News Bytes: Levy Honored, Fraternity Controversy, New GU Center

Georgetown Heritage Honors Richard Levy 

Members and supporters of the non-profit Georgetown Heritage met in mid-September at the home of realtor Nancy Taylor Bubes and her husband Alan to celebrate the relaunch of the canal boat and the longtime dedication of Richard Levy. At the event, Board Chair of Georgetown Heritage Jennifer Romm announced that the canal boat was taking new riders and thanked Levy for “all that he has done and continues to do for Georgetown Heritage and the canal.” 

Critics Lambaste D.C.’s Suggested Delta Phi Epsilon Settlement 

A fraternity established at Georgetown University over 100 years ago is facing some trouble. Over two years ago, the D.C. attorney general’s office filed a civil complaint against Terrence J. Boyle, saying the GU grad’s close relationship with Delta Phi Epsilon’s Alpha Chapter house allowed him to assume control of the frat’s finances and management. He allegedly used the foundation funds to buy a house in Georgetown worth over $1 million. A recent settlement offer by Attorney General Brian Schwalb angered Delta Phi Epsilon brothers, as it limited Boyle’s involvement in the fraternity and foundation and forced him to repay some of the charitable assets. Fellow fraternity brothers called it a mere slap on the wrist. The attorney general’s office has since acknowledged concerns with the settlement and has since reopened negotiations. 

The former Delta Phi Epsilon frat house at 3401 Prospect St. NW, now a private home. Georgetowner photo.

Kitty Kelley Donates Thousands — Again 

The Georgetowner’s own Kitty Kelley, bestselling biographer, has given $100,000 to the non-profit Washington Independent Review of Books. With her donation, the organization can continue their mission “to share a love of reading freely and widely, to support full access to books of all kinds, and to introduce readers to authors they might not otherwise meet.” 

Kitty Kelley has donated generously to the Washington Independent Review of Books. Wikipedia photo.

Georgetown’s Center on Slavery Launches 

Georgetown marked the official launch of a new center that examines the history of slavery and its legacies in D.C., Catholic communities across the country, and the university itself. The interdisciplinary center will use creative projects, public programs and research. The opening of The Center for the Study of Slavery and Its Legacies opened earlier this month with a performance that brought stories of enslaved men, women, and children to light.  

To close out a ceremony celebrating the opening of GU’s new Center for the Study of Slavery, Rev. Ebony Grisom, director for Protestant Life, lights a candle. Courtesy GU.







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