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New Albany City Council: Georgetown sewer bump on agenda - New Albany Tribune
By DANIEL SUDDEATH The New Albany City Council will take a first vote on increasing Georgetown's sewer rates Thursday. Last week, the New Albany Sewer Board OK'd amending the contract between the city and Georgetown for waste service, but the council...
A bevy of books at Georgetown Peabody Library sale - Georgetown Record
By Sarah Menesale / The Friends of the Georgetown Peabody Library held their spring book sale Saturday in the library's meeting room. The sale was not as well attended as past events, possibly due to the good weather, said Friends...
Atmel Defeats Court Challenge to 'Poison-Pill' Takeover Defense - Bloomberg
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Georgetown residents can have direct impact on cancer research - Georgetown Record
The American Cancer Society is looking to Massachusetts residents to play a direct role in improving the lives of future generations by participating in a historic cancer study. The society will be registering volunteers for its Cancer Prevention...
Georgetown City Council welcomes newest member - Urbana/Champaign News-Gazette
By Douglas Toole GEORGETOWN – City officials approved the appointment of Amanda Gragert to the Georgetown City Council on Monday, filling the last vacancy on the council. Gragert, 34, a developmental specialist for customer service with Blue Cross/Blue...
Late models, modifieds to race in Georgetown - The News Journal
Super Late Models will take center stage for a 35-lap feature racing on Sunday at Georgetown Speedway. In addition, Big Block Modifieds will compete in a 25-lap main event. Crate Modifieds, Smashmasters Demolition Derby and fireworks will round out the...
Soccer dad - Politico
By POLITICO STAFF Chicago friends Eric Whitaker and Marty Nesbitt – took the motorcade to Georgetown,where he headed to the soccer field of the Boys and Girls Club. There, the group joined other parents on the sidelines, as Sasha played....
Georgetown Police Log - Georgetown Record
By Staff reports The following are excerpts from the Georgetown Police Log for May 7-14. All persons are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law. The arrests are available in the print edition of the Georgetown Record....
Cheney Grabs a Third Term - New York Times
By MAUREEN DOWD Dick and Rummy are at Cafe Milano in Georgetown, holding court. The maître d' fawns. Waiters hover. Tourists snap pics on their digital cameras. Cable chatterers stop by to ingratiate themselves. It isn't so much that Dick and Rummy are...
Hoosier license tags travel, owner doesn't - Philadelphia Inquirer
AP GEORGETOWN, Ind. - An 89-year-old southern Indiana woman who hasn't been to the East Coast for decades has been receiving notices that that she failed to pay tolls on the New Jersey Turnpike and at the Fort McHenry Tunnel near Baltimore....

Georgetown University

The seal of Georgetown University

Georgetown University is a Jesuit private university located in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. Father John Carroll founded the school in 1789, though its roots extend back to 1634. While the school struggled financially in its early years, Georgetown expanded into a branched university after the American Civil War under the leadership of university president Patrick Francis Healy. Georgetown is the oldest Roman Catholic university in the United States, and its religious heritage is used to define the institution. The university's endorsement of Catholic viewpoints has caused controversy at times.

Georgetown's three urban campuses feature traditional collegiate architecture and layout, but prize their green spaces and environmental commitment. The main campus is known for Healy Hall, a designated National Historic Landmark. Academically, Georgetown is divided into four undergraduate schools and four graduate schools, with nationally recognized programs and faculty in international relations, government, law, medicine, and business.

The student body is noted for its pluralism and political activism, as well as its sizable international contingent. Campus groups include the nation's oldest student dramatic society and the largest student corporation, The Corp. Georgetown's most notable alumni, such as former U.S. President Bill Clinton, have served in various levels of government in the United States and abroad. The Georgetown athletics teams are nicknamed "the Hoyas", made famous by their men's basketball team, which leads the Big East Conference with seven tournament championships.

Jesuit settlers from England founded the Province of Maryland in 1634. However, the 1646 defeat of the Royalists in the English Civil War led to stringent laws against Catholic education and the extradition of known Jesuits from the colony, including Andrew White, and the destruction of their school at Calverton Manor. During the greater part of the Maryland colonial period, Jesuits continued to conduct Catholic schools clandestinely. It was not until after the American Revolution in 1776 that long-term plans to establish a permanent Catholic institution for education in America were realized.

Following the revolution, Pope Pius VI appointed John Carroll of Maryland, a former Jesuit, as the first head of the Catholic Church in America, although the papal suppression of the Jesuit order was still in effect. Carroll orchestrated the early development of a new university, and on January 23, 1789 obtained the property on which Dahlgren Quadrangle was built. Instruction at the school began on November 22, 1791 with future Congressman William Gaston as its first student.

In its early years, Georgetown College suffered from considerable financial strain, relying on private sources of funding and the limited profits from local Jesuit-owned lands. The Maryland Society of Jesus was restored in 1805 and given supervision of the school, which bolstered confidence in the college. The United States Congress issued Georgetown the first federal university charter in 1815, which allowed it to confer degrees. The college's first two graduates were awarded the degree of bachelor of arts two years later in 1817. In 1844, the school received a corporate charter, under the name "The President and Directors of Georgetown College", affording the growing school additional legal rights. In response to the demand for a local option for Catholic students, the Medical School was founded in 1851.

The U.S. Civil War greatly affected Georgetown as 1,141 students and alumni enlisted and the Union Army commandeered university buildings. By the time of President Abraham Lincoln's May 1861 visit to campus, 1,400 troops were stationed in temporary quarters there. Due to the number of lives lost, enrollment levels remained low until well after the war was over. Only seven students graduated in 1869, down from over 300 in the previous decade. Enrollment did not recover from the war until the presidency of Patrick Francis Healy (1873–1881). The first acknowledged head of an American university of African descent, Healy is credited with reforming the undergraduate curriculum, lengthening the medical and law programs, and creating the Alumni Association.

At its founding in 1876, the Georgetown College Boat Club, the school's rowing team, adopted blue, used for Union uniforms, and gray, used for Confederate uniforms, as its colors to signify the peaceful unity among students. Subsequently, the school adopted blue and gray as its official colors.

After the founding of the Law Department in 1870, Healy and his successors sought to bind the professional schools into a university, and focus on higher education. The School of Medicine added a dental school in 1901 and the undergraduate School of Nursing in 1903. Georgetown Preparatory School relocated from campus in 1919 and fully separated from the University in 1927. The School of Foreign Service (SFS) was founded in 1919 by Edmund A. Walsh, to prepare students for leadership in foreign commerce and diplomacy. The School of Business Administration was created out of the SFS in 1957, and in 1999 was renamed the McDonough School of Business in honor of alumnus Robert E. McDonough. These new schools have called for new construction, and since completion of Healy Hall in 1879, Georgetown has added fifty-four buildings on its main campus.

