Date: Mon, 4 Mar 1996 12:07:40 -0400
From: Paul Fallon pfallon[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]S850.MWC.EDU
Subject: Re: Hoya
On Mon, 4 Mar 1996, tom creswell wrote:
Can anyone tell me why the Georgetown U. athletic teams are called the Hoyas?
As far as I can tell, hoya is the name of a plant species--a strange name to
apply to an athletic team.
According to campus lore, at one point there was an athletic team called
the Stonewalls, presumably named after the wall along 37th Street. The
cheer for the team became 'Hoya Saxa' (What Rocks!), a blend of Ancient
Greek 'hoia' (nom. neut. pl. pronoun) and Latin 'saxa' (nom. neut. plural
of saxum, 'rock'). Incidentally, when I was there the radio station was
WROX, a pretty good pun.
pfallon[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]mwc.edu