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Following racist tweets and internal investigation, GULC professor and administrator resigns

Ilya Shapiro resigned from his role at the Georgetown University Law Center after a university investigation into a series of racist tweets.

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Frequent false fire alarms in Harbin pose serious safety concerns

For months, the first-year residents of Harbin Hall have been woken by false fire alarms at all hours of the night.

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In the hours and days after Roe v. Wade opinion leaked, students gather at the Supreme Court

On the night of May 2, students rallied in front of the Supreme Court in protest of the draft opinion to overturn Roe v. Wade.

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Georgetown Hotel to lay off employees without severance pay, become transition housing

The Georgetown Hotel and Conference Center is set to lay off all its employees without termination or severance pay by June 30.

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D.C.’s renewed Emancipation Day celebration marks 160th anniversary

People gathered in the city to celebrate 160 years of emancipation in Washington, D.C., after two years of postponed Emancipation Day events.

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‘The Cookout’ enshrines Black joy, builds community

After months of exertion by its four coordinators, the April 9 ‘Cookout’ represented a dream coming to life.

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Lauinger remodeling aims to create a more modern, socialization-oriented library

Lauinger Library has served as a main study space at Georgetown, but now, administrators are considering an upgrade to the dated facility. 

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UndocuWeek returns to campus to celebrate and elevate immigrant voices

HFIR hosted its sixth annual UndocuWeek to educate, support, and raise awareness for undocumented students on Georgetown’s campus.

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Hoyas Advocating for Slavery Accountability protests in front of White-Gravenor Hall

Students revived the effort to hold the university accountable for its commitment to GU272 descendants made after the 2019 referendum. 

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After two years, half of Georgetown students receive bystander training online—and say it isn’t effective

More than half the student body lacked bystander training on assault, harassment, and other sexual and interpersonal violence issues. 

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Gaps in South Asia curriculum elicit student petition

Students petitioned the university to hire more South Asian professors and offer more courses related to South Asia and its languages.

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Fr. Drew Christiansen, Georgetown professor and nuclear disarmament expert, dies

Fr. Andrew J. “Drew” Christiansen, S.J., a distinguished professor in the School of Foreign Service died on April 6 after a long term illness.

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Small number of D.C. residents at statistically high risk of perpetrating gun violence, study finds

The District ranks first in gun homicides relative to the rest of the U.S., and a fatal shooting on M St. increased attention on gun violence.

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Georgetown reinstates indoor mask mandate following case spike

Georgetown reinstated indoor masking requirements on the main and medical campuses effective April 7 after a spike in COVID-19 cases.

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Howard University non-tenured, adjunct faculty approve new union contract

Professors at Howard University are seeing the beginnings of positive change in their labor negotiations with the university administration. 

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Maryland bill expands gender inclusive bathroom access for DMV residents

More gender-inclusive restrooms could be expanding into the broader DMV area, according to a new bill proposed in Montgomery County.

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Construction starts for new Ward 8 hospital after years of delays

The D.C. government broke ground on a new Ward 8 hospital, which will address needs in historically underserved, majority-Black populations.

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Historic university defaced by public displays of affection in Lauinger Library

Georgetown’s Jesuit values are being threatened by public displays of affection by couples in Lauinger Library.

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The real Lord of the Flies experiment at Georgetown is the Vil A laundry room

When Vil A residents moved back into their rooms for the spring semester, their already chronic laundry room issues continued to intensify. 

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Knock Knock. Who’s there? Candice. Candice who?

Georgetown’s intricately designed system of doorways serves as a stimulating puzzle to holistically enrich the bodies and minds of students.