Besides expansion of the University, Georgetown also aimed to expand their resources and their student body. The School of Nursing has admitted female students since its founding, and most of the university was made available on a limited basis by 1952. With the College of Arts and Sciences welcoming its first female students in the 1969–1970 academic year, Georgetown became fully coeducational. Georgetown ended its bicentennial year of 1989 by electing Leo J. O'Donovan as president. He subsequently launched the Third Century Campaign to build the school's endowment. In December 2003, Georgetown completed the campaign after raising over $1 billion for financial aid, academic chair endowment, and new capital projects. John J. DeGioia, Georgetown's first non-Jesuit president, has led the school since 2001, and has continued its financial modernization and sought to "expand opportunities for intercultural and interreligious dialogue".

Georgetown University was founded by Jesuits in the tradition of Ignatius of Loyola. Although president John J. DeGioia is not a Jesuit, five of the other forty members of Georgetown's Board of Directors are. The institution is a member of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, and home to fifty-eight members of the Society of Jesus. Most are employed by Georgetown as professors or administrators. While most live in the Wolfington Hall Jesuit Residence on the main campus, some serve as chaplains-in-residence and live in the undergraduate dormitories. Jesuit Heritage Week has been held every year since 2001 to celebrate the contributions of Jesuits to the Georgetown tradition.

The role that Georgetown's Jesuit Catholic heritage has played in its policies has been controversial at times. For instance, stores in University-owned buildings are not allowed to sell or distribute birth control products. Georgetown University Hospital, operated by MedStar Health, and Georgetown University Medical Center operate under the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Services, which prohibits abortions from being performed on the premises. The hospital does perform research using stem cells from aborted fetuses. In 2007, Georgetown University Law Center students protested the University's decision to cease funding for a student's internship at Planned Parenthood's litigation department despite funding it previous years.

Between 1996 and 1999, crucifixes were added to many classroom walls, attracting national attention. Before 1996, crucifixes had hung only in hospital rooms and historic classrooms. Some of these crucifixes are historic works of art, and are noted as such. Pressure to remove the crucifixes comes, however, from within the Catholic community, while campus leaders of other faiths have defended their placement. The Intercultural Center is an exception to this controversy, rotating displays of various faith symbols in the lobby.

As of 2007, the University has 6,853 undergraduate students, 4,490 graduate students on the main campus, 2,017 students at the Law Center, 788 students in the School of Medicine, and as of 2008, 145 at the School of Foreign Service in Qatar. Bachelor's programs are offered through Georgetown College, the School of Nursing and Health Studies, the Robert Emmett McDonough School of Business, the School of Continuing Studies, and the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, which includes the Qatar campus. Some high school students from Georgetown Visitation are permitted to attend classes for Advanced Placement credit.

Georgetown University offers undergraduate degrees in forty-eight majors in the four undergraduate schools, as well as the opportunity for students to design their own individualized courses of study. All majors in the College are open as minors to students in the College, the School of Nursing and Health Studies, and the School of Business. Students in the School of Foreign Service cannot receive minors, but can complete certificates instead. All courses are on a credit hour system. Georgetown offers many opportunities to study abroad, and 58.7% of the undergraduate student body spends time at an institution overseas.

Master's and doctoral programs are offered through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Law Center, the School of Medicine, and the School of Continuing Studies. The McDonough School of Business and the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service both offer masters programs. The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies and the Public Policy Institute are both research centers which also offer masters degrees. Masters students occasionally share some advanced seminars with undergraduates, and most undergraduate schools offer abbreviated bachelors and masters programs following completion of the undergraduate degree. Each graduate school offers at least one double degree with another graduate school. Additionally, the Law Center offers a joint degree with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The School of Continuing Studies includes the Center for Continuing and Professional Education, and operates four types of degree programs, over thirty professional certificates and non-degree courses, undergraduate and graduate degrees in Liberal Studies, as well as summer courses for graduates, undergraduates, and high school students.

As of 2007, Georgetown University employs approximately 1,268 full-time and 689 part-time faculty members across its three Washington, D.C. campuses, with an additional thirty-two at SFS-Qatar. The faculty comprises leading academics and notable political and business leaders, and are predominantly male by a two-to-one margin. Politically, Georgetown University's faculty members give more support to liberal candidates, and while their donation patterns are generally consistent with those of other American university faculties, they gave more than average to Barack Obama's presidential campaign.

The current faculty includes scholars such as the former President of the American Philological Association James J. O'Donnell, theologians John Haught and Thomas M. King, and social activist Sam Marullo. Many former politicians choose to teach at Georgetown, including U.S. Agency for International Development administrator Andrew Natsios, National Security Advisor Anthony Lake, U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel, and CIA director George Tenet. Internationally, the school attracts numerous former ambassadors and heads of state, such as Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Ambassador-at-Large Robert Gallucci, President of the Government of Spain José María Aznar, and President of Poland Aleksander Kwaśniewski.

Georgetown University is a self-described "student-centered research university" considered by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education to have "very high research activity". As of 2007, Georgetown's libraries hold 2,435,298 items and 31,196 serials in seven buildings, with most in Lauinger Library. Additionally, the Law School campus includes the nation's fifth largest law library. Georgetown faculty conduct research in hundreds of subjects, but have priorities in the fields of religion, ethics, science, public policy, and cancer medicine. Cross-institutional research is performed with Columbia University and Virginia Tech.

In 2007, the school received about $14.8 million in federal funds for research, with sixty-four percent from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, the United States Department of Energy, and the Department of Defense. Georgetown University Medical Center received an additional $118.4 million from these and other government sources. Centers which conduct and sponsor research at Georgetown include the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, the Prince Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding and the Woodstock Theological Center. In 2006, researchers at Georgetown's Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center developed the breakthrough HPV vaccine for cervical cancer. Regular publications include the Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy, the Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, the Georgetown Law Journal, the Georgetown Law Weekly, the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, and the Georgetown Public Policy Review.

With 18,700 applications and 3,371 admitted for the class of 2012, Georgetown has an overall undergraduate acceptance rate of 18%. As The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2007 states, "only Stanford and a handful of Ivy League schools are tougher to get into than Georgetown." A National Bureau of Economic Research study on revealed preference of U.S. colleges showed that Georgetown is the 16th most-preferred choice. In 2008, Georgetown was ranked 110th in the THES world university rankings, and twenty-third in the United States by U.S. News & World Report.

Eighty-four percent of accepted applicants were in the top ten percent of their graduating class, and about thirty-five percent of accepted applicants were first, second, or third in their class in terms of class rank. The middle fifty percent of accepted students had SAT scores ranging from 680–760 in Critical Reading, and 670–760 in Math. Georgetown does not consider the writing portion of the SAT in admissions. The undergraduate schools maintain a restrictive Early Action admissions program, as students who have applied through an Early Decision process at another school are not permitted to apply early to Georgetown. Over fifty-five percent of undergraduates receive financial aid, and the university meets one-hundred percent of demonstrated need, with an average financial aid package of $22,000 and about seventy percent of aid distributed in the forms of grants or scholarships.

