Justin Hunter Scott


Men’s lacrosse fighting for post-season lives

Going into their game against No. 18 Loyola (Md.) last Saturday, the eighth-ranked Georgetown men’s lacrosse team (7-3, 3-1 ECAC) needed a win to maintain their hold on first place in the Eastern College Athletic Conference. After a tough 11-9 loss, though, the Hoyas fell into a second-place tie with UMass, potentially jeopardizing their postseason hopes.


Andrew Baird

After a difficult win against unheralded Fairfield last Saturday, senior attackman Andrew Baird dismissed the suggestion that the Hoyas should have won easily.


Critical Voices: M83, Saturdays = Youth

M83’s latest album, Saturdays = Youth, is sole band member Anthony Gonzalez’s paean to the music of his childhood. Marked by the electronic drum kicks and synth-heavy ballads popularized by Kate Bush and the Cocteau Twins, the album is so steeped in ‘80s production values that it’s tempting to dismiss it as a genre exercise with no enduring value. But the style works, and Saturdays = Youth’s best moments stack up well against M83’s back catalogue, even if it runs out of steam before its finish.


Men’s lax coming on strong

Having made ten straight NCAA tournaments, Georgetown’s men’s lacrosse team is accustomed to regular season success. This season has been no different; after a 1-2 start, the Hoyas won five straight, including Saturday’s 11-10 overtime win over no. 10 Navy. They’re now ranked fifth in the country heading into their game this Saturday at Fairfield.


Critical Voices: R.E.M., Accelerate

Disappointed by the widespread critical contempt for 2005’s subdued Around the Sun, R.E.M. spoke of a return to their jangle-punk roots before heading into the studio to record a comeback. Blazing by in under 35 minutes, the up-tempo rock of Accelerate is R.E.M.’s best release since original drummer Bill Berry’s departure in 1997.


Not very “Impressed by Light”

The National Gallery’s new photography exhibit, which displays British calotype photography from 1840 to 1860, may be called “Impressed by Light,” but whether you’ll be impressed by the collection is up for debate. Though the 120 photographs presented in the exhibit are historically important as some of the first photographs in British history, their subject matter is often fairly unadventurous and most of the photos are too small and modest to make an impression on our minds, which have been conditioned with flashier modern work.


Rebuilding New Orleans

My last few spring breaks have consisted of lounging around, drinking heavily and doing a lot of nothing. I was sick of it, so last week I chose to mix it up and head down to New Orleans with GU’s Habitat for Humanity group. The 24 of us were excited to get down to business and build some houses when we arrived.


Critical Voices: Stephen Malkmus, Real Emotional Trash

Stephen Malkmus’ Real Emotional Trash is his first solo release that sounds as willfully sprawling as his best work with his old band. Backed once again by the Jicks, Malkmus has abandoned the clever, artsy pop of his last few releases, opting instead for a heavy jam-fest. Finally achieving the mix of hooks and guitar freakouts that fans have been awaiting through his four releases since the dissolution of Pavement, Real Emotional Trash is his best solo album to date.


What Rocks

After ending the Hoyas’ eight-year medal drought in the Big East Championships and setting four Georgetown swimming records, junior Goran Bistric was surprisingly humble.


Critical Voices: Beach House, Devotion

Baltimore’s Beach House, the name of dreampop duo Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand, garnered critical acclaim with their self-titled debut in 2006. Its sound was strikingly original in the increasingly homogenous indie rock world—the songs, comprised of distant organs and slide-guitars over drum machine beats and accompanied by Legrand’s stunning voice, moved forward at a snail’s pace while remaining fascinating. Devotion is an excellent follow-up to that album, a set of eleven love songs that subtly update the group’s sound for the better.