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!

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Staffers of the Week: Lindsay Lee and Nick DeLessio

Once a week, The Hoya recognizes a staffer who has done a particularly awesome job – now you can get to know about them, too. This week it went to two staffers for their work on the spiffy new Hoya website!
Lindsay Lee
School: College
Year: 2016
Major: Economics with a Spanish minor
Hometown: Albany, NY
Why were you named staffer of the week?
The Hoya’s website used to operate on a platform that was very difficult to work with and limited our abilities to expand our online content. It had caused a lot of headaches for editors over the course of many years and this year we really made the big push to get onto the WordPress platform. I spearheaded the effort to organize a team to manually transfer our archives and assisted the tech department in making sure everything was user-friendly for both the editors as they uploaded the stories and for the audience as they navigated the website. It’s been a long and tough journey and was a huge team effort, but we finally made it happen and it’s paid off!
What’s your favorite thing about working for The Hoya?
My favorite thing about working for The Hoya is that you truly reap the rewards of the time you put in. We work hard and stay up way past a normal human bedtime to produce two issues a week and get this tangible product of everything everyone has put into it. You get that feeling of gratification as you see people walking around with the newest issue or see the number of views on the website climbing and it feels great. Because of this, you bond with the people you work with in a totally different way that is equally as gratifying.

If you were to pick a mascot for The Hoya what would it be and why?
An owl. We’re nocturnal, we see and hear everything, we’re a diverse bunch and we regurgitate pellets of animal bones … wait … no not that last part.

What’s your favorite blog post you’ve ever written?
I would say any article that allowed me to shed a different light on a campus issue in a way that the print edition couldn’t. Articles like “The Problem With Anonymity: An Interview with Georgetown Confessions,” “Lovingly Defiant” or, more recently, “Behind the Designs.” 
What is the theme song to your life?

“Hell Yeah” – Rev Theory, also known as the theme song to Blue Mountain State. That song pumps me up like no other.

Nick DeLessio


School: College
Year: 2015
Major: Computer Science
Hometown: Bettendorf, Iowa

Why were you named staffer of the week?
My department created and launched the brand new

What’s your favorite thing about working for The Hoya?
My staff, especially my managers. They’re all crazy smart and support me in every possible way, both inside and outside of The Hoya.
If you were to pick a mascot for The Hoya what would it be and why?
I guess a lion. It’s still my favorite Hoya party costume to date.

What is the theme song to your life?
“A Little Party Never Killed Nobody” by Fergie.

Staffers of the Week: Zoe Bertrand, Shannon Reilly and Emory Wellman

Well, it’s that time of the week again. Each week we recognize a staffer who has gone above and beyond the call of duty. This week, the honor goes to three former abroadies who were sorely missed while they were away. Congrats Zoe, Shannon and Emory!


Name: Zoe Bertrand
School: College
Year: 2015
Major: Women and Gender Studies (with a focus on poverty and globalization)
Hometown: White Plains, N.Y.
Position on the Hoya: Contributing Editor, formerly Senior Layout Editor

Why did you earn staffer of the week?
I made an exceedingly attractive garf for the cover.

What is your favorite part about working for The Hoya?
The photo computers. Lol, just kidding, it’s probably getting to spend so much time with the awesome people who also work for The Hoya.

Where did you study abroad?
Pune, India.

What is the best part about being back on the Hilltop?
Seeing all my friends again! And I’m taking some really cool/interesting classes.

If you could be a character from any TV show which one would it be and why?
Eliza Thornberry. She can talk to animals!


Name: Shannon Reilly
School: College
Year: 2015
Major: Psychology
Hometown: Sparta, N.J.
Position on the Hoya: Contributing to copy section

Why did you earn staffer of the week?
I earned staffer of the week for staying at the office far into the night with the other wash-ups helping out with the first production night back from break.

What is your favorite part about working for The Hoya?
My favorite part about working for The Hoya is the wonderful people I get to work with and hang out with while I’m here. (I also have a love-hate relationship with the abundance of super unhealthy snacks that are always in the office.)

Where did you study abroad? 
Copenhagen, Denmark.

What is the best part about being back on the Hilltop?
The best part about being back on the Hilltop is the energetic atmosphere on campus and the Corp chai lattes that help me keep up with it.

If you could be a character from any TV show which one would it be and why?
If I could be a character from any TV show, I would probably want to be Lily from “Modern Family” because she always comes up with the sassy one-liners endearing to family and fans alike, but doesn’t seem to have too many responsibilities – that would be the life.


Name: Emory Wellman
School: College
Year: 2015
Major: Government, Biology and History minors
Hometown: Boxford, Mass.
Position on the Hoya: Contributing Layout Editor, formerly Senior Layout Editor

Why did you earn staffer of the week?
Frankly, I’m not really sure… I came up to the office bearing Pop-ems, laid one page which then had to be redone when stories were switched and helped Kennedy (Layout Deputy) with some logistics. My main accomplishment was decimating a bag of ginger cookies.

