Riddle of the Day 4/13


My life can be measured in hours,
I serve by being devoured.
I bring joy where e’er I go,
Yet wind is my foe.
What am I?


Yesterday’s riddle was:

I go around in circles,
but always straight ahead.
I never complain,
no matter where I am led.
What am I?

And the winners are…Bri Mirabile with “wheel” got the first correct answer! And as for the most creative incorrect answer, that goes to Claire Shelby with “A planet traveling in a straight line and only orbiting a star due to the curvature of space time.” Congratulations to you both!

Riddle of the Day 4/10


I go around in circles,
but always straight ahead.
I never complain,
no matter where I am led.
What am I?


Yesterday’s riddle was:

I cannot speak.
But when spoken to,
I always reply.
What am I?

And our first correct answer was from (yet again) Cindy Y. with echo! The second goes to Sydni Nadler with “Me in origins having no idea what Plato is talking about but Dr. Ralkowski asks me a question anyways.” Congratulations to you both!

Riddle of the Day 4/8


Feed me and I will live,
But give me drink and I die.
What am I?


The first correct answer to yesterdays riddle (“what can you hold in your left hand but not in your right?”) goes to Bri Mirabile with “your right hand” (really any part of the right arm from fingertips to just below the shoulder), and the best incorrect answer goes to Jared Bulla with a delightful series of alliterative puns on the Latin word for “left,” sinister. Congratulations to you both!

Virtual Front Office with Josh

Miss hanging out in the front office with Josh and the student staff, and probably Jared as they all do work? Well we’re replicating the same feeling here in the Digital Townhouse! Welcome to the Virtual Front Office– where you can drop by Josh’s WebEx room and just, like, hang out and do work with him and Jared. This will be on Wednesday afternoons throughout the rest of the semester, starting next Wednesday, 4/29, from 1-3 PM EST.

Josh’s active involvement in conversation cannot be guaranteed, though his presence can. Join us at https://gwu.webex.com/meet/jmays1.

Virtual Reading Group with Professor Christov

Want to dive into a philosophical story of plague and bravery and determination in the midst of great collective suffering? Well join Professor Theo Christov on Saturdays at 2pm throughout the rest of the month to discuss Albert Camus’ The Plague with him and other UHP students. Sign up by Friday, April 10, at 5pm to join in on this journey! In order to sign up, send him an email at christov@gwu.edu

Career Advice with Peer Advisor Nicky and Brianna

Worried about your career in the context of the Coronaverse? You and everyone else! But have no fear, Nicky and Brianna are here to give you resume and LinkedIn advice! Nicky will give a presentation on resume tips and tricks (and, if there’s time, can look over some individual resumes!), and then Brianna will give a presentation on LinkedIn and how you can use it to advance your career. This event will be hosted via WebEx this Friday 4/10 at 3pm here. Hope to see you there!

Advice from the (Peer) Advisors: Some Things I’ve Been Nerding Out On

Check out the following delightful list of just random fun things former Peer Advisor and student staff Meaghan Gallagher has been nerding out on!

If you’re looking for a non-COVID-19 related post, welcome. If COVID-19 is consuming your mind and you want to feel hopeful during this time, then read peer advisor Nicky Cacchione’s post about silver linings. It’s about as feel-good as watching Queer Eye or being chosen by a dog to be its petter.

I’d like to take this opportunity to talk about things I’ve been nerding out on recently. Maybe you’ll find out we have common interests, maybe you’ll realize I’m not that cool, or maybe you’ll find a new worm hole to go down yourself. No matter the consequence, here are some cool things:

  • I was taking an archaeology class called “London Before the Great Fire” this semester (peace, love, abroad) and it was completely fascinating. Before we were sent home for the semester, we would go on walking tours of the Roman, Saxon, and Medieval parts of London. I’d never have had that opportunity in DC – for the obvious geographical reason and my tendency to pursue outside interests only in Honors classes. I learned what the River Thames used to be like, before its encroachments, how to analyze the layout of a museum (Museum of London is excellent), and that there are remnants of the old Roman forum in the basement of a barber shop by Leadenhall Market. While finishing the class online isn’t as exciting as following my Professor through the streets of London and pointing out straight mortar joints and changes in topography, I am grateful that I got exposed to this topic and can now try to flex historical knowledge about London.
  • I’m writing a paper for a class about blockchain and art. I am not by any means an art connoisseur, so I was hoping through my research I’d learn about more about the industry. In addition to learning the word “provenance”, I’ve learned a bit about digital art. Did you know there was a CryptoKitty that sold for $140,000? Blockchain also supports fractionalization, meaning multiple people can share ownership of a single item. Instead of one person owning 100% of a work, 100 people can each own 1% of it. Fractional ownership expands the market, allowing more people to access art as an investment asset since the price gets diluted.
  • I’ve been nerding out on Westworld since Season 3 premiered March 15th. It’s super topical with data privacy and automation debates raging. Be prepared to watch it multiple times, as the timelines can get confusing and it gets better on rewatch.
  • Quarantine inspired me to try to learn how to play piano? My mom thinks I got inspired by watching Beth play her piano in Little Women (which I just read as well!). I really just need a new party trick after being told my North London accent is bad. I’m not so much as learning how to play than memorizing a few sections of songs I like, but Beethoven started somewhere too.
  • I’m reading “A Year of Biblical Womanhood” by Rachel Held Evans. Held Evans sadly passed away young last year, but she was a prominent figure in the Evangelical Church. She spent a year following several Bible verses literally, causing her to do things like sit on her roof and call her husband, “Master”. The book kept using the phrase “the nuclear family”, which prompted me to read this article from David Brooks titled “The Nuclear Family Was a Mistake”. If you have twenty minutes to read an article, this is fascinating. He talks about the economic, cultural, and societal factors that led to the decentralization of family structure.
  • I finally got around to watching the newest Star Wars trilogy, meaning I’ve been taking a lot of Buzzfeed quizzes and watching cast interviews. The originals were still the best, but this trilogy was better than the prequels in my opinion. Flawed, yes, but better acting and a good villain. Willing to debate.
  • There are these really good monologues done by famous actors for Almeida Theatre on YouTube. Here’s one Andrew Scott did (please watch Fleabag too if you haven’t) reciting a speech by Edith Sampson (who was super cool!). If you’re missing Origins, Derek Jacobi (who?) performed Socrates’ speech “I Go To Die”. They’re about 10 minutes each, so if you’re in need of some inspiration/philosophical contemplation/impressive acting, go watch those.
  • A couple weeks ago I watched Daniel Sloss’ show “Jigsaw” on Netflix. He mixes dark humor with bits of seriousness at points, but it’s been one of the best pieces of standup I’ve seen in a while. I’ve shared it with everyone I know who likes comedy. He has a bit that’s ended at least 7,000 relationships – take that as you will.

