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Georgetown University • Washington, D.C. Vol. 98, No. 32, © 2017

Tuesday, FEBRUARY 14, 2017


The men’s lacrosse team opens its season Tuesday looking to rebound from last year.

‘NARCOS’ ON THE RECORD Former DEA agents Javier Peña and Steve Murphy spoke at Gaston Hall.

EDITORIAL Georgtown’s Catholic heritage should be stressed alongside pluralism.




SFS Introduces Science Courses To Core Curriculum Matt Larson Hoya Staff Writer

The School of Foreign Service is planning to introduce a science requirement into its core curriculum and reduce the number of major course requirements beginning with the Class of 2022, according to SFS Senior Dean for Undergraduate Affairs Daniel Byman. The changes are set to be announced by the SFS Dean’s Office in late 2017 or early 2018. The specific details of the implementation of each requirement need to be decided before the official announcement.

“We’re trying to make the kind of education you receive from the SFS more applicable.” TAYLOR OSTER (SFS ’17) Development and Fundraising Committee Chair, SFS Academic Council

The Dean’s Office is also considering reducing the number of required economics courses from four to three and giving students the ability to count one- or four-credit classes toward their graduation requirements. The Dean’s Office may consider adding new minors after these changes are announced.

Senior Dean for Undergraduate Affairs Daniel Byman said these changes resulted from several rounds of talks with members of the Georgetown community in addition to multiple external and internal reviews of the SFS curriculum. “We put together some proposals and those were vetted through different bodies, including students, alumni, faculty and staff,” Byman said in an interview with The Hoya. “Now we’re in the stage of putting very specific flesh on these proposals.” The SFS core curriculum currently consists of one freshman proseminar, two humanities or writing courses, two theology courses, two engaging diversity courses, two government courses, three history courses, four economic courses, two philosophy courses, a language proficiency requirement and the one-credit “Map of the Modern World.” Students are required to gain proficiency in a language before graduating. The Dean’s Office has yet to decide the exact number of courses to be cut. Byman said he thinks the most exciting change would be allowing one- or four-credit courses to count toward graduation, which would give students the ability to take a greater variety of elective classes. “The thing that gets less attention is allowing the one credit classes to count,” Byman See CURRICULUM, A6


The administrations of Enushe Khan (MSB ’17) and Chris Fisk (COL ’17), left, and Joe Luther (COL ’16) and Connor Rohan (COL ’16) approached the responsibilities of student government in different ways.

Executives Reflect on Evolving GUSA Tara Subramaniam Hoya Staff Writer

Two years ago, former Georgetown University Student Association President Joe Luther (COL ’16) and Vice President Connor Rohan (COL ’16) ran a satirical campaign with only two serious platforms on mental health and sexual assault reform. Last year, Enushe Khan (MSB ’17) and Chris Fisk (COL ’17) entered the race with a platform consisting of over 44 policies. The two campaigns reveal two disparate visions of GUSA’s role in serving the student body. As this season’s GUSA executive election heads into full swing, The Hoya looks back at how student government has changed on campus in recent years.

Stemming from the Senate What began for Luther as a satirical campaign to make fun of GUSA soon turned into a real campaign to change GUSA. While parts of GUSA may seem pointless, Luther said he believes in GUSA’s ability to spearhead change. “We fought for and achieved a campus plan that stopped encroaching on students’ right to be equal members of the community. We gave students New York Times subscriptions. We tried to make GUSA a little less buttoned up with videos, ad campaigns and an ‘Aw shucks’ attitude,’” Luther wrote in an email to The Hoya. “But also, the senate is a pretty silly idea.” Abbey McNaughton (COL ’16), who served as GUSA chief of staff under Luther and Rohan following her

own campaign for president the same year, said that working in the senate was much more individualistic than she originally anticipated.

“GUSA should understand and reflect the priorities, concerns and zeitgeist of the student body.” JOE LUTHER (COL ’16) Former President, GUSA

“Initially I probably thought there were more senate projects, but that depends on who’s involved,” McNaughton said. “The sen-

ate does not make you contribute to Georgetown or make something better — it comes on you to take it on yourself.” According to Khan, the senate under previous administrations was structured in a way that made it largely redundant. Khan served as senate speaker before she came president and advocated for the replacement of the senate with a proposed assembly during a referendum in December. “My experience with the senate is you get what you put in,” Khan said. “In an institution like the senate, prerestructuring, I did recognize our work was redundant to what the executive was already working on. Where I was helpful were areas that See GUSA, A6

Locals Gather as Congress Fights DC Legislation Alex Mooney and Marina Pitofsky

Special to The Hoya and Hoya Staff Writer


Hands Off DC, an organization that advocates for increased D.C. independence from federal intervention, hosted its first gathering last night at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, which featured over 500 attendees.


More than five hundred Washington, D.C. residents and local lawmakers rallied in opposition to federal interference in local District legislation as the House of Representative’s Oversight and Government Reform Committee issued a formal markup of disapproval of D.C. legislation. With the formal disapproval, which occurred as the Hands Off D.C. rally was happening, the Oversight and Government Reform Committee took the first step toward nullifying Washington, D.C.’s Death with Dignity Act. The markup of disapproval is the fourth time Congress has voted down a D.C. law since the passing of the 1973 Home Rule Act. The Death with Dignity Act, initially proposed by D.C. Councilmember Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) in January 2015 and signed by Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) in December

2016, would allow physicians to prescribe fatal medication to terminally ill patients. The full House of Representatives and the Senate have until Friday, when the 30-day window for Congress to stop District legislation closes, to vote to block the law.

“When I put my ‘John Hancock’ on that law, it should be the law of the land.” MURIEL BOWSER (D) Mayor, Washington, D.C.

The rally, which took place at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, was the first gathering organized by Hands Off D.C., a coalition of advocates for increased D.C. independence that prepares D.C. leaders to resist federal plans See LEGISLATION, A6




Kehoe Still Closed One year after the closure of Kehoe Field, the university has no plans to repair or renovate it. A5

Leave Steve Trump senior adviser and Georgetown alumnus Steve Bannon fails to represent Hoya values. A3

Tournament Dream Alive With five regular season games remaining, the men’s basketball team has a shot at the Big Dance. A10

NEWS No Home for Airbnb in DC

opinion Love’s Labors Won

SPORTS Tennis Squads Split

Airbnb is challenging a D.C. law restricting its operations and regulations. A5

Through different eras, different notions of love have been capture by Valentine’s Day. A3

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The women’s team won its match against Massachusetts while the men lost versus Monmouth. A10

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Redefine Our Catholic Heritage Before his death last month at 89 years old, author William Peter Blatty (CAS ’50) cemented a legacy at Georgetown as the writer of the 1971 horror novel, “The Exorcist,” and its Academy Award-winning film adaptation, which featured the university and surrounding neighborhood as the film’s backdrop. However, for all his contributions to Georgetown culture — most famously, the eponymous “Exorcist Steps” near the Car Barn — Blatty’s relationship with his alma mater was fraught. As the founder of the Father King Society, Blatty petitioned both Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl and the Vatican in 2013 to potentially revoke Georgetown’s credentials as a Catholic University, particularly in light of Ex Corde Ecclesiae, an apostolic constitution on Catholic universities issued by Pope John Paul II in 1990. Blatty’s indictment of Georgetown charged that the university had strayed from Catholic doctrine by neglecting to instruct students on Catholic morality and inviting speakers who advocate for abortion rights. In January, the nonprofit Catholic organization Cardinal Newman Society released an updated 124-page dossier that delineated these grievances from the 2013 canon law petition. These complaints advanced an overly narrow definition of a Catholic education that runs contrary to the university’s commitment to pluralism and intellectual diversity. Despite its misguided generalizations, the petition is correct about one thing: Georgetown’s Catholic pedigree is an integral component of its Jesuit heritage that all students ought to engage with at Georgetown. Among the purported abuses of Georgetown’s Catholic identity, the report condemns the invitation of former Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius to speak at the 2012 commencement following the 2010 contraception mandate requiring coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Rather than engage directly with different ideas, the lawsuit’s vision of Catholicism curtails the self-expansion promoted by Georgetown’s Jesuit values. The report also denounces the hiring of certain faculty whose prior employment or public stances may conflict with established Catholic doctrine. Some professors are singled out by name, including former Secretary of State Madeline Albright for her pro-abortion rights activism and Jewish Civilization Program Director Jacques Berlinerblau for his advocacy of secularism. In attempting to stifle the diversity of view-

points represented at the university through speakers and faculty, the lawsuit fails to recognize that Catholicism neglects the university’s particular Jesuit tradition, which strives to promote authentic human understanding and compassion guided by Catholic social teaching. No part of the petition failed to grasp this more than the section criticizing Georgetown’s placement within Newsweek’s top-25 “gay-friendly” colleges in the country in 2010 — the only Catholic university to be included — and contending that the school’s LGBTQ Resource Center and recognition of LGBTQ student organizations countered Catholic teaching. While misguided in its attempts to root out ideas that compete with Catholic teachings, the Cardinal Newman Society is correct in wishing to preserve Georgetown’s Jesuit heritage. The report stretches credulity with its claim that a student can easily graduate from the university without ever experiencing direct exposure to Catholic thought, though it is true that the presence of Jesuits on campus has decreased from 122 in 1975 to 64 in 2011. Unlike our Catholic peer institutions such as Boston College, University of Notre Dame and Villanova University, Catholicism does not explicitly play a role in Georgetown’s core theology curriculum; even the university’s hallmark course offering, “Problem of God,” depends almost entirely on the preferences or academic background of the professor. Although the Cardinal Newman Society, in its lawsuit, attempts to impose an overly narrow interpretation of the Catholic tradition on the university, they are correct that Georgetown’s students would be better served if Catholic thought was more integrated into the core curriculum. Though every professor should reserve the right to tailor the syllabus as they see fit, the theology department should ensure Catholic teaching is integrated into each required introductory theology course, including “Problem of God” and “Biblical Literature,” so that all students encounter and engage with the Catholic faith tradition . Blatty and the Georgetown community had every right to defend the university’s Catholic identity, and the university ought to ensure all students receive exposure to the rich religious tradition which informs its values. Yet, in the truest spirit of Georgetown’s Jesuit heritage, the university should not acquiesce to the petition’s demands for an overly narrow interpretation of Catholicism.


