Opinions

Jacob Garber: Finding the real freshman experience

It is only after living through three freshman experiences – my own, and that of two years with freshman residents – that I realize that feeling of loneliness my first year wasn’t limited to me.

Justin Peligri: Why we need trigger warnings on syllabi

If you’ve ever read a controversial article online, you’ve likely stumbled across a “trigger warning.” These precautionary disclaimers typically explain that the article’s content contains a traumatic subject, such as sexual violence.

Peter Konwerski: We need to let ourselves grieve

Those who study grief often point to signs of guilt, frustration and helplessness. I’ve felt each of these emotions during parts of the past two weeks.

Robin Jones Kerr: A professor's enthusiasm is a precious commodity

The best way to make GW known for top-notch teaching is for the University to value professors’ individual areas of interest and let them structure courses around it.

Jonah Lewis: We can't blindly carry Bowser into office

The woman who the Washington City Paper called an "empty suit" does not look ready to tackle the city's lack of affordable housing and failing public school system.

Staff Editorial: How to fill the Vern's counseling void

by The Editorial Board

Changes to the University’s approach to counseling services on the Mount Vernon Campus are long overdue. But administrators shouldn’t stop there. In fact, we should renew our commitment to mental health policies across both campuses.

Robin Jones Kerr: Remembering the Vern's charm in somber times

In the hopes of shedding some light on the Mount Vernon Campus in the midst of a dark news cycle, I wanted to take some time to remember why I love the Vern.

Justin Peligri: Working through unanswerable questions after campus heartbreak

What is it that GW is missing? As conversations move on to other topics, we’re left to struggle and ponder, weighing the knowns and unknowns.

Jacob Garber: GW's spending priorities out of line

When we do get a peak at where the money flows, priorities seem out of line. GW spent 25 percent more per student than its market basket institutions on student services and spent less on academic causes in 2012, according to the most recent data from the Department of Education.

Staff Editorial: Collective sadness, collective action

We can’t help but think that the reaction – while positive and meaningful – is distressingly temporary as tragedy fades from the public consciousness. Outpouring of support seems to dissipate too quickly after each moment of heartbreak.

Sarah Blugis:By spending more on student services, GW reflects real priorities

GW is just responding to student needs, concerns and desires – perhaps more than American, Georgetown and New York universities, which don’t spend as much as we do on student services. Even though we’re technically paying for an education, student life is a large component of our success at GW.

Jonah Lewis: The benefits of wading through awkward internet friendships

For those who have difficulty meeting people in large social settings or cannot seem to find a group that works for them, the internet provides a refuge.

Op-Eds: Does Teach for America help or harm schools?

Student organization leaders debate the merits of Teach for America. GW ranks fifth among medium-sized universities in sending the most graduates to the TFA corps.

Cartoon: Bullying Professors

Media Credit: Cartoon by Jay Fondin

Bryan Doherty: Level the playing field for underpaid adjuncts

Joseph Fruscione, an adjunct professor of writing, has taught at GW for 15 years. But just before the start of every school year, he can never be completely sure that he’ll hired back.

Jacob Garber: Students critical of Commencement speaker and dorm name aren't whining for the sake of it

It’s wrong to see these dissenters as only spoiled brats who take to Twitter when things don’t go their way. These complaints are not only legitimate, but they reveal a concern for GW's culture. And they represent missed opportunities.

Staff Editorial: Faculty bullying is a symptom of a larger problem

Administrators, trustees and faculty now need to put the governance structures in place so that the infighting and power grabs become mere speed bumps, not barriers, on GW’s path to growth.

Jonah Lewis: How we can help Relisha Rudd

You should know that you felt the hum of your phone because an eight-year-old girl named Relisha Rudd from Southeast D.C. was failed by the adults and social circumstances that surrounded her.

Rob Todaro: How cancer set my priorities straight

I’ve been cancer free for nearly three months now, and preparing to participate in Relay for Life this weekend has made me think about how my experience in hospital beds forced me to reevaluate my life. There has been no other time in my life that has put everything in perspective quite like that.

Sarah Blugis: It's a good time for women in music – but you can't tell from Spring Fling choices

All in all, it’s a great time for women in music. But this progress won’t be apparent to an audience at Spring Fling this year.

Kinjo Kiema: How GW can stand up for third-world workers

If another factory collapsed, I wouldn’t want clothing with the GW logo to be found among dead bodies in the rubble.

Cartoon: Students send Commencement speaker back to the kitchen

Media Credit: Cartoon by Jay Fondin

Sydney McKinley: GW must focus on helping black male students graduate

If GW wants to raise the graduation rate, we need to get serious about investing in these resources and this community. Without culturally relevant experiences and supportive role models, it is very difficult for black males to feel connected to this University.

Staff Editorial: What to consider when picking D.C.’s next mayor

by The Editorial Board

While we will not endorse mayoral nominees, we urge GW voters and Foggy Bottom residents to look deeper into the issues than just the concerning allegations levied against Gray.

Robin Jones Kerr: Women's sports funding is a victory GW can celebrate

GW would march confidently to the NCAA Tournament Championship in an alternate universe where wins are determined by a very different measure: spending on women’s sports.

Rachel Furlow: The dark side of an $80 million gift

The man who gave the public health school tens of millions of dollars was a billionaire philanthropist, yes. But he was also a billionaire crook.

Justin Peligri: Fighting back against free labor

Making the decision to remove the academic credit option wouldn’t just be a way for GW reduce its administrative costs and deal with less paperwork. Actually, it’s a high-minded idea that would make the University a centerpiece in the emerging cultural conversation on the immorality of unpaid internships.

Chase Hardin: Put a stop to public shaming of Greek life

A website has the potential to truly damage recruitment efforts for Greek life. Here’s what I mean: At GW, not all hazing is created equal.

Op-Ed: Why a high school student like me needs medical marijuana

I was sitting in class six years ago when a sharp pain ran through my back and stomach. I was shaking. I was cold, but sweating. I felt like I was being stabbed again and again.

Kinjo Kiema: Though administrative growth may be justified, GW fails to show full picture

Tuition isn’t the only thing that has been growing steadily at GW. Over the past decade, the amount of administrative hires has dramatically increased.