The School of Medicine's acceptance rate for the entering class of 2007 was 3.5%, for which 10,643 applicants applied and 1,228 were interviewed for the 190 available slots. Students who enrolled had a mean MCAT score of 10.4, and a mean science GPA of 3.6. Of those admitted, fifty-seven percent majored in a biological science. Graduate students accepted into Georgetown University Law Center in 2007 had a median LSAT score of 170, and a median GPA of 3.67. Twenty-nine percent of applicants to the McDonough School of Business Full-time MBA program were admitted in 2008. They have a median age of twenty-eight and the middle eighty percent of GMAT scores range from 640 to 730.

Georgetown University has three campuses in Washington, D.C.: the undergraduate campus, the Medical Center, and the Law Center. The undergraduate campus and Medical Center are together in the Georgetown neighborhood and form the main campus. Georgetown also operates a facility in Doha, Qatar, and villas in Alanya, Turkey and Fiesole, Italy. Other centers are located around Washington, D.C., including the Center for Continuing and Professional Education at Clarendon in Arlington, Virginia. In their campus layout, Georgetown's administrators consistently used the traditional quadrangle design.

Georgetown University's undergraduate campus and medical school campus are situated on an elevated site above the Potomac River, overlooking Northern Virginia. The main gates, known as the Healy Gates, are located at the intersection of 37th and O Streets, NW. Georgetown University Medical Center is on a property adjacent to the northwestern part of the undergraduate campus on Reservoir Road, and is integrated with Georgetown University Hospital, which is operated by MedStar Health. Georgetown Visitation, a private Roman Catholic girls high school, is on land adjoining the main campus.

The main campus is just over 100 acres (0.4 km2) in area and includes fifty-eight buildings, student residences capable of accommodating eighty percent of undergraduates, and various athletic facilities. Most buildings employ collegiate Gothic architecture and Georgian brick architecture. Campus green areas include fountains, a cemetery, large clusters of flowers, groves of trees, and open quadrangles. The main campus has traditionally centered on Dahlgren Quadrangle, although Red Square has replaced it as the focus of student life. Healy Hall, built in Flemish Romanesque style from 1877 to 1879, is the architectural gem of Georgetown's campus, and is a National Historic Landmark. Both Healy Hall and the Georgetown University Astronomical Observatory, built in 1844, are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

In late 2003, the school completed the Southwest Quadrangle Project, and brought a new 907-bed student dorm, an expansive dining hall, an underground parking facility, and new Jesuit Residence to the campus. The school's first performing arts center, named for Royden B. Davis, was completed in November 2005, while longer-term projects include a self-contained business school campus, construction of a unified sciences center, and expanded athletic facilities. As a location, Georgetown is ranked nationally in the ten best college towns by the Princeton Review. Despite this, main campus "town and gown" relations are often strained by facilities construction, enlargement of the student body, as well as noise and alcohol violations. Crime is also a persistent issue, with campus security responding to 241 crimes in 2007.

The Law Center campus is located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood on New Jersey Avenue, near Union Station. First-year students at the Law Center can live in the single on-campus dormitory, the Gewirz Student Center. Most second- and third-year students, as well as some first-year students, live off-campus. As there is little housing near the Law Center, most are spread throughout the Washington metropolitan area. The "Campus Completion Project", finished in 2005, saw the addition of the Hotung International Building and the Sport and Fitness Center. G Street and F Street are closed off between 1st and 2nd Streets to create open lawns flanking McDonough Hall, the main building on the campus.

In December 1979, the Marquesa Margaret Rockefeller de Larrain, granddaughter of John D. Rockefeller, gave the Villa Le Balze to Georgetown University. The Villa is in Fiesole, Italy, on a hill above the city of Florence. The Villa is used year-round for study abroad programs focused on specialized interdisciplinary study of Italian culture and civilization. The main facility for the McGhee Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies was donated to Georgetown in 1989 by alumnus and former United States Ambassador to Turkey George C. McGhee. The school is in the town of Alanya, Turkey within the Seljuq-era Alanya Castle, on the Mediterranean Sea. The Center operates study abroad programs one semester each year, concentrating on Turkish language, architectural history, and Islamic studies.

In 2002, the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development presented the School of Foreign Service with the resources and space to open a facility in the new Education City in Doha, Qatar. SFS-Qatar opened in 2005 as a liberal arts and international affairs undergraduate school for regional students. In December 2007, Georgetown opened a liaison office in Shanghai, China to coordinate with Fudan University and others.

The Georgetown undergraduate student body is composed primarily of students from outside the District of Columbia, with one-third from Mid-Atlantic States. As of fall 2007, the racial diversity of the undergraduate student body was 64.4% white, 8.7% Asian, 6.7% black, and 6.4% Hispanic; Additionally, 54.5% of undergraduates are female. The largest minority, with twelve percent of the full-time student body, is international, representing 120 countries. Of undergraduates, 7.8% are classified as non-resident aliens. Over three-hundred international undergraduates annually choose to come to Georgetown as a study abroad destination.

Although it is a Jesuit university, only fifty-eight percent of the student body is Catholic. Georgetown hosts a Buddhist clergyman and a full-time rabbi, as twelve to fifteen percent of undergraduates are Jewish. It was the first U.S. college to have a full-time imam, to serve the over 400 Muslims on campus. The student body is generally religious and volunteer minded, and more than 400 freshmen and transfer students attend a nonreligious Ignatian retreat annually. A survey of the student body also suggests that the campus is 62.8% sexually active. Discrimination can be a issue on campus, and three-fourths of a 2009 survey considered homophobia a campus problem.

Almost all undergraduates attend full-time. A majority of undergraduates, seventy-two percent, live on-campus in several dormitories and apartment complexes. The remainder live off-campus, mostly in the Georgetown, Burleith, and Foxhall neighborhoods. On-campus housing is not available for main campus graduate students, although many of the University's hall directors and area coordinators attend graduate level courses. All students in the Medical School live off-campus, most in the surrounding neighborhoods, with some in Dupont Circle and elsewhere through the region.

Georgetown University has 172 registered student organizations that cover a variety of interests: student government, club sports, media and publications, performing arts, religion, and volunteer and service. Students also operate campus stores, banks, and medical services. Students often find their interests at the Student Activities Commission Club Fair, where both official and unofficial organizations set up tables. The Georgetown University Student Association is the student government organization for undergraduates. There are also student representatives within the schools, to the Board of Directors, and, since 1996, to the Georgetown Advisory Neighborhood Commission.

Georgetown's student organizations include one of the nation's oldest debating clubs, the Philodemic Society, founded in 1830, and the oldest university theater group, the Mask and Bauble Dramatic Society. Nomadic Theatre, founded in 1982 as an alternative troupe without an on-campus home, produces musicals, and small-scale comedies and dramas. The Georgetown Chimes, founded in 1946, is the University's oldest singing group and has hosted the annual "Cherry Tree Massacre" concert since 1974. The six other a cappella groups on campus include the coed Phantoms, the coed Superfood, the all-female GraceNotes, the all-female international group Harmony, the service-focused Georgetown Saxatones, and the Capitol G's, an all-male contemporary group founded in 2008. The D.C. A Cappella Festival has been held on Georgetown's campus since its inception in 1991. The Georgetown University Band is composed of the Georgetown Pep Band and the Georgetown Wind Ensemble, and performs on campus, in Washington, D.C., and at post-season basketball tournaments.

