The last few weeks have brought news of yet another rash of school shootings. However, the question still remains for the American public and our policymakers: What steps can we take as a nation to ensure that we are not confronted with stories of children killing children on the front page? Unfortunately, President Bush and his Education Secretary, Rod Paige, seem content to punt this issue away.
If the Senior Class Gift Committee is to be believed, the legacy of the roughly 1,550 members of the class of 2001 is not the dedication they’ve shown to their academics or extracurricular activities but the amount of cold hard cash they are able to plunk down for a few extra trees and shrubs to adorn a building they may never see.
The people have spoken. Well, 36 percent of the people have spoken, to be exact. Perhaps this still-low voter turnout reflects the campus opinion of the relatively “blah” nature of this year’s GUSA candidates. Yet the people who did vote did so overwhelmingly for Ryan DuBose (CAS ‘02) and Brian Walsh (CAS ‘02), so the voters must be saying something. We have something to say, too.
On Friday, Feb. 16, the president of the University of California, Richard C. Atkinson, proposed an end to the UC system’s requirement of SAT scores for admission. Atkinson’s bold move is a commendable attempt to refocus the college admissions process on achievement and to eliminate part of the socio-economic bias inscribed on admissions decisions.
The news was almost too unbelievable to comprehend at first: On February 9, an American submarine, practicing an emergency-surfacing maneuver off the coast of Hawaii, hit a Japanese fishing vessel on the way up, sinking the boat. The collision took the lives of nine aboard the Ehime Maru, including four Japanese high school students that were onboard.
Of the six tickets slated to run in the upcoming elections, we feel that the Bill Jarvis/Doug Herrema ticket comes closest to meeting our criteria for suitable executives. In relative terms, their platform is more evenly balanced between concrete proposals for improvement in student life and activities, measures for student government reform and a push for fuller representation of the student body by GUSA.
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.
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.
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.