HoyaTalk vs. The Voice

What happens when a bunch of bored alums get together to chat Georgetown on the internet? Here’s a hint: it involves asking us here at the Voice to, um, kill ourselves. Here’s a charming Hoya from the boards:

When did the rag put out some worthy material?

Has anyone checked out their website recently?

The main facade at the top of the screen is some hippie’s smelly ORANGE foot stepping on the seal.

http://www.georgetownvoice.com/

….seriously, what the bleep is that all about?

Well, it’s a joke. Also, if not stepping on the seal was such a university priority, maybe it shouldn’t have been put on the ground in front of a door. I’m just sayin’.

Now, they also crack some jokes about our reporting. We don’t mind taking one in the teeth when we screw something up (it’s why we run corrections) but I feel compelled to defend our honor. This last year, for instance, we won more on-campus journalism awards than the Hoya (including second* place in the Sports category, HoyaTalk fans), and for the past three years I’ve been on campus, we’ve split the awards fairly evenly with our rival newspaper. Maybe that’s why our alums end up working at places like CNN, CBS, Agence France Press, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, The Washington City Paper, Entertainment Weekly, the Poynter Center, The Nation, and The Washington Post.

But why would these anonymous alums bash students who work long hours to contribute to our campus’ culture? Maybe the same reason they have plenty of time to spend rehashing their golden college years on the internet: they don’t have anything productive to do with their time. Hoya Saxa, your life is awesome!

– Tim Fernholz, Editor-in-Chief

* Turns out The Hoya (in fact, this gentleman) picked up the first place prize for sports writing, we took second! It seems one of our writers won first place in commentary and second place in sports, and I flipped them around in my head.

15 Comments on “HoyaTalk vs. The Voice

  1. You tell ’em, tiger.

    Observations from the peanut gallery:

    1. No self-respecting hippie would wear those orange sneakers. Ironic hipster? Perhaps.

    2. Here at the Voice, we don’t wash our feet and we’re damn proud of it, BITCHezzz.

    3. That kid in the orange shoes never graduated. Coincidence? I think not.

  2. I liked this part:

    “I think the media board should strike down the Voice, cut its funding, aid in the Hoya’s independence movement, and establish real journalism at Georgetown.”

    Can someone really go through 4 years of Georgetown and not understand the contradiction between Media Board giving the Hoya money and aiding their independence movement? What a waste of 50 grand.

  3. “Maybe the same reason they have plenty of time to spend rehashing their golden college years on the internet: they don’t have anything productive to do with their time.”

    You obviously spent some time reading it. Maybe you’re missing out on your golden college years?

  4. Well the Voice may have won more awards as judged by the prestigious Washington Examiner and Georgetowner, but they still can’t pay their own bills and retract complete stories because their writers and editors can’t do basic research.
    Amateurs.

  5. The Voice did indeed win more Bunn Awards but the hoya took first and third in the sports category.

  6. First of all, it’s not just alumni on HoyaTalk I’m a junior and a regular poster. I too found your “joke” to be in poor taste and disrespectful.Your point that ” if not stepping on the seal was such a university priority, maybe it shouldn’t have been put on the ground in front of a door” is completely flawed. First of all, I’m sure the people who originally put the seal there had no intention for a tradition of walking around the seal to be created. But, it was created, by georgetown students and is now a tradition. There also wouldn’t be much point of walking around the seal if it wasn’t in the way. That’s the whole point of the tradition. You take a very short amount of time to pay respect to the school that you’re supposed to love. Most of the qualms people have with the voice that I’ve talked to aren’t with gramatical and spelling mistakes like ” But why would these anonymous alums bash students who work long ours to contribute to our campus’ culture?” It’s more the lack of substance in the majority of the newspaper. Most of the newspaper is compossed of columns of peoples opinions and stories about their lives that only their friends care to read about.

  7. In your list of publications where Voice alumni work, how could you leave out the Jersey Journal? If you really want to change this paper’s rep, I suggest you correct this flagrant mistake.

  8. But why would these anonymous alums bash students who work long OURS to contribute to our campus’ culture?

    It seems the Voice also took second in the spelling category.

  9. I just want to take the time to thank everyone who has commented on this post. We appreciate your dedicated readership.

  10. As someone on HoyaTalk points out, it’s not just any shoe–it’s an orange shoe. Orange as in Syracuse. Georgetown Voice staffers: a dangerous fifth column?

  11. Ah, the Voice even has to correct a blog posting because of factual sloppiness. Keep up the good work, fellas.

  12. Will Sommer! YOU are responding sarcastically to HT criticism. Incredible. You are a terrible reporter, and I can’t believe you don’t have the guts to apologize to the Voice readership and the University in this space. The fact that the Voice keeps you on staff after such an egregious error is yet another example of why the University community has never and will never respect the rag.

  13. Hey friend,

    At least Will had the courage to attach his name to what he writes. Let’s not throw stones when we live in fallacious houses.

  14. “Let’s not throw stones when we live in fallacious houses.”

    Now we’re mixing our metaphors? Any more crimes against writing you guys want to commit?

  15. Hoyatalker- I’m pretty sure Mike Stewart knew what he was writing and wrote what he intended. Shut up, you suck.

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