Love Locks Inspiration: Millennial Dating

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The deadline to submit your creative nonfiction for The Hoya’s Love Locks special issue is fast approaching. If, for some strange reason, you don’t know what this is, here’s a description of the project:

Inspired by the New York Times’ “Modern Love” essay series, The Hoya’s “Love Locks” project will publish submitted creative nonfiction pieces from students, professors and alumni.

The selected pieces will address love in a deeply personal, honest way — in the form of a true story — and explore predicaments that their writers have dealt with in their own lives.

We know that many of you are longing to submit your tales of love and romance, but might need some inspiration to get you started. So we’ve gathered some pieces for you to take a look at.

Perhaps you want to write about love and dating…

L.A. Affairs: Swiping right on Tinder is a big yes to possibilities, but it’s also a yes to vulnerability

“To date is to be vulnerable. Growing up introverted, it took me a while to accept that. Some people might still dismiss the emotional reality of online dating, but you put yourself out there with every message that you send, every heart icon you click, every “like” button you push. Even if you make nothing but a boilerplate message for every icebreaker (which is a terrible idea, by the way), there’s still that little prick of hope, that “maybe” or “what if” in the back of your mind when you send it.”

NYT Modern Love: The Peril of Not Dying for Love

“I learned everything about love from movies. Love had a sexy soundtrack. Love was forever. Love almost always involved rain, stubborn parents and irrevocable passionate sacrifice.

Growing up, I wanted that sort of big love. My favorite romantic formula was the best-friends-falling-in-love pattern, à la Chandler and Monica in “Friends” or Ron and Hermione in “Harry Potter.”

NYT Modern Love: Life Was a Roving Party Until I Grew Up

“If you want to meet an available man who is well dressed, showered and looking good, hang around divorce court. There is one in every town.”

NYT Modern Love: A Forbidden Relationship, From the Other Side of the World

“Although I have little interest in money and survived into my 30s having never owned a proper piece of furniture or fully functioning car, her money was like a wall between us, or rather, between her and the future she seemed to want for herself.

Her family, who either didn’t know or pretended not to know that she was gay, was constantly whisking her away on international trips and vacations. She would Skype me, looking miserable in a sari in front of cinematic backdrops.”

The Hoya: Opting into the Dating Game

“I’ve had friends tell me I’m “so lucky” I’m single because I don’t have to consider a significant other in my future plans. They’re right. The whole world is open to me, and being single is one less factor as I navigate the job hunt.

On the other hand, I’ve never been on a date. (High school doesn’t count.) Cuddling with my reliable yet meaningless hookup, I thought, “I would love real cuddling in a real relationship,” and everything that comes with it.”

Remember, submissions are due by Oct. 30.

Photos: The Hoya

Love Locks Inspiration: Heartbreak

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The deadline to submit your creative nonfiction for The Hoya’s Love Locks special issue is fast approaching. If, for some strange reason, you don’t know what this is, here’s a description of the project:

Inspired by the New York Times’ “Modern Love” essay series, The Hoya’s “Love Locks” project will publish submitted creative nonfiction pieces from students, professors and alumni.

The selected pieces will address love in a deeply personal, honest way — in the form of a true story — and explore predicaments that their writers have dealt with in their own lives.

We know that many of you are longing to submit your tales of love and romance, but might need some inspiration to get you started. So we’ve gathered some pieces for you to take a look at.

Perhaps you want to write about love and heartbreak…

NYT Modern Love: An Act of Protection, Even as Things Fell Apart

“Imagining his perpetrating that small deception for my benefit suggested a well of tenderness for me that I ached to believe was there. That he could presume I would never guess he had done it only elevated the act further.”

NYT: When an Open Relationship Comes at a Price

“He was jealous. He feared losing me. I’d thought I was living his principle, but I had really experienced only one side of being in an open relationship — the fun and easy side. How would I have responded if he had been the one making out and messing around? Not well, I suspected.”

NYT Modern Love: No Labels, No Drama, Right?

“All the while, we avoid labels and try to bury our emotions. We aren’t supposed to want anything serious; not now, anyway. But a void is created when we refrain from telling it like it is, from allowing ourselves to feel how we feel. And in that unoccupied space, we’re dangerously free to create our own realities.”

Remember, submissions are due by Oct. 30.

Photo: The Hoya

Love Locks Inspiration: Family

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The deadline to submit your creative nonfiction for The Hoya’s Love Locks special issue is fast approaching. If, for some strange reason, you don’t know what this is, here’s a description of the project:

Inspired by the New York Times’ “Modern Love” essay series, The Hoya’s “Love Locks” project will publish submitted creative nonfiction pieces from students, professors and alumni.

The selected pieces will address love in a deeply personal, honest way — in the form of a true story — and explore predicaments that their writers have dealt with in their own lives.

We know that many of you are longing to submit your tales of love and romance, but might need some inspiration to get you started. So we’ve gathered some pieces for you to take a look at.

Perhaps you want to write about love and family…

NYT Modern Love: Unraveling a Dark Family Secret

“When my father finished telling me this story, he made me promise never to mention Raphi in front of my grandmother. No one ever did, he said, because it could make her angry or hysterical. He insisted I hide the secret from her in my own life just as he did in his.