What is your favorite part about working for The Hoya?
Definitely the people. And the elusive but oh so rewarding feeling of submitting the paper by deadline.

Where did you study abroad?
I was at Trinity College Dublin in Ireland!

What is the best part about being back on the Hilltop?
Wisey’s Oreo cookie cookies and getting to see everybody who I have sorely missed over the past four months.

If you could be a character from any TV show which one would it be and why?
Captain Kirk from “Star Trek: The Original Series.” Fearless leader, melodramatic, snazzy dresser, popular with the opposite gender and emerges from (almost) every situation unscathed. Most importantly, he gets Spock and McCoy as his BFFs.


An Interview with the New Chair of the Board

60566_10200176222313622_1508792366_nLast week, after a vote of the senior staff members, The Hoya was proud to announce that Evan Hollander would be the 2013-2014 Chair of the The Hoya Board of Directors. To get to know Evan and his exciting new plans for Georgetown’s newspaper of record, here’s what Evan had to say about The Hoya, his favorite memories on the paper and, of course, his home state of Kentucky.

Name Evan Hollander
Major International Politics
Hometown Lousiville, KY
Positions held on The Hoya Deputy Sports Editor, Senior Sports Editor, Member of the Board of Directors

What has been your favorite part about working for The Hoya?

Growing up in Louisville, I’ve been passionate about college basketball since about the time I could walk and talk. The chance to cover Georgetown’s basketball team, including travelling up and down the East Coast for its tournament appearances this season, has been the most exciting thing about working for The Hoya.

What is your favorite Hoya office experience?

There are some I can’t remember and there are some I’ll never forget, but I keep those pretty close to the vest. One of the most ridiculous, without question, was the time Emory Wellman (former Layout Editor), Jon Rabar (former General Manager) and I chased a bird out of the office, eventually trapping it in a trash can to fling it out the window. When Mary Nancy Walter (current General Manager) came in as we were chasing the bird around, it’s safe to say she was quite confused.

This year you served on the Board of Directors. What was the experience like? What were the most memorable moments?

The Board is a great institution made up of some great people and we had a lot of fun over the last semester. I’m especially proud of the work we did revamping personnel, and I’m really excited to see the results of our work on the Faces campaign (which launches next week! #shamelessselfpromotion). One of the most memorable moments was our impromptu trip to Booey’s for a lengthy meeting. There’s nothing quite like having a two-hour powwow in the middle of a deli.

If you had to pick someone on the Board to have his/her own reality TV show, who would it be and what would his/her show be called?

Without a doubt, it would be Lauren Weber (current Chair of the Board). Anyone who has encountered her ridiculousness knows that her show would feature her frequent loud declarations, and a play off of CNBC’s “Squawk Box”, would definitely be in order.

Describe your goals and vision for The Hoya under your leadership as Chair.

The Chair has a big role in shaping the strategic vision for The Hoya, and there are a couple directions we are going with that.

First, we want to make sure that our staffers get the most out of our experience, so we are planning to launch more training and mentoring for new hires in the fall. We offer some of the best experiences on campus, and we owe it to our staff to help nurture them as they help make our product great.

Second, The Hoya should strive to be the best news source at Georgetown in print and on the Internet, and we plan to continue to improve our online presence. That includes creating a new position of online editor, which will be filled by the very capable Victoria Edel (current Managing Editor). We will also be rolling out a new email newsletter and a mobile app in the fall — I think the response to these will be great.

Finally, one of the best parts about The Hoya is the connection with the people who came before us. Our corporate development department, led by rock star Mariah Byrne, is working on a plan to renew outreach to alumni and we have a digitization plan in the pipeline.

These are all really exciting initiatives and I hope we can see them through to execution this year!

What are your three favorite things about Kentucky?

1. The passion, excitement and revelry surrounding the Kentucky Derby at the beginning of May.
2. Cheering for basketball’s best team — tied with the Hoyas, naturally — the Louisville Cardinals.
3. Enjoying a bowl of burgoo in the shade on a spring day at Lexington’s Keeneland Race Course.

Lastly, would you rather have an unlimited supply of the most quality, expensive, delicious bourbon you could imagine or resurrect Ted Kennedy for one day and spend it with him?

Having read a lot about Ted Kennedy, I imagine that a day with him would end with a limitless supply of bourbon — after I’m 21, of course.


Staffers of the Week: The Lovely Ladies

Lady Staffers of the WeekOnce 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!

As already mentioned this week, there were an astounding 5 staffers chosen for this week’s coveted award. We featured Hunter Main and Steven Piccione earlier, and so this second post will feature the other three staffers of the week: the lovely ladies.

