On October 1, Congress passed a law that will require the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority to allow any cell phone service provider to operate within the Metrorail system. Currently, only Verizon Wireless customers receive service in the Metro because Verizon built WMATA’s emergency communications network in 1993.
D.C.’s September 9 primary elections should have been simple. Many of the races for the D.C. City Council were uncontested, and less than 14 percent of D.C.’s registered voters cast ballots. But the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics still managed to bungle the job, and the ineptitude they demonstrated raises serious questions about whether they will be able to handle the far greater challenge of overseeing the November 4 general election.
The Georgetown University Student Association Senate voted 24 to zero with four abstentions to approve the $310,000 Student Activities budget for next year, allowing GUSA President Pat Dowd (SFS ’09) and Vice President James Kelly (COL ’09) to go ahead with their Summer Fellows program. Representatives of the six funding boards and GUSA drew up the budget at the Funding Board meeting last Wednesday.
At last night’s annual funding meeting, Georgetown University Student Association President Pat Dowd (SFS ’09) and Vice President James Kelly’s (COL ’09) proposed GUSA Summer Fellows program was allocated $10,820.35—$29,000 less than they had requested. Representatives from GUSA, the Student Activities Commission, the Georgetown Programming Board, the Center for Social Justice, the Performing Arts Activities Commission, the Advisory Board for Club Sports and Media Board divvied up next year’s $310,000 Student Activity Fees. In addition to detailing their funding requests, many of the boards discussed plans for reducing their reserve funds, which cumulatively total more than $800,000.
On Tuesday, Councilmember David Catania (I-At Large) introduced one of the most promising pieces of legislation to come before the Council in recent memory: the “Healthy D.C.” plan, which would allow the District to provide subsidized health insurance for residents.
The Georgetown University Grilling Society has decided to delay the sale of shirts that read “GUGS: Grade A, Size D” in response to accusations of sexism by members of several prominent campus groups. These students have also objected to the name of the GUGS event “Grills Gone Wild Week,” to be held later this month.
Some Department of Public Safety officers have started to carry pepper spray and batons and wear protective vests, and DPS hopes to have all officers trained and equipped by the end of March.
The University committed to the initiative at the end of August 2007 after requests by DPS officers for the equipment, according to University spokesperson Julie Green Bataille.