Our Actions Matter Too: It’s Not Just an Administrative Concern

“When in doubt, throw it out,” reads a sign on the new recycling bins in the Intercultural Center. Over the past year, improvements in Georgetown University’s waste management systems, such as single-stream recycling, were made by the understaffed Office of Sustainability, which consists of just two full-time staff members and a handful of student interns....

Problems at Home Don’t Stay at Home

Refresh, scroll down, nothing new. Wait. “What do you think?” my friend asks. His words barely process. I’m staring at my laptop, refreshing an anonymously-run Facebook page. It’s the same cycle: Refresh, scroll down, nothing new. This page, which contains accurate, real-time updates, is my only connection to one of Tennessee’s worst prisons, run by...

Carrying On: The Hidden Cost of E-Scooters

Since their introduction to the D.C. landscape in September 2017, electric scooters, or e-scooters, have become as ubiquitous as rats in the Georgetown neighborhood. It is not uncommon to trip over one on an unsuspecting stroll down to CVS or to feel one at your heels in a crowded Red Square on a Farmer’s Market...

Opinion

A Woman’s Place in <em>The Kitchen</em>

A Woman’s Place in The Kitchen

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10/11/2019

Note: Spoilers for The Kitchen ahead.  I arrived at my local AMC one August afternoon feeling skeptical. I was about to watch Melissa McCarthy in a serious role, and I wasn’t sure if it could live up to Megan in Bridesmaids or Sookie in Gilmore Girls. In The Kitchen McCarthy, along with Tiffany Haddish and…

In Jest, or Depressed?

In Jest, or Depressed?

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10/11/2019

“How are you?” is a very difficult question to answer. My latest preferred method has been to mime tying a knot in my hands, slipping the imaginary loop over my head, and yanking sharply upward, tongue lolling out of the side of my mouth for emphasis. It’s one of many dark, knee-jerk reactions I have…

Reestablish the Civilian Conservation Corps

Reestablish the Civilian Conservation Corps

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10/11/2019

Our world is in crisis. Rising temperatures are causing more frequent and destructive extreme weather events with ever-increasing human and financial costs. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, if the planet warms 2 degrees Celsius, the consequences would be catastrophic and irreversible. Two weeks ago, 12 presidential candidates took the stage in Gaston…

Carrying On: At Peace With Not Belonging

Carrying On: At Peace With Not Belonging

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10/11/2019

“We all have that one friend we go to coffee with and then spend 8 hours talking about life while shopping and circling back to Target two hours later to get those $7 coasters we regret not buying.” A version of this caption floats around on my Facebook or Twitter feed all the time. I…

Level the Playing Field for College Athletes

Level the Playing Field for College Athletes

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10/11/2019

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) was founded under a different name in 1906. Its goal was to “protect young people from the dangerous and exploitative athletic practices of the time.” However, it would be naive to believe that its objective today is anything other than to profit on the backs of students. Some students…

Where Are All the Ladies in Gaming?

Where Are All the Ladies in Gaming?

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09/27/2019

When game designer Luke Crane asked a deceptively simple question on Twitter: “Why are there so few lady game creators,” he might not have expected an overflow of responses from women creators themselves. Using the hashtag #1reasonwhy, hundreds of female video game players and developers provided painstakingly detailed anecdotes that revealed the multifaceted sexism in…

Politics Over Prose?

Politics Over Prose?

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09/27/2019

Washington’s geographical center is saturated with Greek revival columns that tower over thousands of scurrying suits. Plaques, giant obelisks, and statues remind passersby that decisions of great political weight are and have always been made on the very ground they tread on. Of the 100-odd monuments in the District dedicated to individuals, fewer than 10…

Make Georgetown Admissions Test-Optional 

Make Georgetown Admissions Test-Optional 

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09/27/2019

The SAT is supposedly an objective, merit-based assessment; the harder you work, the better you score. But that’s not the reality. Family income and race play too large a role in determining a student’s score. As a result, the SAT is not a fair metric to assess a student’s performance in high school or to…

Repeal the 2001 AUMF 

Repeal the 2001 AUMF 

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09/27/2019

As of Sept. 12, 18-year-olds enlisting in the military may be sent to fight in Afghanistan in response to attacks that occurred before they were born. The undeniable tragedy of the Sept. 11 attacks has led to a prolonged U.S. military presence in Afghanistan that has put American lives at stake, while doing very little…

Carrying On: One Mass Shooting Is Too Many

Carrying On: One Mass Shooting Is Too Many

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09/27/2019

with contributions by Caroline Wilkerson, a former student at Pepperdine University   Caroline: No one can warn you about what a mass shooting feels like. Nothing can prepare you for the sudden emptiness, or the random hugs, or the tears running down everyone’s faces.  On Nov. 7, 2018, someone tried to shoot my friends. They…


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