In addition to student organizations and clubs, Georgetown University is home to the nation’s largest entirely student-owned and -operated corporation, Students of Georgetown, Inc. Known as "The Corp", the business has an annual gross revenue of over $3.8 million. The Corp's profits are directly re-invested into the Georgetown student body through Corp Philanthropy, which gave out over $36,000 in scholarships and donations to Georgetown groups. Founded in 1972, The Corp operates three coffee shops and two grocery stores. It also runs biannual book sales, box storage, and airport shuttles for students. Georgetown University Alumni and Student Federal Credit Union is the largest student-run financial institution, with $10.4 million in assets.

Another student-run group, the Georgetown Emergency Response Medical Service, "GERMS", is an all-volunteer ambulance service founded in 1982 that serves campus and the surrounding communities. GUGS, the Georgetown University Grilling Society, has been a Georgetown tradition since 2002, selling half-pound hamburgers in Red Square on most Fridays. The Georgetown University Student Investment Fund is one of a few undergraduate-run investment funds in the United States, and hosted CNBC's Jim Cramer to tape Mad Money in September 2006. Georgetown's Army ROTC unit, the Hoya Battalion, is the oldest military unit native to the District of Columbia. The proportion of ROTC students at Georgetown is also the 11th highest among all universities in the United States.

Georgetown University has several student-run newspapers. The Hoya is the University's oldest newspaper. It has been in print since 1920, and, since 1987, is published twice weekly. The Georgetown Voice, known for its weekly cover stories, is a newsmagazine that split from The Hoya to focus more attention on citywide and national issues. The Georgetown Independent is a monthly "journal of news, commentary and the arts." The Georgetown Academy, restarted in 2008 after a hiatus, targets Catholic readers on campus and the Georgetown Federalist, founded in 2006, purports to bring a conservative and libertarian viewpoint to campus. The Fire This Time is Georgetown's only minority newssource. The Georgetown Heckler is a humor magazine founded on the Internet in 2003 by Georgetown students, releasing its first print issue in 2007. The Gonzo was a former student humor magazine, published from 1993 to 1998.

The University has a campus-wide television station, GUTV, which began broadcasting in 1999. The station hosts an annual student film festival in April for campus filmmakers. WGTB, Georgetown's radio station, is available as a webcast and on 92.3 FM in certain dormitories. The station was founded in 1946, and broadcast on 90.1 FM from 1960 to 1979, when university president Timothy S. Healy gave away the frequency and broadcast capabilities to the University of the District of Columbia because of WGTB's far left political orientation.

Georgetown University student organizations include a diverse array of groups focused on social justice issues, including organizations run through both Student Affairs and the Center for Social Justice. Oriented against gender violence, Take Back the Night coordinates an annual rally and march to protest against rape and other forms of violence against women. Georgetown Solidarity Committee is a workers' rights organization whose successes include ending use of sweatshops in producing Georgetown-logoed apparel, and garnering pay raises for both university cleaning staff and police. Georgetown Students for Fair Trade successfully advocated for all coffee in campus cafeterias to be Fair Trade Certified.

Georgetown has many additional groups representing national, ethnic, and linguistic interests. In 2006, MEChA de Georgetown, which works to improve Chicano recruitment and involvement, brought together a broad coalition of groups as "GU Students United Against Racism" to protest the perceived racism during a paid speaking event by Chris Simcox, leader of the Minutemen Civil Defense Corps. Georgetown's student body is particularly active in politics; groups based on local, national, and international issues are popular, and free speech is generally respected. The reproductive rights organization H*yas for Choice is not officially recognized by the University as its positions on abortion are in opposition to University policy, prompting the asterisk in "hoyas". While not financially supported by the school, the organization is permitted to meet and table in university spaces. The issue contributes to Georgetown's 'red light' status on free speech under the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education rating system.

Although Jesuit schools are not obliged to disassociate from Greek systems, many do, and Georgetown University does not officially recognize or fund fraternities, sororities, or secret societies among the student body. Despite this, Greek organizations persist on campus, although none require members to live in fraternal housing. Additionally, Georgetown University students are affiliated, in some cases, with fraternities at other nearby universities and colleges.

Active fraternities at Georgetown include Delta Phi Epsilon, a professional foreign service fraternity; Alpha Kappa Psi, a professional business fraternity; Alpha Phi Omega, a national co-ed community service fraternity; Alpha Epsilon Pi, a Jewish social fraternity; and Sigma Phi Epsilon, a social fraternity. Delta Phi Epsilon was founded at Georgetown in 1920, and members of their Alpha Chapter include Jesuits and several deans of the School of Foreign Service. The Delta Phi Epsilon foreign service sorority, founded in 1973, is the only sorority active at Georgetown. Georgetown's chapter of Alpha Epsilon Pi, affiliated with the campus Hillel, was established in 2002. Sigma Phi Epsilon chartered its chapter as a general social fraternity in 2007. Business fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi replaced Delta Sigma Pi, which lost its charter in 2006.

Annual events on campus celebrate Georgetown traditions, culture, alumni, sports, and politics. In late April, Georgetown University celebrates Georgetown Day. Besides the full-day carnival, the day rewards the best professor of the year with the Dorothy Brown Award, as voted by students. Every year since 2002, Traditions Day has focused attention in early November on the two centuries of Georgetown history. Clubs can compete in a "Best Traditions" contest, with students voting for their favorites. Halloween is celebrated with public viewings of alumnus William Peter Blatty's film The Exorcist, which takes place in the neighborhood surrounding the university.

Homecoming coincides with a home football game, and festivities such as tailgating and a formal dance are sponsored by the Alumni Association to draw past graduates back to campus. The largest planned sports related celebration is the first basketball practice of the season. Dubbed Midnight Madness, this event introduces the men's and women's basketball teams shortly after midnight on the first day the teams are allowed by NCAA rules to formally practice together. In 2008, Georgetown again played host to a first round division of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.

Georgetown University hosts notable speakers each year, largely because of the success of the Georgetown Lecture Fund and the Office of Communications. These are frequently important heads of state who visit Georgetown while in the capital, as well as scholars, authors, U.S. politicians, and religious leaders. The Office of the President hosts numerous symposia on religious topics, such as Nostra Ætate, Pacem in Terris, and the Building Bridges Seminar.

Georgetown fields 27 varsity teams and 20 club teams. The varsity teams participate in the NCAA's Division I. The school generally competes in the Big East Conference, although the football team competes in the Division I FCS Patriot League, the men's lacrosse team in Eastern College Athletic Conference, and the rowing teams in the Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges. Georgetown University graduates over ninety percent of its student athletes. U.S. News and World Report listed Georgetown's athletics program among the 20 best in the nation.

