What We Learned From Instructional Continuity

Banner - Instructional ContinuityJust last week, many of us thought that Georgetown snow days would be filled with sledding, hot cocoa and even a snowball fight with Father O’Brien himself. But Georgetown had a special surprise for us: instructional continuity! What is instructional continuity, you may ask? Well, not even all of our professors are quite sure. Below are some things we learned from instructional continuity.

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Professors are truly gifted when it comes to technology. The Zoom interruptions from the tech guy were obviously part of the pre-planned lesson.

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Reading an extra book and writing three Blackboard blog posts on top of completing your already assigned readings, is way more enjoyable than building a snowman or binge watching ‘Making of a Murderer’.

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Lau never closes. Who knew 1970s architecture could be just as warm and welcoming as your fire place back home?

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Sometimes instructional continuity is in the classroom. State of emergencies are merely suggestions to professors.

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The internet moves especially fast when every student attempts to access Blackboard and lecture files at the same time.

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And finally, classes will resume, Lau will still be open, professors will still be great with technology and everyone will still be on the internet! Happy first full week of classes.

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Photos/Gifs: giphy.com, shsleaf.com

 

Snapchat Updates: D.C. Takeover

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Everyone knows that 4E loves Snapchat. Like really, really, REALLY loves Snapchat. It is basically required when you are hired to have the skill of taking tactful selfies with a variety of filters.

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Due to this, we feel it is our DUTY to inform the Georgetown population of every single Snapchat update/change that occurs. Because who wouldn’t want to be in the know?

This week Snapchat released a bunch of new Georgetown/DC Geofilters! FINALLY, its not like we are the nation’s capitol or something.

These Geofilters include:

1. A new Georgetown Geofilter that is actually PRETTY. Shout out for the Blue & Gray. So inspired. Also, the placement is golden as it perfectly frames Healy.

 2. A new, more official DC Geofilter. To be honest, it kinda reminds me of the government. While I am still partial to the “DistriCt” one, I will learn to adapt. Two Geofilters is better than one, right?

 3. A new M street Geofilter. Okay this one came out a couple of weeks ago… but it is still a great addition to our shopping mecca. What better way to say “I just spent my entire paycheck” than with a snazzy new filter.
4. Finally a Lau Filter. Along with these new filters, 4E has learned that there is not one, but two Lau filters for our favorite home away from home. Yes I went to Lau just to Snapchat. Don’t judge me. I could only find one of them, but if you take a picture of the other tweet it to me at @thehoya4E. These filters give all new meaning to procrastination.

Thanks for the new features Snapchat, we can’t wait to exploit them. Also, be sure to look out for Snapchat’s new sponsored filters, coming to a smartphone near you soon!

Let the Snap be with you.

Photos/Gifs: gifsec.com; Courtney Klein/The Hoya; Facebook.com; Christina Wing/The Hoya

OWN IT Speaker Profiles: Madison Maxey

OWN IT Speaker Profiles

After last year’s overwhelming success, the OWN IT Summit is back! As The Hoya is the campus media partner, 4E will be periodically bringing you profiles of the illustrious speakers. Today, 4E is proud to profile 2014 Thiel Fellow and Co-Founder of The Crated, Creative Technologist Madison Maxey!

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Madison (Maddy) is a creative technologist hailing from San Diego, CA.
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Maddy began interning in the fashion industry at age 16 for a variety of companies, including Tommy Hilfiger, Donna Ricco, Peter Som and Nylon Magazine.

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After completing her sophomore year at Parsons, founding a popular fashion blog and winning a scholarship from CFDA & Teen Vogue, she start her own collection of blazers called Madison Maxey.

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In 2013 Maddy became a Thiel Fellow, receiving a $100,000 stipend. As a Fellow, Maddy focused on R&D in the wearables and computation design space through her company, The CRATED.

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The Crated invests product development into emerging wearable tech and enhanced apparel companies.

