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For Love or Money: The Economics of Romance

FOR LOVE OR MONEY: THE ECONOMICS OF ROMANCE
THE HOYA
SEX ON THE HILLTOP
SEPTEMBER 12, 2003

The psychological experiment masquerading as “reality television” that was For Love or Money 2 came to a laborious two-hour conclusion this past Monday.

In case you missed it, the girl (Erin) chose money over love, and the guy (Chad) chose love (or lust, in my opinion) over money. That Erin “generously” bestowed Chad with only $500,000 of her two million prize was a detail not lost on my roommate. She sputtered incredulously at the tv, “That greedy B—!”

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Three’s Company: Hooking Up When You Have a Roommate

THREE’S COMPANY: HOOKING UP WITH YOU HAVE A ROOMMATE
THE HOYA
SEX ON THE HILLTOP
SEPTEMBER 5, 2003

At a university where 90 percent of the student body lives on campus, “Your place or mine?” should really be, “Your double or my triple?

Yeah, I know.  Just doesn’t have the same ring.

Hoya-Sexa Ed 101

HOYA SEXA-ED 101 *FOR FIRST YEARS ONLY!*
THE HOYA
SEX ON THE HILLTOP
AUGUST 22, 2003

In the fall of my freshman year, I read a little book called Making the Most Out of College.  It featured a lot of upperclassmen and recent grads giving advice on various topics: grades, professors, dating, extracur-riculars.  They all echoed an identical sentiment: “If I had only known then what I know now.”

News Flash: You will feel this way in four years no matter what you do. The question is, how much will you suffer in the meantime?

Caution: Entering the Land of Monogamy

CAUTION: ENTERING THE LAND OF MONOGAMY
THE HOYA
SEX ON THE HILLTOP
APRIL 25, 2003

As Sex on the Hilltop 2002-03 draws to a close with this final column, it’s fittingly ironic that I find my dating life in opposition to almost every article I wrote in the last eight months.

Oops.

Echoes of columns past have come back to haunt me as I find myself in a previously unimaginable situation. 1) I have a boyfriend. 2) He’s not older. 3) He’s a lot younger. And 4) Julia’s Foolproof Rules of Dating have been [read more...]

Be Careful What You Wish For, You May Get It

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR, YOU MAY GET IT
THE HOYA
SEX ON THE HILLTOP
APRIL 11, 2003

Well, I asked for it.

“What must I do to get a reaction?” I wrote in the March 28th column. Apparently request one. And getting written up in the Washington Post doesn’t hurt, either.

I must say, the results were interesting. My mail fell into four general categories: women offering encouragement, men seeking advice, marriage proposals, and desperate messages from my dad begging me to change my last name so he wouldn’t receive any more [read more...]

Write Me, I’m Begging You!

WRITE ME, I’M BEGGING YOU!
THE HOYA
SEX ON THE HILLTOP
MARCH 28, 2003

There’s no way I can pen a witty, humorous and/or searing commentary on sociological phenomena among Generation Y’s male-female relations this week. There are protesters in Red Square, CNN’s ratings have skyrocketed, and the Academy Awards shunned their red carpet. Given the state of the world, there are much more serious matters to consider.

Like the fact that no one has written any angry letters to the editor about my articles in weeks. Even ex-boyfriends whom I publicly embarrass in print [read more...]

Take a Hint or Take a Hike

TAKE A HINT OR TAKE A HIKE
THE HOYA
SEX ON THE HILLTOP
MARCH 21, 2003

The other evening, a former … hmm … what to call him — flame? Hook-up? Object of flirtation? Anyway, one of my formers made the mistake of mentioning to a girl friend of mine that he thought himself the impetus for my recent column on Booty Calls. “Oh, yeah,” he bragged, “I ‘booty called’ Julia the other night, and then lo and behold, she writes an article about it the next Friday.”

You’re so vainnnnnn! You probably think this [read more...]

It’s My Birthday and I’ll Date Who I Want To

IT’S MY BIRTHDAY AND I’LL DATE WHO I WANT TO
THE HOYA
SEX ON THE HILLTOP
FEBRUARY 28, 2003

Today marks the 21st anniversary of my birth. And you know what that means??

According to the “Rule of 1/2 Your Age Plus 7” I can (and should) officially be dating 30 year olds.

That’s right — take the male’s age, divide it by two, then add seven. The result is a numeral just the right number of years younger than said gentlemen.

Oh, please. Don’t act like you’ve never heard of this rule [read more...]

I Will Always Love You … Or Not

I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU … OR NOT
THE HOYA
SEX ON THE HILLTOP
FEBRUARY 21, 2003

Sometimes, even for talented sex columnists, it’s hard to accurately present both sides of a controversial issue. But I wasn’t on the high school debate team for nothing (other than the dubious benefits of dating argumentative nerds). So, in the interest of objectivity, this week’s column will be argued Philodemic style …

“Resolved: It’s possible to have an active dating life without getting hurt.”

Let the debate begin!

Worlds Collide: The Hoya Hooks Up Dating Pro with Inexperienced Amateur

WORLDS COLLIDE: THE HOYA HOOKS UP DATING PRO WITH INEXPERIENCED AMATEUR
THE HOYA
SEX ON THE HILLTOP
FEBRUARY 14, 2003

Poor little Tom. He had no idea what he was getting himself into when he agreed to be part of my Valentine’s Day love experiment.

What better way for THE HOYA to celebrate V-Day than by setting up two of its columnists on a first date and having each of them write about it? You know, a he says / she says sort of thing! “Blind Date” without the cameras! “Shipmates” without the boat! “Joe [read more...]