CPAC’ing the Heat

by Beth Garbitelli

CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) rolled into town last Thursday,  attracting participants from across the political spectrum.

“We bought our own registration tickets and spent the day at the conference, observing events such as, ‘Why are U.S. taxpayers spending billions to promote abortion and homosexuality worldwide?'” Gina Bull (SFS ’12) said in an e-mail. ” It was a[n]…eye-opening peek into conservative ideology.”

Bull and fellow Georgetown student Rachel Nethery (COL ’12) joined about fifteen other students from local schools to attend some of the lectures at CPAC. They organized a  “mic-check” during a session on the Occupy movement but changed their plans when they realized they could hit former Alaska governor Sarah Palin’s keynote address instead.

“Mic-checks” are a tactic implemented frequently by Occupy protesters to disrupt speeches by using coordinated shouting of a phrase. Occupiers feel the mic-checks help to present alternate view points.

Although Bull did not get into the ballroom, the portion of students who managed to beat the lines got a chance to stage a protest. Check out the video from BuzzFeed here. And check out some of the lecture titles from the 2012 Program here. 

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Sunday Night Wrapup: The End of Occupy?

by Michelle Cassidy

Photo: Flickr user Glyn Lowe Photos

Between a Hoya victory, evacuations in McPherson Square and a last-minute win for the New York Giants, this was a decidedly exciting weekend. Despite our brief hiatus last week, we’re back with the highlights in this weekend’s Sunday Night Wrapup:

  • Saturday’s game against South Florida ended in a big win for the Hoyas. If we keep up this level of play, Syracuse should probably start worrying about our matchup on Wednesday night.
  • Park Police raided the Occupy D.C. encampments in McPherson Square early Saturday morning and started clearing out campers and tents. Though the raid was relatively calm compared to those in Oakland and New York City, at least eight people were arrested as of Saturday night.
  • Sunday night you could hear the whoops of New Yorkers (and the gloomy faces of New Englanders) across campus after the Giants took home another Superbowl victory. Looks like Manning Face will be going to Disney World!