was one [event] on creating new models for global education that President DeGioia was a part of,” Kirsten Harmon (COL ’09, LAW ’14) said. “There was a really great luncheon on the role of women and business in Latin America and a really fantastic panel on driving business expansion in Latin America.” The Latin America Alumni Leadership Summit, now in its fourth year, was held Feb. 20 in Miami as well. “I think having that [the summit] in conjunction with the John Carroll Weekend added a lot of energy and enthusiasm,” Harmon said. “There were a lot of people came who hadn’t necessarily been to John Carroll Weekend before, myself included.” Since 1952, John Carroll Weekend has travelled to a different city each year to celebrate the best of Georgetown. The weekend offered participants the opportunity to engage with one another, Georgetown faculty and world leaders, while experiencing a new city.
This year, participants experienced the city of Miami through events like Salsa Night at Bongos Cuban Café and the Food Network’s South Beach Wine & Food Festival, which featured tastings tents of Latin-inspired cuisine. Attendees also got the chance to view the championship trophies of the two-time National Basketball Association champions, the Miami Heat. “Georgetown really pulls out all the stops,” Thomas Lane III (COL ’14) said. The main event of the weekend was the John Carroll Awards Banquet, where five alumni and one “friend of the university” were recognized for their involvement and dedication to Georgetown. The alumni association bestows this honor to people who have upheld Georgetown’s mission of excellence, service and leadership. “They weren’t just being awarded for their individual accomplishments so much as that in addition to that, they continued to remain involved and really serving and giving back to the Georgetown Community,” Harmon said. This year, alumni Jane Hopkins Carey (CAS ’79), John C. Courtin (CAS ’70, LAW ’78), Robert M. Flanagan (GSB ’67), Joseph L. Guarriello (GSB ’71, LAW ’74) and J. Clifford Hudson (LAW ’80) received the John Carroll Award. “You got the sense that they really felt they had received a lot from Georgetown and had really committed themselves to giving back as they moved on in their lives so that was definitely really inspiring,” Harmon said. Irene Ryan Shaw, the mother of three Georgetown graduates, received the 2014 Patrick Healy Award, which is the highest honor bestowed by the alumni association upon distinguished non-alumni for whom the university has a deep respect and admiration. Following the banquet, a cappella group The Georgetown Chimes sang with past members. “We’ve got a really strong alumni connection,” Lane, a current Chime, said. “We sang together with these guys for about a half hour so it was really quite a treat.” While the John Carroll Weekend is mainly meant for alumni, there could be benefits to encouraging more graduate, or even undergraduate, students to attend. ““There are very few undergraduate students, but it’s a really cool event all the same,” Lane said.
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The usually bustling Georgetown campus can be eerily quiet in the early morning, but for some students, 4 a.m. is the perfect time to complete their studies.
by the morning, before his trip to New York. 4:23 a.m. Asahi Nino (COL ’17) does not often pull all-nighters. He usually stays up all night only a couple of times a month, almost always prompted by writing a paper. “I feel like there’s a certain point where I realize I’m probably going to be up all night and then I get less productive because I know I’m going to be here forever anyways so I have time to spare,” Nino said. “Then, towards the end, I realize that I really do want to get it done, and my productivity goes up again.” 4:30 a.m. In comparison, Nino’s roommate, Matthijs Van Duijl (MSB ’17), stays up until 4 a.m. every school night. He does not work well during the day and feels most productive around midnight. Like the others, Van Duijl leaves his room to study during the wee hours of the night and sometimes feels like the only one on campus. “People start to leave around 3 a.m,” he said. “I’m either here alone or there is someone else struggling with me.” 4:38 a.m. Campus is dimly lit and students can no longer enter Regents by swiping. Sellinger Lounge and Hoya Court smell of cleaning products and are completely devoid of students, with only the presence of custodial staff. 4:45 a.m. Another student sits writing a paper, but a bit closer to home. Massimo Mazzolini (COL ’17) usually stays in his room, but he decided to work in his common room, tonight. He yawns a few times and comments on his lack of productivity at the moment. Typically, he feels most productive at midnight, but works straight through the night. “I don’t want to risk not waking up, so I stay up until I finish,” Mazzolini said. While some students slumber, other students study. This is 4 a.m. at Georgetown University.
Nuns Discuss Effects of Vatican II Ashley Miller Hoya Staff Writer
A panel of four nuns gathered to discuss the role of women in the Catholic Church after the Second Vatican Council in an event presented by the Women’s Center and Catholic Studies Program in Lohrfink Auditorium on Friday evening. Vatican II was called by Pope John XXIII in 1962 and resulted in the release of a decree called the Perfectae Caritatis, or the Decree on the Adaptation and Renewal of Religious Life, which aimed to change the relationship of the Church with the world. “This decree called religious men and women to open the windows of their convents and monasteries to a changing world,” Catholic Studies Program Director Ilia Delio said. This renewal of the Church’s role allowed for a traditional institution to become part of a changing world. “I think we see the move of the Church from an inward-looking church to a church that is deeply engaged in the world,” Delio said. This decree shifted the view of sisters toward what their roles as religious women ought to be. “In the wake of Vatican II, sisters developed a very rich understanding of ministry as world-oriented as compared to Church-oriented, meaning to be practiced only or primarily within the walls of Catholic institutions,” Sister Helen Amos said. Vatican II changed the perspective of the religious men and women in the Church, but it also shifted curriculum focus in schools run by sisters. “The students who represented in my school so many parts of the world were now entering into the analysis of the world in a whole new way,” Sister Mary Johnson said. “By junior high, while the focus still included the discipline and
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From left: Sisters Mary Johnson, Helen Amos, Camilla Burns and Simone Campbell lead a panel discussion Friday on the ways Vatican II changed the Catholic Church. rigor which had marked elementary years, the world seemed to have moved into our classrooms in a new way.” The transference of power from centralized leaders to a more conversational, individual approach within convents also allowed the sisters to think for themselves more than they had previously. “But you can see that [with] centralized authority, we didn’t do much thinking on our own, we did what we were told to do,” Sister Camilla Burns said. Sister Simone Campbell, one of the panelists, is the co-founder of Nuns on the Bus, a group of sisters that travels the country to rally support for political issues such as immigration reform. The Nuns’ journey is sponsored by NETWORK, a national Catholic social justice lobby. The sisters’ direct involvement in current political issues demonstrates how religious life has embraced worldly concerns. Campbell emphasized the impor-
tance of embracing the pain of others. “Let your heart be broken. And if your heart is broken open, the amazing thing is there’s room for more people in your heart, and it releases hope into the darkness because we are no longer alone,” Campbell said Mandy Lee (SFS ’17), an attendee, felt that Campbell’s statement about embracing the pain of others really stood out. “I guess one thing that I liked the most was how they all talked about having your heart broken so that it’s even more open to receive the pain of others and to receive others to help them, so I thought that was really powerful,” Lee said. Lee was also surprised by how the sisters’ engagement in the world included advocacy on hot-button issues. “I loved seeing how modern they were and their perspectives on modern issues and how they feel that that is also an issue for nuns to tackle,” Lee said.
