The 223 Project: Many Faces, One Georgetown

Today marks the launch of The Hoya’s 223 Project, an effort to capture the spirit of Georgetown through the faces that make up our community.

Georgetown has been around for 223 years now, so we rounded up 223 students, faculty, staff and administrators as they passed through Red Square, took their pictures and asked them to tell us about themselves.

It’s easy to walk through Red Square quickly and avoid eye contact with the strangers that are trying to get your attention (it’s okay, we’ve all done it). But by getting people to slow down for a minute and chat with us, we’ve put together a project that shows just how diverse the Georgetown community is, on many levels.

So take a look at the website to see all 223 faces (and meet the creators!) and learn something about your community. We also have the photos on exhibit: they’re on display on Healy 1 today and in the Leavey Lobby on Wednesday and Thursday.

Photo: thehoya.com

 

Downtime

Starting around 6 p.m. on Monday, many of you may have had trouble accessing the website. We encountered some issues with our server, and for the last day have only been able to load 4E and Hoya Paranoia intermittently. We’ve been trying to get to the bottom of the problem, and the site now appears to be functioning normally.

We apologize for the downtime, and hope to avoid it in the future. If  you have trouble loading any part of the site, please email us at [email protected].

Thanks for sticking with us!
Michelle Cassidy, Blog Editor

Staffer of the Week: Katherine Foley

Once a week, The Hoya recognizes a staffer that has done a particularly awesome job – now you can get to know about them too. As part of our Leavey 421 series, we’ll be posting quick interviews with each Staffer of the Week on Tuesday nights (and occasionally, when things are super busy, on Wednesday night).

Name: Katherine Foley
Position on The Hoya: Opinion Editor
School: SFS
Year: 2014
Major: STIA
Hometown: Wilmington, DE

What did you do to earn Staffer of the Week?
“I interviewed a lot of GUSA candidates and rewrote an editorial at 10 p.m. the night before it was printed. That doesn’t sound late but it was. Also I want it known that I have a lot of office antics.”

What would you title your memoirs?
The Secret Life of the Duchess of Delaware. No. The Duchess of Delaware. Because in my spare time I am Kate Middleton, and I’m very proud of my home state.” (Ed note: Katherine wanted it known that she does not pretend to be Kate Middleton, she is Kate Middleton)

If you could be invisible for one day, what would you do?
“Easy – walk around naked.”

What’s your biggest pet peeve?
“Sitting, I hate sitting. Most chairs make my back hurt and I’m an active person. I hate being confined to sitting while I do stuff.”

Photo: Chris Bien/The Hoya

Leavey 421 is a recurring series that goes behind the scenes of The Hoya to bring you the most interesting, exciting and peculiar bits of the lives of Hoya staffers. If you want to learn more about joining The Hoya, please contact us.

Staffer of the Week: Pat Curran

Photo: Michelle CassidyThe Hoya

Once a week, The Hoya recognizes a staffer that has done a particularly awesome job – now you can get to know about them too. As part of our Leavey 421 series, we’ll be posting quick interviews with each Staffer of the Week on Tuesday nights.

Name: Pat Curran
Position on The Hoya: Sports Editor
School: COL
Year: 2014
Major: Government
Hometown: Montpelier, VT
What did you do to earn Staffer of the Week?
“I designed a badass sports cover” (Ed note: He really did. See it here.)

What’s your favorite animal and why?
“Polar bears: they’re cute, but they could also kill you.”

If you found a magic lamp with a genie inside who granted you three wishes, what would your second wish be?
“To be able to dunk a basketball. I’ve always wanted to, but then I blew out my knee twice.”

Favorite song to sing in the shower?
“I have so many – Only the Good Die young, Hallelujah and Danny Boy.”

Leavey 421 is a recurring series that goes behind the scenes of The Hoya to bring you the most interesting, exciting and peculiar bits of the lives of Hoya staffers. If you want to learn more about joining The Hoya, please contact us.