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School Smarts — On Sunday morning, the Department of Education tweeted a quote from W.E.B. Du Bois but attributed it to “W.E.B. DeBois.” The department sent out an apology about three hours later, but this time with the word apology misspelled.


Marijuana Mail — The Oregon Liquor Control Commission has granted delivery permits and permission to 117 retailers in the state for home delivery of marijuana.

Don’t Go Breakin’ My Heart — The Islamabad High Court in Pakistan has banned all celebration of Valentine’s Day. The Court argues that citizens are celebrating an amoral appropriation of the Western holiday. Misprinted Identity — A Dominican newspaper this weekend printed an article about President Donald Trump with a photo of Alec Baldwin dressed up as Trump attached, instead of President Trump himself.

The Dog Days Are Over — After hearing news of a financially troubled dog shelter in Portugal, Cristiano Ronaldo signed and donated a Real Madrid jersey for its auction, effectively ensuring that the shelter will be able to remain open.


Collaborate to Reconstruct As Georgetown finds itself embroiled in a former employee’s lawsuit over health hazards relating to mold exposure in Village C West, students have long taken to social media to document the perils they encounter with the university’s infrastructure. One such platform, @georgetown.hotmess on Instagram, has accrued over 800 followers by chronicling instances of broken or crumbling infrastructure with the tag line, “We pay 70k a year for this…” Georgetown Housing Horror Stories on Facebook features anonymous submissions from community members and their close brushes with, “leaks, rodents and perpetually ignored work orders,” according to the Facebook page. With last year’s average age of a main campus building at about 70 years, the university is rife with aging buildings that require heavy restructuring and restoration. But rather than resorting to social media to air their grievances, students should be endowed with the channels to more productively voice their frustrations about Georgetown’s maintenance directly to university administrators. According to the university’s financial statements for the 2016 fiscal year, nearly $54 million was expensed to depreciation and amortization on the university’s assets, mainly its facilities, while only $10 million was diverted to maintenance and repairs for these same facilities. Meanwhile, total purchases of land, buildings and equipment averaged over $85 million per year over the past two years, suggesting the prioritization of new projects over maintenance of existing infrastructure. The latest campus plan, which details the university’s capital allocation decisions for 2017 to 2036, hints at the potential for renovation projects in Village A or Henle Village, but otherwise offers little concrete evidence

of maintenance plans for on-campus housing. The prevalence of residential dormitories constructed in the 1970s and 1980s — including Henle Village, Village A and Alumni Square — gives rise to rodents, pests, mold and general appliance deficiencies, which require nearly seven days to process through work orders. Even when Georgetown does address these hazards, many of its actions — including not repairing mold-damaged drywall or only using disinfectant — serve as makeshift solutions that temporarily hide the problem without offering a permanent remedy, much to the detriment of students’ health and safety. Because students are now required to live on campus for three years, it is imperative the university prioritize the maintenance of older facilities and renovate housing structures in dire need of repairs by incorporating these into the university’s master plan for the next two decades. Students also ought to be represented in the university’s spending decisions regarding its facilities and plans for new construction projects, even if such involvement is limited to an oversight role. As the members of the Georgetown community who are arguably most affected by the university’s housing upkeep, they should be permitted to be involved in discussions about the university’s capital allocations. Though instances of the university’s delapidated infrastructure may accumulate hundreds of likes and comments online, a far more productive means of communication would be opening the conversation up to students. Just as the university remains committed to nourishing the academic and intellectual life of its students in the classroom, it should promote their health and safety within their dorms.

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t’s important to me to show images to my children that reflect their beauty, so they can grow up in a world where they look in the mirror, first through their own families — as well as the news, the Super Bowl, the Olympics, the White House and the Grammys — and see themselves, and have no doubt that they’re beautiful, intelligent and capable. This is something I want for every child of every race. And I feel it’s vital that we learn from the past and recognize our tendencies to repeat our mistakes.

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Martha Petrocheilos

Upholding Judicial Independence


resident Donald Trump’s 90-day travel ban calling for the “extreme vetting” of people from seven Muslim-majority countries has provoked intense reactions, rallies and protests in airports across the country and anger on both sides of the aisle. But is this ban, which limits nationals from Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Iraq and Yemen from travelling to the United States, completely unconstitutional? Despite the controversy, many legal scholars suggest it is likely constitutional, given the executive’s broad discretion for immigration. Former presidents — Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter — have all restricted travel, yet their orders have not been derailed by courts. When Obama signed H.R.158, the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015, he restricted visa-free travel to the United States for citizens of 38 countries who had travelled to Libya, Somalia or Yemen within the five years prior. Interestingly, not only were there no legal challenges brought about in regards to Obama’s travel ban, but this decision was celebrated by the mainstream media. Similarly, Bush signed the Enhanced Border Security and Visa Entry Reform Act of 2002 after the measure was unanimously passed by both houses of the U.S. Congress. This act restricted travel from Syria, Iran and Sudan, which were deemed “state sponsors of international terrorism.” Though this legislation was passed in the wake of 9/11, it is worth noting the 73 Democrats who voted to pass this law in 2002 still sit in office and are among the biggest critics of Trump’s travel ban. Trump appears to be held to a higher standard because of a number of controversial statements he made during his campaign. Throughout

his campaign, Trump took a strong stance in favor of extreme vetting regarding unlawful immigration. His rhetoric spanned from building a wall on the Mexican border to increasing vetting for Muslims from around the world. Regardless of where one stands with regard to the travel ban, it is clear its implementation has been less than ideal. Due to the travel ban, airport officials across the country lacked adequate instruction or training as to how to execute it efficiently. Most importantly, the executive order poses concerning questions about the separation of powers. Constitutional law recognizes that the judiciary has as much power as the other two branches, the executive and the legislature, afford it. The only recourse the judiciary has is contempt of court. In practice, if Trump chooses not to abide by a Supreme Court decision to overturn his travel ban, then there is not much the courts can do. But if the Trump administration asks the full Supreme Court to review the lower court ruling right away, there is a good chance Supreme Court justice nominee Neil Gorsuch, who would likely side with Trump, will not be on the bench by the time of the hearing. This raises the possibility of a 4-4 tie in the Supreme Court, which would mean the lower court ruling stays in place. The Trump presidency already seems to challenge the notion of separation of powers, with Trump belittling the author of the federal ruling overturning the ban as a “socalled judge.” If anything good emerges from the travel ban, it will be the interesting debate about the separation of powers and limits of the executive, a concept which forms the bedrock of the U.S. Constitution.

Martha Petrocheilos is a student at the Law Center. MillenNial’s Corner appears every other Tuesday.

Bannon’s presence in the White House is an attack on my Jewishness, a threat to the future of our country and an embarassment to Hoyas everywhere.

Bannon’s Perversion of Hoya Values


hen I first saw the headline that Steve Bannon would serve in the White House as a chief strategist and senior counselor to President Donald Trump, I felt sick to my stomach. I experienced this dark, terrifying moment of deja vu — the phenomenon of Bannon is not new. We have seen this before. It was as if I was witnessing this political moment through the eyes of my Jewish, Polish ancestors, watching a nationalist movement sweep the country and a hateful anti-Semite take his spot just a breath away from the presidency. Make no mistake about it — Bannon is an antiSemite and a white nationalist. Oh, and he is a Hoya, graduating with a master’s degree from the School of Foreign Service in 1982. As a Jewish student at Georgetown, I have always felt spiritually nourished, supported and welcomed. I have never felt like my religious difference was merely “tolerated,” but rather that my existence here as a proud Jew allows Georgetown to better live out its Jesuit values of interreligious understand-

ing, faith and justice and community in diversity. However, as a Jewish woman in the United States, I have never felt more afraid, thanks in no small part to my fellow Hoya Steve Bannon. Through his role heading the white-nationalist website Breitbart News, Bannon propagated a racist, xenophobic, Islamophobic and anti-Semitic agenda. His website frequently targeted Jewish journalists with hateful slurs, spurring waves of death threats and shockingly offensive images directed at their Twitter accounts. Bannon maintained and directed one of the most hateful, terrifying and stomach-churning dark corners of the internet. But the impact of what he says and does has ramifications far beyond the internet, especially now that he sits in one of the most powerful seats in the country. Following the presidential election, Jewish communities across the country have been terrorized by a sharp uptick in anti-Semitism. This year alone has already seen more than 50 bomb threats to Jewish community centers and


synagogues, and it is only February. The New York Police Department found that hate crimes against Jews in New York City have increased threefold since the election. If you do not see a connection between Bannon and the rise in anti-Semitism, you are not looking close enough. Bannon’s statements and actions are so far outside the realm of what we are taught to value at Georgetown that to discuss them in the same sentence feels unnatural. My experience as a Jewish woman at Georgetown has been characterized by moments of pluralism and tolerance: taking a class taught by a rabbi, imam and priest, hearing a Jesuit give the d’var Torah sermon at a Shabbat service and praying on Yom Kippur — our holiest holiday — in Georgetown’s historic Gaston Hall. Clearly, Bannon did not graduate from Georgetown with the same moral foundation or appreciation for diverse expressions of spirituality and faith that so many of us learn alongside our curriculum. We can either consider Bannon’s Georgetown degree a fluke, a blip on our oth-

erwise successful record of producing honorable, service-oriented graduates — or, we can make a point of proving that Hoyas are better than Bannon. As Georgetown students, we have the privilege of an excellent education in history and politics. We have the ability to attend religious services and cultural celebrations different from our own. So when Bannon peddles hate and fear and attempts to turn our country down a dark and horrifying path, we can prove that our Georgetown education really does make us men and women for others, and speak out against him — not just now, when Bannon is in the headlines, but every day for the next four years. Because whether he is making news, Bannon’s presence in the White House is an attack on my Jewishness, a threat to the future of our country and an embarrassment to Hoyas everywhere. Jenna Galper is a senior in

the College. She previously served as the president of the Jewish Student Association.