Disaster Prep for Student Volunteers Kelly McKenna Special to the Hoya
Over spring break, four Georgetown University undergraduates and one graduate student will take part in the Atlantic Hope humanitarian disaster simulation in conjunction with the Jesuit University Humanitarian Action Network in Fort Pierce, Fla. The simulation, which will occur from March 6 through 9 at the Public Safety Training Complex of Indian River State College, provides a hands-on field training experience that models what it is like for responders aiding a crisis zone. The program uses the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program. In order to find interested students, former simulation participant and Atlantic Hope Staff Development Officer Ariana Tuchman (GRD ’15) approached JUHAN on campus. Mary Oeftering (SFS ’14), Sophia Berhie (SFS ’14), Taylor Griffin (COL ’14) and Zoe Mowl (SFS ’15) are the four undergraduate JUHAN fellows who will be participating. JUHAN is an initiative through the Center for Social Justice and the Institute for the Study of International Migration that works on improving the education of humanitarian issues and awareness. “We also coordinate response on campus to humanitarian crises,” Oeftering said. “When the disaster in the Philippines happened last semester, we helped coordinate all of the different offices and clubs that would want to raise mon-
ey so that we could make one big donation as a university. This is so people are not doubling their efforts where work has already been made.” Participants will take on the role of aid workers operating in Atlantica, a fictional country modelled after many past conflict zones. “Atlantica has evolved over the years. It used to be somewhat of a post-Soviet Union state. After the Haitian Earthquake, we worked in pieces simulating it. Now it is kind of taking a Syria tone. It is fictional enough where people cannot always know what they are responding to,” Tuchman said. Overall, the simulation will involve 39 undergraduates from different areas of the country. “We have students [who] come in with a variety of backgrounds. Some are nursing students [who] want to work in hospitals in the U.S. and for them it is a good experience to learn how to deal with high-stress environments. Some people are political science students who want to join the Peace Corps. We also have nontraditional students who may be in their 30s and 40s who come,” Tuchman said. The focus on the leadership part of the program ensures that participants are in control of the situations. The staff members act as controllers and evaluators, but do not directly participate in the program. Their role is to make sure that the participants stay safe and that they are completing the learning objectives. Many past participants of the program have gone on to aid in humanitarian
efforts around the world. One former participant is working in Mali with the World Food Program and another is currently completing conflict resolution work in South Sudan. “After I participated, I worked in Kenya at an internally displaced persons camp over the summer. It definitely was not nearly as intense as Atlantica,” Tuchman said.“There were a few minor emergencies or potential things that could have happened while in Kenya. I just feel like I had a much better reaction, as I was able to take a deep breath and gain some situational understanding.” Both the participants anticipate personal growth from the coming experience. “I am hoping that this simulation will help me determine if I am cut out for humanitarian work. I am definitely nervous — I think it is more that I don’t know what will happen. I think they are intentionally vague so that we aren’t prepared for everything that happens because you are not prepared for everything in a crisis,” Oeftering said. Participants additionally look forward to the practical insight that the simulation will offer. “I think the simulation will take me out of my comfort zone, which will be incredibly challenging but also [will be] a growing experience for me. It will give me insight into the structural and practical difficulties [that] humanitarian workers face on the ground. It’s an incredible opportunity to apply the theories and practices I learn about in the classroom to a real, simulated event,” Berhie said.
