Vanya Mehta


Late? Look no further, laggard learner, than collective action

After my freshman year in college, high-brow, intangible theories were dead to me. I took a full course load of philosophy and liberal arts courses that left me begging for... Read more


Deans and professors clash over seminar schedules

This semester, Dean Chester Gillis of Georgetown College has cut the number of seminar courses that may meet once a week dramatically, inciting significant discontent from many faculty members.


Adjunct professors move towards unionization with SEIU

In response to the growing presence of Service Employees International Union organizers on campus, Georgetown’s provost Robert Groves addressed an email to all faculty members reaffirming the University’s respect and support of the right of employees to unionize. The SEIU, which represents 2.1 million workers in the healthcare, property, and public services sectors, began work this semester to unionize adjunct professors on the Hilltop.


GU announces new Provost

On Tuesday, President John DeGioia announced the appointment of the University’s next Provost and Executive Vice President, Professor Robert M. Groves. A professor at the University of Michigan, Director of the U.S. Census Bureau since 2009, and an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, Groves will assume office on Aug. 20.


Scandals obscuring real issues: In defense of uncivil dialogue

After the controversy surrounding Mike Daisey’s fabricated stories in This American Life and the subsequent attacks by leading journalists from almost every major publication, I became keenly aware of both the average reader’s priorities and the nature of corporate media: the news cycle is, to put it bluntly, suicidal.


GUSA executive appoints diverse cabinet and staff

Last weekend, newly inaugurated GUSA President and Vice-President Clara Gustafson (SFS ’13) and Vail Kohnert-Yount (SFS ’13) announced their selections for their executive cabinet. Out of a record 80 applicants, the executive appointed six women and five men, including former GUSA senators Colton Malkerson (COL ’13) and Yupang Chang (MSB ’15), forming a staff that will be one of the most diverse cabinets in recent memory.


Justice vs. Jesuit Values: The struggle for reproductive rights

"I was in shock the first time I tried to get my prescription filled as a student, and I was told that I owed seventy-five dollars. I’ve never paid over twenty dollars for it. I was hurt and embarrassed and felt powerless.” This is the story of one of many anonymous law students, explained in a survey-based memorandum delivered two years ago to the University by the Georgetown chapter of Law Students for Reproductive Justice.


New GUSA executive discusses semester priorities

A week after winning the GUSA executive election, President-elect Clara Gustafson (SFS ’13) and Vice President-elect Vail Kohnert-Yount (SFS ’13), are planning their transition strategy and selecting their cabinet with the help of Jake Sticka (COL ’13), who will act as their Executive Chief of Staff.


HR addresses paycheck issues

In an email to student University employees last Friday, Vice President of Human Resources Mary Anne Mahin apologized for errors in Georgetown’s new computerized payment system that has left a number of student paychecks delayed or missing this semester.


Management system errors leave students unpaid

After the University failed to send her several paychecks in the past month, Claire Austin (SFS ’12), an assistant at the Mortara Center for International Studies, rushed to the Student Employment Office last Friday to take out an emergency loan for $360.