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|CHRONICLES FROM COPENHAGEN: New Perspectives on the European UnionThe Hoya / 8 h. ago more|
This past week, I journeyed to Brussels, Belgium with my European politics course to study the European Union by touring the various institutions headquartered in Brussels and interviewing key players within the system. Although I already had an understanding of the importance of the European Union from my previous studies, my personal experiences in Brussels cemented my belief that the EU is an essential political system and perhaps the best deterrent against the rising tide of nationalism and populism upending Europe today.
The modern European Union has its basis in the European Coal and Steel Community established in 1951 in an effort to unite Europe following World War II. Robert Schuman, the French foreign minister at the time, posited that the ECSC would “make war not only unthinkable but materially impossible,” echoing Immanuel Kant’s liberalist belief that nations that were economically dependent on each other would not readily war with each other.
The modern EU as we know it evolved from this initial community of six nations — France, West Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Luxembourg — to comprise the 28 member states within the political system today. And while nationalism and populism continue to make inroads in the modern political environment — most recently the victory of the center-right and far-right parties in the Austrian parliamentary elections Sunday and, of course, Brexit, the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the EU — my visit to Brussels demonstrated the necessity for Europe to continue on the path of supranationalism.
The road to the modern EU has seen many twists and turns as it has struggled to balance the interests of individual member states with the need to unite to better survive as a union in an unpredictable world. Through its almost 70-year history, the EU has managed to develop a complex yet fair political system that seeks to create lasting prosperity of the member states through the promotion of the overall EU.
The success of the EU is one of the most important factors for the continued prosperity of Western civilization against rising terrorism, an ascendant Russia eager to assert itself globally and the promotion of peace worldwide.
The main institutions of the European Union are the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union, the Court of Justice of the European Union and the European Council and the European Commission, perhaps the most important body within the system. The Commission has the authority to create legislation and the current Commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, is the closest thing Europe has to an executive leader.
The European Parliament and the Council of the European Union work with the European Commission in order to pass legislation and set medium-term policy goals for the EU. All together, these three bodies perhaps most mirror — in theory — the United States’ system in which the president works with the bicameral legislature of the House of Representatives and the Senate to pass legislation and create laws.
The rise of the Commission’s influence within the EU in recent years signals that the majority of member states want increased integration in order to assure Europe’s prominence globally.
While the EU has an inherently different structure from any other political entity on the planet, during my time in Brussels I learned that many of its institutions do share commonalities with the American political system and other individual governments with which people are more familiar.
Furthermore, the EU’s general movement toward increased integration and the advancement of the Economic and Monetary Union and the eurozone indicate that, with the exception of the U.K., the European member states understand that overall success for Europe — peace, economic pre-eminence and military security — can only be achieved together.
Europe’s inherently complex political situation — European nations that are often fiercely independent and immensely proud of their individual nation’s histories and culture — makes continued integration a difficult task. And yet after my visit to the EU’s capital, I have never been surer of its future success. To me, the EU represents a political example of humanity’s tug of war between a desire to isolate oneself for one’s own benefit and the individual sacrifice necessary to work together for the betterment of everyone’s lives.
Grant Olson is a junior in the College. This is the third installment of Chronicles from Copenhagen.The post CHRONICLES FROM COPENHAGEN: New Perspectives on the European Union appeared first on .
|Movie Review: ‘Happy Death Day’The Hoya / 8 h. 4 min. ago more|
With its premiere Friday, Oct. 13, “Happy Death Day” has branded itself as one of the scariest films of the fall. Created by Blumhouse Productions, the company behind films such as “Get Out,” “Sinister” and “Whiplash,” “Happy Death Day” combines tropes of the horror film genre with comedic scenes to create a viewing experience that is highly entertaining, but ultimately, underdeveloped.
The premise of the film is simple: Tree Gelbman, played by Jessica Rothe, is fated to live her death over again each day, in the vein of the iconic 1993 comedy “Groundhog Day.” Tree is a self-centered young woman who lives in a sorority house filled with fellow sisters, who, like her, are portrayed as petty and superficial. After enduring several versions of her murder, Tree attempts to unmask the culprit behind her death. Along the way, she begins to see the flaws within her character and attempts to make amends. This character arc can quickly become predictable; despite that, the film manages to keep audiences entertained.