tuesday, february 25, 2014
the third half
Women Down Montana Masters on the Horizon State, End 6-Match Slide I Madeline Auerbach Hoya Staff Writer
Georgetown tennis performed well this weekend, with both the men’s and the women’s sides picking up big wins. The women’s team (2-7, 0-2 Big East) lost to conference foe DePaul 7-0 (12-1, 1-0 Big East) before it broke a six-match losing streak with an explosive 6-1 victory against the Montana State Bobcats (3-7, 2-7 Big Sky) the next day. For the men ,after losing a pair of matches to Yale and Bryant two weekends ago, the team (5-3) responded to defeat Davidson (2-7) by a score of 5-2 receiving impressive performances in both doubles and singles. The men dominated right out of the gates in their Saturday match, picking up the doubles point with the help of juniors Alex Tropiano and Shane Korber as well as senior co-captain Casey Distaso and freshman Jordan Portner. Tropiano and Korber triumphed in the first doubles slot, while Distaso and Portner played second doubles — the first time they’ve been paired this season— and routed Davidson freshman Ricky Saad and sophomore Evan Watkins with a 6-1 result. “I still want the guys to get experience,” Head Coach Gordie Ernst said. “Part of that is getting guys experience and rewarding great guys and captains like [senior] Andy Dottino.” The Hoyas picked up four singles victories courtesy of sophomore Daniel Khanin, Korber, freshman Jack Murphy and Tropiano. Khanin played in the first singles spot for the Blue and Gray and defeated Wildcats senior Connor Evins in a straightsets victory. Korber and Murphy were victorious after playing tight, three-set matches. Ernst was particularly impressed by Korber’s performance. “He won a tough first setter,” he said. “I mean, his opponent was blasting the ball, he had a lot of aces and winners, but he didn’t let anything rattle him” Despite his team’s convincing victory, Ernst was impressed by the Davidson squad. “They really have big team spirit and fight,” he said. “They’re always in your face which is a very aggressive style, but that didn’t bother us at all.” On Friday, the Georgetown women’s team competed in a Big East match-up against DePaul. The Hoyas expected the Blue Demons to pose a sig-
nificant challenge and they did not disappoint, sweeping Georgetown 7-0. Nevertheless, Ernst was impressed by his players’ toughness. “They fought, they really, really fought,” Ernst said. “They didn’t play scared at all and they easily could have against the No. 45 team in the country loaded with girls who have played professional tennis before. Their number one player and their number three player I know specifically have played pro tennis in Spain and Germany, so that’s definitely another level up.” Georgetown fell in two doubles matches which secured the doubles point for DePaul. Because DePaul had already won the doubles point, sophomore Liselot Koenen and freshman Victoire Saperstein’s match was left unfinished. The Hoyas continued to struggle in singles play, as they lost in straight sets in all of their singles matches except Saperstein’s three-set match with DePaul sophomore Ana Vladutu. “Every match [Sapterstein] is getting better and better,” Ernst said. “I put her up at number two, and she went toe-to-toe with this girl and almost beat her and lost in three sets.” The DePaul loss did not faze the Hoyas as the team rallied to defeat Montana State on Saturday and pick up its first win since Jan. 17. Georgetown dominated at doubles, courtesy of Koenen and Saperstein in the first slot and senior co-captain Madeline Jaeger alongside junior Sophie Panarese performing admirably in third doubles. Except for Jaeger, who fell at second singles, the Hoyas won every singles match. Saperstein impressed yet again, picking up a straight-sets victory while competing in the first singles spot for the first time in her collegiate career. Senior co-captain Kelly Comolli won 6-3, 6-1 in her third singles spot, while freshman Sophie Barnard triumphed at fourth singles in a 6-3, 6-2 win. Panarese and freshman Madeline Foley played at fifth and sixth singles, respectively, each winning their matches to round out the Hoyas dominate performance. The win signified a shift in the Hoyas’ momentum going forward. “Show me someone who accepts losing and I’ll show you a loser,” Ernst said. “Let me tell you, our girls do not accept losing.”
n the midst of last week’s chaotic weather that buried most of the East Coast in snow, the Augusta National Golf Club announced that weather damage had forced them to cut down the famed Eisenhower Tree on the left side of the 17th fairway. The famous tree acquired its name after it ruined one too many of former President Eisenhower’s rounds at Augusta, where he was a longtime member. The president famously stormed into a members’ meeting and insisted that the tree be cut down. In response, then-club President Clifford Roberts immediately adjourned the meeting before Ike could rally his troops. This was one campaign the general would not win. He would only be vindicated five decades later, when Mother Nature ultimately got the best of the 150-year-old tree. This anecdote is a convenient reminder that the Masters Tournament is only six weeks away, which means that it is time to start thinking about golf’s first major and the sport’s grandest stage. So, in honor of the Eisenhower Tree, here is our not-at-all-premature first take on the 2014 Masters. Who are the early favorites? Playing well immediately before the Masters doesn’t always translate into success at Augusta. This tournament in particular seems to reward familiarity with the course more than momentum, but it certainly helps to have both — like Jason Day. Day won this past weekend’s World Match Play Championship and held the lead on the 16th tee at last year’s Masters. His string of bogeys on the final three holes opened the door for the memorable Adam Scott-Ángel Cabrera playoff. Day has all of the tools indicative of an Augusta contender: experience with the course, a good-looking swing and strong motivation to outperform last year’s disappointing collapse. Right on Day’s heels is Jimmy Walker, who is having an incredible season so far with three wins already. If one is looking for pure form, Walker is easily the hottest golfer on the PGA Tour. However, he has never played at Augusta before, and the Masters is notori-
in 2010 when, incidentally, Mickelson roared past him on the final day. Westwood has the length, precision and overall game to win each of the four majors but has yet to put together a complete 72 holes in one of golf’s four crown jewels. His record is solid at Augusta, but he will be 41 this year and his chances are dwindling. Names like Stenson, Matt Kuchar and Luke Donald are also on this list, but none of them has the same number of close calls to merit golf’s most dubious honorific as much as Westwood. Frankly, it is hard to imagine a golfer who will have more pressure on his shoulders — except, perhaps, Tiger Woods. So what about Tiger? There is a reason that Tiger Woods is the perennial Masters favorite. He has comfort (four Masters wins) and momentum (the best player on tour again last year). It would be foolish to count him out. And yet, even if Tiger comes in as the favorite (which he probably will), it is no longer as clear-cut as it was in the past. The era of Tiger Woods is over; his absolute, relentless domination of every leaderboard is no longer a given. It used to be the case that if Tiger were within three strokes of the lead, the tournament was already over. No longer. The tour is filled with young, ambitious golfers with huge drives and vicious short games. They grew up watching Tiger on TV, not watching him steal trophies out from under them. Woods revolutionized golf, but they are the heirs of that revolution, not the victims. Today’s younger golfers spend their tournaments playing Tiger’s game — not sweating it. The pure intimidation that Tiger used to inspire is absent from today’s tour. But Woods is still the best player in the world. He will still contend for — and probably win — a couple of majors. We don’t think that Augusta will be one of them, but we would be thrilled to be proven wrong.
