Introducing… Meet the Profs

Meet the Profs

In past years, The Hoya has produced the annual and successful Faces project, in which a number of students, faculty and staff are profiled. Oftentimes the faculty profiles prove to be popular with readers, who want to see what their professors are like outside of the classroom.

Well, good news! 4E is introducing a new, regular series, “Meet the Profs”, in which a faculty member will be profiled. We will be asking him or her questions on topics ranging from his/her field of study to “What do you do on Georgetown Day when nobody shows up for class?”

So why are we telling you this? Because we want to hear from you! If you tell us about any professor of yours that you want interviewed, we will try our darndest to do it. Maybe it’ll be the professor that inspired you to pursue your current major, or the professor who cracked way too many jokes but made a difficult class more fun. Either way, we want to hear about them and give them a spotlight.

So email us about your special prof at [email protected]! And who knows, next time you open up 4E’s homepage, you might see a post devoted to your favorite teacher.

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Staffers of the Week: Chris, Taylor and Many Office “Faces”

taylor chrisOnce 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! In a special turn of events– poetic justice? divine intervention?– one of our staffers is celebrating his birthday today. Happy birthday, Chris! Keep up your fantastic work for The Hoya!

Names Chris Bien
Schools College
Years 2014
Majors Political Economy
Hometowns Los Altos Hills, CA
Positions on the Hoya Contributing Editor (former senior photo editor)

Names Taylor Wan
Schools College
Years 2016
Majors Computer Science
Hometowns New York, NY
Positions on the Hoya Web Manager (former resident female techie)

Why did you earn staffer of the week? 

Chris: I think credit first has to be given to the staff for doing a lot of work on the Faces campaign. All of the photographers and recorders worked hard in making sure we had enough people for the project. Also, Lauren Weber (former Chair of the Board) and Connor Gregoire (former Editor in Chief) for organizing the charge, while the tech team made sure the website looked sick. What I did was go through the pictures we had and make sure the matched the names and info, then resized the photos for the poster and online, and then laid them out while making sure the info and pictures were prepped and ready to go to the right people for them to do their part. It took a long time but it was worth it.

Taylor: I made and helped launch the website for the Many Faces project. I don’t know him very well, but I have a feeling Chris is going to be modest in his description, so I’m just adding this: Chris went through and made edits to every photo on the project multiple times so that they would all be formatted the same, without complaint. That’s 224 photos, and he finished everything in a day, which is simply amazing. He also offered to come to the office to help find files I needed at the last minute, and was up until 3am the night before the site launched, helping sort out last minute kinks.

What is your favorite part about working for The Hoya?

Chris: My favorite part of working at The Hoya is simply the people. While it’s cool to be able to cover cool speakers, interesting events and shoot basketball games, it’s the diversity and the personalities of the people on The Hoya that make it so much fun. I consider many of the people I’ve worked with my close friends and I’ve learned and grown a lot because of them. When you end up spending 20 or more hours a week with these guys, it’s impossible to not appreciate what they’ve done and their impact on you.

Taylor: The people! Everyone is fun, quirky and wonderful to work with. Also, someone always brings some sort of gummies to the meetings…

What was your favorite part about working on the Faces project?

Chris: My favorite part was working with Connor and Lauren on Sunday night until 6am laying out the posters and Facebook-stalking people to make sure we got the right person. It definitely felt like old times in the office when we were all in editor positions.

Taylor: The Faces project was definitely a great learning experience. I got to work with a lot of unfamiliar web-making code that I honestly still don’t completely understand, and I also got to meet a lot of great people in the process. Moreover, I pretty much just implemented the best stalking tool invented since Facebook… I’m going to have a lot more of those awkward “I-think-I’ve-seen-you-before-but-I-have-no-idea-where” moments after scrolling through all those photos and names.

As you probably already know, Hunter Main is our new Managing Editor, and you were his first selections as Staffers of the Week. How would you describe #1- Hunter’s hair and #2 Hunter’s fashion sense?

Chris: I must say, Hunter’s hair has a very nice “swoosh” to the side that very appropriately fits his fashion sense. Of course, I have no sense of fashion so I think Hunter’s fashion will always beat my laid-back Cali-ness.

Taylor: I’ve actually only seen Hunter maybe twice in my life, but I’m gonna go with dark Justin Bieber hair or quirky preppy-snazzy?

If you had to make a movie about The Hoya office, what would it be called, who would you cast – and why? (Author’s Note: this final question was slightly altered for Chris and Taylor. Though a bit different, their answers are nonetheless thoroughly entertaining and long.)

Chris: If I had to name The Hoya movie, I’d call it “The Black Hole” because you enter the organization as a bright-eyed, bushy-tailed freshman, eager to take on whatever the editors give you. Then, by the time you transition out, you feel like the life has been sucked out of you because of all the work you’ve put in it and realize you feel empty inside without The Hoya filling that void.

Since I’m old, I am going to cast the senior eds that I worked with:

So for EIC Connor, I would cast Danny Tanner from Full House as since we would always call him “Dad” in the office and you would hate to disappoint him.

Opinion Editor Katherine Foley would be Kate Middleton, cause Katherine is the Duchess of Delaware.

Executive Editor Upasana Kaku would be Michelle Rodriguez because she is a boss and can dole out the pain if you didn’t do what you were supposed to do.

Managing Editor Suzanne Fonzi would be Pam from The Office cause she was the voice of reason when the office got rowdy.

