Author: Michael Bruns

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Back in middle school there was always one kid on the baseball team with gangly legs too long for his body and ears too big for his head: that athletic disaster that you didn’t want to see come up to bat, even though you knew that everybody gets to play in Little League. Remember how that kid didn’t really want to get up to bat either? I was that kid, and I excelled more in the field of videogames than on a physical field.

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While the snow in front of student houses in Burleith and West Georgetown has built up into slick sheets of ice and nearly every street is glazed in a brownish mix of slush and dirt, the alleyway behind Riggs Bank on Wisconsin Ave. has remained pristine, as if snow had never fallen. At the end of that alleyway sits an overloaded shopping cart covered in plastic tarps. If you look closer, though many don’t, you can see the outline of a bundled-up old man leaning against it. His name is Nathanial Ust, and he prides himself on keeping his home clear of snow.

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Students on campus have shown support for a petition to increase the use of renewable energy on campus, even if the new environmentally-sound policy would necessitate a modest increase in tuition.

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Last weekend a friend of mine and I were throwing a pair of cowboy boots across the room at each other and a rogue shot knocked out my front tooth: about the worst possible thing that could happen in that situation. My friend begged my forgiveness with his head cradled in his hands, but I wasn’t concerned. I flashed him a broken grin and laughed, then pulled out the phone book and called a dentist. Problem solved. The lesson I learned from this was not to be more careful with my teeth, but that hockey players really don’t have it as bad as I’d thought.

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Tensions ran high and personal insults flew freely at a D.C. City Council public hearing yesterday on Mayor Adrian Fenty’s proposed takeover of the District’s public school system.

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Students will soon be able to throw a 12-pack into their carts at the Safeway on Wisconsin Ave. This month, the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Board granted the store a Class B liquor license, which allows the sale of beer and wine, but not hard alcohol.

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Although Georgetown residents have hired private security guards with cellphones and flashlights from Securitas Security Services for years, the neighborhood’s anti-crime presence is now stronger than ever before.

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After a semester’s worth of deliberation, Vice President for Student Affairs Todd Olson decided not to ban kegs, although he will limit events to one keg each starting next fall.

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Encore Development will offer buyers the opportunity to purchase condominums in the historic Wormley School on Prospect St. at the end of this month.

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