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Recently her work has been featured in publications like The Wall Street Journal and Fast Company. She currently spends her time computing and designing at The CRATED.

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Get ready for the best day of the year and do not miss your opportunity to meet incredible individuals who are changing the world, like Maddy! Countdown to OWN IT: 5 days.

Photos: nymag.com; meetupstatic.com; openforum.com; patternindy.com; anntaylor.com;  http://madisonmaxey.com/

Information: http://www.thielfellowship.org/author/maddymaxey/; http://nymag.com/thecut/2013/05/meet-maddy-maxey-fashions-first-thiel-fellow.html; https://www.linkedin.com/in/madisonmaxey; 

 

Staffer of the Week: Matthew De Silva

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Once a week, The Hoya recognizes one or two staffers who have done a particularly awesome job — now you can get to know about them, too. Here’s our interview with Staffer of the Week, Matthew De Silva:

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Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
School: SFS
Year: 2016
Major: International Economics
Position on The Hoya: Director of Technology
 
Why did you earn Staffer of the Week?
At the Yale Daily News Annual Conference on College Newspapers, I met Vincent Bzdek, the news editor at The Washington Post. I was inspired by his passion for digital media, so when I returned to Georgetown, I reached out to him to coordinate a staff visit to the Washington Post’s offices. This past Monday, Mr. Bzdek led fifteen of our staffers on a tour. We also had the opportunity to sit in on the morning news meeting. It was so cool hearing the editors debate the stories of the day – what should make the front page? When should they break each headline? It was fascinating to hear the flow of their conversation and see “how news is made.”

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If you could be a vegetable, which would you be and why?
Sweet potato… with caramelized marshmallows. Because it’s delicious.
Why did you decide to join The Hoya, and how has it contributed to your college experience?
I love being current with the news and understanding the world around me. I joined The Hoya to contribute to the dialogue that shapes the Georgetown community. For me, this means finding the best ways to deliver the news and constantly improving our website. Through The Hoya I met one of my roommates and discovered a potential career path. I have loved my time with the newspaper.
What’s a song you can’t stop listening to right now?
“Cut to Black” by Lemaitre
Photos: Matthew De Silva/The Hoya, The Hoya

Have No Fear, Rapchat is Here

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This is what we’ve all been waiting for. Years of technological development have brought us to this very moment.

Thank you Benjamin Franklin for flying your kite and getting us electricity.
Thank you Alexander Graham Bell for creating the first practical telephone.
Thank you Steve Jobs for the iPhone.
Thank you to every visionary that contributed to technology since the dawn of time.

Because now, after years and years of hard work and innovation, we have reached the apex of science: Rapchat.

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Snapchat is a thing of the past. Who needs to send selfies, awkward videos, or overly-flashed pictures of Brown House ragers when you can send a rap instead?

That’s right. Rapchat, a new app on the App Store, gives the user anywhere from twenty to forty seconds to drop the most fire lines of their life. After recording, you can send it to any one of your lucky Facebook friends!

Now you may be asking yourself, “Do we really need an app for this?” The answer is yes. A firm, unequivocal yes. Rapchat will give you a variety of beats to choose from and you can simply record a freestyle rap and send it to your friends. Imagine that instead of drunk Snapchat selfies, you will receive incoherent, mildly-offensive raps set to underwhelming beats! I can’t think of anything better than that.

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Click on this link and join the bloggers of 4E in downloading Rapchat as soon as possible. Don’t worry, you will be loudly sending incomprehensible slant rhymes with no discernible rhythm to your friends in no time!

Photo: rapchat.me; huffpost.com; hercampus.com

A New Phenomenon: Georgetown Geofilters

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If you’ve been using Snapchat in the past several months, you’ve obviously noticed their new geofilter feature. Or, if you’re technologically challenged like me, you might have no idea what I’m talking about.

