Thoughts from the Georgetown community.
You’re studying too much— yes, you
However, the real problem is not overstudying on an individual level; it’s the culture that idolizes productivity. When work for work’s sake is valued over a healthy lifestyle, students feel pressured to perform and guilty for not meeting the standard. Mental health issues, exhaustion, and taxing workloads become trophies of success.
The curse of “let’s get a coffee”: How networking has corrupted our friendships
Ultimately, we have lost track of what it means to spend valuable time with other people. Networking culture governs the way that we make plans, spend money, and converse; its format is designed to keep potential close friends at arm’s length by limiting interactions to annual catch-ups and coffee.
The Post’s McPherson Square editorial is a failure in compassionate journalism
On Feb. 15, D.C.’s Office of the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services (DMHHS) conducted an encampment “cleanup” at McPherson Square, where about 74 people experiencing homelessness resided in... Read more
Increasing equity at Georgetown begins with reforming Blue & Gray
Being a tour guide means generally presenting Georgetown positively to visitors. But as three guides of color, we often tiptoe between spouting the information the Office of Undergraduate Admissions wants us to share and acknowledging our lived experiences beyond the brochures.
Students subverting students: The Corp must prioritize employee empowerment
The Corp’s institutional design favors—and will continue to favor—the status quo over true, progressive changes.
Reimagining Club Culture
I want to look back at my experience with Georgetown’s club culture—one of dismay, frustration, and disillusionment—and center on the upsides of open-app student associations, which I hope will become a bigger part of Georgetown’s future.
Republicans, mind your own House: Respect D.C.’s autonomy
The District deserves autonomy from the personal political wishlists of an overwhelmingly and disproportionately white, male Congress/
Heroin chic and the price of beauty
Supermodel Bella Hadid left very little of her svelte figure to the imagination as she walked the runway in a dress spray-painted upon her nearly naked body for Paris Fashion Week last October. The message is clear: Big asses and boobs are out, protruding collar bones and wrist bones are in.
After Lunar New Year gun violence, I devote myself to grief
Perhaps it’s mere human instinct to measure ourselves by shared tragedies, but there’s something brutal about the unregulated bullet being a defining genre of timestamp for our generation.
We need to chat about ChatGPT
If the implications of ChatGPT in an academic environment will be substantial, the implications in greater society will be even more profound. ChatGPT is able to draft lease agreements based on a given location and even code websites, tasks that have previously required significant training. For the vast majority of people, this technology will only make life easier—and less expensive. However, for those who make a living off of these skills, the proliferation of AI could be detrimental.
Georgetown, serve justice for LaHannah now—and restructure your institutions so this does not happen again
The university must develop comprehensive institutional mechanisms to achieve justice for survivors of hate crimes.
It’s time we reconstruct our view of protests
“Constructive” protests are generally nonviolent and informative to the other side, with the hope that people who previously disagreed with you will come to see your cause and make concessions. If a protest doesn’t meet these goals and expectations, however, it is often written off altogether, deemed instead “unconstructive,” “unhelpful to the cause,” or in the extremes even labeled as “riots.”
The true crime of ‘true crime’
The rise of true crime in popular culture has prompted novel conversations about how we depict killers and victims in storytelling.
Despite the negatives, D.C.’s restaurant industry needs Initiative 82
The newly passed Initiative 82 will help build a better restaurant industry, but it must tear the industry down to its foundations first.
What happens when it is not the child who needs to be taken care of?
When you believe that you are solely responsible for someone's well-being, you also worry that your departure will be the sole reason for their deterioration.
COP27, Human Rights, and The Climate Crisis
COP27 has been tasked with overcoming past criticisms while also dealing with new challenges that are arising inside a country with high levels of censorship and repression.
Letter from the Editors: concerning the Vincent/Hirai endorsement
The Voice rescinds its endorsement of the Vincent/Hirai ticket, although we still believe Vincent would be the most progressive candidate.
For lack of a progressive ticket, vote Vincent/Hirai
Here we are again. Another GUSA election, another set of lackluster candidates. If you’re looking for a progressive GUSA ticket, there isn’t one. So in the absence of better choices—or... Read more
Solving polarization won’t fix our society’s injustices
Today’s society is not a utopia, and it’s important to realize that politics is and will always be personal—especially for marginalized communities, which is why it is necessary that we work towards progressive action instead of reduced polarization.
D.C.’s new migrant services bill is anti-immigrant and dangerous
If D.C. is to call itself a sanctuary city, its government must take bold steps to actually protect its immigrants. Municipal responses to migrant busing have been woefully inadequate, locking some of the District’s most vulnerable residents out of guaranteed access to legal support, employment and education trainings, fixed shelter, medical care, and food provision. It also endangers the ability of many immigrants—including those who are long-term D.C. residents—to access D.C.’s services for homelessness entirely. The D.C. Council must adopt legislation correcting these failures.