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%.)

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

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Check out the full original poll below.

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Photos: The Hoya, washingtoncitypaper.com

 

Vice President Highlights Georgetown in Summit Speech

Joe Biden

At Thursday’s White House College Opportunity Day of Action, Vice President Joe Biden stole the show with four shout outs to Georgetown in his half-hour long closing speech.

While these mentions had no relevance to the day’s goal of discussing ways of increasing college opportunity, his rambling anecdotes ensured Georgetown was included in the major higher education summit.

The first nod to the Hilltop came as Biden discussed his son, Hunter who started Yale Law School after getting his B.A. at Georgetown. According to our Vice President, a Georgetown degree could mean you’re smarter than someone with an Ivy League PhD.

“My son Hunter is a very very bright young man. He’s a grown man now with three beautiful daughters. I remember when he got into Yale Law School he said ‘Dad, you know, 69 in my class have already their PhDs. It’s going to be hard.’ And he went to a great school. He went to Georgetown before that. I remember he had a court competition and after it was over he came out and went to a phone booth. And I know where this phone booth is. And he whispered and said, ‘Dad, I won.’ And he said, ‘Dad, you know, I’m as smart or smarter than a lot of these guys.’”

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Joe Biden with son, Hunter.

Less than two minutes later, Biden highlighted how our expansive mass schedule saved him in an embarrassing family moment.

“Two years ago at the convention, Michelle and Barack and Jill and I were standing waiting to go out to be introduced, this is a true story. And you’ve got to see Michelle. She is an incredible, incredible first lady and incredible mother. As is the President. As a matter of fact, one of the great byproducts and a point of personal privilege, their two daughters and two of my granddaughters are each others’ best friends. They vacation together, spend time together. I told my granddaughter last year we’re going to 10:00 mass, and she said ‘Pop I can’t.’ And I said, ‘Oh, this is your grandfather. You’re going to 10:00 mass.’ She said, ‘I can’t. The President’s picking me up in five minutes.” Well what am I going to say? The good news is that I have one son that went to Georgetown and I said, ‘They got a 7:00 mass at Georgetown.”

It is still unclear how a speech on education policy evolved into a discussion of time at mass, but thanks anyway, Vice President.

Photos: thepoliticalinsider.com