Staffer of the Week: Daniel Smith


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, Danny Smith:

Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Year and School: SFS ’17
Major: International Politics
Position on The Hoya: Photo Editor

Why did you earn Staffer of the Week?
I took the photos for the spring fashion issue of The Guide, put in requests for new photo equipment and was recognized “for being a generally competent human being.” That last one is my favorite. It essentially means I do my job.

If you could be a Wisey’s sandwich, which would you be and why?
The predictable answer is Chicken Madness, but what people don’t realize is that I’d be a perennial favorite in the GUSA executive election. I also think there’s a hint of spice in my personality ;) probably due to my Latino heritage.

Why did you decide to join The Hoya, and how has it contributed to your college experience?
I joined my freshman fall because I was pretty into photography and thought it’d be a good way to stay at it. It doesn’t hurt that being a staff photographer for The Hoya means you get to take photos of famous politicians and cover Georgetown basketball. Working for The Hoya has been a defining part of college for me – sometimes I feel like I go to Georgetown University, where I work for The Hoya and take classes on the side. But I’m definitely more than okay with that.

If you could be Jack the Bulldog for one day, what would you do?
I’d go for a nice walk down P Street, the most underrated street in Georgetown. Then I’d go down to the waterfront and play with the other dogs that get walked down there. After that, I’d be exhausted from all the attention Georgetown students would shower me with, so I’d take a nap up by the observatory. Not a bad day at all.

Photo: Michelle Xu/The Hoya

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


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!
Photos: Facebook

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: 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: 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?


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.

Staffers of the Week: Victoria Edel and Addie Fleron

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’re featuring two amazing Hoya staffers: Victoria Edel and Addie Fleron.


Name: Victoria Edel
History and Government, English Minor
Hometown: Brooklyn, N.Y.
Position on The Hoya:
Wash-up and Guide Columnist

Why did you earn staffer of the week?
I worked with the Personnel Director Addie Fleron to put together our first staff retreat.* We herded together all the current Hoya leaders with many of the past to reflect and talk about where we’re going, where the paper is going and how we can do better for ourselves and Georgetown.

*I’ve heard from alums that we used to have these, so technically this is the first in recent memory, but there has been a pretty big gap since the last one, at least.

What is your favorite part about working for The Hoya?
Everyone who works for this newspaper is really weird in the best possible way. Some of my best friendships were forged at 2 a.m. over Pop’ems and intense discussions about font choices, and I’m pretty sure that sort of stuff isn’t happening anywhere else on campus.

If you could make a band with any two people, who would they be?
Mindy Kaling and Aubrey Plaza, not because we would make anything worth listening to, but because I just want to be their best friend. And who knows — if we put our heads together maybe we could give Andy Samberg and The Lonely Island a run for their money. Give me a call, Mindy and Aubrey, and we can make it happen.


Name: Addie Fleron
Year: College
School: 2016
Major: Medieval Studies
Hometown: Westfield, Mass.
Position on The Hoya: Director of Personnel

Why did you earn staffer of the week?
With Victoria, I helped organize the first leadership retreat for members of The Hoya’s board box.

What is your favorite part about working for The Hoya?
My favorite part about working for The Hoya is definitely getting to hang out with all the great people! Somehow we manage to make the tiny, champagne-covered office a great place to be.

If you could make a band with any two people, who would they be?
I’m hoping I get to pick actual musicians for this question because I am not musical. In which case we would have to go with Adam Levine and Pink. Partially because I want to see what mash-up that would create.

All Aboard the Struggle Bus: Georgetown Problems


Co-authored by Max Wheeler and Lindsay Lee

The term “First World Problems” has become well-ingrained into the language and culture of college students and social media users everywhere, referring to complaints about good/great things in someone’s life that just aren’t quite good enough.  I’ll be honest that I’m guilty of these “First World Problem” rants at times.

Georgetown students struggle with some of these problems every day– and that’s not supposed to be insulting, simply an admission of what is to come.  Here are some unique Georgetown Problems that only Hoyas can truly understand.

Leo’s Doors

Everyone has inevitably embarrassed themselves attempting to enter or exit Leo’s with a crowd of people behind them.  I don’t care how much you work out at Yates, those doors are unnaturally heavy.  Maybe it’s a way to burn some calories before and after meals.

Silverware Shortages

Sticking with the Leo’s theme, anyone who has made the mistake of going to dinner during rush hour has also run into a surprising shortage of silverware.  Forks are typically the first thing to go, followed quickly by spoons, which is unfortunate because typically it’s hard to eat things with knives (without hurting yourself).  Hopefully you can find some finger food.

Lau Doors

Going along with the door complaint above, the doors to the Lau staircases are also unnaturally heavy. I know I can’t be the only one who has left Lau 2 with a bagel in one hand and a coffee in the other and can’t make it back to the fourth floor without some assistance from a kind stranger. They’re also too heavy for you to do the push-a-little-harder-to-swing-the-door-open-as-you-leave-so-that-the-person-a-little-ways-behind-you-can-catch-it-so-you-don’t-have-to-stand-there-and-hold-it-but-wont-be-rude maneuver we all know so well.

The Leavey Elevators

Only a select number of Hoyas have experienced the Leavey elevators: those who frequent the esplanade, anyone who’s had an interview in the upstairs club room, and, of course, the staff of The Hoya on their way to Leavey 421. These elevators are absolutely terrifying and every time I get in, I wonder if I’ll ever come out alive.

The Walsh Elevators

Okay…maybe I should just start taking the stairs since I have so many qualms about the elevators. But the Walsh elevators seem to have reverse sensors, so that the doors close when they sense something between them and remain open for far too long, even when you’re pressing the “close door” button. They also move at a glacial pace so that you enter as a freshman, and emerge on the fourth floor as a senior…citizen.

