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FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2018
SUMMERTIME IN DC
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FLEMING EXITS Outgoing VP of Federal Relations Scott Fleming reflects on his storied career.
GRADUATING IN QATAR The School of Foreign Service in Qatar graduated its ninth cohort on May 4.
Former Energy Sec. Admissions Yield Reaches 50 Percent Kickstarts 2018 High rate follows application cycle with lowest-ever acceptance rate Commencement DEEPIKA JONNALAGADDA Hoya Staff Writer
JEFF CIRILLO AND ERIN DOHERTY Hoya Staff Writers
Georgetown University’s 2018 graduation weekend kicked off Thursday evening with the commencement ceremony of the McCourt School of Public Policy, featuring an address by former U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz. Moniz’s address focused on the need for creative policy solutions to address emerging issues, particularly pollution and global climate change. “To get where we need to go, we need innovation — a lot of innovation,” Moniz told the 2018 cohort of graduates. “Innovation includes technology innovation, it also includes business model innovation and for you, it includes policy innovation.” The McCourt commencement, held in the McDonough Arena rather than Healy Lawn because of rain, marked the start of four days of ceremonies for Georgetown’s nine graduate and undergraduate schools in Washington, D.C., continuing Friday morning and culminating Sunday afternoon. With rain forecasted for much of the weekend, ceremonies planned to take place on Healy Lawn — all but the
Medical School Commencement at DAR Constitution Hall in downtown D.C. — may be moved to McDonough. Upto-date rain site information is available on the Georgetown University website. The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences commencement begins at 9 a.m. Friday in McDonough Arena, the designated rain site. William Phillips, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, will deliver the commencement address. Phillips has conducted research in physics for four decades, receiving his Nobel in 1997 for developing methods to cool and trap atoms with laser light, according to his profile page on the NIST website. The next commencement ceremony, for the School of Continuing Studies, starts at noon Friday in McDonough. The commencement speech will be delivered by Brendan Tuohey, the co-founder and executive director of PeacePlayers, an internationally operating nonprofit organization that offers sports programming, peace education and leadership development in communities racked with See COMMENCEMENT, A6
Georgetown’s admissions yield for the Class of 2022 reached 50 percent, the highest in recent memory, following a record-low acceptance rate and an all-time high in applications submitted to the university. The university’s admissions yield refers to the number of admitted students who paid the May 1 enrollment deposit and plan to attend Georgetown in the fall. Out of the 3,327 students admitted from an applicant pool of 22,897 students, 1,649 students paid enrollment deposits, according to Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Charles Deacon (CAS ’64, GRD ’69). This year’s rate is a marginal increase from last year’s 49 percent. After the Office of Undergraduate Admissions increased its target enrollment for the class of 2021 by 20 spots, raising the overall enrollment to 1,600, the target enrollment remained at 1,600 for the Class of 2022. The admissions office received 22,897 regular decision applications to the Class of 2022, up from the 21,459 applicants Georgetown received in 2017. Georgetown accepted 3,327 students, a record-low 14.5 percent of applicants. The university plans to only admit waitlisted students for the School of Nursing and Health Studies, Deacon said. The university anticipated an enrollment of around 1,580 students, Deacon said. Because
of the unexpectedly high yield, the current number of students enrolled in each of the undergraduate schools exceeds the target number, except for in the
“Historically, about 45 to 50 students will ultimately withdraw from their deposit either getting off a waiting list elsewhere or some personal circumstances.” CHARLES DEACON Dean of Undergraduate Admissions
NHS. Students will be taken from the waitlist to fill the remaining spots in the NHS to ensure it reaches the enrollment goal of 115 students, according to Deacon. All other applicants were either released from the waitlist or remain on it, despite the lack of available spaces, Deacon said. “We let a few people who really wanted to hang in there, to stay on a very short waiting list, about 15 or so, but we’ve told them there’s virtually no chance there’s going to be any spaces,” Deacon said in an interview with THE HOYA. The total size of the student body is tied to the campus plan passed in 2017, a 20-year agreement between the university and local residents that caps the number of enrolled undergraduate students to 6,675. The admissions office will have to reduce the number of
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Half of applicants admitted to the Class of 2022 have indicated they plan to attend, the highest percent in recent memory. admitted transfer students to account for the greater number of incoming freshmen, Deacon said. Previously set at 125 students, the target number of transfer admissions may be reduced to 100, according to Deacon. Transfer students are accepted on a
rolling basis. “Right now, because we have to be within the enrollment cap, we are essentially holding on transfer admissions,” Deacon said. “We are putting a moratorium on any further See YIELD, A6
Fr. Howard Gray, SJ, Remembered as ‘Spiritual Giant’ JEFF CIRILLO
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Even at 87 years old, Fr. Howard Gray, S.J., commanded a presence at the pulpit. The pews were packed for his sacred lecture — a Jesuit tradition — in Dahlgren Chapel last month. It was his first public appearance at Georgetown University since he retired as head of the Office of Mission and Ministry last August. Gray launched into his April 18 lecture with his characteristic combination of gentleness and gravitas, developed over seven decades of sermonizing. His opening words were not his own but rather from a poem by Mary Oliver. He had chosen them as a fitting introduction to the theme of his lecture: how to draw goodness out of others simply by being good. “I know a man of such mildness and kindness it is trying to change my life. He does not preach, teach, but simply is,” Gray preached to the Wednesday evening crowd. “He is kind with the sort of kindness that shines out but is resolute, not fooled. He has eaten the dark hours and could also, I think, soldier for God, riding out under the storm clouds against the world’s pride and unkindness, with both unassailable sweetness and consoling word.”
This lecture would be Gray’s last public words at Georgetown. He died Monday, May 7, at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland hospital in Pontiac, Mich., from complications from a car accident four days earlier. He was buried at All Saints Cemetery in Northfield, Ohio, his hometown, on May 12. For those who knew Gray, his final lecture continues to echo: He is remembered by his friends as a “spiritual giant” and a “quiet leader” who set a sterling example for others to follow. “He will be dearly missed — as a steadfast friend, extraordinary scholar, and wise leader — to many of us here at Georgetown and others throughout the Society of Jesus and institutions of higher education across our country,” University President John J. DeGioia wrote in a campuswide email May 8. At Georgetown, Gray was a spiritual adviser to DeGioia and other senior administrators, a champion of LGBTQ inclusion and an advocate of interreligious dialogue. He also earned an international reputation as a scholar and a “guru” in Ignatian spirituality, credited with reviving the core of the Jesuit tradition with a renewed focus on individual spiritual growth and inclusivity. ——— Before coming to Georgetown in 2007, Gray was a prominent
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Fr. Howard Gray, S.J., former head of the Ofﬁce of Mission and Ministry, died May 7 from injuries sustained in a car crash in Michigan. His life of service was honored at a Dalgren Chapel service Monday afternoon. leader in the Jesuit community for decades. Gray was born in Cleveland in 1930 and joined the Society of Jesus in 1948, thereafter serving in a range of positions at Jesuit institutions during his seven decades in the society, in-
cluding at Boston College, Loyola University of New Orleans and the University of Detroit Mercy. Gray first served Georgetown as a member of the university’s board of directors from 1997 to 2006. During his term, the board
oversaw the construction of several new buildings, including the Southwest Quad dormitories and Wolfington Hall, the new Jesuit residence. In 2001, the board appointed DeGioia to the post of university president as the first
non-Jesuit to take the helm of any U.S. Jesuit college or university. Gray initially expressed preference for a Jesuit to fill the presidential post, but he became a See GRAY, A6
Celebrating LGBTQ Graduates Georgetown’s 10th annual Lavender Graduation honored graduating members of the campus LGBTQ community. A5
The Quest for ‘Home’ Graduating senior Helena Vaughan reminisces on the places that made Georgetown feel familiar. A4
Postseason Defeat Georgetown women’s lacrosse team fell to Virginia Tech in the first round of the NCAA tournament. A12
NEWS Fulbright Futures
OPINION Embracing Our Past
SPORTS Big East Success
Thirty Georgetown University students received Fulbright scholarships this year, a record high for the school. A8 Published Fridays
To truly appreciate life at Georgetown, we must learn from our history and ancestors. A2
The men’s and women’s track and field teams won a combined eight tiles at the Big East Championships. A12 Send story ideas and tips to email@example.com
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VIEWPOINT • GOLDSTEIN
VIEWPOINT • FLEMING
Finding Identity in History
The Pride of 2 Departures
It was the boundless love and determination of the students who inhabited the JSA house for four decades that built the vibrant Jewish community I am lucky enough to call my own today. They did so with the guidance of Rabbi Harold White, who served Georgetown for that entire time, and in the spirit of Archbishop John Carroll, S.J., who wrote in 1786 that this school would be “open to students of every religious profession.” My gratitude became much deeper, and my experience as a Jewish Hoya incomparably richer, when I came to understand the importance of Carroll, White and the JSA House to my community by writing my senior thesis on the history of Jews at Georgetown. As I shed tears of joy at my last Georgetown Shabbat service two weeks ago, I did so in their debt. My research project on Lauinger Library and thesis on our Jewish community are the most significant ways I have explored Georgetown’s history, but there have been so many smaller experiences that have also brought new meaning to my final year on the Hilltop. Serving as the Georgetown University Student Association historian helped me understand Students of Georgetown, Inc. — which was born out of anti-war protests in 1971 as an independent legal entity capable of suing the university — as the inspiring result of an ambitious vision for student empowerment. Speaking with alumni helped me understand The Tombs — which was founded in 1962 and run for decades by Richard McCooey (C ’52) — as one man’s life-long labor of love for Georgetown. Even my house on the corner of 33rd and Prospect streets has developed new meaning, as I con-
hen I walk past Lauinger Library these days, I think of Fr. Leonard Neale, S.J. When Neale was president of Georgetown College from 1798 to 1806, his bedroom in Old South — the first building on the Hilltop — doubled as the campus library. Every night, Neale would unfold his press bed in one of the library’s 10 rooms, and every morning he would enclose the bed in its case once again so students could access the books stored along the walls. Lauinger is, admittedly, an aesthetically imperfect library — but what an upgrade from Neale’s bedroom. I began to understand the library in this way after conducting a research project on its history for a writing seminar last fall. The project transformed my relationship with Lauinger from indifference into awe, helping me understand the building as a physical representation of Georgetown University’s two-century evolution from an elite boarding school for Catholic boys into a modern university. I experienced similar realizations across the Hilltop this year; exploring Georgetown’s history brought new richness and meaning to much of my college experience, powerfully enveloping my university and me in a shared purpose. I think about history these days when I walk down 36th Street between N and O streets, where a Jewish Student Association house once stood. Established by Jewish student activists in 1972, the house hosted weekly Shabbat services and became a foundation for Georgetown’s Jewish community as it grew in size and strength in the years that followed.
sider its construction in 1900 and the way its residents over the last century have reflected the demographic and cultural transformation of the neighborhood around it. Looking back at history has made the spaces I inhabit come alive. Looking forward, our shared history also becomes empowering. As students we are often tempted to think about Georgetown as if it only exists for the four years we are here, but history reminds us that it is a living institution, and that all of us who pass through its gates play a role in continuing or changing its traditions. We cannot acknowledge that we are the beneficiaries of those who came before us without also understanding that we are the benefactors of those yet to come. We must study the legacies of Neale, White and McCooey, along with many other histories yet to be told. Doing so has given me the gift of purpose, drawing me closer to a 229-year story. Without an identity informed by our history, we are simply a school. But with it, we are Georgetown.
Ari Goldstein is a senior in the
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VIEWPOINT • VELASQUEZ
Beauty in Contradiction
s a December graduate, I’ve had some time to reflect on my Georgetown University experience. I keep going back to our motto, utraque unum, which means “both into one.” Like this motto, my Georgetown experience has been filled with contradictions — contradictions I’ve had to unpack, understand and reconcile. My Georgetown career brought a coming-to-terms with the unfamiliar reality of an environment filled with people from starkly different backgrounds. I initially perceived these differences between myself and my classmates as the classic dichotomy between the haves and have-nots. I couldn’t help but consider the paradox of sitting between the children of CEOs and peers who had experienced homelessness, or the paradox of paying to attend a gala to benefit an organization whose free immigration services I needed. The contradictions be-
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tween my peers and me — and the contradictions between my life on the Hilltop and my life at home — consistently made me feel like I was living in different worlds, like there were different versions of myself. But, eventually, I realized these contradictions as shallow representations of individual stories. We all belong here, — because of our contraditions, not despite them. My journey to the Hilltop was unconventional. Georgetown had long been my dream school, but before I was a Hoya, I was told college wasn’t an option because I didn’t have documentation. Being without documentation has informed every part of my life. Before I even applied to Georgetown, I found myself Googling “undocumented” and the names of universities I hoped to attend. Back then, financial aid for students without documentation was rare; my searches never yielded positive results — but I found hope when I typed Georgetown. I found an article in the Georgetown Voice where Citlalli Álvarez (COL ’15) shared her experience of being a Georgetown student without documentation. After an email and a phone call, Citlalli assured me if I got in, my financial limitations would not be a barrier. She was right. Her bravery made my journey possible. Since that phone call, I credit people in this community for changing my life and supporting me when my identities and circumstances felt like contradictions. The day after the 2016 election, I struggled to balance
my privilege of being in a safe environment with the anxiety of an administration that vehemently opposed my presence here. As I crossed Healy Lawn in the rain, Scott Fleming, Georgetown’s associate vice president for federal relations, stopped me and said from under his umbrella, “You belong here.” I was stunned. I had only met him once a year earlier, yet he cared enough to help me as I struggled to be grateful and fearless. These encounters — and many like them throughout my time at here — reminded me that people and relationships are the greatest gifts Georgetown has given me. Despite feeling like the odds aren’t in my favor, or quite the opposite — that I’ve been too lucky when I read the news and think “that could easily have been me, why am I here and not there?” — Georgetown became my home because of these people who care. As I close this chapter of my life, I consider the people who made Georgetown welcoming. I think of the Georgetown Scholarship Program community that inspired and supported me when I doubted my power; Arelis Palacios, the associate director for undocumented student services who understood the fears that come with being without documentation and away from your family; and the incredible students who showed me that with compassion and patience we can all make the contradictions disappear and this place home.
