March 3, 2011 Volume CXXIX Issue 6

Alumni disrespect students

By JESSICA FLORES
Staff Writer

As Georgetown students, we are all expected to have a little pride in our school and its traditions. We are asked, but not expected, to continue that pride and support even in our years as alumni of this institution. This is why today there are several alumni who continue to support the college by attending events. Nothing makes me more proud to be a part of Georgetown than when I look on Facebook and see our alumni wishing the Tigers luck at their next game or when I look into the crowd at Songfest and see familiar faces. This type of support is much appreciated and welcome.

What is not appreciated or welcome is the attitude I saw in two Georgetown alumni at Belle of the Blue. As I sat in the crowd and cheered on the participants in the scholarship pageant, I was absolutely appalled by two voices behind me who continually mocked not only the participants, but also the hosts. After several minutes, I looked back and realized that these two women were alumni of the college who were there to support a certain sorority on our campus. And as the evening continued, so did their negativity.

I am shocked at the attitudes of these women for two reasons. First, they have poorly represented their organization, not only to me, but also to others with whom I have spoken in the past few days and who could hear the women as well. Second, I am shocked that we would have alumni who would come to “support” our traditions but instead completely bash everyone on stage. Now, I’m not naive. I know and understand that these individuals were probably there in support of only one candidate, but that does not make it okay to dismiss and speak poorly of the others for everyone to hear. This is rude and absolutely childish. Apparently graduating college does not mean that we are all truly adults. So, some elementary advice to the women who acted like middle school girls sitting behind me on Saturday: if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.


Student asks, “Got water?”

GC students help to provide clean water all around the world
By CAROLINE HUTSON
Contributing Writer

A team from Berea College went to Costa Rica in 2008 to help provide clean water through the use of purification systems like the one shown above.

My opinion: You should lose yourself in service to others. You may tell yourself, “I am only one person, what could I possibly do to make an impact on anything or anybody?” Trust me, this should never be your mindset or worry. Mother Teresa said it best, “We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean, but the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.”

Together we can use our unique talents to fill the ocean. Today, Mother Teresa’s idea continues to work through Edge Outreach. Edge Outreach, a non-profit organization located in Louisville, Ky., is a place where you can “empower people to do acts of mercy that reflect the love of Christ,” according to Edge Outreach Executive Director, Mark Hogg.

Secondly, through “International Water Training,” Edge Outreach educates anyone with a passion for missions to purify water. Natalie Hymer, fellow Georgetown student and Edge Outreach employee, explains it best, “Edge Outreach’s goal is to teach teachers.” Edge transforms ordinary people into missionaries as they bring sustainable solutions to people in the developing world.

This past Saturday, Natalie and I visited the Louisville Science Center to spread the news about Edge Outreach. It was engineer day at the Science Center, so we had the opportunity to teach children, parents, engineers and staff about the water purifier that Edge uses in third-world countries. Not only did we tell them about the water purifier, we also gave them “water facts.” By informing them on facts such as, “in the poorest countries, 5,000 children die each day, and 90 percent of the deaths are caused by dirty drinking water,” they began to understand the importance of what Edge does for the global community. It didn’t matter that I wasn’t an Edge employee or a water expert. Having the opportunity to teach others about how they can make a difference gave me a feeling of empowerment. Even though I wasn’t serving in a third-world country, I knew I was helping to expand people’s knowledge of how to serve one another and get involved in something bigger than themselves.

Edge Outreach trains people in Peru to use a water purifier.

Now it is your time to get involved! As we speak, the University of Louisville Men’s Soccer Team is being water trained for when they travel to Brazil for a soccer tournament. The Louisville head soccer coach wanted his team to “not just play soccer, but to install a water purification system for people in need of clean water,” according to Hymer. If you are interested in getting involved with Edge Outreach, visit their website at www.edgeoutreach.com.

“Like a small drought of water, our
efforts and prayers will saturate dry
places… soak parched dreams, and
seep hope into the lives of people and
their community.”
-Mark Hogg


A comic moment…

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