Fight Inequality With Inclusivity Embracing Our Essential Love


t last month’s Women’s March on Washington, millions of women marched through Washington, D.C., around the country and across the globe to show their commitment to a better future. From the biggest cities to the smallest towns, women and their allies — including many Georgetown students — stood together, created a space for themselves and made their voices heard. Now, in the weeks after, we ask: Where do we go from here? How can we learn from experiences that are different from our own, and how can we share our own unique stories? Two groups of women on campus are seeking an answer. With a challenging and unpredictable future ahead, the teams of the OWN IT Summit and BRAVE — Black, Resistant, Artistic, Vigilant, Enough — Summit work to initiate conversations at Georgetown around the role women play in our society and how the intersection of ethnicities affects this role. The OWN IT Summit was founded in 2014, and seeks to connect collegeage women with inspiring female leaders, striving to represent leadership, accessibility, diversity and feminism through dynamic conversation. Shortly after, in the fall of 2015, a group of Georgetown’s black female students came together to create the BRAVE Summit. BRAVE’s inception came from the lack of a muchneeded environment, both on campus and beyond the front gates, in which black women could have their

voices and desires realized. Even though the National Center for Education Statistics found there is a higher percentage of black women enrolled in college than any other group, black women face stark inequality; according to Pew Research, for every $1 a white man earns, a white woman earns 82 cents and a black woman earns only 65 cents.

When faced with subjugation by the patriarchy, all women have the poweful potential to unite. According to the Center for American Women and Politics for Higher Heights Leadership Fund, black women were the largest group to vote in both the 2008 and 2012 elections, and this power has been prominent in social movements like Black Lives Matter and the feminist movement. However, black women have had to shout louder to make their presence known through the Say Her Name campaign and the introduction of #blackgirlmagic. The black woman has been the quiet strength of her community, but BRAVE hopes to push her to the forefront and recognize that she will no longer be silenced by either the patriarchy or other women. As we have planned our summits, the OWN IT and BRAVE teams have built on each other’s triumphs and challenges and supported

each other’s messages. We have worked together to build spaces for inclusive and intersectional feminism. Most importantly, though, we have listened to each other, and this year more than ever, it is critical that we stand with one another. We ask you to join us. Although the OWN IT team has worked tirelessly for the March 18 fourth annual summit, its true success is due to the women who attend, hear their idols, find new mentors and take away new skills, tools and viewpoints. The BRAVE Summit will feature speakers including D.C. Black Lives Matter cofounder Erika Totten and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) on March 25. Both events emphasize that the future is still female, and although the feminist movement has not always been inclusive to all women, they will work to overcome this history to create a space for all. The movement cannot endure without everyone’s presence. More than anything, the Women’s March showed that, when faced with subjugation by the patriarchy, all women have the powerful potential to unite despite institutional limits — whether it is on Capitol Hill or the Hilltop. As the mission of the march states: “We will not rest until women have parity and equity at all levels of leadership in society.” PAIGE TAYLOR is a sophomore in the College. Kathryn Threatt is a junior in the School of Foreign Service.


o ahead. Type it in. Those four little letters – L O V E. Having just done so myself, 7.5 billion Google results popped up on my screen. That’s a whole lotta love. So, with Valentine’s Day today, and so much love out there, it is worth our consideration to spend a little time here reflecting on what exactly we are celebrating. While many recognize Valentine’s Day as merely another consumer holiday dreamt up for the sole end of increased revenue for restaurants, florists and greeting card manufacturers, the origins of the celebration — like so many contemporary holidays — can be traced back to the Romans and the fertility festival Lupercalia. The festival would be Christianized by the fifth century and, by the time of Geoffrey Chaucer’s “Canterbury Tales,” became known as the day when lovers find their mates. Today, Valentine’s Day may conjure childhood memories of a classroom wall covered in labeled paper bags in which classmates hand out, receive and tally up tiny cards adorned with cartoon characters. Although traditions might vary from era to era, the traditional underpinning is the notion of love. But what exactly are we celebrating when we celebrate love? Plato attempted to arrive at an answer in his “Symposium,” in which Socrates asserts that the greatest purpose of love is that of the philosopher who loves wisdom. It is a classic and engaging dialogue, but still fails at providing a satisfactory conclusion. St. Paul provided a litany of what love is and is not in his letter to the community in Corinth, which is oft-heard at weddings — love is patient, love

is kind, love does not envy. More recently, in the last century, C.S. Lewis identified four types of love: storge, empathetic love; philia, friendship love; eros, romantic love; and agape, unconditional, selfless love. Lewis is certainly onto something, yet these categories still beg the question — what is this love itself that is so essential, so crucial to who we are as human beings?

Fr. Gregory Schenden, S.J. A fundamental aspect of our Ignatian tradition might assist in shedding light on the issue. In the foundational text “The Spiritual Exercises,” St. Ignatius of Loyola writes that the purpose of such exercises is to lead an individual to greater spiritual freedom. This spiritual freedom, he maintains, has the end of praising reverence and serving God. Stated another way, each of us seeks greater, deeper spiritual freedom so as to live more fully who we each uniquely and authentically are created to be. Coming to a greater freedom, unfettered from distractions and disordered attachments, leads us into living more fully our true selves. This is where the concept of love enters the equation. For St. Ignatius, one comes to recognize more fully who one uniquely is by coming to realize one’s deepest passions and desires. Passion, desire — these are indeed facets of this nebulous entity we call love.

It is crucial to understand St. Ignatius himself as an incredible romantic, an idealist, a dreamer, an individual who was dedicated to recognizing the greater good in his own life and living that out to the fullest. He was someone who reflected intently on his deepest desires, and as a result pursued living out of those desires and dreams, placing it all in the service of others. St. Ignatius proves vital in explaining what this force of love actually is — our authentic dreams, our genuine passions and our desire to live fully from these in all things. In a quote attributed to Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J., the 28th Superior General of the Society of Jesus, one’s deepest desires become brilliantly clear when we recognize love and how to live it: “Nothing is more practical than finding God, that is, than falling in a love in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the mornings, what you will do with your evenings, how you spend your weekends, what you read, who you know, what breaks your heart and what amazes you with joy and gratitude. Fall in love, stay in love and it will decide everything.” Love is not something nebulously out there, in someone or something. Love is in the very essence of each of us — in our own unique selves, in the passions that get us out of bed each day and fuel our journeys in life. Let us celebrate that.

Fr. Gregory Schenden, S.J., is the Catholic chaplain at Georgetown University. As THIS jesuit sees it appears every other Tuesday.






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Jenny Franke (COL ’18) and Jack McGuire (COL ’18) entered the Georgetown University Student Association executive election race late Saturday evening, after collecting the required 100 signatures within 72 hours of the Wednesday campaign kickoff. Franke and McGuire are the only ticket that joined the race within the 72hour petitioning period. The pair join Garet Williams (COL ’18) and Habon Ali (SFS ’18), Kamar Mack (COL ’19) and Jessica Andino (COL ’18) and John Matthews (COL ’18) and Nick Matz (COL ’18) for this year’s executive election, to be held Feb. 23. Franke and McGuire wrote in a statement to THE HOYA that they are excited to enter the race as GUSA outsiders. “We have had our eyes

on this since freshman year,” the statement reads. Franke and McGuire will be running on a platform of inclusivity, transparency, accountability and change, according to their campaign’s Facebook page. GUSA Election Commissioner Grady Willard (SFS ’18) said the newly introduced petitioning period was a success. “The petitioning period worked well this year,” Willard wrote in an email to THE HOYA. “I think it gave candidates the extra chance to decide if they wanted to run. The very fact of getting petition signatures probably helped generate some excitement too.” The GUSA vice presidential debate will take place Wednesday, before the presidential debate takes place Monday. This year’s debates will feature direct questions from the audience, rather than via Twitter.


Jenny Franke (COL ’18) and Jack McGuire (COL ’18) entered the GUSA executive race this weekend.

Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar manipulated the Colombian people as he made billions of dollars from the cocaine trade, according to a Feb. 10 talk featuring Javier Peña and Steve Murphy, the two Drug Enforcement Administration agents featured in the Netflix series “Narcos” for their role in capturing Escobar. The two retired officers featured as keynote speakers for the Drug Trafficking in Latin America: A Case Study on Colombia and Mexico conference in Gaston Hall, organized by the Latin American Student Association, Georgetown University Mexican Student Association and Por Colombia, which advocates solutions to create a stronger Colombia. Peña sought to eliminate the myth that Escobar was driven to help the poor in Colombian society. According to Peña, Escobar manipulated the Colombian people. “He was considered a Robin Hood in Medellín. He gave a lot of money to the poor and donated money to churches and hospitals,” Peña said. “But, Pablo was a manipulator, he used all these tactics and campaigns to provide a positive image. Pablo Escobar is the inventor of ‘narco-terrorism.’ He is responsible for the deaths of 10 to 15,000 innocent people.” Peña said Escobar’s ability to manipulate local Colombians allowed him to maintain power. “Pablo had great leadership skills. He would get 300 to 500 young kids from the poorest neighborhoods in Colombia and give them money and affection. In turn, these kids would all kill for Pablo,” Peña said. Escobar not only had a significant impact on Medellín, but also on the international drug trade, according to Peña. “One kilo of cocaine was $1,000 in the mid-’80sand to transport it was about $5,000,” Peña said. “That kilo of cocaine in Miami in those days was going for about $80,000; in Europe it was go-


Former DEA agents Javier Peña, left, and Steve Murphy, spoke Friday as part of a conference on the aftermath of drug trafficking in Latin America. ing for $100,000 and these guys were selling 2,500 kilos of cocaine on a daily basis. Money was coming into Colombia by the millions of dollars on a daily basis.”

“Pablo was a manipulator, he used all these tactics and campaigns to provide a positive image.” JAVIER PEÑA Former Agent, Drug Enforcement Administration

Escobar was ranked as the seventh-richest man in the world, with an esti-

mated wealth of anywhere from $8 to $30 billion. Murphy further exemplified Escobar’s wealth and the methods he took to reach such a level. “How was this possible? Through capitalizing on the desperation of other people,” Murphy said. Exclusive pictures and videos of their time in Colombia accompanied the presentation by the two retired DEA agents, including how cocaine used to be smuggled through borders. “They would take grapefruits, scoop the pulp out, place balls of powder cocaine back in, glue the grapefruit back together and put it back in the sack, and it would work,” Murphy

said. “There is only one thing that limits you when you are smuggling drugs and that is your imagination.” Murphy and Peña concluded their talk with a video showing the day Escobar was caught and killed by Colombian national police in Medellín, Colombia on Dec. 2, 1993. According to Murphy, “Narcos” failed to accurately portray Escobar’s capture. “We’re not the real heroes of this story,” Murphy said. “I wasn’t there regardless of what you see in “Narcos.” That was a straight up Colombian national police operation, nobody else. They are the true heroes of that operation that day.”