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know amazing Georgetown students and to work closely together. I often bring their stories — and some of the students themselves — to Capitol Hill to make sure Congress sees the true importance of their work — or, more often, the work they still need to do. This work will continue on campus, and I will be ready to lend a hand as a deeply invested citizen. I have had the opportunity to work on many issues, big and small. My job has given me the chance to work on all of Georgetown’s campuses with amazing colleagues. Some of my most important work has centered on federal higher education programs. Along with colleagues across campus and, most importantly, with Georgetown students, I have fought to bolster funding for student aid that, coupled with extensive institutional aid, has helped open the Georgetown gates to an increasingly diverse student body, both racially and economically. Back in the 2000-01 academic year, the maximum Pell Grant was $3,300. Next fall it will be $6,095. The success of our efforts on this front has led me to my deep engagement with our Georgetown Scholarship Program and Community Scholars Program. I often tell those students that, being the son of a railroad switchman, I have some understanding of the transition they experience. I was adjusting, as students do today, to a life totally unlike what I experienced growing up. Much has been done
here at Georgetown to close social and economic divides, although work remains to be done. The essential international character of Georgetown has led us to work with other schools to defeat efforts to cut or eliminate programs that deepen our understanding of regions far from our campus. As an alumnus of the SFS, I am keenly aware of the importance of the federal funding that supports this work, including at our National Resource Center on the Middle East and North Africa, the College’s Language Resource Center and Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowships for Middle East and Asian studies students. As I write, centers around campus are developing proposals for increased funding. The opportunity to return to this university — which changed my life and opened doors for me as an undergraduate — at the close of my professional career has been a joy I will always cherish. In the years ahead, I look forward to remaining engaged with Georgetown, including volunteering for the Georgetown Scholarship and Community Scholars programs and staying in touch with students. After all, students have always been what this special place is all about.
Scott Fleming graduated from the School of Foreign Service in 1972. He is Georgetown’s associate vice president for federal relations.
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ifty years ago next fall, I arrived at Georgetown University for my freshman year. Soon, I’ll be making my second departure from the Hilltop. As the first in my family to go to college, studying at Georgetown had been my dream since middle school. That dream came true, and it opened doors to a career I have found deeply rewarding. I spent over two decades on Capitol Hill, served as chief of staff to two members of Congress and served as assistant secretary of education in the administration of another School of Foreign Service alumnus: former President Bill Clinton (SFS ‘68). And then I came back to Georgetown in February 2001 to head the university’s Office of Federal Relations. When I stepped back onto campus, much had changed from my undergraduate days: new buildings including the Intercultural Center, Leavey Center, Villages A, B, C and Henle Village; a considerably more diverse student body than in my years; and much more competitive admissions. When I was admitted, the acceptance rate was about 50 percent, compared to the 14.5 percent acceptance rate today. One advantage of age is that I got into Georgetown. I’m not sure if I would with the competition today. And still, some things had remained the same. The sense of community that I felt as a student is still real today. Likewise, the commitment to Jesuit values, most notably that of being “people for others,” still thrives on campus. Indeed, just as we rallied against the Vietnam War, today Georgetown has stood forthrightly with students in opposition to prejudice and hatred, particularly by fighting travel bans targeting Muslims. Over the last 18 months, I have been proud to be a part of intensive work, led by University President John J. DeGioia and in collaboration with higher education partners across the country, in support of the Dream Act of 2017 and legal protection for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. That work — like my work on student aid — has given me the opportunity to meet and
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VIEWPOINT • MONTGOMERY
VIEWPOINT • BECK
Campus Engagement Drives Personal Growth
Taking Advantage of Today
hile everyone has a different path, the Georgetown University experience offers much to those willing to engage with extracurricular activities. Whether through organizations, campaigns or social groups, Georgetown provides myriad opportunities for students to act on their interests and find peers with similar priorities. A variety of these on-campus extracurriculars have driven my personal and professional growth over the past four years. The fall of my freshman year, I joined GU Fossil Free, a group pushing for the university to divest from fossil fuels or remove investments in fossil fuels from our endowment. I found the mission of the group to be deeply purposeful, and I became further engaged with GUFF. The more work I did with GUFF, the more I learned to be an effective activist. Outside the system, I pushed university leadership toward action by helping lead rallies in Red Square. Within the system, I discussed investing policy details in wood-paneled rooms with university officials and wrote op-eds in The Hoya to explain the importance of divestment to the broader community. My most memorable experience was convincing the board of directors of the ethical and financial arguments for coal divestment at the end of my first year, which led to the removal of direct coal investments from our endowment, catapulting Georgetown to its status as a global environmental thought leader. I was able to learn and act because I was aware of my lack of knowledge and experience. This healthy self-conception allowed me to benefit from the mentorship of inspirational peers, especially the women among them. They taught me the importance of fighting for something you believe in while preventing personal burnout by taking time to care for yourself. Yet progress rarely comes without failures. As vice speaker of the Georgetown University Student Association senate my sophomore year, a referendum on divestment for which I pushed failed by a vote of my peers. As uncomfortable and embarrassing as my failure was then, I learned that taking the time to get people on board with the rationale behind important decisions before a public discussion and vote is crucial to success.
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At the end of my junior year, I started Georgetown Ventures, a student-run startup accelerator for undergraduate entrepreneurs. Knowing little to nothing about entrepreneurship and just as little about building an organization, my roommate and I transformed the organization from an idea to a 45-person team that has provided peer support to five startups and at least 20 entrepreneurs. The lessons I had already learned from GUFF gave me the skills to build a group from scratch and the confidence to lead it. More impressively, I can now spell entrepreneurship without a single typo. To any rising freshmen and sophomores reading: Join student groups, keep a lookout for those that give you a sense of purpose and do not be discouraged by rejection. Heavy involvement in student groups is not for everyone. The college trifecta of having a vibrant social life, a great academic record and a healthy amount of sleep is immensely difficult for even the most put-together among us. Finding a balance between the three requires a great deal of self-awareness and maturity, but balance becomes easier as your personal and professional abilities expand. So, keep your ambitions high while prioritizing self-care. Georgetown has given me so much: a stellar education, a great group of friends, a job that matches my passions and a sense of purpose and belonging. Without a doubt, I have found student groups to be the best place to push yourself to define who you are and who you want to be, and I’ve leveraged my experience into great internships in nonprofits, consulting work and finance. Through student groups, I hope I left this place better than I’ve found it, and I hope you can too.
Theo Montgomery is a senior in the School of Foreign Service.
fter two years spent engaging with Georgetown University students, faculty and staff as a professor in the McDonough School of Business, I have found the Hilltop full of the electric energy that radiates from people who are “going places.” I like to count myself among those people. My time at Georgetown has been tremendously productive, inspired me as an educator and researcher and taught me lessons that will impact my life and career. However, we who are “going places” often fall victim to a particularly unfortunate folly: a failure to appreciate where we are. Georgetown has been a rewarding stop on a journey toward my long-term goals, such as publishing my dissertation, starting new research with fellow Georgetown faculty and becoming a better teacher. Even though I have made progress toward these goals, I find myself wondering what I would have done if I were returning next year. With this query in mind, I encourage students — both those graduating and those continuing at Georgetown — to consider the following advice. Invest in relationships outside of your immediate circle. Work on school projects with classmates whom you do not know, even if you have the option to work with those whom you have worked with before. Join a student group without knowing anybody in it. Say “yes” when someone you just met asks you to coffee, even if you’d rather sleep in than make small talk with a stranger. On a personal level, relationships with others make life interesting and fulfilling. From a professional standpoint, a network is one of the most valuable assets you can develop, and there is no better place to begin than in college. If I had more time at Georgetown, I would improve my efforts at building relationships with those outside my department. Take advantage of living in Washington, D.C. Looking back, I wish I had made time to visit all the museums and galleries, attend more think tank discussions and maybe even join a demonstration or two. If I had more years at Georgetown, I would take more walks by the river and visit the Virginia wine country; maybe I would even do
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a Segway tour — don’t laugh. Some of my favorite recent discoveries, made in my lastditch efforts to enjoy D.C., include the Phillips’ Collection, Capital Bike Share — which I knew existed, but for some reason never bothered to try — and the 30-minute train to Baltimore. Create your “D.C. Bucket List” and get started right away. Be it long or short, do not let your remaining time slip away without enjoying all D.C. has to offer. Lastly, as you continue to look toward the future, do not neglect the present. When I started at Georgetown, I was immediately struck by how diligent, forward-looking and well-rounded the students and faculty are. While thinking ahead is necessary, we also must remember to live in the present. Your future — or at least your immediate future
after graduating — will likely be dominated by 60-hour work weeks and mind-numbing decisions — should I use my personal day off from work to cross laundry, groceries and the DMV off of my to-do list, or should I wait for an open Saturday? You may eventually wish to add a partner, family, even — gasp! — hobbies into the mix. You may not miss studying for exams, but you will likely miss going out on a Wednesday and taking a nap on Thursday afternoon. Whatever the present moment has provided you — whether the choice to visit home versus vacationing with friends for spring break, or to spend versus save your first “real” paycheck — take a moment to appreciate where you are right now. Though this habit will take a lifetime to
master, start now. We cannot recapture the past. Neither I, nor the graduating senior nor the freshman finishing their first year of college can return to their first day at Georgetown. But we can all take a moment to reflect on what we’ve learned, what opportunities we have missed or capitalized on and what we would do over if we could. We can vow to ourselves to use what we’ve learned going forward. My road continues on after Georgetown, and I am leaving better prepared to make the most out of the road that lies ahead. Your journey does not end on graduation day: It continues on. In many ways, it begins afresh.
Dr. Amanda Beck is a visiting professor in the accounting group in the McDonough School of Business.
VIEWPOINT • KAYE
VIEWPOINT • HICKLE & MONETON
Let Community Guide You
The Friendship in Between
n November of my sophomore year, I returned home for a weekend to sponsor my brother’s confirmation to the Roman Catholic Church. As we sat in the church gymnasium awaiting his pivotal spiritual moment, my 13-year-old brother turned to me and said, “Why are either of us here? We’re never going to go to church anyway...” Despite my enrollment at a Catholic school, I could not provide an answer. Nonetheless, I stood behind him as he received confirmation. He hasn’t been to church since, but my journey has been more complicated. My brother’s question spoke for both of us until the events of my last semester at Georgetown. For my justice and peace studies thesis, I aimed to visit a Native American reservation. While there, I wanted to do research that incorporated the voices of Native American people, who are traditionally left out of research conducted within institutions that do not have Native American representation. Yet I found scheduling visits to Native American schools difficult. The person with whom I had been working at Red Cloud High School, a Jesuit school on Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, had not responded in weeks. Reservation schools are typically under-resourced, as evidenced by a report by the National Education Association, so I felt nervous following up continuously. My thesis adviser and I decided on a new path for my research that did not take me to a reservation. The same evening of that decision, Fr. Greg Schenden, S.J., told my “Vocation and Purpose” class a story in which St. Ignatius was stubborn in pursuit of his purpose. After the story, I told Fr. Schenden I wanted to adopt a more Ignatian attitude, instead of continuing my concerns about seeming invasive. Fr. Schenden encouraged me to continue with my project, emphasizing the importance of conduct-
ing research through a visit, as opposed to relying on the writings of non-Native American people. That evening, my friend David gave me similar encouragement. He told me that these are the projects for which you persist and told me to call Red Cloud every day. So I called Thursday, with no response. I called Friday, with no response. I called Monday and finally got through. My pure excitement was halted by the counselor’s words on the other end of the phone: He was coordinating a response plan after a student suicide and would have to call me back tomorrow. The grave circumstances of his response underscored the importance of ensuring my research served the needs of the community and did not allow the bias of my fortunate reality to misrepresent theirs. Three weeks later, I travelled to South Dakota and interviewed several staff members and conducted a focus group of students, yielding a thesis that presents recommendations to make postsecondary institutions more accessible for Native Americans. Now as I prepare to graduate from Georgetown, I look forward to working at Red Cloud next year as a middle school teacher. I have no idea where my next opportunity will be, but I know my Red Cloud community will guide me toward the future, just as my Georgetown community did. I sat at the Senior Shabbat last
night and watched my friend David give a D’var Torah, or “word of Torah,” about the process of becoming ready to graduate. Participating in Shabbat as someone who is not Jewish, I shared in their gratitude for each other for building the community as welcoming as it proves to be. I similarly felt grateful for the people who welcomed me to campus, such as those in the Georgetown Scholarship Program who allow students to build community in a space that is our own. I will never be sure if the path carrying me beyond Georgetown came to me through a guiding spiritual hand or pure coincidence. While I used to see that path as individualized, I now see that my path has been influenced by the many people who have encouraged me to trust not only myself but also the guidance of those around me. I entered Georgetown skeptical about joining a Catholic community. Yet, by allowing myself to lean on the support of spiritual communities and others on campus, I found the comfort of knowing that the journey we take does not have to be alone. They opened my mind to the possibility that we have a greater purpose in life that can only be achieved if we accept the help of those who have been placed near us to guide us.
