Author Archives: Kate Mays
You might say Brian Kesten (COL ’10) is on a mission from God. He certainly would. One night in early October 2007, Kesten was lying in bed praying before he fell asleep. His nightly ritual of reading scripture and reflecting in prayer usually calms him down at the end of the day and allows him […]
With the Inauguration less than a week away, a plethora of issues press on everybody’s minds—where to go to the bathroom, how to get around the city, whether or not cell phones will work, and if it will be worth braving the cold to stand on the Mall with millions of people for a chance […]
Finally, somebody said it: “This personal GUSA [Senate] bullshit is stupid,” GUSA President Pat Dowd (SFS ‘09) said Tuesday when I asked what he thought of the GUSA vs. Student Activities Commission showdown, adding, as he threw up his arms, “It’s aggravating me … It’s a sideshow.” Security, Dowd continued, is not a sideshow. Recently, […]
On Saturday night, a diminutive sophomore was walking home from a Halloween party by herself. When she reached the end of Prospect Street, a male Georgetown student jumped out in front of her and began yelling obscenities. She remembers him calling her a “hot piece of shit.” He reached behind her, grabbed her behind, and […]
At the end of last year, the Student Activities Commission notified nine clubs that shared three offices on the Leavey Center’s fourth floor that their space was being taken away.
After Kathrin Verestoun (SFS `11) watched her norovirus-infected roommate vomit all over their room last week, it took her a while to muster the faith to trust Leo O’Donovan Dining Hall again. But on Sunday night, out of Flex dollars and short on cash, Verestoun decided to brave Leo’s once more.
I am not going to pay my floor funds this year. I shouldn’t have to fork over $10 to $25 to pay for “community-building activities” that I probably won’t attend, nor should any other student.
Before James Kelly (COL ’09) became vice president of the Student Association, he ticked off a lot of people at an open forum following last fall’s bias incident when he argued that the school wouldn’t have proposed a resource center had a straight male been assaulted. While true, Kelly’s hypothetical entirely missed the point that the incident was a hate crime. So when Kelly came into office as Pat Dowd’s (SFS ‘09) VP, there was lingering resentment toward the ticket from certain campus groups, particularly GU Pride.
What do the numbers 9, 23 and 76 have in common? They’re all rankings Georgetown has received recently. College counselors surveyed by U.S. News and World Report ranked Georgetown ninth, tied with seven other schools; the actual U.S. News ranking kept the University in its 23 spot; and Forbes, the newcomer in this year’s ranking bonanza, sent Georgetown crashing down to 76, behind the likes of Wabash College (12) and Kalamazoo College (57). No, I haven’t heard of them either.
I’ll admit that, upon first hearing about GUSA President Pat Dowd’s (SFS ‘09) ambitious $40,000 Summer Fellows program, which would give 20 students free summer housing so that they could pursue unpaid internships that would be otherwise unavailable, I was skeptical. Given the interminable amount of time it takes most collaborative initiatives at Georgetown to get off the ground—former GUSA President Ben Shaw (COL ‘08) spent almost a year trying to get free newspapers on campus—the apparent ease with which Dowd and Vice President James Kelly (COL ‘09) were approved for funding (on April 14) and released a GUSA Summer Fellows application (April 15) was both surprising and commendable. The feat, however, would have been impossible without the cooperation of the GUSA Senate.