The school's teams are called "Hoyas", a name whose origin is uncertain. Sometime after 1866, students well versed in classical languages invented the mixed Greek and Latin chant of "hoya saxa", translating roughly as "what (or such) rocks". The school's baseball team, then called the Stonewalls, began in 1870, and football in 1874, and the chant likely refers to one of these teams. In 1926 the football team replaced Sergeant Stubby as mascot with a Bull Terrier they nicknamed "Hoya" because of the cheer, and by 1928, campus sports writers began to refer to teams as "Hoyas" rather than "Hilltoppers". The name was picked up in the local publications, and became official shortly after. The mascot of Georgetown athletics programs is Jack the Bulldog and the school fight song is There Goes Old Georgetown.

The men's basketball team is particularly noteworthy as it won the NCAA championship in 1984 under coach John Thompson. The current coach is his son, John Thompson III, who coached the team to the Final Four in the 2007 NCAA tournament. The team leads the Big East with seven conference tournament titles, and has made twenty-four NCAA tournament appearances. Well-known team alumni include Patrick Ewing, Dikembe Mutombo, Alonzo Mourning, Sleepy Floyd, Allen Iverson, Jeff Green and Roy Hibbert. In all over one-hundred student athletes have gone on to professional careers. Besides basketball, Georgetown is nationally successful in rowing, sailing, lacrosse, and track and field.

As of 2008, between fifty-four and sixty-one percent of alumni enter the workforce immediately after graduation, while others go on to additional education. Georgetown alumni have a median starting salary of $55,000 with a median mid-career salary of $110,000. Georgetown is one of the top ten producers of Peace Corps volunteers as of 2009. Just over three percent of Georgetown's 97,384 living alumni are listed in Marquis Who's Who, the 14th highest percentage and eighth highest raw number among American universities as of 2000. NNDB, the Notable Names Database, lists 289 notable alumni.

Five alumni serve in the United States Senate, and sixteen in the House of Representatives. The current Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, as well as the current National Security Advisor, Gen. James Jones, are both alumni, as are the current Senate majority whip, Dick Durbin, the House majority leader, Steny Hoyer, and the current Chairman of the Republican National Committee, Michael Steele.

Besides numerous members of the senior diplomatic corps, ten heads of state are alumni, including former U.S. president Bill Clinton and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, President of the Philippines. In the legal profession, alumni include a current Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Antonin Scalia, and former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Edward Douglass White. Georgetown graduates have served at the head of diverse institutions, such as Patricia Russo of Alcatel-Lucent and Susan Hockfield of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, both in the public and private sector, and have headed military organizations on both the domestic and international level.

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Georgetown County, South Carolina

Quercus virginica, Live oak in winter A pasture in Georgetown County, South Carolina

Georgetown County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Carolina. In 2000, its population was 55,797; in 2005, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated that its population had reached 60,983. Its county seat is Georgetown.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,035 square miles (2,681 km²), of which, 815 square miles (2,110 km²) of it is land and 220 square miles (570 km²) of it (21.27%) is water.

Georgetown County has several rivers including the Great Pee Dee River, the Waccamaw River, Black River, and Sampit River, all of which flow into Winyah Bay. The Santee River, which forms the southern boundary of the county, empties directly into the Atlantic. The Intracoastal Waterway also crosses the county and Winyah Bay. The rivers and the bay have had a decisive effect on human development of the area, especially as the city of Georgetown has an excellent seaport and harbor.

1. The Atlantic coastline, also called Waccamaw Neck, including the communities of Murrells Inlet, Litchfield, Pawleys Island and DeBordieu are part of The Grand Strand which includes Myrtle Beach to the north. The Georgetown County part of the Grand Strand used to be quaint and somewhat wild, but is exploding with development today. Condos line the shoreline at Litchfield, and many of the old cottages at Pawleys are also being demolished for more upscale homes. DeBordieu is a gated community.

Empty beachfront has disappeared and wild areas are also rapidly vanishing. A few wilder areas are being saved. Huntington Beach State Park preserves a little bit of coastline and coastal marshes in the northern section, with nearby Brookgreen Gardens keeping a historical rice plantation and some forest. Brookgreen Gardens, with a nature center and many outdoor sculptures is a very popular tourist spot. The University of South Carolina and Clemson University maintain the Belle W. Baruch research site at Hobcaw Barony on Waccamaw Neck. The islands around the outlet of Winyah Bay are designated as the Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center Heritage Preserve. This area is home to the northernmost natural occurring hammocks of South Carolina's signature sabal palmetto tree.

2. The wild riverfronts have very little development, although the areas once thrived as rice plantations, using a rice variety brought from Africa. After the Civil War, and the loss of slave labor, the plantations gradually ceased production. Today they are primarily wild areas, accessible only by boat, with occasional remnants of the old dikes and water gates used for rice culture, as well as a few of the old plantation houses. Some of the plantations, such as Litchfield Plantation, have been redeveloped as Country Inns or planned communities. Great blue herons, alligators, and even an occasional bald eagle can be seen along the waterways. Fishing is a popular activity.

A tiny community exists on Sandy Island, in the Pee Dee River, which is accessible only by boat. The folks who live there are descendants of slaves, and are trying to keep out development. Recently the Federal government began buying land along the rivers for the new Waccamaw Wildlife Refuge which is intended to protect such wild areas. The headquarters of the refuge will be at Yauhannah in the northern part of the county.

3. The city of Georgetown is a small historic city that dates back to colonial times. It is a popular tourist area and a port for shrimp boats. Yachting snowbirds are often seen at the docks in spring and fall; these people follow the seasons along the Intracoastal waterway.

4. The inland rural areas are thinly populated. Some higher land is good for agriculture or forestry. There are several Carolina bays, thought to be old craters from a striking meteor shower. These areas are rich in biodiversity, although the largest of them, Carvers Bay, was extensively damaged by use as a practice bombing range during World War II, and by draining.

As of the census of 2000, there were 55,797 people, 21,659 households, and 15,854 families residing in the county. The population density was 68 people per square mile (26/km²). There were 28,282 housing units at an average density of 35 per square mile (13/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 59.69% White, 38.61% Black or African American, 0.14% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.81% from other races, and 0.49% from two or more races. 1.65% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 21,659 households out of which 30.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.10% were married couples living together, 15.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.80% were non-families. 23.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.20% under the age of 18, 7.70% from 18 to 24, 25.90% from 25 to 44, 26.20% from 45 to 64, and 15.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 91.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,312, and the median income for a family was $41,554. Males had a median income of $31,110 versus $20,910 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,805. About 13.40% of families and 17.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.80% of those under age 18 and 14.00% of those age 65 or over.

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Georgetown Hoyas

Georgetown Hoyas football helmet.