Campus Editor Mariah Byrne would be Claire Dunphy from Modern Family because she’s always on top of everything when taking care of the section.

City Editor Sarah Kaplan is Katie Couric cause she always got down to the bottom of those stories.

Layout Editor Remy Samuels would be Julia Child/Martha Stewart cause seriously, the things that Remy makes are literally heavenly.

Sports Editor Pat Curran would be Seth Rogan cause both are lovable guys who love to make jokes.

Guide Steven Piccione would be Adrian Monk cause he seems to always have a solution to a problem while liking things a particular way.

Copy Chief Sam Randazzo would be Heidi Klum cause her fashion sense is ridiculously awesome.

Blog Editor Michelle Cassidy would be a llama, cause she is one.

And Jon Rabar would naturally be James Bond. But not a Daniel Craig James Bond, more like Sean Connery James Bond, because Jon is more of a suave Bond than your rough-and-tumble Bond.

If you had to make a movie about The Hoya office, what would it be called, and which celebrities would you have play Danny Funt and Mary Nancy Walter — and why?

Taylor: Umm… some sort of musical comedy, maybe titled “The Publisher and the Published?” Also disclaimer: I stink at matching people to celebrities, so I’m just going to go with Daniel Radcliffe and Jennifer Lawrence. (Editor’s note: this is beyond hilarious to me).

Photo: Many Faces/The Hoya

Ragin’ Cajun: The Many Faces of James Carville

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On April 22, 2013, the Georgetown University Lecture Fund will present a lecture by James Carville, one of America’s leading Democratic political strategists. Carville, who has garnered national and international acclaim for his campaign work for Bill Clinton, Tony Blair and more, will soon be bringing his Southern swagger to ICC Auditorium.

To help prepare for Carville’s fiery antics at the event, here are some of the many faces of this famous, feisty, New Orleans strategist:

This is James Carville:

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He loves politics and pointing. Here he is on Meet the Press:

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And here he is on Fox News giving a salute. How patriotic!

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Sometimes politics make him angry…

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…but other times he is very happy, as he is here with Bill Clinton.

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In fact, he was this happy when Slick Willy won the presidency in ’92!

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Carville, a native Louisianan, loves New Orleans.

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And when we say he loves New Orleans, we mean he loves New Orleans.

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Married to Republican political strategist, Mary Matalin, you could say Carville’s a simple family guy.

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In fact, he’s even been on Family Guy!

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And Saturday Night Live … Wait a second. That’s just an impersonation on Weekend Update. Silly Bill Hader, tricks are for kids!

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Or maybe even Lord of the Rings?

Regardless, Carville is a big name in American politics — almost like a Founding Father!

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And even though we can’t explain this …carvilbeth

… we still think he’s a pretty cool guy. We can’t wait to see him on the Hilltop next week!

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Photos: Wikipedia, CNN, Entertaining City, Gawker, Vanity Fair, EW.com, Family Guy Wikia, Short Form, Jammie Wearing Fool, Politico, Zimbio, Skylighting City, GOP 12 The Hill, NY Times

Staffers of the Week: The Photo Deputies

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Name AJ Brown (left)

Position on The Hoya Deputy Photo Editor
Year 
2016
School College
Major Political Economy

Name Chris Grivas

Position on The Hoya Deputy Photo Editor
Year 
2015
School NHS
Major Human Science

What did you do to earn staffer of the week?

AJ: I spent seven shifts working on our Faces campaign and working with photographers.

Chris: AJ really went above and beyond the call of duty. And our Senior Editor (Leonel de Velez) was sick so we filled in for him and we took care of business.

Who in the office is most likely to invent something useless, and what would the invention be called?

AJ: Victoria is going to create some rom-com, sitcom thing. (Writer’s Note: When I asked what this sitcom would be about, Steven Piccione, Former Guide Editor, said that he could explain the plot because he was going to be in it: “The sitcom is about Victoria, her friend Glenda and me and how we don’t fit the stereotypes of the world.”)

Chris: (Writer’s Note: I don’t think typing this answer could do justice to this answer. Please listen to the following audio clip of the interview with Chris and AJ. Be sure to listen to the Hoya Staffers bantering in the background.) Here it is: The Hoya Height Chart. (Editor’s note: I’m really surprised that you couldn’t hear me screaming about how I wanted to be on the height chart.)

What is a secret hobby or interest that you have?

Chris: I like to surf.

AJ: I like trying to surf. It never works out as planned.

What is the craziest thing that’s ever happened to you at the office?

Chris: Steven (Former Managing Editor) gets really paranoid when things are out of place, and I have this camera backpack, and I kept putting it in the doorway from the front room to the back room of the office and Steven kept on asking ‘Whose backpack is this?’ and he kept on moving it and whenever he turned away, I put it back where he doesn’t like it. And it was funny. Funny to me.

AJ: Last night, when Chris and I were covering the shift for Leo because he was sick, we invented the hypothetical scenario of texting Leo that the photo computers had spontaneously burst into flames to get Victoria (Managing Editor) into the back room so Pat (Board Member) could steal the broken table leg from under Victoria’s desk.

 

Writers Note: Finally, it is important to note that this is the second time in two months that Chris Grivas has received Staffer of the Week. When told about this prestigious distinction, he commented that it was, “Amazing. Oh my God. Amazing.”

Indeed, it is.

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