Staff Editorial: Thumbs Up / Thumbs Down

The end of the season

The GW men’s basketball team suffered a disappointing loss March 9 that marked the end of its run in the Atlantic 10 Tournament. The game was especially heartbreaking as the Colonials had come back on a 20-6 run and tied the game at 49 with just under a minute left, then lost in overtime 71-59. We were sad to see our team lose when it came so close to moving ahead in the tournament.

Rising interest in GW

The University is gaining popularity among potential applicants, as the Office of Admissions saw a more than 6 percent rise in the number of visitors touring campus over the last year. Similarly, the University also saw a slight percent increase in the number of admitted early decision applicants. We hope these positive trends continue to make GW a well-known and viable collegiate name.

A hotline for health

Sick Colonials who aren’t sure whether to make the costly trip to the emergency room when Student Health Services is closed now have the option of calling a hotline run by health care call center Fonemed. We think it is a notable addition to the services GW offers to students, and seeing as many students may not know what illness should send them to the emergency room, any type of medical advice can be helpful.

Sheen does not mark a winning speaker

Though we definitely see the humor in the campaign to have Charlie Sheen speak to a GW graduating class for Commencement, we can’t help but feel that if this actually occurred, it would be embarrassing for the University. Michelle Obama, Michael Bloomberg and Charlie Sheen? We’ll take politics over antics, thank you.

Key face for community relations leaves

Michael Akin, the assistant vice president for the Office of Government, International and Community Relations, will be leaving after a 12-year career at the University. Akin is credited with improving GW’s at-times volatile relationship with its neighbors. We are sad to see him go.

No longer paying the toll to graduate

Students in the Class of 2012 will not have to pay $100 to graduate, if all goes according to plan and the Board of Trustees approves the decision. For years, students have complained about having to cough up money after paying so much for tuition, but thankfully, after this year, this will not be an issue for future graduating classes. We are happy to see it go, even if it will be absorbed into a different aspect of student fees.

Wherefore art thou national funding?

It is disconcerting that the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities face $22 million in budget cuts in the proposed budget for fiscal year 2012. President Barack Obama may be looking to cut funding for these programs, but the arts and humanities programs at GW rely on a great deal of that funding. We hope the programs on campus can successfully find other ways to stay afloat.

Cut the crap

Last year, Gelman Library was plagued by lewd behavior and various incidents of unknown individuals defecating in places other than the toilet. Last week, Gelman Library staff reported two separate instances of defecation on the floor of the library’s 6th floor men’s restroom. We really hope this does not mark another trend of disgusting behavior, because maintenance staff, students and Gelman officials do not want to deal with this. Gelman is shitty enough without these incidents.

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