Prefrosh Preview: LGBTQ at Georgetown

Editor’s note: this is a repost of Tim Annick’s excellent post on LGBTQ on the Hilltop from July 2014.

For those of you who have been living under a rock, LGBTQ, as the Georgetown LGTBQ Resource Center defines it, stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning.

Georgetown has come a long way from its cisgendered, anti-gay rhetoric of decades-past, but it should come as no surprise that Catholicism, Georgetown, and the LGBTQ community have an immensely complex relationship. Despite Pope Francis‘ progressivism (by Catholic Church standards, anyway), the Catholic Church still does hold that homosexual acts are gravely sinful.

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Prefrosh Preview: Sex at Georgetown

Editor’s note: This is a repost of Caitriona Pagni’s excellent overview of sex at Georgetown from last year.

This post is intended to provide a realistic and informative picture of sex at Georgetown. The information in this post is generally common knowledge and does not come from personal experience.

In recent years, sex at Georgetown has become a topic of heated national debate. Whether it’s the remarks of radio personality Rush Limbaugh regarding Sandra Fluke, the Cardinal Newman Society’s concern for the degradation of Georgetown’s Catholic values, or the annual campus production of the Vagina Monologues and Sex Positive Week, people around the country seem remarkably interested in knowing what Jack Hoya is up to in the bedroom. Some people may think all this attention can be a little too intrusive at times, but hey, Vox doesn’t mind if they like to watch.

Despite the stereotypes you may have heard about Georgetown or about college life in general, not everyone at Georgetown makes sex a top priority. According to the Voice’s 2012 Sex Survey, 72 percent of Georgetown students claim to be sexually active. That’s not to say that we don’t have a few freaky Hoyas out there. As the author of Vox‘s advice column, Vox can say that she’s counseled people on some seriously messed up stuff. In a follow-up to the Voice‘s 2012 survey, Vox ran its own sex survey in 2013, which found that 28 percent of respondents had used a vibrator.

If you do choose to take a romp in the hay during your time at Georgetown, here is some practical knowledge you’ll need to know.


The issue of contraception is one of the biggest topics on campus. In 2012, Georgetown’s contraception policy came under scrutiny following the Sandra Fluke scandal. Ultimately, the scandal had no impact on Georgetown’s policy, and the University still does not offer students birth control pills for contraceptive purposes. However, the University’s student health insurance plan does cover birth control pills if they are prescribed by a physician for a medical reason unrelated to birth control.

Condoms and the pill are the two most common contraceptive methods among Georgetown Students. 51 percent of female respondents to the Voice‘s sex survey reported using the pill in 2012, and most of those students said that they get the pill from an external medical provider or from Planned Parenthood. Only 5 percent of respondents said they receive their birth control pills from the Student Health Center on campus.

Anyone who wants to buy condoms has to go off campus to do so. The best place to get them is the CVS on Wisconsin Avenue.

The student group H*yas for Choice, which is not officially recognized by and does not receive funding from the University, stands in the center of the contraception debate on campus. The group regularly tables in Red Square and the Leavey Center, handing out free condoms to students. The group also offers other services such as a condom delivery service for parties. However, the University refuses to make H*yas for Choice an official student group on campus, leaving the group vulnerable to censorship and raising questions about free speech on campus.

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When it comes to romancing, Georgetown culture largely favors hooking up to Jane Austen-style wooing. The gentle manners of Mr. Darcy probably seem too impractical for the result-oriented student body. Hooking up serves a wide variety of purposes. Many students just want to blow off some steam. In some cases, hooking up can be a precursor of a relationship. However, students should wade these hormone-laced waters with caution.

Although many Georgetown students feel protected from the real world by the infamous Georgetown Bubble, sexual assault is an ugly reality on campus. Sexual assault has become a top priority for the student activists and the University has made recent progress on addressing the issue and protecting survivors. In the past year, the University introduced an alcohol amnesty clause in the Student Code of Conduct that allows students to report cases of sexual assault without facing repercussions for violating the University’s alcohol policy. Additionally, all freshmen will attend a mandatory sexual assault educational workshop as part of New Student Orientation.

Resources for sexual assault survivors and pregnancy

If you have been sexually assaulted, there are a variety of resources on and off campus to offer you support. Student Health Services, located in Village C, staffs a number of professionals who are trained to deal with sexual assault, relationship violence, and other types of trauma and are equipped to support students through the emotional, physical, and legal aftermath of being sexually assaulted. Student Health Services also offers counseling and support to students who may be pregnant and distributes free pregnancy tests, no questions asked.

UASK DC is an all-in-one smartphone app with a list of hotlines and resources for all relevant information for sexual assault survivors.

Kitestring is another useful app that checks up on you throughout the night and contacts your friends if you are unable to answer the phone.

File photos: Georgetown Voice


Prefrosh Preview: Mental Health at Georgetown

We like to look like we’re the perfect candidates for everything—a job, an internship, a marriage … Admitting that you struggle with mental health issues means admitting that you’re not the perfect candidate, and that makes you look weaker.


