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Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:
Yesterday, the Georgetown Hoya student newspaper published a somewhat provocative editorial calling on students to not register to vote in DC and rather vote absentee in their home states.
The reasoning behind the piece was that with DC disenfranchisement in Congress and its guaranteed three electoral votes for Obama, students would “get more bang from their ballot” by voting in more competitive and consequential elections back home.
There’s some undeniable truth to this reasoning, but it’s myopic. The editorial throws a bone to the admirable DC Students Speaks effort, but kicks the legs out of that campaign by stating “it’s evident that poor student turnout in D.C. has been problematic.” In other words, because students don’t vote here, why bother voting here?
The heart of the editorial points to the slim 537 votes that George W. Bush beat Al Gore by in Florida in 200. It notes that 250 current Georgetowners are from Florida and concludes that “you never know beforehand if voting will make a difference.” Continue reading
This year, GU has been trying to reach out to the Georgetown community to engage local families with the school’s many resources and activities. Last spring, in fact, they held a meeting just for parents of young children to find out just what young families would like to see more of at GU.
As part of that effort, GU is hosting three events this month. The first is Georgetown Community Day on September 15. This is essentially a tailgate before the Yale-GU game, but it will have free food, as well as face painting and games for the kids.
The second event is the Hoya fall picnic on September 22 at 11:30 on the Healy Lawn. Again, it will have free food as well as plenty of activities for the kids. Continue reading