Will Sommer


On the Record with John DeGioia

On Wednesday, University President John DeGioia held a sit-down with student reporters, who questioned him about campus news and issues. Below are excerpts from their conversation.


The New Face of DPS

On January 18, 2003, Kevin Curry, an African-American student at the University of Texas, had been playing the piano in the student union before a fraternity meeting when a white UT Police Department officer approached him. According to Curry, he left to go to his meeting. The officer followed him into a stairwell.


On the Record: Sivagami Subbaraman

Sivagami Subbaraman is the first director of Georgetown’s new LGBTQ Resource Center. Raised in India, she came to the United States to study English and Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. Before coming to Georgetown, she worked as the associate director of the University of Maryland’s Office of LGBT Equality.


Voice Restaurant Guide

View Larger Map Here you can see all the Voice’s restaurant reviews in one place. Green means go, yellow means think about it, and red means stay away.


The Other Side of the River

15-year-old Terrie Jackson had a problem: he wanted to go to Anacostia Library with his younger brother Joshua on a Saturday afternoon to play computer games. But the route from Jackson’s home to the library lies in territory controlled by Choppa City, a rival gang beefing with the Oi Boys—a gang Jackson briefly belonged to.


Critical Voices: Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, Pershing

On Pershing, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin are peddling something you’ve heard before. The band’s second album is filled with the kind of amiable indie pop—replete with soft drums and guitar hooks—that sounds good on playlists for parties where you’re not friends with everyone coming. This kind of music is certainly available elsewhere, but the band does their work competently.


Blogging your way to the rich and popular table

In the space of a year and a half, I have managed to further the independence movement of a small African country. Am I staging a die-in in Red Square? No, I’m doing something that actually achieves results: blogging.


Foreign Policy Maverick

Irving Kristol, a founder of neoconservatism, once said that a neoconservative is a liberal who’s been mugged by reality. At Georgetown, we have Raymond Tanter, a conservative who’s had his bike stolen.

As the president of the Iran Policy Committee, a non-profit organization that promotes using Iranian oppositionists against Iran, Tanter is a tireless booster for the Mujahedin-e-Khalq (MEK), an armed group of Iranian exiles that seeks to overthrow the Iranian government.


Critical Voices: Mountain Goats

Who’s responsible for the state of the Mountain Goats in Heretic Pride? Overproduced and with lyrics that would make high schoolers at a Battle of the Bands blush, this once-fantastic band has released a lamentable album, and someone must be to blame.


City on a Hill: Don’t drop the flag fee

When Mayor Adrian Fenty announced cabs would switch from the zone system to meters, D.C. residents rejoiced without considering the effect this change would have on taxi drivers. The Washington area’s disregard for taxi drivers was on display again when commuters complained about D.C.’s new $4 flag drop fee. Instead, passengers should recognize that the flag fee is necessary to help taxi drivers transition from the zone system to the meter system.