Examine Motivation Behind Push for Progress

While Georgetown students are told that they can specialize in almost any imaginable combination of subjects, there is one course of study that they cannot avoid: competition. Students and faculty alike are in a constant state of agitation to remain a step ahead of the competition. We are all engaged[Read More…]

by February 9, 2010 0 comments Opinion

Working for Labor Justice

Georgetown has been at the forefront of an historic campaign for worker justice, worker rights and the legal accountability of corporations in Latin America. One year ago, Georgetown students and Honduran workers held a press conference in Red Square to demand that the university cut its licensing contract with Russell[Read More…]

by February 9, 2010 0 comments Opinion, Uncategorized

Bill Eases Loan Process

Last September, the House of Representatives passed the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009, which increased the maximum amount of Pell Grant awards and converts all federal student loans to a direct loan program. The Senate ought to pass this important piece of legislation, as it would make[Read More…]

by February 9, 2010 0 comments Opinion

Power Politics Tarnish GUSA Incumbent Bid

“In a perfect world, we wouldn’t have to go through those two weeks again.” Those were the words of incumbent Georgetown University Student Association Vice President Jason Kluger, who spoke of the campaign process in an interview with The Georgetown Voice blog Vox Populi. Unfortunately for Kluger and his running[Read More…]

by February 9, 2010 0 comments Opinion, Uncategorized

Confirming Faith After Haiti

Seven years ago this month, my 15-year-old cousin, Alex, was skiing with six of his classmates in the mountains east of Vancouver, Canada. The young skiers – bright students from a prep school in Calgary – were caught in an avalanche. All of them died. I flew to Alex’s funeral,[Read More…]

by February 4, 2010 0 comments Opinion

Three-Leaf Therapy: D.C.’s Marijuana Makeover

Thanks to the D.C. Council’s forward-thinking sensibility, reefer madness is (legally) coming to the District. The Council has recognized the utility of medical marijuana in light of strong evidence that it is a very effective drug in relieving symptoms associated with a wide range of medical issues, from chronic back[Read More…]

by February 2, 2010 0 comments Opinion

A Liberal Education

My former student sent me a recent column published in Newsweek by its editor, Jon Meacham, on “liberal education,” the basics of which the students are supposed to receive here at Georgetown. The trouble is that few know what those basics are. Meacham, is taken both by Sewanee College in[Read More…]

by January 22, 2010 0 comments Commentary, Opinion
Writing on the Wall for Obamacare Bill

Writing on the Wall for Obamacare Bill

The whole thing reads like a political fairy tale: In a race to fill the seat of the Liberal Lion of the Senate, in arguably the most Democratic state in the country, with the fate of Ted Kennedy’s lifelong legislative aspiration literally hanging in the balance, a Republican surges from[Read More…]

by January 22, 2010 0 comments News, Opinion

Obama One Year Later: Thumbs Up

**Pre-emptive Prize:** President Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize – an award that drew more domestic criticism than approval. *Thumbs Down* **Sound Advice:** Obama followed the guidance of U.S. military leaders in his calculated decision to authorize a surge of 30,000 troops in Afghanistan. *Thumbs Up* **Life Saver:** The[Read More…]

by January 22, 2010 0 comments Opinion

Cold Reception Alienates Guest

Georgetown’s Speech and Discussion Policy guides us in our approach to on-campus dialogue:”A university is many things; but central to its being is discourse, discussion, debate: the untrammeled expression of ideas and information. This discourse is carried on communally: We all speak and we all listen.” But we did not[Read More…]

by January 22, 2010 0 comments Opinion