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Answered Prayers: The New Observance Policy

At the heart of Georgetown’s mission statement is a commitment not only to preserve the university’s Catholic and Jesuit heritage, but to allow for “serious and sustained discourse among people of different faiths, cultures and beliefs.” This commitment, of course, helps make Georgetown the culturally-rich community that it is. Nevertheless,[Read More…]

by January 9, 2009 0 comments Uncategorized

Debug University Information Services

Do you know where the office of University Information Services is located? No, not the UIS Help Desk – by now, everyone on campus probably at least knows someone who has brought a malfunctioning computer to the inconvenient St. Mary’s Hall location. To find the office out of which UIS[Read More…]

by December 5, 2008 0 comments Uncategorized

First Things First: GU Must Address the Lauinger Problem

Times are tough and getting tougher. Amidst a faltering economy and bleak job market, we all have had to scale back in one way or another. Within the Georgetown community, we have seen this crisis play out in a few different ways. The university endowment fund has depreciated. Hundreds, if[Read More…]

by December 5, 2008 0 comments Uncategorized

Stop Charging Extra for Experience Abroad

The Office of International Programs must start playing fair. For students who have not yet undergone the harrowing logistical process that is study abroad, all study-abroad students pay exactly the same tuition – for the 2008-2009 academic year, that would be $18,768 per semester. While this price makes sense if[Read More…]

by November 25, 2008 0 comments Uncategorized

A Time for Transparency: The Endowment in Crisis

Boston College’s endowment fund stands at about $1.75 billion. The University of Notre Dame: $7 billion. Harvard University: $37 billion. Georgetown University: $964 million and falling, as of Sept. 30. The billion-dollar question is: What’s happening with the endowment now? The size of the university endowment has long been a[Read More…]

by November 25, 2008 0 comments Uncategorized

Don’t Stop at Gmail

Georgetown has recently taken important steps to ensure that it provides up-to-date technology for students and faculty. University Information Services formed plans to switch the e-mail system to Gmail and this past week, InterHall conducted a survey on students’ wireless Internet preferences. But the university should not stop at fixing[Read More…]

by November 21, 2008 0 comments Uncategorized

Leo’s Management Misses Mark

Last week, The Hoya reported that O’Donovan Hall was cited with seven violations by the District of Columbia Department of Health in an October report (Nov. 14, 2008, A1). To put this figure in perspective, consider this: Since Leo’s opened in 2003, this is the highest number of violations it[Read More…]

by November 21, 2008 0 comments Uncategorized

Spread the Blame for Proposition 8 Passage

On Election Day, while racial barriers were falling and long-held political assumptions were being overturned, a majority of Californians voted to constitutionally ban same-sex marriage in their state. In the following two weeks, the passage of Proposition 8 has sparked a number of large protests, including one held last Saturday[Read More…]

by November 18, 2008 0 comments Uncategorized

Basketball Season Tickets Should Have More Bang for the Buck

In a few short days, the long-anticipated men’s basketball season will tip off at the Verizon Center when the Hoyas face off against Jacksonville. Thousands of students will be pouring out of Georgetown and into the streets of D.C. But this year’s trek to Verizon Center will be more expensive[Read More…]

by November 14, 2008 0 comments Uncategorized

SAC Would Help Itself and Hoyas With More Transparency

Every semester, students pay a mandatory $50 student activities fee, and students have a right to know how that money is spent. While the Student Activities Commission is made up of students, it is neither formally accountable to the student body nor are most students aware of its decision-making process.[Read More…]

by November 14, 2008 0 comments Uncategorized