—Student interviewed in Voice feature, “Not crazy, just a little unwell: Mental health at Georgetown,” by Julia Lloyd-George, Nov. 2013

A new world of academic rigour. Moving on from previous relationships in high school. Homesickness. Loneliness. Competition. A previously-diagnosed mental illness. These are just some of the causes of mental health issues experienced by students around the world, including here at Georgetown.

Unlike physical injuries, mental health problems are problems people are often ashamed or even afraid to talk about—creating a paradox in which the afflicted person needs help and often knows he/she needs help, but dreads admitting so. Why? We tend to associate issues of the mind with personal weakness—as though they’re our fault.

According to the National Alliance for Mental Illness, the chances that you or someone you know will experience a diagnosable mental illness during college is one in four. That’s four people in your sixteen-person English class. Fifty students in your 200-person economics lecture. Even more suffer more minor mental health issues including stress and sleep deprivation.

Fortunately, there are quite a few ways to take care of your mental health that The Voice has conveniently compiled below.

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Prefrosh Preview: Traditions at Georgetown

Editors note: This is a repost of Grace Brennan’s excellent overview of traditions at Georgetown from last year’s Prefrosh Preview.

In a couple of weeks when you and the rest of the Prefrosh move onto campus, you’ll find that becoming a Hoya is much more than just receiving your Convocation robes and participating in the endless New Student Orientation activities. There are certain antics that make being a Hoya timeless. Whether it’s a large celebration or a subtle unwritten rule, here is a guide to the many Georgetown traditions that link Hoyas together throughout the generations.

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Prefrosh Preview: Getting fit at Georgetown

At Georgetown, students both work hard and play hard. While the more popular meaning of play hard will be covered later on in another preview, the more literal meaning refers to the fact that Georgetown students love their physical activity.

That love manifests itself in many forms. Whether it’s intramural flag football games under the lights on Multi-Sport Field or lifting weights at Yates Field House, Georgetown students love to stay active. This preview will cover the various ways you can become involved in sports and also stay fit on the Hilltop.

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Just the Tip: Loneliness and Hillternshipz

Dear Shay,

I’ve been feeling the summer blues. I miss my friends and my bestie is leaving for abroad. Also, I think I’m working way too hard. Halp plz!

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Prefrosh Preview: Getting drunk at Georgetown

Editor’s note: This post is intended to provide a realistic and helpful picture of the undergraduate drinking culture at Georgetown. The information in this post is generally common knowledge and does not come from Vox‘s personal experience. Vox does not endorse breaking any laws.

As bars continue to close across Georgetown, and local police continue to crackdown on off-campus parties, the next few years will undoubtedly see an influx of on-campus partying for Hoyas. Fortunately enough, this does not mean an end to Georgetown’s party scene.

For incoming freshmen, the increase in on-campus partying will be a boon. The first six weeks will be chock-full of parties hosted by various clubs and (unofficial) fraternities that are recruiting newbies. So pour yourself another drink or shotgun that beer. Here’s a guide to partying on the Hilltop.

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Prefrosh Preview: D.C.’s internship scene

To enroll in Georgetown is to live in what is becoming one of the most dynamic and attractive metropolitan areas for young professionals in the country. There’s a reason why you’ll come to realize why many people at this school choose to give off a pre-professional vibe. Yeah, they probably like to indulge in a pretentious aura, but it’s also relatively easy to find an internship and gain some professional experience.

Plus, since you’re resident in D.C. for the school year, you don’t need to compete with the massive throngs of other students from across the country who descend into Washington every summer hungry for opportunities.

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Door-to-door inspections in Georgetown, Burleith hope to get all GU student homes up to standard

The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) has begun door-to-door inspections in both West Georgetown and Burleith to make sure townhouses are keeping to D.C. Housing Code. Both university-owned and off-campus houses will be subject to inspection by DCRA officials.

Inspections will take place through the end of the summer. Some properties may be inspected in the fall. A resident or a third party, such as a designated member of the Georgetown Student Tenant Association or Office of Neighborhood Life, must be present for the inspection to take place, according to Will Simons (COL ‘16), GUSA director of communications. Read More


Free outdoor movies coming to Georgetown

Starting next Tuesday night, the Georgetown Business Improvement District will begin screening outdoor movies at the Georgetown Waterfront Park.

The Sunset Cinema series will kick off with St. Elmo’s Fire on July 7. State of Play will play on the 14th of July, No Way Out on the 21st, and Burn After Reading on the 28th. A fifth and final yet to-be-announced movie will be screened on August 4. 

In the release by BID, vice president of the organization Nancy Miyahira said, “We are delighted to invite the community to experience the magic of this setting, an incredible blend of urban and natural, while enjoying movies and the other entertaining experiences available in Georgetown.”

Head over to K/Water Street and Cecil Place NW for movies starting on the 7th. Admission is free and open to the public. Movies start at sunset.

Photo: specimenlife via Flickr