“Happy Death Day” was directed by Christopher B. Landon, who is best known for his work on the “Paranormal Activity” films and “Disturbia.” “Happy Death Day” diverges from Landon’s earlier work and attempts to take itself a little less seriously. While “Disturbia” represents a true horror thriller film drawing from Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rear Window,” “Happy Death Day” includes comedic scenes that establish the film’s more lighthearted tone.
At times, the comedy and horror in “Happy Death Day” harmonize into a stronger whole than the film’s individual parts. Other times, they seem discordant and can make the viewer forget that the film is intended to be frightening. Jump scares — rather than artful suspense or dramatic tension — saturate the film.
A shining example of the blend between the comedic and horrific occurs in the second act of the film. As Tree becomes familiar with the events leading to her death, she grows increasingly confident. Her sarcastic behavior results in oddly comedic montages of Tree manipulating herself and the environment around her in anticipation of known events. Although it is clearly horrifying to imagine a scenario in which a person is fated to repeat the same day over again, the humor Tree temporarily finds in the situation manages to give the audience a few laughs.
Conversely, other attempts at mixing comedy and horror are lackluster and fall flat due to their awkward placement and timing. Instead of poking fun at the abundant horror tropes in the film, Landon chooses to insert unimaginative one-liners and misplaces slapstick comedy in moments that should have employed suspense.
The biggest problem with “Happy Death Day,” however, is that it lacks crucial character depth. The heavily exaggerated depiction of sorority life, stereotypical female archetypes and the use of a geeky nice guy detract from the believability of an already unrealistic film — frankly, it often comes off as lazy writing.
Cinematically, the film does not exceed expectations, but it provides audiences with an enjoyable viewing experience nonetheless. Most shots are very standard with effective framing. In action scenes, the camera shots are tight, easy to follow and entertaining. There is truly a rhythm to the film that comes alive the second the action starts.
The most visually entertaining scenes take place when Tree faces her murder. Eye-catching and elaborate close-up shots and jarring transitions punctuate her violent returns to the beginning of the day. These scenes effectively communicate the suddenness with which Tree experiences her death, as if waking from a nightmare.
The best part of this film is Rothe in her role as Tree. In a clearly physically demanding role, Rothe outperforms expectations. Tree, while not a very developed character, is a highly emotional one. Rothe is superb in her emoting and manages to come across as realistic and relatable without exaggerating her role. Despite the first portion of the film showing her petty and rude actions, Rothe manages to make the character somewhat likeable by the end of the film.
“Happy Death Day” by no means breaks the conventions of the horror genre. However, it excels at entertaining the audience and establishes itself as the quintessential blockbuster horror of the season. The film is certainly predictable, but for some viewers, it may be the perfect film to deliver both frights and laughs.The post Movie Review: ‘Happy Death Day’ appeared first on .
|Movie Review: ‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’The Hoya / 8 h. 9 min. ago more|
While “Goodbye Christopher Robin” provides a meticulous history of A.A. Milne’s popular children’s series “Winnie-the-Pooh,” it also leaves the audience with much more than knowledge of the book’s publication history. Hidden beneath the trappings of high production value and a nationwide release, Simon Curtis’ latest film offers a refreshing perspective on family, success and war, one that may irreversibly change how members of the audience think about their favorite children’s series. The film’s surprising plot, emotional performances and skillful direction make it incredibly rewarding to watch.
After witnessing the horrors of World War I, Milne, played by Domhnall Gleeson, returns home to find that life in London’s West End seems ideal for his family, his success as a playwright and his budding social life.
One problem, however, haunts Milne. Because he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, every popped balloon and opened champagne bottle drags him back in time to the horrors of the trenches he fought in during the war. Compelled by a desire for quiet, Milne, his wife Daphne, played by Margot Robbie, and his son Christopher Robin, played by Will Tilston, move to a house in Sussex, a county in the countryside of England.
At their home in the country, Milne is thrust into a more active role in his son’s upbringing. The father-son relationship that develops out of this situation is heartwarming and, as Milne soon learns, very lucrative when written in prose.
After writing the first volumes of “Winnie-the-Pooh,” based on Christopher Robin’s inventive games and stuffed animals, the Milnes’ lives are consumed by media attention and international fame.
The eight-year-old Christopher Robin must travel, give interviews and sign autographs to keep up with his father’s growing profits.