ously unkind to first-timers. That said, he is probably the best bet to win in his first Masters since Fuzzy Zoeller did in in 1979. One of our favorite dark horses is the Swede, Henrik Stenson. He vaulted himself to third in the world rankings with his superb performance in the latter half of 2013. He has a fairly poor record at Augusta, but he has never entered the tournament in his best form. This time around, Stenson looks to have settled into his swing, and his game is remarkably consistent so far this season. He plays more of a precision game than the bomb-andchase style we typically see from Augusta winners, so if he were to don the green jacket on Sunday, look for a Zach Johnson-esque sort
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Jason Day is the early favorite to don the green jacket. of performance, where he makes almost every putt. Who is the best player never to win one? The lead up to Augusta always invites renewed conversation about which golfer deserves the biggest backhanded compliment in the sport: best player never to win a major. Without a doubt, the answer here is Lee Westwood. Even without a major victory to his name, the Englishman has managed to play the best championship golf in the world over the past couple of seasons. In the last four years, Westwood has amassed eight top-10s and five top-threes in his 16 major appearences. None of those performances was more anguishing than watching Phil Mickelson roar past him Sunday at last year’s Open Championship. Westwood’s best finish at Augusta was second place
Drew Cunningham and Ethan Chess are seniors in the College. The Third Half appears Tuesdays.
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Freshman forward Faith Woodard (right) and senior guard and co-captain Samisha Powell (left) each scored seven points in Georgetown’s 65-52 loss at Villanova on Saturday.
Villanova 3-Point Barrage 4th-Quarter Rally Fails Leads to Another GU Loss TOWSON, from A12
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After an upset win over No. 22 St. John’s last week, the Georgetown women’s basketball team (919, 3-13 Big East) fell to Villanova (20-6, 10-5 Big East) 65-52 Sunday afternoon at Villanova. With only two games left in the regular season, Georgetown sits in eighth place in the Big East. The Wildcats grabbed the first basket of the game, but the Hoyas managed to keep close at the beginning. Villanova scored three big threepointers in less than two minutes, but jumpers by sophomore guard Logan Battle and freshman center Natalie Butler closed the gap to 13-9, and after a timeout, freshman forward Faith Woodard scored to bring the Hoyas within two with 13:54 remaining in the half. The Wildcats’ hot shooting from three continued, however, as they hit two more to extend their lead to eight with 9:50 to go in the half. The Hoyas had the opportunity to come within six points entering halftime after a steal by senior forward and co-captain Andrea White with 26 seconds left. But Villanova sophomore guard Caroline Coyer stole the ball back and the Wildcats held on for the last possession of the half. Coyer found open junior forward Lauren Burford, and Burford hit a three as time expired, giving Villanova the 36-25 lead. The Wildcats continued to shoot the ball well from three in the second half, draining another to pull ahead by 14 points. But the Blue and Gray rallied with a 9-0 run in the next five minutes to crawl within five. But the Hoyas were not done. With 8:03 remaining, a jumper by Woodard cut the deficit to just two. This, however, would be the closest the Hoyas would get, and Villanova dominated the remainder of the game. Despite being outscored by just two points in the second half, the Hoyas struggled to score and only managed to shoot 39 percent from the field. “I just wish we would have shot a better percentage,” Head Coach Jim Lewis said. “39 percent is below our field goal percentage for the season, and we just didn’t get the quality of shots to go down.” Georgetown played a 2-3 zone for a majority of the game, which left the Villanova players open, and Villanova took advantage of this opportunity. Villanova’s Burford scored 20 points, making 6-of12 three-point attempts. Villanova junior center
Emily Leer also drained six threes and scored a game-high 28 points. Meanwhile, Georgetown’s struggles from behind the arc continued, as it managed to make only 3-of-9 three-point attempts all game. “While we did a lot of good things, they really hurt us in an area where we thought we could minimize their effectiveness — their three-point shooting,” Lewis said. “When you shoot 36 threepointers, that’s not happenstance. That’s a methodology, that’s the way they play.” The Hoyas, however, outrebounded the Wildcats 39-37 and had a season-low eight turnovers, but this was not enough to overcome Villanova’s outside shooting. Despite the low number of turnovers, the Wildcats capitalized and scored 11 points off of them. “It was our lowest turnover game of the season,” Lewis said. “Unfortunately, we are last place in the Big East in terms of turnovers. Our previous low was 13, so having eight certainly added to the number of possessions that we were able to execute the offense.” Usually the Hoyas can expect Butler to play a full 40-minute game, but the freshman got into foul trouble early and that limited her to 14 minutes in the first half. She came back in the second to play 19 minutes and ended the game with 13 rebounds and 12 points — her 21st double-double of the season. Battle, who has been receiving more playing time as of late, started and played 35 minutes. She was the third-highest scorer with eight points. White finished just shy of a double-double as she quietly led the team in points with 16, also pulling down nine rebounds. “On any given night, any given team can really maximize what they do well. That was what we were hoping we would do with our strength, which is our power game, with Andrea White, Natalie Butler and Faith Woodard,” Lewis said. “And while they had good games, we just didn’t have the advantage with our strength.” There are two games left in the regular season, and Georgetown’s final home game is Saturday, March 1, against Providence. The Friars currently sit in last place in the Big East. “It’s a chance, most importantly, to send our seniors off, our five seniors, with a memory of a day where they played their last game successfully at McDonough Arena for Georgetown, where they’ve given so much for four years,” Lewis said. Tipoff is slated for 3 p.m.