Emily Kaye is a senior in the College.
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e did not plan to write this together, but of course, here we are. Weeks before graduation, Jessica sat staring at a blank Microsoft Word document and asked Andrea for ideas. Our conversation concluded with a decision to write this reflection the same way we do everything: together.
Incoming college students often hear that the friendships they build in their first year may not last throughout college. Entering freshman year, I figured I would come to count myself among those exceptions; naturally, I was in for a rude awakening. I met Jessica sophomore year, and she was the first person with whom I truly felt I would stay friends beyond graduation. The newness of college had worn off: I had stopped seeing each new encounter as a chance to make a close friend — a cause and consequence, perhaps, of the sophomore slump. But shedding the burden of expectations also opened the door to more genuine and vulnerable friendships, the first of which I found in my relationship with Jessica.
Sleep deprivation, uncertainty and a lack of motivation characterized my sophomore fall. I looked for excitement in late nights out with friends, high test scores and 5:30 a.m. trips to Yates Field House. On Fridays, I arrived at Dolcezza, my favorite Wisconsin Avenue coffee shop, after seven exhausted days spent failing to find the fulfillment I craved. I relaxed my shoulders, threw my hair in a ponytail and just talked with Andrea. We talked about everything that didn’t have to do with Georgetown — how do you decaffeinate a coffee bean? Do you believe in the afterlife? For the first time, I shared feelings, ideas and fears as they came to mind, whether or not they sounded good or smart or polished.
Amid endless work and uncertainty about my future, I stayed somewhat sane by ending each week walking with Jessica to Dolcezza, where we met Eddie, a senior who mentored both of us. Every week, I was grateful for the opportunity to share moments of introspection. I remember feeling nervous the day Jessica and I decided to spend a Friday afternoon together without Eddie, but the pace of our conversation didn’t miss a beat. I left that afternoon certain of one thing: a solid friendship in the making. Jessica and I have a friendship of little things and in-betweens. After sophomore year, we lived together for a semester. Our friendship strengthened through evenings on the couch, common classes and even a jaunt to the emergency room when Jessica developed a strange rash during finals our junior year; by that point, few things could faze our friendship. Although to an outsider this event would have seemed insignificant, that first Dolcezza coffee gave rise to the best of friendships.
Andrea is the most interested person I have ever known. In our sophomore coffee dates and every conversation since, Andrea has listened to each story I’ve told her as if it were the most important one she had ever heard. Our conversations count among my favorite memories at Georgetown. The evenings at The Tombs blend into one long night in my memory, but I can still hear Andrea laughing at the retelling of my nights over breakfast the next morning. The days I finished my first marathon, received my most heartbreaking rejection letter and submitted my thesis were all blurs. Yet the moments of clarity processing each of them with Andrea in the days that followed continue to pierce my memory. The things I won’t forget about Georgetown are the things I nev-
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er expected to remember. How could I have predicted that conversations over coffee, evenings on our stoop or walks with no particular destination would hold my happiest, bravest, proudest and most humbling memories? After all, the events themselves are unmemorable, even unimportant. But it is on these otherwise insignificant moments that I built the strongest friendship I have ever known.
Andrea AND Jessica
Writing from our own perspectives, we reached the same conclusion. We came to Georgetown for the big things, the gold stars — flashy internships, celebrity professors and remarkable achievements — that in time we often found fell short of our colossal expectations. We threw ourselves so energetically into Georgetown’s constant churning in pursuit of remembering and being remembered. Once in a while we caught one of these coveted gold stars and the excitement it brings. But now, minutes, weeks or semesters later, we come down at last. We sit sober on Healy Lawn staring into the dark sky of a Saturday night, cherishing the memories of the little things and the in-betweens and the friendships that emerged from them.
Jessica Hickle and Andrea Moneton are seniors in the School of Foreign Service.
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Finally Confronting My Former Self
came to Georgetown University unsure what to expect. After a worry-free summer picking berries and making butter in the Black Forest of Bavaria, Germany, I went home for a few days before taking a leap of faith. As an only child, I was used to having all the attention of my parents and teachers growing up; as a native of Shanghai, I thought myself cosmopolitan. As I said goodbye to my parents and boarded the plane alone, I felt prepared. I looked forward to my long-term study abroad. I didn’t know where the path would lead me. Little did I know that at the end of the four years I saw life not as a straight path toward a predetermined goal but rather a journey with memorable experiences and people. Though I refused to admit it, freshman orientation gave me culture shocks. Two weeks of endless cheering, shouting and deafening pop music made me wonder where my American classmates found so much energy. I quickly learned that “We should get coffee!” does not lead to actual appointments. Soon, I developed my own prepared speech to avoid silence during small talks. I devoted almost all my time to academic work, but my biggest challenge in the first year was participating in class. While many of my classmates could deliver impromptu yet eloquent speeches from a mere skimming of the readings, I would diligently finish all the readings and still be unable to find the courage to make a comment. Nevertheless, I persisted in my daily efforts. Slowly, I progressed from an outsider to a listener, then, finally, to an active participant. I thought my time at Georgetown would result in a good GPA, research experiences and many internships. I expected these achievements to lead to a great future with good jobs and prestigious graduate schools. I slowly realized, however, that my real growth at Georgetown is not evidenced in substantive knowledge or by any academic barometer. Instead, I have grown in my capacity to love: to genuinely care about and con-
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nect with others. Volunteering as a tutor for immigrant children was my first experience in practicing Georgetown’s value of “people in the service of others,” but it was soon followed by many others. I was amazed by the passion and enthusiasm of my friends, classmates and professors, whether through their academics, social justice or public service. I cannot count the times their genuine commitment and tireless efforts moved me. They reminded me daily that I can do anything with the right amount of discipline. I received endless support from my family and friends. I was lucky enough to be a CHARMS success story: My freshman year roommate turned out to be my best friend for four years. Our latenight conversations span from prose to politics; she became the sister I never had. My many restaurant explorations with friends and FaceTime sessions with my parents gave me a sense of belonging. I felt grounded because of them. I thought nothing bad could happen because I always had people who loved and believed in me. Gradually, I removed the selfimposed bottlenecks I had created and purposefully abandoned the predetermined track I had set for myself. I realized there was no need to fit in and that life has no destinations. Yes, there were many moments of ecstasy when I got 4.0 GPAs after semesters of hard work,
when I landed that Brookings transatlantic policy internship, when Madeleine Albright congratulated me for my admittance to Harvard Law School. There were also moments of disappointment when I didn’t do well on exams, when I felt out of place in networking events or group project meetings or when I fought with my friends. But they are little dots on a long line. More importantly, my best friends’ company and the osmotic process of the Georgetown values taught me that life is a marathon, not a sprint. The friendships I made here, the moments of absorption into a book and discussions with professors were priceless. They constitute my time in Georgetown and made me who I am today. More importantly, they will teach me to always remember to enjoy the present. When I first heard Winston Churchill’s quote in the movie “The Darkest Hour,” I thought it could almost perfectly capture my last four years: “Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It’s the courage to continue that matters.” I would also like to add that we don’t continue alone. Love and be forever grateful to those who are with you in your journey.
Shiyu (Jenny) Liang is a senior in the School of Foreign Service.
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A Campus Full of ‘Home’
hroughout my life, the word “home” has taken on a variety of different meanings, colors and textures. Growing up overseas and moving to a new city every couple of years taught me that home extends far beyond a particular house or place: Home can be a feeling, a person or a moment in time. When I arrived in front of Darnall Hall at the beginning of freshman year, I had already attended eight schools in the past 18 years and had grown weary of the seemingly constant transitions. Though I was nervous about finding home in a new place yet again, my stress was eased when I recognized that everyone around me was new as well. For the first time, I would begin and end the next four years of school with the same group of people. Of course, each of us would have our own experiences, but Georgetown University would be the grounds on which all of us discovered home. Now, with graduation around the corner, I am scared to think this particular journey is almost over, but I know I will always carry the experience of feeling at home at Georgetown. For me, home was ESCAPE — an overnight retreat program for first-year and transfer students — where I was not only welcomed but also encouraged to be my most authentic self, where previously unspoken fears and uncertainties were met with profound kindness and the comforting words, “I feel the same way.” Home is the feeling of looking up at the endless sky of stars at Georgetown’s retreat center, the Calcagnini Contemplative Center, and feeling unsettled, yet so grounded. It is eating apple pie straight from the dish with my fellow ESCAPE leaders in Team Supernova, a group of people who showed bravery through honesty and taught me to never doubt the power of seeing a friendly face in a crowd. Home is walking across Copley Lawn, watching the leaves or blossoms fall from our very own Whomping Willow. It is sitting outside in the sun on a Wednesday, captivated by the joyous atmosphere of the bustling farmers market, and the sound of friends calling each other’s names. And I can’t forget our resident duck couple: an irreplaceable source of humor and character, and the two
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biggest fans of Georgetown’s miledeep puddles. Home is Senior Capstone, a series of weekly meals and discussions throughout spring semester, which brought together 12 relative strangers and helped them become friends. Though we have all gone through the ups and downs of Georgetown in our own ways, every week we stepped into one another’s worlds by sharing stories of cynicism, optimism and vulnerability. Somehow, the future’s big unknowns felt safer and brighter when sitting together around the table of a home-cooked meal. Home is the blue house on the corner of 37th and O streets, where I wake up every morning feeling lucky to live among some of the most wonderful, inspiring women I know. I am at home when we share what is on our minds, sitting in one another’s presence and sharing bursts of laughter. To me, Georgetown has become my home in these ways and so many more. Even though feelings of lostness and unfamiliarity have crept in occasionally, a feeling, a moment or a person always comes along and helps me put my feet back on the ground. If nothing else, I hope that during my time here I have made someone feel welcome and at home — even for just a little while. And to everyone graduating, while there are many whose paths I have not crossed, know that I am forever grateful to have walked among you for the last four years. Graduation marks a step toward our next adventure and away from Georgetown, but in time, I know that we’ll find home again.
Helena Vaughan is a senior in the College.
anonymously wrote a piece for The Hoya my freshman spring, so to put my name on another article just days from graduation feels like the completion of a circle. The article, written for The Guide’s 2015 “Sex Issue,” was about my experience with hookup culture in the gay community. I wrote “LGBTQ” repeatedly, as if I knew anything about the greater community or had any right to speak for it from my cushion of cis, white privilege. In the original piece, I blamed societal norms for my own inability to handle anything more serious than a hookup, despite my own ignorance of these norms’ foundations. I stripped away the agency I had because of my own timidity and uncertainty. Don’t get me wrong, sex has long been seen as liberating in the gay community — just look at the sexual revolution of the 1960s — and there are certainly strong trends of eschewing serious relationships to remain casual and unattached. But to ignore my thenpoor dating skills and instead blame the history of the gay community was inaccurate and a bit whiny. If I’m going to blame anything, I should blame growing up in a small town in North Carolina and choosing to stay in the closet until my senior year of high school. My extended self-sentencing to the closet affected me more than any norms. I say “self-sentencing” because my family was exceedingly open and accepting — a reaction still too uncommon, particularly in North Carolina — and only my own trepidation, not fear of negative backlash, kept me in the closet. I built up coming out to be a huge deal. I psyched myself out over the impending event for years; I even wrote a script of what I would say, only to abandon it in the moment. Then, everything was fine. My family was fine. My friends were fine. Any limiting or holding back that took place in my case, I had done to myself. My intention isn’t to be unnecessarily self-deprecating, and I definitely don’t feel self-important
enough to think that a piece that I wrote in 2015 — which slipped by without even making a ripple — is worthy of comprehensive critique, but if there is anything I’ve learned as a culture and politics major, it’s how to be critical. It seems only right as a senior to criticize and poke fun at freshman-year Keith. His eagerness and naivete were almost endearing in their foolishness. Cultural influences were there, but I made my own decisions readily and without caution. I was already 19 years old and two months into freshman year when I went on my first real date. I picked the movie, and he picked the restaurant. I can’t remember if the explicit intention was to be as cliche as possible, but we really nailed it during the awkward “goodnight kiss” outside of Darnall Hall. There wasn’t a second date. Eventually, I sort of figured it out, and I have no real qualms with how my romantic life at Georgetown has turned out. Fleeing to Washington, D.C., a thriving metropolis compared to where I grew up, offered the room necessary to grow up a bit — but, evidently, that growth took longer than the six months I had before I wrote my freshman spring reflection. Flings, relationships, an overly
curious mom and intermittent stints back in the closet when I studied abroad in Jordan or when I visited extended family to whom I’ve yet to come out add some clarity in what I wanted and what I’m ready for. For example, I’m still not ready to explain to my mom what a “twink” is, nor do I want to. There is something satisfying about confronting my freshman self just before graduating. A few years ago, I wouldn’t put my name on the piece I wrote; I needed the comfort of anonymity. To call that “progress” seems self-aggrandizing, but it is indicative of my growth. Since then, I’ve gone out dressed in near-full drag and have no intention of getting rid of my Effie Trinket wig. Figuring my life out took four years of trial and error, pushing boundaries and settling into myself; it required an incredible group of friends who have tolerated, supported and encouraged the ridiculousness along the way. As an aside, if anyone knows the graduate student that my mom keeps telling me I’m dating, please send me his name and number. He seems great.
Keith McKay is a senior in the School of Foreign Service.