The books, rather than the time spent with his father, come to define the boy’s childhood, tragically estranging him from his family and peers. This dynamic becomes the central issue of the film and drives the plot until the very end.
The success of “Goodbye Christopher Robin” rests largely on the impressive collective performance by the cast.
Each character in the film is given a distinct personality through nuanced acting performances. Milne, at first reserved and uptight, bottles up his visceral flashbacks and shows little emotion. The changing circumstances of his life are reflected clearly in his character development and played with great aplomb by Gleeson, as he eventually transforms into a sensitive and proud father.
Despite being given some distinctly adult lines, the 10-year-old Tilston successfully depicts the young Christopher Robin as a curious, witty and innocent child affected by the damaging events that surround him.
When the film flashes forward 10 years, the devastating effects of these events are elucidated in Alex Lawther’s commanding performance as the older Christopher. Despite these successes, there are moments of stiffness throughout the film, especially between Gleeson and Lawther, whose relationship frequently fluctuates throughout the second half.
Curtis’ directorial style is polished and well-suited to the historical nature of the film.
The cinematography is dynamic, constantly developing on its style to accommodate different kinds of scenes. Dramatic conversations are marked by quick, clinical cuts and close-ups, whereas the natural freedom of Robin’s forest games is conveyed through long, high-angle shots. Milne’s flashbacks are dark and stormy, whereas almost every other scene plays out under bright light, natural or otherwise.
The scoring is serene and timely, never conspicuous but instead serving as an emotional compass, guiding the audience through the film’s turbulent atmosphere. Stylistically, this film somewhat resembles Tom Hooper’s “The King’s Speech,” as both films share the mission of depicting historical figures in an accurate yet compelling way.
The narrative structure is cyclical, beginning with a moment from 1941 that is only given context near the end of the film. This structure lends itself to one of the film’s principal concerns — important historical details, like the fact that the creation of Winnie-the-Pooh is connected to the misery of a young boy’s childhood, are lost over time.
“Goodbye Christopher Robin” is remarkably rich in thematic elements. The depiction of Milne’s mental illness highlights the utility of art in overcoming traumatic experiences, for it is only after his son inspires the stories of “Winnie-the-Pooh” that Milne’s flashbacks begin to fade.
By placing so much emphasis on the scenes surrounding the Milnes' collaborative storytelling, Curtis demonstrates that great art comes from a melding of childlike creativity with adult skill. The film treats the commercialization of art in an ambivalent way, demonstrating its potential to both inhibit creativity and provide widely available relief from war’s trauma.
Above all, “Goodbye Christopher Robin” is concerned with the unnatural dangers of fame, represented by intrusive reporters and social estrangement. This fame, the film seems to suggest, can compromise families, childhood and entire lives. Thus, the story of Christopher Robin must be interpreted as a warning to artists as well: Never let fame get in the way of what really matters.The post Movie Review: ‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’ appeared first on .
|Movie Review: ‘Marshall’The Hoya / 8 h. 18 min. ago more|
“Marshall” is a social commentary on segregated America in the 1940s. Set in affluent Greenwich, Conn., the story recreates the 1941 Supreme Court case Connecticut v. Spell and celebrates the legacy of Justice Thurgood Marshall, the first black justice on the court.
The film begins when Eleanor Strubing, a wealthy model citizen played by Kate Hudson, accuses her black chauffeur, Joseph Spell, played by Sterling Brown, of rape and attempted murder. Thurgood Marshall, played by a captivating Chadwick Boseman, is a representative of the NAACP, the nation’s oldest civil rights organization, who undertakes court cases in which the accused face racial discrimination and unfair legal treatment.
Connecticut v. Spell is one of his first cases.
The film is able to invoke strong emotions from the audience through its authentic depictions of life in America in the 1940s. For example, the film includes scenes shot around “white-only” water fountains to help recreate the intensely segregated environment of the time. Throughout the film, the audience witnesses characters experience discrimination and verbal and physical harassment.
In the film, Marshall challenges the social norms of his community. In several inspirational speeches, Marshall references the Constitution and exposes the ways in which the text excludes an entire race.
In a panel following the film screening at the Regal Gallery Palace in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 5, criminal attorney Robert L. Jenkins said: “The law is a very powerful tool but it has limitations.”
The audience observes a conflict between the rule of law and the ways in which it is interpreted. “Marshall” shows the audience that although the laws cannot be changed easily, people can change their attitudes. To Marshall, winning his court cases directly relates to the prosperity of the black community in America.
