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

WORLDS COLLIDE: THE HOYA HOOKS UP DATING PRO WITH INEXPERIENCED AMATUER
THE HOYA
FEBRUARY 14, 2003
THOMAS WIGG

Did you ever find yourself in a completely ridiculous/embarrassing/random situation and just ask how the hell did I get myself into this? Well I did on Monday night. Let me start from the beginning. Better yet, let me start with a few definitions that will better help you understand this column.

Thomas Wigg (me): nerdy 18-year-old freshman news writer for THE HOYA who has not had a date since the Clinton Administration and who has an extremely limited [read more...]

Don’t Diss Valentine’s Day

DON’T DISS VALENTINE’S DAY
THE HOYA
SEX ON THE HILLTOP
FEBRUARY 7, 2003

Valentine’s Day is next Friday, and so far I’ve received zero invitations for an official date, one let’s-go-out-together-if-no-one-else-asks back up offer — and one present, from my grandmother.

That is unacceptable.

Revealing Your History: Sex, Lies, and Lies About Sex

REVEALING YOUR HISTORY: SEX, LIES, AND LIES ABOUT SEX
THE HOYA
SEX ON THE HILLTOP
JANUARY 24, 2003

In the city that counts among its most infamous sayings, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman,” the question “Do people lie about their sexual history?” should elicit only awestruck incredulity.  You’re kidding, right?

Of course, philandering Georgetown alumni aren’t the only ones with something to hide.  Undergraduates with their eye on the sexual bottom line often find themselves being less than honest—or at least far from forthright.

The Dos and Don’ts of Ex Sex

THE DOS AND DON’TS OF EX SEX
THE HOYA
SEX ON THE HILLTOP
JANUARY 17, 2003

If the Georgetown community had a condom for each time the phrase “Yeah, I hooked up with my ex over break,” was uttered on campus, no one on the Hilltop would ever have unsafe sex again.

That statement, often accompanied by an embarrassed, sheepish or triumphant giggle, has certainly earned the response “Who didn’t?”

Yes, at one point or another, everyone has Ex Sex.

Trends in Globalization

Georgetown University
World History
December 2002

Trends in Globalization 1000-1350 C.E.:
Setting the Stage for the Modern Era of World History

According to the American Heritage Dictionary, globalization is the process of “making [something] global or worldwide in scope or application.”  That explanation seems a bit limited, confining this type of development to mere geographical expansion.  It is much more than that.  Globalization as a phenomenon comprises and is inexorably linked to increasing interaction and ever-greater collaboration with others—other peoples, places and ideas. With this expanded definition in mind, history has been on a trajectory [read more...]

Shopping for Holiday Love: The Ultimate Gift Guide

SHOPPING FOR HOLIDAY LOVE: THE ULTIMATE GIFT GUIDE
THE HOYA
SEX ON THE HILLTOP
DECEMBER 6, 2002

Recently, a friend and I were discussing the relationship of a guy she liked.  Unfortunately for her, he had been dating another girl since last August—almost five months.  “That’s not really that long, though,” she said, “after all, they’ve never been through any of the gift-giving holidays.”

She has a point.

There’s nothing like a good gift-giving holiday to break a couple up—or bring them closer.  Along with birthdays and Valentine’s Day (of course), the trinity of Thanksgiving, Hanukah/Christmas/Kwanza and [read more...]

Nomadic vs. Settled Societies in World History

Georgetown University
World History
December 2002

Interactions between Nomadic and Settled Societies in World History:
Confrontation, Symbiosis and Change

The cultural contacts and conflicts between pastoral-nomadic peoples and agro-urban peoples profoundly influenced their societies’ development, especially during the years 1000-1400 C.E.  It was at this time that nomadic peoples “dominated affairs in most of Eurasia through their conquests and construction of vast transregional empires.”   Through both diverse travels as well as occupations of lands throughout the eastern hemisphere, they fostered positive developments, inciting “continuous movement, encounters, mutual reactions and responses, adaptation and change.”

These cross-cultural [read more...]

“The Rules” for Guys

"THE RULES" FOR GUYS
THE HOYA
SEX ON THE HILLTOP
NOVEMBER 22, 2002

Women think of relationships the same way they think of dieting — they’ll try just about any advice on either subject.  Men?  They stick to whatever they’ve always done and wonder why their dating life (or their waistline) doesn’t get any better.

Ultimately, all they want to know is, “How can I get some?  Like, right now?”

While I am loath encourage this single-minded goal, there are definitely guidelines men can follow to increase their dating success.

“The Rules” for Ladies

"THE RULES" FOR LADIES
THE HOYA
SEX ON THE HILLTOP
NOVEMBER 15, 2002

Today I broke the Rules.  Specifically, Rule #8: Don’t Call Him. I called him … twice.  Okay, that’s a lie.  Three times.  In the eyes of Rules Girls’ everywhere, I am now officially a stalker, and worse yet—a rule breaker.

Yes, I’m a Rules girl.  I’ve been known to say, in a voice filled with stern indignation: “That’s against the Rules!” and “That’s SO against the Rules! and “Oh my god, do you not know the Rules!?!  Because what you did [read more...]

‘Just Friends’ Continues Its Timeless Debate

‘JUST FRIENDS’ CONTINUES ITS TIMELESS DEBATE
THE HOYA
SEX ON THE HILLTOP
OCTOBER 25, 2002

Like partisan politics in Washington, mixed gender friendships elicit strong and divergent opinions. Can men and women really be friends? From the casual “Sure, why not?” to the hard-line “HELL no!” and all the hesitant “yes … but” qualifiers in between, one thing is certain – it’s complicated.

While most people do acknowledge the theoretical existence of male-female friendships, almost all agree that in practice such ideal relationships are elusive and difficult to maintain.  At best, they are described as precarious balancing [read more...]