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Earlier this week, we published a post about why you should apply to 4E. While we totally stand behind this statement, because we are the bomb, we recognize that writing for 4E isn’t for everyone. Maybe you’re the next Ansel Adams (the name of a famous photographer that I just Googled, because I am not the next Ansel Adams). Maybe you love watching movies and you want to write about your feelings on “Interstellar.” 

Whatever the case, The Hoya has a place for you. While there are a lot of positions on the publishing side of things – ranging from sales to marketing – as part of the editorial division, we wanted to quickly highlight each editorial section. To do so, we asked the senior editors of each section to share their thoughts on their sections.

News: News is the heart of the paper. If you join news, you have the opportunity to write biweekly about everything that happens around campus and in the city, from the Ferguson protests in D.C. to the changing policies on free speech around campus. In addition to improving your writing skills and working with fantastic people on the news staff, you’ll be the most informed of all your friends! We’d love to have you.

Opinion: The Opinion section of the Hoya occupies pages A2 and A3 of each issue. Pieces that commonly comprise it include viewpoints written by anyone on (and sometimes off) campus, installments of columns written by a select team that tackles issues of administration, politics, student life, and the like, and a series of editorials written by a distinct board of Hoya staff and community members. Two viewpoints, “Reflecting on the Ordeal of a Mishandled Ricin Case” by senior Thomas Lloyd and “I Was Mugged, and I Understand Why,” by Oliver Friedfeld, are among the most viewed pieces in the newspaper’s history and received national attention. As part of the opinion team, you’ll have the opportunity to edit straight away.

Guide: The Guide is the lifestyle and culture section of the Hoya. Its writers cover a variety of topics such as food, music, theater, film and artistic events happening both on and off campus. You might also get the chance to interview actual famous people, like Eddie Redmayne from “The Theory of Everything.” [See the recent review of “Annie” as an example of the Guide.]

Sports: Interview some of the best athletes in college sports, attend NCAA Tournament matches and watch men’s basketball games from courtside of the Verizon Center — these are all things that our writers do on a regular basis and, if you join the sports section, you could do them, too. Apply to write for sports and be part of what everyone knows to be the best section on The Hoya (but don’t tell the other guys).

Photo: Photo is a great section for anyone from an iPhone amateur to an experienced pro. Press passes and giant cameras are your key to seeing the president speak and sitting on the floor of games of the Verizon Center.



Copy: do you thikn you have wat it takes too meticullusly reed and edit the news paper off record? Join copy! Weed love two have you hear.

Layout: The layout section is all about creativity, design, and precision. Apply if you like to make graphics or want to learn all about graphic design. Another perk: you pick your own times to work – you only need to come in for one two-hour shift a week!

Multimedia: Multimedia creates videos to complement the content produced by all of the other sections – from breaking news to Jack’s new tricks. If you think you’ve got what it takes to run to Mount Vernon Square to videotape protesters, edit together a video of the school mascot skateboarding, or would like to learn how to film and edit videos, apply for Multimedia!

Online: The interwebz are the final frontier. Know how to code? Join. Illiterate, but creative? Join. Even if you don’t have computer skills, the Online section is looking for creative minded people to help develop the Hoya’s website and social media.  This department has the most potential for growth, so we’d love to welcome anyone who has the technical know-how or vision. Whether you think big or like the details of coding, definitely apply!

If any of the above sections appeal to you, don’t hesitate to apply! By putting in a short amount of time filling out the application, you could join one of the biggest parts of Georgetown and get to meet new people! What do you have to lose?

Apply here. You have until tomorrow, Jan. 16 at 5 p.m. to join us! All updates will be posted on our Facebook page.

Photos: Daniel Smith/The Hoya, Chris Bien/The Hoya, LinkedIn

Staffers of the Week: Emma Hinchliffe and Michal Grabias


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. As our last installment for 2014, our Staffers of the Week were Emma Hinchliffe and Michal Grabias. Unfortunately we were unable to get hold of Michal, the excellent General Manager from spring 2014 to fall 2014, but here’s our interview with Emma.

Emma Hinchliffe

Hometown: Glen Ridge, New Jersey
School: COL
Year: 2015
Major: Government
Position on The Hoya: Former Editor-In-Chief, currently a contributing editor

Why did you earn Staffer of the Week?
I finished my yearlong term as The Hoya’s editor-in-chief!