COURTESY KEITH McKAY
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The Bonds Community Breeds
have been a graduate student at Georgetown University for nearly a decade. In 2009 I started a twoyear master’s degree in Arab studies, and I am graduating this spring with a doctorate in Middle Eastern history after an academic career on the Hilltop that included four semesters as a teaching assistant and one summer teaching my own course. In essence, I’ve spent my entire adult life at Georgetown: I got engaged, got married and gave birth to my daughter while I was a full-time student. In my time here, I have seen Georgetown’s vibrant community flow from the synergy of its three main bodies — graduate students, undergraduate students and faculty members — working together to sharpen one another intellectually, to care for each other holistically and to engage with the world with more sensitivity drawn from the diversity of our vast and varied experiences. Georgetown was, first and foremost, an intellectual training ground. The other graduate students in my cohort and I pushed ourselves to master the craft of our academic discipline. I survived the yearlong process of qualifying exams for my doctorate, an experience so grueling that I wept in bed for days after it was all over. I spent long weeks away from my family conducting research in Iraq, Greece, France and the United Kingdom. I wrote the final chapters of my dissertation two months after giving birth to my daughter, still reeling from the physical and emotional havoc of childbirth. Despite the challenges, I cherish the professional training I received here. Through intellectual exchanges inside and outside the classroom and mentorship by dedicated faculty members, I learned how to think more critically and to express my arguments lucidly. I look back with pride — and only a little wincing — at the personal and academic growth that took place at Georgetown, and I am full of gratitude for the faculty and students who were part of
that journey. But being a graduate student is not just about individual development: Teaching and mentoring younger students is an important role we play in the wider university community. Working as a teaching assistant in undergraduate history classes and teaching my own Middle East history course constitute some of my most cherished memories at Georgetown. As TAs and graduate instructors, our familiarity with the struggles of student life means that we are often the ones best positioned to identify a student in crisis or to help professors and students better understand one another. Students come to our office hours for help with class but also to relay their fears and hopes about careers, life after graduation, personal dilemmas and academic pressures. Knowing the centrality of graduate students in undergraduate education, I am heartened by the work done by the Georgetown Alliance of Graduate Employees to make sure that the university fairly recognizes the contributions
of graduate instructors. This growing tradition of student activism is further proof of the vitality of Georgetown’s community. Over the past nine years, the world around Georgetown has changed in startling ways, and students have helped ensure that Georgetown evolves along with it. In 2012, a Georgetown University Law Center student was at the center of national debates about insurance coverage for contraceptives before the passing of the Affordable Care Act. In 2015, students led a sit-in to push Georgetown officials to take hard action in recognition of the 1838 sale of 272 enslaved people to fund the university. Today, the #MeToo movement and the threatened rights of immigrants and refugees are at the center of many campus discussions. Faculty members have been important partners in supporting these students’ efforts. In my own department, history professors and graduate students are working together to maintain the Georgetown Slavery Archive related to the 1838 sale. This example
— just one among many — illustrates the dynamism that can be achieved when undergraduates, graduate students and faculty work together on issues of significance for our campus and larger society. After a decade of personal growth, intellectual training and cultural and political change, I am struck by the vitality of this community and the power of its student body. As students are becoming more actively engaged in issues of social, economic and political importance, I have no doubt Georgetown will continue to grow in embodying its values in academic excellence, cura personalis and social justice. As I leave Georgetown to begin a new chapter as a professor at Seattle Pacific University, I carry with me our community values, convinced that campuses function at their best when students and faculty work together to bring about needed change.
Alissa walter is a seventh-year doctoral student of Middle Eastern history.
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Commencement exercises for the Class of 2018 began Thursday, with former Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz addressing graduates of the McCourt School of Public Policy. Commencement exercises are continuing through Sunday afternoon.
Lavender Graduation Honors LGBTQ Community, Allies MEENA MORAR Hoya Staff Writer
Award recipients advocated for better health care and support to transgender and gender non-conforming students and reflected on their own identities as part of the LGBTQ community at Georgetown University’s 10th annual Lavender Graduation, where LGBTQ members of the Class of 2018 were honored April 26. Hosted in the Healey Family Student Center by Georgetown’s LGBTQ Center, the graduation honored members and allies of the LGBTQ community for advocacy and work for promoting LGBTQ rights. Pamela Chen (LAW ’86), a federal district judge for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, gave the keynote address, in which she reflected on her experiences in law
school, when Georgetown was in the middle of a “gay rights battle.” “In 1980, several gay student groups sued the university for equal access to campus resources. The case was winding its way through the courts, minutes away from the law school,” Chen said. “The year after I graduated, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals ruled that Georgetown gay student groups were entitled to equal access to university resources but that the university did not have to officially recognize them. We are certainly far from those days.” Chen came out publicly in her early 30s after she had already entered her professional career and was on track to become a judge. Chen said although she was labeled as a “lesbian role model” for so many LGBTQ youth, she still found herself navigating her own identity. “The confirmation process that I went through to become a judge
was the first time I ever had to think about my separate identities — Asian-American, female, gay — in a holistic way,” Chen said. “I had to figure out what it all meant. As an Asian-American, I’ve always understood that one’s identity is defined both internally and externally. For me, my identity as an Asian-American was for a long time defined externally – by the world around me and how others perceived me.” Chen said her identity as a gay woman has had many more implications than her identity as an Asian-American. “All of my life, people made assumptions about me based on my being Asian, but being gay is something the outside world has never imposed on me, or identified me as, until I came out,” Chen said. “On a day-today basis, being gay is such a different identity than being Asian. I’ve always been visibly Asian: I’ve never had to announce it or mention it. Be-
ing identified as gay, by contrast, requires an affirmative declaration. There’s a reason they call it coming out. You have to self-report; you have to self-identify.” Zack Frial (SFS ’18), Luiggy Vidal (COL ’18), Grace Smith (COL ’18) and Laura Padilla Pérez (COL ’18) were the undergraduate award winners for their advocacy efforts on campus and beyond. Dean Samuel Aronson and professor Dana Luciano were also recognized for their commitment to the LGBTQ community. Award winners from the Georgetown University Law Center comprised Charlie Gilfoil (LAW ’18) and professor Judith Perez Cara, while Casey Bishop (MED ’18) represented the Georgetown University School of Medicine. Frial, who was awarded the LGBTQ Leadership Beyond the Gates award and prefers they/ them pronouns, spoke to their
experience coming out at Georgetown. “For many of us, college is the first chance we have not only to come out, but to come in – as we reflect on who we want to be,” Frial said. “Despite my wanting to accept myself as a whole person, the world is still not ready to accept me. Georgetown is not ready to accept me. I turn the question on you now: Is this Georgetown who you want to be?” Frial said their lack of faith in Georgetown’s administration stemmed from the lack of resources available to transgender and gender nonconforming students. “We need health care, access to the mental health services, hormone therapy and gender-affirming surgeries,” Frial said. “We need administration and other students on campus in GU Pride, in GU Queer People of Color, in reproductive justice groups – to
recognize this. In the name of cura personalis — care for the whole person — will Georgetown come in once more and make the next step to care for its transgender students?” Chen said that Georgetown has, however, advanced greatly in its treatment of its LGBTQ students, attributing this progress in part to student activism and student advocacy groups. In a final piece of advice for the graduating members of the LGBTQ community, Chen encouraged them to be free and comfortable in their identities while venturing forward in the world. “One should live as openly and proudly as you can — whenever and wherever,” Chen said. “Just as the fact as my presence on the bench as an openly gay judge helps bring down stereotypes and barriers, so too does your act of living your life authentically and openly.”
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Pamela Chen (LAW ’86), federal district judge in the eastern district of New York in Brooklyn, addressed the 10th annual Lavender Graduation as a keynote speaker. Chen, who reﬂected on the role of her identities in her education and career, is the ﬁrst LGBTQ-identiﬁed Asian-American federal judge and the second Chinese female federal district court judge.
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Class of 2022 Marks Highest Yield in Recent Memory YIELD, from A1 admits until we see where we are in the middle part of June at which point we may be able to offer a few more transfer admits.” Twenty-three students have already requested to defer enrollment, and based on yield rates in previous years, Deacon said the university anticipates around 30 students in total will take a gap year. Deacon anticipates the Class of 2022 will ultimately reach its target enrollment size through the process of attrition. “Historically, about 45 to 50 students will ultimately withdraw from their deposit either getting off a waiting list elsewhere or some personal circumstances,” Deacon said. “We’re only in the beginning of that process so we’re hoping that happens — normally we hate to see that happen — our best guess is it might bring us back to around 1,620.” Deacon said this year’s applicants had substantially
higher test scores than previous classes, with the incoming average SAT scores increasing about 30 points from last year’s average of 1411. “The average student admitted was about a 1460 on the SAT, and the average coming in is about 1440,” Deacon said. “That’s the highest it has ever been so that’s one indicator that we’re getting stronger students. We’re also getting the same diversity in terms of first generation and ethnicity and those students are coming in with stronger scores as well.” The incoming class represents 185 black students, up 13 from last year. The number of foreign nationals increased to 137 students, around 8 percent of the incoming class, from last year’s 125. The undergraduate schools reported steady yields, with the exception of Georgetown College, which saw an increase of about 3 percent from 45 percent to 48 percent. The School of Foreign Service reported a 50 percent yield, the NHS recorded a 50 percent
yield and the McDonough School of Business yielded 55 percent of applicants. The increase in the College’s yield may be attributed to a shift in the applicants’ interest for the humanities and social sciences, according to Deacon. “The biggest percentage increase was the College, which is usually the lowest of yields,” Deacon said. “That would be an indication that students in the humanities and social sciences are saying yes at a higher rate.” Deacon said the overall increases in applicants may be due to a desire to live in Washington, D.C. “There may be something going on that is causing Washington to be a much more appealing place to come. For the first time in maybe 30 years, we’re seeing indications that in this generation overall, there is more interest in being more active in your future,” Deacon said. “Students are saying, ‘I want to get in there where the action is.’”
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Community members gathered in Dahlgren Chapel on Monday to remember the life of Fr. Howard Gray, S.J., who died Monday, May 7 following complications from a car accident.
Honoring Fr. Howard Gray GRAY, from A1 “champion of the way that lay leadership can work in Jesuit institutions,” according to Fr. Matthew Carnes, S.J., a Georgetown Jesuit and government professor. “He had a sense that lay people can be leaders, and then what the Jesuit role becomes is continuing to care for the spirit of the institution,” Carnes said. He took on this supportive role in 2007, when he joined the university’s Jesuit community as special assistant to the president. For the next decade, Gray served as a spiritual adviser to DeGioia and other senior administrators, while overseeing a number of administrative tasks, including headhunting candidates for key positions in the Office of Mission and Ministry. As a Jesuit leader on campus, Gray championed a vision of the Jesuit identity that embraced openness and inclusion. Gray was part of a generation of Jesuits that “rediscovered the spirituality of the Jesuits” as focusing on the individual and their relationship with God — a spiritual conviction that led him to embrace diversity in a way that some others in his church did not, according to Carnes. “Just think of the different identities that you can cherish when you cherish the individual,” Carnes said. “And that was something he did so well, and everything flowed from that.” In 2008, Gray stood up against conservative elements in the Catholic church as a strong advocate for the founding of an LGBTQ Resource Center at Georgetown, the first of its kind at a Jesuit university in the United States. Gray’s advocacy was “instrumental” in providing the center with the moral authority it needed to get off the ground, according to Shiva Subbaraman, the center’s director. “He always pointed out that we had an obligation to have the Center ‘because’ we are Jesuit and Catholic, not ‘despite’,” Subbaraman wrote in an email to The Hoya. “Fr Howard Gray ‘saw’ LGBTQ people in all of our full range of humanity.” In 2016, Gray accepted DeGioia’s call to lead the university’s large and complex Office of Mission and Ministry as interim vice president following the resignation of Fr. Kevin O’Brien, S.J., to become dean of the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University. It was a demanding role, particularly with Gray’s physical health declining at the age of 86. That fall, Gray faced health episodes stemming from a heart condition, always returning to work shortly thereafter. He fulfilled the role with “incredible energy and enthusiasm” the entire year, Carnes said. Gray embraced and promoted
religious diversity at Georgetown and was particularly fascinated by interreligious dialogue: Gray was beloved by many of the university’s chaplains, Catholic and non-Catholic, whom he would often engage in theological discussion, according to colleagues. While leading the Office of Mission and Ministry, Gray welcomed Georgetown’s first full-time director of Hindu life and the first Hindu priest to be a chaplain at any U.S. university, Brahmachari Vrajvihari Sharan. After his yearlong term heading the Office of Mission and Ministry, Gray largely retired from public life and moved to a Jesuit retreat home in West Bloomfield, Mich.
