: News

Filed Under:

Protesters At Georgetown University Chain Selves To Statue

Play associated audio
Three Georgetown students have chained themselves to a statue of the school's founder, Bishop John Carroll. They are protesting the school's policies towards reproductive rights.
David Schultz
Three Georgetown students have chained themselves to a statue of the school's founder, Bishop John Carroll. They are protesting the school's policies towards reproductive rights.

By David Schultz

The students have three demands: they want access to contraception on campus, comprehensive sex education, and they want the university to formally recognize their abortion-rights group, Hoyas for Choice.

Campus police officers are on the scene because the statue is outside the school's "designated free speech" area. Police officers say their strategy is to wait the students out. But Erica Slates, a Georgetown senior who's acting as their spokesperson, says that could take a while.

"I do know the students who are chained and I know that they are incredibly committed people," she says. "So I'm not sure that's going to work out."

In a letter sent earlier this week, school administrators said they won't recognize Hoyas For Choice because the group does not conform to "Catholic and Jesuit traditions."

NPR

Costume Designer Colleen Atwood Took Unlikely Path To Hollywood Royalty

Oscar-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood knows tough times. A single mom at 17 who once worked at a French fry factory to make ends meet is Hollywood royalty today. A favorite of director Tim Burton, Atwood is now costume designer for his adaptation of the darkly comic, Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children and the upcoming Harry Potter prequel, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
NPR

Carnegie Deli Says It Is Closing Down Its Landmark NYC Restaurant

As news of the closing rippled far beyond the deli's home turf in Manhattan Friday, hundreds of people responded with sadness and disbelief.
NPR

The VA Will Now Pay For Fertility Treatment For Wounded Vets

Congress has reversed a law passed in 1992 that prohibited the Department of Veterans Affairs from paying for IVF for veterans and their families, after mounting political pressure.
NPR

The United Nations Is Launching A Space Mission

The U.N. is planning to send its first spacecraft into orbit, packed with scientific experiments from countries that can't afford their own space programs.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.