Why did you decide to join The Hoya?
When I got to Georgetown, the only thing I knew I wanted to do was join the newspaper. Even as I changed my mind about almost everything else, that was the ne thing that stayed the same since day one, and it proved to be my best decision here.

What was your favorite part of being EIC?
When I look back on my time at Georgetown, I know I’ll immediately think about The Hoya. It’s been my defining Georgetown experience and where I learned more than I did in any classroom. I’ve loved reporting difficult stories, spending absurd amounts of time in The Hoya’s office, learning how to be a reporter, writer and editor, and seeing the tangible results of our hard work in print twice a week (and online every day). It’s been a privilege to lead The Hoya over the past year and I’m proud to see the next staff already making the paper their own.

If you ran the university for a day, what would you do first?
I would sell The Hoya its trademark and everything so it could go independent from the university. And also, reopen the Reiss pathway.

If you could be any vegetable, what would you be and why?
Definitely Brussels sprouts because I love them!

Congrats Emma and Michal, and thanks for your many semesters of great work!

Photo: Facebook

Staffer of the Week: Sam Abrams


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 Sam Abrams:

Sam Staffer

Hometown: Overland Park, Kansas
School: SFS
Year: 2017
Major: International Politics
Position on the Hoya: Former Senior Sports Editor

Why did you earn Staffer of the Week?
I have no clue, but it seems like they’re just going down the chain of command. The printer got it last week. [Ed. Note: Sam earned Staffer of the Week for his work on the Basketball Preview.]

What’s a song you can’t stop listening to right now?
Well, former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi was quoted in the 2009 work Nonproliferation Norms, “The times of Arab nationalism and unity are gone forever. These ideas which mobilized the masses are only a worthless currency. Libya has had to put up with too much from the Arabs for whom it has poured forth both blood and money.” So I guess I’ll go with “Shake It Off.”

If you could be any vegetable, what would you be and why?
Cauliflower, because there are so many ways to prepare me, but raw is still the best.

If your life was made into a movie, what would the title be and why?
Probably “Fast and Furious 8”, because they’re on 7 right now and when they make the next one, they will either have to skip straight to 9 or have to buy the rights from me. Also, I’ve always wanted to meet Paul Walker.

Photo: Michelle Xu/The Hoya

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:
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? 


For obvious reasons.

Thanks Hannah and congrats!

Photo: Facebook

Staffer of the Week: Mallika Sen


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. This week, Mallika Sen earned Staffer of the Week for writing a respectful obituary to the accomplished, trailblazing former dean of the SFS, Carol Lancaster (SFS ’64). Here’s our interview with Mallika:


Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.
School: SFS
Major: Regional and Comparative Studies (the latter half), with concentrations in Western and Eastern Europe
Year: 2016
Position on The Hoya: Executive Editor

Is there anything special you’d like to say about the piece on Dean Lancaster?

I’ve admired Dean Lancaster since GAAP Weekend; it was impossible not to enjoy yourself every time she spoke. I’ve told this story to anyone who’ll listen this past week, but probably the second article I ever wrote for this paper was about high-profile professors, and I shot her an email as a Hail Mary, not really expecting anything. She responded 12 minutes later, telling me to call her and I was so grateful. I just hope that the obituary did her even a modicum of justice.

What attracted you to The Hoya?

I got really excited when I saw that they used Helvetica Neue as one of their fonts. I’ve been making newspapers since I was 7 (#microsoftpublisher) and I did the blasted thing in high school, so it was a natural progression (although the attraction was not mutual, considering I didn’t make it freshman fall). I like telling stories, and I like knowing everything.

If you ran the university for a day, what would be your first decision?

I would immediately forbid the disfigurement of the linden tree at Václav Havel’s Place with garish decorations for random holidays. My second decision would be the institution of ever-changing fences, à la Hogwarts’ staircases, because I don’t think getting around campus is interesting enough at the moment. Where’s the challenge?

If your life was made into a movie, what would the title be and why?

“Accentric,” because I cannot pronounce anything “properly” or in a geographically identifiable fashion.

What’s a song you can’t stop listening to right now?