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Airbnb Questions DC Bill Legislation proposes restricted home-sharing Lily Steinberg Special to The Hoya

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Georgetown University officials have still not decided on a repairment or replacement plan for Kehoe Field, which closed over a year ago for structural safery concerns.

University Idles Regarding Future of Kehoe Field Jeff Cirillo

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More than a year after the university closed Kehoe Field over safety concerns, university officials have not decided on a replacement plan, and it remains unclear when a new field will be built. The field was closed entirely in February 2016 after club sports teams and university officials raised concerns over safety. Structural problems have plagued Kehoe Field since its construction in 1942 and then reconstruction on the roof of Yates Field House in 1979. The field was first repaired in 1987 at a cost of $1.8 million before being repaired again in 2002 for $7 million. The problems with the field stem from the concrete roof, which does not properly drain rainwater. Over time, the lightweight concrete roof deteriorated from pooling water, leading to unsafe field conditions. Prior to the field’s closing, club athletes had complained about uneven playing surfaces, exposed concrete and large sections of torn-up artificial turf. At a board of directors meeting Thursday, university officials expressed their commitment to replacing Kehoe but presented no new substantive details on a plan, according to Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Club captain Michelle Carey (NHS ’17). According to Vice President for Student Affairs Todd Olson, university officials continue to study possible solutions. “We have completed a feasibility study, and are currently working through financial planning to determine the best option to move forward,” Olson wrote in an email to The Hoya. “We understand the importance to this project

to students and to our campus community.” Several club sports team leaders, including current Advisory Board for Club Sports Chair Daniel Fain (COL ’18), plan to invite club athletes and others to a joint practice on Copley Lawn on Thursday afternoon to call for more field space on campus. The event, “Play to Fix Kehoe,” is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.

“All of club sports is really, really furious about it, just because Georgetown has so little field space.” perry cao (sfs ’17) Club Captain, Men’s Ultimate Frisbee

Georgetown Running Club Vice President Jimmy McGrath (COL ’17), who chaired the Advisory Board for Club Sports at the time of Kehoe’s closing, said the university did not initially know what to do with Kehoe after closing. However, McGrath said university officials seemed to conclude later in the semester that repairing the field in the short term was unrealistic. “As the semester progressed, they basically came to the conclusion that a short-term solution for fixing it was not really financially viable, and they were just going to wait and leave it closed until the larger campus plan would include a bigger shift in changing Kehoe and Yates itself,” McGrath said. Since the field’s closing, club sports teams have struggled to secure replacement fields to hold prac-

tice. Kehoe had previously been the main field for club sports teams, which now have to share Cooper Field with varsity and intramural sports teams. Men’s Ultimate Frisbee Club captain Perry Cao (SFS ’17) said the options for sports teams are less than ideal. When Cooper Field is not available, club teams are able to use offcampus fields at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School and the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. According to Cao, this solution came with its own problems. “It was an imperfect solution, because there are no lights on any of those fields, so we were very limited in terms of practice time. The only time slot we could get was 5 p.m. to dark, and some of the weeks where we were off Cooper, 5:30 to dark was like 5:30 to 5:45.” According to Cao, the offcampus location and inconsistent practice times made it difficult for many of the athletes to attend. The captains struggled with recruitment and attendance at practices dwindled. “My biggest frustration is with Georgetown for not planning for the closure of Kehoe, because they knew it was going to happen and they didn’t do anything about it, which is completely negligent,” Cao said. “Not ensuring that [club athletes] have space to practice and run their extracurriculars, I think that’s really negligent.” As long as Kehoe remains shuttered, according to Cao, Georgetown club sports teams’ frustrations are unlikely to subside. “All of club sports is really, really furious about it, just because Georgetown has so little field space,” Cao said. “Without Kehoe to practice on, our options are incredibly limited.”


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Airbnb is fighting proposed legislation to restrict home-sharing in Washington, D.C., that was introduced Jan. 31 to help combat the lack of affordable housing in the District. The bill, if approved, would require hosts to obtain a new category of business licenses and cap the number of nights they can rent out their properties without being present at 15. Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie (D-Ward 5) proposed legislation designed to restrict home-sharing companies like Airbnb in the hope of ending “illegal hotels” in Washington, D.C. If the bill is passed, both noncompliant hosts and business platforms will be fined. Half the fine would be allocated to the District’s Housing Production Trust Fund in order to finance affordablehousing projects. The vote to pass the bill is anticipated to take place within the next two months. McDuffie’s Communications Director Nolan Treadway said the home-sharing business should be regulated. “We want to create a process so that people can easily enter this market but do so legally,” Treadway said. Valerie Ervin, the senior adviser to the Working Families Party, a minor progressive political party, said one of the key motivations for implementing regulation is to help end D.C.’s housing crisis. “It’s about just enforcing the current regulations and beefing them up and making sure that people who are doing this are following the rule of law,” Ervin said. Ervin said her group exposed what she called an “illegal hotel.” After an entire apartment building in Columbia Heights was taken off the market, Ervin said she investigated by renting a room for three nights. She discovered that all the apartments had been repurposed for shortterm rental. By the end of her stay, she owed almost $1200. “The sad truth about the sting is that the amount of money that I paid for three nights is what a lot of fami-

lies pay for rent for a whole month, especially in that neighborhood,” Ervin said. According to Ervin, thousands of units that could be used for affordable housing are rented out instead. Ervin said another practice that inspired the legislation is the renting of “party houses,” or when residential spaces are rented out as venues. These can create several safety concerns including unknown members entering neighborhood communities and dangerous conditions in case of fire. The proposed bill aims to improve safety with more regulation.

“The amount of money that I paid for three nights is what a lot of families pay for rent for a whole month.” valerie ervin Senior Adviser, Working Families Party

Airbnb Press Secretary Crystal Davis said the company takes issue with the legislation, as its proposed restrictions on short-term rental hosting may affect more than just the targeted operators. “The primary reasons why our hosts are using the platform are to pay their bills, to pay their mortgage, to support their families,” Davis said. In a statement, Airbnb said the company believes the 15-night cap is too restrictive, though Treadway said the number was generated based on the average number of a worker’s vacation days. “This current proposal is unworkable and a clear nod to hotel-industry funded organizations eager to attack regular families sharing their homes to protect the industry’s bottom line,” the Airbnb statement reads. Airbnb reported that on average, its hosts in the District have lived in the city for 13 years and over 75 percent of them rent out their primary residences. Since 2015, Airbnb said it has helped raise

$12 million in taxes for the District. Ervin said the new law would improve the city’s ability to collect taxes and regulate businesses like Airbnb. “What this bill actually does is just enforces the law, and it makes sure that there is a tracking mechanism put in place so that the city knows who is leasing short term,” Ervin said. “It makes the enforcement important because right now, the District doesn’t even know if they’re getting paid the taxes that are owed to them by these short-term rentals.” Airbnb has encountered similar experiences in the past. Recently, Arlington County amended its shortterm rental regulations. Arlington’s regulations are much more lax than those in McDuffie’s bill. The county has a 185-day rental cap as opposed to D.C.’s 15. Davis said the company is concerned with the lack of specificity in the legal language of the proposed bill. “Most of the information that they’ve been providing has been purely anecdotal, and other than like one example, we don’t see the level of heightened concern that they have.” Davis said. “For us, we need them to accurately define what they mean.” Students have expressed concern that the bill will limit the affordability of alternative housing for their families. Aoife Croucher (SFS ’19) said if she and her family did not use Airbnb to rent an apartment before she moved into her freshman dorm, she would have likely stayed in a hotel. “My initial reaction is it seems a little restrictive,” Croucher said. “It is definitely worthwhile to target people who take entire hotels and rent them out using Airbnb because that’s draining the housing supply.” Gabriela Tew (COL ’20) said Airbnb offers more realistic and affordable options than hotels do. “For Easter Break, my parents are coming up to Washington, D.C., to visit me,” Tew said. “We found that an Airbnb was less expensive than a hotel and more comfortable.”

‘Urban Studio’ Courses Set Focus on Community Madeline Charbonneau Special to The Hoya

Georgetown is planning to launch a new six-credit, yearlong class this fall that allows students to create their own projects to help improve the surrounding D.C. community. The class, “Urban Studio,” is being led by professors in the English, sociology and anthropology departments. Students will work with professors, community organizers and fellow students to complete their projects. The class has been developed with Designing the Future(s), a university initiative to design new education initiatives. The professors leading the project hope that the initiative will not only teach students valuable research, planning and observational skills, but will also connect the students and the university to the surrounding city on a deeper level. English professor Sherry Linkon, one of the founding professors of the “Urban Studio,” said the course is an opportunity for students of various disciplines to work together on a project to help improve the community. “Studio-based courses are courses that are built around hands-on projects that students do. They are often of their own design with the idea that students learn by doing the project in a setting where they’re talking with other students, where they’re talking with faculty — both the faculty in the studio and other faculty around campus,” Linkon said. Linkon said the community involvement and work that this project would entail could help students prepare for a future in working in local government, nonprofit

organizations and public policy. “It will help them develop skills and experience that could enable them to continue doing community work when they leave Georgetown, and to help students prepare for working in local government and nonprofit organizations and public policy and community arts kinds of things because they get that experience,” Linkon said. The course originated from student requests for more opportunities for community involvement, as well as the popularity of urban studies classes at Georgetown and Georgetown’s lack of an official urban studies department. Several of Georgetown’s peer institutions, including Brown University and the University of Pennsylvania, have urban studies departments and majors. Sociology professor Brian McCabe, one of the professors involved in the creation of the “Urban Studio,” said the development of the Urban Studio is a step toward expanding urban studies at Georgetown.

