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Women’s basketball routs George Mason on Senior Day
by The GW Hatchet
Feb 17, 2017
“Women’s basketball honored its four soon-to-be-graduates with a rousing pregame ceremony before their matchup against local rival George Mason Saturday afternoon. Fittingly enough, the player with the most basketball experience would return the favor and help the Colonials overwhelm the Patriots on Senior Day.
Graduate senior forward Lexi Martins tallied a first half double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, and finished with 15 points and 12 boards on the afternoon as the Colonials (19-8, 12-3 A-10) romped George Mason (13-15, 6-9 A-10) 80-49. Sophomore guard Mei-Lyn Bautista added 11 points and five steals, and junior wing Brianna Cummings added 11 points off the bench.
The Colonials were dealt an early setback when senior forward Caira Washington picked up two fouls in the first quarter. However, the tandem of Martins and junior forward Kelli Prange dominated the offensive class, creating second chance opportunities at will.
“We have three post starters, which is really lucky because some teams don’t even have one,” head coach Jennifer Rizzotti said. “I thought [Kelli] did a great job of coming in and being tough on the defensive end and getting rebounds.”
The initial pace to the game was frenetic for both teams as they tried to establish themselves on the offensive end. The Colonials had a clear emphasis on getting early post entries and working inside-out action, which led to 10 threes on the day. The Patriots, meanwhile, were adamant about scoring in transition and running their motion offense.
The game turned after a 6-0 run by George Mason gave them a 22-21 lead. After a GW timeout, Rizzotti implemented a full court trap press and a 3-2 zone in the half court.
Jack Borowiak | Hatchet Photographer Senior guard Hannah Schaible was one of four fourth-year Colonials to be honored before Saturday’s game.
The result was a 23-0 run in which the Colonials held the Patriots without a field goal for the last 6:27 of the second quarter. Even as the second half began, Mason seemed helpless to get quality looks or control the ball, as GW forced 17 turnovers.
“Sometimes when teams get comfortable and can kind of pass the ball around and get the shots that they want, you want to do something to disrupt that,” Rizzotti said. “We had success with that defense against them last time we played at their place, and I thought we did a great job again today.
Bautista’s energy on the defensive end played a huge role, including consecutive possessions where she made a steal in the backcourt that led to easy fast break layups.
“Coach always mentions before every game that a great game starts with great defense,” Bautista said. “When things start on the defensive end, the offense will come.”
With GW’s defense fueling their transition game and offensive output, the rout was on. The second half offered quite a lot in terms of GW’s depth and the energy of the team. Not to mention, one final sendoff for the fourth-years, who received a standing ovation from the crowd in the Smith Center as they departed the game together.
The spirit of the group—Washington, Martins, Hannah Schaible, and Shannon Cranshaw—was evident as they cheered their teammates from the sidelines, jumping around and yelling after baskets from the bench players.
“[The bench players] may not get as many minutes in other games, but they’re the ones making us better every day,” Schaible said. “They act as the scout team, they’re pushing us, and they make sure we’re ready to play.”
Despite the aura of finality surrounding the afternoon, Schaible reiterated that there is plenty more basketball to be played.
“We know that these last few games aren’t our last, so it was really important to get this last win at home,” she said. “The chapter’s closing for us… but not yet.”
GW closes out the regular season on the road against Richmond on Wednesday night. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m.”

GW researcher creates lemur recognition program
by The GW Hatchet
Feb 16, 2017
“You no longer have to turn to Zoboomafoo for your lemur knowledge – a GW researcher found a way to identify the animals faster than ever before.
Rachel Jacobs, a biological anthropologist at GW’s Center for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology, coauthored a paper introducing “LemurFaceID.” The computer-assisted recognition system is able to identify individual lemurs in the wild based on their facial characteristics and compile the data for long-term research studies, according to a release .
