Comments of the Week: The collective wisdom of our readers

Last week, Vox covered the housing struggles of study abroad applicants, the mediocrity of the men’s basketball team, the redistribution of wealth among student groups, the tackling of on-campus sexual assault, and the holding of classes during snow days.

Hoya Stress-a reacted to the Provost’s latest policy change on class cancellations that did not involve student input:

Joy. Thanks, Provost. You really understand the student body! Every day of class is critical! Whatever will I do, when I am lying on my deathbed, and think, “Oh…I am so upset that I missed that one day of class back in 2011. How was I ever expected to know the intricacies of 18th century literature and the whole history of the modern world? My entire career was ruined because of it. Darn. I am eternally disappointed.”? Oh, woe is me, and woe is the state of Georgetown for allowing such horrid things as “Snow Days”!

Also, this totally opens up a can of worms to allow over-enthusiastic professors to hold class in person anyway. Some already try – this will just validate it. And some of us live off-campus and actually struggle to get on-campus when it’s icy and horrid outside!

Meanwhile, Vox‘s new weekly playlist seems to be a hit, as Pop Punk Kid says:

This Ryan Greene guy knows what’s up. We should chill and talk about music some time.

However, how popular said playlist is really just depends on whoever is responsible for it that particular week, as A different pop punk kid begs the question:

What kind of person has a color for a last name

While some commenters were excited about whatever GUSA does these days, like JustSaying:

Honestly, as an alum, I’m really excited to see GUSA tackling this in such a thoughtful way. It shines a spotlight on the administration’s total failure to address this campus issue. Pugh’s statement is disappointing, and, as usual, lacks any sense of urgency.

…others seemed confused (somewhat worryingly) about whether sexual assault should be an on-campus crime or not, like Babs:

Could someone explain to me why universities adjudicate sexual assault at all? Actively creating a culture of consent on campus is obviously the responsibility of a private institution, but I have never understood why universities have the authority to adjudicate what is and should be criminal behavior. Honest question.

It seems to me that universities in general (and Georgetown in specific because it places an undue emphasis on its own reputation) are de facto biased because they have an incentive to not be seen as cesspools of assault.

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