Where to find The Hoya‘s April Fools’ issue online

What’s black and white and read all over?

Read Vox‘s coverage of the Tuesday night forum here.

Many of you have been asking where to find this year’s Hoya April Fools’ issue online. Finally, you can.

For starters, The Hoya posted it as a PDF last night, (which to my knowledge they have never done before with an April Fools’ issue), but those interested in why people were so offended by The Hoya‘s issue might want to view the articles here, where the Facebook group entitled “The Hoya: Discrimination Is Not A Laughing Matter” has scans of 24 articles from the issue with their offending passages underlined.

They’ve also annotated each article with relevant commentary (“‘Ryan Westen’ is a pseudonym for Brian Kesten, who is the Chairman/Founder of the Student Commission for Unity, a research and advocacy group of students addressing diversity issues at Georgetown”) for your benefit. (They also gave Vox Populi a lot of link love—thanks guys!)

Hopefully, their annotations will prevent future news fails like the one perpetrated by a certain Wonkette-turned-newswriter, whose first mistake was assuming that “Ryan Westen” was either a nom de plume or “was just ‘in character,’ portraying a very, very stupid ignorant idiot.” Whoops.

Scan courtesy “Not a Laughing Matter” Picasa Web Album.

7 Comments on “Where to find The Hoya‘s April Fools’ issue online

  1. For just a bit of context to go with The Hoya’s release of the PDFs, click the link on my name.

  2. Actually, the statement on their Web site notwithstanding, The Hoya has posted the PDF of the April Fool’s issue at least twice before. Typically, it’s posted temporarily as a PDF instead of being added to the online archives like all other issues, for obvious reasons.

    A simple call to the The Hoya’s office could have confirmed this. I’m sure that those of you who publish this blog are doing your very best to sensationalize this story as much as possible, but the content you post here still reflects on your credibility. Do your homework.

  3. It seems that some of the articles criticized in the above link are in the same vein as the racist, discriminating, and stereotypical humor of Dave Chappelle.

    Come on, really? Has it occurred to anyone that this was just a bad attempt at satire? Does anyone even know what satire is? It doesn’t sound like it. I think the Hoya and the critics of the controversial issue are living in completely different dimensions. Seriously: IT IS SATIRE!

  4. Steve, thanks for the correction. I had confirmed with one of their staff members that they’d never done so before–but I guess she wasn’t aware of them having done it, either.

  5. In looking over the April Fools edition once again it has struck me that perhaps the most troublesome pieces in it are the two “chill the fuck out” introductions (“In This Issue,” page 1 and “No Offense,” page 2). The tone of these is insulting and didactic – basically telling the reader that if they find anything in the paper offensive, they have a stick/rod/baton up their ass. The result is that anyone who was offended by the content is now doubly angry – for the original offense, and for the subsequent insult.

    If the Hoya wants to publish satire – whether viciously racist (ie. “We Need More Interracial Loving”) or quite genuinely clever (ie. “Working for Corp Classified as Alternative Lifestyle) – they should at least have the guts to do so without preceding it with childish “disclaimers” that only serve to increase the divide between the paper and a large portion of its readership.

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