Names Zoe Bertrand, Emory Wellman, Sarah Amos
Positions on The Hoya
Current Senior Layout Editor, Former Senior Layout Editor, Former Senior Guide Editor
College, College, SFS
Years 2015, 2015, 2013
Majors Women’s and Gender Studies; Government and History; Culture and Politics
Hometowns White Plains, NY; Boxford, MA; Ft. Lauderdale, FL

What did you do to earn staffer of the week?

Zoe: I used an Adobe program I had never used before to make a whole bunch of cool graphics for our GUSA election poll.

Emory: While the current Layout Editor Zoe was doing an inordinate amount of beautiful GUSA garfs and pie charts, someone needed to design the rest of the A-section [of the paper]. Deputy Editor Autumn Rice and I were up to the challenge. I also made a lot of hilariously uncomfortable comments about a certain feature story.

Sarah: Because only a Catholic School Girl would be naive enough to take on The Guide’s first sex issue (along with co-editor and fellow Catholic School Boy Steven Piccione).

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

Zoe: Peanut butter & Jelly. No question.

Emory: This is probably the girliest answer possible, but Sweetgreen all day, everyday.

Sarah: Wisey’s Oreo cookies.

Who is your office crush?

Zoe: Ryan Bacic (Senior Sports Editor) 

Emory: Anyone willing to give me food. Braden is usually the most obliging.

Sarah: They (plural) graduated. They know who they are. (Kissy face. XOXOXO.)

What is your favorite part about working for the Hoya?

Zoe: Sitting in broken chairs with fun people.

Emory: Having a similarly insane group of people to hang out with. It’s also fun to pretend we are from “All the President’s Men.”

Sarah: Being a part of the last bastion of print journalism–the college newspaper–it’s a beacon of hope and learning. And having Steven Piccione buy f’real milkshakes for me.

What is the scariest experience you’ve ever had?

Zoe: I was riding very quickly down a very large hill on a mountain bike, and either my brakes or my brain stopped working. Either way, that hill was really scary and ended in a lot of pain.

Emory: Having my computer go “static-y screen of death” while I was on page 18 of my unsaved history paper during exam week. Or the times I have actually almost died while on a bicycle. Wear your helmets everyone.

Sarah: That time I almost joined The Voice …

What’s your favorite Pokémon and why?

Zoe: Phanpy, because I googled “cute Pokémon” and he was definitely the most endearing one. Also, his name wasn’t something stupid like “Munchlax.”

Emory: I know nothing about Pokémon but I’ve been told I look like a Lapras…? Don’t know if that spelling is correct.

Sarah: I didn’t watch Pokémon or trade the cards. I was still playing with Barbies at the age.

Editor’s note: I would like to revoke all three of their ‘Staffers of the Week’ because they all gave largely unsatisfactory answers to this last question regarding Pokémon. 

Staffers of the Week: Steven Piccione and Hunter Main

Steven and Hunter

Once 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!

This week had a whopping 5 staffers of the week! (It was a pretty big deal.) This week’s post will feature two of the five exceptional staffers: Steven Piccione and Hunter Main. However, 4E would also like to recognize staffers Zoe Bertrand, Emory Wellman and Sarah Amos for their amazing work this week!

Names Steven Piccione and Hunter Main
Positions on The Hoya
Former Managing Editor, Current Copy Chief
College, College
Years 2013, 2015
Majors History, English/Government
Hometowns Chicago, Illinois; Pennington, New Jersey

What did you do to earn staffer of the week?

Steven: Sarah Amos and I edited and produced the Sex Issue of the Guide, which tackled a lot of hard issues on campus. (Editor’s note: innuendo probably intended.)

Hunter: I was here in the office for a long time. I was here really late all the time this week, even Tuesday. And Copy was the highest represented section in the Hoya Poll. It shows we really care about the paper. (Editor’s note: when he says a long time, he means UNTIL 3AM EVERY DAY LAST WEEK. LIKE A BOSS. Fun fact, Hunter will also have to copy read his own interview for grammar errors, which I find hilarious.)

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

Steven: Quesadillas

Hunter: Chili

Who is your office crush?

Steven: Danny Funt (Editor in Chief)

Hunter: Sean Sullivan (Deputy Copy Editor)

What’s your favorite part about working for the Hoya?

Steven: I know what I want to say … [Awkward pause.] Being able to be myself and feel normal because everyone around me is just as crazy as I am.

Hunter: Having a really quiet place to do all my homework. Not.

What is the scariest experience you’ve ever had?

Steven: I’m very afraid of water and I didn’t know how to swim when I was younger and one time my brother’s friend threw me off of a boat into the ocean and I started hyperventilating.

Hunter: When I was seven, I was chased by a dog on the beach. I could feel its fur rubbing up against my legs as I ran. It bit me, but that fur image stays with me.

What’s your favorite Pokémon and why?

