Remix: Old North’s Index

Brooklyn Museum - Harper's Poster - January 1895 - Edward Penfield

Brooklyn Museum – Harper’s Poster – January 1895 – Edward Penfield

CCT student Liz Sabatiuk modeled this “index” on the Harper’s Index in Harper’s Magazine. The experiment was part of her final remix project, in which she explored what’s remembered and what’s forgotten in Georgetown’s history. Each Harper’s Index curates 40 facts expressed through numbers, rates, ratios, percentages, years, factors, and other quantities. Each point is carefully chosen and strategically located to provoke reflection and even surprise. This Index juxtaposes 40 quantitative facts about Georgetown to create a multi-faceted and authentic representation of Georgetown, past and present.



Old North’s Index

Georgetown University’s rank in the 2016 edition of Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report: 21

Number of athletes who’ve been inducted to the Georgetown Athletic Hall of Fame: 258

Year John Carroll proposed founding a school at Georgetown: 1787

Year Maryland was settled: 1634

Year John Smith included Piscataway settlements on the banks of the Potomac: 1608

Number of Georgetown graduates whose lives were lost in the Vietnam War: 17

The year blue and gray were adopted as Georgetown’s school colors to represent the two sides of the Civil War: 1876

Percentage of Georgetown students who fought in the Civil War who fought for the Confederates: 80

Ratio of free black people to slaves in Washington, DC, in 1800: 1 to 4

In 1860: 3 to 1

Year Georgetown took 5th place in Black Enterprise’s ranking of Top 50 Colleges for African Americans: 2008

Year Lauinger Library opens, named for Joseph Mark Lauinger, an alumnus killed in Vietnam War: 1970

Number of Georgetown Alumni listed on The Wall that Heals: 23

Georgetown’s yearly undergraduate tuition as of FY2016: $48,048

Estimated median income for a four-person family living in the United States for FY2016: $77,507

Percent of Student Body that is a Varsity Athlete: 12.2%

Amount of Georgetown’s total sports-related revenues and expenses: $33,536,264

Number of Catholic women’s colleges in 1910: 14

In 1967: 120

Number of students forming the Committee of Concerned College Students to protest the admission of women to Georgetown: 100

Averaged high school percentile rank of the first group of women admitted to Georgetown: 91.5

Of men the same year: 78.3

Ratio of applications to openings for women the first year Georgetown admitted female undergraduates: 10 to 1

Amount spent to renovate Dahlgren Chapel in 2011: $8,000,000

Number of clergymen who in 1789 acquired the parcel of land that would become Georgetown: 5

Amount of the down payment Georgetown received for the sale of ~272 slaves to a Louisiana congressman: $25,000

Number of United States Presidents who have visited Old North since Georgetown was founded: 14

Number who were men: 14

Ratio of mentions of “children” to “fight” in President Obama’s 2013 speech on Climate Change at Georgetown: 15 to 8

Year Patrick Healy became the 29th President of Georgetown: 1874

Year Patrick Healy was born into slavery in Macon, GA: 1830

Year Georgetown accepted its first black undergraduate student, Samuel
Halsey Jr.: 1950

Acceptance rate
for undergraduate admissions to the class of 2019: 16.4%

Acceptance rate for legacy students for
the same year: 37%

Number of
different religious services on Georgetown’s campus in any given week: 50

Amount of
settlement to over 450 victims of abuse by Jesuit priests teaching at schools
on Indian reservations: $166,100,000

Amount donated by Frank McCourt, Jr. to
found the McCourt School of Public Policy: $100,000,000

Per day pay rate
for Nike sweatshop workers according to activist Jim Keady: $1.2

Year bulldog adopted as Georgetown
mascot: 1962

Number of
Georgetown-promoted events related to the Pope’s visit in 2015: 12


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