For everyone out there still struggling to understand the new, hip lingo of our generation, I’ll explain. Geofilters essentially allow you to be even more obnoxious about the amazing places you go. (Good thing I didn’t know about this during study abroad!)

geofiltersGeofilters are small graphic designs that you can add to your original Snapchat photo that specify the location you’re in. For example:

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It’s pretty similar to geotagging a post on Facebook or Instagram. Don’t mind me, I’m just in the Bahamas for spring break – we might like your Instagram, but we secretly hate you. It is obnoxious in the best way possible.

So for the jetsetters out there, this is your chance to make everyone even more jealous of you. As for the rest of us who are bound 2 the 202, here are some Georgetown geofilters that 4E believes need to exist. (Note: a Georgetown DC one does exist, but it’s about as basic as they get. We can do better.)

  • Lau. All those snaps you send of yourself miserably studying in that cubicle will become that much funnier by letting everyone know exactly where you are. This geofilter definitely needs to be dark and grumpy like the building itself and the constant mood of all its inhabitants.
  • Brown house. Those late night regrettable Snapchats will only be more embarrassing by openly admitting that your current location is the infamous Brown house. Although, deep down you know you secretly love it there. Don’t lie. (Just don’t add it to Our Campus Story.)
  • The Corp. Each Corp location should probably have its own geotag, and you know that every single one will be super edgy and hipster with a bunch of Corpies doing the designs. Eating that Hilltoss salad? Geotag it! Quick coffee between classes in the ICC? Snapchat it or it didn’t happen!
  • Heal Fam Stu Cen. I’m still not really sure what we’re calling this building, but it’s so beautiful that it deserves its own geotag. I’m not sure you could fit all the letter of its name on a Snapchat though. If you could, you would immediately win the Snapchat game.
  • Leo’s. The good, the bad, the ugly, the Leo’s geotag would capture all of this. Who needs Instagram when you can Snapchat your Leo’s meals? Am I right?

Well luckily for us, it is apparently now possible to make your own geofilters! So for all the tech kids out there get cracking! Be sure to check this link for more info on how to do it.

I expect to see some great geofilters popping up in my Snapchat inbox soon! And yes, that is a challenge.

Photos/Gifs: support.snapchat.com, http://static5.businessinsider.com/, http://images.businessweek.com/, http://blogs-images.forbes.com/

Six Reasons to Fear Georgetown Snap Story

georgetownsnapWelcome back to campus guys! While I hope you’re all enjoying the fleeting days far away from Lauinger, I must warn you of two possible life-threatening dangers on campus.

First of all, there is a nearly imperceptible trail of ice in front of Walsh. It’s dangerous. I almost broke my legs while performing an accidental split over the ice. But, I recovered.

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The second biggest danger to me and to all of you is very clearly perceivable and it has come in the form of a cute little ghost.

If you have a Snapchat, you know that Georgetown Campus Snap Story is NOT affiliated with, licensed by or sponsored by Georgetown University, but anyone on campus can view Our Campus Story and add to it, making it extremely dangerous for accidental screen-shotters.

Here are the things that terrify me about the new Georgetown Campus addition to the Snapchat app.

Sexting. I don’t want to see it, but it’s bound 2 happen. Before you “accidentally” post your anonymous genitalia to the story Saturday night, remember that youths may use this app on campus while walking to mass on Sunday morning.

Feeling FOMO. I know there will be a few Friday nights that I’ll sadly sit in Saxby’s, do minimal work on a paper and wish I was out on the town. Before I only had to fight the temptation to follow my friends’ nights on Snapchat. Now the entire Georgetown population will be working together to show me what I’m missing.

Regrets. My snap stories are often embarrassing, but on the weekend my snap stories are flat-out regrettable. I don’t need to share my regrets with the entire student body. But I might. I just might do it.

My Ethics Professor. He’s young, he has long hair and he cares about the environment. He’s probably hip enough to have a Snapchat. Unfortunately, anyone on campus can see the Georgetown snap story so my ethics professor could possibly see me or any of my classmates in a new, unflattering light.

