Lillian Kaiser

The arts at Georgetown: a work in progress


I almost didn’t come to Georgetown because I thought the arts program was so bad. In my family, art was more important than friends, schoolwork, and sometimes physical health. After I finished my freshman year of high school with a very strong GPA, my mother took me aside with a worried look and asked me, “But what are you doing to be creative?”

Saxa Politica: Ten years with no new housing?


In March 2009, when the University met with the surrounding community to discuss Georgetown’s Campus Plan, University Architect Alan Brangman had drawn up plans that included space for 200-800 more students to be housed on campus. The current plan has space for no additional students. That’s right, zero. Georgetown needs to provide more University housing…

New DPS officer to combat hate crimes


The Department of Public Safety has assigned a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Liaison Officer to combat homophobia on campus, according to Associate Director of DPS Joseph Smith. “[Officer Elizabeth Fendrich] will carry a cell phone so that our campus community can contact her directly,” Smith wrote in an e-mail. “It is important…that the…

Saxa Politica: GUSA and SAC: let the games begin


Ask almost any club on campus: funding student activities is a problem. Club Sports scrounges every year to take consistently competitive teams to national tournaments. The free newspapers that used to be a regular fixture of campus mornings are nowhere to be found. Georgetown’s WGTB Radio doesn’t have a standing concert budget, and, as a…

GU OpenCourseWare just lifting off


Over the summer, Georgetown made online materials for a handful of courses free to the public as part of the OpenCourseWare movement that grants the public access to syllabi, lectures, notes, and assignments from classes. Georgetown’s foray into the field of OCW is still in its fledgling stages. Currently the University’s website only consists of…

Saxa Politica: GU’s Woes on the World Wide Web


Georgetown’s Communications Department will take charge of giving the University website a badly-needed update, its first since 2002. The project “will redo the homepage and content found just off of it,” but not the whole site, and is likely to take at least a year, according to University spokesperson Julie Greene Bataille. Not that the…

4 GUSA seats empty


The Georgetown University Student Association Senate campaigns are well under way, in preparation for elections on October 6, but four of the 25 open seats have attracted no candidates. None of the residents of McCarthy, Village A (E-H), Nevils, or the Townhouses have submitted a candidacy form. The four Senate seats will remain empty unless…

Saxa Politica: Diversity Initiative a worthy cause


Georgetown students got an e-mail last week with the subject, “EVENT: Diversity Initiative, Town Hall Meeting.” Most of them probably never opened it. It was easy to dismiss the event, and the initiative, as another touchy-feely discussion about making Georgetown a better place. Turnout at the town hall meeting was terrible, according to Ryan Wilson…

Diversity groups prepare for town hall


This week, the three working groups created last spring to address diversity issues at Georgetown, collectively called the “Diversity Initiative,” geared up for their first town hall meeting of the school year. The meeting will be held today at 5:30 in Copley Formal Lounge. University Provost James O’Donnell and Vice President for Institutional Diversity &…

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