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EDITORIAL: Our Closing Thoughts

April 28, 2017 at 5:30 am 0 comments

In an eventful year for the university, Washington, D.C., and nation, topics from the protection of free speech to ensuring affordability to the basketball program to the university’s role in the current political landscape predominated campus dialogue. As the editorial board reflects on these issues, one thing is clear: ItRead More

EDITORIAL: Value Faculty, Protect Union

April 21, 2017 at 2:00 am 0 comments

Georgetown’s original collective bargaining agreement with the Service Employees International Union Local 500 is set to expire June 30. Since the contract was first ratified in October 2014, adjunct professors — who are more professionally and economically vulnerable than full-time tenured faculty — have seen improvements in compensation and newRead More

EDITORIAL: Support Hammock Initiative

April 21, 2017 at 1:30 am 3 comments

Georgetown Students for More Hammocks, a student-led movement for more hammocks on campus, began last semester with an ethics project in professor Jason Brennan’s “Moral Foundations of Market Society” class in the McDonough School of Business. With the assignment to, “do something good with $1,000,” a group of eight studentsRead More

EDITORIAL: Security Merits Scrutiny

April 11, 2017 at 3:00 am 0 comments

A new university policy gives the Georgetown University Police Department sole discretion over security costs. This policy will prove detrimental to groups that shoulder the financial burden of these events, to students whose Student Activity Fee is unduly allocated to these costs and to the community that will be potentiallyRead More

EDITORIAL: GUSA Senate Reform Will Bolster Representation

April 11, 2017 at 2:00 am 2 comments

After December’s unsuccessful referendum to replace the Georgetown University Student Association senate with a new assembly, some may balk at another vote aimed at GUSA senate reform. But the initiative up for election April 25 to 27 represents welcome — and necessary — change to a system struggling to betterRead More

EDITORIAL: Resources Over Restriction

April 7, 2017 at 3:00 am 1 comment

Between a funding cut and a potential university-led crackdown, Georgetown Day — a time-honored campus tradition since 2000 — may be in trouble. University concerns over excessive noise and class disruption have led the celebration to be scrutinized by the faculty, who created a committee last fall dedicated to “evaluatingRead More

EDITORIAL: Ease International Tradition

April 7, 2017 at 1:41 am 0 comments

On Monday, University President John J. DeGioia issued a statement affirming Georgetown’s commitment to its international students: “Ours is a global community — one made stronger by our religious and international diversity.” DeGioia’s stance is a testament to the fact that international students form the essential fabric of the university,Read More

EDITORIAL: Inclusion of Descendants Integral to Reconciliation

April 4, 2017 at 5:30 am 0 comments

In the words of the report commissioned last summer by Georgetown’s Working Group on Slavery, Memory and Reconciliation, “Ultimately, reconciliation requires relationship.” Since Georgetown publicly acknowledged its profit from an 1838 sale of 272 slaves to a Louisiana plantation, the university has promised to engage the descendants of the slavesRead More

EDITORIAL: Build Coalitions Through Effective Advocacy

April 4, 2017 at 4:00 am 0 comments

Following the mold of the Black Leadership and Latinx Leadership forums, 15 students launched the Asian-Pacific Islander Leadership Forum on March 19 to champion their community’s interests at Georgetown. Even without formal recognition from the university, the group’s contribution to the university’s cultural ecosystem underscores the power of student mobilization.Read More

EDITORIAL: Rankings Prove Insufficient

March 31, 2017 at 3:30 am 0 comments

For those who view rankings as a barometer for a university’s excellence, the past year has yielded mixed results at Georgetown. On one hand, the university’s record-high application season yielded a record-low acceptance rate of 15.4 percent, admitting a full percentage point less than the average acceptance rate of theRead More