“He was someone who could make time for you and sit down with you and talk to you about the big and small things in your life.” Fr. matthew carnes, S.j. Professor, Georgetown University
Aside from his official responsibilities, over his decade on campus, Gray frequently played the role of spiritual guide to members of the administration, faculty, student body and Jesuit community. His first-floor office in Gervase Hall, the inconspicuous brick building adjoining Isaac Hawkins Hall near Dahlgren Quad, became a chapel in its own right for members of the community seeking wisdom or support. Gray listened closely and asked pointed questions, according to Carnes. A lover of literature and the written word, he would often provide wisdom in the form of scripture verses, lines from old novels or anecdotes from his personal life. “He was someone who could make time for you and sit down with you and talk about the big and the small things in your life, and give you his absolute, undivided attention,” Carnes said. “And by doing that, to call out the best in you and help you bring out and see the best in yourself.” ——— Impressive as Gray was as a leader, his friends will remember him even more for who he was as a friend. While Gray was a “spiritual giant,” Fr. Gregory Schenden, S.J., said, he was also “so fully human.” Few people were closer to Gray than Fr. John O’Malley, S.J., 90, one of his best friends of seven decades and a Georgetown theology professor. At Georgetown, the two elder Jesuits were next-
door neighbors in Wolfington Hall, with Schenden on Gray’s other side. “They would knock on each other’s doors and bug each other sometimes,” Carnes said. “The two of them could be so much fun to see together, play off one another, encourage each other and laugh at one another and themselves.” In a sermon at Gray’s funeral Saturday, O’Malley recalled how he and Gray “bantered and teased and feigned indignation at one another’s foibles.” “You might gather some insight into the quality of our friendship if I tell you that sometimes with me he began a conversation by asking the endearing question, ‘Do you know what’s wrong with you?’” O’Malley said. Gray had a playful sense of humor, as well as a taste for film that extended from foreign-language dramas to slapstick comedies, and he could enjoy a drink or two: Bourbon Manhattans were his favorite, according to Schenden. Gray often stayed in touch with old friends by sending notes and cards, usually picked up from museums or from his travels — something with an artistic flourish, and always carefully chosen for the right person and moment, according to Carnes. Gray and his sister, Marge, were particularly inseparable: He called her nearly every day and made trips to visit her most holidays. They often told stories about their mother and how much they had learned from her as kids about teaching love and virtue by example. This lesson would be the theme of Gray’s final lecture at Georgetown, and according to his friends, the hallmark of his legacy on campus. While Gray was in town for his lecture last month, he made sure to keep a busy schedule of dinners and other occasions to share with old friends, including meeting his old next-door neighbor Schenden for a nightcap on the evening of April 18 after his lecture. Schenden recalled telling him, “You know, How, I didn’t realize until these days you’ve been back how spoiled I was having you here in my life each and every day.” Gray certainly felt likewise. In a 2013 viewpoint published in The Hoya, Gray reflected on how he had learned to see his friends as “gifts to be valued.” “Throughout our ordinary days, we are surrounded by other women and men who are gifts,” Gray wrote. “If I look back over the years, I see all the people who’ve populated my history not as a cast of characters but as good folks who taught me how to understand life, how to support others, how to laugh through my tears and sorrows, how to extend myself in compassion and care and how to forgive and be forgiven.”
conflict. PeacePlayers operates in troubled U.S. cities such as Baltimore and Detroit, as well as in the Middle East, Northern Ireland and elsewhere abroad. Friday’s events culminate with the McDonough School of Business commencement for graduate and undergraduate students. The ceremony is planned for 3 p.m. on Healy Lawn as of Thursday evening, but in case of a rain disruption, there will be two separate ceremonies for undergraduate and graduate students at 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., respectively, in McDonough. The commencement speaker for the MSB, Ursula Burns, is the executive chairman of the supervisory board for VEON, a multinational telecommunication company, and the former chair and CEO of Xerox. On Saturday, Georgetown College students are scheduled to meet for their commencement at 9 a.m. on Healy Lawn. If the commencement is moved to McDonough for rain there will be two ceremonies: the first at 9 a.m. will be for students with last names beginning with A-K, and the second at 11:30 a.m. will be for students with last names beginning with L-Z. Susan Hockfield (GRD ’79), president emerita and professor of neuroscience at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will deliver the commencement address. She earned a Ph.D. from the Georgetown University School of Medicine, carrying out
her doctoral research at the National Institutes of Health in nearby Bethesda, Md. She served as the sixteenth president of MIT from 2004 to 2012, according to her biography on the institute’s website. Nursing and Health Studies graduating seniors have their commencement at 2 p.m. Saturday, tentatively on Healy Lawn. The commencement speech is set to be delivered by Luci Baines Johnson, the daughter of President Lyndon Johnson and the founder of LBJ Family Wealth Advisors. She previously attended the NHS but dropped out in 1966 because she decided to marry, which was prohibited for students in the school at the
“To get where we need to go, we need innovation — a lot of innovation. Innovation includes technology innovation, it includes policy innovation.” ERNEST MONIZ Former U.S. Secretary of Energy
time. On Saturday evening at 5 p.m., the combined graduate and undergraduate ceremony for the School of Foreign Service is set to take place on Healy Lawn. As with the MSB, the commencement will be split into separate ceremonies in McDonough: undergraduate degrees at 5 p.m. and graduate degrees at 7:30
p.m. United Nations SecretaryGeneral António Guterres is set to speak in one of the most anticipated addresses of the commencement season. All commencement speakers on Friday and Saturday will be awarded Doctor of Humane Letters degrees. Finally, the School of Medicine and Law Center have their ceremonies on Sunday. Medical students meet at 11 a.m. at DAR Constitution Hall near downtown D.C. The ceremony will feature a commencement address by Thomas Nasca, president and CEO for the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, the organization responsible for most graduate medical training programs for physicians in the United States. Nasca will receive an honorary Doctor of Science degree. Also on Sunday morning, the university is hosting a baccalaureate mass at 9 a.m. on Healy Lawn, weather permitting, and a commencement brunch in the Leavey Center Ballroom at 10:45 a.m. Georgetown’s commencement ceremonies conclude with the Law Center commencement at 2 p.m. Sunday on Healy Lawn, weather permitting. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), the District’s non-voting representative in the House of Representatives, is set to speak. Norton will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree along with Merrick Garland, the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit who was nominated to the Supreme Court in 2016 but not confirmed.
Former U.S. Secretary of State Ernest Moniz urged the formation of innovative policy addressing the interests of all citizens at the McCourt School of Public Policy’s commencement ceremony.
friday, may 18, 2018
Top-Ranked Seniors Honored Students Push Back on Calls For Success in Academics To Arm GUPD Officers katrina schmidt
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Five students earning the highest cumulative grade point averages across Georgetown University’s four undergraduate schools will be honored this commencement weekend as valedictorians and Dean’s Medal recipients. Jenny Franke (COL ’18), a biochemistry major and economics minor, and Kevin Yuan (COL ’18), an economics and Japanese double major and mathematics minor, will be honored as the Georgetown College Marshals for earning the highest cumulative GPA out of all graduates. The two graduates both earned 4.0 GPAs. Gaia Mattiace (COL ’18), a psychology and government double major with a minor in environmental studies, earned the secondhighest GPA in the College. She will give the Cohongurotun address at Friday’s Tropaia ceremony, an event at which students graduating summa cum laude receive their cords. Grace Lafaire (MSB ’18), a finance major and economics minor, is the valedictorian for the McDonough School of Business. She earned a 4.0 GPA. Although the School of Nursing and Health Studies and the School of Foreign Service do not formally name valedictorians, they award Dean’s Medals to the graduating seniors with the highest GPA in each school. The NHS Dean’s Medal recipient is Jake Schwartz (NHS ’18), a human science major. The SFS does not announce the name of the Dean’s Medal recipient until Friday’s Tropaia ceremony. In an interview with The Hoya, Yuan attributed his academic success to a three-pronged approach. He aimed to be diligent with his studies, have good time management skills and maintain a balance between socializing and studying. “Having those three things together, I felt that I was able to get through everything,” Yuan said. “It allowed me to succeed more than I would have if I had just been working 24/7.” Franke echoed the value of a lifework balance, recalling going to The Tombs with her friends every Wednesday as a highlight of her
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Five seniors are set to be honored during commencement weekend for earning the highest GPAs in their respective undergraduate schools. senior year. Her friends provided a support system and played a role in her academic success, Franke said. Although having supportive friends helped her through her time at Georgetown, Franke noted that taking classes in topics she enjoys benefitted her academically. “I think that I really enjoyed the material I was learning,” Franke said. “A big part of that was having really great, passionate professors who were so accessible.” Despite earning straight A’s every semester, Franke did not set out with the intention to graduate with a 4.0 GPA: her passionate professors and enjoyable classes inspired her academic performance. “Throughout college I didn’t really make it a goal or anticipate having a 4.0,” Franke said. “It just kind of happened every semester.” However, she worked hard during her final semester to maintain her motivation to complete the feat, Franke said. Schwartz attributed his academic success to his love for his major, which NHS students must declare when they enter the university as freshmen. He came to Georgetown for the human science major, and his academic studies defined his college years. “I feel like different people make different things their main passion at Georgetown,” Schwartz said. “The thing that I really wanted to excel at was just school — I
like to learn.” In addition to his academic achievements, Schwartz also studied abroad in Argentina, where he volunteered in pediatric clinics and conducted research on the Holocaust with Fr. Patrick Desbois, S.J., the president of Yahad-In Unum, an organization that works to raise awareness about the sites of Jewish and Roma mass executions by Nazi killing in Eastern Europe during World War II, according to the organization’s website. Yuan also pointed to his study abroad experience as a defining part of his time at Georgetown. Yuan studied abroad at Waseda University in Tokyo for his entire junior year and plans to return to Japan on a Critical Language Scholarship through the U.S. Department of State after graduation. After graduation, Schwartz and Franke will be attending medical school at McGill University and Johns Hopkins University, respectively. While Schwartz is “honored and humbled” to be this year’s NHS Dean’s Medal recipient, he pointed out the diverse variety of student achievement at Georgetown that goes beyond just grade point averages. “I think that GPA is only one way of rating academic success,” Schwartz said. “I think that many people who don’t have this GPA have learned just as well and just as much.”
A letter advocating that Georgetown University Police Department officers remain unarmed was delivered to University President John J. DeGioia’s office May 4 by student members of Georgetown United Against Police Aggression. The GUAPA letter comes in response to another letter from a student group called GU Advocates for Responsible Defense, which called on the university to arm GUPD officers and Metropolitan Police Department officers to patrol campus while GUPD underwent firearm training. In its letter, GUARD said that GUPD officers would be better able to defend students from armed attackers if they were armed themselves, pointing to the armed security guard in a Maryland high school who recently stopped a shooting in under a minute as an example. About 20 students joined members of GUAPA in delivering their response letter, representing the 31 student organizations that signed the letter, including the Georgetown University Student Association, the Georgetown University College Democrats and the Georgetown Solidarity Committee. “We recognize and understand the university’s dedication to engaging with the voices and concerns of all of its students,” the letter reads. “However, as a larger representative of the student body, we stand against the demands of the 20 students earlier this month calling for the armament of GUPD and for an increase in the presence of MPD on campus. By seeking to fulfill the demands of these few students, the administration would simply threaten the safety of its workers and students.” The group cited a history of “racial profiling and abuse of power by GUPD” as a key reason the members do not believe officers should be armed. These alleged instances of profiling, which include Georgetown community members of color being ordered to leave a building or campus area and being asked to
prove that they are a Georgetown student or worker, were uncovered through community discussions facilitated by GUAPA, according to the letter. GUAPA also cited recent instances of other schools’ campus police officers shooting and killing “students of marginalized identities” who were experiencing “psychiatric episodes,” including University of Chicago student Charles Thomas, who was killed April 3. “In light of these facts, it is evident that equipping GUPD with guns and increasing MPD presence would only serve to increase the probability of a gun related tragedy on campus,” the letter read. Asked for comment on GUAPA’s allegations, university spokesperson Matt Hill wrote in an email to The Hoya that Georgetown is “unaware of any of the incidents you described being reported to the university.” GUPD Chief Jay Gruber said that “allegations of bias or harassment are taken very seriously and investigated fully” and that GUPD officers “receive extensive training in promoting community policing, combating implicit bias, and preventing discrimination.” GUPD has partnered with the university’s LGBTQ Resource Center and the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Affirmative Action since 2016 to conduct implicit bias training, bias reporting training and training on transgender issues with its officers, according to a university spokesperson. The university has not indicated whether it would or would not consider arming GUPD, but Gruber defended the current policy as consistent with the practices of other universities in the region. “Our top priority is the safety of our community and we are constantly working to prevent violence,” Gruber wrote in an email to The Hoya. “Our current policy follows the same model as other local institutions in the region, including George Washington University and American University. GUPD coordinates closely with MPD and regularly conducts joint drills.” Juan Martinez (SFS ’20) and Abreham Gebre (COL’ 19) are
among the students who said they have experienced racial profiling from GUPD officers. Both say they have been asked to provide proof of their status as Georgetown students while walking on campus in the past, and both know several other students of color who have experienced similar incidents. “Two of my roommates are also men of color, and they have also experienced this,” Gebre said in an interview with The Hoya. “It’s just sad to see that we have to experience this on campus even though we go to this university.” The question of whether to arm GUPD officers and increase MPD presence on campus also significantly affects students without documentation, according to Martinez. “Although Georgetown is very supportive of its undocumented student community and I appreciate everything they do, something like this — like arming GUPD or bringing more MPD on campus — is concerning because it puts people of color at risk, but also other communities like the undocumented student community, which I’m a part of,” Martinez said. “So, another way of supporting undocumented students and students of color would be not passing this.” GUAPA was founded in October 2017 as a group that organized dialogues for students to discuss their experiences of profiling and discrimination by GUPD officers and how this issue should be resolved, according to one of the founding members, Sonia Adjroud (SFS ’20). The group eventually shifted gears to take action in campus affairs, beginning with the drafting of the letter. Looking to the future, the group hopes to stay engaged with the issue by continuing its community dialogues and starting new initiatives including “Know Your Rights” trainings, according to Adjroud. “We want to continue to stay engaged with this issue in the fall, and we recognize that this letter is not at all even close to resolving the issue: It’s just simply the very beginning, and we want to make sure that we stay committed to this,” Adjroud said.
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Georgetown Names 30 Fulbright Scholars, Ranking 5th in Nation christian paz Hoya Staff Writer
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The Duke Ellington School of the Arts hosted the Team USA Awards for the Winter Olympic and Paralympic athletes April 26. The Olympic women’s hockey team was recognized for its success.
