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MEANEY & HOYT: Our Need for the Nonsensical

As the mimsy days of winter pass and a frabjous spring arrives, it seems there’s no better time than now to write a column about nonsense. No, the wear and tear of midterms didn’t wreak that much havoc on our brains. Rather, the transition of seasons sparks a flurry of imaginations. It inspires a[Read More…]

by March 20, 2012 0 comments Opinion

MEANEY & HOYT: GU Dating Culture: All We Need Is Love

Bill Doyle, chairman of Georgetown University’s capital campaign, once said that it is Georgetown’s soul that sets her apart. But what is the state of this soul? Are Georgetown’s students living up to their Jesuit identity, which expects students to challenge societal norms, question the status quo and, most importantly,[Read More…]

by February 14, 2012 0 comments Opinion

MEANEY & HOYT: A Modest Proposal to Reduce Unemployment

It’s quite dreary to walk around McPherson Square these days. Looking at all those slothful souls who can’t help but “occupy” public space, you feel — what’s the word? — guilty. With their ragtag tents and cardboard cutouts, the protesters who set up camp there certainly do make a lamentable[Read More…]

by December 5, 2011 0 comments Opinion

MEANEY & HOYT: A Less-Social Network

Facebook, the website we all so carefully groom, is now an inescapable part of our lives. The way we engage with our online selves and online friends speaks volumes about the cultural norms of our generation. Our addiction to online social life has affected elements of our lives — particularly[Read More…]

by November 14, 2011 0 comments Opinion

MEANEY AND HOYT: A Generation Marked by Fear

After the Lusitania, the Battle of the Somme, the first Wall Street crash and rampant unemployment, during vitriolic politics and national division, we had a New Deal. Our leaders told us to have no fear. Even after Hitler’s rise and after the Holocaust, all of which preceded Stalin’s rise and[Read More…]

by October 31, 2011 0 comments Opinion

MEANEY & HOYT: Opening Our Minds by Unplugging Our Lives

When famous violinist Joshua Bell performed at a D.C. Metro station a few years ago, he received no fanfare. In fact, no one seemed to notice. For over an hour he played before a constant stream of pedestrians. Bach’s “Caconne,” Schubert’s “Ave Maria,” Ponce’s “Estrellita” — the world’s most famous music, played by a[Read More…]

by October 18, 2011 0 comments Opinion

HOYT and MEANEY: Generation Quantity: Dependent on Data

We’re a generation that can’t be qualified. First, we were Organization kids. Then, we were the Boomerang Generation. Then, Generation Next, Generation Facebook, the Millennials – the list goes on. Almost every generation has an overarching, metanarrative, be it the GI Generation, Baby Boomers or Generation X. But finding one arc has proved[Read More…]

by September 13, 2011 0 comments Opinion