Last Thursday,Todd Olson agreed to student demands to repeal the one-keg restriction at campus parties, calling the measure a reasonable and promising approach to bringing student social life back onto campus. Though the keg ban was a misguided policy from the beginning, we applaud Olson’s decision to recognize the on-campus social scene.
Although Georgetown’s comparatively small endowment limits its ability to award financial aid, the shortfall is made up in federal aid in the form of Pell Grants, work-study, and student loans. Unfortunately, because of the deep discretionary spending cuts represented by the sequester, in the coming year Georgetown will suffer $117,417 in cuts…
As the nation reeled from the shock of last Monday’s Boston Marathon bombing, and even now as it begins to heal, American media sources have not only failed in their mission to keep the public informed, but also in their duty to simultaneously uphold the standard of decency and sensitivity towards victims required by such a tragedy.
Next Tuesday, April 23, D.C. residents will vote on whether to amend the District of Columbia Home Rule Act to allow the District government to spend local tax revenues without having to wait for congressional approval. The Voice Editorial Board emphatically urges a “Yes” vote on Proposed Charter Amendment VIII.
On the night of April 13, Dahlgren Chapel was broken into and vandalized. While the intruder has yet to be identified and the motive remains unclear, this sort of vandalism against the religious and historical heart of our University should be interpreted as nothing less than an attack on the entire Georgetown community.
Last Saturday, Alexandria’s City Council voted six to one to approve a contentious development project that will raze 2,500 affordable housing units and replace them with stores, offices, and 5,000 new apartments. Unfortunately, only 800 of these new units will be reserved for the existing low-income residents, uprooting thousands of families.
Last week, it was announced that NSO would not include a mandatory sexual assault workshop, as recommended by the GUSA Sexual Assault Working Group. Instead, there will be a voluntary discussion incorporated into the Welcome Week schedule, and sexual assault prevention elements will be added to the compulsory NSO Show and online AlcoholEdu program.
Last Thursday, Maryland’s legislature successfully passed one of the nation’s strictest gun control bills. When it is signed into law in the coming weeks, it will be an encouraging sequel to a similarly tough state bill signed into law in Connecticut last Thursday and certainly, a preview for serious gun control legislation at the federal level.
It’s no secret that one of the federal government’s priorities this year is overhauling the immigration system. And rightly so—as over 200 Georgetown students who demonstrated outside the Capitol Wednesday showed, our broken system is an issue that affects border states and Latino communities as well as bastions of relative privilege like the Hilltop.
In the coming weeks, Georgetown’s adjunct faculty members will vote to decide whether they should form a union. The election has been scheduled thanks to the efforts of the SEIU-Local 500, which, in conjunction with advocacy organization New Faculty Majority, has lobbied for the unionization of adjuncts in universities throughout the District.