Connor Jones

Saxa Politica: The importance of local journalism


This may be the end. After three years writing for this preeminent newsweekly, my time as a reporter, editor, and columnist is ending soon. Over the course of my time covering campus news, I have covered both breaking news and issues that have been stewing for some time; both the wonky and the accessible; both…

On the Record with President DeGioia

On the Record with President DeGioia


The Voice sat down with University President John DeGioia on Tuesday to discuss the accessibility of a Georgetown education. What follows is an abridged transcript of the interview. Paragraph breaks indicate where material was omitted for space.  In real terms, the total cost of attendance at Georgetown has risen 22 percent in the past 10…

Saxa Politica: Brick by brick, building our story


It’s time to admit it: Georgetown’s buildings are ugly. With the exception of the main quad, Georgetown wasn’t designed in a unified architectural style. While we have enough soaring edifices to satisfy most people’s mental image of what a prestigious university should look like, the ratio of architectural treasures to eyesores here is considerably lower…

Saxa Politica: Inclusivity over exclusivity


The average Georgetown student is racing toward middle-aged life. You know the type: in a suit Monday through Friday, half of their net worth is tied up in investments at 19, treats their latest internship like it’s their identity, can’t wait to work for a mega-bank, loves committee structure and flow-charts. Youthful exuberance has been…

Saxa Politica: This is what “student engagement” looks like


My experience being the closest thing to a talking head of Georgetown media has taught me one thing: when you’ve exhausted your list of people to criticize, there’s always an easy target—blame administrators for not having enough “student engagement.” Here’s the formula. Administrators announce mildly unpopular policy. Various groups of students disagree. Campus media asks…

Capital Cannabis: The campaign to legalize marijuana in Washington, D.C.

Capital Cannabis: The campaign to legalize marijuana in Washington, D.C.


A poll conducted by Public Policy Polling released last April found that 63 percent of D.C. residents would support legalizing marijuana and regulating its sale for adults. Moreover, 75 percent of D.C. residents would approve of decriminalization. Despite the obstacles and potential pitfalls, marijuana activists remain confident that they can change the law via a 2014 referendum. With other states eyeing legalization in 2014, D.C. could both provide a symbolic victory to pro-marijuana activists and serve as a model for how the rest of the country should proceed.

Saxa Politica: GUSA’s Nanny State


Want better housing next year? Just make sure you’ve paid your library fines, and double-check that you’re not a bigot. GUSA hopes to combat the destructive forces of discrimination through What’s a Hoya, a program that will incentivize students to attend University-approved seminars for a slight boost in housing points. The topic of the first…

Saxa Politica: Free speech applies to all


When William Blatty (COL ’50) accused Georgetown of acceding to “intolerant orthodoxies,” I, like most of my peers, shrugged it off. Recently, though, I was forced to reconsider. In the last two weeks, groups of LGBTQ students protested two events hosted by Love Saxa, a student group devoted to fighting the hook-up culture and promoting…

Saxa Politica: Breaking promises, slowly


If it seemed to casual observers that the GUSA leaders were violating the trust of administrators when they chose to publicly reveal what they had learned in private discussions, it was only because administrators had already breached that trust. When an agreement was finally reached on the 2010 Campus Plan, it was presented to students…

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