Two Georgetown players think college basketball should have a bubble

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has forced several sports leagues and organizations across the globe to get creative for a competitive season. For Georgetown men’s basketball players Jamorko Pickett and Jahvon Blair, they believe that the entire college basketball season should be held within a bubble. 

“I think the NBA set a great example with the bubble,” Pickett told the media during a Tuesday Zoom call. “I think college should implement the same type of format to keep the players, coaches and staff and everyone else involved as safe as possible.” 

Several professional leagues decided to hold their 2020 seasons within the confines of a bubble-like environment amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Each of those leagues – the NBA, WNBA, NHL and others – were wildly successful in curbing the spread of the virus. Other leagues that did not opt for a bubble, like MLB and the NFL, haven’t been able to keep the virus from affecting their teams. 

Within a bubble, the respective league had regular COVID-19 testing, strict protocols on who could and could not enter the space and mask-wearing in all instances except when playing. 

“If we follow the NBA and what they did, I think we should be fine,” Blair said. “Everyone gets tested every day in the bubble, everyone’s going to be safe and in one spot. So if we follow them everything should be fine.”

Already, college basketball has had 39 programs pause basketball activities due to the virus, according to SBUnfurled’s database. That’s in addition to the 10 teams that decided they would not be having a season altogether. 

 

Some preseason tournaments are creating small bubbles with regular testing for teams to knock out a handful of nonconference games without issue. Still, individuals are testing positive before the event and with the way the NCAA has set up the season, one positive test typically forces an entire team to sit out for two weeks. 

To help control the environment and the spread, many schools have limited the amount of individuals on a college campus. It’s not necessarily for collegiate athletics, but is an added benefit for basketball programs looking to create their own bubble of individuals. 

Georgetown head coach Patrick Ewing thinks his school has been more strict than others. The Hoyas have had the same protocols since Day 1.

“I think that’s one of the things that Georgetown has been a stickler with. Our protocols have been the same since Day 1, we’ve been testing three times a week,” Ewing said.

“They’re a stickler about masks, socially distance and when they see people not socially distanced and on campus, they talk about it or they bring it up to them. They only brought back 500 kids to the campus so there’s not a lot of people here. So you know, in terms of distancing, socially distancing, it’s a lot easier to do that when there’s not a lot of people here.”

In a sense, the Hoyas have created a mini-bubble on their own

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Georgetown University to power campus with electricity from solar plants

Georgetown University will meet more than two-thirds of its energy needs with electricity from solar plants starting in November, as part of an agreement that will lessen the school’s dependence on traditional grid-based power, officials said Thursday.

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The university has been buying renewable-energy certificates, or RECs, for its electricity needs since 2013. The financial instruments prove energy has been generated from a renewable source, even if the owner isn’t using it directly. Georgetown and other universities and businesses use RECs to invest in clean energy while powering their campuses with conventional grid-based electricity.

Now, as part of a 15-year agreement with regional solar plants, Georgetown will use more energy sourced directly from renewable-energy facilities. The deal will allow the school to purchase 100,000 megawatt-hours of electricity per year.

“This agreement is yet another step forward in a comprehensive set of commitments that Georgetown has made to ensure a sustainable future consistent with our broader mission of advancing the global common good,” Peter Marra, a professor and director of the Georgetown Environment Initiative, said in a statement.

The investment comes after Maryland’s secretary of the environment denied a permit last year for a solar farm that Georgetown wanted to build in rural Charles County. The project, which would have involved razing about 210 acres of trees, was opposed by local environmentalists who said the installation could endanger wildlife and threaten the Chesapeake Bay with pollution.

Under the new agreement, the electricity that Georgetown will purchase will come from solar plants in Maryland and New Jersey. The school will continue purchasing RECs from other providers of renewable energy.

Georgetown made another step toward its sustainability goals earlier this year when officials shared plans to divest from fossil fuel companies, in part because of the threat of climate change. Georgetown’s chief investment officer, Michael Barry, in February also cited the “volatile range of financial outcomes” that accompany investing in oil and gas companies.

The divestment was the result of a years-long campaign driven largely by students. The campus this year voted to support a student government referendum calling on the university to sever ties with fossil fuel companies by 2024, the campus newspaper, the Hoya, reported.

The university’s plan shows a complete divestment from fossil fuel companies over the next 10 years.

Victoria Boatwright, the president of the student-led Green Renewable Energy and Environmental Network said Thursday that the university’s recent efforts show progress.

The organization is “excited to see Georgetown continuing forward in pursuit of reducing our carbon emissions and decreasing our reliance on fossil fuels, and we were especially encouraged by administrators including students in this process,” Boatwright said in a statement.

In recent years, the campus in Northwest Washington also has launched academic programs focused on sustainability and has reduced its carbon footprint by more than 70 percent through purchasing RECs and modernizing its facilities, according to the university’s energy and climate plan.

Other campuses throughout the District have made similar commitments. In 2018, American University became the

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Peter Strzok Hired to Teach Counterintelligence at Georgetown University

Former FBI agent Peter Strozk has been hired by Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service, where he is currently teaching a course on counterintelligence.

Strzok was one of the lead agents on the Crossfire Hurricane probe, which investigated the 2016 Trump campaign on allegations of collusion with Russian operatives. Those allegations were largely based on information from Igor Danchenko, who was revealed in late September to be a suspected Russian spy.

The FBI fired Strzok after a series of text messages between him and agency lawyer Lisa Page, with whom he was having an extramarital affair, leaked to the press. In those messages, Strzok referred to then-candidate Trump as “a f***ing idiot” and attempted to reassure Page that Trump would not win the election, writing “No he won’t. We’ll stop it.”

Strzok has been hired by Georgetown as an adjunct professor at the foreign service school, of which Strzok is an alumnus. The former agent is teaching one course on “Counterintelligence and National Security.”

The seminar is “taught from a practitioner’s perspective,” according to the course description. “The course and graded material are designed to expose students to the type of issues and work they would be expected to perform as entry level professional employees within the U.S. intelligence community.”

Strzok sued the FBI and Justice Department in August 2019, accusing his former agency of terminating his employment under pressure from President Trump. However, the DOJ later slammed Strzok’s conduct while handling the Crossfire Hurricane probe.

“Your excessive, repeated, and politically charged text messages while you were assigned as the lead case agent on the FBI’s two biggest and most politically sensitive investigations in decades, demonstrated a gross lack of professionalism and exceptionally poor judgement,” the Justice Department stated in November 2019 . “Your misconduct has cast a pall over the FBI’s Clinton Email and Russia investigations and the work of the Special Counsel.”

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