difficult for us.” Georgetown and Towson played an even first half, ending the second quarter tied 4-4. In the third quarter, however, Georgetown dug itself into what proved to be an insurmountable hole. While the Hoyas were held scoreless for 18 minutes — a period that spanned from the end of the second quarter to the beginning of the fourth quarter — Towson went on a three-goal run to establish the lead that it needed to earn the victory. After each team scored in the fourth-quarter — putting the score at 8-5— the Hoyas attempted to mount a comeback. Senior attack Jeff Fountain scored two fourth quarter goals — one midway through the quarter and one with 33 seconds left to play — to bring the Hoyas within one goal of tying. After Towson won the last faceoff of the game, junior attack and co-captain Charlie McCormick recovered a ground ball, giving Georgetown the opportunity to tie the game. But the Hoyas would turn the ball over, giving the Tigers possession and allowing them to run out the clock. Georgetown received key contributions from three freshmen. Midfielders Eduardo White and Devon Lewis each scored a goal, and attack Peter Conley scored twice. Conley also recorded three out of Georgetown’s four assists. Warne is glad to see his underclassmen adjusting well to collegiate play. “[The underclassmen] work hard,” Warne said. “They’re freshmen, so
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Senior attack Jeff Fountain scored two fourth-quarter goals in Georgetown’s 8-7 loss to Towson on Saturday. they’re going to make some mistakes ... but our older guys have done a good job of teaching them how we play and the attitude we need to have and the speed you need to have in a college game. And they’re adjusting, and they’re making mistakes without a doubt, but they’re learning from them, which is half the battle.” Additional scorers for the Hoyas included Fountain, who finished the game with two goals, and McCormick, who finished with one goal. Redshirt senior defender and co-captain Tyler Knarr finished the game with one assist and eight ground balls, and he won 11-of-19 faceoffs. In addition, redshirt junior goalkeeper Jake Haley made seven saves during the game. Up next for Georgetown is another game on the road, when it travels to
Hempstead, N.Y., to take on Hofstra — Warne’s alma mater. After Saturday’s game against Towson, Warne wants to eliminate the possibility of opponents taking advantage of his team’s fundamental mistakes. The Hoyas cannot afford to work against themselves in future games. As always, Warne emphasizes the importance of internalizing the challenges that the rest of the season will bring. “This will be the fourth game of the year, and [other] teams still have to see what you’re good at and what you’re not good at, and they’re obviously going to exploit that and make a game plan around it,” Warne said. “We’ve got to make sure that we make our weaknesses our strengths and our strengths even stronger. We need to worry about ourselves.”
tuesday, february 25, 2014
Hyson Gives GU Lone Weekend Win Towson Handles Hoyas Juliana Zovak Hoya Staff Writer
For the second weekend in a row, the Georgetown softball team battled the elements in addition to the opposition. Although the Hoyas’ tournament at the University of South Carolina was not cancelled — unlike last weekend’s tournament — the team faced rain delays, including a two-and-a-half-hour delay in its first game against GardnerWebb. Georgetown faced off against Gardner-Webb, UNC-Wilmington, Boston University and Michigan State, and walked away with a 1-3 record — only recording a win in its second game against UNC-Wilmington. In the first game of the tournament, the Hoyas had to wait out a rain delay. When they finally got on the field, both teams struggled on offense and the pitching dominated the pace of the game for all seven innings of regular play. Junior pitcher Lauren O’Leary (1-3) started for the Blue and Gray and held the Runnin’ Bulldogs to five hits and no runs, sending the game to extra innings. “I thought Lauren pitched a great game,” Head Coach Pat Conlan said. “All I can ask of our pitchers is to put us in a position to win the game and she did that.” In the top of the eighth, with the international tie rule in play — meaning that a runner is put on second at the start of the inning — sophomore shortstop Samantha Giovanniello singled in freshman center fielder Hannah Ramsey for the first run of the game to give Georgetown the 1-0 lead. But in the bottom of the eighth,
TIGERS, from A12 could have the game back, they did take some positives from the match. Not only did the defensive squad adapt well, but also the offense was able to generate many shots on goal. Towson junior goalkeeper Kelsea Donnelly made a career-high 14 saves and played all 60 minutes in the net for the Tigers. Georgetown will play its next game against No. 17 Princeton (01) on Saturday at 3 p.m. in New Jersey. Princeton will play its second game of the season this Wednesday against state rival Rutgers. Princeton lost to No. 6 Loyola this Saturday 15-10. Though the Blue and Gray will have limited exposure to the Tigers, Georgetown is fortunate to be the second game of a two-game week for Princeton. With a long week to prepare for the contest, the Hoyas will be sure to focus on possession and shot control in hopes of earning their second win. Still early in the season, Georgetown will look to get back on track and prove it warranted its lofty preseason ranking.
