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

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

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

Charging for Credibility: The Future of Online News

Readers of The New York Times in 2011 will need a debit or credit card to access much of the newspaper’s online content. What is most surprising about this change is that it did not come sooner, for instituting an online subscription system will allow the Times to survive financially[Read More…]

by January 22, 2010 0 comments Opinion

Lost in Translation, Late Grades Spur Confusion

If you’re planning to study abroad this semester, you’ve made progress. You’ve finished studying, conquered finals and returned home to begin your packing. You’ve had five semesters of your foreign language – and have purchased a pocket dictionary in case it fails you. You’re all set to travel to unknown[Read More…]

by January 16, 2010 0 comments Editorial, Opinion