Saturday, January 23, 2010


Over this past summer, I came up with the idea to start Hoya Insider as a fun project with the hope that it might mature over time. Unfortunately, this vision was never realized. I truly want to thank every person that took the time to visit the blog. Special thanks go out to my good friends Conrad and Saum, who cared enough to take the time out of their schedules so that the three of us could post over 200 flyers around campus! Managing a blog is hardly a simple task, and I have tremendous respect for blogs that manage to provide a consistent stream of outstanding content.

My four years at Georgetown have all been outstanding, and it is a privilege to say that I attend this university. As I enter my last semester on the Hilltop, I have really grown to appreciate the rich and vibrant community I live in. Although I had hoped to chronicle the news, lives, and events of this community, I will leave that to other blogs that are much better equipped to do so than me. It really was a lot of fun to start and work on Hoya Insider, and I would encourage any person interested in starting a blog to give it a try!


Saturday, July 4, 2009

Data Center Move: Tech Services Periodically Off-Line

If you have been unable to receive new emails or access Blackboard, you are not alone. With the current move of data centers at Georgetown, many of the tech services will be periodically off-line until the move is complete. For more a more detailed explanation for why the data center move is taking place and how it is affecting Georgetown's Tech Services, here is a link to the story: "Data Center Move to Affect Technology Services". Below is a small excerpt from the article listing the times for which different tech services will be off-line.

The migration schedule is:

• July 2, 7 p.m. - July 6, 8 a.m.: Blackboard, MyAccess, Banner, GUCalendar, GUShare, EFS (Phoenix) will be unavailable. GUMail, including all mail forwarding, will be unavailable from July 2 at 10 p.m. through July 5 at 8 a.m.

• July 17, 7 p.m, - July 20, 8 a.m.: Sharestream, Web sites and departmental servers hosted by UIS will be unavailable. The Georgetown home page and special alternate pages with links to sites such as the alumni, Law Center, athletics and business school pages will remain available.

• July 31, 7 p.m. - Aug. 3, 8 a.m.: Access+ systems, Genesys, SIS+, other Mainframe applications, PeopleSoft Admissions and Financials and all hosted Structured Query Language (SQL) databases will be unavailable. Web sites hosted through KeySite and Explore will not be available, but the Georgetown home page and all other Web sites will remain accessible. Any activities that rely on information from the university mainframe, such as creation of NetIDs and GUMail accounts, will not occur until Monday night.

Happy July 4th!

Hoya Insider wants to wish everyone a very happy 4th of July! If you're in Washington D.C. this summer, check out the amazing fireworks display on the National Mall. I have tried to find the exact time the fireworks show will begin, but there doesn't appear to be much consensus amongst sources, other than it will start at "dark". I would recommend arriving at the National Mall no later than 7:30 pm, which should give you enough time to find a good patch of grass and get comfortable before the show. But if fireworks aren't you're thing, there are a lot of other events taking place around the District I would highly encourage you to look into.

Washington, DC Calender

About.Com: Washington, DC

Friday, July 3, 2009

Georgetown Basketball: Big East Matchups

Georgetown Basketball Big East Matchups were released in an article yesterday on It appears every Big East team will be in for another "grind-it-out" season, and Georgetown will be no exception. The road schedule should prove to be more difficult than the home schedule. If the team takes care of business at home, and captures a couple victories on the road against some of the league's better teams, Coach JTIII and the guys could very well be in store for another NCAA Tournament bid. The start of the season is only a little over four months away, so we'll have to wait and see!

Home: Cincinnati, Connecticut, Notre Dame, Rutgers, St. John's, Seton Hall, USF, Syracuse, Villanova

Away: DePaul, Louisville, Marquette, Pittsburgh, Providence, Rutgers, Syracuse, Villanova, West Virginia

Georgetown in the News

Here are a few links to some recently published articles...

Efforts to Overhaul Health Care Take Familiar Path
(Professor Judith Feder)

Wal-Mart Backs Plan for Employers to Offer Insurance
(Professor Judith Feder)

Public Radio International:
U.S. Troop Withdrawal and Stability in Iraq
(Professor Gary Solis)

The New New Internet:
Georgetown Cyber Expert Interview: Obama Good Start/Research Needed
(Professor Marjory Blumenthal)

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Interested in Law School?

Any Hoyas considering the prospect of attending law school should register for and attend the LSAC Law School Forum in Washington, DC this weekend. The forum is being hosted at the Marriott Wardman Park on Saturday, June 27th from 10am – 5pm. As LSAC (Law School Admission Council) stated in an email sent out last week, the forum provides…

  • personal interaction with admission representatives from over 175 law schools
  • prelaw advice from professional advisors
  • complete financial aid information from law school pros
  • an insider's view of the LSAT from the actual developers of the test
  • access to advice from successful applicants and recent law graduates

I personally attended the event last year, and found it to be a great venue for gathering information about different law schools, as well as, the admissions process. For more information, visit

So if you were ever inspired by Atticus Finch, impressed with Johnnie Cochran, or in awe of Jerry Maguire, stop by the LSAC Law School Forum on Saturday.

Hoya Insider Building Steam!

So it appears the massive “flyering” campaign around Georgetown’s campus two nights ago proved pretty successful! The blog recorded a fairly substantial number of hits from Georgetown students, and I want to thank all of the visitors who took the time to check out the blog. In fact, over the past five days the blog has recorded 294 visits from 175 visitors located in 86 different cities (including Madrid, Florence, Puerto Madero, Berlin, and Seoul). If you’re wondering how I was able to collect all of this data, it was done using a free program called Google Analytics, which I would recommend to anyone starting a website or blog.

I would also like to thank Vox Populi for posting a somewhat positive, somewhat critical feature story on Hoya Insider this afternoon. Not only did the post discuss the flyers placed around campus, but it provided me a forum to discuss some of the goals for Hoya Insider. One of the criticisms raised by Vox Populi concerned the relatively limited number of posts currently on the blog. Without a doubt, this is a very valid point. Given that Hoya Insider is very young and still developing, we are working towards providing new stories and insight on a more consistent and daily basis. However, I would ask that readers of Hoya Insider remain patient, and we will try to provide a new post as often as we can.

Once again, thanks to all of those who visited the blog, and we look forward to providing you with new stories and updates over the coming weeks!