The Georgetown Hoyas are the athletics teams that officially represent Georgetown University in college sports. The school is located in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. and was founded in 1789. Part of the NCAA's Division I, the Hoyas field 27 varsity level sports teams, most of which participate in the Big East Conference, with the exception of the Division I-AA Patriot League in football and ECAC men's lacrosse. The rowing and sailing teams also participate in east coast conferences. The Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team is the school's most famous and most successful program, but Hoyas have achieved some degree of success in a wide range of sports.

The team name is derived from the mixed Greek and Latin chant, "Hoya Saxa," which gained popularity in the 1870s. The name Hoyas came into use in the 1920s. Most teams have their athletic facilities on the main campus of Georgetown University. The men's basketball team plays most of their home games at the Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C. and the baseball team plays at Shirley Povich Field in Cabin John, Maryland. Bernard Muir has been the school's athletics director since 2005.

The University admits that the precise origin of the term "Hoya" is unknown. The official story is that at some point before 1920, students well-versed in the classical languages combined the Greek hoia or hoya, meaning "what" or "such", and the Latin saxa, to form "What Rocks!" Depending on who tells the story, the "rocks" either refer to the baseball team, which was nicknamed the "Stonewalls" after the Civil War, to the stalwart defense of the football team, or to the stone wall that surrounded the campus.

In 1920, students began publishing the campus's first regular newspaper under the name The Hoya, after successfully petitioning Rev. Coleman Nevils, S.J., Dean of the College, to change the name of the young paper, which was originally to be known as The Hilltopper. By the fall of 1928, the newspaper had taken to referring to the sports teams (then called the Hilltoppers in reference to Georgetown's geography) as the Hoyas. This was influenced by a popular half time show, where the mascot, a dog nicknamed "Hoya," would entertain fans. Dean Nevils's former school, College of the Holy Cross, also refers to the term "Hoya" in one of its fight songs, as does a third Jesuit school, Marquette University.

Harrison High School, located in Kennesaw, Georgia, is the only other institution in the country licensed to share this name. However, Georgetown Preparatory School, which separated from the University in 1927, uses the name "Little Hoyas" for its sports teams and shares the University's blue and gray color scheme.

Georgetown's nickname is The Hoyas, but its mascot is "Jack the Bulldog." Among the earliest mascots was a terrier named Stubby, whose name is largely unfamiliar today but was perhaps the most famous dog of his generation. Stubby was discovered by a soldier at the Yale Bowl, and went on to fight in the trenches of World War I in France. He was promoted to Sergeant for his actions in combat and awarded a special medal by General John J. Pershing in a post-war ceremony. His owner then entered Georgetown Law School, and Stubby became part of the halftime show.

From then on, Georgetown had a live dog as its mascot. Rev. Vincent McDonough, SJ's dog, Jazz Bo, nicknamed Hoya is likely a cause of the teams adopting the name. In 1951, the school joined a growing movement among private schools, such as the University of Chicago, and suspend the football program as un-academic. The dog as a symbol lived on, though, and sporadically students would bring pet bulldogs to games. In 1962, as the school revived the football team and adopted as its logo a drawing of a Bulldog sporting a blue and gray cap, students financed a new bulldog named Lil Nan's Royal Jacket, but went by Jack.

In 1977, the university began the tradition of dressing up a student in a blue and gray bulldog costume, replacing the live bulldog. In 1999, Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., with the help of the Hoya Blue fan club, revived the tradition of a live bulldog; when Pilarz left for the University of Scranton (taking Jack with him), Georgetown immediately secured a new bulldog puppy and found another Jesuit, Rev. Christopher Steck, S.J., to care for him.

Georgetown's fight song is rare among U.S. university fight songs for mentioning other colleges by name. (Illinois's "Oskee Wow-Wow," St. Olaf College's "Um Yah Yah", and Texas A&M's "Aggie War Hymn" are other prominent examples.) Specifically, it mentions Yale University, Harvard University, Princeton University, College of the Holy Cross, the United States Naval Academy, and Cornell University, who were all rivals of Georgetown in the early to mid-20th century, and mocks their fight songs. In recent years the Hoyas only play Cornell and Holy Cross regularly (in football), and many of these schools no longer use the fight songs that Georgetown's song mocks.

Blue and gray are the official colors of Georgetown University and its athletic teams. The colors are an important reminder of the school past. During the American Civil War, blue was commonly used in northern, Union, uniforms, while gray was used in southern, Confederate, uniforms. These colors were introduced by the rowing team in 1876. These student athletes deemed Blue and Gray "appropriate colors for the Club and expressive of the feeling of unity between the Northern and Southern boys of the College." Girls from neighboring Georgetown Visitation sewed the original uniforms together for the team. The basketball and lacrosse teams use gray as their primary color in home jerseys, with blue in away jerseys. White is also frequently used as an accent to these colors, and is actually the main color in the football and baseball teams' away jerseys and the soccer team's home jerseys. Campus spirit groups often encourage students to "bleed Hoya blue," a slogan often used on shirts.

The Georgetown University Men's Basketball team is perhaps the most well-known Hoya program. Georgetown's first intercollegiate men's basketball team was formed in 1907. John Thompson III, son of the accomplished Hoyas coach John Thompson, is the current head coach. The Hoyas historically have been well regarded not only for their team success, but also for their ability to generate players that after graduation succeed both on the court (such as Patrick Ewing) and off (such as Henry Hyde). The team has reached the NCAA Tournament Final Four 5 times, has won the Big East Men's Basketball Tournament 7 times, and has won or shared the Big East regular season title 7 times.

Rowing at Georgetown has a distinguished history. Indeed, Georgetown's current University Colors have their origin in the founding of the university's Boat Club in 1876. The colors were enshrined on a blue and gray banner, emblazoned with the Latin "Ocior Euro," or "Swifter Than the Wind," which the girls of Georgetown Visitation School presented to the Boat Club. From the start Georgetown's rowing team raced against the likes of Yale, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Cornell and Wisconsin. The team was however suspended from 1909 to 1920 due to lack of interest before being revived.

Today, under the guidance of Tony Johnson, now Director of Rowing and Varsity Heavyweight Coach, Georgetown still competes as a member of the top league in American rowing, the Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges. With the addition of a men's lightweight team in 1963, a women's team in 1975, and a women's lightweight team in 1996, Georgetown's four crew teams have seen success in recent years, including trips to the Henley Royal Regatta for the men's heavyweight and lightweight teams and second-in-the-nation finishes for both men's and women's lightweight teams. Many Georgetown oarsmen and -women have gone on to represent the United States on national and Olympic teams, and a new boathouse is scheduled to be completed in the near future.

Georgetown Crew has seen a bit of a revival in recent years beginning in 2000 when such rowers as Noah Bergman and Spencer Scheffy, and coxswain Alex Taft entered the Men's Heavyweight Varsity Squad. The successes have lead to entry into the Eastern Sprints rowing league in 2003.

The Georgetown University Rugby Football Club is the intercollegiate men's rugby union team that represents Georgetown in the USA Rugby league.