“The ‘Urban Studio’ course came from faculty members recognizing the desire among students.” brian mccabe Professor, Department of Sociology

“The ‘Urban Studio’ course came from faculty members recognizing the desire among students. The urban studies classes that professor Linkon teaches, that I teach,

they’re always full. There are tons of students who are interested in the city as a site of study. It came out of student demand recognized by the faculty, and then the faculty working to creatively come up with a way that we could address that demand.”

“The ‘Urban Studio’ classes that professor Linkon teaches, that I teach, they’re always full.” brian mccabe Professor, Department of Sociology

Anthropology professor Laurie King, who is also involved in the “Urban Studio,” said the urban studies program will allow students to learn about a wide range of topics. “It would be bringing people in from the community onto campus to help students learn, and the students going out into the community and continuing to work with those people and form new networks through them, and to learn more about the city, learn more about themselves and learn more about their skills and capacities,” King said. McCabe said the course is unique among Georgetown courses because of its collaborative nature. “The real world is collaborative,” McCabe said. “When you go out and get a job and you work in an office you collaborate with other people. At the moment our classes aren’t always set up like that. The studio encourages deep, meaningful collaboration.”




tuesday, FEBRUARY 14, 2017

DC Advocates for Reduced Federal Interference Hold Rally Downtown LEGISLATION, from A1 from intervening in District affairs. Councilmember Charles Allen (D-Ward 6) organized the Hands Off D.C. rally before the vote took place to assert the belief that the District’s citizens and government should retain the right to make their own laws without interference from the federal government. The Constitution gives Congress the ability to overturn District laws, but they must acquire passage by both the House and the Senate as well as the president’s signature. On Jan. 24, the House of Representatives also voted 238-183 in favor of the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2017, which officially prohibited local D.C. tax dollars from funding abortion services, except in the case of sexual assault, incest or endangerment to the life of the mother. Addressing a crowd of organizers at the Spirit of Justice Park, Bowser voiced her support for the movement, saying that her signature on legislation passed by the D.C. local government should be the final say. “This Council of the District of Columbia has been duly elected by the people of the District of Columbia, and this council of the District of

Columbia passes the laws for us,” Bowser said. “When I put my ‘John Hancock’ on that law, it should be the law of the land.” Later in the evening, Hands Off D.C. advocates, led by Allen, overflowed the 320-seat Atlas Theater. House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) has been a vocal opponent of the assisted suicide bill. Last week, Chaffetz published an op-ed in The Washington Post describing his moral opposition to the bill and also expressed concerns over the bill’s lack of regulation during the markup. Chaffetz said during the session Monday night that the bill does not specifically define what qualifies as a terminal illness and does not prohibit insurance companies from funding physicianassisted suicide instead of surgeries or treatment. “Far too many of its ‘safeguards’ appear to be little more than a facade of protection, rather than actual measures to combat abuse and misuse. The act places individuals in a situation ripe for coercion and misuse and mistakes,” Chaffetz said. “We should be doing everything in our power as legislators to help prevent suicide, not encourage it.” Committee Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-Md.)

said the resolution negates the will of District residents and violates the Home Rule Act of 1973, which grants the District the power to elect its own city council and pass legislation. Cummings brought up the fact that D.C. has no voting members in Congress. The District has two shadow Senators, as well as Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), a nonvoting delegate to the House of Representatives. “With the exception of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, who does a phenomenal job, none of us were elected by the D.C. voters,” Cummings said during the session. “None of us served in the D.C. City Council, where the Death with Dignity Act was approved by a vote of 11-2. None of the members of this committee would stand for congressional interference in their own state and local affairs, and none of us should stand for it in this case.” Rep. Steve Russell (R-Okla.) also said he was morally opposed to the bill, which he compared to the euthanasia of Jews and other minorities during the Holocaust. “America, wake up. Wake up. No matter how frayed the fabric of our conscience, we must hold it together to stand against this civilized, organized effort of barbarity veneered as consent, dignity


As the House of Representatives’ Committee on Oversight and Government Reform formally disapproved of local legislation, demonstrators rallied for Hands Off D.C.

and duly passed law,” Russell said during the session. “I will speak up. We must wake up. We cannot allow the legalization of a system of expanding murder-suicide pacts.” Norton responded to Russell, stating that the resolution was hypocritical in light of the Republican Party’s typical dedication to limiting the size of government and federal intervention into state affairs. “The District of Columbia and its residents are accountable only to local officials just as yours are, Mr. Russell,” Norton said during the session. “This markup shows contempt for democracy and flies in the face of what we had always thought to be bedrock Republican principles that we hear on the floor every day: limited government and local control of local affairs.” Georgetown Students for D.C. Statehood Vice President Maddy Taub (COL ’18) said that as a D.C. citizen, she sees the resolution as a violation of the rights of District residents. “D.C. citizens have no vote in Congress even though they pay federal taxes,” Taub said. “When the majority of D.C. citizens vote for a law, Congress can immediately intervene despite the wishes of D.C. citizens.” Georgetown Students for D.C. Statehood member Dylan Hughes (COL ’19) said he was surprised to see Chaffetz’s opposition to the bill after the demonstrations at a recent town hall in Utah, which saw constituents demanding he address more local issues. “It’s funny that Chaffetz wants to overrule the will of voters of the District, while just having been chewed out by his own constituents for refusing to listen and act on their own concerns,” Hughes said. “Chaffetz should tend to his own business as representative from Utah and chair of the Government Oversight Committee before meddling in the local affairs of the District.” Bowser expressed disappointment at Congress’ decision in a statement released Monday evening. “I am disappointed at the egregious action taken by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee today,” the statement reads. “In passing H.R. 27, the House Oversight Committee, led by Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz, has sent a signal to DC residents that Congress has zero respect of concern for their will or the will of their elected officials.”


The School of Foreign Service is looking to introduce a science requirement for the Class of 2022.

SFS to Introduce Program Changes For Class of 2022 REQUIREMENT, from A1 said. “What that means is that you can have lots of different types of SFS classes or classes in general.” SFS Academic Council President Devika Ranjan (SFS ’17) said the science requirement would be designed to align with other internationally oriented SFS core classes and a hard science course like chemistry or biology. Currently, only students pursuing the science, technology and international affairs major have a science requirement. “There will also be a ‘science’ requirement — but one that is relevant to SFS, so similar to a STIA class,” Ranjan wrote in an email to The Hoya. “One that is interdisciplinary between science — the environment, geography, etc. — and international affairs.” While there are no new minors under consideration for the time being, Ranjan said the Jan. 2017 announced Design Your Own Certificate program, which allows students to design a certificate with a dean they select in the SFS, is a way for potential minors to eventually be considered.

According to Ranjan, if enough students register in a certain category, then the Dean’s Office may consider making the new program applicable to the Class of 2019 onward, full-time. “There are ‘Design Your Own Certificates’ for the Class of 2019 onwards,” Ranjan wrote. “These certificates should be in a field that is markedly different from a student’s major. This is a great opportunity to show the administration interest in certain fields that we want to formalize minors in.” Taylor Oster (SFS ’17), development and fundraising committee chair for the SFS academic council, said that developing new curriculum requires a balance between innovation and not adding too many core requirements. “We can’t just keep adding core requirements, so where do we make changes?” Oster said. “The important thing to remember is that with curricular reform we’re trying to make the kind of education you receive from the SFS more applicable to what you will be doing when you leave Georgetown.”

Current, Former GUSA Executives Reflect on Mission GUSA, from A1 executives at the time were not putting enough attention into.” Luther said that GUSA is at its most effective when it engages with the student body. “GUSA should understand and reflect the priorities, concerns and zeitgeist of the student body and effectively communicate and advocate these positions to the administration,” Luther wrote in an email to The Hoya. “Keep fightin’ for students! Keep engagin’! That’s what GUSA’s gotta keep doin’!” Insular Yet Representative Alex Bobroske (COL ’17), who was chief of staff under the Khan-Fisk administration before resigning his post in August, said his first interaction with GUSA as a member of the campaign for Thomas Lloyd (SFS ’15) and Jimmy Ramirez (COL ’15) illustrated the gaps between the student body and the student government. “Thomas was the president of [G.U.] Pride and Jimmy was in GSP and they had a very different perspective than most of the campaigns that were just white guys in GUSA,” Bobroske said. “That campaign really opened my eyes to how there were two Georgetowns, if not more, that just never interacted with each other.” Khan said she thinks GUSA has struggled to accurately represent the student population in the past. “In past years, GUSA was not successful in connecting with different communities on campus,” Khan said. “We are supposed to be the voice

of the student body. I don’t think GUSA cared enough to represent those voices. That’s why Chris and I ran, because we recognized that representation matters.” Matt Gregory (SFS ’17), who ran the Wisemiller’s Hot Chick and Chicken Madness campaign against Khan and Fisk in 2016, said he ran the campaign to underscore the difference in perspectives between the student body and GUSA. The write-in ticket came second in the election, with 725 total votes in the first round and 878 votes in the final round. “It’s very evident that GUSA does not represent the viewpoints of the vast majority of the Georgetown population,” Gregory said. “GUSA is something that the vast majority of students do not care about at all.” Gregory said he is not optimistic that the insular nature of GUSA will change any time soon. “GUSA has made attempts to reach out to a broader base, but I don’t think it has necessarily succeeded,” Gregory said. “Because GUSA keeps hearing the same voices and same ideas, they advance what they believe to be best, but not what the actual student body believes to be best.” According to Khan, this representation gap is due in part to a lack of opportunities beyond key elected positions. “When you have elected positions, the issue is certain communities don’t run or they may run and not necessarily win. For example, that happens with women,” Khan said. “If you didn’t win, I think clearly your viewpoint

isn’t being represented in GUSA.” Moving Toward Diversity Looking back on their team so far, Khan said she and Fisk have tried to create a more diverse GUSA by increasing the ways to get involved. “We really pushed to our cabinet members to bear in mind intersectionality,” Khan said. “In terms of the executive and policy teams,

it’s definitely the most representative that I’ve seen. We tried to recruit people from outside communities and build coalitions.” According to Khan, a representative student government is vital to address the needs of Georgetown’s diverse student population. “When you have vulnerable populations on campus, the nature of the work we should be focusing on is dif-

ferent,” Khan said. “I hope the student body elects moving-forward people who care about more than just one demographic on campus.” Luther said that while efforts made to create a more representative GUSA are commendable, it is not a change that can happen overnight and is instead dependent on the people who choose to get involved. “No organization will

ever exactly reflect the student in its make up or opinion, but, in my time at GUSA, one of our top priorities was engaging with students and especially with groups that had been traditionally turned off by GUSA,” Luther wrote in an email to The Hoya. “Some administrators are more keen to work with students and have students help guide policy. Others are not.”