I found the “Prayer in C” remix through a Spotify ad (a worse meet-cute than Tinder), and it’s not even the most brilliant song, but the contrast between the music and the lyrics makes for some prime nonchalant angry bitterness, which makes me happy.

Congratulations, Mallika! If you, the reader, has some spare time, please read Mallika’s lovely obituary (or Katherine Richardson’s piece on the memorial) for Dean Lancaster, who was truly an encapsulation of everything Georgetown University stands for.

Photo: Facebook

Send In Submissions for Creative Writing Issue

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Are you an aspiring novelist or poet? Do you see yourself as the next John Green, Philip Roth or Carol Ann Duffy? If your creative juices are flowing and you think your work of genius should be shared with the world, make sure you submit to The Hoya’s Creative Writing Issue.

Last April’s inaugural issue featured an array of powerful and moving pieces. From Laura Lannan’s dramatic poem “Napalm” to Alexandra Buck’s thought-provoking short story, “The Story I’m Not Allowed to Write,” the issue was bursting with talent. And now it’s your turn.

Submissions — poems, short stories or creative non-fiction — are due Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 11:59 p.m. to [email protected] There’s a maximum of two submissions per person, and short stories should be between 500 and 1,000 words. So put your (metaphorical) pen to paper and get your submissions in for your chance to get published and prove your literary brilliance.

Check out the event on Facebook for more information on sending in your submission.

Staffer of the Week: Brian Carden

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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 Brian Carden:

Brian Staffer

Hometown: Port Washington, N.Y.

School: MSB
Major: Finance and Operations & Information Management
Minor: Economics
Year: 2016
Position on The Hoya: Director of Sales
Why did you earn Staffer of the Week?

I sold a bunch of ads, including breaking the record for the New Student Guide. To quote Executive Editor Mallika Sen, “#nonewsfriday.”

What famous actor would play you in a movie about your life?
I’d have to say Adam Scott since I have a strikingly uncanny resemblance to Ben Wyatt.

What advice would you give a young Brian Carden – let’s say four years ago?
Don’t take yourself so seriously.

Are you a Jack the Bulldog or a John Carroll?
While the idea of lounging around Copley Lawn and winding up in the profile pictures of squatting freshmen certainly sounds appealing, I’m going to have to go with John Carroll. Like me, he seems like the kind of guy who liked to get stuff done. (I mean, after all, he founded Georgetown.)

Congrats to Brian! May you continue in your sales success.

Photo: Facebook

Staffers of the Week: Jess Kelham-Hohler and Michelle Xu


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. As part of our Leavey 421 series, we’ll be posting quick interviews with each Staffer of the Week. This week our outstanding Hoya staffers are Jess Kelham-Hohler and Michelle Xu. Read about these awesome ladies here:

Jess Kelham-Hohler

Jess Staffer

Hometown: London, U.K.
School: College
Major: Undecided, probably English
Year: 2017
Position on the Hoya: Guide Editor

If you could create your own Georgetown course, what would it be called?

Netflix Addiction 101: Understanding the phenomenon of spending eight hours on Netflix a day.

What made you gravitate towards joining The Hoya?

I’d never written for a student newspaper before, and I just really wanted to give it a go. At the info session, they said if I wrote for The Guide I’d be able to go to film previews and write reviews of albums. I was completely sold. Plus I heard that some pretty cool people worked there.

Why did you earn Staffer of the Week?

For making the Fall Fashion issue with Michelle (who took all the amazing photographs). Apparently people like it, which I hope is true!

If you could be any flavor of Burnett’s, what would it be and why?

Probably sweet tea, because I’m a caffeine addict and it’s the only flavor that has some suggestion of caffeine content. Plus tea, my being English — it all goes together.

If you could be a Wisey’s sandwich, what would it be and why?

The California panini, because after going to LA for the first time last summer, all I do is dream of going back to the glorious Cali sunshine.

Best thing about fall is…?

The start of colder weather. I’m English, and therefore need the rain in order to survive. But really, everything is great about fall. Except for all the pumpkin. I shall never understand this nation’s obsession with pumpkin.

Michelle Xu

Michelle Staffer

Hometown: San Diego, CA
School: NHS
Major: Healthcare Management and Policy
Year: 2016
Position on the Hoya: Senior Photo Editor

If you could create your own Georgetown course, what would it be called?

If I could create my own Georgetown course, it would definitely be Nap Time. The more you nap, the higher your grade.

