Patricia Cipollitti


Carrying On: The walls are closing in

Imagine a massive intergalactic trash compactor, Star Wars Episode IV-style. You and me, and the rest of the world’s population, are caught inside. The wealthiest of the bunch have managed... Read more


Carrying On: Ziptied to the cause

Last Sunday, I had the privilege of marching from Red Square to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with more than 1000 students and young people from across the country. We marched to... Read more


Carrying On: Undercommitted to eudaimonia

Time is a precious commodity, as any Georgetown student will tell you. It is precious not because of an inherent value, but because of how we live in it. But... Read more


Carrying On: You do you, and I’ll do me

“You do you.” It’s a phrase I hear often at Georgetown, as students acknowledge and encourage each other in their quirky idiosyncrasies. When my classmate declares that she wants to... Read more


Chavez sparked the revolution, time to set it on fire

Hugo Chavez is dead. As a Venezuelan of my generation it’s a reality I find difficult to accept, or even wrap my head around. Chavez came to power in 1999—in... Read more


Venezuela goes to the polls with its future at stake

This October, Venezuela will face an election that has potential to be a watershed in national history. For the first time in the 13 years that he has been in... Read more


Investing in transparency: The ethics of Georgetown’s portfolio

“Something that should have happened, had to happen, has happened. Georgetown will divest,” read the opening line of the cover editorial in the Sept. 23, 1986 issue of the Voice. That week, the University announced its plans to pull its money out of American companies that profited from business in apartheid-era South Africa. The decision came as the much-awaited result of a three-year long student struggle for divestment. Georgetown’s holdings, then valued at $28.6 million, represented 16 percent of the endowment of the time, according to the 1986 “Honor Roll of Donors” issue of Georgetown Magazine.


American system fails to provide educational equity

Isaac Newton, one of the all-time greatest minds in the field of physics, touched upon a fundamental truth when he humbly admitted that “if I have seen a little further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” Because knowledge is a global public good, as philosophers almost universally agree, Newton was entitled to the combined wealth of human knowledge accumulated before him; accordingly, his addition to this wealth became the right of all men after him.


Students, faculty discuss Occupy’s future at two panels

On Tuesday evening, two different speaker panels organized by Georgetown Occupy and McDonough School of Business Dean David Thomas, respectively, provided contrasting viewpoints on the two-month-old Occupy D.C. protest in... Read more


D.C. mourns another victim lost to gender violence

Last Sunday, a candlelight vigil was held in Dupont Circle to honor the late Dr. Gaurav Gopalan, a gay man and prominent member of Washington, D.C.’s LGBT community He was found dead in women’s clothing on an 11th Street sidewalk two weeks ago, a victim of gender violence.