Gardner-Webb answered with a run of its own, doubling home its designated runner to tie the game. A sacrifice fly then scored another run, and the Bulldogs won the game 2-1. The Hoyas had a quick turnaround going into game two against UNCWilmington later that day. “One of the things that we work hard on is to focus on one pitch, on winning, one game at a time,” Conlan said. “We can’t change the outcome of a game we can only learn from it and move on to the next.” At the plate, junior pitcher Megan Hyson (2-3) went 2-for-3 with a double, a triple, a walk and three RBIs. Meanwhile, on the mound Hyson limited the Seahawks to three hits in a complete game effort. For her weekend performances, Hyson was named to the Big East Weekly Honor Roll, batting .400 with four RBIs and three extra-base hits. Her season ERA stands at 2.77. “Megan Hyson had a great offensive weekend,” Conlan said. “She did a great job on the mound and backed that up with clutch hitting throughout the tournament.” The Hoyas built an early lead, scoring four runs in the first two innings to go up 4-1 after UNC-Wilmington scored an unearned run. But the Hoyas put away the game for good in the fourth, when Hyson drove in three with her bases-loaded triple, and senior outfielder Allie Anttila hit her first homer of the year — a solo shot — for a 7-1 lead. The Seahawks would get one more run but never really threatened, and the Hoyas got their third win of the season 7-2. “I thought the entire lineup had quality at-bats,” Conlan said. “It was fun
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Junior pitcher Megan Hyson picked up the win against UNC-Wilmington, allowing only three hits in a complete game effort. to put up seven runs on the scoreboard. It makes pitching and defense a little easier.” On Sunday, Georgetown returned to the diamond against Boston University. O’Leary once again pitched for the Hoyas and went six innings while allowing three unearned runs and two earned. Like the first game, the Georgetown offense struggled in the early innings. While the Terriers collected five runs throughout the first six innings, the Hoyas were held scoreless. Facing a 6-0 deficit in the bottom of the seventh, Georgetown put together a rally. Anttila singled, freshman catcher Gabriela Elvina doubled her home and then senior outfielder Elyse Graziano (2-4, one run, one RBI) singled her in. A fielding error loaded the bases with two outs, but Georgetown couldn’t capitalize and it ended the game 6-3 on a flyout. In the final game of the tournament,
Georgetown took on Michigan State with Hyson getting the start. The Hoyas grabbed an early 2-0 lead in the first with two outs on a walk and a couple of hits but were held scoreless for the rest of the game. Michigan State, meanwhile, scored in the second, third, fourth and fifth innings, capitalizing on some Georgetown errors that, combined with its hitting, resulted in an 8-2 victory. “Four errors is too much,” Conlan said. “You don’t give yourself a chance to win if you give runs away.” But despite going 1-3 over the weekend, Conlan is happy with the progress her team is making and regards the tournament as a valuable experience leading up to conference play later in the season. “I thought we did a lot of good things,” Conlan said. “Our focus is to clean up the little things and put together all phases of the game.”
track & field
Men and Women Finish 2nd at Big East Championships Samuel Solomon Special to The Hoya
The Georgetown men’s and women’s track and field teams concluded their indoor season with a second-place finish at the Big East Championships this weekend. The Hoyas captured five individual titles and two relay titles at the meet. The women’s team finished second to Villanova by 2.5 points while the men’s team finished second to Villanova by 32.5 points. “I thought both teams performed very well pretty much across the board,” Director of track and field and cross country Patrick Henner said. “Our jumpers, sprinters, middle distance and distance, I think everybody did a very good job. Both teams actually scored more points than we predicted so that’s always a good thing.” Although the women finished a
mere 2.5 points behind the Wildcats, the team exceeded expectations and earned more points than predicted, according to Henner. “Obviously, it’s a little disappointing to come up a couple points short on the women’s side,” Henner said. “There’s always a little bit of this and a little bit of that but I can’t really point to one specific thing.” The Hoyas strongest event was perhaps the women’s distance relay that finished with a time of 10:55.63. Juniors Hannah Neczypor, Andrea Keklak and Katrina Coogan and freshman Emma Keenan broke the school record, meet record, Armory record and recorded the second fastest time in the NCAA. The women’s team also turned in strong performances in the 800 meter, 400m and 200m individual events. Freshman Sabrina Southerland won the 800m with a time of 2:04.85. Senior Deseree King won the 400m dash,
timing in at 54.82. Graduate Student Amanda Kimbers won the 200m dash by a narrow margin, timing in at 23.78 against a second-place finish of 23.92. Meanwhile, the men won two track events. Sophomore Ahmed Bile won the 800m with a time of 1:50.85 and,
“Both teams performed very well pretty much across the board.” Patrick henner Director of Track and Field
freshmen Ryan Manahan and Amos Bartelsmeyer, junior Cole Williams and Bile won the 4x800m relay, edging out Villanova. Junior Collin Leibold also had a breakout meet for the Hoyas, according
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“We are going to take some people to Boston this Sunday to run in the last chance meet,” Henner said. “I think our men’s distance medley relay should have a great chance of qualifying for the NCAA.” The following weekend, March 8 to 9, the teams will participate in two more competitions before the NCAA championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on March 14 and 15. “Those that are not going to the NCAA meet will compete, and I think this year is going to be a very exciting and competitive meet, so we are excited for the trip to Boston this weekend and then also two weeks from now,” Henner said. The teams enter this championship stretch with confidence after very strong finishes on both sides at the Big East championships. They hope to continue to improve and finish the season on a strong note.
to Henner. He placed second in the 5 kilometer and fourth in the 3k. Senior Eghosa Aghayere collected the final win for the Hoyas, placing first in the triple jump. He jumped 15.09m while the second place finisher Brett Tobin from Marquette recorded 13.50m. In the long jump, Aghayere finished second, 0.43m behind Villanova’s Elbert Maxwell. In the 1000m, Amos Bartelsmeyer finished second, while senior Billy Ledder was down in fourth. “I thought Amos Bartelsmeyer did a great job,” Henner said. “Billy Ledder did not have a great run in the thousand. We left some points on the board in the men’s side.” The Blue and Gray did not score points in the pole vault, shot put, heptathlon or pentathlon events. The teams will still compete at the Boston University Last Chance Meet next Sunday.
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know a lot of teams will try to throw me off my game, but I just try to stay aggressive.” Another key to Georgetown’s victory over Xavier was executing on details that had eluded it in its previous two losses. Against St. John’s and Seton Hall, Georgetown had a combined 22 turnovers and 52 fouls. But against Xavier, it recorded just three turnovers — a record low in Thompson’s career at Georgetown. “It’s the same thing, which we didn’t do [against Seton Hall],” Thompson said. “Last game we started off [and] the first two possessions were turnovers. We can’t turn the ball over. We have to get a shot every time down the court. This group can’t have wasted possessions.” Good discipline allowed Georgetown to take 10 more attempts from the field, and the Hoyas held the Musketeers to just 52 points — 28 points lower than the first time the teams met. “I thought that our effort, our attention to detail, our concentration was
pretty good for 40 minutes,” Thompson said. “I think we came out of the box and set the tone early. Our guys were able to sustain their effort … and communication. We didn’t have any mix-ups today.” Georgetown must be sure to maintain its defensive intensity and discipline against Marquette, which will be sure to feast on Georgetown’s miscues as it did in their previous matchup. Much like Georgetown, Marquette has had an uneven season, struggling to find consistency from game to game. It has had close losses to the top teams in the conference, Villanova and Creighton, but needed overtime to beat bottomdweller DePaul on Saturday. Although they took different paths, Marquette and Georgetown have ended up in the same position — scrunched in the middle of the conference. Both teams are fighting for the same goal: A chance to compete in the NCAA tournament. Both teams need a win Thursday to help build their cases.
