Andrew Pazdon

Andrew Pazdon: Being Catholic in college

Growing up in the woods of New Hampshire, the thought never crossed my adolescent mind that fasting, constructing advent wreathes from moss and pine trees in my backyard, spending hours in Church, and various other Catholic customs (with a hearty dose of Polish folk customs) were not normal. That didn’t mean I didn’t dread sitting […]

Andrew Pazdon: Another year, another 3 percent

To quote the poet-philosophers Three-6 Mafia, “another day, another dollar,” and to paraphrase the George Washington University Board of Trustees – with enhanced street flair – “another year, another couple thousand dollars.” Without fail, the time of year when budgets across the world are unveiled is once again upon us. This year, the GW community […]

Andrew Pazdon: Marijuana should be a medicine

If my 93-year-old grandmother lived in a state where medical marijuana wasn’t verboten, she would be able to use medical marijuana to help with her glaucoma and her chronic arthritis. My father told me this not that long ago because of pending legislation in the New Hampshire General Court. Apparently, when he told my grandmother […]

Andrew Pazdon: A new decade’s resolution

I shan’t lie; I’ve never been terribly good at keeping any New Year’s resolutions I’ve ever made. I get too bored trying to keep them. Nevertheless, with the coming of the new decade and in the wake of the tumultuous one we just endured, I think it is time I give this resolution thing a […]

Andrew Pazdon: GW succeeds despite rankings

Web Exclusive I’ll be honest with the world – GW was not my first choice in institutions of higher learning. It was my childhood dream to attend a school that was ranked 50th or better on the U.S. News and World Report’s rankings. Being the 53rd ranked school is a depressing fate. If the success […]

Andrew Pazdon: Sometimes insurance isn’t enough

When I fell ill three weeks ago, it felt rather fitting that the national health care debate was (and still is) raging. Unfortunately for my sanity, the health care debate brought me the worst fever dreams I’ve ever encountered in all my years. Being influenced by large amounts of Nyquil, a severe lack of sleep […]

Andrew Pazdon: Support thy neighbor

I have often subscribed to the mantra of “I live to eat” and not “I eat to live.” Put plainly, I very much enjoy food and eating. While I also enjoy preparing my own food on a regular basis, there are many times when I would rather pay someone else to do it for me. […]

Andrew Pazdon: Time to press reset

A few weeks ago, Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., made an impassioned speech on the floor of the United States Senate. In this speech, Gregg decried the waste of green road signs marking projects of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Such signs, he informs us, are mere political statements and are constructed in vain […]

Andrew Pazdon: Constitutional marriage concerns

Washington, D.C., seems to have its finger on the pulse of the hot-button issues of our era. First the District caused the Supreme Court to give a definitive ruling on firearms rights and a concrete definition of the Second Amendment. Now, the D.C. City Council is challenging Congress to take up the issue of same-sex […]

Andrew Pazdon: The silver lining

Over the past year or so we have been feeling the rumblings of a financial apocalypse. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse – Fannie and Freddie, Lear Jet-ridin’ automakers, Bear and Lehman, and Bernie – have apparently ravaged our economy so thoroughly that we do not know what to do with ourselves. There is no […]