The Worst Idea Georgetown’s Ever Had: Wild card, bitches!

As always, Vox readers came through with some fantastic submissions. (And we learned that you’re a terribly cynical bunch!) You’ll find our favorites below, with a little bit of background info added to help you along.

Closing the Pub

Its hushed halls now home to the president’s bureaucracy and a handful of exclusive administrator offices, Healy Hall was once the center of student life on campus, with the student-run Pub serving as its drunken core. The Pub was a “sticky, smelly, sweaty, time-of-your-life,” one former manager said—a place where you could get trashed any night of the week you pleased on 50-cent beer in the relative safety of an on-campus establishment.

Occasionally, you might have spotted the bar’s faculty adviser, then Dean of Students John DeGioia, imbibing at the counter. It won praise year after year as the best college bar in America, but slowly went bankrupt in the late 1980s after a new alcohol policy forced its student managers to host a dry night once a week. Although the Pub was reborn in the newly-completed Leavey Center, Vice President of Student Affairs James A. Donahue closed the bar for good during the 1994-1995 academic year.

Not buying Mount Vernon College

In 1993, Georgetown loaned $5.5 million to Mount Vernon College, an all-girls school. MVC posted its 24-acre campus, located on Foxhall Road, as collateral for the loan; Georgetown planned to use the campus as a center for women’s issues if MVC went under. (In May 1993, President Leo J. O’Donovan even told the Washington Post, “We are determined to ensure that Mount Vernon’s traditional commitment to the education of women will continue as part of Georgetown.”) Three years later, GWU swooped in, paid off the loan, and took over the campus.

Craig Esherick

The former men’s basketball coach and Georgetown alum (MSB ’57, LAW ’82) took over after John Thompson Jr. resigned in 1999. Although he recruited some of Georgetown’s all-time best, including Michael Sweetney, Roy Hibbert, and Jeff Green, Esherick’s squads perennially disappointed fans. (Under his tenure, the Hoyas made it to a single NCAA tournament, where they were bounced by Maryland’s 2001 Final Four team.) After the 2003 season, student and alumni protests led Jack DeGioia to fire Esherick. (Days earlier, he proclaimed, “I ain’t going anywhere. I may be here for another 30 years.”) Once, he also ranted about referees!

Selling, rather than freeing, slaves

Georgetown often touts Patrick Healy’s African-American heritage, but it also ignores the University’s checkered, slave-owning past. In 1838, President Thomas F. Mulledy, S.J. sold 64 slaves to a plantation in Louisiana for $27,057. Why? Because the Jesuits of Maryland believed that selling the slaves would raise more money than keeping them on plantations in the area.

Access to Benefits policy

It doesn’t take more than a mention of the University’s clumsy Access to Benefits policy or club funding structure to inspire a torrent of ad hominem attacks on the gate keepers of students’ money. Labyrinthine, cumbersome, nonsensical—just pick your adjective.


6 Comments on “The Worst Idea Georgetown’s Ever Had: Wild card, bitches!

  1. Excuse me, but I believe Sophia Behnia and Bill McCoy were popular options.

  2. I think they were kindly included in the “Access to Benefits” section. Listing them by name would be a little harsh (and very true).

  3. While A2B is a close second (and yes, including SB and Bill McCoy), you simply can’t compete with events that affect Alcohol + Tradition + Healy Hall. It’s Hoya kryptonite.

    But hey, we still have the Leavey Center Pub — McLifeless’s!

  4. But if you never knew that the Pub existed, how would it affect you? Would you have wished for a pub in Healy?

  5. Sorry folks, Craig Escherik recruited both Jeff Green and Roy Hibbert. A vote for him is a vote against all that is bright and wonderful.

  6. College should be a way to get a better life. You can get drunk every day of your life after college. These kids need to grow up!

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