Picture thousands of young people, all scrambling for a few golden tickets that will give them admission to the most fabulous spectacle in town, only to be shut out when the tickets are given to the kids who deserve them the least. You’re probably thinking of the wrong round orange objects—we’re talking basketballs, not Oompa-Loompa’s, and the most fabulous spectacle in this town doesn’t reside in Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, but rather the Verizon Center.
It’s the night your English final paper is due and you find yourself pacing the floors of Lauinger library searching for that one mysterious spot where wireless Internet might work. From cubicle to cubicle you hike, stop and check your connection. Nothing. It’s problems like this that make schoolwork unnecessarily difficult for Georgetown students struggling to get by on a campus that is a long way from being wireless, but which must become so to remain competitive.
On Aug. 30th, Mayor Anthony Williams made the disappointing decision to renew a seven-days-a-week 10 p.m. curfew for District residents 16 and under until Sept. 28th. The curfew, which is two hours earlier than under the old law, was passed as part of this summer’s crime emergency bill. While the recent spike in crime is troubling, this unneccessarily stringent curfew is an ineffective solution.
As the new academic year begins, six campus Protestant groups have been informed that their relationship with the University has been “terminated.” This intrusion into student autonomy not only blocks essential freedom of expression, but also severely cheapens the remarkable non-academic achievements of Georgetown students.
Last week the Food and Drug Administration approved over-the-counter sales of the “morning-after” contraceptive pill to women 18 and older. The University needs to take this opportunity to reevaluate its stance on the availability of birth control on the Hilltop.