Duke Ellington Welcomes Winter Olympians for Team USA Awards Sophie rosenweig and Elizabeth douglas Hoya Staff Writer
The Team USA Awards Ceremony, hosted at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts northeast of campus April 26, recognized Winter Olympic and Paralympic athletes for their outstanding performances at the 2018 games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Awards were given in eight categories, and the winners were determined by online fan voting and representatives from the Olympic and Paralympic committees. Athletes and guests entered the venue on a red carpet before the awards show, emceed by NBC sportscaster Mike Tirico. A Duke Ellington senior kicked off the awards ceremony with the national anthem, after which a film of highlights from the Olympics played for the audience. Prominent figures presented awards, including White House adviser Ivanka Trump and professional wrestler Mr. T. The U.S. Olympic Committee has organized the Team USA Awards ceremony since 1974. The women’s hockey team and the sled hockey team were honored for their contributions in team sports at the winter games. Tom Kelly, vice president of communications for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, received the USG Building Dreams Award for outstanding contributions to Team USA, and Kristi Yamaguchi, a two-time Olympic silver medalist in figure
skating, accepted the Jesse Owens Olympic Spirit Award for her work promoting early childhood literacy worldwide through the creation of the Always Dream Foundation, a program passed in 2012 to increase the availability of reading materials for children. Yamaguchi said in her acceptance speech that her success at the Olympics combined with the influence of her family inspired her to turn to philanthropy. “That realization of fulfilling a lifelong dream is something that I feel so fortunate and grateful for every single day,” Yamaguchi said in her acceptance speech. “I feel like I focused on my own goals for so long, and of course I was excited to finally reach that at the age of 20, and then my mother’s question right after the Olympics: ‘What are you going to do to give back?’” Snowboarders Chloe Kim and Shaun White, as well as Nordic skiers Oksana Masters and Dan Cnossen, were all recognized for their individual athletic contributions to Team USA in the Olympics and Paralympics; Gary Colliander and Jason Cork were recognized for their coaching contributions in Nordic skiing and cross country skiing, respectively. Cnossen, a former Navy SEAL and 2018 Male Paralympic Athlete of the Games, said that teamwork and friendship drew him and many other veterans to the Paralympics. “I think overall, it’s the camaraderie with the team,” Cnossen said during his ac-
ceptance speech. “After being in the military, a lot of the veterans have found the program to be quite meaningful. I think what it comes down to is teamwork. And that’s what we see, and what we love, and what keeps us doing this.” Before the ceremony, U.S. women’s hockey team captain Megan Duggan expressed her pride in her team’s growth after the Olympics in Sochi, Russia, in 2014, where the team placed second after losing in an overtime shootout to Canada. The team won gold in Pyeongchang this year. “One of the biggest things I would say is we looked [at] ourselves in the mirror and asked ourselves questions like, ‘Why have we come up short of our ultimate goal? And what are we made of?’” Duggan said in an interview with The Hoya. “And when we were able to answer these questions and really challenge each other, day in and day out, on and off the ice, mentally, physically, we were able to get closer to getting our goal of winning the gold medal.” Duggan said that the success of her team helped bring the sport into the spotlight and changed hockey in the United States by inspiring more girls to join teams. “I think that it has really changed our sport in this country, and it will continue, and you look at numbers of girls that are registering for the sport, and the numbers are skyrocketing, and we take great pride in that,” Duggan said.
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A record 30 Georgetown University students, including 19 graduating seniors, are set to receive Fulbright scholarships to pursue individual research and English language teaching fellowships around the world this year. The total number of grant recipients this year tops last year’s 27 and is set to place Georgetown in the top five U.S. institutions to produce Fulbright scholars this year. Fulbright scholars receive federal funding in the form of grants to study abroad after graduation, conduct individual research, pursue master’s degrees or teach English in foreign countries. Every year, about 100 Georgetown students participate in the yearlong application process. Competition varies on the country selected for foreign study, and the fellowship is not limited to students with certain GPAs, according to Lauren Tuckley, senior associate director of the Office of Fellowships, Awards and Resources. Created in 1946 by President Harry Truman and Senator J. William Fulbright after World War II, the Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international education exchange program, according to the Fulbright website. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program, which oversees exchange programs for students and young professionals, currently awards 1,900 grants in all areas of study and operates programs in more than 140 countries. Fulbright scholars can either conduct research, pursue a master’s degree or teach abroad. The Georgetown Office of Fellowships, Awards, and Resources oversees Georgetown’s Fulbright application process, connecting secondsemester juniors and seniors to faculty volunteers and advisers throughout the yearlong process. Tuckley said Georgetown consistently performs well in securing Fulbright fellowships. “The Fulbright is our signature program here in the Office of Fellowships because there is an enormous interest and it’s a really good fit for the typical Georgetown student,” Tuckley said in an interview with The Hoya. “We estimate we will be in the top five [of Fulbright-producing institutions], but we will be in the next few years, number one. That is the goal.” Tuckley said the Fulbright program’s lack of a minimum GPA requirement is meant to encourage well-rounded applicants with genuine passion for research or teaching in the countries they choose. “This is not something
that’s just looking to find your 4.0s; this is looking for someone with a genuine cultural interest to identify an academic goal either through teaching or through research or through study and to say, ‘This would be a meaningful experience to me and I want to go abroad and make the most of it,’” Tuckley said. “That is the winning formula. Anybody that has an interest in going abroad — bring me anybody; I can find them Fulbright.” Tuckley and Laura Perille, GOFAR’s associate director, provide students information, advising and connections to faculty advisers beginning in January. They continue to provide interest sessions, study breaks and newsletter updates throughout the spring and summer until the Sept. 1 Georgetown deadline for students to submit their application materials, including personal statements and grant requests. “One of the substantive things that the office can do for students on an individual advising basis is to help them to identify the goal of what they want to do with their Fulbright year and then help them understand the very nature of the competition so that they can have their academic goals and their cultural exchange goals met, and at the same time identify the most likely competition for that individual to compete in,” Tuckley said. Haley Florsheim (SFS ’18) won a Fulbright teaching fellowship to teach English in Brazil after completing a Latin American studies certificate and international politics major, for which Florsheim researched and wrote a thesis on legislative progress on preventing violence against women and securing reproductive rights in Argentina, Brazil and Chile. “You know, speaking of academic experiences here at Georgetown — that was by far the most rewarding academic experience that I have had, and it was just absolutely fantastic,” Florsheim said in an interview with The Hoya. “I was lucky enough to work with some really great professors, which made a huge difference, and I think that I owe a lot of that experience to their support and guidance and just their enthusiasm for the program and my personal project.” Florsheim said her personal background motivated her to attain proficiency in Spanish and Portuguese, leading her to choose Brazil as her focus country. “As a 6-year-old I had Spanish in my public school, which doesn’t exist anymore due to budget cuts, unfortunately. But that literally shaped my interests in the way that I saw myself in the
world just because from an early age, you know, growing up in Wisconsin, you feel sort of far from other countries,” Florsheim said. “When I got to Georgetown, those sort of experiences I guess collectively culminated in my decision to attend Georgetown and to study international politics.” Sarah Mack (SFS ’18), who won a fellowship to conduct research in Yanji, China, on how Koreans in China express their identity through language, said her personal background played a role in her Fulbright application process as well. “Before I came to Georgetown I was a high school exchange student in South Korea, and while I was there I became really interested in North Korea,” Mack said in an interview with The Hoya. “I came across professor Victor Cha’s book ‘The Impossible State.’ He became my hero and I was obsessed with and I had to take his class.” But Mack noted the stronger role her extracurricular involvement played in cementing her academic interests. “Surprisingly, the big thing that had the biggest impact on my career was actually not that class or that professor or any professor really, but a small group that we have at Georgetown called Georgetown THiNK, or Truth and Human Rights in North Korea,” Mack said. “I’ve been the president of that club for two years, and, like, most of the connections that I have, I met through a club with, like, a really small budget.” Tuckley said this intersection of personal and academic interests makes the best Fulbright scholars. “The mission is so important to the scholarship and the award in that it was designed in 1946 after the Second World War with the idea that we would be a better nation if we had individuals with a greater degree of interaction with otherness, with people from other cultures, so that in some ways we become more informed and tolerant individuals,” Tuckley said. “To bring that sensibility back to the United States is what this program is about.” Mack said she hopes current students are encouraged to apply, regardless of how their Georgetown experiences have gone. “If at first you don’t succeed, apply, apply again. Just keep applying until you get something. I had a really hard time at Georgetown, especially my first year; I felt like I wasn’t supposed to be here, I felt like kind of stuck and like I was a loser, but I also found my place. I know a lot of freshmen might be in that place right now,” Mack said. “It’s about believing yourself.”
Insufficient Racial Data Collection Prompts Backlash Against MPD jessica lin
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Three civil rights groups are accusing the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department of violating the Neighborhood Engagement Achieves Results Act, which mandates every police officer to record any interactions with residents to prevent racial bias incidents. Black Lives Matter D.C., the Stop Police Terror Project D.C. and the American Civil Liberties Union of the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit May 4 stating that the department’s failure to record the data violates the NEAR act, passed by the D.C. Council in 2016. One provision of the act requires officers to keep detailed information about every police stop, including the gender and race of the person stopped, as well as the reason for the search and whether an arrest resulted. “Almost two years have passed since the D.C. Council passed a statute mandating that defendants collect this essential data,” the 12-page complaint says. “However, the D.C. government has dragged its feet, indicating at best recalcitrance and at worst and institutional antipathy towards the law.” The groups are asking the D.C. Superior Court to order Mayor Muriel Bowser (D), MPD Chief Peter Newsham and Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice Kevin Donahue to enforce the provision
related to stop and frisk data collection. The data is critical to detecting and preventing potential racial bias by officers, according to a leading organizer of Black Lives Matter D.C. branch April Goggans. “This data collection is necessary to enable the community to hold D.C. accountable for what its police are doing on the streets, particularly if the data matches what we experience every day: That MPD is disproportionately stopping people of color, especially black people,” Goggans said in a May 8 press release published by the ACLU. “This lawsuit is the first, necessary step in the fight for fair treatment of all who live in the District.” The inaction of the District is an affront to police transparency and accountability, according to executive director of the ACLU of D.C. Monica Hopkins. “Mayor Bowser has abdicated her duty to follow the law. By stalling, then making excuses for not collecting this critical data, she has sent the message that police transparency and accountability are not D.C. values,” Hopkins said in the May 8 statement. “It leaves us no choice but to ask the court to compel the mayor to enforce a law she’s sworn to uphold.” The lawsuit came after the civil rights groups requested information and records on two different police stops in February and March. The District failed to produce documents of the inter-
actions, however, and did not provide a plan to enforce the stop and frisk data requirement. On March 29, the day after the second demand letter was sent, Chief Newsham admitted at a D.C. Council budget meeting that his department is “guilty” of not implementing the law. “To the extent there has been a delay to this data piece and not a complete understanding of the necessary infrastructure changes that would be required, we’re guilty,” Newsham said at the meeting. The budget allocated to funding the stop and frisk data collection law is not sufficient to cover the technical costs of achieving full implementation, according to Donahue. “Right away, the MPD IT folks looked at that and recognized when they looked at the requirements of the NEAR Act and those elements that $150,000 simply wasn’t enough to get it done,” Donahue said in an interview with WUSA9. Despite the complaints, MPD claims to be working on improving its data collection efforts to effectively record all police encounters. “The work of reviewing the data and sorting it into “usable” content is both laborious and costly,” MPD wrote in an email to WUSA9. “MPD continues its efforts to find a workable solution to providing the data in a manner that is consistent with the intent of the legislation.”
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Frugal Finances, Initiative Keys to Success, CEO Says LUCY PASH
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Getting a foot in the door is key to starting any career, beauty and skincare company Bluemercury co-founder and CEO Marla Malcolm Beck told Georgetown professor Michael Ryan’s “Personal Finance” class April 16. “Personal Finance,” a course designed for students to increase their financial literacy before graduating, is particularly popular among Georgetown seniors as they approach the workforce. According to Ryan, the irony about financial literacy lies in the fact that it is an easy skill to learn. It carries immense value, yet we do not we learn to master it from a young age as we do most other hobbies. Moreover, how one handles money can affect future generations, but we do not get enough training to make financial decisions. “The absence of financial literacy is a problem, and it is an easy fix. Money is an integral part of life. It is opportunity; we can neither overvalue nor undervalue it,” Ryan said. Beck came to speak to Ryan’s “Personal Finance” class about starting her company and give students advice on how to succeed in business and life. Beck grew up in Oakland, Calif. She attended the University of California, Berkeley, where she majored in political economy. After graduating, Beck worked in San Francisco at global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company. She then attended Harvard Business School and earned a degree in public administration from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. After school, Beck worked on economic development in Indonesia and ended up in Washington, D.C., to work in private equity. Beck described herself as always having been a “beauty junkie” but said she never imagined she would turn her hobby into a career. She explained that she would drive 30 minutes to buy a specific MAC lipstick that was only sold in one store in Boston. However, amid of the “dot-com bubble,” she was deter-
mined to bring beauty products to the internet. In two weeks, Beck was able to raise $1 million, and she launched Bluemercury in 1999. But compared to its competitors, Bluemercury did not have enough money for advertising, and within six months of its launch, the company was headed toward bankruptcy. Beck knew she needed to take a different route: retail. She had repeatedly had bad experiences shopping for beauty products at department stores, so she wanted to create a free-standing beauty store of her own. “Shopping at a department store was a terrible experience. The business was set up for the brands, not the customers. They wanted to maximize their individual sales. Bluemercury’s mission is to be the best at giving beauty advice,” Beck said. Bluemercury’s first boutique opened in the Georgetown area in D.C., and the company’s headquarters are here as well. Bluemercury currently has 159 stores and 1,500 employees; it is composed of 93 percent women. It also has two of its own product lines, developed by Beck: a skin care line called M-61 and a cosmetics line called Lune + Aster. In 2014, Beck sold Bluemercury to Macy’s. Beck explained that she initially feared losing all autonomy but that instead Macy’s has been a very powerful resource in human resources and technology, as it is ranked sixth in e-commerce sites. Beck explained how the name “Bluemercury” originated and why she did not want to have a
company name that was so obviously associated with beauty. “I love the color blue, and Barry, my partner and husband, went to Barnes & Noble and picked up a thesaurus to find a word to go with it,” Beck said. “Mercury is about communication, and our mission is to give the best beauty advice, so that’s how the name came together.” Beck provided three pieces of advice to students, which she said can apply to both one’s personal and business life. First, get in the game. If Beck had not been in the beauty “game” when she launched her website, she would have never been inspired to go into the retail business, which is how her company became so successful. “You want to get as close as possible to what you want to do, so that you can learn and eventually get to where you want to be,” Beck said. “And finding out what you don’t like is just as important of finding out what you do like.” Second, solve a problem. For Beck, this problem was her negative experience with department store shopping. And third, DROOM: Don’t Run Out of Money. Beck left students with a final piece of advice about starting their careers, encouraging students to take small steps toward their goals. “In every major decision, it’s never black or white,” Beck said. “The hardest thing is knowing what you want, but start taking steps toward that. You can do anything you want; you just have to take baby steps to get there. Just start.”