“Senior author, Stacey Tecot (University of Arizona), and I weren’t particularly satisfied with the common approaches used in lemur research, so we aimed to do something different with red-bellied lemurs, and we sought the expertise of our computer science collaborators,” Jacobs said in the release.
The database will be a non-invasive, cost-effective means of conducting evolutionary studies related to survival, reproduction and population growth, Jacobs said in the release. These studies require long-term life history information on individual animals.
This new tracking method could also help conservation efforts identify endangered species in the wild and tracking trafficked lemurs if they are taken from the wild.
Lemurs were named the world’s most endangered group of mammals in 2012, according to the release.
The database could be applied to other species with similar hair and skin patterns in the future, like red pandas, Jacobs said in the release.”

Weekend outlook
by The GW Hatchet
Feb 16, 2017
“This weekend, laugh it up at comedy shows and thank George Washington for a long weekend by attending a parade in his honor.
Sam Jay Johnson at Drafthouse Comedy
Head out to Drafthouse Comedy to enjoy a comedy show by an up-and-coming talent. You may recognize the comedian Sam Jay Johnson as the actress from Viceland’s TV series “Flop House” or from one of several comedy festivals she has headlined across the U.S. As a queer woman of color, Johnson brings a fresh voice to the stand-up comedy scene and relates her experiences to audiences in witty ways.
Drafthouse Comedy DC. 1100 13th St. NW. 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. $20.
Late Night Improv
If you’re searching for a night of unpredictable comedy, check out the “The Blue Show,” where performers from ComedySportz, an improv group that has troupes around the world, unwind and turn up the humor without any rules. Earlier in the night, the cast of ComedySportz will perform a kid-friendly show but later on, all bets are off. Bring a good sense of humor and suggestions to help out these imrpov preformers.
DC Improv Lounge, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. 9:45 p.m. Ages 18+. $15.
Willy Wonka and the Burlesque Factory – Bucket v. Wonka
Bier Baron, a beer bar west of Dupont Circle, is hosting a show that fits a need you never knew you had for a play that puts a racy twist on the childhood favorite movie and book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. In the play, Charlie is faced with a massive mid-life crisis and enlists the help of Veruca Salt, Mike Teevee and a near-extinct Oompa Loompa in suing Willy Wonka for all the trouble he caused them. With appearances by familiar characters like beloved Grandpa Joe and now-skinny Augustus Gloop, this show is sure to be a trip down memory lane.
Bier Baron Tavern, 1523 22nd St. NW. 2 p.m. Ages 21+. $12 in advance, $15 at door.
George Washington Birthday Parade
Celebrate our University’s namesake by hopping out of D.C. and heading over to historic Old Town Alexandria for the nation’s largest parade celebrating George Washington’s birthday. The parade, which is approaching its 100th anniversary, features bands, floats, horses, wagons, historic reenactment groups and additional performances to celebrate the spirit of President’s Day. The parade route runs from the intersection of Gibbon and South Fairfax streets through the town, ending at Wilkes and South Royal streets.
Old Town Alexandria. 1 to 3 p.m. Free.”

Women’s basketball hangs on for season-best fifth straight win
by The GW Hatchet
Feb 16, 2017
“Updated: Feb.16, 2017 at 9:34 a.m.
After dominating its last four games, women’s basketball stumbled on the way to its fifth consecutive victory Wednesday night – its longest winning-streak of the season.
The St. Bonaventure Bonnies (9-17, 4-10 A-10) slashed an 11-point Colonial lead to tie the game at 51 midway through the fourth quarter. But clutch free-throw shooting kept the Colonials (18-8, 11-3 A-10) alive in a nail-biting 63–57 win.
“We have talked all year about how our defense is what is going to drive the ship and we will figure out how to score as long as we don’t turn the ball over and we’re patient,” head coach Jennifer Rizzotti said. “I don’t think we had that patience and that focus in the second half today.”