That’s what I’ve been up to. Last time they let me on the blog, I wrote about how disillusioned I had become about “finding a passion”. Clearly, I still can’t settle on just one thing. Hopefully one of these things tips your interest and keeps you occupied for a few hours. In the meantime, stay healthy, practice social distancing, and have as much fun as possible.



Contest of the Week 4/6: Limericks!


This week, we are hosting a LIMERICK contest. Yes, that’s right. I want you to write limericks. Because they’re really, really fun. They can be about anything, but bonus points if they’re about something positive in the midst of the existentially strange time we’re all existing in right now. You can submit them below in the comments, or in an email to the UHP!

Don’t know how to write a limerick/know what a limerick is? That’s alright! A limerick is a type of poem that’s got a delightful jovial energy to it. It bounces back and forth throughout the stanza. They’re all five lines, with a rhyme scheme of AABBA (lines 1, 2, and 5 rhyme, and so do lines 3 and 4). They also all have a pretty specific rhythm. Check out the following limericks for some examples, or visit this website for a more in-depth exploration!

There was an Old Man with a beard,
Who said, ‘It is just as I feared!
Two Owls and a Hen,
Four Larks and a Wren,
Have all built their nests in my beard!’

-Edward Lear (famous for popularizing the limerick!)

There once was a man from Nantucket
Who kept all his cash in a bucket.
But his daughter, named Nan,
Ran away with a man
And as for the bucket, Nantucket.



We received some truly incredible submissions to last week’s contest, so deciding this one has been rather difficult. In the end, we decided to award two winners. One for beauty, one for creativity (of a horrifying kind). But we’ll post all the responses below! Congratulations to Sara Iagnemma with the UHP Raven and Matthew Oberstaedt with the eldritch abomination Brainy McBrainFace. Both of these came with original drawings:


Sara’s mascot is the Raven, because they’re both some of the smartest animals on the planet as well as omnivores!

Matthew’s was, well, as follows:

“Meet the new UHP Mascot: Brainy McBrainface! Brainy is a walking, talking, personified brain, and they are, like, totally jacked from flexing all that intellectual muscle UHPers are famous for. Brainy can usually been lifting weights with one arm and a beaker in the other, demonstrating the careful balance between taking care of one’s body and mind. Brainy has a big, goofy laugh that annoys pretty much everyone, but is endearing to the right people, and they can’t shut up about politics! Brainy’s spinal cord is basically their body. They typically wear shorts, a graduation cap, and shoes… BUT NO SHIRT, because, I repeat, they’re totally jacked.”

Congratulations to you both on your tokens!

Honorable Mentions:

That’s not to say the other entries weren’t excellent though! Here are the other wonderful submissions we received:

Cindy Y. with TWO mascots, for the two campuses we exist on! A buff-colored doe for the Vern, and a blue rat (who are omnivores!) for Foggy Bottom. And she drew them too!

Sydni Nadler came in with the delightful recommendation of a badger named Martha who carries around a little pile of books and wears a UHP-logo-colored scarf!

Mason Hubbell had the excellent suggestion of a studious hippo reading a book, with glasses or a mortarboard!

Bri Mirabile had a series of reasons behind her suggestion, which was an Honors Hedgehog! Here they are: 1) How cute and fun are hedgehogs? 2) You can make them intellectual (see visual) 3) They’re omnivores and it’s a play on the intellectual omnivore thing 4) Alliteration.
Finally, last but certainly not least of these honorable mentions, we had Monica Oves with: an owl in a powdered wig (like George Washington)! That would be utterly adorable, and I’m delighted to have that image in my brain.
Many thanks to everyone who submitted something to this! These gave me much joy, and I hope they do the same to the rest of the UHP community.

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