The Hoya, founded in 1920, is the oldest and largest student newspaper of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., serving as the university’s newspaper of record. The Hoya is a twice-weekly, student-run paper that prints every Tuesday and Friday and online regularly throughout the year, with a print circulation of 6,500 during the academic year. The newspaper has four main editorial sections: News, Opinion, Sports and The Guide, a weekly arts and lifestyle magazine. It also publishes several annual special issues including a New Student Guide, a basketball preview and biannual food and fashion issues.
With the NBA draft less than two weeks away, many believe that the number one overall pick will be sophomore guard Markelle Fultz, who played one season with the University of Washington after graduating from Maryland basketball powerhouse DeMatha Catholic High School. NBA executives and fans alike have gushed about his potential. With his exceptional combination of length, athleticism and playmaking ability, Fultz has displayed a skillset that should translate smoothly to the professional league. Fultz also serves as the latest top NBA prospect with roots in the Washington, D.C.-Maryland-Virginia area, a region historically rich with top high school basketball talent, boasting NBA stars such as Kevin Durant and Grant Hill. Despite growing up in Georgetown’s backyard, Fultz left for the west coast to play for Washington, spending his lone season with the Huskies dazzling on the court while the team struggled with a losing season. Although Fultz was a late arrival to the national recruiting scene, shockingly not making DeMatha’s varsity team until his junior year, Hoya fans are frustrated nonetheless that he did not consider Georgetown as a top choice. Of course, given the highly competitive nature of recruiting, landing a blue chip prospect is immensely difficult for any program, even if they are a local talent. However, missing out on Fultz, as well as other top local players, has been an ominous trend for Georgetown, one that has coincided with an overall decline in securing top recruits over the past few years. Most notably in recent years, Villanova landed Josh Hart from Sidwell Friends School and Kris Jenkins from Gonzaga College High School. Both ended up playing vital roles in revitalizing Villanova as a perennial contender and mainstay in the top-10 rankings. Hart and Jenkins were key contributors in the 2016 national championship for the Wildcats, with Hart having an All-American season and Jenkins hitting the game-winning shot against North Carolina in the championship. The four years Hart and Jenkins spent at Villanova coincided with Georgetown’s worst four year runs in program history. While it is impossible to predict how much of a factor high school players will be once in college, the emergence of Hart and Jenkins at Villanova highlights the devastating effects of missing out on local recruits for programs like Georgetown. When Georgetown thrived under coach John Thompson III, it held its own recruiting locally, using its location and tradition to charm recruits. Jeff Green and Roy Hibbert, stars of Georgetown’s last Final Four team in 2007, were local products themselves. Star players that followed, such as Dajuan Summers, Austin Freeman, Chris Wright and Jason Clark, also had DMV roots. But, as the Hoyas experienced continued disappointment last March, the local DMV pipeline gradually diminished as many regional players went elsewhere in the hopes of gaining more postseason exposure. With new Head Coach Patrick Ewing at the helm, a sense of excitement has surrounded the Georgetown basketball program. Hoya fans are hopeful that Ewing’s cache as a highly respected NBA assistant coach and one of the greatest NBA and college players of all time can revive local interest in the program. Georgetown has the resources and location to be an attractive option for top area players. Establishing a renewed commitment to heavily recruiting in the DMV will be key in turning around the program. If Ewing can restore a recruiting pipeline in the DMV, Georgetown’s chances of returning to the national stage will undoubtedly increase.
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I was going to avoid talking about the Golden State Warriors. The relentless coverage of the NBA’s best team is exhausting, especially amid its third straight NBA finals matchup against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. I had a vision for an NBA column that analyzes the offseasons of the other 29 franchises, proving to readers that intriguing basketball developments can happen outside of the Bay Area. However, Golden State’s 16-1 playoff run and complete domination since March 14, with a 30-2 record, cannot just be ignored entirely. Game Four in the Finals aside, the Warriors have put on a phenomenal display of basketball, beating the NBA’s best teams with ease. This team is not going away any time soon, either. Kevin Durant will reportedly take less money in free agency to ensure that he, Draymond Green, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson can all play together for years to come. As long as the movie “Thunderstruck” does not become a reality, the Warriors should be competing for the NBA title for the next five years. This raises an existential question for the other 29 teams in the league: If we cannot be the Warriors, what is our goal for next season? After all, every NBA team wants to win titles. But with the overwhelming presence of the Warriors, how can each franchise build its roster to reach that goal? So, yes, this column will still be analyzing the moves that the 29 other teams make this offseason, but with Golden State’s excellence as the backdrop. First up is one of the most storied franchises in the NBA: the Boston Celtics. Even after losing to the Cavaliers in five games in the Eastern Conference Finals, the Celtics are sitting pretty, thanks to the trade that sent Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to the Brooklyn Nets for a treasure chest of draft picks in 2013. The lottery balls bounced the C’s way in the draft lottery this year, awarding them the first overall pick via the Nets. Boston’s already-deep roster and collection of draft picks gives General Manager Danny Ainge an abundance of options for the future of the franchise. The first option would be to trade the first pick in this year’s draft — which is seen by pundits as one of the strongest in the past decade — along with other assets for an established star. Acquiring an All-Star forward like