Graduate student forward Lexi Martins led the game with 21 points and seven rebounds, while senior forward Caira Washington, the back-to-back Atlantic 10 Player of the Week, was scoreless on the night.
“They were literally guarding [Washington] with two players before she caught it and then three players once she received the ball,” Rizzotti said.
The Colonials, who grabbed 31 rebounds to the Bonnies’ 37 were outrebounded by for only the seventh time all season.
The first half of the game went in favor of the Colonials.
Sophomore guard Mei-Lyn Bautista opened the night hitting two consecutive threes to spark the Colonials’ offense. GW went 7-for-14 from the field in the first frame while the Bonnies were held to just 2-of-10 shooting.
Bautista, who entered the the matchup in a shooting slump, ended the night with nine points and five dimes.
“I’m always going to keep shooting because at the end of the day, when I make them, I help my post because they’ll start getting open,” Bautista said. “They’ll have to start playing me higher and then things inside will starting working so much better for Caira, Lexi and [junior forward] Kelli [Prange].”
Prange, who had 13 points on the night, went 4-for-7 from the field in the second quarter to help push the Colonials’ lead to 38—27. The Bonnies were shooting a 39.1 percent clip from the field at the halftime break, and their leading scorer, Mariah Ruff, was held to just three points.
While a slow start out of the gate for both teams plagued the scoring pace to start the half, a late 7-2 run by the Bonnies heading into the final frame slashed the Colonials’ lead to just six points. GW went just 2-for-13 from the field while allowing the Bonnies to pick up 13 points in the period.
St. Bonaventure’s Sarah Hart and Mckenna Maycock combined for 22 points on the night, and started the Bonnies’ offensive push in the third quarter, when the pair hit two three-point shots in a row.
The Bonnies gained even more momentum at the beginning of the fourth, when a costly Colonials foul on Ruff sent the guard to the charity stripe on a three-point attempt to cut the Colonials’ lead to one basket.
The momentum went back-and-forth between the teams in the fourth. Martins was fouled on a layup and made her free throw to put the Colonials up 54-–51, but Maycock answered back with a driving layup to put the Bonnies within one point of the lead.
Martins, who picked up 11 points in the fourth quarter, went a perfect 7-for-7 from the charity stipe.
“We didn’t win the game because we made a bunch of threes in the third quarter, we won the game because Lexi got fouled and made free throws and got an offensive rebound layup and then Mei got a layup and we continued to move the ball well and get it into the post,” Rizzotti said.
Bautista split her free throws with 14.7 seconds left in the game to make the match a two-possession game for St. Bonaventure and solidifying the Colonials’ 11th A-10 victory and their fifth win in a row.
“We might not be able to score but once we get a lead, we can’t lose either if we don’t let them score and that was the message in the last timeout with three and a half minutes to go,” Rizzotti said.
The Colonials play their final game at the Smith Center on Saturday afternoon, when they host George Mason. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.
This post was updated to reflect the following correction:
The Hatchet incorrectly reported that the photo is of junior Kelli Prange. The photo is of graduate student Lexi Martins. The Hatchet regrets this error.”

D.C. should eliminate sex-related crimes' statute of limitations
by The GW Hatchet
Feb 13, 2017
“Updated: Feb. 14, 2017 at 10:50 a.m.
Survivors of sex-related crimes deal with their experiences in their own ways and in their own time frames. Some might confide in friends and family immediately after the incident and some may not tell anyone for decades. A new bill under review by the D.C. Council’s Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety would eliminate a time limit survivors have to prosecute their assailants.
This bill would put an end to the statute of limitations on sex-related crimes in D.C. The current statute of limitations is 15 years for first-degree sex crimes, such as date rape, or second-degree sex crimes, like engaging in intercourse with someone who could not give consent. Sixteen states, including Virginia and Maryland, have already eliminated the statute of limitations for felony sex crimes. And this is the third time that the bill has been brought to the D.C. Council. The first two times the bill was brought to the Council, it didn’t even get a hearing. Council member and chairman of the Judiciary Committee Kenyan McDuffie last declined to move the bill forward for a public hearing in 2015, citing the committee’s busy schedule.
