Basketball game policy
GW’s first-come, first-serve entry policy will help ensure more equitable access to games. This move is a logical step toward the eventual change to charging students for tickets. Administrators should be careful, however, not to price fans out of a program that still has yet to prove its consistent excellence.
Space for leaders
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf and Afghanistani leader Hamid Karzai addressed audiences this week in medium-sized auditoriums, leaving many students without a ticket. When world leaders come to campus, GW should host them in a larger space, such as the Lisner Auditorium.
In choosing not to support a student on the GW Board of Trustees, Student Association President Lamar Thorpe will save the organization time that would have been spent pursuing a futile issue. Hopefully, with the trustee issue off their plate, the SA will focus on more pressing student concerns.
Package Services woes
While GW has touted improvements to Student Package Services, lines are just as long as ever. Adding more space for students to wait does not necessarily improve the situation for those receiving parcels. Administrators should look to a fundamental retooling of this and other inefficient services.
In adding classes to the University’s Arabic program and offering a new minor in Semitic languages, GW has recognized high demand in an important field. International affairs majors especially will have the opportunity for a competitive education thanks to this expansion.
A UPD officer caught trying to enlist the services of a prostitute reflects poorly on the University’s reputation. GW’s police force should be more careful of the caliber of people it recruits to keep students safe.
Free HIV tests
Student Health Services, through its decision to offer HIV diagnostics at no charge, will be able to greatly impact student health and wellness on campus. The SA also displayed productivity in pushing for this issue, which directly benefits members of the GW community.
The late opening of several dining venues on campus is especially disheartening since students expected better service from Sodexho, the University’s new food provider. GW should anticipate these delays in opening future eateries and provide a realistic prediction of when they will open.
By facilitating a D.C. mayoral debate on campus, GW helped bring students closer to local politics while increasing the visibility of the school. Involvement with local issues is a key aspect of strong politics and media programs.