The Georgetown Voice: 50th Anniversary Edition

The Voice is officially over the Hilltop!

Since 1969, we’ve striven to provide a platform for Georgetown students’ voices, keep the university accountable, and tell the stories you need to know. Click on the image to the left to view the entire issue or browse through the stories on this page to learn more!

By my calculations, since the Voice was founded 50 years ago, it has seen 12 (and a half) completely new staffs labor over its pages. I joined one of those teams after my first student activities fair when someone shoved into my hands a thin, glossy magazine with three ostriches on the back cover insisting, “Hey, you. Join the Voice.” I took the birds’ advice and sat in a corner of Leavey 424 for an information session, having no idea why there was a broken mannequin in a green blazer lurking in the back of what I assumed to be a professional newsroom. Somehow, here I am four years later.

Our short time in college means you only have a finite period to build momentum toward change for one or two groups you’ve fallen into. But four years later, you’ll have to trust that the new students into whose hands you are shoving thin, glossy magazines will carry on what you’ve worked for during many late nights in a cramped office.

Looking back through old issues of the Voice while preparing for this anniversary issue, I realized that over five decades we have cyclically covered the same topics— tuition, construction, GUSA elections—complained about the same things—shut-down parties and opaque university administrators—and even made similar typos (I won’t go into those). At first, it disheartened me: How could we ever expect to grow if we couldn’t remember what we’d done just five years ago?

But after speaking with Voice alumni over the past few months, I realize that we’ve all had the same goal that led to that repeating coverage: Keep the university accountable and help the campus community use these short years on campus the best we can. The passion for that goal is what has kept the Voice going, with all of its quirks and irreverence and mistakes and improvements that each unique set of staffers have built on throughout the decades.

So when I leave campus in a month, I have to believe that I have left it with a stronger community and a better newsmagazine than when I got here simply because that is what previous Voicers trusted me to do. Before that, please indulge us in this special, 50th anniversary edition. To those who come after us, all we ask is that you enjoy your time on the Voice, the late nights, the long meetings. We ask that you do what we have done, but bigger and better, having a grand old time until at least 2069.

-Margaret Gach, Editor-in-Chief (Spring 2019)

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Take a look back at the Voice's founding in 1969, memories of alumni through the years, and what we've been up to in the past decade.

Carrying On: What Does the Voice Mean to You?

The Voices section reached out to Voice alumni from throughout our 50 years and asked them the question,  What does the Voice mean to you?   Jason Kelly (COL ’96) Editor-in-Chief, Spring 1995 My memories of the Voice are too numerous to capture in a couple hundred words, unless I default to a Larry King-like, ellipses-riddled regurgitation….

New Paper, New Office, Same Old Voice

Within 16 pages, the Oct. 22, 2009 issue of the Voice housed the feature, “A History of One-night Stands: Comedy at Georgetown,” the news clip, “Shot Fired in McDonough Bathroom,” and the Voices piece, “Tour de Georgetown: Cyclist Pops the G’town Bubble.” “The Voice definitely produces a lot of professional writers and journalists, and I…

Volume 1 Issue 1: The First Years of The Georgetown Voice

When Steve Pisinski (COL ’71) arrived back on campus after the summer of 1968, the country and Georgetown seemed to be at a crossroads. Anti-war protests were engulfing college campuses across America while race riots tore cities apart. Many of Georgetown’s established institutions seemed content to ignore the action, Pisinski thought. From his Ryan Hall…

The Biggest Stories We've Covered Throughout the Decades

Neighbors, Nike, and Other News: Voice Coverage from 2009 to 2019

Wondering what were the biggest stories the Voice covered over the past decade? Luckily, we looked through our archives so you don’t have to. Apr. 14, 2009 President Obama gives speech in Gaston Hall in front of covered IHS symbol When President Barack Obama gave an economic policy speech in Gaston Hall, the gold IHS, symbolizing…

Having a Grand Old Time: News on the Hilltop from 1969 to 2009

We dug through our archives to find the biggest (or our favorite) stories the Voice covered in our first 40 years. *** May 5, 1970 Students strike, boycott classes The Georgetown Student Senate called for a two-day boycott of classes to protest for a number of on-campus reforms, including the U.S. withdrawal from Southeast Asia….

Georgetown in the Last Decade: Student Life

A Leisurely Stroll Down Memory Lane

For our 50th anniversary issue, we’ve selected a series of quotes from our leisure section in the last decade, some showing the significance of certain cultural moments, others displaying the more questionable snippets of the 2010s entertainment industry. *** Movies: The film industry was praised and criticized for the stories it decided to elevate and…

Sustained Success for Hoyas on the Field and on the Court

Though the athletic brand of Georgetown University has been primarily tied to the men’s basketball team, the past decade has highlighted the excellence of many of the other squads on the Hilltop. The following article chronicles six of the school’s most prominent programs since 2009. *** Men’s Soccer By Tyler Pearre The Georgetown men’s soccer…

Acting Out: Students Bring Change to the Hilltop

Georgetown’s front gates sit roughly four miles from the United States Capitol. Perhaps it is this proximity to policymakers, or the university’s Jesuit identity, that make Georgetown a haven for student activists. For our 50th anniversary, the Voice is looking back at some students’ more recent attempts to bring change to campus. Student activism at…

Students Search for Common Ground Amidst Rising Partisanship

Georgetown students on campus in 2009 were living in the heart of political upheaval. Barack Obama, the first black president, brought Democrats back to the White House for the first time since a Hoya sat in the Oval Office. Now, at the end of the decade, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. is occupied by Republican former real…

Student Groups Navigate Shifting Media Landscape

This issue focuses on the Voice’s 50-year history, but we are part of a larger network of student groups dedicated to journalism on campus. While we’re often in friendly (and sometimes not-so-friendly) competition with each other, the sense of community among us has kept student media on the Hilltop alive in the face of rapid…

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