What made you gravitate towards joining The Hoya?

Over the summer between high school and college, I saw the old Senior Photo Editor post on Facebook about joining The Hoya as a photographer. Then I thought, “Hey… I can take pictures. I want friends… I’ll join the Hoya!”

Why did you earn Staffer of the Week?

I earned Staffer of the Week because Jess and I did a kick-ass Fashion Issue.

If you could be any flavor of Burnett’s, what would it be and why?

I would be Citrus Burnett’s because I mix well with anything!

Best thing about fall is…?

The best thing about fall is the changing colors. Red, orange and yellow leaves are much more interesting than green. They also make for great photos!

 Photos: Facebook

The New Bloggers Are Here!

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Meet the new 4E bloggers because they’re awesome people, you’re about to be reading a lot of their uproarious posts and what else is there to do on a Sunday night?

Michaela Murphy (SFS ’16)michaela

The 5 Most Profound Rap Lyrics of the Ages:

1. “My wrist deserve a shout out I’m like what up wrist” – 2 Chainz, “Fork”
In giving his wrist that simple “what up,” the distinguished lyricist 2 Chainz defies our expectations. He doesn’t aim for classic subtle rap allusion that incorporates ambiguous street terms, but tells it straight, directly addressing his wrist in casual greeting.

2. “Good googly moogly that thang is juicy” – Project Pat, “Good Googly Moogly”
What exactly is juicy? And why googly moogly? What about “Good grief?” or “Good gracious?” By using “googly moogly”, perhaps Pat is implying more than we can ever know. The genius is that Project Pat will always keep us wondering.

3. “Iced out ring, iced out chain, Ellen DeGeneres, you’re so generous” – Lil B, “Ellen DeGeneres”
Playing off of DeGeneres with “generous?” Brilliant. Did Ellen give Lil B the iced out chain? Is that why she’s generous? We can only hope so.

4. “Hologram on my hand gave me a tanned wrist / Diamonds dancing on my fist look like a blank disc / Teriyaki suit with the lemon Fanta / Heavyweight, heartburn, My lanta” –Riff Raff, “Cuz My Gear”
Not much one can say here.

5. “This one’s a beast, but way too wonderful to be compared to an animal, she’s like what I’m sippin’ on … Shirley temple on ice” — Akon, “Day Dreaming”
A great qualifying phrase. Props to Akon for clarifying that he wasn’t trying to be degrading.

Sara Carioscia (COL ’17)


The average Georgetown student’s spirit animal is Jennifer Lawrence.

Like Georgetown students, Jennifer Lawrence is very capable of excelling in trying circumstances (maintaining composure alongside Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook could not have been easy). JLaw constantly defends her beliefs, which is a main tenet of Georgetown life. She once said it should be illegal for someone to be called “fat” on television. Similarly, Georgetown students constantly fight for understanding and cohesion on campus.

JLaw is seemingly perfect, but exceptionally self-deprecating (recall interviews in which she has revealed personal details or opinions of herself, such as the asymmetry of her breasts and her self-classification as an “obese actress.”) The typical Georgetown student acts similarly. I constantly hear kids say, “I’m not a great writer,” “Math isn’t my strong subject,” “This isn’t my best work,” etc. Meanwhile they won a statewide essay contest, scored 780 on the Math SAT and are about to graduate magna cum laude.

Catherine McNally (NHS ’17)


The Top 5 Party Picture Poses (and what they say about you):

1. The Skinny Arm
You may be in a sorority or you may not, but one thing is clear: you want to look good. Even when you’re posing in the middle of a Village B apartment filled wall-to-wall with people you don’t know, your main concern will always be embracing your inner Sasha Fierce.

2. The Sun out, Tongue out
You like to party and you want everyone to know just how rowdy you can get. The sun doesn’t even have to be out to warrant this pose because you really are that much of a party animal (but hey, I needed to make it sound catchy).

3. The Casual Peace Sign
This pose could really be interpreted in a variety of ways. For example, you could be a tween girl anxiously waiting outside of a Justin Bieber concert or you could just be throwing it up in ironic reverence of your Myspace days. In either case, you do you.

4. The Number 1
This one is pretty self-explanatory, you’re number one and you know it. Now what you did to earn this ranking, no one quite knows. But that doesn’t matter to you, so keep on throwing up that index finger.