Power in the Wrong Hands. Absolute power corrupts absolutely and I’m afraid a few of our Georgetown comrades will monopolize the Our Campus upgrade.

Finally, I was terrified of what the snap story would show us about our student body. I was concerned for a while that we would collectively come to the conclusion that we’re all basically the same, coffee-drinking, Friends-watching college kid. After seeing what seemed like three goofy, dancing, sweater-clad guys in a row on our story I decided that if we were all the same, at least we were fun. Then, as the snaps continued to pour in, I saw lab time, RHO work, common room leaks, canal hockey, pep-talk givers, seniors enjoying senior night, Joe Biden, beautiful, stylish people and one Ritz cracker enthusiast. You guys are actually really cool and now my fear is that I am not nearly cool enough to find something to share with you all.

Let the hunt begin.

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Stop by the Samsung T-Mobile Time Out

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Because fall semester is winding down and finals are quickly approaching, many of you Hoyas might be looking for ways to decompress. Well, what better way to relax than by playing with cool technology?

To help you with that, Samsung is stopping by Regents Lawn on Wednesday, Dec. 3, and Thursday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., for a “time-out” from studying, complete with free hot chocolate. You can try out a Samsung Note 4, one of the hottest gadgets for the holiday season.

Seriously, check out this bad boy.

Also, students can play around with the Samsung Holiday Wish List, an app that lets you insert photos of yourself or of your friends into holiday-themed photo templates. Share the priceless results via social media — it’s like Elf Yourself, but with more options!

Lastly, you can enter yourself into a raffle to win the Samsung Gear Fit wearable smart watch. You’ll never be late to that small discussion section again.

If you like what you see at this time-out, hit up the T-Mobile store at 1330 Connecticut Avenue NW to check out a variety of Samsung goods.

Photo: cbistatic.com

We Came. We Saw. We OWNed It.

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“I think there is a hunger and a thirst for answers to these questions about women and leadership and solving what is a problem. There are not enough women in leadership.” –Norah O’Donnell (COL ’95, GRD ’03) 

Georgetown University Women in Leadership’s inaugural summit has been one of the most highly anticipated events of the semester. Students, both female and male, waited anxiously for tickets to go on sale in late February. Within 24 hours of the Eventbrite going live, every ticket to the summit had been snatched up and the event’s Facebook page became a frenzy of people looking to score a ticket from those lucky enough to get in on the action early. The anxious attendees were finally satisfied at 8:45 a.m. this past Saturday when orange, pink and purple adorned a packed Lohrfink Auditorium and the crowd became silent, awaiting the first panel of speakers.

If you didn’t have the chance to take part in the summit or you want to relive the experience you had this weekend, we’ve got you covered. After spending all day at the event, we’ve tried to narrow down all of the great moments into a top 10 list that will knock your socks off.

The 10 Best Parts of the OWN IT Summit

1. The Dynamic Duo

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Helen Brosnan (COL ’16) and Kendall Ciesemier (COL ’15) were the co-chairs of the OWN IT Summit, and oh they OWNed IT! From delivering killer intros to being fangirled by many of the distinguished speakers, these two absolutely ran the show and did it well. Throughout the day, Brosnan and Ciesemier – and the entire Summit Team – orchestrated the behind the scenes logistics while making it a point to engage the summit attendees whenever they could. I wonder what they’ll come up with for OWN IT 2015!

2. The Alums

When sitting in on the panels, it was hard not to notice the abundance of women who have previously called the Hilltop their home. Maria Shriver (CAS ’77), Kara Swisher (SFS ’84), Norah O’Donnell (COL ’95) and many more made their way back to the Hilltop to address the summit attendees. It was great to see how excited the women were to be back on campus!

3. The Tech

They did tech, and they did it big. Upon registering, the smart phone-equipped (read: EVERYONE) downloaded the Usher Id App to check in to the panels and experiential sessions of the day. Attendees were also able to share contact information over Bluetooth with the app. In addition to the mobile app, each breakout room had projector screens filled with stats and graphs about the attendees throughout the day. Those who attended the event made thousands of connections via the app and took advantage of all of the technology available.