With sexual assault being such a relevant issue on college campuses and high-profile cases, like Bill Cosby’s , making national headlines, it’s more important than ever for the bill to not only receive a hearing but to become law. Survivors of sex-related crimes deserve to have the peace of mind to seek justice whenever they choose.
Statutes of limitations for all types of crimes are put in place for a reason. A statute of limitations makes sense for things like burglaries and certain civil suits, like fraud or injury, since prosecuting the crimes rely on time-sensitive proof. Evidence – especially DNA evidence – can become less reliable the later it’s found. Testimony from witnesses also becomes less reliable as time passes.
But the statute of limitations for sex-related crimes can have a profound and traumatic effect on survivors. With a time limit, sexual assault survivors have to work against a clock and are pushed into a difficult situation where if they want to report a sex-related crime, they must do so even if the person who assaulted them is still involved in their lives. This is especially relevant for college students living on the same campus as their perpetrators, since they must continue to reside near their assailants and potentially sit in classes with them. This gives survivors opportunities to run into the perpetrators before graduating, which can make survivors feel unsafe or uncomfortable reporting the crimes.
Plus, if survivors chose not to report the incident when it first happened but changed their minds at a different stage of their lives, the statute of limitations prevents them from being able to prosecute once the time limit is up. What someone wants when they are 18 years old is likely not the same as what they want when they are 40. Humans are complex and change their minds over time, and our justice system should reflect how people change.
Eliminating the statute of limitations isn’t going to automatically increase the number of sex-related crime convictions. If a person wants to pursue a case against someone, they have a better chance at getting a conviction by they pursuing legal action soon after the incident. If we were to do away with the statute of limitations, it’s likely that there could be more court cases that end without convictions. But sometimes it’s not about the conviction, it’s about just having a shot at justice.
And if a survivor chose to go to a hospital or to the police after being sexually assaulted and had a rape kit examination performed, any DNA evidence from that rape kit could be used at a later date. There’s only one hospital in D.C. that provides rape kits, which limits how many survivors go through the process.
Of course, not every survivor wants to go through an invasive rape kit exam, and some sex-related crimes don’t have the evidence to prove an assault. But our laws should reflect reality, and the reality is that if one person can go through legal proceedings years after an assault happens and serve justice, they should be able to.
One in five women are sexually assaulted on college campuses and one in 16 men are, as well. It’s likely that most of us know someone who’s a survivor, even if they haven’t shared it publicly. It should be up to survivors to decide when they want to tell their stories, how they want to seek justice and when they want to do that. And it’s up to the D.C. Council to give every survivor their day in court if and when they want it.
The editorial board is composed of Hatchet staff members and operates separately from the newsroom. This week’s piece was written by opinions editor Melissa Holzberg and contributing opinions editor Irene Ly, based on discussions with managing director Eva Palmer, homepage editor Tyler Loveless, contributing sports editor Matt Cullen and copy editor Melissa Schapiro.
This post was updated to reflect the following correction:
The Hatchet incorrectly reported that D.C. had a backlog of 6,000 rape kits. The backlog of rape kits in the District is unknown. We regret this error.”

Admissions officers, consider applicants beyond their extracurricular activities
by The GW Hatchet
Feb 13, 2017
“Sports, honor societies, community service hours and at least a handful of clubs: These are just a few of the things students are expected to include in their college applications. In high school, it’s often a contest for who can have the most extracurricular activities because students think they’ll be more appealing to college admissions officers.
But some people, including Harvard University professor and psychologist Richard Weissbourd, are now arguing that being a good person should be enough to get into competitive and prestigious universities. Weissbourd has been advocating for this through his report “Turning the Tide,” which encourages college deans at universities around the nation to change admissions processes to take the emphasis off of students’ laundry lists of extracurricular activities. More than 120 universities have already endorsed his report.
