The Change Georgetown DOESN’T Need

Banner - Science SFSIt was recently revealed through The Hoya that the administrators of SFS are considering changes to the core curriculum. This idea may seem great for SFSers due to the excessive amount of Econ requirements and inflexibility required by the SFS core. While reading the article, however, my eyes zeroed in on just one phrase:

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This phrase was met with a variety of reactions:

Shock, probably the most immediate reaction.

Despair, a reaction probably met by many non-STIA majors (including me).

Vomiting, which is what I wanted to do upon reading those words.

The acronym “SFS” is formally thought to mean “School of Foreign Service,” but we all know that it really means “Safe from Science.” With no required science classes in the core curriculum, the SFS has stood as a safe haven for those who love the social sciences, but despise the natural sciences. It builds on certain majors offered in the College (Economics, Government, Political Economy, etc.) while eliminating certain important classes, i.e. science. Moreover, the SFS core stands as, arguably, the most rigorous core curriculum among those at Georgetown (the MSB’s got nothin’ on us). Just when you thought that it could not get worse, the word science comes into play.

As bad as it sounds, some people might actually prefer to keep the four required economics classes instead of taking on a science class. That’s how ~bad~ the situation is with science and SFSers. I am personally against this possible change because, as an IPOL major, I believe it would make more sense to focus on courses that involve history and international relations…not physics or chemistry. Part of my hatred of science stems from the fact that during my senior year of high school, I received an 8/30 on an AP Physics test. In fact, I received multiple test scores below 65% in that class. My teacher was noticeably out to murder me unfriendly to me, and all of my friends thought it was hilarious. Let’s just say I didn’t receive the Physics Medallion at graduation. #Whatever.

Science belongs in the College or NHS, not SFS! While changes to the core curriculum are much needed in certain areas (cough-cough-ECONOMICS-cough), there are some changes that are definitely NOT needed. There’s a reason science has been required by the core; the fewer, the proud(?), the STIA-majors stand together as an example of ways to incorporate science into their SFS experience. The administration does not have to condemn all of us to the torture that is Bio Lab and Chem Recitation. A possible solution to this potential crisis is to let students decide between science and another subject, depending on their field of study. If this change does indeed occur, we may be facing a bigger crisis than the closing of Epi on Sunday nights. Due to the blatant violation of the SFStatus Quo, I encourage all Georgetown students to join the trend:



The Most Important Questions of the 2016 Election

Banner - Candidate QuizIt’s that time of year again! With all the primaries and campaigning going on around the country, election season is in full swing. For the political fanatics, it is indeed the most wonderful time of the year.

Many questions are asked about each candidate in order to see who is most fit for office. Topics ranging from foreign policy to health care come up in the famed debates that Georgetown students faithfully watch (and argue about) in the HFSC. While some students tear each other apart on subjects, the rest of us just sit here like:

Fortunately, we at 4E know what the people want. On that note, we are going to combine all those “important” questions by playing a simple game: WOULD YOU RATHER?. This will give you an idea of the candidates with whom you identify most closely, and thus can help you decide whom you should vote for in November. Note: this quiz does include candidates who have failed miserably dropped out of the race.

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Georgetown’s Secret Freshmen Dorm

Banner - Freshman DormAs a Blue & Gray tour guide took me on a tour of Georgetown’s campus during my junior year of high school, she told me and the tour group that Georgetown had four freshman dorms that will determine the quality of your social life: New South, VCW, Harbin and Darnall. Just those four.  As a result, I was quite surprised when I received news that I was assigned to a different dorm: Village C East. As you can imagine, my reaction was one of shock:


Sure enough, I found out that there was indeed a secret (but actually not-so-secret) dorm. I’m not alone in my shock; I tell people where I live and most of them respond with the same question: Where? I had no idea of what to expect when I showed up on move-in day. It turns out that VCE is quite similar to VCW (minus the two-winged design). Private bathrooms, straight hallways, and sewage flooding your room are some of the wonderful things to look forward to in VCE.


After living here for about five months now, I can release my impartial rundown of VCE’s famed freshmen floors:

  1. VCE 8: In terms of VCE, it is safe to say that this is the best floor. Everyone gets along well and generally likes to have a good time. Residents can be seen hanging out in the common room on a regular basis and are always friendly. An inflatable penguin currently stands in the hallway. As you’ll see later, the eighth floor may be viewed as the “oasis” of VCE.
  2. VCE 9: Viewed by some as a floor of mystery, the ninth floor is quite similar to the eighth floor since it is the same size and has an RA on the floor. However, the ninth floor residents do not seem as rambunctious as the eighth floor’s residents, and thus draw less attention. Their common room, however, may catch one’s eye due to the interesting posters that adorn its walls.
  3. VCE 10: Here we are at last: land of the free and home of the — well, me. The tenth floor is probably the smallest freshman floor on campus: it includes six rooms, ten residents, one chaplain, and a surprisingly nice common room. We share the RA with the ninth floor, which is probably a good thing because he has no reason to come up to our floor (definitely nothing ~bad~ happening). One of the most fun parts is that someone from a lower floor left a mini trampoline in our common room because its vaulted ceilings provide enough space for one to jump on it. I may or may not use it on a regular basis:trampolineFor all the Harry Potter fans, my room may be considered the “Gryffindor Tower” of campus because the corner spot of the top floor gives me an excellent view of Arlington, the Potomac River, and some of the monuments. Due to its small size and the fact that not many people venture there, the tenth floor has been called “the wasteland” by many VCE and non-VCE freshmen (which is why VCE 8 stands as the oasis). It looks something like this:


Although not all VCEers enjoy their experience, some freshmen, particularly those on the eighth floor, rave about their VCExperience. Overall, VCE has given me quite an interesting experience, and I’ll definitely have stories to tell for the rest of my life.