Daily Archives: September 10, 2009
For the powerhouses of Major League Baseball, September holds some of the most important games of the season. But this year, as usual, it’s another meaningless month for the Washington Nationals. The beleaguered franchise has dwelled in the basement of the National League’s Eastern Division for its entire tenure in D.C. (and for most of its stay in Montreal), following occasional flickers of talent with spirit-crushing ineptitude. As the 17,000 who witnessed their 5-2 defeat at the hands of division leader Philadelphia this Tuesday can attest, the last-place Nats are abysmal.
After their difficult loss to Santa Clara last Sunday, the Georgetown women’s soccer team was able to rebound with a 1-0 victory over crosstown rival George Washington.
Although the assistant coach who told his players that they could report a set number hours each week is most to blame, we must question the competence of an athletic director who allowed seven years of such dishonesty to occur unnoticed. We hope that the interim athletic director, Daniel R. Porterfield, will no longer hire coaches who actively go against the often-quoted moral ideals of the University.
It is said that defense wins championships. The Georgetown men’s soccer team (1-1-1) has a stout defense, but going into Sunday’s home game against No. 19 UCLA, the Hoya offense had been struggling.
Among the options presented to Congress for making effective, affordable healthcare available to every American is the creation of a self-sustaining public option to compete with the insurance companies. A public option undoubtedly lies at the heart of any substantive healthcare reform package. Nonetheless, at this point in Obama’s presidency, it would be nothing short of an absolute disaster for the President (and future efforts at healthcare reform) if he were to fail to accomplish any reform at all.
Last week, news broke that Georgetown’s baseball program had committed major NCAA violations. Over a period of seven years the university unknowingly paid 26 players tens of thousands of dollars of unearned work-study pay, causing the NCAA to impose strict sanctions, including three years probation for the athletic department.
This coming Saturday, Georgetown football (0-1, 0-1 Patriot League) will host the first night game ever played on Multi-Sport Field against Lafayette at 6:00 p.m.
As one of only three top 25 universities without an independent paper, Georgetown deserves an autonomous news source. Once the suspension period ends, the University should allow The Hoya to go independent and should extend to it the same conditions stipulated in last year’s agreement. The paper should be allowed to keep its name and be distributed on campus, as it would have if it had been permitted to go independent this year.