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The Georgetown University Student Association has sought to introduce a series of reforms this year, including the proposed abolition of the GUSA senate to be replaced by a new, elected assembly.






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Tuesday, FEBRUARY 14, 2017

Between the pipes

After Abrupt Dismissal of Julien, Bruins Find Success A

mid the excitement in Boston over the Patriots’ Super Bowl victory, the Bruins stole the spotlight in the NHL news by firing Stanley-Cup-winning Head Coach Claude Julien last Tuesday. Prior to being relieved of his coaching duties, Julien was the longest-tenured coach in the NHL, spending 10 seasons with the Bruins. For the top-possession team in the league that seemed ready to make a decent case for a playoff spot in the Atlantic Division this season, the decision seemed abrupt and unnecessary, especially given Julien’s record; the Bruins have made the playoffs seven out of nine

seasons under his command. Unfortunately, the two seasons that they were forced to sit out have been the most recent, lining Julien up as the next to fall in a frustrated Bruins organization.

Kyle Parisi It is tough to accept for many Bruins fans, but Julien has become both a scapegoat and a spark for

a team that boasts playoff potential and very little recent success to show for it. Often when an NHL team fires its head coach — which has happened four times already this season — it is meant to be a wake-up call to players who the team’s administration believes are not playing to their potential. St. Louis Blues Head Coach Ken Hitchcock was fired earlier this year for similar reasons — being at the helm of a team that should be an unquestioned playoff contender, and yet struggling to stay in the playoff picture. The Bruins hope firing Julien acts as a short-term spark for the team. It is also possible that the Bru-

ins management simply wanted to send the message to its fans that mediocre play is unacceptable. Fans who are used to dominant seasons and viable opportunities at playoff success have been voicing their discontent for the past two seasons, and perhaps this is the Bruins’ answer. Whether it was a misguided decision, the Bruins seem to have woken up. Interim Head Coach Bruce Cassidy had a strong start this past Thursday, defeating the formidable San Jose Sharks 6-3. After the win, Bruins player David Pastrnak explained, “We wanted to get the win for Bruce, the first win, so I think we all came a little bit more energized and we did a good

job as a team.” Cassidy followed that victory up with a 4-3 win over Vanouver on Saturday and closed out the week with a 4-0 shutout of archrival Montreal, which currently sits at the top of the Atlantic Division. The contrast of a team with newfound purpose and energy, against a team who has been leading for so long that they seem to have lost their focus, was extremely apparent during this game. Only time will tell whether that justifies the firing of Julien, but in the short term, Cassidy sports a perfect 3-0 record as head coach of the Bruins. Julien has little to worry about. With a reputation as one of the league’s best coaches, and the understanding

that his coaching ability was not necessarily the reason he was fired, he may welcome multiple job options this coming summer. The Vegas Golden Knights may make him an offer if he does not prove to be too expensive for their new team, as may the New York Islanders or the Florida Panthers, which both fired their head coaches this season. If not, struggling teams like the Dallas Stars, Buffalo Sabres and Colorado Avalanche may also be looking for a change — and it seems like Julien is the hottest free agent on the market.

Kyle Parisi is a sophomore in the College. Between the pipes appears every Tuesday.

Women’s basketball

Hoyas Down Pirates, Fall to Red Storm on Road Trip TYLER PARK

Hoya Staff Writer

On its annual tri-state area road trip, the Georgetown women’s basketball team had mixed results, dominating Seton Hall (11-15, 4-11 Big East) 77-60 Friday night before falling to St. John’s (179, 9-6 Big East) 65-54 Sunday afternoon. The Hoyas (15-9, 7-7 Big East) started off the weekend with a strong effort against the Pirates, riding an explosive third quarter to a blowout victory. Georgetown led 41-30 at halftime, sealing the game by dominating the third quarter, outscoring Seton Hall 28-12 in the period. “That’s always good, when we can go deep in our bench and everyone can take part in the game and so I just thought that we came out very focused, very disciplined,” Georgetown Head Coach Natasha Adair said. “I just felt like we were clicking on all cylinders in that game for the most part.” Senior forward Faith Woodard scored a team-high 19 points, attacking the rim

throughout the game and converting 7-of-8 free throw attempts. Sophomore guard Dorothy Adomako — returning to the starting lineup after coming off the bench for one game — added 18 points. Still, the most noteworthy performance for the Hoyas came from senior forward Cynthia Petke, who was aggressive early and often on her way to a season-high 17 points. Petke, who averages only 4.7 points per game, scored 11 points in the first quarter alone. She was aggressive in the post and converted several outside jump shots. “What I really fell in love [with] about Cynthia and her game and why I thought she’d fit in to what we’re doing is because of her blue-collar mentality. She is a worker, she’s fearless on the glass, and she does have the ability to score,” Adair said. “She’s really trusting it and trusting the process and embracing her role. It’s been a big bonus for us for sure.” Sophomore guard Dionna White, who leads the team with 15.2 points per game,

struggled to score against Seton Hall, going scoreless in the first half before finishing with just five points on 2-of10 shooting from the field. Despite the poor shooting, White contributed with nine rebounds and five assists, and her teammates stepped up to replace her normal scoring output. The lopsided score allowed the Hoyas’ stars to rest for the entire fourth quarter, as Adair was able to extend her rotation and give playing time to 12 different players, including freshman walk-on guard Marvellous OsagieErese, an East Orange, N.J., native who played only a few miles away from her hometown in front of family and friends. “For her to be able to get in and contribute — I think I called four plays for her, I was just trying to get her a basket. But what makes me smile even more is that the bench was ready to erupt, and you don’t see that a lot with these walk-ons and everyone embracing them,” Adair said. On Sunday, the Hoyas travelled to New York City to

face the Red Storm. After an even first quarter in which both teams scored 18 points, Georgetown was unable to recover from a second-quarter scoring drought. Over a sevenminute span, the Red Storm went on a 17-0 run, opening up a 37-24 halftime lead. “I thought we started strong. I thought we opened up the floor a little bit and saw Dorothy attacking, saw Faith attacking. But my hat goes off to St. John’s. On their floor, they are a championship team and I thought they turned it up and we stepped back on our heels a little bit,” Adair said. The Hoyas made a final comeback attempt, going on a 10-0 run early in the fourth quarter and eventually cutting the lead to 59-54 with two minutes left. However, their efforts fell short as the Red Storm found their offensive rhythm to close out the game. Next weekend, the Hoyas host their final home games of the season, facing Butler on Friday at 7 p.m. before welcoming Xavier on Saturday at 2 p.m.

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Junior guard DiDi Burton recorded four points, three assists and three steals in Georgetown’s win over Seton Hall.

Women’s lacrosse

Top Teams Build Resumes GU Drops Season Opener Bulldogs Bulldoze On Saturday, No. 1 Gonzaga (26-0, 14-0 WCC) passed its toughest test of the season against conference rival, then-No. 20 St. Mary’s (22-3, 12-2 WCC), defeating the Gaels 74-64. The Bulldogs remain the only undefeated team in Division I basketball and only the seventh team in Division I history to win its first 26 games. The Bulldogs put on an offensive clinic led by junior Johnathan Williams III and senior Przemek Karnowski, who combined for 36 points and 18 rebounds while shooting 55.3 percent from the field. Head Coach Mark Few’s squad sent a message to the NCAA Tournament selection committee, which earlier that day placed Gonzaga as the fourth-overall seed behind Villanova, Kansas and Baylor. Gonzaga’s infamous NCAA Tournament past will always bring doubters, as it lost in the round of 32 to Wichita State as a No. 1 seed in 2013 and have never made it to a Final Four, but this year’s group has been firing on all cylinders since the season started. Excluding their most recent matchup, the Bulldogs have led for 90 percent of minutes played this season and won by an average of 23.4 points, staggering figures that shine light on just how talented and deep they are. Gonzaga looks to continue its undefeated season against San Francisco (18-9, 8-6 WCC) and Pacific (9-18, 3-11 WCC) next week. Lonzo Balls Out For those who watched the UCLA-Oregon matchup Thursday, I bet you had a great night. The then-No. 10 Bruins (22-3, 9-3 PAC-12) came storming

back from a 19-point deficit to stun the then-No. 5 Ducks (22-4, 11-2 PAC-12) 82-79.

Carter Owen

For those who watched the UCLA-Oregon matchup Thursday, I bet you had a great night. Freshman phenom guard Lonzo Ball spearheaded the comeback with 15 points, 11 rebounds and an absolute dagger of a step-back three-pointer with 34 seconds left. In the last 10 minutes of the game, Ball carried the Bruins with a series of splashing step backs, sharp slashes to the rim, precise assists and outstanding defense on Oregon’s best player, junior forward Dillon Brooks, thereby continuing to bolster his case to be a top-two pick in this June’s NBA draft. The Bruins performed far better in the second half, as they tightened up their defense and controlled the ball, holding the offensively dangerous Ducks to 33.3 percent shooting and only committing three turnovers. Consistent effort and focus on the defensive end remains an issue for the Bruins, but their ability to play off each other and look downright unstoppable at times keeps them

sneaky national-title contenders. Their next two games against Oregon State (4-21, 0-12 PAC-12) and USC (21-5, 8-5 PAC-12) provide UCLA with chances to iron out those kinks. Duke Resurrected? In a marquee matchup that showcased the best rivalry in college basketball, then-No. 18 Duke (20-5, 8-4 ACC) bested then-No. 8 North Carolina (21-5, 9-3 ACC) 86-78. Junior guard Grayson Allen tied a career high with seven three-pointers while scoring 25 total points, sophomore guard Luke Kennard added 20 points and freshman forward Jayson Tatum carried the Blue Devils home with a 19-point performance in the second half and a career-best five assists. The Blue Devils have struggled all year to find a consistent identity amid their best player’s tripping penchant, their coach’s slow recovery from back surgery and their prized recruit’s struggle to stay healthy. Now the healthiest they have been all year and motivated to play for each other, a team that seemed in shambles just two weeks ago after an embarrassing home loss to unranked North Carolina State (14-12, 3-10 ACC) looks like the scariest unit in college hoops. The Blue Devils have won four in a row and sit just one game behind the top spot in the ACC, with games against No. 12 Virginia (18-5, 8-3 ACC) and Wake Forest (15-10, 6-7 ACC) looming as they prepare for March.