Media Credit: Hatchet File Photo Irene Ly
Weissbourd wants colleges to care about the time students spend working part-time jobs or taking care of sick family members. If Weissbourd had it his way, a part-time after-school job at a fast food joint would have the same weight as going to a robotics camp, because these activities help build students’ empathy and understanding of the world.
As GW continues its efforts to increase the diversity of its applicant pool, officials should get on board with Weissbourd’s plans by highlighting the importance of such activities.
Many students – especially those from low-income backgrounds – have familial obligations or need to take on part-time jobs that keep them from joining more teams or clubs at school. Although the Common Application gives students space to report any responsibilities and activities outside of school, Weissbourd says universities are usually not explicit in what applicants can report. This makes students think they cannot list things like part-time jobs, which could keep applicants from reporting obligations that take up significant amounts of time.
These types of students are at a disadvantage compared to their peers who have the money and time to jet off on service trips or play organized sports. But students who can’t participate in expensive activities still have valuable experiences and interests. These kids have to sacrifice the extra time they would have to do homework or take part in school-organized activities. Adding equal weight to activities like caregiving and part-time jobs would make the admissions process fair to students from low-income or otherwise less privileged backgrounds, because they wouldn’t worry that never serving as the president of a club will keep them out of their top-choice college.
Making a change in the admissions process would not only enable more low-income students to feel like they can apply and get into competitive, prestigious colleges, but would also encourage students to be more caring and ethical, in general. It’s certainly desirable for teenagers and young adults to be ambitious so they can go on to have successful careers, but the competition for an admissions letter has forced applicants to put themselves first over caring for other people just to achieve success.
About a dozen colleges have already responded to Weissbourd’s report by making changes to their admissions formats that will impact students who are applying this year. For example, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, students are still encouraged to take rigorous classes but only in the topics that truly interest them, instead of in all areas. And Yale University now only includes slots for two extracurricular activities.
When I look back at my junior year of high school, I remember the panic that set in when I realized I wasn’t doing what I thought would be enough to get into my top choice colleges and started joining clubs left and right. Thankfully, it didn’t keep me from being committed to my three most notable extracurriculars, but I wish I hadn’t felt compelled to join things just to list them on college applications. I had classmates who could not get involved in teams or clubs because they worked jobs after school, but they deserved to go to GW just as much, or even more, than I did.
Adopting a test-optional policy has significantly helped GW  increase the number of applications it receives. The class of 2020 is the most diverse group of freshmen in University history, attracting both increases in low-income students and underrepresented minority groups.
But there are still steps that need to be taken to encourage qualified students who are not applying to GW for fear that their extracurriculars aren’t impressive enough. By adopting Weissbourd’s ideas into the admissions process, GW can create even more diverse classes full of empathetic and caring students.
Irene Ly, a junior majoring in psychology, is The Hatchet’s contributing opinions editor. Want to respond to this piece? Submit a letter to the editor.”

Colonials defeat Bonnies in homecoming match
by The GW Hatchet
Feb 13, 2017
“Men’s basketball defeated St. Bonaventure 76-70 in the Smith Center Saturday night.
GW improves its record to 5-7 in A-10 play.”

Last-second foul stuns men's basketball in gut-wrenching loss to VCU
by The GW Hatchet
Feb 08, 2017
“The four-tenths of a second put back on the clock were supposed to be a formality.
Junior guard Yuta Watanabe had just nailed a corner three to put GW up 53–52 – what a delirious Smith Center crowd thought was a buzzer-beating game-winner.
Interim head coach Maurice Joseph and his staff hurried their team’s celebration off the court knowing the game might not officially be over. In fact, just four days earlier, the Rams had miraculously overcome a one-point deficit at St. Bonaventure in an eerily similar situation.