The inclusion of another key figure in the film, Sam Friedman, an insurance lawyer played by Josh Gad, adds further historical context and dimension to “Marshall.” Friedman’s character, who also represents Spell, is Jewish. The audience is consistently able to see the ferocity of racism against both black and Jewish communities during the 1940s. Reminding the audience of the hardships faced by Jewish-Americans during this time in American history, the film includes a scene that references the Holocaust.
Although Marshall and Friedman come from very different places, they are ultimately able to learn from each other.
Marshall is a leader who is able to champion the black community while working with people from other communities to accomplish his goals. Friedman becomes more aware of social injustice in America and wants to fight against it. Friedman therefore becomes a symbol of hope for Marshall as he realizes that people of other minority groups also want to make a difference. At the same time, he is able to make a difference more effectively because he is white, and thus has access to different resources and a different level of privilege than Marshall does.
Although Marshall is depicted as a hero, he is also humanized: He is shown to have his own character flaws. In one scene in a bar, it is hinted that Marshall may be unfaithful to his wife. This helps remind audiences that Marshall is not a perfect individual, but rather an ordinary human capable of extraordinary things.
As Jenkins said on the panel, “we all have our own roles to play.”
“Marshall” shows that no matter a person’s role in their community, they have the power to be a leader like Marshall and promote change in society. The film does a fine job of both reflecting on Marshall’s determination, and inspiring the audience to follow his passions. It is this lasting, powerful message that leaves viewers hopeful for greater equality in the world today.The post Movie Review: ‘Marshall’ appeared first on .
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|Graduate Student Government Votes to Endorse DACA Letter CampaignThe Hoya / 8 h. 31 min. ago more|
The Georgetown University Graduate Student Government voted to support the publication of a letter from student activists in support of the withdrawn Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to encourage Georgetown alumni in the U.S. Congress to pass the Dream Act of 2017.
The letter, which condemns President Donald Trump’s Sept. 5 decision to terminate the DACA program, thanks alumni in Congress who have voiced support for the Dream Act, which granted temporary protections to immigrants brought into the U.S at a young age, and encourages other alumni in the legislature to support the act and uphold Jesuit values.
Claudia Soliz Castro (GRD ’17), who drafted the letter and is currently pushing for support from the undergraduate Georgetown University Student Association, said the letter was met with overwhelming support in the GradGov general assembly Sept. 14, with 36 of 37 members voting in support and one abstention.
“The letter got a lot of support,” Soliz Castro said. “It was very successful. I was very happy. Maybe part of me was expecting a little more pushback, but I was very glad to see that that was not the case.”
Following Trump’s decision to terminate DACA, Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia issued an official statement calling the choice to end the program “unconscionable.”
Soliz Castro said she wanted to unify the graduate and undergraduate student body behind the administration’s efforts. She reached out to a representative of GradGov, Jon Ettinger (GRD ’18), to present the letter to the general assembly after drafting it.
After making slight changes to the language of the letter, the general assembly voted to support it.
“I was able to help facilitate getting Claudia in front of the graduate student assembly to present this idea and some of the language of the letter that she had already drafted up and help support and further flesh out some of that language in the graduate assembly,” Ettinger said.
The change in format would allow the letters to more directly praise those who have already supported the Dream Act and encourage those who had not to uphold the values of the university and support such an act, Soliz Castro said.
Soliz Castro has also been working with other student governments to pass the letter in their respective organizations. The Medical Center Graduate Student Organization and Georgetown University School of Medicine Student Council have both since passed the letter by majority vote in their respective assemblies. However, some student governments’ constitutions, like that of the Georgetown University Law Center’s Student Bar Association, do not allow for policy stances within the student government, which prevents them from voting to support a letter like this.
Since the letter’s approval in the general assembly, GradGov President Rima Mandwee (GRD ’18) has provided Soliz Castro with assistance in reaching out to other student governments to gain support.
The GUSA Executive, led by President Kamar Mack (COL ’19) and Vice President Jessica Andino (COL ’18) declined to comment while the letter is being finalized.The post Graduate Student Government Votes to Endorse DACA Letter Campaign appeared first on .
|Councilmember Proposes Composting Rebates for ResidentsThe Hoya / 8 h. 35 min. ago more|
Washington, D.C. residents who purchase home composting systems would receive a $75 rebate from the District government under a bill Councilmember Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) proposed Oct. 3.