The women's lacrosse team has been particularly strong in recent years, winning 6 consecutive Big East titles. The Lady Hoyas reached the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship final in both 2001 and 2002. They play their home games on Multi-Sport Facility ("Harbin Field"), which is surrounded on two sides by dormitories, to respectably large crowds. In 2005, their first season under new coach Ricky Fried, the team went 13–5 and made the NCAA Tournament for the 8th straight year.

In the 1940s, Georgetown had one of the better college football teams in America. As the college game became more expensive, however, Georgetown refused to make the expensive investments that other Catholic universities like Notre Dame made to maintain a top-notch program.

In 1941, Georgetown played in the Orange Bowl, where they lost 14–7 to Mississippi State. They also played in the 1950 Sun Bowl against Texas Western. Texas Western, now known as the University of Texas at El Paso (more commonly UTEP), won the game by a score of 33–20.

After a 2–7 season in 1950 which included losses to the likes of Penn State, Miami, and Maryland, Georgetown discontinued the sport, which was revived in 1964 by students. Its first game drew 8,000 to campus against New York University (NYU). Varsity football resumed in 1978 at the Division III level. Today, Georgetown plays at the Division I-AA level (due to NCAA legislation forbidding Division I or II schools from playing football in lower divisions), competing in the Patriot League and perennially plays against Ivy League schools.

Perhaps the football team's most accomplished athlete was Al Blozis, who would play for the NFL's New York Giants before being killed in action in World War II. Blozis's great athletic accomplishments, however, came in shotput and discus. He set the world indoor record for the shotput, throwing it 56 feet 4.5 inches in 1941. He was the national indoor and outdoor shotput champion in both 1942 and 1943.

Since July 1, 2005, the Director of the Athletic Department has been Bernard Muir. The former directors since the title's creation in 1914 are Charles R. Cox (1914–1920), Rev. Vincent S. McDonough (1920–1924), Louis Little (1924–1930), H. Gabriel Murphy (1930–1941), Rome F. Schwagel (1941–1942, 1947–1949), Joseph T. Gardner (1942–1943), Rev. John J. Kehoe (1943–1944), John L. Hagerty (1946–1947, 1949–1969), Robert H. Sigholtz (1969–1972), Francis X. Rienzo (1972–1999), Joseph C. Lang (1999–2004), and Adam Brick (2004–2005).

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Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball

Georgetown Hoyas athletic logo

The Georgetown University Men's Basketball team (which, like all sports teams at Georgetown University, is named the Georgetown Hoyas) is a well-known basketball program in the NCAA Big East. Georgetown's first intercollegiate men's basketball team was formed in 1907. John Thompson III, son of the accomplished Hoyas coach John Thompson, is the current head coach. The Hoyas historically have been well regarded not only for their team success, but also for their ability to generate players that after graduation succeed both on the court (such as Patrick Ewing) and off (such as Henry Hyde).

The team has reached the NCAA Tournament Final Four 5 times, winning the National Championship in 1984. It has also won the Big East Men's Basketball Tournament 7 times, and has won the Big East regular season title 4 times. Its most recent trip to the Final Four was in 2007, where they lost to the Ohio State Buckeyes in the semi-final round.

The 2008-09 Hoyas will have many new faces on their roster following the graduation and subsequent move to professional basketball of Roy Hibbert, Jonathan Wallace, Patrick Ewing, Jr. and Tyler Crawford. Two contributors on the 2007-08 team, Jeremiah Rivers and Vernon Macklin, also transferred to Indiana and Florida respectively. Due to the the youth of the team and an especially competitive year for the Big East Conference, the Hoyas were voted to finish 7th in the league in the Big East Coaches preseason poll.

The team will count on preseason John R. Wooden Award nominee DaJuan Summers to take a more central role in 08-09. Other significant returnees include senior Jessie Sapp and former McDonald's All-American Team members Austin Freeman and Chris Wright. New to the team will be Florida State transfer Julian Vaughn and a talented group of freshman. The most decorated of the incoming freshman is power forward/center Greg Monroe, who was the Morgan Wooten Award winner for High School Player of the Year and was a McDonald's All-American Team member. Joining him will be Parade All-American Center Henry Sims, and 2008 Washington D.C. High School Player of the Year Jason Clark.

The Hoyas currently employ their own variant of the Princeton offense, a slow, cerebral style of play that is very rare in the modern college game. The hallmark of the offense is the "backdoor" pass, where a player on the wing suddenly moves in towards the basket, receives a bounce pass from a guard on the perimeter, and (if done correctly) finds himself with no defenders between him and a layup. Coach Thompson learned the style while serving under then-Coach Pete Carril of the Princeton University Tigers. Georgetown has been lauded in the sports media for destroying the "warped stereotype" that "African American kids don't want discipline" as well as for proving that the typically brawny Georgetown team can excel by emphasizing offensive efficiency rather than defense (not that the defense is any less efficient).

The Georgetown men's basketball team played its first game February 9, 1907, defeating the University of Virginia by a score of 22-11. In its first 60-some years, the program displayed only sporadic success. Until McDonough Gymnasium opened on campus for the 1950-51 season, the team moved its home court frequently, playing in McKinley Tech High School, Ryan Gymnasium, Uline Arena, and the National Guard Armory. The team recruited its first All-American, Ed Hargaden, in 1931-32. In 1942, a Hoya went pro for the first time, when three seniors, Buddy O'Grady, Al Lujack, and Don Martin played professionally upon graduation. The next year the team, led by future congressman Henry Hyde, reached new heights by going all the way to the NCAA championship game. The team's coach, Elmer Ripley, would be inducted into the basketball hall of fame 30 years later.

World War II suspended the program, however, and it was rarely successful over the next three decades, with only two postseason appearances (1952-53 and 1969-70). Top players from that period include Tom O'Keefe, the first Hoya to reach 1,000 career points in 1949-50, and future NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue who would graduate #2 in Hoya career rebounds in 1962.

Craig Esherick coached the Georegetown Hoyas basketball squad from 1999 to 2004. Esherick was a four year player for the men's basketball team from 1974-78 and then the lead assistant coach under John Thompson Jr. from 1981-99. He was named head coach after Thompson abruptly resigned in 1999.

In Esherick's first season the team finished with a 15-15 record before losing to Princeton in the first round of the NIT tournament. They improved in 2000 going 19-15 and advanced to the second round of the NIT tournament. After winning the first round game in quadruple overtime over the University of Virginia the Hoyas lost in the second round game to the University of California.

In 2001 led by a future top 10 NBA Draft pick in Michael Sweetney, they made the NCAA tournament after finishing 23-7 in the regular season. In the opening round of the NCAA tournament the 7th seeded Hoyas advanced past the 10 seed Arkansas on a game winning shot at the buzzer by Nat Burton. The Hoyas then beat Hampton University in the second round to set up a sweet sixteen match with local rival Maryland. They lost to the third seeded Terrapins 76-66 to end their season. The Hoyas were ranked 23rd in the final AP poll.

