Recurring contributions from the opinions section.
COP26: Humanity’s chance for redemption
The COP26 goals included global commitments to reach global net zero emissions by 2050, adapt to protect communities and natural habitats, and mobilize climate finance in order to reach net zero. Total engagement is absolutely necessary for combating climate change, and we must commit to being a united front in order to preserve our future.
22 months into the pandemic, healthcare worker burnout is real
From a moral standpoint, medical burnout is about the conditions under which healthcare staff works—and the resulting impacts on their lives. Long hours, conflicting demands between hospital executives and frontline healthcare workers, and more can make an already stressful job even more difficult.
So we can return to campus. Now what?
If Georgetown students are to return to campus on Jan. 11 safely, here's what we believe needs to be implemented by the university and the student body.
The holidays aren’t always happy. That’s okay, too.
I won’t wish you the happiest of New Year’s. But I will wish you a restful and peaceful one. Have whatever kind of New Year you need.
On Being Green: How overconsumption fuels climate change
It’s time we change our vocabulary. The success of an individual or business should not be defined on growth but rather sustainability—or, even better, ‘thriveability.'
When Neutrality Isn’t Enough: Exploring multipartiality in the classroom
Implementing multipartiality provides participants with a consideration of counter narratives, as well as a consideration of why these perspectives are so often suppressed. This question of “why?” provides insight as to the function of larger structures, including the education system itself.
How I came to identify as disabled after a decade with mental illness
This process of self-shaming and hiding ate at me—until I began to identify as disabled.
On the Pandemic: Aid disparities put graduate students in financial binds
When it comes to pandemic aid, Georgetown graduate students are seriously undervalued relative to undergraduates in the eyes of the administration.
Skip your red meat burger. Save the Earth.
Ideally, we'd systematically eliminate red meat entirely. Environment health depends on it. But this isn't an ideal world—so let's do the next best thing.
Carrying On: One Foot in the Promised Land
"There will probably never be a day when I wake up, look in the mirror, and see the face of a Jew or a non-Jew. The face will always be just a little bit of both, somewhere in between."
I was a poll worker during COVID: Here’s why I’m worried for November’s election
The protocols in place worked for our small election, with only 1-2 voters per hour. However, much higher turnout in November will complicate that, especially with the convergence of voters from all parties.
Carrying On: What COVID-19 taught me about class and my classmates
"It would be a mistake to assume that COVID-19 has created these gaps in educational access. All it’s done is bring them to light."
Carrying On: Becoming friends at a distance
Amanda Chu and Natalie Chaudhuri tell the fabled story of their friendship—from proseminar classmates to Voices editors to quarantine best friends.
Why Georgetown students should support D.C. statehood
D.C. statehood is not an issue of just taxes or borders. Civil rights, racial justice, and democracy are at stake. Statehood would open up pathways for the 700,000 residents of D.C., 54 percent of whom are people of color, to advocate for themselves and access the same democratic processes that people living in states do.
On The Pandemic: How COVID-19 affects international graduate students
"In light of these struggles, the COVID-19 pandemic has made me question the university’s real commitment to the global character it parades around."
On The Pandemic: The dangers of the news using war metaphors
In discussions about COVID-19, it is the military metaphors that are the most dangerous. War metaphors related to COVID-19 are overused and often inaccurate, and descriptions of the pandemic should instead turn to non-violent metaphors that emphasize the need for community and perseverance.
On The Pandemic: What fall 2020 means for LGBTQ+ students
College campuses create an environment where LGBTQ+ students can live openly, build a community, and finally accept themselves. If Georgetown forces students to continue taking virtual classes this fall, Georgetown strips queer students of the experience they signed up for. This would stifle the thriving LGBTQ+ community, of all races and classes, that I have been able to learn, live, and grow with. LGBTQ+ students need the support a college campus provides.
The Gates-way to discovery
“So it’s been dormant for 5000 years? If that thing erupts, I’m gonna be furious.” I laughed at this witty exchange, having stopped flipping channels to check out an episode... Read more
On The Pandemic: Domestic violence and the danger at home
Stay home. For most of us, it’s the one thing we can do to save lives from the reach of COVID-19—to do our part for society when so many others are risking their lives by going to work for us. For some, however, staying home is more dangerous than contracting the disease. Due to this pandemic, as well as the financial strain many families are facing, domestic violence cases have spiked nationally. This is how we can begin to help.
On the Pandemic: A Buddhist Approach to Pandemic Grocery Shopping
"The stressful process of grocery shopping and coronavirus-induced anxiety, in general, may reduce our ability to think clearly, but Buddhism can provide insight into managing our thoughts and actions."