Carter Owen is a freshman in the McDonough School of Business. Three-point Shootout appears every Tuesday.

Dan Crosson Hoya Staff Writer

After months of preparation, the Georgetown women’s lacrosse team opened a new season on the road, losing 10-9 to the University of Delaware Sophomore midfielder Morgan Ryan led the Hoyas’ (0-1) offensive efforts with three goals. Freshman midfielder Emily Ehle and sophomore attacker Taylor Gebhart had two goals each, and junior midfielder Rachel Rausa scored one goal, while senior goalkeeper Maddy Fisher had 14 saves in the loss. Delaware junior midfielder Becky Gohsler scored a game-high six goals for the Blue Hens (1-0), and junior goalkeeper Taylor Carpentier stopped three shots, including one with 1:05 left in the game. The Blue Hens outshot the Hoyas 27-14 and forced 21 Georgetown turnovers. Georgetown Head Coach Ricky Fried attributed the loss to unforced errors. “The biggest thing is that

we had too many unforced turnovers — too many mistakes that were ours that we weren’t forced to make. It’s a positive and negative. If we clean those up, we will be very good,” Fried said. Despite the loss, Coach Fried did see some positives from the Hoyas this Saturday. “The two biggest positives were .... our goalie play and just the fight our team showed throughout the game — kind of a back-andforth — and we came in, and at the end of the day, made too many errors and put ourselves in a position that ended up giving us a loss at the end of the game,” Fried said. Up 4-3 at halftime, Delaware came out in the second half firing, scoring within two minutes. Georgetown answered back twice, tying the game at five. After another tally, the Hoyas completed a 3-0 run and led the Blue Hens by one, 6-5. It was the last lead Georgetown would have in the game. Delaware tied the game a minute later and took the lead a minute after that to make the score 7-6. The teams

would trade goals until Delaware scored its 10th goal with 4:31 left in the game. Sophomore midfielder Francesca Whitehurst made the Hoyas’ last shot with 1:05 left, but the Delaware goalkeeper made a critical save to seal the win for the Blue Hens. The Hoyas are back in action against the George Washington Colonials (0-1) this week. Coach Fried said that the team must focus on improving key aspects of its game. “Decision-making and stickwork are the two biggest areas of concern, or emphasis, I guess: making sure we take care of the ball, clear the ball better and give ourselves a better opportunity to make positive plays,” Fried said. Junior midfielder Jocelyn Donohue scored a team-high four goals in the Colonials’ last game against Monmouth, which also came down to the wire, with Monmouth scoring in the final seconds of the game to win 16-15. Georgetown’s next game against GWU is at 3 p.m. Wednesday at GWU’s Mount Vernon campus.


Sophomore midfielder Morgan Ryan scored a team-high three goals in Georgetown’s 10-9 road loss to Delaware in the season opener Saturday.


Tuesday, FEBRUARY 14, 2017

MEN’s Lacrosse



The Beautiful Game

Hoyas to Face Early Tests Warburton’s Plan Foiled LACROSSE, from A10

field is that nobody is injured right now, guys are coming back from injuries and when guys start playing together, they start to develop that continuity. Practice has a flow to it,” Warne said. Aiding in rebuilding Georgetown’s team culture are the team’s four upperclassmen captains: senior midfielder Nick Carpenter, redshirt junior attack Peter Conley and senior defenders Charlie Ford and Michael Mayer, who all step into important leadership roles both on and off the field for the Hoyas. Conley returns in full health after missing significant portions of the last two seasons due to injuries. During his rookie season in 2014, Conley led Georgetown in scoring with 24 goals and 37 points. All four captains bring a wealth of experience to the table from all areas of the field, but Warne said that one of their most valuable contributions has been their varying leadership styles. “The best thing about them is that each one of them has a different personality. … You hear at least one of them in practice, sometimes it’s by example, sometimes it’s by voice, and it’s very positive,” Warne said. Georgetown also has many high-powered underclassmen, including sophomore attack

Daniel Bucaro, the 2016 Big East Freshman of the Year. Bucaro paced the Georgetown offense with 18 goals and 13 assists during his freshman season. On the defensive end, junior goalkeeper Nick Marrocco returns to anchor the Hoyas in the net. A 2017 preseason All-Big East pick, Marrocco has started every game for Georgetown since the beginning of his freshman year and has consistently ranked toward the top of the conference in saves and save percentage. Marrocco finished the 2016 season with 11.57 saves per game. After months of fall practice and two preseason scrimmages, Georgetown opens its official schedule this afternoon against High Point (0-1) in High Point, N.C. The game kicks off a challenging nonconference slate that includes formidable

yet familiar rivals, including No. 4 Notre Dame, No. 12 Towson, No. 10 Duke (1-0) and No. 5 Loyola (0-1). The Hoyas will play seven teams that made appearances in the 2016 NCAA Championships. Warne said he looks forward to facing off against the tough nonconference rivals in preparation for competitive Big East play at the end of the season. “We’ve learned from our experiences in the past that anybody can beat anybody in college lacrosse. It’s proven now, and we know we’re going to get every team’s best effort, and we need to give our best effort. If we play hard and do all the right things, I’ll be satisfied,” Warne said. High Point enters today’s matchup after a 10-5 loss in its season opener against Duke. Opening faceoff is set for 3 p.m.


Junior midfielder Craig Berge ranked third on the team last season in goals, tallying 10 goals in 14 games

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Graeme Murty would take charge of the first team until a suitable replacement they could find. All in all, it seemed like everything was settled, even if the move caught everyone off guard.

Warburton resigned from Rangers to make himself available for other teams. And then, chaos set in. Not even an hour after Friday’s late-night announcement, Warburton himself announced that he had not resigned and that he did not know what Rangers was talking about. According to Warburton, he never uttered those words. In fact, that same day, Warburton had assured everyone that McParland would remain with the club, something that seems rather bizarre if he was planning to resign that night. Over the next couple of hours, it was difficult to tell what was going to happen. Even top football pundits were left in the dark, with both Rangers and Warburton sticking to their versions of

events. Details began to emerge that Warburton thought he would be tapped for the Nottingham Forest job back in his native England. Apparently, Warburton resigned from Rangers to make himself available, a move that backfired when Forest decided to leave caretaker managers Gary Brazil and Jack Lester in charge. Warburton then apparently tried to backtrack and claim that he had never, in fact, resigned. Rangers chairman Dave King attempted to add more clarification to the story later on, saying that Warburton had freely admitted that he was using Rangers only as a stepping stone to greater jobs. King also claimed that tensions were high at the club over Warburton’s insecurity about his transfer policy, due to the fact that several highprofile players either left Rangers or failed to sign for the once-glorious club. Furthermore, King stated that Warburton had been leaking private boardroom information. While it is difficult to discern the truth when both sides adamantly insist that their versions of the story are right, it is very clear that animosity is running high between Rangers and Warburton. King is focused on the future of Rangers, saying that he is willing to invest even

more money into getting the club back to its glory days. It is the kind of crazy situation that is leaving most of us scratching our heads, wondering at how a partnership can go so, so wrong. At the very least, it provides entertainment after a rather boring English Premier League week, but it raises the question of whether or not something similar could happen in England.

King claimed that Warburton admitted to using Rangers as a stepping stone to greater jobs. Warburton is now rumored to be seeking legal counsel and it would not be surprising at all if Rangers and Warburton become embroiled in a bitter legal dispute. Whatever the circumstances are, Warburton is no longer the manager of Rangers, a sad end to a wonderful story of a club rising all the way back to the top.

Vanessa Craige is a junior in the School of Foreign Service. The Beautiful Game appears every Tuesday.


Women Earn Comeback Victory, Men Fall to Monmouth TENNIS, from A10

As one of the few seniors on the team, Saperstein has fulfilled the role as a leader and uses her experience to her advantage. “No one doubts Victoire in those situations because she’s so experienced, and she also wants to do that for the team,” Ernst said. “There are a lot of kids who want to do it for themselves, but she really puts the whole team up on her shoulders and says, ‘I want to get this victory for the Hoyas.’” The next day, the Georgetown men’s team (2-3) battled the Monmouth Hawks at Yates Fieldhouse in the Hoyas’ first on-campus match of the season. For the second straight match, the Hoyas began with a point in the doubles competition. The underclassman duo of sophomore Michael Chen and fresh-

man Ian Witmer took the number two doubles affair 6-1, while junior Marco Lam and senior Yannik Mahlangu were victorious by the same score. The promising beginning did not accurately foreshadow the Blue and Gray’s singles play. “Monmouth came out during singles so inspired; they did the right thing. They lost the doubles point and it made them more fired up to try to beat us. So, I don’t think our guys realized how good they were because they did not play good doubles,” Ernst said. The back end of the lineup provided the pair of Georgetown wins in singles competition, as junior Mac Rechan prevailed in a three-set comeback 4-6, 6-2, 10-5 in the number five match, while Mahlangu continued his successful day with a straight set


6-2, 6-4 triumph. However, Chen lost in a pair of tight sets, 7-6, 7-6 in the number three match, and number one Marco Lam fell to his Monmouth counterpart, 6-2, 6-2, to seal the loss for the Hoyas. Ernst voiced his displeasure in his team’s effort, especially considering the match was played at home. “We practice there; there should be no adjustment at that end at all. In fact, we’re supposed to have home court advantage, and I’m a little disappointed in a few of our guys that did not play to their ability at all. Just as I mentioned Victoire stepping up in big moments, we need our share of upperclassmen to do the same,” Ernst said. The Hoyas are back in action March 5, as both teams take on UC San Diego during the teams’ spring break trip.


Sophomore Cecilia Lynham defeated her number five counterpart in two consecutive 6-1 sets in the women’s victory over Massachusetts on Friday.


