Sam Sweeney

Bottom’s Up: Chuck the Chuck, cheapo


There’s nothing worse than being predictable. That’s why I shrink from serving Charles Shaw, or two-buck Chuck, as the bargain Trader Joe’s wine is affectionately known, at dinner these days. As tolerable and affordable—only $2.99 a bottle!—as the wine is…

Georgetown’s finances find solid footing

Georgetown’s finances find solid footing


Senator Charles E. Grassley (R-IA) was on the warpath. In 2008, Grassley, the ranking member on the Senate Finance Committee, had perceived a disturbing trend in higher education: colleges and universities were hoarding their fat endowments while failing to provide enough financial aid to make college affordable. So in late January, Grassley asked over 100…

GU to launch funding drive


Georgetown University’s largest fundraising campaign to date began in stealth. The mission for the drive was mapped out, top donors were quietly contacted, and, when enough commitments have been secured to build a sense of momentum, the grand announcement—fireworks and all—will finally be made. That moment will come for Georgetown next September, Vice President for…

GU finances improving


After seeing its endowment plummet by just over 25 percent and operating deficit projections approach $40 million in the first half of fiscal year 2009, Georgetown closed out the year in a better-than-expected financial situation, according to preliminary data provided by Chief Financial Officer Chris Augostini. “I think we as an institution should be very…

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