In 2002 the Hoyas went 19-11, barely missing a NCAA tournament bid and then rejecting a NIT bid. In response to the controversy about that decision, both Esherick and NIT organizers claimed that Georgetown declined the bid because of travel issues associated with the players' ability to attend classes. In 2003 the Hoyas finished the regular season with a 19-15 record. They accepted a bid to the NIT and made it to the finals where they then lost to big east rival St. Johns. Sweetney was named a second team All American and was drafted with the number 9 pick in the NBA Draft by the New York Knicks. In Esherick's final season, the 2003-04 season, the Hoyas struggled to a 13-15 overall record and a dismal 4-12 Big East record. The 13 wins was the team's fewest since the 1973-74 season and Esherick was fired 5 days after an opening round Big East Tournament loss to Boston College. One of the few positive notes Esherick left on was off the court, where his Hoyas' team had the highest graduation rate amongst Big East teams.

Georgetown began a national search for a new coach after Esherick's firing that resulted in the hiring of John Thompson III.

On April 21, 2004, John Thompson III was selected as the head coach of the Hoyas. The son of the legendary Hoyas coach, JT3 as he became known to many fans, took over the position after over a decade at Princeton University. Thompson III was a player for the Tigers from 1984-88, was an assistant coach at Princeton from 1995-2004 and took over as head coach until his move to the Hoyas. JT3's head coaching stint at Princeton was marked with success as he led the Tigers to 3 Ivy League Titles, 2 NCAA tournament appearances and one NIT appearance.

The opening season for the Hoyas with JT3 at the helm was characterized by low expectations. The Hoyas had been picked to finish 11th in the Big East at Big East Media Day and the stability of the program had been hurt by the coaching and player turnover of the previous year. JT3 did inherit three players that Esherick had recruited in Jeff Green, Roy Hibbert, and Tyler Crawford. He also brought with him a former Princeton recruit, Jonathan Wallace and saw the return of two major contributors from the previous Georgetown team in Brandon Bowman and Ashanti Cook.

Behind the play of returnees like Bowman, Cook and Darrel Owens and contributions from Green, Wallace and Hibbert the Hoyas jumped out to a surprising 16-6 start in the regular season. However, after a 1-6 finish down the stretch the Hoyas ended the regular season with a 17-12 record. Still, the Hoyas had exceeded expectations with their 8th place Big East finish and accepted an invitation to the NIT. In the NIT, the Hoyas blew out their first two opponents, Boston University and Cal State Fullerton, but eventually went down in the Quarterfinals to the eventual NIT Champion South Carolina Gamecocks.

The Hoyas ended the season with a 19-13 record and with high expectations for the next year. The optimism was a mainly because Bowman and Owens were to remain at Georgetown for the following year along with return of the teams' now rising sophomores, led by Big East co-Rookie of the Year, Jeff Green. The teams' improvement also translated to their recruiting as the Hoyas secured the commitment of two highly touted players in Dajuan Summers and McDonald's All American Vernon Macklin.

The 2005-06 Hoyas were picked to finish 6th in the Big East at the conference media day. The team raced out to an 11-4 record including an 8-2 mark in out of conference play. John Thompson III's first notable win with the team took place on January 21, 2006 in the 16th game of the season when unranked Georgetown upset No. 1 Duke University. This was Georgetown's first win over a No. 1 ranked team in 21 years. An interesting item of trivia is that the last time the Hoyas beat a number one ranked team, John Thompson Jr. was coaching and Patrick Ewing was playing. In their win against Duke, John Thompson III was coaching and Patrick Ewing, Jr. was sitting on the bench (as a redshirt transfer sophomore).

The 2006-07 Hoyas were led by juniors, forward Jeff Green, center Roy Hibbert, and point guard Jonathan Wallace. The team's freshmen were DaJuan Summers (Owings Mills, Md./McDonogh), Vernon Macklin (Hargrave Military Academy), and Jeremiah Rivers (Winter Park, Fla.). Other regular players are Tyler Crawford, Jessie Sapp, and Patrick Ewing, Jr.

The 2006-07 season marked the centennial of Hoya hoops, which was celebrated by honoring some of the team's most famous alumni at the Georgetown-Marquette game on February 10 (Georgetown won, 76-58).

On March 3rd, 2007, the Hoyas completed their first regular-season Big East Championship since 1989. On March 10th, 2007, the Hoyas defeated the Pittsburgh Panthers (65-42) to win the 2007 Big East Tournament Championship for the first time since 1989. Jeff Green was named the Big East Player of the year and the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

The Hoyas advanced to the 2007 Final Four before losing to an Ohio State team led by Greg Oden. In the NCAA tournament's first weekend, the Hoyas defeated Belmont (1st rd) and Boston College (2nd rd). The Hoyas' games in the second weekend were some of the closest and most-watched contests of the tournament -- the Hoyas defeated Vanderbilt on a last-second bank shot by Jeff Green, then beat North Carolina in the Regional Final when their defense caused North Carolina to suffer an improbable collapse in which UNC missed 22 of their final 23 field goal attempts.

After the season, Assistant Coach Sydney Johnson left to become the head coach at Princeton University and Assistant Coach Kevin Broadus left to become the head coach at SUNY-Binghamton. Jeff Green also left the team, entering the NBA draft. Green was drafted fifth by the Boston Celtics but was ultimately traded to the Seattle SuperSonics.

The 2007-08 Hoyas finished with a regular season record of 27-5, winning the regular season title on March 8, 2008. They lost to the University of Pittsburgh in the conference championship game. This placed them as a number two seed in the 2008 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, where they lost their second round game.

The men's basketball team is the most successful and well-known sports program at the university. They won the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship in 1984 (over the University of Houston) under coach John Thompson, Jr. The Hoyas also reached and lost the Championship game in 1943 (to Wyoming), 1982 (to Michael Jordan's North Carolina), and 1985 (to Big East rival Villanova). The Hoyas also recently made it to the Final Four in 2007.

The team has been very successful in the Big East: it won or tied for the regular-season titles in 1980, 1984, 1987, 1989, 1992, 2007, and 2008. The team was even more dominant in the Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: it won in 1980, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1989, and 2007.

The Hoyas have an excellent history of preparing players for the NBA. Two Hoyas were the NBA first overall draft picks: Patrick Ewing in 1985 and Allen Iverson in 1996. Other Hoyas to make the NBA include Ruben Boumtje-Boumtje, Sleepy Floyd, Jeff Green, Othella Harrington, Roy Hibbert, Jaren Jackson, Alonzo Mourning, Dikembe Mutombo, Don Reid, Charles Smith, Michael Sweetney, Jahidi White, Jerome Williams, Reggie Williams, and David Wingate. Victor Page, who led the Big East in scoring during the 1996–97 season, played in the CBA and NBDL. Page was one of the greatest players in Sioux Falls Skyforce history.

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