But I wasn’t very good at hiding things, so I sought out my shadow uncle.”

NYT Modern Love: Missing a Father I Hardly Knew

“My father would often start to say something, then say “Forget it.” It would be right when he was going to be real with you, say what he was really thinking. Then he wouldn’t. It was almost as if he would be in danger if he did.”

The Hoya: It Takes a Village

“My mother passed just a few weeks after I was born, and so I never really had a mom. Technically, I never suffered a loss.

Mourning someone you’ve never really met is a very strange predicament to be in. Rather than grieving over the person, you grieve over the ‘what-ifs.'”

The Hoya: The Day We Became Five

“Our family used to have a dog. Sometimes, I almost forget what he looked like, what he sounded like, or even what he smelled like. It has been five years since a change of jobs and an impending move to the city made us realize that we, as much we didn’t want to say it, were not the right family for him. It wasn’t fair for him anymore. And just like that, a couple with a dog and two young kids of their own picked him up while I was at school one day. They left his blankets where he slept and his bowl by the door.”

NYT Modern Love: From Divorce, a Fractured Beauty

“And yet, we had been in love with each other once, fiercely and absolutely. Yes, our son and daughter were the children of divorce, but they were conceived in a love that was passionate and tender. They were innocent. They deserved better than a childhood spent bearing witness to our worst selves.”

Remember, submissions are due by Oct. 30.

Photos: The Hoya

We Were Right About the Heckler

Here at 4E, we never like to brag. However, we’d like everyone to know that we were right. You may have seen our post that questioned why the Heckler had been posting so many Todd Olson-supporting articles. Well, they have finally confessed.

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Read the full confession here.

GUSA Executive Campaign Logo Is A Snapchat Geofilter

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While some Georgetown students rapidly dashed off campus Friday to begin the joy that is spring break, many of us (*sob*) are still stranded amongst the snow. But, just when you were worrying we were going to have a boring Friday night, up popped this new geofilter for Georgetown on Snapchat.

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An example of a not very good snapchat

 

Most Hoyas will recognize this as the campaign slogan of two candidates,Sara Margolis (COL ’16) and Ryan Shymansky (COL ’16), in this year’s GUSA Executive Race…the results of which were announced on February 20.

What has happened? Did Snapchat suddenly find out about the exciting (and controversial) nature of the GUSA race? Were they just a bit behind? Or is this part of a wider conspiracy on the part of Sara and Ryan, hoping to somehow overthrow Joe Luther and Conor Rohan, the recently elected GUSA President and VP, by gathering a rebellion of students powerfully moved by the new geofilter?

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Sadly, it seems that none of the above are anywhere close to an explanation. According to a status posted by Sara herself on Facebook, the campaign team had asked Snapchat to use it as a geofilter during the campaign itself (makes sense), but for some reason, despite having rejected it at the time, Snapchat has now decided to use it. And not just for Georgetown – our sources tell us that it’s popping up in Chinatown and other parts of DC as well.

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But who cares why it’s here? Let’s just enjoy the fact it is. After all, it’s a pretty good graphic (shoutout to designer Martin De Leon). Happy Snapchatting, Hoyas!

Obama Takes Over ‘The Colbert Report’

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On Monday night, one of the best episodes of “The Colbert Report” was aired. Filmed at George Washington University (we still can’t quite understand why Colbert didn’t choose Georgetown), special guest President Obama took over Colbert’s show to run his segment “The Decree” (a very presidential play on “The Word”), which focused on health care reform. Obama was in top form, and did a pretty impressive job of engaging in the banter with Colbert in the interview that followed. But, without a doubt, the following segment was the highlight of the show.

This isn’t the first time President Obama has used humor to draw attention to his policies. His appearance slow-jamming the news with Jimmy Fallon also showed his willingness to poke fun at the craziness of Washington while still actively participating in it.

Of course, the show was a rousing success in the eyes of both the President’s supporters and of Colbert’s. Thanks, gentlemen, for doing what fewer and fewer networks can these days – serving up politics with laughter.

Check out the full video here.

Prince William Is Coming to DC

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Get ready, Georgetown: The British are coming!

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (a.k.a. Will and Kate) will be making their first ever visit to New York City and (more importantly) Washington, D.C. The royal couple will arrive in New York on Dec. 7, and the Duke will be heading to D.C. on Dec. 8 — sadly without Kate. He’ll be attending an anti-corruption conference at the World Bank as well as attending a lunch there to discuss fighting against illegal trade in ivory.

And their timing — during study days — is perfect for some royal stalking. Unrestricted by class schedules, and unlikely to yet be feeling the true terror of studying for finals, there is no real reason for you to not get down to the World Bank.

One important question still remains: Will Prince George be with them? This is the couple’s first trip to the U.S. since their world-famous son’s birth, and we’re all dying for a glimpse of the cutest royal. The only thing better than having them bring George would be if Harry decided to tag along and make a pit stop at Rhino. We can only dream.