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!
Photos: Facebook

Staffers of the Week: Emma Hinchliffe and Michal Grabias

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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. 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

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

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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. 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!

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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.

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Name: Victoria Edel
Year:
College
School:
2014
Major:
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.

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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.