Top 25 Things Every Hoya Should Know

1. Know the Fight Song…and sing it regularly in random situations.
2. Meet the Jesuits, and pet Jack.
3. Cool off in Dahlgren Fountain.
4. Go to a concert at the 9:30 Club, especially when it's an alumni band.
5. Wait in line for a GUGS burger. Yes, it’s worth the wait.
6. Sit on John Carroll’s lap.
7. Eat a Chicken Madness from Wisemiller’s Deli (333-8254).
8. Tell time by the clanking of the Healy Clock tower.
9. Pull an all-nighter in Sellinger, Lauinger or Hariri.
10. Watch The Exorcist in Gaston on Halloween.
11. Join a protest on the National Mall.
12. Discover that Thomas Sweet is far better than Häagen-Dazs
13. Go to a basketball game at the Verizon Center.
14. Get a brownie sundae at the Tombs.
15. Step around the seal in front of Healy for four years, even if you’re not superstitious.
16. Trick-or-treat at the embassies on Halloween.
17. Chalk Red Square.
18. Meet heads of state who regale you with Tombs stories from way back when.
19. Spend your last three bucks on a slice from Philly Pizza.  It’s worth it.
20. Study abroad.
21. Wait in line for chicken fingers on Thursday, even if you complain about Leo’s the rest of the time.
22. Party on the Village A rooftops.
23. Take Safe Rides.
24. Go see the cherry blossoms in the Spring.
25. Don’t let it be too long since last we met!


Who’s Jack?

While Georgetown students are nicknamed Hoyas, their mascot is an English bulldog known as Jack. Through the years, dogs have been a part of Georgetown athletics, including a Russian wolfhound, war-decorated Boston bull terrier and Great Dane.

Georgetown University formally adopted the English bulldog as mascot in 1962, arguing that Georgetown students, like bulldogs, are "tenacious." Students raised money to purchase a mascot they hoped to name "Hoya," he stubbornly refused (as bulldogs do) to respond to anything but his given name, "Jack." They soon gave up and began to call the dog "Jack" beginning a tradition that continues today.

The current Jack comes from a long line of champions and Bulldog Club of America Hall of Famers. Jack lives with Christopher Steck, S.J., on the fourth floor of New South Dorm, where he attends weekly Mass on Thursday nights. When he’s not hanging out in the lobby of the Jesuit community, Jack delights Hoya fans at sporting events with his playful attacks on boxes bearing the opposing team’s logo.

Jack the BulldogVital Statistics
Jack the Bulldog
born: May 3, 2003
arrived: July 19, 2003
birthplace: Freehold, N.J. (birthplace of Bruce Springsteen)
family: Related to "Rocky," Georgetown’s mascot during the 1980s
weight and color: 57 lbs., red fawn
resides: New South Dorm
caretaker: Christopher Steck, S.J., and 15-20 official student chaperons
favorite pastime: Crunching plastic bottles and tearing apart cardboard boxes
favorite food: Liver
favorite game: Keep away
pet peeve: Fire alarms


What’s a hoya?

No one seems to know exactly when or how the term “Hoya Saxa” was first used at Georgetown. Many years ago, there was a team at Georgetown called the “Stonewalls,” and it is suggested that a student applied the Greek and Latin terms and dubbed them “Hoya Saxa,” meaning “what rocks!” Hoya has since become a nickname for Georgetown’s athletic teams and students.

Hoia is from the Greek word hoios, meaning “such a” or “what a.” The neuter plural of this word is hoia, which agrees with the neuter plural of the Latin word saxa, meaning rocks; thus we have hoya— substituting the letter “y” for “i.” Before 1900, every Georgetown student studied both Greek and Latin, so there was no need to explain what the expression meant.