4. The Poem 

If you don’t know Azure Antoinette, OPEN A NEW WINDOW AND GOOGLE HER AS FAST AS YOU CAN. Every second you wait is just one second more you don’t get to experience this brilliant and hilarious poet. To kick off the summit, Antoinette performed a poem specifically written for the OWN IT Summit. She brought the house down. Not only did she deliver a stunning performance, but I think she befriended nearly everyone at the summit!

5. The Food

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At Georgetown, it’s expected that events provide food options that are average at best. NOT THIS ONE! The quality of the food was right in line with the rest of the event: extraordinary. Attendees had access to complimentary crepes, cupcakes, ice cream and snacks from tech-driven vending machines. At lunch, everyone was given delicious Jetties sandwiches. Not to mention, everyone got to enjoy it all on the lawn on a beautiful spring day.

6. The Panels

Some of the biggest names in the biggest industries took the stage in Lohrfink Auditorium to speak about their personal and professional experiences, covering subjects ranging from business to media to technology. Panelists spoke on advancing women in leadership positions within their field. The panels sparked conversations that inspired the audience with every word. They also provided PRIME Instagram opportunities.

7. The Hashtag

#ownit2014. It seemed like the OWN IT Summit took over social media for a few hours on Saturday. And in many ways it did. Filtered snapshots of the MSB, perfectly-cropped close ups of Maria Shriver (CAS ’77) and angled selfies with Judy Smith were strewn across our news feeds, all accompanied by the #ownit2014 hashtag. On Saturday, #ownit2014 was the number one trending hashtag in Washington, D.C.!

8. The GUWIL Bags

Every summit attendee left the MSB at 5 p.m. with a complimentary GUWIL bag in hand. The bags were filled with information about the summit, plus deals from local stores and restaurants. I’ve already started planning my buy one get one free burrito bowl Chipotle visit.

9. The Office Hours

I know. I doubted it too. I mean, the office hours I go to usually leave me with more confusion than before. These were a little different. Attendees met with some of the most accomplished women in their respective fields in groups of 6 to 12 and got to have personal conversations with their heroes.

10. Judy Smith

The real Olivia Pope was there. Need I say more?

Photo: Sofia Layanto|The Hoya, twitter.com, georgetown.edu

Put Down Your Phone to Save Lives

tap projectMIT professor, psychologist and author Sherry Turkle once wrote, “Always on/always-on-you communications devices are seductive for many reasons, among them, they give you the sense that one can do more, be in more places and control more aspects of life.” She’s right: Such devices are ubiquitous and useful. Today, cell phones seem to be more an extension of the hand than a separate technology tool.

And that’s partially why UNICEF (the United Nations Children’s Fund) is asking you to put your cell phone down. Cell phones are clearly important, but they aren’t as important as clean water — something 768 million people worldwide cannot access.

That’s where UNICEF’s Tap Project comes in.

The UNICEF Tap Project is based on a simple challenge: Give up some of your phone time to give others access to clean water. According to the Project’s website, “For every minute you don’t touch your phone, our sponsor can provide one day of clean water to a child in need.”

All you need to do is visit uniceftapproject.org on your mobile device. Set down your cell phone on a flat surface and don’t touch it. The website will begin the clock after a few seconds, and the timer will end when your phone is moved again. Remember, with this initiative, every second counts!

The UNICEF Tap Project is a win-win, Hoyas. Not only can you provide clean drinking water to those who need it, but you can also spend some precious time away from your phone. Perhaps you could head over to The Hoya for all the latest headlines or even pay a visit to the UNICEF Tap Project website for more details about the efforts. Either way, put those phones down and go!

Also, I’m already at five minutes. Get on my level.

Photo: greentravels.blogspot.com