From War to Dating, an Enlightening 1941 Hoya Poll

Hoya Poll

In honor of The Hoya’s 95th birthday, Friday’s special issue features cartoons, advertisements and more blasts from the past. As we searched the archives for entertaining pieces of Hoya history, we came across an especially enlightening 1941poll.

1940s Hoyas offered opinions on everything from music and movies to dining halls and dating. We learned that the dining hall used to have waiters and listening to the New York Philharmonic was a popular radio choice.

The all-male student body focused on their love lives back in the day, estimating that they would be married “four and a half years” after graduation. Answers to dating questions also revealed that freshmen of the day were just as naive and full of hope.

What is your favorite topic in bull sessions?
Women. Exactly 99.99/100 per cent.
Translation: What do you talk about when bro-ing out?

Do you think you will marry the girl you are going around with now?
The seniors set the pace, with 80% saying NO. The underclassmen were more
optimistic; about 50% said YES. The rest either hedged or said “Maybe.”

A six-question section on World War II demonstrated some passionate political opinions. One particularly eloquent Hoya opposed the draft because, “The food in the army is awful,” proving that college students have always prioritized mealtime.

And just as your SFS and Government major friends love to debate international conflicts, Hoyas from the 1940s also offered superior insight into world politics.

Do you think the U.S. will eventually have to fight Japan?
No. (Approximately 75%.)
Yes. (Approximately 25%.)


In honor of our birthday, here are some select questions from the 1941 poll so you can compare yourself to Hoyas of the past.

Who is your favorite movie actor? 1941 answer: Cary Grant

Who is your favorite movie actress? 1941 answer: Rosalind Russell

What is your favorite orchestra? 1941 answer: Tommy Dorsey.

What is your favorite moving picture? 1941 answer: The Philadelphia Story

What is your favorite gripe? 1941 answer: Food and general atmosphere of the dining hall

Check out the full original poll below.


Photos: The Hoya,


Pasta Bread Bowl > Super Bowl XLVII




Yeah, I don’t really care either … but at least hockey’s back, right?

I’m no negative (*nopance*) Nancy over here, but I didn’t jump on the Baltimore bandwagon so I’m just not all that stoked about the Super Bowl. Maybe if things happened a bit differently, like if the Giants were in it (or the Jets, but that was never a thing) or if the Redskins had beat the Seahawks. (You’re fibbing if you say you don’t like watching RGIII play.) Better yet, if Destiny’s Child was performing at halftime. Wait — that’s happening.

Here are some bowl-related things that I find equally if not more exciting than the 2013 Super Bowl.

Bowl Cuts — Nothing is better than sitting right behind someone in one of your classes who has a wicked bowl cut — actually, there is literally nothing more distracting. How does it just stay so perfectly in that shape? How do you ever stop touching your hair if you have one? What does it look like after you take a shower?

Bowling for Soup — Not sure what it means to bowl for soup, but “1985” and “Girl All the Bad Guys Want” — gems. What if BFS performed at the Superbowl? WITH DESTINY’S CHILD. No. Got ahead of myself. But really, Bowling for Soup > Ray Lewis. (Brief interjection from Lindsay Lee: I AGREE WHOLEHEARTEDLY.) (Brief interjection from KP Pielmeier: CAN  I GET AN AMEN?!)

Bowling Birthday Parties — No one does this anymore. Why not? I did this in middle school and it was a raging success. The invitations were shaped like bowling pins and we ate crappy pizza and store-bought cake until we felt sick and then went to the arcade and I bought a harmonica with the tickets I won. When did this become uncool?

Fish Bowls — My roommate and I had a Chinese fighting fish in the fall. The little guy passed away in November (really traumatic day) but we had a nice run with Arthur. He brought a lust for life into Village A that was unlike anything you’ve ever seen — so young, wild and free.

Pasta Bread Bowl – As advertised, it’s “so good you’ll devour the bowl.” Maybe you can eat a Pasta Bread Bowl while you watch the Super Bowl this year. $5.99, just sayin’.

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