Louisa Aviles


Ever try to write 50,000 words in 30 days?

NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. During NaNo, as insiders call it, participants challenge themselves to pen a 50,000 word novel in the thirty days of November. Winners are novelists. Losers, well—nothing ventured, nothing gained.


D.C. schools changing for a better future

There may now be fewer Catholic elementary schools from which to choose from if the Archdiocese goes through with its plan to change eight schools that have until now participated in the D.C. voucher program into charter schools. The proposal has sent up a predictable storm of protest among parents, which is unfortunate, since such protest obscures the brightest prospect for education in D.C. in many years.


Chartering D.C.’s Catholic kids

The Archbishop of Washington proposed the conversion of eight Catholic elementary schools in the District into charter schools under the administration of the D.C. Charter School Board in an announcement September 8th.


Not quite ruining the world

I’m not a business major, but I’m fascinated by Company X.

In 2004, Company X announced its goal of becoming 100 percent fueled by renewable energy, to reduce the energy demand in its stores by at least 25 percemt, and to produce zero waste—all by 2020.


Another brick in the Wal-Mart

A presentation of business ethics and international development became a confrontation over Wal-Mart’s business practices when students protested a lecture by a Wal-Mart executive on Wednesday.