The best comments on the Post‘s article about the Stewards

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Everyone’s favorite, the Washington Post is a little late covering Georgetown University’s latest petty election scandal. In an article last Thursday, local reporter Ian Shapira recounts the history of the Stewards from beginning to end: from mysterious early 80’s founding to Jack Appelbaum’s (COL ’13) loss at the polls. Although the Post didn’t uncover much new information, the article features some amusing quotes and gave greater D.C. a chance to comment on Georgetown’s latest reputed instance of self-importance.

Even though the feelings of Vox readers range from aggressively indifferent to hostile on the Stewards, Vox thought these comments were just too funny to ignore.

First off, though, for some reason, apparently we’re calling Steward Throat a blogger now, a designation Vox takes offense to:

The anonymous blogger discovered the secret society’s internal e-mails and gleefully published the most amusing material: members deliberating over which ties to wear (Brooks Brothers, of course) and another insider venting about the “extremely left-wing tilt” of the Georgetown University campus tour.

The Post also got a hold of the Stewards’ founder, Manny Miranda (SFS ’82), who just ignored Vox‘s requests for comment. He, along with every other Steward, holds that the group is part of the good, social-justice, fellowship, service -type Catholics, not the secretive, white, conservative, scheming, political, -type Catholics.

Miranda said misperceptions about the group are the result of its support for Georgetown’s Catholic traditions. “Some of the projects we’re associated with are Catholic, but we don’t view them as political,” Miranda said. “We view them as honoring Georgetown’s Catholic identity.”

Read the rest of the comments on the WaPo article after the jump!

I’m even mentioned in the story. Actually, when I opened Steward Throat’s first message, I thought someone was trying to mess with Vox, but I did also receive some humorous advice from a fellow editor.

Connor Jones, editor of the campus blog Vox Populi, opened his e-mail Feb. 18 and read a bizarre message. Someone, or a group of people, dubbed Steward Throat, had “acquired information” confirming several Stewards’ identities, including a prominent candidate for the student government presidency.

Voting would begin in a few days. Did Jones want the scoop? Jones asked a colleague, who told him not to bother.

“The Stewards are a nonentity, just a bunch of bros who weren’t smart enough to get into Yale and join a real secret society,” the staffer replied. “Unless we think this guy is going to tell us they sacrifice virgins in Riggs Library, I don’t think it’s worth even responding to.”

And, if anyone is wondering, Maggie Cleary (COL ’13) definitely has not forgiven Steward Throat, whoever he or she was.

“I keep imagining I’ll be at the Tombs one day,” Cleary said, referring to the famed off-campus bar. “Steward Throat will tell me it was him. And I’ll throw a drink in his face.”

Readers’ comments on the article ranged from the hilarious to the vicious to the insightful.

Herein lies the problem with having an old-school secret society. This, from DaveHarris.

Dave Harris

Actually, Argyll54, GUSA presidents are allowed to be Muslims from Kenya.Argyll54

Buddydog, I bet the Stewards really wish that they had a treefort.buddydog

From HansBenjamin, another reminder that Georgetown is not the real world:


Some comments were actually quite insightful. gfriday noted that some students really are looking for the whole fellowship, institutional culture, ritual, hazing, dehumanization thing.


Many more, however, were malicious to Georgetown students as a group. (News flash: We have a reputation.) A reasonable assumption from jrw1, given the group’s affinity for designer ties, cufflinks, and fine cigars:


jimsteinberg1 and devin3 were just struck by how stereotypically college the entire story was. Seriously, does anyone go on panty raids anymore?


However, many readers had the same attitude that the majority of Georgetown students now have. ahg1978 couldn’t even be bothered for proper punctuation.


6 Comments on “The best comments on the Post‘s article about the Stewards

  1. @Babz
    Woah that WaPo article about the Hoya is full on nonsense. Must’ve been a slow week over at the Lifestyle section.

  2. “the good, social-justice, fellowship, service -type Catholics, not the secretive, white, conservative, scheming, political, -type Catholics.”

    what does that even mean? Is that even an intelligent, let alone intelligible, statement?

    I didn’t know there was a ‘type’ of Catholics that are the functional equivalent of the kkk. But clearly, in Vox’s infallible judgement, the only ‘good’ catholics are those concerned about ‘social justice’ and ‘fellowship’ ….Vox would have the Church reduced to a ‘pitiful NGO’ to quote Pope Franics.

    Open your mouth about slaughtering babies in the womb, fabricating new definitions of marriage, pornography, the hook-up culture, death penalty, unjust wars, the need for personal conversion to Jesus Christ….open your mouth about any of those and I suppose Vox will lump you in with the “secretive, white, conservative, scheming, political, -type Catholics”

  3. @what?

    Thank you for posting this!

    Although I appreciate that Georgetown is more diverse than other Catholic institutions, I also find it very sad that students have to be afraid of derision when they voice opinions that are very much in line with Catholic Social Teaching, but not in line with a “mainstream” belief set that the majority of campus seems to prefer. I often feel as though it is not socially acceptable to even be prolife.

    The problem is that many take up the parts of the catholic faith that go with their ideas, but are afraid or unwilling to engage with the issues that challenge their beliefs – especially in regards to gay marriage and abortion. These people then proclaim that they have the real interpretation of Catholic identity and the priests and theologians are just behind. I’m not saying we have to agree blindly and unquestioningly with everything the Church says, but we must at least take their ideas seriously. I see few people doing that at Georgetown or else they do it in private.

  4. Vox would have the Church reduced to a ‘pitiful NGO’ to quote Pope Franics. [sic]

    Nah, Vox doesn’t really have an agenda for the Catholic Church.

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