Steven: Bulbasaur. Now here’s the “por qué” part. There is no better Grass Pokémon than Venusaur, but there are better Water Pokémon than Blastoise, and there are better Fire Pokémon than Charizard.

Hunter: Snorlax. Stupid strong. Stupid fat. Stupid chill. It’s always been Snorlax since I was seven. (The same age as the dog incident.)

Summer InternTips: Avoiding Distractions

Now is the time in your summer where you are getting tired of the daily grind. You’re tired of waking up early, tired of daily tasks at work and tired of your officemates’ weird mannerisms. When you are tired, you’re more likely to start up bad habits at work — nodding off in the middle of the day, not listening to instructions, and (worst of all) random distractions.

Distractions at work start off harmless. You discover an interesting website or a fun way to pass the time on office computers. At first, distractions are often office related — reading about your industry but not actually doing your assignment, chatting with coworkers, et cetera — but it often grows to more distractions, like Facebook, Buzzfeed or Twitter. That’s when you get in trouble.

If you find yourself constantly at the mercy of random distractions, and you discover you’re spending most of your time at work looking for ways to avoid work than actually doing it, you should probably follow these tips:

1. Look for an assignment change. Sometimes, a dumb project is the reason for your boredom at work. See if you can find a project that interests you more. After you do that for a while, switch back to the project that made you bored. Maybe you’ll be rejuvenated.

2. Take a five-minute break every hour. This is the best advice I have. Ideally, this time should be spent away from your desk, maybe on a trip to the water cooler or a walk around the office. Refill your waterbottle. Go to the bathroom. Chat with a friend down the hall. Some time away from the desk is sometimes all you need to get back on track.

3. Be cognizant of your posture. Slouching, reaching, craning your neck can make you tired and harm productivity.

4. Have a healthy snack. Avoid the break room doughnuts and instead bring along an apple, some carrots, or some crackers with goat cheese. Unhealthy, sugary or greasy snacks usually don’t help your brain, especially if you’re already tired. Along those same lines, coffee won’t necessarily help your productivity or make you more alert, so try to drink juice or water instead.

5. Have fun with work. If you see work as a chore, you won’t do it. If you like doing it, you will do it. A simple attitude change might be all you need to fix your productivity.

6. Set little goals for yourself. It can sometimes help to set a goal to achieve for, especially if you are only working on a long-term project. Plus, it looks good to bosses.

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Summer InternTips: Your First Week

If you’re like me, you just finished your third day of your summer internship. You’re learning the ropes at your new job, and you’re just starting to get to know your boss, secretary and office mates. But you’re still learning the ropes. You still have to check in at the front desk as a visitor because your badge hasn’t been made yet. You’re still eating lunch alone in your office. You arrive five minutes later than you’re supposed to because you missed your bus stop. (Note: these all apply to me. It’s OK.)

Because here at 4E we know that you’re probably in the same boat, we compiled some tips for how to make your first week as productive to your internship as possible:

1. Get to know your office. Explore all of the possibilities your company, building, and neighborhood have to offer. A lot of buildings (especially on Capitol Hill) have special perks to like food courts, cafes, ice cream or fro-yo, or fancy vending machines. Some offices have green roofs for lunch breaks so you don’t have to eat in your office.

2. Learn the ropes of your work. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. This is your first week — bosses expect questions, and always prefer them to incomplete or shoddy work. Now is the time to figure out how best to finish assignments so that you can do them consistently correctly for the rest of your internship.

3. Meet your coworkers, even the ones you won’t end up working with consistently. Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself to everyone. Basically, you don’t want to be the intern that no one knows the name of come July. Plus, think networking.

4. Start off on a good foot. Though you should expect to make some mistakes, be prompt, polite, and make an effort. Your bosses will expect mistakes as well, but they’ll be watching your work ethic and demeanor this week. Even if you make mistakes, making a good effort this week will help you secure more interesting and important projects later in your internship.

5. Save your money. Unpaid and paid interns alike, we all have thin wallets. So save your money by making your lunch ahead of time and bringing it to work, taking the bus ($1.50) instead of the Metro (with an upcoming price increase in July) or a cab.

6. Stay positive. Even if your week is rough (many of ours will be), the rest of the summer won’t be. Believe in yourself and your ability to learn how to do your job, meet other interns and network with your coworkers. The first week is tough for everybody. Almost certainly, next week will be better.

7. Link in with the greater D.C. intern community. D.C. in the summer is an exciting place with tons of other college students visiting us for the summer. Even though we here at Georgetown are blessed with a hefty set of connections in D.C., it is always a good idea to meet kids from other colleges at other internships. There are plenty of blogs, Twitter feeds and Facebook pages dedicated to summer interns here. Most are only relevant to those who don’t have the privilege of living in D.C. during the school year, but they’re still good resources for anyone on the Hilltop with an internship.

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