With the game clock reset to 0:00.4, 6-foot-11-inch sophomore Collin Goss entered the game for the first time to guard the VCU inbound. As Goss followed his man on the baseline, he didn’t see a last-second screen set by JeQuan Lewis to his left. He barreled into the VCU senior guard and, in an unimaginable turn of events, sent Lewis to the charity stripe with the game on the line.
VCU’s leading scorer, who was held to just eight points on the night, sank both for the win. The Rams (19-5, 9-2 A-10) second straight dream-like victory handed the Colonials (12-12, 4-7 A-10) a nightmarish 54-53 loss that left fans, players and coaches stunned.
“[The loss] hasn’t really hit me yet,” freshman guard Jair Bolden said. “It’s very shocking for me. But [VCU] ran a great play and it is tough, it is real tough, especially for the freshmen – the younger guys who haven’t really experienced something like that. But we’ll get through it together.”
“It’s a horrible way to lose a game,” Joseph said. “Yuta hit a tremendous shot, we played our tails of for 39 minutes 59.6 seconds. I just feel bad for our guys.”
Up until the thrilling final minutes, GW played one of its best defensive games of the year against a skilled local rival that walloped them by 30 points less than a month ago in Richmond.
Dan Rich | Photo Editor Freshmen center Collin Smith (left), freshman guard Jair Bolden (center) and graduate student forward Tyler Cavanaugh (right) run toward Watanabe to celebrate what they thought was a game-winning three.
In stark contrast to the teams’ last meeting, in which VCU scored 41 on 50 percent shooting, the Colonials stymied the Rams’ attack on their home floor during the opening period.
Against GW’s 2-3 zone for the majority of the frame, the second-best offense in the league was held to just 22.2 percent from the field – going to 2-for-11 from deep – to tie a season-low half total of 21 points.
“We knew when [VCU] went with their two bigs, we wanted to keep them out of the paint,” Joseph said. “So we had a two-man zone with our big guys to clog up the paint. When they went with one big, they don’t have a ton of shooters out there outside of Lewis. The chess match worked for us, we guarded them for close to 40 minutes there.”
While the home team did not fare much better on the other end – shooting 25 percent in the half – gritty performance from Bolden and graduate student forward Cavanaugh helped the Colonials to a 23-21 edge at the break.
The rookie guard got GW’s attack going early while Cavanaugh, added 10 hard-fought boards in the frame, consistently posed a threat down low.
The pair would go on to lead GW with a game-high 13 points each on the night, as Cavanaugh secured his eighth double-double of the season with a monstrous, career-tying 17 rebounds.
VCU picked it up offensively in the second half, going 50 percent from the field and matching GW’s 17 rebounds in the half despite dropping the overall battle on the glass 43-39. The Rams also outscored the Colonials 18-8 in the paint in the second frame.
However, GW stayed in the game with slightly improved shooting and minimizing turnovers – its eight on the night was a season-low in conference play.
After holding a lead for nearly four minutes, the Colonials conceded a 7-0 run late in the second half that put the visitors ahead 50-46 with 2:37 to play.
Freshman forward Arnaldo Toro, who finished with six points and three rebounds responded with a hook in the paint to bring his team within two. Both teams traded 1-for-2 trips to the line to make it 51-49.
With 1:30 remaining Joseph turned to a raucous Colonial Army behind his bench to ask for some more noise – it was the most pivotal stop his team needed all night.
Graduate student forward Patrick Steeves came up with a forceful rejection under the rim, Cavanaugh managed a steal on VCU’s subsequent inbound, but after GW regained possession, Steeves committed a travel on the other end.
After intentional fouls, Lewis and Bolden went on to make one each at the charity stripe. The score stood at 52-50 when Lewis missed the front-end of another trip at the line.
Dan Rich | Photo Editor Redshirt junior guard Jaren Sina puts his head in his hands following Wednesday night’s final whistle.
