Get your lawns ready, the 2010 Campus Plan sign contest is over

After a week of submissions and another week of voting, we’re ready to name the winner of our 2010 Campus Plan sign contest.

With a whopping 60 percent of the vote, “Raising Property Values Since 1789″ won outright. Congrats to Alison Crowley (COL ’11), who just earned herself a pair of tickets to the E Street Cinema.

Now for the fun part. When students move back to campus in August, we’ll be out in full-force, handing out these lawn signs to anybody who asks for one. If you already know you’ll want to display one of these beauties on your lawn, let us know at

Thanks again to everybody who submitted ideas or voted for their favorite signs.

6 Comments on “Get your lawns ready, the 2010 Campus Plan sign contest is over

  1. now that i come to think of it, i dont think this will accomplish anything. i mean antagonism to a childish stupidity (burleith signs that is) would just incite the hostility.

  2. I agree with the sceptic. While there deserves to be opposition to the neighbors, this sign war is going to escalate and will raise tensions. People will be stealing signs, vandalizing signs, and moving them to other locations (some of which will probably be quite humorous). The neighbors will use this as evidence of the bad behavior of the students and the University’s inability to control them, and they will get mileage out of that argument. I don’t doubt for a minute that part of the strategy of the neighbor’s sign campaign is knowing that the signs will be stolen and using that against GU. It’s a setup and enough students are going to fall for the trap to make it worth it. The Voice would better serve the community by encouraging response and action that will make GU look good and be productive and begging each and every student to resist the temptation to fall for the trap.

  3. So the University can’t control its students but you expect an school paper’s blog to be able to?

  4. Georgetown Voice: Stooping to the Burleith resident’s level since 2010

  5. Burleith residents, or at least those behind the sign campaign, have already demonstrated that they refuse to have a reasonable debate on the subject or acknowledge facts that run counter to their argument. As long as students don’t do anything outright stupid, I don’t see what’s wrong with these signs.

    I think it will be nice for students to see other houses with signs and know they’re not alone in the neighborhood. My block is plastered with those inane red and white signs and when I walk past a person out on their lawn, they usually leer at me like I might abduct their child. These people, who are so quick to emphasize the need for a cohesive neighborhood, are the ones creating hostility through their NIMBYism and eagerness to to make students, all students, feel unwelcome.

  6. @LD50: I don’t expect the University to control it’s students. I expect the students to control themselves (and I say that as a huge supporter of students and allowing students to have a good time and behave as students do, which includes partying and being loud). The Voice Blog is written and commented upon by student peers. Peers typically have more influence on individuals than authority figures, hence my comment about the blog. And, to be fair, I didn’t say the blog should control students. I said the blog should encourage students.

    @Chris D: I agree the residents are unreasonable and it doesn’t much matter what the students or University does. They will never be happy. Some ammunition that’s handed to them, however, is easier to get traction from than others. The stealing, vandalism, and mocking of the lawn signs is just too easy and, I think, will have a net benefit to them.

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