Julia Jester

Carrying On: The challenge of student media


Controversy. Clicks. Criticism. These buzzwords have come to define both the goals and perceptions of modern-day media, for better or for worse. And as I prepared to write my final column for the Voice, I realized that while I’m about to embark on a career in journalism, I’m leaving behind one of the most empowering,…

Carrying on: Politics at the Oscars


The subject of politics frequently finds its way into the Academy Awards, and the 2015 Oscars were no exception. Not even including red carpet movements such as #AskHerMore, this year’s onstage, on-air acceptance speeches combated racism, sexism, LGBTQ discrimination, immigration, and even ableism. What made this year’s statements starkly different from the Oscars’ most famous…

Carrying On: Dancing with division


Last weekend, aspiring dancers flocked to New York City to audition for the 12th season of the reality competition So You Think You Can Dance. After over a decade of nearly the same finalist format, the show’s producers decided to add a new twist: this season’s finalists will be placed into two teams, ten “street” dancers…

Higher Edge: Major decision, minor support


Between the rising costs of college tuition and the lingering effects of the recession, it’s no surprise that the specialized training versus liberal arts education debate has yet to be settled. But the truth is, the lofty philosophical debate over whether students should major in engineering or English is both misguided and misdirected. Rather than…

Higher Edge: Minimum effort for college affordability


“Back in my day, I worked my way through college.” That’s reasonable enough for our parents to say, when referring to a time when colleges didn’t expect students to live on campus, mandate meal plans, require astronomically expensive textbooks, encourage extracurricular involvement, promote unpaid internships, and foster social interaction. These developments have all become integral…

Higher Edge: Colleges shouldn’t get IX lives


The White House’s star-studded “It’s On Us” campaign may have made headlines this month, but it’s far from being the only step in recent times to combat sexual assault on college campuses. As Georgetown was sending detailed emails explaining its existing process for addressing sexual misconduct, other universities were drastically changing theirs to comply with—and…

Georgetown community remembers Andrea Jaime

Georgetown community remembers Andrea Jaime


Georgetown student Andrea Jaime (NHS ‘17) passed away from apparent meningitis at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital on Tuesday afternoon. That evening, students, faculty, and friends gathered in Dahlgren Quadrangle to mourn the loss and celebrate the life of Jaime.  Dahlgren’s usually flowing fountain remained still and silent as Fr. Kevin O’Brien, S.J., led the community…

Higher Edge: Stay classy, for-profit universities


In 1911, the federal government tried to rate American colleges, but failed miserably. Undeterred, the U.S. Department of Education is trying again. Later this fall, a draft of President Obama’s Postsecondary Institution Ratings System is set to be released for the 2015-2016 academic year. Created in response to a plea from the Association of American…

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