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and, collectively, these five games will likely decide the tournament fate of the team. While a Big East Tournament championship would lock in the Hoyas for the conference’s automatic bid — one of 32 — securing an at-large bid is absolutely feasible even before postseason festivities begin. RUN THE TABLE Akin to the Green Bay Packers’ winning streak to end

their season, Georgetown could very well cement itself as not just a bubble team, but as a legitimate tournament team with a 5-0 finish to the season. Downing Creighton in Omaha and Villanova at the Verizon Center would be incredible feats on their own, and — when combined with a flawless final five outings — would give the Hoyas a 9-2 record over their final 11 games. The likelihood of this scenario, however, is a pipe dream at best. The Hoyas rank 52 in’s efficiency

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rankings, a measure of how effectively a team plays on a pergame basis. Contests against Creighton and Villanova see Georgetown square off against significantly more efficient teams per the KenPom rankings, as the Blue Jays and Wildcats sit at No. 22 and No. 3, respectively. Still, a 5-0 close to the regular season would likely give the Hoyas an RPI somewhere in the 30s and a seven-seed at worst. Any win at the Big East Tournament in March would be an added bonus. FINISH STRONG Georgetown’s relative success against Creighton — particularly its most recent win — gives credence to the scenario that a 4-1 finish is more than possible. With senior guard Mo Watson Jr. out for the season, the Blue Jays have fallen from being Final Four hopefuls. Nevertheless, winning in a sold-out hostile arena is a test that the Hoyas will likely need to pass should they make the big dance. This Sunday’s matchup, then, is a must-win. If the team is to resign itself to a loss against reigning national champion and rival Villanova on March 4, the next three games are also mustwins. Regardless, any combination of 4-1 to end the season places Georgetown firmly on the right side of the bubble — arguably even off it — thanks to strength of schedule. In this scenario, the conference tournament is also an afterthought, and the Hoyas end

up with a nine-seed at worst. EXPECTED WINS AND LOSSES If the Blue and Gray takes care of business in its other three games, dropping one to Creighton and Villanova each, then its 3-2 record almost necessitates at least one game won in New York for a stressfree selection process. However, an immediate exit, the worst possible outcome in New York has the Hoyas sweating on Selection Sunday. Given the weak nature of the bubble this year and Georgetown’s absurdly strong schedule, the team should grab at least an 11-seed with the possibility of a play-in game. THE END OF THE ROAD Anything worse than a 3-2 effort from the team to finish the season intensifies everything about the Big East tournament, essentially mandating an improbable run to the title. Of course, a National Invitation Tournament bid is almost guaranteed — as long as the team finishes above .500 — but the team’s NCAA Tournament aspirations hinge on these next five games. A season once lost, then found, then lost again seems to have been found. At the very least, there is a path of promise, a path lined with reluctant hope. For better or worse, these two weeks will bring Hoya faithful to its end.

Paolo Santamaria is a junior in the College. He is the executive editor of The Hoya.


Women’s Lacrosse Georgetown (13-11) at George Washington (0-1) Wednesday, 3:00 p.m. GWU Mount Vernon Campus



WOMEN’S LACROSSE The women’s lacrosse team dropped its season opener, losing 10-9 on the road to Delaware. See A8



I told the guys that we don’t want to play for him; we want to play with him.” HEAD COACH KEVIN WARNE


The number of wins the men’s basketball team has over RPI-top 25 teams, the seventh most in the nation.


GU Looks to Revitalize Team Culture ELIZABETH CAVACOS Hoya Staff Writer

Paolo Santamaria

Tournament Bid Remains Probable


fter a season of crushing losses and subsequent embitterment, Georgetown stares down the remaining five games of its schedule with a viable — if not probable — road to the NCAA Tournament. Although the Blue and Gray’s (14-12, 5-8 Big East) early season losses — a blown lead to No. 21 Maryland (21-4, 9-3 Big 10) and a failed comeback against Arkansas State (18-7, 9-3 Sun Belt) — dampened the spirits of the Hoya faithful, the team has zero bad losses, at least in the eyes of the tournament selection committee. I could write a manifesto full of thousands of reasons as to why the Hoyas do not deserve one of 36 at-large bids, but the selection committee has never been about the word “deserve.” As it stands, the Hoyas are more than qualified as a bubble team. They rank 62 in the Rating Percentage Index, an NCAA standard of measurement, have a strength of schedule that ranks 10th in RPI, a

nonconference schedule strength ranking of 19th and a whopping 11 games against RPI-top 50 teams. Of those 11 games, nine were against the RPI-top 25, by far the most in the entirety of Division I. Of those nine, the Hoyas have won three — the seventh-most in the country.

The Hoyas are more than qualified as a bubble team. They rank 62 in the Rating Percentage Index. The remainder of Georgetown’s schedule can only bolster this resume — No. 20 Creighton (21-4, 8-4 Big East) and No. 2 Villanova (24-2, 11-2 Big East) await. Three other conference games also round up the Hoyas’ regular season schedule, See SANTAMARIA, A9

After a year fraught with challenges and loss, the Georgetown men’s lacrosse team seeks to build a new legacy in the months ahead — one that reverses the tide of a disappointing 2016 campaign and honors a fallen teammate in what would have been his final season on the Hilltop. This year, the team looks to honor Edward Blatz Jr., who passed away unexpectedly April 24, 2016, days before the team’s final game of the season against St. John’s. Blatz was a junior defender on the team who started in 17 games and appeared in 25 during his career. Head Coach Kevin Warne said that as the program begins its next chapter, it is keeping Blatz’s memory close. “As we turn the page, we’re moving forward as a program, but we’ll always have him in our hearts while we play,” Warne said. “I told the guys that we don’t want to play for him; we want to play with him. … It’s the right way to honor him so that he can finish out his senior year with his class. The guys seem to be very responsive to that and excited to do that for him.” Warne also emphasized the importance of teambuilding as the program looks ahead to the new season. “We spent a lot of time in the fall building culture,


Sophomore attacker Daniel Bucaro ranked first on the team in scoring last season, netting 18 goals and contributing 13 assists, earning him the Big East Freshman of the Year award. just addressing trust and relationships. … If you care about your teammate, you know you’re going to go through a wall for him, and I think we’re starting to see that in the camaraderie on the field. The whole vibe is just a lot different, and it’s very exciting for us as we move forward,” Warne said. In 2016, after entering the season with a strong No. 14 preseason ranking, George-

town plummeted to a 2-12 record, notching a single nonconference win over then-No. 8 Hofstra and one win in Big East play against Providence. The season was a large departure from the team’s 10-6 finish in 2015, which culminated in a Big East championship appearance. After dealing with numerous injuries, position changes and shifting roles


on the team, Warne says the coaching staff is now better equipped to handle the challenges it may see during the 2017 season. “We basically saw every situation we needed to see in coaching last year — with guys switching positions every two weeks, this and that. But now, what you’re seeing on the See LACROSSE, A9


Vanessa Craige

Coach Resignation Creates Confusion



Senior Yannik Mahlangu captured a number six singles victory, winning in straight sets 6-2, 6-4 in Georgetown’s loss to Monmouth on Saturday at Yates Field House.

Squads Split Results in Home Contests EVAN MORGAN Hoya Staff Writer

After two straight weekends on the road, the men’s tennis team fell to the Monmouth Hawks 4-3 on Saturday in a high-intensity affair at Yates Field House, while the women prevailed in a comeback to take the match over the Massachusetts Minutewomen 4-3 Friday afternoon. The women’s team (2-1) won despite a rocky start, with senior Victoire Saperstein securing the win with a 7-6 victory in the third set of the number one singles match. “That was one for the

ages,” Georgetown Head Coach Gordie Ernst said. “Those are the matches that keep you coming back for more. If you lose those, you go into a serious state of a depression. When you win them, it keeps you coming back the next day.” The Hoyas began the match by losing the doubles point as the Minutewomen took the number two and three matches to begin the match on the right foot. The combination of junior Drew Spinosa and sophomore Cecilia Lynham fell 6-0 in the third doubles slot, while sophomore-senior duo So-

phia Barnard and Sydney Goodson lost 7-5 at number two doubles. Following the unpromising beginning, the Blue and Gray had to battle in the singles matches, and the back of the Hoyas’ lineup was up to the task. Goodson, Lynham and Spinosa all avenged their doubles’ losses with singles victories in the fourth, fifth and sixth singles slots, respectively. Spinosa, a transfer from the University of San Diego, continued her successful Georgetown start on Friday with a 6-1, 6-4 victory. Additionally, Lynham dominated in a 6-1, 6-1 takedown

of her Massachusetts opponent, and Goodson triumphed by a tally of 6-3, 6-1, in the fourth singles match. With that trio of victories, the Hoyas needed only one more singles win to claim the necessary four points. Ultimately, with both teams tied at three points apiece, the deciding match was at the number one singles position, featuring senior Victoire Saperstein. After splitting the first two sets, the victory-clinching match was finally decided in the third set by a tight 7-6 score. See TENNIS, A9

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t seems that at some point in every season, most soccer managers experience a moment of questionable action. It could be anything from Arsène Wenger’s pushing a fourth official, leading to his four game ban or José Mourinho’s press conference antics. The strangest headline we have seen thus far from a manager comes not from the Premier League, but from the Scottish Premiership, where Mark Warburton and Rangers Football Club caused heavy confusion over his managerial status. Warburton has faced a lot of criticism for the oftlackluster performance of his team. Rangers is currently in third place — a full 27 points behind league-leaders Celtic Football Club. It seems rather daunting, but for a team that was all the way back in League One a few seasons ago, it is a remarkable change. It seemed like Warburton would manage to weather the storm — after all, what manager does not face criticism? But then came an official statement from Rangers announcing that the resignations of Warburton,

assistant manager David Weir and head of recruitment Frank McParland had all been accepted.

Rangers is currently in third place — a full 27 points behind league leaders Celtic. It was a move that had apparently been building up all week, with the official Rangers statement declaring that the trio had made their intentions clear in a meeting with the management team. It seems fairly simple, with Rangers also announcing that it would waive its rights to substantial compensation. This would allow the trio to easily join another team, a factor that was agreed upon when Warburton and his fellow members were granted a significant raise at the start of the season. Rangers announced that the under-20 team coach See CRAIGE, A9

The Hoya: February 14, 2017