Opinion

Summer Provides An Opportunity To See, Not Just Study

“So, how was your summer?” This is the question faculty and students will be asking one another this week. For faculty and increasingly for students, the answer isn’t expected to be about where you spent your vacation and what you did, but about what you learned and produced. Faculty, especially[Read More…]

by August 31, 2007 0 comments Commentary, Opinion

Real-World Experience Provides Real Education

Spring semester is quickly winding down. For freshmen, it must be a relief to be still standing, having survived the first demanding year of college. Piece of cake. Sophomores and juniors are looking forward to exciting summers — perhaps traveling or working, or maybe just staying at home or at[Read More…]

by April 24, 2007 0 comments Commentary, Opinion

Decades of Change at GU Are for The Better

I am one of the longest surviving Georgetown graduates serving on the faculty today. The differences between the Georgetown University of the 1960s and the university we see today could not be more striking, and the changes have all been for the best. In so many ways, Georgetown has gone[Read More…]

by April 13, 2007 0 comments Commentary, Opinion

Somebody Help Me, I Think I’m Becoming a Libertarian

Ages ago, when I was an undergrad at Georgetown, I was a content, optimistic liberal. Yes, there were lots of terrible problems in the world, but I thought governments could and should help solve them. Libertarians were anarchists in camouflage, for whom governments were the problem, not the solution. The[Read More…]

by March 27, 2007 0 comments Commentary, Opinion

Unjustified Lawsuit Threatens Free Speech

The lawsuit refuses to go away. A character named Bill Maniaci sued several Georgetown officials for $8 million in federal court last fall, alleging that he was manhandled during a controversial conference in spring 2006 (“PSM Attendee Files $8 Million Suit,” THE HOYA, Sept 22, 2006, A1). Today, the suit[Read More…]

by February 27, 2007 0 comments Opinion

Resign, Ms. Bryant

Most students will never come to know Margie Bryant during their time on the Hilltop. As with many university administrators, her work takes place largely behind the scenes and out of the public eye. But as the associate vice president for auxiliary services, Ms. Bryant oversees an office with broad[Read More…]

by February 27, 2007 0 comments Opinion

Tenure Track Isn’t Always Smooth, But It Works

Students at Georgetown — and at most universities — study with a variety of types of professors: tenured profs, tenure-track profs, visiting profs, distinguished profs in the practice of whatever, adjunct profs, administrator-profs and teaching assistants. What does it all mean? At the core of any university in the United[Read More…]

by February 27, 2007 0 comments Commentary, Opinion

Don’t Look to Iraq to Model Preventive Wars

It was reckless to engage in preventive war in Iraq. This is old news. But it raises four fundamental questions about the future of U.S. foreign policy that we must try to answer: Is preventive war ever justified? If so, under what circumstances? How can we, perhaps together with other[Read More…]

by February 6, 2007 0 comments Commentary, Opinion

Seeing the Hilltop From A Professor’s-Eye View

Have you ever wondered what it’s like lecturing to a room full of bright, often sleepy and sometimes skeptical students? I know professors seem omniscient, confident and in control. Well, don’t believe it. We know how smart Georgetown students are. We live in dread of a cheeky Hoya asking that[Read More…]

by January 23, 2007 0 comments Commentary, Opinion

Campus Groups Overshadow Hobbled GUSA

It’s all coming back to me now. For two years, I have tried hard to put the 2004 GUSA presidential election – and the very public controversy surrounding it – behind me. The disputed results of last week’s election, however, combined with some good old-fashioned senioritis, have led me to[Read More…]

by February 24, 2006 0 comments Opinion