Editorials

Hail to the chief

By:
02/22/2001

The recent appointment of John J. DeGioia to the position of University President is encouraging. If Georgetown is serious about its mission to truly become one of the world’s foremost universities, it cannot simply be content with being the best Catholic school in America. DeGioia’s appointment offers a tentative sign that the Board of Directors understands that secularizing the University need not ruin its Jesuit identity.

Hypocrisy on the hill

By:
02/15/2001

In a typical election cycle, fundraising activity among members of Congress is fairly quiet following the presidential election. The first few months of the new term are generally a time of much-needed respite for the members after the grueling scramble to raise funds for the campaign trail. Yet despite the fact that the 2000 elections were more tiresome than most elections in years past, this post-election period has seen little slowing of fundraising activity.

Leaving Lorton

By:
02/15/2001

Lorton Correctional Complex, a medium and maximum security prison in suburban Virginia, is on its way to a projected December closure, leaving the city with no prison in the metropolitan area. Bi-weekly bus trips take the once-7,200 inmates to new facilities elsewhere?such as Virginia, Ohio, New York and New Mexico?which are a mixture of federal, state and private institutions with which the city has contracted.

Cheque this out

By:
02/15/2001

This weekend is Senior Parents’ Weekend. The Senior Class Committee has extended the invitation to parents of seniors to “take part in some of the events that they have enjoyed during their years at Georgetown.” The primary event, however, appears to be parting with a large sum of money in exchange for inclusion in the weekend’s activities.

Pop goes the weasel

By:
02/08/2001

Bush’s transformation of his faith-based social service initiative from campaign promise to reality is far from a political jack-in-the-box. It is not surprising that the man who nominated John Ashcroft?who engendered charitable choice with the 1996 Welfare Reform Act?would maintain his commitment to funneling federal dollars to religious organizations. Simply because Bush’s plan should not shock Americans does not mean, however, that it should not frighten them.

Service with a smirk

By:
02/08/2001

A bureaucratic miscommunication, a confusing ballot and now, a vote under a cloud. Sure, that is a typical November in Palm Beach County, but unless questions are answered about last Friday’s student activities funding referendum, it could also describe a February in Georgetown. What went wrong? Who is to blame? What should this mean to the fate of a proposal slated to go before the Board of the Directors in less than a month?

Take me home tonight

By:
02/08/2001

Last week a Georgetown student was robbed at gunpoint just three blocks off-campus at 9:30 p.m. While this is an extremely alarming crime, it also brings into question what steps the University is taking to protect students’ safety, especially in regard to the SafeRides service.

Act locally (vote!)

By:
02/01/2001

We urge the student body to show their strong support for the student activities funding referendum that will be voted on this Friday. One of the glaring weaknesses of Georgetown University is its funding of student life. While the university is comprised of 6,200 undergraduate students, the equivalent of 12 students’ total cost to attend…

Think globally

By:
02/01/2001

The findings issued by a panel of 150 scientists from 99 nations at a U.N. conference on global warming in Shanghai last week should strike fear into the heart of every human on the planet. The scientists unanimously predicted that the average temperature of the Earth could rise by as much as 10.4 degrees over…

Politics of unity

By:
01/25/2001

In Saturday’s inaugural address, George W. Bush promised to work to build a single nation of justice and opportunity. The stated reason that this goal was attainable was not Bush’s deftness as a conciliating force, but the fact that “we are guided by a power larger than ourselves who creates us equal in His image.”…

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