5. The Power Point
You’re the Big Man on Campus and you want everyone to know it. This pose is sort of complementary to the “Skinny Arm” and is oftentimes the go-to pose for true bros.

Elizabeth Harvey (COL ’17)


5 Best Songs to Blast in the Shower

1. “She Will Be Loved” – Maroon 5
I’m not sure what I love most about this song – Adam Levine’s semi-feminine voice, the beautiful lyrics, or its ability to somehow convince you that you’re an amazing singer. You’re not.

2. “Irreplaceable” – Beyoncé
This is an anthem – and it’s only complete if you add some sassy finger-pointing and shampoo bottle-brandishing. “Single Ladies” or “Drunk In Love” are also viable options.

3. “The Middle” – Jimmy Eat World
Warning: Excessive rowdy jumping as induced by this song can lead to serious injury. Proceed with caution.

4. “Complicated” – Avril Lavigne
Let the mascara run down your cheeks, ‘cause this shower just reached a whole new level of angst.

5. “The Scientist” – Coldplay
Feel free to cry – no one can tell through the steam.

Honorable Mention: “Piano Man” – Billy Joel

cristinaserraCristina Serra (SFS ’17)

Top 5 Responses to “I’m from Guatemala.”

1. My gardener (nanny/maid/butler) is from there!

2. I love Mexico!

3. I don’t get how you can be born in Guantanamo Bay. Isn’t that illegal or something?

4. Wow, I’d love to live on an island. So breezy.

5. Is that divided in tribes? Or, like, chiefdoms?

Meg Lizza (COL ’17)


The hyena is the spirit animal of Georgetown

Blatantly underrated in the animal kingdom, yet a complicated and highly intelligent creature, the hyena is most definitely the spirit animal of Georgetown. Sorry Jack, but the hyena embodies the competitive and clever nature that most Hoyas have. Although they are very hard workers, hyenas usually scavenge off other animals in order to survive. Like hyenas, most Georgetown students could not have gotten to where they are now without leaning on their parents and other support systems. Thank you, mom and dad, I am forever grateful. Hyenas also have extremely evolved and diverse social groups. Unsurprisingly, Georgetown offers an array of social groups that are all complex and unique in their own way. Hyenas are very familial, in that they are prideful and loyal to their group. At Georgetown, we are all about that Hoya Saxa, “It’s been so long since last we met”, bleeding Hoya blue spirit. Next time you think hyenas are a competitive herd of scavengers, think again, because there is more to them than meets the eye … and you’re basically one of them.

Photo: 4E’s stellar stalker team

Become a Contributor for The Hoya!

write to kanye2.0The Hoya is looking for contributors for the fall 2014 semester (Read: The Hoya is looking for you!). Applying to be a contributor now is a great decision because you have loads of free time as it’s still summer and, of course, you’re shaking with excitement to get involved back at school.

First, let’s clear the air about what this application actually is. After looking through the 2018 GAAP group, I’ve noticed a bit of (totally understandable) confusion. To be completely honest, I wouldn’t understand what a contributor does if I didn’t work for The Hoya. This is not an application to become a staff member of The Hoya. Rather, contributor applications are for columnists or community members on the editorial board. As a columnist, you write a column, either once a week or every other week, with a consistent and creative theme. Columnist positions are available in the Opinion, Business, Sports or Guide sections. On the other hand, the two editorial board community members meet with the rest of the editorial board to discuss issues on campus and in D.C. before before voicing its opinion in the paper. These two individuals serve as representatives of the Georgetown community on the board, which is otherwise made up of Hoya staffers.

All of these positions provide a glimpse into what goes on at The Hoya and an opportunity to make friends with the lovely staff. Apply — what do you have to lose?

Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. TOMORROW (Aug. 15). For more specific info and the applications, check out our Facebook event. 

Still confused about what a columnist actually does? Here are some of our favorite columns from past semesters:


ROSENBERGER:Can Christianity Bring Sexy Back? 

FUNT: An Open Invitation to Kanye West


Lessons Learned at GUASFCU 


Forgotten Female Figures 


Blowouts Are a Reality of Sports, Not Bullying

Remember another round of applications to join our staff will be available mid-August. And don’t worry, we won’t let you forget about it!