As the new first-years arrive this week and move in, signs are posted on dorm doors designating where each new member of the Georgetown community has moved from. Within hours of arrival, students meet others from competely different religious, economic and ethnic backgrounds. For some, it will be the first time that they have encountered anyone much different from themselves.
The celebration from last spring following the passage of SB 205?the Anti-Discrimination Act of 2001, which prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation in housing, employment and public accommodation?has become short-lived after the announcement that a coalition of conservative religious and political leaders garnered enough signatures to bring the bill to a state-wide referendum in 2002. Sadly, what was viewed as a step forward for the equal rights of gays will now revert to a tug-of-war battle between special interest groups on both sides of the political spectrum. Similar protections offered to other minority groups remain unavailable to individuals who identify themselves as homosexual or bisexual.
President Bush spent the summer the way he probably wanted to: out of the limelight and trying to get business done. Unfortunately, for a president without a national mandate, this is not effective politics. It showed early in the summer, as a New York Times poll had Bush’s approval rating hovering near 50 percent. While…
Father Leo J. O’Donovan, S.J. is leaving us. Unlike many of the high-level administrators who have departed recently or will be departing shortly, O’Donovan will be moving on to a quieter life. It’s no wonder he needs a rest, though, in his 12-year tenure, he has worked hard. It seems fitting to take a look back at what O’Donovan will leave behind from his administration.
Since 1963, there has not been a single execution of a federally-convicted death-row inmate. The scheduled execution of Timothy McVeigh on May 16 in Terre Haute, Ind., however, will break that streak. Without even addressing arguments for or against capital punishment, the administration of McVeigh’s sentence is generating an inordinate amount of controversy.
Last Thursday, with support from the Bush White House, Representatives in the House passed a bill granting legal protection to the human fetus by establishing new criminal penalties for anyone who injures or harms a fetus while committing another federal offense. The bill is known as the Unborn Victims of Violence Act.
In any healthy relationship, there must be give-and-take, yielding and proceeding. In its March 29 decision not to raise Georgetown’s enrollment above the 1990 cap of 5,627 undergraduate students, the Board of Zoning Adjustment revealed its unwillingness to yield and, consequently, its refusal to enter into a partnership with an institution that has an essential…
President Bush’s press secretary, Ari Fleischer, told reporters last week that the President had declared an environmental “theme week,” not unlike his earlier “theme weeks” related to spirituality and the economy. This Marriott Food Services-approach to governance does have its benefits for the nation; as part of this “theme week,” the President announced a series…
What do whales, ozone, sweatshop workers and the prison industrial complex have in common? More than you might think. Protestors at a recent free trade summit in Quebec drew fire for lacking a coherent message. The protestors, critics said, had only one thing in common: protesting. The critics point to protestors who don’t really know…
Let us be the latest voice to bemoan the loss of Joey Ramone, who died of cancer on Sunday at age 49. Ramone will be forever remembered as the lead singer of seminal New York City punk band, The Ramones, who could fairly be credited with introducing the sound of punk rock to the world and thereby changing the course of popular music history forever. It wasn’t that the members of The Ramones were particularly talented, but they were the catalysts that launched punk rock into the mainstream.