With 10.2 seconds to go, GW hurried down the floor. A pump-fake from redshirt junior guard Jaren Sina preceded a perfect dish to Watanabe in the corner, but the last-second make would not prove to be enough.
“I was extremely impressed [with our resilience],” Joseph said. “I just feel so bad for our guys because we deserved to win that game. They were so fired up before the game, they were ready to go ready to play. It showed – we guarded our tails off the entire game.”
Tillman finished with a team-high 11 points and 11 rebounds for VCU, and redshirt freshman Samir Doughty was the only other Ram to finish in double-figure scoring with 10.
“We are really going to see what our character is about in how we react and how we overcome this,” Joseph said. “There is no question in my mind that we will be able to bounce back from this.”
The Colonials return to action Saturday at 4:30 p.m. when they host St. Bonaventure.”

This week in music
by The GW Hatchet
Feb 08, 2017
“As the semester starts to get stressful, take a deep breath and relax with these calming tracks this week.
Passenger – “Anywhere – Acoustic”
Michael David Rosenberg, better known as Passenger, continues to churn out masterpieces as proved by his sixth album release. Last year, Rosenberg released his fifth solo album only seven years after his band broke up in 2009.
“Anywhere – Acoustic” is a stripped down remix of the song from “Young As The Morning, Old As The Sea” from Passenger’s album by the same name. The track sums up the mood of the album with its sweeping lyrics and calming acoustic backtrack.
In the track, Rosenberg sings, “Oh, and I will be with you/ When the darkest winter comes/ Oh, and I will be with you/ To feel the California sun,” promising to stick around through the good times and the bad times. In his typical fashion, Passenger somehow turns simple words into a comforting romantic lullaby.
Passenger will perform at the 9:30 Club March 8. His latest album, “Young As The Morning, Old As The Sea” was released in September.
Bastille – “Blame (Bunker Sessions)”
When Bastille’s second studio album dropped three years after the soaring success of “Bad Blood,” it became clear Bastille’s comeback would be triumphant. The album jumped to the No. 1 spot on the U.K. and Scottish album charts within two weeks.
The new version of “Blame” is characterized as “Bunker Sessions,” which means the song is a toned-down version of the song from Bastille’s album “Wild World.” The new track, released Jan. 20, removes electric guitar, heavy drums and mixed vocals to reveal a foundation of pulsing piano layered with multiple strings and light clapping to accompany the vocals. The light instrumentals allow for the raw emotional vocals to come through on this version of the track.
Though the track is short at just three minutes, Dan Smith’s impressive range keeps the listener captivated. Though this is one of many “Blame” remixes – there are four more by different artists – it certainly stands above the rest.
Bastille will perform at the Eagle Bank Arena in Fairfax, Va. March 28. Their latest album “Wild World,” which “Blame – Bunker Sessions” was revamped from, was released on Sept. 9.
Portugal. The Man – “Noise Pollution”
When Portugal. The Man posted a new YouTube video for the song “Noise Pollution” Dec. 1, the caption had an unexpected message.
“There’s a flood of noise right now that feels like it might drown us,” the band wrote. “It’s harder and harder to tell what’s fact, what’s opinion and what’s straight up bullshit.”
Portugal. The Man, like many of the rest of us, are a little disillusioned with U.S. politics. In a multi-artist collaboration, “Noise Pollution” includes a steady drum beat and computer synth accompaniment, which quickly revs up and inspires listeners.
The lyrics say “With my fist in the air/ ‘Je suis Charlie,’” pledging solidarity with the victims of the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris on in January 2015. Other lyrics in the song criticize the abundance of technology that leads people to “live leak the revolution” instead of joining it.
Other artists featured in the track are Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Zoe Manville. Winstead, a well-known horror movie actress, entered the music scene when she collaborated with Dan the Automator in 2013 and has and has been featured in other artists’ collaborations. Manville, though not an official member of Portugal. The Man, often contributes to tracks.
