President Barack Obama came to Georgetown Tuesday morning to deliver an address on the state of the economy and his administration’s economic initiatives. Although the event was only announced a day before, Gaston Hall, which has a capacity of 743, was packed with Georgetown students and staff, local activists, and prominent Washingtonians.
Early Saturday morning the Department of Public Safety apprehended a Georgetown student suspected of defacing the Copley Lawn statue of the Virgin Mary with red paint on March 21, according to Crime Prevention Coordinator Joseph Smith. Smith said the student was found as he was about to spray paint graffiti onto the stone wall near the statue.
The University has paid the Carmen Group, an independent lobbying firm, $990,000 since 2005 to lobby the National Parks Service to approve Georgetown’s proposed boathouse on the banks of the Potomac, according to lobbyist disclosure forms obtained by the Voice.
For their first trip to the United States, the Doha Debates, a weekly debating program that airs on BBC World News, came to Georgetown to discuss whether “it’s time for the U.S. administration to get tough on Israel.” The motion was ultimately approved, with 63 percent of the audience voting in its favor.
The Metropolitan Police Department announced on Sunday that they have arrested two subjects whom they believe are responsible for last week’s string of violent robberies, most of which occurred in the Second District, an area that includes Georgetown. According to MPD Second District Commander Matthew Klein, the two men are to blame for at least six robberies, including one incident that involved two Georgetown graduate students.