Staffer of the Week: Michael Grasso

Photo: Michelle Cassidy/The Hoya

Once a week, The Hoya recognizes a staffer that has done a particularly awesome job – now you get to know about them too! As part of our Leavey 421 series, we’ll be posting quick interviews with each Staffer of the Week on Tuesday nights.

Name: Michael Grasso
Position on The Hoya: Director of Personnel
School: SFS
Year: 2014
Major: Regional Comparative Studies
Hometown: New YorkWestchester, NY
How did you earn Staffer of the Week?
Reworking and managing our application process (Ed note: like a pro!).

What’s your spirit animal? Why?
“Well, I think birds are cool because then I wouldn’t have to pay for airfare.”

If you could be any vegetable, which vegetable would you be?
“I’d like to be an eggplant. Purple is awesome.”

Leavey 421 is a recurring series that goes behind the scenes of The Hoya to bring you the most interesting, exciting and peculiar bits of the lives of Hoya staffers. If you want to learn more about joining The Hoya, please contact us.

Leavey 421: Best of the Wall

by Michelle Cassidy

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Getting the paper printed isn’t an easy job, and it takes lots of coordination to reach our printer’s deadline. This often means that Hoya staffers are camped out in our office  until the wee hours of the morning. When you start to spend an excessive amount of time with the same group of people, you start to hear some weird things. It’s tradition in our office that particularly memorable moments are recorded and posted up on the wall (some quotes have been up for more than 10 years!). We’ve uploaded a few of our favorites, but if you want to see the rest you’re just going to have to come visit.

Leavey 421 is a recurring series that goes behind the scenes of The Hoya to bring you the most interesting, exciting and peculiar bits of the lives of Hoya staffers. If you want to learn more about joining The Hoya, please contact us.

Join The Hoya!

Seriously though, do your laundry.

The Hoya is now accepting applications for new members. No matter what you’re interested in, we have a spot for you.

The Hoya has jobs in writing, photography, design, copyediting, marketing, sales, and finance. No prior experience needed! Because 4E is new on the scene, we’re looking to build a brand new staff full of smart, interested writers. If you like what you’ve seen so far, and want to get involved, contact me at [email protected].

Joining The Hoya is a great way to make friends, explore the city, and learn how a newspaper operates. The best way to get to know the business of journalism is to dive straight in, and The Hoya has been providing that opportunity at Georgetown for more than 90 years. With a current staff of over 100 students, we’re one of the biggest and best ways to get involved on campus.

Applications can be found at thehoya.com/contact/work-for-the-hoya and will remain open until January 25, 2012. If you have any questions for specific sections, feel free to contact them.

 

Hello and Welcome!

Introducing the newest member of The Hoya family – welcome to The Fourth Edition! As a companion to our Tuesday/Friday issues and The Guide, The Fourth Edition will be publishing daily with everything from news stories and campus trends to an insider look at some of Georgetown’s most elusive student organizations. We’ll also be pounding the pavement (read: searching the internet) to find the best festivals, food trucks and nightlife that DC has to offer. Basically, we’re your go-to for all things fantastic.

And with whom are you about to trust all of this? Hi! I’m Michelle, your fearless leader! I’m a big fan of science, cheese and animals of all shapes and sizes. I’m beyond excited to put this blog before you now. It’s the product of lots of hard work done by some very smart people, without whom The Fourth Edition would have been a big mess (not unlike our distant cousins over at The Third Edition). Many thanks to everyone who has helped out in the creation of this blog, it wouldn’t exist without you.

Way back in our very first issue back in 1920, then-editor-in-chief Joseph Mickler made this remark:

“Blushing as coyly as any schoolgirl, and with the excited fears and hopes of a debutante or a Mexican insurrection before a firing squad, we lay this first edition of The Hoya at the feet of the student body, and retreat to a safe distance to observe the effects”

That about sums up how I’m feeling as I click “publish” on this first post. So here it is, the first edition of The Fourth Edition. We’re here to serve you, Georgetown, so we want to hear from you whether that be in the comments, via email, Twitter or a visit to our office in Leavey 421. We would especially appreciate the last one.

-Michelle Cassidy