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By Ella Mitchell, Staff Writer • April 22, 2024

Georgetown’s clock hand capers demand bulldog

Students who stole the hands of the clock tower on Georgetown University's iconic Healy Hall are asking for the school's five-month-old bulldog in return. Photo courtesy of Patrickneil under Creative Commons License

After the hands of the clock that sits atop Georgetown University’s Healy Hall went missing last week, the supposed thieves are demanding a trade.

The proposed swap? Hands for paws.

The price for the safe return of the clock hands is Georgetown’s mascot-in-training, a five-month-old bulldog, according to a poem posted Thursday to, signed by “Reaper, Goliath and Juliet” – the capers’ pseudonyms.

“We’ll give you a ‘hand’ if you’re willing to trade
/ for a campus celebrity who has recently made
/ quite the build up for just a little pup,” the poem read.

The bulldog – named Jack Jr. – came to Georgetown last month, prepping to take over as the Hoyas’ sixth mascot after Jack the Bulldog injured his left leg.

The Georgetown campus was abuzz last week after the clock hands were taken April 30. The university is investigating who stole the clock hands, according to the student newspaper The Hoya.

Reaper, Goliath and Juliet had also e-mailed Georgetown’s student magazine The Voice on Wednesday claiming to send the clock hands “to Vatican City to receive the blessing of Pope Benedict XVI.”

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