Portugal. The Man will perform at 9:30 Club April 1st. “Noise Pollution” was released on Dec. 1st, 2016.”

Macpherson brings pro coaching experience to men's tennis
by The GW Hatchet
Feb 06, 2017
“On and off the court, David “Macca” Macpherson has enjoyed success at the highest level of men’s tennis.
He racked up 16 ATP tour doubles titles in a decorated 19-year pro playing career, and in 2005, went on to coach Mike and Bob Bryan – one of the best American duos the sport has ever seen – for more than a decade.
This summer, Macpherson decided he wanted to try something new. The 49-year-old was named GW men’s tennis coach in August, taking over a program that has won three consecutive Atlantic 10 titles and opened its 2017 season last month.
“It was a time for me to try something new in my life and I was very excited when I heard the GW position was available,” Macpherson said. “I kind of fell in love with the city and the program.”
While Macpherson has lived in Sarasota, Fla. – where he founded his own tennis academy in 2004 – since he was 20 years old, he learned the game in his native Australia.
The Tasmania native grew up during a tennis boom in the land down under, watching Australian greats like Rod Laver, Tony Roche and John Newcombe win Grand Slam titles in the 1960s and 70s.
“I just picked up a racket at four or five years old and never put it down,” he said.
In 1984, Macpherson began his professional career on the ATP tour. He quickly became well-known as a doubles player. He reached a career-high ATP individual doubles ranking of No. 11 and a doubles team ranking of No. 8 to go along with 288 career tour victories.
The GW hire said the doubles game came most naturally to him.
“As a player, my skill set suited doubles better,” Macpherson said. “I had a good volley, quickness around the net, anticipation – the sort of things you need for doubles. In singles my ground strokes weren’t too strong, so as a player it suited me well.”
Two years after retiring, Macpherson started coaching the Bryan Brothers, who were in the midst of a breakout phase in their career.
He helped lead the pair to 15 Grand Slam titles, a 2012 Olympic gold medal and a record 10 year-end world No. 1 rankings.
“[Coaching the Bryan Brothers] was an amazing privilege,” he said. “They were great, great champions. There are so many incredible memories I couldn’t even describe it all. Just so many incredible battles and triumphs.”
Macpherson also guided singles stars Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka to a 2014 Davis Cup doubles title en route to being named World Team Tennis Coach of the Year.
Men’s tennis junior Chris Reynolds said he learned that the elite coach would be filling the vacancy at GW while scrolling through Instagram over the summer. He saw a post by the Bryan Brothers announcing the end of their partnership with Macpherson a few days before the official announcement.
“As tough as it is to part ways, it is also an exciting time for him as Macca has accepted the head coaching job at George Washington University,” Bob Bryan’s post reads. “Mike and I are extremely grateful for not only his loyal friendship, but for his tireless effort and dedication to our careers.”
Macpherson now helms one of the best rosters in the A-10, led by seniors Julius Tverijonas and Fernando Sala and anchored by a core of juniors in Reynolds, Chris Fletcher, Christos Hadjigeorgiou and Jabari Stafford.
This spring, the program will look to win the league crown for a fourth straight year, but Macpherson said hopes he can push the program to even greater heights.
“They are a very talented bunch of guys and their terrific fellas as well,” Macpherson said of his new team. “Trying to make our schedule tougher and tougher each year is my goal. Not only be competitive with A-10 but with other power conference schools too.”
A few weeks into the season, Reynolds said the transition has been smooth. GW is currently 4-2 overall and most recently took down Morgan State 4-0 last Thursday.
“So far it’s been an amazing experience,” he said. “[Macpherson] brings such a great energy to the courts, to the practices and on top of that he’s just a really nice guy.”
Men’s tennis continues its non-conference schedule this weekend against Florida State and Monmouth. 
Jack Borowiak contributed reporting.”

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