Indiana’s Paul George or Chicago’s Jimmy Butler, both of whom were involved in rumors at the trade deadline, would help the Celtics to challenge LeBron James and the Cavs in the coming years. Markelle Fultz, the projected No. 1 overall pick in the draft, has been conducting workouts for other teams with a top-10 draft pick just in case the Celtics do make a trade. It is looking more likely that the Celtics will hold on to the pick, however. They would almost certainly select Fultz, a point guard out of the University of Washington whose distinct combination of elite size, strength, athleticism, playmaking ability and shooting make him an easy choice. The elephant in the room is Fultz’s potential fit with the current point guard and star of the Celtics, Isaiah Thomas. Thomas, also a former Washington Husky, has expressed a great interest in playing alongside Fultz and mentoring him. In that case, Ainge could have Fultz and Thomas in the backcourt and try to bolster the front court with Utah Jazz All-Star Gordon Hayward, a free agent this offseason. Boston is an obvious fit for Hayward, who played at Butler University under current Celtics Head Coach Brad Stevens. Ainge would need to let a few bench players leave in free agency to create cap room, but a starting five including Fultz, Thomas, Hayward and star center Al Horford would certainly be able to make another deep playoff run. However, trading for George or Butler or signing Hayward could limit the Celtics to being a good, but not great, team for the next few years, unable to beat LeBron and the Cavs, let alone the Warriors. Horford’s best years are behind him, and Fultz will not reach his full potential right away, meaning that collection of players could never reach its peak to challenge Golden State. If Ainge’s goal is to win a championship at any cost, he could trade Thomas for future assets, letting Fultz grow into the starting point guard role. Boston’s favorite fun-sized point guard was spectacular this season, averaging 28.9 points per game, good for third in the league. However, he is already 28 years old and due for a contract extension in 2018 — the Celtics will have a hard time justifying paying $30 million a year for a declining point guard approaching his mid-30s. Furthermore, Thomas’ immense defensive limitations due to his 5-foot-8 stature may start to hurt his team more than his creative scoring helps it. Continuing to build its roster around Fultz, young guards like Avery Bradley and Marcus Smart, the third overall 2016 pick Jaylen Brown and whatever young players or picks they get for Thomas would leave the team in a better place to compete in a post-Warriors league. Politics are always at play, however, meaning that Ainge is unlikely to drastically overturn the roster at the risk of losing his job. If I were a betting man, I would say that Boston will draft Fultz, hold onto Thomas and make a hard push for Hayward in free agency. Even if that team does not win a championship, the Celtics and their fans would probably view several consecutive deep playoff runs as a success. They could even take down LeBron and the Cavs in the East — not a bad consolation prize.
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During the school year, Georgetown students devote a substantial amount of time and energy to their classes in order to thrive academically. The majority of the student body also engages in clubs, attends some of the myriad events on campus and involves themselves in an array of extracurricular activities. Schedules are jam-packed — there is always another task to accomplish. In my first year at Georgetown, I often found myself overwhelmed with my seemingly endless to-do list. Heading into the summer months, however, Hoyas now have the time to explore and cultivate different areas of interest. Some students’ summer journeys take them home, some into a new environment where they will work or intern and some to new locales abroad. For those who return home like myself, it is an interesting experience: You are confronted with contradicting senses of unfamiliarity and familiarity — the feeling of returning to a place and resuming a lifestyle to which you are no longer accustomed; balancing your Georgetown friends and your high school friends; comparing your responsibilities at school and your responsibilities at home. Even if you go somewhere other than home over the summer, there is a similar feeling of transitioning into a different version of yourself: No longer are you burdened with the same stresses of the academic year. During the academic year, I never thought much about these types of changes. Finding the time to actively reflect is often not on the average college student’s radar. Even if you do have the time, you would probably rather spend it unwinding from schoolwork or spending time with friends. But during the summer, it is possible you will find yourself with more time thinking: What do I do now? Just as sleep is important for the human body to function healthily both physically and mentally, summer plays a similar role in allowing us to recharge from our daily stresses and reflect on where we now stand. From a young age, we are told to use our time wisely and not to be lazy. However, we must acknowledge that healthy, engaged reflection and necessary relaxation are not laziness, but rather are integral to our continued success. As a society, we often underestimate the value of taking time to make no plans and follow no schedule. Nearly all of what we do is predetermined. Our day-to-day life during the school year comes with an inherent lack of spontaneity: We are programmed to cycle through the times and days of classes, pinpoint how long we need to get from point A to point B and adhere to our strict schedules; everything we do is in anticipation of the future, seeking what is next. Summer serves as an opportunity to briefly step away from our daily craziness and live a less hectic, less robotic life. It gives us time to focus on what is immediately around us. Wherever you find yourself this summer — whether it is at home, in an office or abroad — take some time to digest your surroundings. Use the summer to gain back lost hours of sleep, read the book you still have not had the chance to open or make plans to see a friend with whom you have lost touch during the busy school year. Summer is a time for you to recharge your body’s battery — in whatever way that may be — and enjoy the different set of freedoms and opportunities around you. Elisabeth O’Brien is a sophomore in the College. Brain Waves appears every other Friday.