Beauty and skin care CEO Marla Malcom Beck called on students to be frugal and proactive in their professional and personal lives.
This year’s School of Foreign Service in Qatar commencement featured a graduating class consisting of 36 men and 15 women from 22 countries. The cohort is the 10th class to graduate from SFS-Q.
SFS-Q Graduates 10th Class IAN SCOVILLE Hoya Staff Writer
The School of Foreign Service in Qatar graduated its 10th cohort May 3, in a commencement service featuring main campus faculty and members of the Qatari royal family. Fifty-one students received a Bachelor of Science in foreign service, the same degree that students at the main Georgetown University campus School of Foreign Service receive. This year’s commencement follows last year’s graduating class of 62 students. The graduating class consisted of 36 men and 15 women from 22 countries.
The class joins 440 SFS-Q alumni who have graduated since the campus opened in 2005. Aysha Al-Mudahka, CEO of the business incubator Qatar Business Incubation Center, delivered the commencement address. Al-Mudahka also serves on the board of education nonprofit INJAZ Qatar. Graduates must work to promote diversity and inclusion in a changing world, Al-Mudahka said. “Today, when insularity and indifference are flaunted like virtues, I call upon you to keep building bridges, with both compassion and dignity,” Al-Mudahka said. “In the long run, no reprisal retaliation is sweeter than saying this: ‘We never gave up.’”
University President John J. DeGioia travelled to Qatar along with other members of university leadership for the commencement exercises. This year’s commencement exercises were SFS-Q Dean Ahmad Dallal’s first as SFS-Q dean, following the start of his term Sept. 1, 2017. The students are graduating at a unique point in history, Dallal said. “The Class of 2018 is graduating at a remarkable time in history in a rapidly transforming world, but they have the benefit of a Georgetown education that has prepared them to deal with the challenges of today and to contribute and help shape a positive future,” Dallal said.
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Teams Lose Out in Big East Hoyas Struggle After 2 Wins ETHAN COHN
Hoya Staff Writer
Freshman Charlie Sharton earned a three-set victory against Butler in the first round of the Big East tournament April 27. Both the men's and women's teams were knocked out in the tournament.
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The Georgetown men’s and women’s tennis teams concluded their respective seasons April 28. Both teams were knocked out by number one seeds in the Big East tournament. The men’s tennis team finished the season with a 9-6 overall record, recording four wins in the Big East Conference. In one of its biggest matches of the season, Georgetown defeated George Washington 4-1 on April 20, marking the Hoyas’ first win in a decade against the Colonials. Junior Michael Chen earned victories in both doubles and singles play, leading the Hoyas to the 4-1 win. The men’s tennis team earned the fifth seed in the Big East tournament and upset the fourth-seeded Butler in the first round April 27. Freshman Rohan Kamdar and senior Marco Lam won their respective singles matches, while junior Michael Chen won his match in straight sets to even the overall score at 3.
Freshman Charlie Sharton secured the victory for the Hoyas, winning in three sets, 4-6, 6-1 and 5-7. Georgetown defeated Butler by an overall score of 4-3 to advance to the second round against top seeded DePaul. The Hoyas lost a close contest against the Blue Demons in the Big East Semifinals on April 28. Kamdar, Chen and Sharton all won their singles matches for the second time in the tournament, but their efforts were not enough to overcome the favored Blue Demons, who won the match by a score of 4-3. The women’s tennis team similarly upset a higher seed in the first round of the Big East tournament and fell in the second round to the Big East’s top seed. Overall, the Hoyas recorded five wins on the season against 12 losses. On April 26, the ninth-seeded Georgetown swept Butler, the No. 8 seed, by a score of 4-0 in the first round of the tournament. The Hoyas earned victories in all three doubles matches against Butler. The duos of senior Casey Marx and junior
Risa Nakagawa, junior Cecilia Lynham and senior Drew Spinosa, and senior Sara Swift and junior Sydney Goodson all won their respective matches. Junior Sydney Goodson also earned a victory in a singles match, winning in straight sets. In the second round of the Big East tournament April 27, St. John’s defeated Georgetown by a score of 4-2. Lyncham and Spinosa earned the Hoyas’ only victory in the doubles matches, while Goodson won for the second straight time in singles. Senior Daphne de Chatellus also won her singles match in straight sets. Both of Georgetown’s tennis teams are missing out on the NCAA tournament this year. The women’s tennis team is losing four seniors, with five members of the team returning, including Goodson, who recorded three victories in the Big East tournament. On the men’s side, the Hoyas are graduating three seniors. Chen and Sharton, who both won multiple matches in the Big East tournament, are returning to the Hilltop next fall.
Freshman catcher Ryan M. Davis has a .386 on-base percentage and 16 RBIs for the season. The Hoyas lost the series against Butler in Indianapolis, despite two Hoya pitchers setting single-season program records.
Hoyas Lose Series Against Butler ETHAN COHN
Hoya Staff Writer
Two pitchers on the Georgetown men’s baseball team set single-season program records last weekend in a series against Butler in Indianapolis. The Hoyas dropped two out of three games in the series and won the final game with a score of 5-3. Sophomore starting pitcher Brent Killam broke Georgetown’s single season strikeout record, recording his 86th strikeout in the second game of the series. The sophomore increased his strikeout total by 60 from last season. Killam notched six strikeouts in 6.1 innings but surrendered three runs in a losing effort as the Hoyas were shut out 3-0. Head Coach Pete Wilk was impressed with Killam’s improvement this season. “Brent showed sparks of excellence last year as a freshman. … He went up to the highly acclaimed Northwoods League for his summer season and dominated up there, making the all-star team and helping his team to the championship. He came back from that experience with newfound confidence,” Wilk wrote in an email to The Hoya. The Hoyas were shut out in the middle game of the three-
game set but scored a total of 13 runs in the other two games. Georgetown received offensive contributions from multiple members of its lineup throughout the weekend. In the Hoya’s 15-8 loss, six hitters recorded multi-hit games, led by Austin Shirley, who recorded a career-high three RBIs. Georgetown led 7-2 after three innings but was unable to hold the lead, as a grand slam and four costly errors allowed Butler to come back and win. The Hoyas improved in all phases of the game in the final game of the series. All nine Hoyas recorded a hit, while sophomore starting pitcher Jeremiah Burke earned the win after pitching a careerhigh 7.1 innings and allowing three runs. Senior closer Jimmy Swad pitched the final 1.2 innings of the contest, earning his 12th save of the year. With the save, Swad now holds the Georgetown single-season record for saves. Wilk praised Swad’s consistency and leadership. “He's a leader amongst his peers and a good teammate. The younger guys look up to him for many reasons: he competes, he works his tail off on a daily basis to improve his craft, and he's approachable,” Wilk
wrote. As Swad is one of the many seniors graduating this summer, the Hoyas will need to replace their closer. Wilk will look to sophomore pitcher Nick Morreale and freshman pitcher Owen Lamon to help fill the void. “Nick Morreale should be considered if he doesn't start next year for us. Owen Lamon shows glimpses of having the ability to do the job next year too," Wilk wrote. "It is just too early to tell. We have a couple of really talented freshmen coming in who will be in the mix for early innings too." The Hoyas are recognizing the graduating seniors on Senior Day today in their series against Seton Hall. Coach Wilk emphasized how important the seniors have been to the team this season. “This year's senior class has been the backbone of this team. …When we started 0-10 this season, their leadership, approach, tenacity, work ethic and refusal to give in kept our heads above water until we were able to right the ship,” Wilk wrote. Georgetown is closing out its final series of the regular season against Seton Hall on Shirley Povich Field. The Hoyas need one win to earn a place in the Big East Championship.
Coming off its second consecutive Big East Championship win, the Georgetown women’s golf team competed in the NCAA Austin Regional, which began May 7. The Hoyas were seeded 16th out of 18 teams in the region. The Hoyas won five out of 11 tournaments in which they competed this season. First-year Head Coach Kate Schanuel cited the leadership of senior Jacquelyn Eleey, junior Christina Parsells and junior Alexa Popowitz as key to the team’s success this year. “Jacquelyn, Christina and Alexa traveled to every tournament. That is an accomplishment in itself and they led the squad throughout the year. Jacquelyn was our frontrunner. The key to our success was the depth we had on the roster. The team covered each other and we never got complacent,” Schanuel wrote in an email to The Hoya. On May 7, the first day of the tournament, the Hoyas shot a combined 14-over par 302, finishing the day in 17th place. Georgetown struggled on the final four holes of the course, recording
three double bogeys and dropping five spots. Popowitz completed her first round at one-under par, tied for 15th. On the second day of the Austin Regional, the Hoyas again struggled on the final four holes of the University of Texas Golf Club course, recording seven bogeys and two double bogeys. Georgetown ended the day with a score of 16-over par 304 and remained in 17th place. After two days, Eleey was tied with junior Pendleton Bogache as Georgetown’s low scorer. Both golfers were tied for 60th place with a score of eight-over par 152. Parsells carded a one-over par 73 on the second day of the tournament, the Hoyas’ lowest score of the day. The Hoyas carded their worst overall score on the final day of the tournament, a 23-over par 311, but moved up one spot and finished 16th overall at the Austin Regional. Eleey, who won the Big East Individual Championship on April 22, notched the best overall score for the Hoyas. She finished her final round with a two-over par 74, bringing her total score to 10-over par 226. Eleey finished in 49th
place in the competition. Eleey, the Big East Player of the Year, will end her Georgetown career with two Big East Individual Championships and three individual wins in her senior season. Schanuel emphasized the consistency Eleey has shown throughout her four years at Georgetown. “Jacquelyn has developed into such a nice player. It is so great to have a player like her because you know what you are going to get and it helps the mentality of the rest of the team going into tournament rounds. Her hard work and dedication to the sport day in and day out is the basis for her consistent play,” Schanuel wrote. Schanuel also praised the overall performance of the team in the Austin Regional. “Austin was a great experience for the team. Everyone had at least one good round in the tournament but we could not time it to be on the same day,” Schanuel wrote. The Georgetown women’s golf team will look to build on its success next year, when it welcomes incoming freshmen Baili Park and Samantha Yi, who both signed letters of intent in November 2017.
Team Defeats Pirates to Cap Series ben goodman Hoya Staff Writer
The Georgetown women’s softball team concluded its season on a positive note May 6 with a walkoff single to cap off a series win against Seton Hall. The Hoyas (16-36, 7-13 Big East) took two of three games from the Pirates (19-35, 5-16 Big East) at Nationals Youth Academy in Washington, D.C. After Georgetown split a Saturday double-header, dropping the first game 10-2 and winning the next game 4-3, sophomore left fielder Sera Stevens’ RBI single clinched victory in the decisive Sunday rubber-match. Stevens led the team with four hits and two RBIs. In the final game of the series, the Hoyas scored two runs in the fourth inning, but the Pirates responded with two runs in the top of the sixth inning to knot the game up at two runs apiece. Sophomore pitcher Anna Brooks Pacha settled
back in and shut down Pirate hitters for the remaining innings. Stevens drove in freshman shortstop Savannah Jones for the winning run, clinching the win for the Hoyas in 11 innings. Georgetown out-hit its opponents 12-5. In the first game of the series on Saturday, Seton Hall plated three runs in the first two innings and scored all 10 before the Hoyas got on the board with two runs of their own in the sixth inning. Pacha started the game and was knocked out after four frames, striking out seven batters. Georgetown faced a quick turnaround in the latter half of the doubleheader. The Pirates led in the top of the first, scoring with a fly ball. Jones roped a two-run single for the Hoyas in the bottom of the frame, putting the Blue and Gray ahead 2-1. Seton Hall answered with two more in the top of the third. The score stayed 3-2 in favor of the Pirates until the bottom of the seventh.