The legislation seeks to incentivize home composting systems for residents as part of a local government effort to reduce food waste by as much as 80 percent.
D.C. residents currently have the option of joining a community compost network with 50 composting sites around the city or going to government-run sites in each ward where they can drop off their compost for free.
The bill would formally amend the Sustainable Solid Waste Management Amendment Act of 2014, which prioritized government resources for sustainable methods of recycling and composting over landfilling and incineration. The new bill would also provide training to residents who purchase home composting systems to further the original bill’s goal and ensure proper usage.
The bill does not yet provide for curbside pickup of composting.
Cheh said she is optimistic for the bill’s success because District residents have shown willingness to contribute to environmental causes.
“There is certainly an educational component and an incentive component,” Cheh said in an Oct. 5 interview with DCist. “But I think it will fall on receptive ears, either because they have this ethic of progressive environmentalism or because they just like the idea of reconnecting with natural things.”
An April 2017 District of Columbia Compost Feasibility Study commissioned by the Department of Public Works found strong demand for a curbside collection program, as the city generates up to 234,000 tons a year in organic waste. A citywide, mandatory composting program could recover up to more than half of that number, the report suggests.
Cheh said much of the 234,000 tons of waste comes from single-family homes.
However, since Washington’s curbside pickup program is potentially years away from being instituted, the best way to immediately address the environmental problem is to have people compost themselves, Cheh said.
“When you consider that at-home waste is the largest percentage of food waste that we have, if we're able to get a handle on that, it could have significant environmental and economic benefits,” Cheh said. “We want to give people an incentive to do that and make it accessible for all people.”
Still, critics say the cost of composting systems may create an economic barrier. For example, at home improvement store the Home Depot, the median cost of home composters is $100, making the bill’s rebate critical to helping the program achieve success.
In order to receive the rebate, residents will have to complete an in-person training class administered by the Department of Public Works and submit a claim to the city. Cheh emphasized the importance of the educational portion of the bill to the program’s success.
“You do have to be informed about it. It's like anything else. There's a lot of inertia and a lot of uncertainty about how to [compost],” Cheh said in the DCist interview. “I think if we could educate them and show them all the benefits, I think they'd begin to embrace it.”
A potential stumbling block to the home composting systems’ success is whether they will attract rodents or other pests. Last year, the Department of Health issued a warning that alerted residents to increased numbers of rats around the District as part of a long-term trend, due in part to trash not being stored properly, which could be a factor when composting.
The bill sets guidelines for composters to not amplify the rodent issue.
“A person may compost on their property,” the bill reads. “Provided, that the composting is conducted in a manner which will not promote the propagation, harborage or attraction of vectors, or the creation of public nuisances.”
Cheh’s bill is part of a long-term effort to reduce the city’s waste by as much as 80 percent. Christopher Shorter, director of the D.C. Department of Public Works, said the effort helps save money and makes the city more environmentally friendly. The District is currently looking into purchasing a site where it can build a composting center to expedite this process.
“Ultimately, we are going to be a more environmentally friendly city because many more of our residents will be separating their food waste and reducing landfill, which is the ultimate goal,” Shorter said in an interview with The Washington Post.The post Councilmember Proposes Composting Rebates for Residents appeared first on .
|Bowser Announces Public-Private Partnership for Affordable HousingThe Hoya / 8 h. 37 min. ago more|
A Washington, D.C. government initiative announced Oct. 6 will target the housing affordability issues individuals experiencing homelessness face in the District.
The Landlord Partnership Fund will work to foster a positive relationship between landlords and tenants enrolling for public housing and promote affordable housing and stability across all eight wards, according to D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D).
The fund, subsidized by the Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development and financed by local business groups including the pro-business growth DowntownDC Business Improvement District, will cover certain costs incurred by landlords of tenants whose rent is subsidized by a Department of Human Services Homeless Services intervention, according to a news release from Bowser’s office Oct. 6.
In turn, landlords are expected to relax screening criteria for people experiencing certain barriers to housing, including poor credit and past evictions, that have prevented them from securing affordable housing on their own.
According to CNHED’s website, the fund is especially needed in D.C., which is facing a severe shortage of affordable housing and a shortage of landlords willing to lease affordable units to households with histories of homelessness.
