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.

Riddle of the Day 4/6


What has two words

but thousands of letters?



As always, tokens will be awarded to the first correct answer and the most creative incorrect one. Friday’s riddle was “By night, we arrive without being called for. By day, we are lost without being stolen. What are we?” Andrew Butt scored the token for first correct answer with “Stars.” Meanwhile, the most creative answer goes to Sydni Nadler with “my sleep paralysis demon in the shape of the George statue in UYard.” Keep up the great guessing!



Riddle of the Day 4/3


By night, we arrive without being called for.

By day, we are lost without being stolen.

What are we?


As always, tokens will be awarded to the first correct answer and the most creative incorrect one. The first correct answer to yesterday’s riddle (My beard is powerful. I shave every day, But it remains unchanged. What am I?) goes to Mason Hubbell (a barber), and it was a very close call for most creative incorrect one! But we’re going with ‘Not Tyler Kusma’s’ answer of “Tyler Kusma” Congratulations to you both!

Riddle of the Day 4/2


My beard is powerful.

I shave every day,

But it remains unchanged.

What am I?

As always, tokens will be awarded to the first correct answer and the most creative incorrect one.


The first correct answer to yesterday’s riddle (what room in a home do ghosts avoid?) was snagged by Sydni Nadler (the living room), and there were some excellent contenders for most creative incorrect one! But we’re going with Bri Mirabile’s “the chapel I’ve had to make in my house since mass is online now.” Congratulations to you both!

Riddle of the Day 3/31


What’s the coolest letter in the alphabet?

As always, tokens are awarded to the first “correct” answer (i.e. the one we’re looking for) and the most creative incorrect answer.


Cindy Y. once again taking it home with the first correct answer: “Greece is at the bottom,” and Jared Bulla once again wins the best incorrect answer with his anti-colonial “it sizzled over the top and got all over the dang world…they should have used a lid” (paraphrase). Congratulations to the both of you!

Contest of the Week 3/30

Welcome, dear UHPers, to our second contest of the week! This week’s contest will be a UHP mascot design contest. We do not currently have an official mascot as a program, but we’d love to see what you can come up with!

Submission guidelines:

The only thing you need to submit to be considered for the contest is a mascot concept, but you’ll get extra points for submitting an example, and enormous extra points for designing/drawing an example yourself. If you have questions, comment below or email us at! Submit here:

As for last week’s contest, the winner is HANNAH DELVECCHIO with the following townhouse token-based meme:

Congrats Hannah! You have indeed encountered the prize you are looking for.

Riddle of the Day 3/26


You have me today,
Tomorrow you’ll have more;
As your time passes,
I’m not easy to store;
I don’t take up space,
But I’m only in one place;
I am what you saw,
But not what you see.
What am I?

As always, the first correct and the most creative incorrect answers will receive a Townhouse Token. Answer below or on Facebook!


Bridget Carl won with the first posting of the correct answer: footsteps! Our most creative incorrect answer? Laxatives, from Clarissa Boyd.

DTP Weekly Contest 1: Virtual Learning Memes!

We’ve got our first weekly contest here at the plate. UHPers, the subject of this contest is:

Memes! About virtual learning, quarantine, and college life during a time like this. That is your assignment.

And I will say: we are looking for *original content* here. This is not a contest to find the best scraps from the meme page, no–this is a challenge to all of your creativities.

To submit, you can comment on the Facebook Post for this contest (forthcoming), email the UHP (, or DM it to us on Instagram (@theuhp). Meme away, dear ones. I’m excited to see what you bring to the table! And remember, if you win, you will get a Townhouse Token!

Win $500 with the SURE Award

Did you know that Honors students have the opportunity to win up to $500 for their research? Apply here for the UHP/Sigelman Undergraduate Research Enhancement (SURE) Award for your chance.

“Undergraduate Research Enhancement” may not sound the most exciting (well, to most people at least, but you are UHPers), but the funds can contribute to incredible research. Previous SURE Award winners used their winnings to conduct 3D scanning of bones at the Smithsonian, study lasers and present their findings at a national conference, and research the influence of sports rhetoric on political campaigns,

The application, due Friday February 7th, includes:

  1. Student Application Form
  2. Faculty Statement of Support
  3. Unofficial GW Transcript

Please note that the UHP SURE award is different from the university-wide one. There is a SURE Research award that is available to all students, but this one is a specific fund that is set aside for UHP students. Make sure you take advantage of the opportunity!

Good Luck!

If you have any questions, reach out to Brianna at

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