Opinion

Tidings From Georgetown’s Student Leaders

After a long, quiet summer here on campus, we can’t tell you how exciting it has been watching this place come back to life over the last few weeks. As student body president and vice president, we want to take this opportunity to update you on what GUSA has been[Read More…]

by September 23, 2008 0 comments Opinion

There’s Nothing Juicy About It

With JuicyCampus.com spreading through Georgetown, there are no winners on the Hilltop. Juicy Campus is a dangerous and undesired element, a cancer to our community, and action needs to be taken against its potential to do harm to our school. The Web site allows anyone to anonymously post gossip about[Read More…]

by September 19, 2008 0 comments Editorial, Opinion

Saving Homeless Shelter Takes More Than Magic

In the winter of 2001, five homeless adults died of hypothermia on the streets of Washington, D.C. One man, Jesus Blanco, a 43-year-old Salvadoran immigrant, was discovered 50 yards from the entrance to La Casa shelter, where he had been thrown out earlier that night. At the time, D.C.’s only[Read More…]

by September 16, 2008 0 comments Opinion

SCHALL: On Not Being an ‘Algebra Problem’

Years ago, a friend, now dead for many years, gave me a copy of “The Letters of Evelyn Waugh.” I picked this book up the other day. On the inside cover, she had written a note. It reads: “As Flannery [O’Connor] says: ‘Don’t make an algebra problem out of this[Read More…]

by September 5, 2008 0 comments Opinion

How College Can Change You if You’re Open-Minded

Dear Freshmen (and everyone else, but especially freshmen): So, here you are, newly arrived in Washington, D.C., at a college. Amazing thing, a college. A self-contained community with janitors, sports teams, doctors, counselors, cooks, police, etc., all for the benefit of a faculty whose main role in society is to[Read More…]

by August 22, 2008 0 comments Opinion

Cheers and Jeers for 2007-2008

Cheers to new MSB building   A common theme we’ve harped on this year is Georgetown’s constant lack of adequate space for its students, but there is a beacon of hope growing next to the Leavey Center: the new home of the McDonough School of Business.   The building has[Read More…]

by May 16, 2008 0 comments Opinion

SCHALL: Idealism Root of Political Problems

Plato was 40 years old (388 B.C.), as he tells us in his “Seventh Letter.” The Peloponnesian War had ended in 404. The Greek colony of Syracuse on Sicily was in the ascendancy. Along with Sparta, Syracuse was the victor in the infamous war launched by Athens, under the prodding on by[Read More…]

by January 18, 2008 0 comments Opinion

At Home and Abroad, Problems Plague Next President

I was walking across campus last week and noticed the leaves on the magnificent elm tree in front of White-Gravenor starting to turn yellow. The thought occurred to me that by the time those leaves begin to turn yellow next year, so much will have changed. It is often possible[Read More…]

by December 7, 2007 0 comments Commentary, Opinion

Book Writing an Addiction for Professors

Well, I just finished another book. “Finished” is a bit of a euphemism, since I really only finished a draft that is now ready be read by my peers — hopefully without embarrassing me too seriously. But that is really the key milestone in producing a book — having a[Read More…]

by November 9, 2007 0 comments Commentary, Opinion

Missing a Foggy Day in London

LONDON — I write this column from London, where I am spending six days between classes, giving several presentations on my books and current research. And indulging in a bit of nostalgia. Three decades ago, I was ending a seven-year stint here doing my graduate studies at the London School[Read More…]

by October 26, 2007 0 comments Commentary, Opinion