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McCarron Is a Star in the Making CASTALDO, from A12 “Poor build. Very skinny and narrow. Ended the 1999 season weighing 195 pounds and still looks like a rail at 211. Looks a little frail and lacks great physical stature and strength. Can get pushed down more easily than you’d like. Lacks mobility and ability to avoid the rush. Lacks a really strong arm. Can’t drive the ball down the field and does not throw a really tight spiral.” The scouting report you just read was about Tom Brady. He has spent his entire career with a chip on his shoulder after being overlooked following his statistically impressive and winning Michigan career. McCarron, both in his physical attributes and collegiate statistics, possesses a striking similarity to the
three-time Super Bowl champion in his draft projection. McCarron even addressed the possibility of being drafted by the New England Patriots and playing behind Tom Brady, which many experts see as an ideal fit. “I love the Patriots organization,” he said. “If I had the chance to go there and sit behind Brady for however long and learn from one of the best to ever play the game, that’d be an awesome experience.” He went on to add that, “It’s almost like New England is the Alabama of pro football. Coach Saban learned under Coach Belichick. So it’d be almost like deja vu in a way.” Wherever McCarron lands, it is clear he is not the most polished prospect in this year’s draft. Even the most highly touted NFL quarterback prospects,
though, have had to make adjustments upon entering the league. Peyton Manning, one of the most highly rated draft prospects ever, struggled during his first season and ended up with more interceptions than touchdowns. Whatever team ends up with McCarron will need to show patience and commitment to a player who is hungry to win. Ultimately, McCarron just needs one team to want him. He is currently projected as a mid-round pick, but his stock is on the rise after his NFL Combine performance. One lucky NFL franchise will end up with this top-end, motivated, and high-character signal-caller in May. Matt Castaldo is a junior in the College. More than a Game appears every Tuesday.
MEN’S BASKETBALL Georgetown (16-11) at Marquette (16-11) Thursday, 9 p.m. Milwaukee, Wis.
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The Hoyas dropped three games in their tournament in S.C. this weekend. See A11
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Bubble Battle in Milwaukee ASHWIN WADEKAR Hoya Staff Writer
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Freshman attack Peter Conley recorded two goals and three assists in Georgetown’s 8-7 loss to Towson on Saturday.
Hoyas Fall Short in Comeback Attempt ELIZABETH CAVACOS Hoya Staff Writer
Despite a late three-goal comeback in the fourth quarter, the Georgetown men’s lacrosse team (2-1) fell to Towson (2-2) on Saturday 8-7. After dropping games to No. 8 Johns Hopkins and No. 10 Loyola Maryland, Towson took the field Saturday looking to end its twogame slide. The Tigers, aided by sophomore midfielder Ben McCarty’s return from injury, were able to hold off the late comeback by the Hoyas. McCarty was an integral part of the Tigers’ offense last year, and was able to contribute a goal for the Tigers. Going into the game, Georgetown Head Coach Kevin Warne knew that Towson would be the most athletic team that Georgetown had faced so far. Given the Tigers’ challenging schedule, Warne also anticipated facing a tough
style of play. “Towson played hard and with a little bit more energy,” Warne said. “Knowing that they came off of their loss on Wednesday [to Loyola Maryland], we knew that they were going to be really juiced up to play and get after us a little bit and try to set the tempo for the game. I don’t think we did a good job of handling that.” What Warne did not anticipate, however, were the obstacles the Hoyas would create for themselves. Georgetown only succeeded on 8-of-15 clear attempts during the game. Had Georgetown been able to clear the ball, they would have slowed Towson’s offensive momentum. “I think we kind of shot ourselves in the foot, especially in the clearing game. … We just didn’t do the things that we needed to do,” Warne said. “We made easy things See TOWSON, A10
With three games remaining until the Big East tournament, Georgetown is desperate for wins in order to bolster its resume for a bid to the NCAA tournament. Coming off of a 22-point thrashing of Xavier, Georgetown (16-11, 7-8 Big East) must keep up the same intensity when it takes on Marquette (16-11, 8-6 Big East) in Milwaukee on Thursday. In the teams’ first meeting — an 80-72 overtime victory for Marquette at Verizon Center — the Hoyas let a seven-point lead slip away in the final three minutes, and Golden Eagle junior guard Todd Mayo’s late threepointer forced an extra period that Marquette dominated. Now, the Hoyas are looking for revenge — a familiar tag line for many of Georgetown’s recent games. But don’t tell that to the Hoyas. “[Beating Xavier] weight because it’s the game we’re playing right now,” Head Coach John Thompson III said. “And so does it hold more weight? I don’t think so.” Georgetown’s season has been nothing short of streaky. After a pedestrian nonconference campaign, the Hoyas dropped 6-of-7 games after losing junior center Joshua Smith for the season because of an academic issue. Georgetown then rebounded in improbable fashion, defeating then-No. 7 Michigan State at Madison Square Garden in N.Y., which set the tone for a four-game winning streak. Then the Hoyas lost consecutive road games to St. John’s and Seton Hall by a combined 37 points before bouncing back with a 22-point thumping at home against Xavier last Saturday. Key to Georgetown’s most recent victory was the play of junior guard Jabril Trawick, who was inserted into the starting lineup for the first time since breaking his jaw Jan. 8. Meanwhile, freshman forward Reggie Cameron — who had been starting in
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Junior guard Jabril Trawick received his ﬁrst start since Jan. 8 against Xavier on Saturday. Trawick had 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting. lieu of Trawick — received only one minute of playing time. Trawick’s defensive tenacity is much heralded, but he has also proved to be a solid scoring threat. His 13 points came from an efficient 5-of-8 shooting, and he also dished out four assists. “When [Trawick] is on the court, we are a better team,” Thompson said. “I liked bringing him off the bench because we were getting a fusion off