On Sunday, the Hoyas nabbed the win in walk-off fashion. With runners on second and third base and one out, junior third baseman Kelly Amen tied the game with a sacrifice fly ball. Sophomore first baseman Noelle Holiday then stepped to the plate with freshman outfielder Deirdre Gallo standing on third. Holiday grounded a ball that the Pirate shortstop bobbled. Everyone was safe, and the Hoyas walked away with the doubleheader split. Three Hoyas, senior outfielder Theresa Kane, Pacha and junior designated player Sarah Bennett were named to the All-Big East Second Team for their performances this spring. Kane broke the program record for hits April 29, recording her 194th career hit in a series against Creighton. Bennett led the team in home runs with seven, while Pacha led the Big East in strikeouts with 169. Both Pacha and Bennett are returning to the team next fall.
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TRACK AND FIELD
Georgetown Finishes 4th and 5th at Meet CHAMPIONSHIP, from A12
the Hoyas’ second steeplechase title in program history. In the final event of the first day, senior distance runner Nick Golebiowski won the men’s 10,000m with a time of 30:10.36. Golebiowski outkicked the field in the final lap of the 25-lap event and set a facility record at the Spire Institute. Culley praised the team’s performance in the first day of the meet. “We had huge races from Margie Cullen winning the women’s steeple against a strong field and Nick Golebiowski winning in a fantastic final kick over the last 200 meters in the men’s 1000m,” Culley said. The Hoyas won six more events on the second day of the meet. Williams earned two titles May 12, sweeping the women’s short sprint events. She won the 100m dash with a time of 11.81 and the 200m dash with a time of 24.17. The men’s team also secured the 200m dash title. Freshman sprinter Nate Alleyne finished first in the event with a time of 21.11.
Alleyne also won the 200m dash indoor title in February, marking the first time in program history that the Hoyas have won both indoor and outdoor men’s 200m dash events. In the men’s 800m, Bartelsmeyer edged out his teammate, freshman middle distance runner Ruach Padhal, finishing in first with a time of 1:49.50. The Hoyas have won the men’s 800m title at the Big East Championships for six straight years. The men’s track and field team performed well in the field events as well, setting a school record in the discus throw. Graduate student Bryan Bjerk broke Sean Flynn’s record, which was set in 1999, with a throw of 54.57m. The Hoyas finished the meet in fourth place on the men’s side, while the women’s team finished in fifth. Nine women and 13 men from Georgetown’s track and field squad were named to the 2018 All-Big East Outdoor Track and Field Team. Both teams are set to compete at the 2018 NCAA Track and Field Championships in Tampa, Fla., from May 24 to May 26.
Senior sprinter Jody-Ann Knight finished third in the 100m with a 12.06s time and third in the 4x100 relay with a 46.55s time.
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Despite winning the Big East Championship, the Hoyas were defeated in the NCAA Kissimmee Regional in Florida.
Hoyas Suffer Loss at Hands of Hokies TECH, from A12
GU Defeats 9 Teams, Winning Big East Championship TOURNAMENT, from A12
ing one-over par over the three days. Sophomore Patrick DiPasquale and Musgrave finished 58th and 61st, respectively. Although Georgetown’s season ended in a disappointing fashion, the season was marked by several successful performances. In addition to the conference championship, the Hoyas won the Georgetown Intercollegiate in October, finishing first among 11 teams. They also placed second at the Eastern Carolina University Intercollegiate in April, with Musgrave notching a first-place finish among all players. Seniors Musgrave, Madsen and Berman now leave Georgetown after capping off their careers with a strong 2017-18 season.
925, Villanova with 930, St. John’s with 932 and Creighton with 945. The conference championship also earned Georgetown an automatic bid to the NCAA Men’s Golf Championships. The Hoyas competed at the NCAA Kissimmee Regional in Kissimmee, Fla., from May 14 to 16 but failed to advance after finishing 13th out of 14 teams with a 54-hole score of 882. Only the top five teams — the University of Florida, University of Central Florida, Vanderbilt University, the University of North Carolina and Kent State University — advanced from the regional. Blochtein finished tied for 45th among 75 players, shoot-
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Although Georgetown persisted in the second half, the Hoyas were unable to claim victory, losing 13-10 to Virginia Tech.
minutes remaining. Head Coach Ricky Fried was impressed with the team’s improvement in the second half. “In the second half we played with a little more confidence, with nothing to lose … In the first half we showed that we hadn’t been here in a while, in fact none of our players have been here,” Fried said in an interview with GUHoyas. Bruno scored her 42nd goal of the season on one of her six shots in the game. Bruno earned All-Big East second team and Big East All-Tournament team honors this season. While Georgetown stopped Virginia Tech from scoring for over 13 minutes, the Hoyas could not hold the Hokies off for too long, as they came back with two goals to extend their lead to 13-8. Georgetown responded with back-to-back goals from Frock and Gebhardt, but it was not enough as the Hokies rolled to the victory. In total, the Hoyas outshot
the Hokies 29-28. Senior midfielder Hannah Seibel and freshman midfielder Mary Pagano both scored goals for the Hoyas in the defeat. Georgetown’s season now comes to a close after the team earned the two seed in the Big East tournament. The team’s 12-7 record improves on its 9-9 season in 2017. Despite an upsetting end to the season, the outlook for the Hoyas’ next season looks promising. They will be returning Gebhardt, fellow AllBig East first team sophomore midfielder Natalia Lynch, AllBig East second team junior goalkeeper Haelle Chomo and All-Big East second team freshman defender Mollie Miller. The Hoyas also named Nick Williams to the associate head coach position May 15. He has served as an assistant coach at the University of Florida and the University of Notre Dame. Williams will enter his new role after working as an assistant coach with Georgetown for the past five seasons.
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Wittenberg contributed two goals, while Carraway scored the Hoyas’ third goal in the period. Georgetown shut out Johns Hopkins (12-4, 3-2 Big East) in the second quarter and added three goals to take a 6-3 halftime lead. Berge played a part in all three goals, scoring the first goal of the quarter and assisting the other two. The Hoyas continued to frustrate the Blue Jay offense at the start of the second half, allowing one goal in the third quarter. Berge and Clark each added a goal in the period, extending the Hoyas’ lead to 8-4 going into the fourth quarter. Georgetown failed to protect its four-goal lead in the final quarter. Clark scored his third goal of the game, but Johns Hopkins responded with three goals in a span of 3:12 to tie the game at nine at the end of regulation. The Hoyas won the faceoff at the start of the overtime period but turned the ball over and conceded the gamewinning goal with 29 seconds remaining in overtime. Despite the overtime loss, the men’s lacrosse team recorded the second-most wins in program history this spring with its 12-5 record, improving on its four wins from last season. Two Hoyas, Marrocco and senior defenseman Ryan Hursey, received Honorable Mention All-American honors from ESPN affiliate Inside Lacrosse for their performances this season. The two seniors led the Hoyas’ strong defense this season, which allowed 8.12 goals per game, the eighth lowest total in the
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Junior attack Robert Clark scored three goals gainst Johns Hopkins on May 13. Clark scored 20 goals this season out of 41 goal attempts and earned a total of 22 points for the Hoyas. nation. Marrocco, the Big East Goalkeeper of the Year this season, earned Most Outstanding Player at the Big East Championship and saved 658 shots, the fourth highest in program history, during his career at Georgetown. Hursey, like Marrocco, collected multiple honors in his
four years on the Hilltop. He was named to the All-Big East Second Team as well as the All-Tournament Team for his performances this year. The Chesapeake Bayhawks selected Hursey in the fifth round of the Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft. The Hoyas’ coaching staff, composed of Head Coach Kevin
Warne and assistant coaches Michael Phipps and David Shriver, earned Coaching Staff of the Year honors for the team’s performance this season. Warne also garnered Big East Coach of the Year in 2015. The Hoyas are graduating 13 seniors this spring, including captains Berge and Hursey.
TRACK & FIELD NCAA East Preliminary Championships May 24, All Day Tampa, Fla.
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Baseball The Georgetown baseball team extended its winning streak to seven games after sweeping George Mason.
The key to success was the depth we had on the roster. The team covered each other.” HEAD COACH KATE SCHANUEL
The baseball program record set for strikeouts in a season set by Brent Killam.
Hoyas Finish Season With 13-10 Defeat matt sachs
Hoya Staff Writer
After a 12-5 regular season, the Georgetown women’s lacrosse team’s season came to an end Friday against Virginia Tech. The Hoyas lost 13-10 in their NCAA tournament debut and struggled to keep up with the pace of the Hokies. In the first half, Georgetown (12-7, 8-1 Big East) got
out to a fast start with a goal from junior attack Morgan Ryan, her 22nd of the season. Freshman midfielder Caroline Frock recorded her 11th goal of the season, giving the Hoyas a 2-0 lead in the opening minutes of the half. Following the 2-0 start, Virginia Tech (14-6, 5-2 ACC) came back to score five unanswered goals, taking a comfortable lead with 12 minutes remaining in the first period.
Georgetown responded with a goal from junior attack Taylor Gebhardt. Gebhardt, who made the All-Big East first team this season, scored three goals in the game, bringing her total to 53 for the season. With 11 minutes remaining in the half, the Hokies went on another run to score four straight goals and go into the break up 9-3. Georgetown missed nine shots in the
first half, while Virginia Tech scored nine goals on 16 shots. In the second half, the Hoyas traded goals with the Hokies for the first eight minutes of play, with each team scoring two goals. Starting at the 21-minute mark, Georgetown scored four consecutive goals, capped by sophomore attack Michaela Bruno, to cut the deficit to 11-8 with 14 See tech, A11
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Senior defenseman Ryan Hurseym, right, received honors from Inside Lacrosse, and the Chesapeake Bayhawks selected him in the draft.
Hoyas Fall Short In Return to NCAA Tournament ethan cohn
Hoya Staff Writer
In its first appearance in the NCAA tournament since 2007, the Georgetown men’s lacrosse team fell to Johns Hopkins by a score of 10-9 in overtime May 13. Senior midfielder Craig Berge and senior goalie Nick Marrocco led the way for the Hoyas (12-5, 3-2 Big East) in a tightly contested game: Berge notched a career-high six points, recording two goals and adding four assists, while Marrocco saved 11 shots on the day and held a 34-minute no-goal streak from the start
of the second quarter until the final two minutes of the third quarter. Five different Hoyas contributed goals in the game: Junior attack Robert Clark earned a hat trick, and junior midfielder Lucas Wittenberg scored two goals, while sophomore attack Jake Carraway and senior attack Matt Behrens each scored one goal. The Hoyas conceded three goals within the first 10 minutes of the contest but settled down defensively and came back to tie the score at three at the end of the first quarter. See Hopkins, A11
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Sophomore defensive player Noelle Peragine, left, picked up 26 ground balls and played in every game this season. Despite efforts from Peragine and her teammates, the Hoyas lost to the Hokies 13-10 in the NCAA Tournament.
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Hoyas Named Big East Champions dean hampers Hoya Staff Writer
Capturing its fourth conference championship in program history, Georgetown University’s men’s golf team finished in first place among nine teams at the Big East Championship in Callawassie Island, S.C., from April 29 to May 1. The victory marked the
Hoyas’ second Big East crown in three years: They took first place in 2016 and finished in third last season. Despite holding a threestroke lead in the tournament after the first two days, Georgetown faltered on the front nine of the final round and trailed Marquette by as many as eight strokes. The Hoyas evened the scores with three holes left to play, and
over the final three holes, seniors Cole Berman and Sam Madsen shot even par, while senior Jack Musgrave shot one-under par to help seal the victory. Musgrave and sophomore Eduardo Blochtein led the way for Georgetown in the three-day tournament. Musgrave finished fourth individually in the competition with a 54-hole score of 217,
while Blochtein finished fifth overall by carding a 219. Both players were named to the Big East All-Tournament Team. The team finished with a three-day score of 884 to narrowly edge out Marquette’s 887. DePaul placed a distant third with a score of 900, followed by Seton Hall with 902, Butler with 913, Xavier with See Tournament, A11
Graduate student middle distance runner Amos Bartelsmeyer, left, won the 800m and 4x800 relay in the Big East Championship.
GU Clinches 8 Wins at Big East Championship Ethan cohn
Hoya Staff Writer
The Georgetown men’s golf team finished first at the Big East Championship in Callawassie Island, S.C., marking the Hoyas’ fourth conference win in program history. Led by Eduardo Blochtein and Jack Musgrave, Georgetown defeated nine teams to clinch the title. Visit us online at thehoya.com/sports
The Georgetown men’s and women’s track teams competed at the Big East Championships at the Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio, last weekend, winning eight events over the course of the two-day meet. In addition to the eight wins, two Hoyas earned awards for their performances at the meet. Graduate student sprinter Taylor Williams won the Female High Point Performer Award, and graduate student middle distance runner Amos Bartelsmeyer earned the Big East Championships Outstanding Male Track Performer. Director of Track and Field Julie Culley was impressed with the accomplishments of the two runners, who were competing in their final Big East Championships.
“Amos Bartelsmeyer winning the overall Male Track Performer of the Meet for his wins in the 800m and 4x800m [relay] is a great honor,” Culley said in an interview with GUHoyas. “Taylor Williams winning the Female High Point Performer Award off of winning the 100[meter dash] and 200[meter dash] as well as the podium finish in the 4x100m [relay] is such a testament to her patience.” On the first day of the meet, the women’s team earned 16 points in the 3000-meter steeplechase with two topthree finishes. Sophomore distance runner Margie Cullen finished first with a time of 10 minutes, 33.42 seconds, while graduate student middle distance runner Meredith Rizzo earned third place in the event. The victory marks See championship, A11