The Hilltop

We live on a hill and it makes life hard sometimes. It is so tempting to leave Lau and to go downhill to eat at Leo’s, but after you’ve filled yourself with chili or chicken finger wok, you do NOT want to make the trip back uphill to study.

Our Mascot

“What does Hoya Saxa mean?”, “So…being the ‘Hoyas’ means you’re the ‘Whats’?”, “Does Hoya mean bulldog?”.

Building Entrances

Very few things confused me more when I first got to school than the fact that you don’t enter many buildings on the first floor.  Walk into Lau, and you are on the third floor already.  Walk into Regents or the MSB, and you could be on the first, second, or third floor. Same story for the ICC. I’m not an architect, but why does that make sense? WHY?!


I’m going to start this last one with a disclaimer: I loved living in Darnall this year with about 95% of my heart. For any incoming freshmen, there is no reason to panic if you check your Housing at a Glance in August and see that you were placed in Darnall.  Lady Darnall will always have a special place in my heart.  But nothing epitomizes Georgetown Problems more than this residence hall. The elevators only “work” sometimes, I’m terrified to stay in the laundry room for more time than necessary, and the walk back from Leo’s with a full stomach is miserable so I spend a lot of money at Epicurean. It’s not really close to anything, for that matter. I have a hard time believing much has changed in that building since the 70’s or 80’s.  So while I couldn’t have asked for a better freshman dorm experience, you can’t fully appreciate Georgetown struggles until you’ve lived in that lovely building.

The struggles are real, Hoyas. Good luck.

Photo: Lindsay Lee/The Hoya

Staffer of the Week: Hiromi Oka

HiromiOnce 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!

Name Hiromi Oka
Position on The Hoya City News Senior Editor
School SFS
Year 2015
Major Undecided
Hometown Houston, Texas

What did you do to earn Staffer of the Week?

I reported on a Georgetown Law Center student who was convicted for selling meth and I also wrote a story about the Pope’s resignation.

What is your guilty pleasure TV show?

It’s not a ‘guilty’ pleasure, it’s just a pleasure, but Parks and Recreation.

When you were a kid, what did you say you wanted to be when you grew up?

That’s an easy one. I wanted to be president. Next Asian Hillary Clinton, right here.

What is your favorite part about working for The Hoya?

Either having fun with the news staff or the relief after finishing an issue and realizing there weren’t that many mistakes!

If you were forced to only be able to eat at one station in Leo’s for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Interestingly enough, I can’t decide even though Leo’s really sucks, but I would have to say the stir fry station. But then again the dessert section during lunch is really good and I like the meat station. So even though I hate Leo’s…I guess I kind of like it too.

PhotoLeonel De Velez/The Hoya

Today in Hoya History: Why We Got Dorm Security

Most of us don’t think anything of swiping into our buildings — unless you forgot your GOCard in your room. But 24-hour security didn’t make its way into our dorms until about 40 years ago, after an assault on this day in 1971 (see headline below) prompted university officials to reassess security in campus residence halls.

On October 2, 1971, an unknown assailant held a Copley Hall RA at gunpoint after she discovered a robbery in the Residence Hall Office. At the time, Copley and Harbin lacked any type of security system, while other residence halls lacked 24-hour security. In the days after the assault, university officials led by then-Housing Director Suzanne Forsyth, called a series of emergency meetings to address security concerns. The meetings were led by dorm Housemasters and addressed concerns about student safety — Copley alone reported 14 burglaries and two assaults in September 1971.

Within two weeks of the assault, Copley had a temporary security system in place, but university officials had their eyes on larger plans. In an Oct. 15, 1971, article, The Hoya reported that university officials were examining “if a key-card system for entering is possible.” Furthermore, campus security officials were examining whether “defensive equipment, such as mace or night sticks, are needed for protection of security guards,” and was examining whether it could receive more funding to train officers.

Other security measures included the installation of alarms on fire exit doors and increased lighting at the Medical Center.

The Hoya‘s editorial board had sharp-tongued criticism for the university’s shoddy security. The board lamented the incompetence of Georgetown’s 50-man security force, noting that “their Dick Tracy radios notwithstanding, the campus is just too big to be patrolled by policemen on foot.” (No DPS on bikes or in cars in 1971, evidently.) An editorial cartoon (pictured above) shows a campus security guard writing a parking ticket “with campus crime on the rise.” Walking from Reiss to Harbin was scary then, too, as “the walk between Reiss and Harbin … left late-night sojourners easy prey for attackers.”

It turns out October 1971 was an bustling time for the university. We discovered a few more gems of Hoya history in the Oct. 7, 1971, issue that broke this story. It  had just been announced that the Beach Boys would perform McDonough Gym that November. The Kennedy family announced a $1,350,000 grant to establish the Joseph and Rose Kennedy Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction and Bioethics, now known as the Kennedy Institute of Ethics. WGTB radio was in the midst of an 8-month hiatus as a result of disputes over student politics voiced on air. And, as revealed in a Letter to the Editor, smoking in Healy Hall classrooms was quite a nuisance.

This Day in Hoya History is a bi-weekly feature that delves in The Hoya’s archives to find the stories of Hilltops past.

Leavey 421: Behind the Scenes of the Fashion Issue

The Hoya’s Spring fashion issue comes out in this Friday’s edition of the guide, but we have a behind the scenes teaser of the shoot. The spring fashion issue this year features the work of local designers, worn by student  models from Georgetown. Make sure to pick up a copy before you leave for Spring Break! Check out some scenes of the models getting ready (and a peek at the early part of the photo shoot) in the slideshow after the jump.

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