Staffers of the Week: Katherine Richardson, Tom Garzillo, Ashwin Puri

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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 are our interviews with the three staffers chosen last week.

Katherine Richardson

Katherine Staffer

Hometown: Los Angeles, California
School: COL
Year: 2017
Major: English
Position on the Hoya: Campus News Editor
Why did you earn Staffer of the Week?
I won staffer of the week alongside my two awesome writers Tom and Ashwin for our GUSA 2015 executive election coverage.
Why did you decide to join The Hoya, and how has it contributed to your college experience?
I joined The Hoya my freshman fall because I had been heavily involved in my high school paper and really wanted to continue working in a fast-paced and exciting news environment. I have loved writing for as long as I can remember, and I have always been drawn to journalism because of its ability to spread the truth and help encourage change. My time on The Hoya has taught me so much about writing, interviewing, editing and Georgetown as a whole. I love that I have been able to meet with so many students and administrators who are passionate about this campus and are always striving to improve it. Beyond the professional aspects of the job, I really enjoy spending time with the staff on The Hoya, and have been lucky to make some amazing friends.
What’s a song you can’t stop listening to right now?
“Wolves” by Kanye West (ft. Vic Mensa and Sia)
If you could be a vegetable, which would you be and why?
Onions because they have layers!

Tom Garzillo

Tom Staffer

Hometown: Trumbull, Connecticut
School: SFS
Year: 2018
Major: Undecided
Position on The Hoya: Staff writer, specifically GUSA beat writer
Why did you earn Staffer of the Week?
I earned staffer of the week for my coverage of the GUSA executive elections.
Why did you decide to join The Hoya, and how has it contributed to your college experience?
I decided to join the Hoya because it combines three things I am passionate about: writing, journalism and Georgetown. Writing for the Hoya has been one of the highlights of my freshman year. There’s nothing quite like seeing your name in print and knowing that people are learning from what you wrote. I’ve personally learned more about Georgetown through writing news than I ever could have otherwise.
What’s a song you can’t stop listening to right now?
A song that I can’t stop listening to right now is “All Due Respect” by Run the Jewels (tied with Outkast for best rap duo of all time, IMO).
If you could be a vegetable, which would you be and why?
If I could be a vegetable, I would be a carrot because I’m true to my roots (#punny).

Ashwin Puri

Ashwin Staffer

Hometown: Rockford, Illinois
School: SFS
Year: 2018
Major: International Politics
Position on The Hoya: News Writer
Why did you earn Staffer of the Week?
I earned Staffer of the Week for writing articles on the recent GUSA executive election. Mainly, I covered the Vice-Presidential and Presidential debates.
Why did you decide to join The Hoya, and how has it contributed to your college experience?
I decided to join The Hoya this semester to both explore my passion for writing in a professional setting and to grow as an individual through communication and writing improvement. Writing for news has allowed me to interview individuals and experience new facets of campus life I did not know existed and would not have been able to access prior to joining The Hoya. Becoming a part of such a great community has broadened my campus experience immensely, and I look forward to continuing to grow as a part of this great organization.
What’s a song you can’t stop listening to right now?
“Retrograde” by James Blake! I just can’t get it out of my head.
If you could be a vegetable, which would you be and why?
If I could be any vegetable I would be an avocado. I am not even sure if it is a vegetable, fruit or something in between, but it goes well with everything and is delicious.

Congratulations Katherine, Tom and Ashwin!
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The Hoya’s Bunn Award Winners

bunnawards2Every year, Georgetown gives out the Bunn Awards for student print journalism in six categories: News, features, commentary, photo, sports and reviews. This year, The Hoya won 12 of 18 awards. Take a look at this year’s winning pieces to see some of our best content of the year.

Features

1st place, “Trans* Students Share Their Stories,” by Sarah Kaplan

News

2nd place, “SWQ Ricin Scare Unnerves Students,” by Madison Ashley
3rd place, “Domino’s Robbed at Gunpoint,” by Katherine Richardson

Commentary

1st place, “Hurdles for a Life in Transition,” by Lexi Dever
A guest viewpoint
3rd place, “Disaster Movies Sell Out a Serious Situation,” by Victoria Edel

Reviews

1st place, “Beauty of Byzantium,” Nicole Jarvis
A review of the exhibit “Heaven and Earth” at the National Gallery of Art
2nd place, “Chipotle Spin-Off Spices It Up,” Sheena Karkal
A review of the restaurant ShopHouse
3rd place, “No Roar of Praise for Generic Album,” Jess Kelham-Hohler
A review of Katy Perry’s album “Roar”

Sports

1st place, “From Star to Student: Russell Pursues Dream,” Laura Wagner

Photography

1st place, “Students Protest XL Pipeline,” Kristen Skillman
2nd place, “DeGioia Attends Summit,” Alexander Brown
3rd place, “McCourt School Opens to Campus Fanfare,” Michelle Xu

Congratulations to all our writers and photographers!

Staffer of the Week: Katherine Richardson

It’s finally here! Once a week, The Hoya recognizes a staffer who has done a particularly awesome job – now you can get to know about them, too. As part of our Leavey 421 series, we post quick interviews with each staffer of the week. This week, we are featuring the fantastic news writer and assistant, Katherine Richardson!

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Name: Katherine Richardson
Year: 2017
School: College
Major: Undecided
Hometown: Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Position on The Hoya: Staff Writer and News Assistant

Why did you earn staffer of the week?

After the armed robbery at Domino’s, I walked down to the store to do a breaking news piece. I talked to the delivery man who was there during the robbery to get his first-hand account and talked to stores in the area to find out if they were concerned about the danger of armed robbery at their restaurants. I think the article came out really well, because one of the Domino’s employees suggested that it may have been an inside job. I’m interested to find out what happens after the Metro Police investigates.

What is your favorite thing about working for The Hoya?

I love being able to talk to people from every part of Georgetown. I get to interact with students, teachers, administrators and members of the D.C. community, and I would have never gotten to do that without being on the staff. I have heard some incredible stories and learned a lot just from talking to people about their lives and ambitions, and I am grateful for the experience.

Seeing that Valentine’s Day is coming up, what is your ideal way to spend the holiday?

HOUSE OF CARDS.

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life what would it be and why?

Sushi. If I could, I would eat it for every meal (well, except breakfast). It’s the most delicious thing in the world and there are so many options, so it’d never get boring.

 What is your favorite song and why?

My favorite song changes literally every day, but I will never tire of “Island in the Sun” by Weezer because it reminds me of home and driving by the beach.