Author Archives: Michael Bruns
Throngs of bystanders took a few minutes out of their afternoons last Monday to watch as the roof of the Georgetown Branch of the D.C. Public Library collapsed in on itself amidst tongues of flames and jets of water. The three-alarm fire, the second of the day after the blaze that destroyed Eastern Market, required 200 firefighters to subdue it.
Reynold Urias (COL’10), who goes by the name Rei Sairu, moved out of his Harbin room on Tuesday under the unwavering watch of Lorenzo Caltagirone, an area coordinator for the Office of Residence Life. Sairu said he underwent a psychiatric evaluation on Monday after the University received word that he had made a threatening comment regarding Virginia Tech, and that he is no longer allowed on campus. Sairu will finish the rest of his classes while living off-campus.
Georgetown faculty and staff in the Harris administrative building were rudely surprised yesterday morning to learn that a driverless D.C. Circulator bus left an employee injured after it rolled backward and knocked a large hole through the wall of the first floor. The Harris building, located near the intersection of Wisconsin Ave and 35th St., houses a variety of University administrative offices.
In response to concerns about its own human rights record, Yahoo! announced a $1 million donation last Thursday to the SFS’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, establishing an eight-year fellowship on the intersection of Internet technology and human rights.
One Georgetown law student is accusing the Law Center of practicing cafeteria Catholicism – picking and choosing which Church dogma to uphold.
After finishing my last paper of freshman year, I decided to go for a walk at night to celebrate my new freedom. It was a simple walk through Georgetown, a route I often took to go see movies on K Street, but that night the pedestrian became glorious, the uncomfortable became terrifying and the everyday neighborhood looked like something out of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. I was listening to Radiohead in the fog.
While office managers nationwide find themselves forced into the role of bookies and even the baristas at Starbucks become basketball experts when March Madness rolls around, you won’t see Roy Hibbert, Jeff Green or any other NCAA athlete participating in the betting pools that have become a national pastime. Even athletes who play sports other than basketball run the risk of losing their eligibility for the rest of the year if they fill out a bracket.
A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled last Friday that the D.C. gun restrictions are unconstitutional, overruling a previous decision by D.C. District Court.
Though the protests against Provost and former president-elect Jane Fernandes have subsided, Gallaudet University is still suffering from the long-term effects of last fall’s student strike. The country’s only deaf university may soon lose its accreditation from the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, the same organization that evaluates and accredits Georgetown.