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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

 

Staffer of the Week: Eitan Sayag

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Name Eitan Sayag (Ay-tahn Sigh-aghh)
Position on The Hoya Deputy Campus News Editor/4E Blog Groupie (a.k.a. bloopie)
Year 2016
School SFS

Major Intended major in Regional and Comparative Studies (Middle Eastern Studies)

Hometown Brookeville, Maryland

What did you do to earn staffer of the week?

I wrote a story about the Georgetown Program Board’s recent announcement of Calvin Harris for the spring concert. 

If someone told you that you could only watch 3 movies for the rest of your life, what would they be?

Okay, so I don’t really watch movies, but if I had to choose…I’d have to say Aladdin, hands down. I need a comedy in this…so The Hangover, that’s a fun movie. And…oh god…I don’t know. Some fun, foreign, indie drama, but I don’t know any.

If you could trade lives with anyone in the office for a day, who would it be?

I think Zoe Bertrand (Senior Layout Editor), because I don’t know what goes on inside her head. Not in a bad way or anything, but she’s just really curious.

What is your favorite part about working for The Hoya?

Getting to know everyone on campus. It’s always really awkward, there are so many people I’ve interviewed and whenever I pass them on campus, I never know whether to say hi. I have their phone numbers and emails and know a lot of random facts about them like their schools and years, so I usually just look away and hide under my jacket.

If you could interview anyone for a news story, dead or alive, real or fictional, who would it be?

Just because of the poll that we’re doing, I would totally say Jed Bartlet from The West Wing.

 

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
Schools 
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

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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
Schools 
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.)