This initiative is a part of Bowser’s policy commitment to eradicating homelessness across the District, as the mayor’s office is also implementing a plan to open shelters for individuals experiencing homelessness in wards across the city.
“My administration is committed to making homelessness in DC rare, brief, and nonrecurring, and the Landlord Partnership Fund as well as the improvements we are making to our homeless services system are going to help us reach that goal,” Bowser said in her Oct. 6 announcement.
The Landlord Partnership Fund will be modeled after other similar housing initiatives.
In order for landlords to be eligible for this initiative, they will be required to enroll in the initiative through the CNHED. The costs covered by this fund will be unpaid rent up to $5,000 and property damage up to $2,500.
CNHED President and CEO Stephen Glaude commended the efforts to contribute to the fund’s endowment thus far.
“Those contributing to the Fund should be applauded for their willingness be a part of the solution,” Glaude said in a Oct. 6 news release.
Still, professor Joseph McCartin, executive director of Georgetown’s Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor, said there is still work to be done to tackle the causes of homelessness.
McCartin, whose institute develops strategies and public policy recommendations for improved labor and quality of living standards, said he doubts the immediate efficacy of these programs.
“I fear that the partnership is not going to be able to address to full need that the situation now presents, but I think we will have to see how it unfolds,” McCartin said.
McCartin said privately funded initiatives may be the best resource to address housing issues, as President Donald Trump’s administration announces budget cuts for the Department of Housing and Urban Development in 2018.
HUD currently operates on $46 billion in budget allocations, but Trump’s proposed 2018 budget would cut $6 billion in HUD funding.
These cuts are dangerous for the working poor in the District who desperately need federal intervention to keep up with the housing prices, McCartin said.
“The budget cuts that have been proposed are a serious threat to the working poor, especially in cities like Washington, which are pricing poor people out of the housing market,” McCartin said. “The current political climate isn’t good for poor people, and there’s no denying that. We simply have to turn that around if we are going to have livable cities.”
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|Oldest Woman to Finish a Marathon Dies at 94NBC4Washington.com / 8 h. 42 min. ago more|
A nonagenarian who set a world record as the oldest woman to complete a full marathon has died, her family confirmed in a published report.Harriette Thompson, 94, smiled and laughed as she crossed the...Photo Credit: NBC 7
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|Kevin Durant is Spending Big on Bike-SharingCBS Washington / 12 h. 57 min. ago more|
Kevin Durant moved to the Bay area and began investing in all kinds of startups — and winning titles — but he isn’t limiting himself to the West Coast.
Durant, via The Durant Company, is one of the investors in LimeBike, a bike-sharing app that is expanding across the United States. Per its website, LimeBike already has 400 bikes on the ground in the District, and that number could be growing quickly.
The Prince George’s County native is one of a group of investors that raised $50 million to help LimeBike expand, per TechCrunch.
Durant and his co-investors likely didn’t have the nation’s capital specifically in mind when they made their investments — or maybe they did — but D.C. could be one of the biggest benefactors of the growth. Considering the District has just 400 bikes in the city, while Greensboro, NC, has 800 bikes, D.C. seems like an obvious choice for growth.
While the idea of Durant, who measures about 7 feet tall, on a bike seems ridiculous, it’s apparently a thing he likes to do.
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|Maryland AD Takes 6-Month SabbaticalCBS Washington / 13 h. 35 min. ago more|
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson is taking a six-month sabbatical.
Anderson made the announcement Monday in a statement on the school’s website , saying he will be on a “professional development sabbatical.”
Damon Evans, the executive director, chief financial officer and chief operating officer of the athletics department, will fill in for Anderson during his absence.
Anderson said the university granted him an opportunity to retain his post as athletic director while engaging in “various projects focusing on leadership development.”
The 62-year-old Anderson said he will continue to participate on certain NCAA committees.
Anderson took over for Debbie Yow in September 2010 after a six-year stint as athletic director at the U.S. Military Academy.
Under his watch, Maryland joined the Big Ten on July 1, 2014. The move from the Atlantic Coast Conference provided the school with financial stability and translated to success on the playing field.
Maryland has won a conference-best 25 regular-season and conference tournament titles since the move.
In its inaugural season in the Big Ten, Maryland increased its season ticket sales in football 25 percent from 2013 and 35 percent from 2012.
