Author Archives: Holly Tao
Although Georgetown announced this week that it would increase the aid it gives to undergraduate veterans fivefold, veterans’ advocates on campus say the new aid package is still not effective in controlling the cost of a Georgetown education.
The account that funds the Georgetown University Transportation Services bus services on Saturday nights and Sundays is almost completely depleted, leaving the Georgetown University Student Association and the Student Activities Commission, whose Alumni Gift Account have funded the service for the past four years to question whether the service should be continued and, if so, where sustainable founding for it can be found.
The Hoya has decided to postpone independence for at least one year for financial reasons, according to Kevin Barber (COL ’11), the chair of The Hoya’s Board of Directors. Barber said that “the additional expenses we’d incur going independent” had affected their decision. “Like all papers, we’ve experienced declines in revenue,” Barber said.
Burleith Citizens Association President Lenore Rubino recently sent out an e-mail to the Burleith listserv with a two-pronged solution for noise violations and general student misconduct: submitting complaints about student residents to a new BCA-run database and calling 911 to report loud parties.
Todd M. Thomas, 24, was sentenced to 26 years in prison last Friday after a D.C. Superior Court jury found him guilty of 11 separate crimes, including burglary and assault of Georgetown students. While some local media outlets, including the Washington Post and Saxaspeak, identified Thomas as the “Georgetown Cuddler,” the victims in Thomas’s case were male and Thomas has not been found to be connected to other cases of sexual assault on and near Georgetown’s campus.
The Fire This Time, the University’s self-described “students of color news magazine,” hit the newsstands Tuesday after a year-long hiatus. Since the paper’s last issue in spring 2009, its editors have worked to revamp the paper in a University class entitled “The Fire This Time Workshop,” taught by Professor Athelia Knight. The Fire was founded in the spring of 2000 following two ethnicity-centered attacks on Georgetown student. The new publication looked to provide another outlet for voices on minority issues.
Georgetown graduates looking for jobs in the midst of the recession had less luck than their recent predecessors, according to a report released by the Georgetown Career Center on Tuesday. The percentage of graduates reporting employment within six months of graduation fell from 62 percent in 2008 to 57 percent in 2009, while the number of graduates still seeking employment rose from seven to 12 percent.
A $6.9 million grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology will allow Georgetown to proceed with construction of its new science building—which has been on hold since 2008 thanks to the recession—and has given the project a deadline: 2012.