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A non-specific bomb threat prompted the university to evacuate Healy Hall on Friday morning, according to a Metropolitan Police Department spokesperson. Healy Hall was reopened by 11:21 a.m. after police swept the building without finding any explosives. MPD is coordinating with the Georgetown University Police Department to investigate the threat, GUPD Chief Jay Gruber said. Officers from both departments are maintaining a heightened presence in the area Friday afternoon “out of an abundance of caution,” according to a public safety alert. Students first noticed a heavy police presence outside the front gates after 10 a.m. Police closed 37th Street to traffic for about an hour as canine units cleared the building, according to student accounts. Bomb threats at the university are rare, but not new. The Leavey Center was evacuated in March 2014 after an anonymous phone call claiming a bomb placed in the bookstore was set to explode. GUPD and MPD also responded to two separate bomb threats in 2005, and another threat in 2004 sparked a massive search of all 268 public, private and charter schools in Washington, D.C. In each case, explosives ultimately were not found. This is a developing story. This post will be updated as more information becomes available.
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★★★☆☆ Danish Director Thomas Vinterberg’s 2016 film “The Commune,” based loosely on his childhood growing up in a Copenhagen living experiment, takes a fascinating look at the complex tangle of love and loss that occurs when many people live under one roof. The film, which originally premiered at the 2016 Toronto Film Festival, was recently released in select theaters. Set in the 1970s in an upscale Copenhagen neighborhood, the story begins when Erik, a professor played by Ulrich Thomsen, converts his childhood home into a commune at the insistence of his wife, Anna, a newscaster played by Trine Dyrholm. The living situation initially seems energizing and fun but soon takes a turn for the worse: Erik begins an amorous affair with one of his students, and the commune must bear witness to the subsequent disintegration of Anna’s mental state, as well as its effects on her personal and professional life. “The Commune” is a film set up for success. First, it is rooted in a fascinating concept, exploring the mingling of offbeat personalities and the circumstances that arise when, as the film’s tagline reads, “you choose your family.” The commune’s new residents are introduced in charming interviews, and there is a wonderfully funny scene in which they celebrate moving into the house by going skinny-dipping as a group. These more humorous scenes, in particular, highlight the film’s clever script and chemistry between cast members. Although “The Commune” opens on a lighter note, viewers see potential for conflict early on in the film: Erik begins to lose Anna’s attention as her focus shifts to the new people in the house and, not long after, compensates by starting an affair with a beautiful architecture student, Emma, played by Helene Reingaard Neumann. Erik’s decision to begin a relationship with Emma is the central point of conflict in “The Commune,” ultimately spurring a series of events that defy audience expectations and establish the film’s brilliance and originality. However, although it is interesting to watch the ripple effect of his affair, this storyline detracts from the main focus of the film: the community within the house. By making Erik’s affair — which occurs outside the walls of the house, not within it — the primary conflict, the film fails to more fully develop characters within the commune itself, whose compelling backstories merit greater exploration and depth. Although Erik, Anna and their daughter, Freja, have emotional character arcs, the other members of the commune are unaffected by Erik’s affair — and, as a result, not fully incorporated into the central plot. Thus, although the film gives viewers a glimpse into communal living with scenes of the residents meeting and creating house rules, it ultimately only shows the effects of this lifestyle choice on Erik, Anna and Freja. Another shortcoming is the way in which the film employs light and sound. Opening scenes of “The Commune” seem to read like a horror film: The music is sinister, the transition shots of the house are eerie, and the sense of joy at the beginning of the film is highly amplified and exaggerated, as if to foreshadow impending catastrophe. Particularly since the distress in the film is more emotional than physical, the way in which the sound and shadowy camerawork primes the viewer for thrill is misleading and needlessly unnerving. Arguably the best part of this film is Dyrholm, who brilliantly portrays Anna, a powerful and resilient businesswoman, as she frustratingly succumbs to her emotions. Dyrholm is admirably expressive when depicting Anna’s breakdown, and viewers can easily empathize with the pain and tension she feels — the weight of her grief is palpable onscreen. Although Dyrholm’s performance is the gem of “The Commune,” the other actors were extremely well-cast. Martha Sofie Wallstrøm Hansen, who plays Freja, for example, is exceptional. Freja is quiet and observant for most of the film, knowing more than she should, and Hansen represents Freja’s silent anguish at her parents’ crumbling marriage with a sense of authentic emotion. Overall, “The Commune” is compelling and moving to watch. The concept is unique, the characters are engaging and well-cast, and the sequence of events is riveting in its lack of predictability. Where the film suffers is in its lack of development of more characters in the commune — the new residents of the house are delightfully offbeat and interesting, and the film would do well to explore their stories in greater depth. Although viewers may leave theaters wishing they had seen more development of the commune itself, Vinterberg’s “The Commune” presents an interesting take on topic not often explored in film.
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