Anderson oversaw the hiring of basketball coach Mark Turgeon and football coach DJ Durkin. Turgeon has guided the Terrapins to two straight NCAA Tournament appearances, and Durkin took Maryland to a bowl game in his first season last year.
Anderson also was responsible for the firing of popular football coach Ralph Friedgen in 2010. He hired Randy Edsall from Connecticut as Friedgen’s replacement and subsequently fired Edsall in the middle of the 2015 season after the Terrapins went 22-34 under his direction.
From January 2003 to December 2004, Anderson was the executive associate athletics director at Oregon State. He was responsible for the administration and operation of seven sports, including football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball.
Before that, Anderson spent five seasons in the athletic department of the University of California, Berkeley.
Evans joined the university in 2014. Since then, he has overseen the day-to-day operations of the athletic department, its finances and compliance functions along with other key areas. Evans will report directly to university President Wallace D. Loh.
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|Hey, Amazon, look at Northern VirginiaWashingtonTimes.com / 13 h. 54 min. ago more|
ANALYSIS/OPINION: There are so many giveaways and takeaways being bandied about in the battle for Amazon's HQ2, some of the highly competitive bidding wars are almost laughable. Amazon said it wants 500,000 square feet of space for its new complex and a future build-out capacity of 8 million square feet. ...
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|Callista Gingrich confirmed as US ambassador to the VaticanWE - Congress / 14 h. 27 min. ago more|
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|Movie Review: ‘Blood Money’The Hoya / 21 h. 54 min. ago more|
Despite what its name may suggest, “Blood Money” does not live up to its status as a thrilling action flick. The film follows three high school friends who find millions of dollars floating in the river during a camping trip. The trio attempts to take the money, but their robbery attempt is thwarted by the original thief of the money, who is willing to go to great lengths to retrieve his millions.
“Blood Money” was directed by horror filmmaker Lucky McKee, who has several successful horror movies under his belt, including “May,” the story of a traumatized woman who is sent on a murderous bender, and “The Woman,” which follows a successful lawyer in his attempts to civilize a member of a long-lived violent clan.
Despite the successes of these past projects, McKee seems out of his depth in this film. His attempts to throw in frightening subplots fail, feeling irrelevant and random. Additionally, the film is filled with instances of gratuitous and out-of-place gore, which detract from the already minimal plot.
The movie stars Golden Globe nominee John Cusack as Miller, the film’s villain: a ruthless white-collar criminal who is desperate to keep his money. The trio of high school students that stumbles across the money consists of Victor, Jeff and Lynn, played by Ellar Coltrane of “Boyhood,” Jacob Artist of “Glee” and Willa Fitzgerald of MTV’s “Scream,” respectively.
With such an impressive cast, “Blood Money” has the potential to be a great film, but unfortunately, its screenwriting falls short.
The plot is chaotic at best, and downright confusing at worst.
“Blood Money” lacks focus, and the relationships between characters are vague due to unexplained love triangles and unclear loyalties. As a result, attempts to shock ultimately fail and instead only cause confusion.
The film as a whole is devoid of substance, consisting merely of instances of frivolous greed and unnecessary violence. Audiences will find the storyline difficult to follow, and this difficulty is only heightened by the actors’ surprisingly dull performances.
Producer David Tish, the executive vice president of creative affairs at Envision Media Arts, intended for “Blood Money” to be a modern version of John Huston’s cult classic “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.” In this regard, “Blood Money” also disappoints.
“The Treasure of the Sierra Madre,” which has been hailed by critics as one of Hollywood’s greatest films, is a well-cast, honest portrayal of greed and betrayal; “Blood Money” is a mere caricature.
The film lacks any higher moral message and leaves the audience feeling unfulfilled, with its ending leaving quite a few things unresolved. This is likely because, with the ever-changing alliances between the four main characters, it is impossible to tell who is betraying whom and, more fundamentally, which characters are good or bad.
All in all, “Blood Money” fails to have its desired effect. Though intended to be a thriller, “Blood Money” is full of uninspired and fairly predictable plot twists, with occasional jump scares that fail to do anything more than cause mild surprise.
For viewers looking for a quick fix of cheap thrills, “Blood Money” might suit your interests. However, if you are a fan of “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre” and looking to rediscover the excellence of the film in its modern form, “Blood Money” is, quite simply, not worth the time.The post Movie Review: ‘Blood Money’ appeared first on .
