In financial crisis, taking public transit pays
If there is any time to encourage the use of public transportation, it is now. With ridership at an all time high, the focus should be on keeping these new transit riders out of their cars, not encouraging them to return to their old ways. Plus, an investment in the nation’s crumbling transportation infrastructure will provide jobs in the short run and would encourage development in the long run, alleviating the effects of the economic downturn.
Ten more years
Imagine this: a library that can handle the masses of students who descend upon it during finals, a walk to Leo’s for lunch that does not involve constantly dodging vehicles left and right. These ideas could become reality if included in Georgetown’s next ten year campus plan, which will dictate how the University will grow over the next decade.
Georgetown could soon see some relief from its chronic traffic problems. A study by the District Department of Transportation, to be released by the end of the month, gives suggestions for how the neighborhood can better handle vehicles, pedestrians, and bicycles.
Biloxi, three years later
Biloxi is the cultural center of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, a region that has always been more New Orleans gumbo than Mississippi catfish. In fact, it was the original New Orleans, founded around twenty years before the Big Easy ever came into existence. It is a city settled by French, Croatians, Cajuns, and Vietnamese, a city that is proud of its Catholic heritage and cannot live without its Mardi Gras, a city where a po-boy is always lunch and no dinner is complete without French bread.
Three years ago, it was all swept from under my feet.
D.C. to fund another stadium?
With the new Washington Nationals’ stadium set to open next month, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty (D) has proposed using its surplus revenues to construct another arena for the only remaining resident of the aging Robert F. Kennedy stadium, Major League Soccer’s D.C. United.
Getting out the vote in D.C.
Neither rain, nor sleet, nor dark of night could keep devoted followers of democratic presidential candidates Senators Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) from stumping for their candidates during Tuesday’s Maryland, Virginia, and District of Columbia primary elections. Students did everything from canvassing neighborhoods throughout D.C. to standing outside precincts encouraging people to vote.
Stolen hard drive sparks campus concern
A non-encrypted hard drive containing the names and Social Security numbers of over 38,000 students, alumni, faculty and staff was reported stolen from the Student Affairs Office on the fifth floor of the Leavey Center on January 3. The University first notified students of the incident this past Monday, at first sending out an e-mail to potentially affected students, faculty and staff, then following with a campus-wide e-mail.
Saxa Politica: Secondhand smoke out
Whenever I leave Lauinger after laboring within its stuffy walls for hours, I look forward to the fresh air that should greet me as the sliding doors open. Instead, I have to cough my way out of the building due to the ever-present clusters of smokers.
Breaking barriers in journalism
Raghida Dergham caught her break as a journalist in 1979 when she interviewed President Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines. Looking down at her after the interview, he told her she could not make it as a journalist.
Saxa Politica: Let students see more syllabi
Pre-registration—that time of year when, for once, we plan for more than a few hours in advance. In choosing courses, students look at course titles, then move onto course descriptions and syllabi, which offer the most information about a class. However, many syllabi are notably absent. Students must have a course syllabus available to them at pre-registration in order to choose classes correctly.