Staffer of the Week: Hannah Kaufman

staffer-of-the-week1 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, Hannah Kaufman:
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Hometown: Huntington, N.Y. (Long Islander, of course)
School: College
Major: History and English
Year: 2017

Why were you named Staffer of the Week?
Because of my DT on fake ID’s, underage drinking and the social life on and off campus. It was my first news piece!

What do you enjoy most while working for the Hoya?
I think working for the Guideis so great, because you get to go to all these artsy fartsy cultural events and a lot of it is free, so your assignment is literally just to have fun with it.

What is your spirit animal? 
Definitely a dragon.

If you could wake up anywhere in the world tomorrow, where would you go?
Does Mars count?

What is your favorite gif ever? 

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For obvious reasons.

Thanks Hannah and congrats!

Photo: Facebook

Igniting Georgetown One Speech at a Time

Tonight kicks off the inaugural Ignite Talks, a collection of talks given by Georgetown students about their diverse passions and interests. To learn more about the Ignite Georgetown talks, we reached out to Colleen Wood (SFS ’14), an organizer of this year’s talks. Ignite Georgetown will be held tonight at 8 p.m. in Reiss 103.

Georgetown is home to many interesting people who have fascinating life stories, hobbies, and adventures. I’ve noticed that students cluster by joining clubs and taking classes specific to interests that have already been developed. In a nutshell, Ignite Georgetown seeks to stir up the pot by having students share their diverse personal and professional passions. The hope is that each five-minute presentation will enlighten the crowd in some way — tonight we’ll hear ten speeches ranging from hip-hop production to the history of Batman. Ignite is unique in that it empowers students to be in control of the intellectual culture at Georgetown. Those delivering speeches perfect their presentations, but also hundreds of students who aren’t making a speech come out to support their friends and learn something new.

To learn more, visit Ignite Georgetown’s Facebook page.

Photo: Courtesy Colleen Wood

 

Raising Awareness with Kony 2012

If you’ve been on Facebook or Twitter recently, you’ve probably heard of Kony 2012, the video that garnered over 70 million views in five days. It was produced by Invisible Children, a non-profit that uses “film, creativity and social action to … restore LRA-affected communities in Central Africa to peace and prosperity.” 4E reached out to KC Harris (SFS ’14), who has worked with Invisible Children for four years and serves as the co-president of Georgetown’s chapter, to comment on the video and public reaction.

With Kony 2012 has come much criticism of the film and Invisible Children. Some of the loudest cries claim that the organization is mismanaging its funds by not spending enough on its programs in Central Africa. However, as the mission statement says, Invisible Children values awareness and advocacy as well as on the ground development programs. They’ve chosen a unique path for a non-profit, believing that having more people who know and care about the cause will create a greater impact that just having more money. The compelling, storytelling nature of the short 27-minute film represents the style of Invisible Children films that are designed to inspire people to want to learn more and get involved with the cause. The true success of the film is not determined by whether or not it raises more money for Invisible Children or whether or not the group can rightfully refute the criticism, but rather the fact that so many people are talking about this global issue. For me, when I scroll down my Facebook page and see so many people talking about Kony, it does not matter to me what they are saying, but rather that they know his name. That is the purpose of Kony 2012.

Photo: Courtesy KC Harris

Happy Birthday Charles Dickens

In honor of Charles Dickens’ 200th birthday, 4E presents some of his musings on Georgetown.

“At George Town, in the suburbs, there is a Jesuit College; delightfully situated, and, so far as I had an opportunity of seeing, well-managed. Many persons who are not members of the Romish Church, avail themselves, I believe, of the institutions and of the advantageous opportunities they afford for the education of their children. The heights in this neighborhood, above the Potomac River, are very picturesque; and are free, I should conceive, from some of the insalubrities of Washington. The air, at that elevation, was quite cool and refreshing,when in the city it was burning hot.”

Photo: guardian.co.uk