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|HARDING: Closing the Academic Gender GapThe Hoya / 1 d. 6 h. 31 min. ago more|
I had a revelation at the start of this semester.
As I thought back on the courses I have taken during my time as a government major at Georgetown University, I realized that I have only ever been taught politics by old, white men.
I mean that with all due respect. Every one of my professors has challenged me, inspired me and provided me an outlet to channel my political nerdiness, and for that I am eternally grateful. Still, the homogeneity of my instructors is troubling.
The government department is not the only one that suffers from this diversity problem. Nearly all of my professors fall into these same demographics. Yet considering the evolving nature of political science and the fact that many of my peers plan to enter the public sector after graduation, the lack of diversity in our corps of government professors is a cause for concern.
According to its website, Georgetown’s government department currently has 71 regular and visiting faculty members. Only 19 of them — 27 percent — are women. Nationally, as of 2015, women held 24 percent full university professor positions across all departments, according to the American Council on Education.
Along similar lines, only 19.6 percent of the 115th United States Congress is female. While Georgetown is about seven points ahead of Capitol Hill, both institutions are a far cry from the fifty-percent threshold of equality.
I did, however, find a promising statistic. There are 78 members in Georgetown’s current class of government Ph.D. candidates, and 33 of them are women. This number rounds out to about 42 percent. What do people with doctorates in political science often do? They teach.
As fate would have it, two respected professors within the American government sub-department are retiring at the end of this semester — and their replacements have yet to be selected. I wholeheartedly encourage Georgetown’s government department to hire two female professors in their places.
Moreover, I hope the department adopts a long-term hiring initiative in which diversity of all forms is a primary objective. Of course, new faculty members should be dignified scholars and passionate teachers to ensure that Georgetown remains a top-ranked school for political science — but there is more at stake here than just a rating by U.S. News and World Report.
Georgetown is creating the next generation of political actors and leaders. It is cliche and trite, but it is true.
We as government majors are entering the political workforce with the least productive, most partisan Congress in history. Refugee crises of incomprehensible scale continue to ravage the most volatile regions of the world. If our liberal arts degrees have taught us anything, it is how to think — we are trained to be problem-solvers, but our success depends on a diverse and holistic set of skills and ideas.
As soon-to-be public servants, we will soon be asked to solve complicated issues — issues that have yet to be adequately addressed by our current leaders. Our generation must bridge the gap between the problems we currently face and achievable solutions.
As such, we must be able to approach an issue from several points of view to come up with satisfying solutions. In order to do this, we need instructors who represent more than just one block of society — particularly when it comes to gender.
Could more female professors really make us better equipped to tackle political challenges?
The successes of female politicians like German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) indicate so. Women are often more efficient legislators in terms of passing bills and allocating funds. A 2011 study from the American Journal of Political Science looking at the decades between 1984 and 2004 showed that in comparison to their male counterparts, congresswomen both won greater funding for their districts and sponsored and co-sponsored more bills. Ultimately, there is something distinct in how women approach politics.
Georgetown should hire the best possible replacements to teach us political science. But more importantly, Georgetown should hire professors who can offer us different insights, share with us different experiences and present us with different challenges than we have ever faced before. The surest way to do this is to hire a more diverse group of professors, particularly on the basis of gender. To be best prepared for careers in public service, we need more women at the front of our classrooms in order for students.
Taylor Harding is a senior in the College. Contributing a Verse appears online every other Monday.The post HARDING: Closing the Academic Gender Gap appeared first on .
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To the Editor:
I commend GUSA and The Hoya's editorial board for speaking out against and seeking solutions regarding the injustice of unpaid internships. However, the problem runs deeper than just here at Georgetown. The entire practice of unpaid internships should be eliminated, not simply because unpaid work is unethical, but also because — as is the focus of your editorial — they give yet another advantage to students and aspiring professionals who come from families who have the means to support unpaid work.
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I commend The Hoya Editorial board for addressing this topic, but it needs to go beyond simply providing a stipend for Georgetown students. We should all be seeking to end this system and provide wages for these employment opportunities. Students should speak up on the topic and conduct research that addresses the issue and potential solutions. And any alumni who are now in a hiring position should not further this unfair practice.
Nick Biggs-Chiropolos (COL ’18)The post LETTER TO THE EDITOR: End Unpaid Internships appeared first on .
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