With the passing of the one year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street inevitably come pronouncements on the significance and relevance of the movement. Conservatives have forcefully condemned it to what one famous Bolshevik once termed the “dustbin of history,” while sympathetic liberals have celebrated it for reintroducing economic inequality back into American political discourse.
On Sept. 10, roughly 26,000 Chicago public school teachers could walk off their jobs in the city’s first teachers strike in 25 years. The union has already issued a 10-day strike notice, so if ongoing negotiations don’t result in a fair contract, a strike is likely. While many hope a fair contract can be reached soon, a strike on the part of the teachers would be more than justified.
Never before has the United States occupied a sovereign country for as extended a period of time as it has Afghanistan. That’s quite a record for a country with an imperialist tradition as rich as our own. And yet, a war has perhaps never received such scant attention in an election cycle as Afghanistan does today.
In a well-functioning democracy, it would seem that a high-ranking public official passing on sensitive information to the industry which he or she is in charge of regulating would cause an immense political scandal—especially when the official in question is leaking information to a top advisor of one of the major presidential candidates.
The Adiós Uribe coalition, a group that has been calling for the dismissal of former Colombian President Álvaro Uribe from his position as a Distinguished Scholar in the Practice of Global Leadership at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, protested once again in Red Square on Wednesday afternoon as Uribe led a guest lecture in the Bunn Intercultural Center. Citing his poor human rights record, several activists and Georgetown professors congregated at a bench in front of the White Gravenor patio.
On Tuesday night, just two days after the Metropolitan Police Department made its first drug-related arrest on Georgetown’s campus since 2005, another resident of Harbin Hall, Kelly Baltazar (COL ’14), was arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. Baltazar was arrested on Tuesday after the Department of Public Safety notified members of the Narcotics and Special Investigations Division of MPD that she was “selling marijuana on the Georgetown campus."
In January 2011, Georgetown professors will likely see a 1.5 percent increase in their salaries as part of the new five-year faculty salary plan proposed by the Main Campus Planning Committee in early October. The plan’s enactment is dependent on approval from the Provost and the Board of Directors. Last spring, the Main Campus Planning Committee, which reports to the Provost and Board of Directors, proposed no salary increases for faculty and staff for fiscal year 2011.
Every ten years, Georgetown needs to be reaccredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Although the University must meet all of Middle States’ 14 “characteristics of excellence,” Georgetown is never really in danger of losing its accreditation.
In the Sept. 30 article "Georgetown faculty salary growth stalled," the Voice quoted Professor Julia Lamm as saying President John DeGioia's salary had increased by two percent. In fact, his salary did not increase, but his total compensation package increased 42 percent from the previous year.
Although it received funding from a diverse group of sources when it re-started in 2008, the Georgetown Academy ran out of funds last semester and had to stop production. Now, after a six-month hiatus, the University’s only student-run Catholic newspaper is back—thanks in no small part to its writers’ willingness to help fund it out of pocket.