Editorials

Letter to the Editor: GU’s commitment to migrant worker welfare in Qatar

Letter to the Editor: GU’s commitment to migrant worker welfare in Qatar

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02/23/2018

Since Georgetown’s founding in 1789, Catholic and Jesuit values have driven our educational mission, rooted in social justice, service to others, and the common good. Today, we have become a global community and are advancing these Jesuit values worldwide through research, teaching, and outreach. Our world faces a number of complex and consequential challenges. Georgetown…

Vote Nair/Rahman for GUSA executive

Vote Nair/Rahman for GUSA executive

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02/21/2018

This year’s GUSA executive election features another slate of lackluster tickets that fail to inspire excitement or address the apathy towards GUSA from the general student population. This campaign should be an opportunity to bring important student issues to the forefront of conversation on campus, but instead it repeatedly falls into the trading of empty…

Fin/App Must Not Repeat Funding Mistakes

Fin/App Must Not Repeat Funding Mistakes

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02/16/2018

This is the most important month of the year for most campus organizations. For two hectic weeks, tickets for GUSA executive compete in a campaign full of profile picture advertisements, nearly life-size posters, and candidate debates. But there are also other important decisions for the 2018-2019 academic year that will not occur on election day….

Georgetown Should Pay Reparations to the Descendants of the GU272

Georgetown Should Pay Reparations to the Descendants of the GU272

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02/16/2018

Maryland Jesuits sold 272 slaves to plantations in Louisiana In 1838, to keep Georgetown financially afloat. In recent years, the university administration has attempted to make amends with the descendants of the 272. In September 2016, the university’s Working Group on Slavery, Memory, and Reconciliation released its recommendations that the university formally apologize and offer…

Georgetown Must Make Tuition Affordable

Georgetown Must Make Tuition Affordable

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02/09/2018

Last month, the office of the provost emailed the Georgetown community to announce that tuition rates for the 2018-2019 academic year would be raised by 3.5 percent. Georgetown is just one of many colleges nationwide where the cost of attendance is steadily increasing out of proportion to inflation. The trend towards more expensive tuition is…

Time to Quit Qatar

Time to Quit Qatar

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02/09/2018

2018 marks the 13th  anniversary of the opening of Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q). Georgetown’s satellite campus in Doha is a joint partnership between the university and the Qatar Foundation. Although the Qatar Foundation bills itself as a private non-profit, Qatar’s ruling House of Thani holds three of its key leadership positions, and the U.S….

Don’t Forget Austin Tice

Don’t Forget Austin Tice

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01/26/2018

Austin Tice (SFS ‘02) is in his sixth year of imprisonment. A freelance journalist, Tice was one of the first on the ground reporting on the Syrian civil war in 2011, demonstrating incredible bravery by providing insight into one of the most dangerous conflicts in the world. In 2012, Tice was kidnapped. He is believed…

GUSA Candidates Cannot Ignore Vital Campus Issues

GUSA Candidates Cannot Ignore Vital Campus Issues

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01/26/2018

As GUSA elections approach, candidates for both the executive and senate will engage in advertising and discussions concerning a number of campus issues. This editorial board has written extensively about what we believe are the most prominent issues facing campus. In the spirit of promoting campus dialogue, we call on GUSA candidates to make the…

Trump’s El Salvador Decision Advances Inhumane Trend

Trump’s El Salvador Decision Advances Inhumane Trend

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01/17/2018

The Trump administration announced last week that it would end the government’s protections that have allowed certain Salvadorans to live in the United States without fear of deportation. These protections, created by the second Bush administration, allowed the U.S. to admit some 200,000 Salvadorans under the Homeland Security Department’s Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program  in the…

Georgetown Must Recognize Graduate Student Union

Georgetown Must Recognize Graduate Student Union

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01/17/2018

Last month, Georgetown University declined to voluntarily recognize the Georgetown Alliance of Graduate Employees (GAGE), a graduate student workers’ union. Over 50 percent of graduate student workers, or graduate students who work for the university, sometimes as a necessary part of their degree program, signed documents of support to create the formal union. However, Provost…

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