the bench, but we had too many slow starts.” Trawick knows his role on the team — he provides a certain aggression and swagger that has been a welcome sight to the starting five. More importantly, his spurts of offense have turned him into a viable scoring option. Since returning from his injury, the junior has made 7-of-16 on See MARQUETTE, A11
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Tigers Triumph in Ranked Battle A.J. McCarron Flies MOLLY MALONE Hoya Staff Writer
The No. 10 Georgetown women’s lacrosse team (1-1) suffered a 14-10 upset loss Saturday at No. 20 Towson (2-0). The Hoyas fell into a 6-0 hole in the first eight minutes of the game that turned out to be too much to overcome. The Hoyas could not seem to find their usual rhythm all game and struggled to find the back of the net, losing by a final score of 14-10 despite taking 34 shots to the Tigers’ 21. “Give all the credit to Towson,” Head Coach Ricky Fried said according to Georgetown Sports Information. “They came out ready to play,
and it’s difficult to dig yourself out of a 6-0 hole.” All three of Georgetown’s goalkeepers received playing time in the loss while senior co-captain Barb Black got the start and was credited with the loss. Black allowed four goals early in the game and was replaced by freshman Maddy Fisher. Fisher played 42 minutes in net and made only three saves while allowing nine goals for the Hoyas. Sophomore Megan McDonald finished the game, giving up a goal and not making any saves. After the weak start for Georgetown, the team picked up the pace and rallied to within four goals at
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Sophomore Corinne Etchison scored two goals on ﬁve shots and had an assist in No. 10 Georgetown’s 14-10 loss to No. 20 Towson.
halftime. Sophomore attack Corinne Etchison started the comeback, scoring a goal assisted by freshman attack Colleen Lovett. The Tigers notched two more goals but the Hoyas responded with three goals of their own in the last four minutes of the first half. Junior attack Caroline Tarzian began the run with an unassisted goal and senior midfielder and co-captain Kelyn Freedman followed with two quick goals, one off a free position shot and the other unassisted. Georgetown entered halftime down 8-4. The break seemed to give the Hoyas the rest they needed, as senior midfielder Meghan Farrell scored a quick goal just two minutes into play. The momentum did not last long, however, as Towson rallied once again and scored three unanswered goals ,which stretched the lead back to six. The Hoyas regained some life in the last 15 minutes of play, but the final push came too late, and the game ended in a 14-10 win for the Tigers. The draw control was a major factor in the game. The Hoyas did not find the overwhelming success they had in their first game against Delaware. Georgetown won 13-of-25 draws, but it also turned the ball over 13 times. While the majority of draws favored the Hoyas, the number of turnovers ultimately hurt the team. Georgetown relies on consistency and ball control to play its game and it was unable to do either against Towson. The Hoya defense was lead by junior Adrianna Devine, who had two ground balls, caused two turnovers and collectively caused 15 Towson turnovers. The group also went 10-for10 on clears throughout the game. Although the Tigers got off to a strong start, the unit adapted well and only allowed eight goals after the first eight minutes of play. While the Blue and Gray wish they See TIGERS, A11
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his year’s NFL draft will host that good things happened for a slew of former collegiate the Crimson Tide when number superstars May 8 in New 10 was under center. Seeing as it York City. From Jadeveon Clowney is fairly safe to say that he will be to Johnny Manziel, some of the surrounded by NFL-caliber talent biggest names and most famous in the NFL, his winning track replayers in recent college football cord should be indicative of future memory will be present. But the performance. one player who had the most sucBut let’s not just look at the fact cessful career of them all is, in my that he did win. Let’s look at where opinion, highly underrated and he won. McCarron led the Crimslated to be the bigson Tide through gest steal in this an SEC schedule, year’s draft. His always posting name? Alabama’s winning seasons very own A.J. Mcagainst the toughCarron. est competition It is mind bogthat college football gling that NFL has to offer. scouts continue While Alabama Matt Castaldo to underrate the was stacked with 6-foot-3 inch, 204 NFL talent, the likes pound McCarof LSU, Florida and A.J. McCarron ron, even after his Auburn were just as strong showing at has the looks of a well endowed, and the NFL Combine more ofyoung Tom Brady. Alabama on Sunday. ten than not came Per NFL.com’s out on top. He was scouting profile, his weaknesses not playing with the boys like include being surrounded by and quarterback Kellen Winslow from relying on an NFL-caliber support- Boise State and racking up records ing cast, being protected by an in the Mountain West Conference; exceptional offensive line, having McCarron played with the men in weak or average arm strength and the Southeastern Conference. sometimes making bad decisions His wins speak for themselves, with the football. In their “bottom and scouts and teams will defiline” section, they note again that nitely notice that. But they also he is “more often dependent on a notice his athleticism and arm terrific supporting cast” and that strength, noting that he “does not he “grades out most highly for his have a big-time, vertical arm, is an intangibles.” average athlete and makes occaArguing that McCarron was sur- sional bone-headed decisions.” NFL rounded by exceptional players in scouts, however, are not always college is a point that is null and right. Here’s an excerpt from a simvoid because, simply put, he won. ilar quarterback’s scouting report With a career record 36 wins and in the 2000 NFL draft — let’s see if 4 losses — including being part you can note any similarities: of three BCS National ChampionSee CASTALDO, A11 ship winning squads — it is clear